The SuperPAC Negative Attack Strategy on Display in Iowa

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 8:56 am

The latest poll out of Iowa shows Ron Paul hanging on to a tenuous lead, with Mitt Romney close behind and Newt Gingrich further back. This has led to every candidate in the race, many of whom still have an opportunity for a good showing in Iowa, training their guns on Paul, shifting the negative [...]

Occupy Des Moines Protesters Take Over Obama HQ, Iowa Democratic Party HQ

By: Monday December 19, 2011 12:57 pm

A unique pressure campaign has been playing out in Iowa, where the group Occupy Des Moines and other progressive groups briefly took over both the Obama for America and the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters, just as the media spotlight descends on the city two weeks before the caucuses. Occupy Des Moines, in conjunction with Veterans [...]

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:10 am

Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives. The most notable of these came in Ohio, where SB 5, the anti-union bill which stripped most [...]

Social Issues Front and Center in Elections in Mississippi, Iowa Tomorrow

By: Monday November 7, 2011 10:57 am

In last week’s survey of Election Day 2011, I neglected to mention two very important races in Iowa and Mississippi, both of which turn on social issues. In Iowa, there’s a special election for a state Senate seat that will determine which party controls that chamber of the legislature. Republican Governor Terry Branstad got a [...]

Florida Plans to Upend Republican Primary Calendar

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 9:35 am

Florida is likely to move its 2012 Presidential primary date to January 31, in a move that could scramble the nominating calendar. Under a deal reached last year, four states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada – would hold the only sanctioned early primary races in February, with no state allowed to hold [...]

Iowa Democratic Party Criticizes Progressive Activist Group for Their Conduct

By: Friday September 2, 2011 12:16 pm

I’ve been writing about the exploits of Iowa CCI, the community group that has been challenging Presidential candidates and local politicians in Iowa alike. Because of Iowa CCI, Mitt Romney delivered his “corporations are people” remark. And Iowa CCI has no problem criticizing Democrats who fail to uphold their principles of protecting the social safety [...]

Iowa Community Group Blasts Miller for Removal of Schneiderman from Foreclosure Committee

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 12:15 pm

The booting of Eric Schneiderman from the executive committee of the 50 state AG “investigation” of foreclosure fraud is pretty funny in this context: the AGs are supposed to be undertaking an investigation. Schneiderman is one of the few AGs actively involved in just such an investigation. And so he’s the one who has to [...]

Michele Bachmann is a Serious Contender for the Republican Nomination

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Markos Moulitsas predicted that Michele Bachmann would be the Republican nominee, and it’s hard to argue with his logic. The Presidential nomination is a different animal than state and local elections for Congress, but based on the track record of 2010, the Tea Party is the greatest force in Republican primaries, and they prefer someone [...]

Hopes of Redistricting Gains for Republicans Fade

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 10:52 am

I remember Republicans crowing that a big side effect to their victories in the 2010 elections would be that they control the redistricting process, and that they would be able to gerrymander the maps and allow themselves continued dominance in the House of Representatives. But the reality is proving a lot different. In Iowa, despite [...]

The Mystery of Tom Miller’s Shifting Comments on Criminal Sanctions for Foreclosure Fraud

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 12:08 pm

In December, when Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said unequivocally to a group of foreclosure activists, “We will put people in jail,” the working assumption was that he was referring to the 50 state AG investigation of foreclosure fraud in the mortgage servicing industry. However, as it turned out, he walked that back almost immediately. [...]

Homeowners, Community Groups Meeting with Iowa AG Tomorrow on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Monday December 13, 2010 12:04 pm

A group of homeowners and community activists from 12 states will meet tomorrow with the lead Attorney General in the foreclosure fraud case tomorrow, making a strong set of asks to Iowa’s Tom Miller and the other AGs on how to conduct the case. These are homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes [...]

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