June 9, 2011 |
Mitt Romney will not participate in the Iowa straw poll this summer, a possible sign that he will not make a full-fledged effort to win that state's leadoff nominating contests in 2012. In a statement issued Thursday evening, Romney's campaign said it had decided not to participate in any straw polls, "whether it's in Florida, Iowa, Michigan or someplace else. " But Iowa's Ames straw poll, scheduled for August, is far and away the most important, particularly to activists who will have the first say in helping choose the Republican nominee.
August 10, 2011 |
Sarah Palin is crashing the party again. Just as the announced Republican candidates descend on Ames, Iowa, for the straw poll and another prepares to throw his cowboy hat into the ring, the former Alaska governor has decided to resume her "One Nation" bus tour with a stop this week at the Iowa State Fair. "The heartland is perfect territory for more of the One Nation Tour as we put forth efforts to revitalize the fundamental restoration of America by highlighting our nation's heart, history, and founding principles," an announcement on the website of Palin's political action committee says.
January 3, 2012 |
Iowa voters will kick off the 2012 presidential campaign when they gather Tuesday night at churches, schools, libraries and homes to decide their preferences for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations. For Democrats, the process will be simple since President Obama is the party's de facto nominee. Republicans, however, will be asked to choose between one of nine candidates. Here's how the GOP's Iowa caucus process will work: Beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time, caucus-goers will assemble at hundreds of locations across the state.
July 10, 2011 |
It's an unsettling time for Iowa Democrats, who spent 2008 basking in the glow of having given Barack Obama his first major victory on the road to the White House. Since then, their one-term Democratic governor, Chet Culver, was defeated in November, and three Supreme Court justices were booted off the bench over a decision favoring same-sex marriage. "After all the euphoria of '8, '10 was such a rude awakening," said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky, a chipper former special education teacher who refers to years by only their last digits.
August 11, 2011 |
The news landed with a thud this week. Not a single candidate had hired Hickory Park, the Ames barbecue institution, to provide food for Saturday's Republican presidential straw poll. "That is crazy," said Shane Vander Hart, editor of the political blog Caffeinated Thoughts. "I am assuming that is a mistake on the part of the campaigns. " Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is bringing in barbecue from Minnesota-based Famous Dave's — "but that's just wrong," Vander Hart said.
August 27, 2011
Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul nearly tied Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in a widely covered Iowa straw poll this month, so he should be considered a front-runner to face President Obama in 2012, right? It isn't that simple. Last week, Opinion contributor Ronald Brownstein wrote that Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are, at this point, the front-runners. The article prompted reader William A. Christer of West Hollywood to ask why Brownstein "failed to mention the second-place winner in the Iowa straw poll — Ron Paul"?