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Iowa Doesn't Deserve Its Prime Primary Position

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The logic supposedly behind the lock that Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada have on the early presidential calendar makes some sense. You have some smaller states in the beginning, which allows lesser known candidates to potentially catch up to bigger names without a huge bankroll. Then you have a southern state with a lot of black people, and then a western state with Latinos.

But it’s not that simple anymore.

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Newt Is Done in Iowa

Friday, June 10, 2011

The latest spin is that Newt can recover, attract a new team, and regain his footing. I completely disagree. This is a year when the GOP is anxious to weed out weak candidates since the potential field for the January 2012 caucuses is much too big and must be winnowed. Most of the GOP activists I talked with in the past day — none of them where Gingrich supporters — said good riddance. Literally, one of them said that!

Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State Political Scientist and It's A Free Country blogger

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Essay: Ryan Budget Blowback Should Scare the GOP in Iowa, and Elsewhere

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Ryan budget proposal is a political IED. In the last couple of days we’ve seen angry mobs at town hall meetings with GOP congress folks back in their districts. This year and 2012 will be a very bad year for billionaires and millionaires politically - I guarantee it. They have gone too far in their bonus excesses; the politicians that lap out of their money bowls have gone too far in shifting the burden of the military, medical and other programs to the middle class.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the changing political tides.

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GOP Hopefuls Give Iowa Presidential Pitch

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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The Iowa Caucus is a little less than a year away and some Republicans who are considering a run for president have been spending time in Iowa to test the waters. On Monday night, the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted five likely presidential candidates at the Pointe of Grace Church in Des Moines — and the house was packed.

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Newt Gingrich: Preparing for an Iowa Harvest?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich is announcing today that he's launching an “exploratory phase” to test the waters for a presidential run in 2012. His spokesperson told an Georgia radio host on Thursday that he’s launching a website, NewtExplore2012.com, but Gingrich is not forming a formal federal exploratory committee yet.

The rumors of Gingrich’s yen to take the oval office after a single Obama term have been swirling for over a year. He has been planting seeds in Iowa, a state whose early caucus is often a soothsayer for winning the Republican primary. For that reason, Gingrich has visited Iowa nine times in the past two years.

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Primary Sources: One Year Out

Monday, February 07, 2011

Today is one year from the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Joyce Russell, Statehouse reporter for Iowa Public Radio, joins us as It's A Free Country  launches a new collaboration with Iowa Public Radio to track voters and issues.

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Iowa Caucuses: America's Political Dinner Bell

Monday, February 07, 2011

American democracy, in a nutshell: Every four years, a bunch of Iowans gather in public schools, libraries, and homes across their great state to decide who will get to be the most powerful person on Earth.

Okay, not quite, but it’s something like that. Since 1972, Iowa has had first dibs on picking the names that will appear on presidential ballots across the nation come November.

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The Iowa Tea Party Plan for Holding Candidates Accountable

Monday, February 07, 2011

Coordination among Tea Parties also means trouble and embarrassment for candidates who try the same old political trick of “tell’em what they wanna hear” on the campaign trail. What will be different in 2012 is that instead of flocking to a candidate and attempting to attach our principles to a candidate, we will ask the candidate to say “your principles fit with mine and this is why."

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In Iowa, Tea Party’s Influence Limited So Far

Monday, February 07, 2011

Joyce Russell will appear on the Brian Lehrer Show today at 11:06 am.

For the next 12 months, Republican presidential hopefuls will be courting the state of Iowa, where first-in-the-nation caucuses can make or break a campaign. Tea Party groups across the state are already making one thing clear: they expect to feel the love.

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In Iowa, a Year of Glad-Handing and Far Right-Leaning

Monday, February 07, 2011

We’re a year out now, and candidates are starting to trickle in. A presidential debate with the Iowa GOP and Fox News will open the season on August 11, followed two days later by the GOP Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa. Although largely a beauty contest with no meaning for the 2012 presidential selection, the straw poll is an important fundraiser for the party and a “county fair” (the caucuses are the State Fair), where the media and voters get to look at, pinch, stroke, and evaluate the “beef” that wants to lead the party in November.

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