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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Scoring the Iowa Debate - Bachmann Makes Good, Palin Wins in Absentia

Friday, August 12, 2011

I blogged the Ames debate live for WNYC, New York and I came away with the following observations.

First, the debate was way too long. In Operas you have an intermission and then resume the show – my dad always fell asleep in the second half. In debates ...

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The GOP Debate in Iowa: Where They Disagreed

Friday, August 12, 2011

While the pointed sparring between Minnesotans Michele Bachmann and former Governor Tim Pawlenty drew the most headlines after the GOP debate, there's was just one of many disagreements among the eight Republican candidates on stage in Ames, Iowa. 

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Opinion: Advice to GOP Debaters - You Can't Run on 'No'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You'd think the Republicans would be smiling. The economy shows no signs of turning by the 2012 election, a bad sign for any incumbent. The GOP caucus in the Capitol has ensured that Democrats can't govern effectively, giving the president very little to run on in his re-election bid. And Obama is ...

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Poll Preview: Who's In and Who Will Win?

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Once again the process is pregnant with too many people who think they are qualified to even mention that they are running for president.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Thaddeus McCotter: 'That Rock and Roll Dude' Runs for President

Friday, July 01, 2011

Yes America, there is more than one Republican presidential candidate who plays rock music. If you miss Mike Huckabee (and the idea of the leader of the free world performing "Cat Scratch Fever"), Thaddeus McCotter could be your man.

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Barney Frank and Ron Paul Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced a bill Thursday that would end federal prohibition of marijuana production, distribution and possession.

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Opinion: Obama is Breaking the Law in Libya

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I don’t agree with extremists like Dennis Kucinish and Ron Paul often, but they and seven other lawmakers are right on the money in the lawsuit they are bringing against the Obama administration. The administration’s defense boils down to saying that the military action in Libya does not constitute war because we don’t have boots on the ground. But this is not even close to what the War Powers Resolution says.

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An Iowan Take on New Hampshire Debate: Bachmann Wins

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The night’s real stand-out was Michelle Bachmann, who took advantage of the debate spotlight to announce she is running for president. She clearly and surprisingly won the debate. Bachmann was energetic and has a way with words, making some of the other wannabes look limp. Her experience in Congress showed and made her more credible than her critics might want to admit, and certainly complicates things for Sarah Palin.

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A Vigorous Debate with No Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Their goal was to chase votes — even if that meant running from their signature achievements, their honest disagreements or their more interesting, nuanced approaches. None of them were interested in a challenging, provocative debate. None of them offered the Republican voter something new to consider. They all just tried to deliver voters exactly what they wanted.

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Opinion: Ron, Paul, Ron! The Case for the Original Tea Partier

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul is running for president.

Paul has been coming to Iowa for many years and has visited numerous times this year alone. I’ve been to Paul events. Many of my college students love him for the same reason they loved Ronald Reagan and their grandpa. He simplifies things to the bare bones and he represents personal freedom. He’s also bona fide “Mr. Budget Cutter” so he jibes with fiscal conservatives of many stripes. Here are some of his strengths as he heads again for Iowa in chase of the elusive and valuable Iowa caucus victory.

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Ron Paul, and his Grassroots Army, Is In for 2012

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul declared his candidacy for president for the third time on Friday, "because the time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for thirty years, so I think the time is right."

He told George Stephanopolus on ABC's Good Morning America that he's running as a Republican, not as an independent, because it "is just about impossible" to get traction and media attention outside the party system unless "you're a billionaire like Ross Perot." 

"If I was an independent, George, you would not have me on this program this morning," Paul said. "There's nothing wrong with nudging the Republicans to a true constitutional position, stick to their guns on fiscal conservatism." 

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Republican Debate Reaction: How Do We Look?

Friday, May 06, 2011

Tim Pawlenty's the most important sleeper in the race. He has good ties to all segments of conservatives and in the Republican party. He's bright, he's articulate, he doesn't have foot-in-mouth disease; last night he handled the most difficult questions, and he did it well. Pawlenty, who does have presidential presence, will begin to rise.

Charles (Chuck) Dunn, professor of government at Regent University, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Ron Paul - The Libertarian Poster Boy

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Popular among college boys, Paul has won the straw poll competition at the Conservative Political Action Conference (heavily attended by students) for two years in a row. He's not the most conservative candidate, but he's got an "every man out for himself" attitude that endears him to capitalism purists and has a penchant for independent speeches that's made him an Internet sensation.

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The 2012 GOP Field: What's Going On?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The energy right now in the Republican party is over fiscal issues...this fear about America becoming more like Europe in terms of a social welfare state. That said, there are still a lot of conservatives who vote in primaries and participate in caucuses that are driven by a set of cultural issues. In a place like Iowa especially, we're talking about an electorate that is perhaps half or over half self-identified born again evangelical.

Jonathan Martin, senior political writer at Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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CPAC 2011 On The Ground: Straw Poll Time!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The results of the 2011 CPAC Straw Poll are in. Rep. Ron Paul, unsurprisingly, wins:

  • Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
  • Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
  • Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
  • Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
  • South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
  • U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
  • Others: 5 percent
  • Undecided: 1 percent

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The Trouble with Tea Partiers as Legislators

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Republican majority moves into the House of Representatives today, fueled by the energy of newly elected Tea Partiers who arrive declaring that they’ll shake things up, undo Obama’s victories and change Washington.

My prediction: they will cause some commotion, get a good deal of attention, undo nothing and Washington will survive yet another push to transform it, for better or for worse.

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Gold Bugs, Not Bed Bugs, Found in East Village Bar

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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When the economic crisis hit, Adam Gold decided to buy a gun, stockpile a year's supply of food and invest in gold. So far, at least one of those investments has paid off.

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