Romney Thinks Obama Will Reintroduce EFCA… Good One…

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:50 am

The guy Mitt Romney thinks he’s running against sounds fearsome. On a Sunday night conference call with voters in Iowa, Romney warned that President Obama is hell-bent on “forcing people to join unions that don’t want to.” Not only is this entirely false, but even the less-scary thing it’s based on doesn’t add up. Twice [...]

Farmers Angered By Congressional Inaction on Farm Bill, Drought

By: Monday August 13, 2012 12:15 pm

Republican lawmakers in rural farming communities were worried that they would have to go home to their districts empty-handed, without any tools to help farmers deal with this summer’s massive drought. They tried to sidestep this problem by passing, at the last possible minute, a bill to provide a year of drought relief to livestock [...]

Romney Asking GOP Governors to Downplay Economy in Their Swing States

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 12:23 pm

The big story today comes from Bloomberg, which tells a tale of the Romney campaign asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to downplay stories about economic recovery in his crucial swing state. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with [...]

Looks Like Bachmann, Perry Out After Iowa

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 6:55 am

I mostly agree with Jon Walker’s take on the Iowa caucus results, and the eight-vote victory for Mitt Romney. It’s not clear Rick Santorum, to this point completely un-vetted by conservative or traditional media, will have the staying power or the resources to hang with Romney. I thought of half a dozen things off the [...]

Gingrich Mistaken: The Problem Lies in the Broken Campaign Finance Process Itself

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 11:35 am

The big story for the 1,500 media members scurrying around Iowa trying to find something for cable news to shout about for the next few hours is that Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney a liar. Specifically, Gingrich accused Romney of illegal coordination with the Super PACs that firebombed Newt’s candidacy with negative ads in Iowa. [...]

In Majority-Latino West Liberty, Iowa, No Presidential Candidates Inspire Much Support

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 10:15 am

People talk about the whiteness of Iowa. However, with the rise of Latino labor, particularly in food processing plants, the minority population has been rising around some factory clusters. In fact, Univision found a town called West Liberty with a majority-Latino population. So how are they viewing the caucuses tonight, and more broadly the Presidential [...]

Will the Iowa Caucuses Get Determined By a Flawed Poll?

By: Monday January 2, 2012 11:12 am

Tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses are the big political story of the day, and try as I might to ignore them, it’s difficult. The latest polls show a three-way race between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. In political terms that’s great news for Romney, because the other two candidates in Iowa don’t have the funding [...]

Ethanol Fight Moves to Renewable Fuels Standard

By: Friday December 30, 2011 8:12 am

The $6 billion-a-year ethanol subsidy really will expire in a matter of days. But that may not spell the end of ethanol-based tax credits. Specifically, the $1.01-a-gallon production tax credit for cellulosic ethanol – made from switchgrass or wood chips or corn husks – is a priority for the renewable fuels industry. That production tax [...]

Occupy the Iowa Caucuses Protest Various Campaign HQs

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 10:12 am

The “Occupy the Iowa Caucuses” movement on display in the kickoff primary state over the past several days shows that these protests can raise awareness and even make a difference without a physical space for occupation. Here are some of the more recent events: • Protesters demonstrated at Mitt Romney’s campaign HQ, demanding that he [...]

Iowa GOP Borrowing Cheney’s Undisclosed Location for Caucus Ballot-Counting

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 12:15 pm

Concerned about a nonexistent threat to the integrity of the caucuses, the Iowa Republican Party will move their ballot-counting operation to an “undisclosed location.” The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP’s Des Moines headquarters. The [...]

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