Iowa

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Failed Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, hanging on to her gadfly position with the obstinate tea party, claimed in Iowa Saturday that the right wing needs “to stiffen our back” and demand accountability from Republicans. An ironic statement for Palin, who resigned as Alaska governors before voters in that state could hold […]

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics? Oh, get real

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics?  Oh, get real

Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to overcome differences that scuttled farm legislation last summer. A day later, he tells veterans at a rec center in his blue-collar, northern Iowa district that both parties should work together to help them. “The issues surrounding […]

Republicans run into recruiting problems in key Senate races

Republicans are struggling to recruit strong Senate candidates in states that present the party’s best opportunities to reclaim the majority, a sign that the GOP‘s post-2012 soul-searching may end up creeping into the midterm congressional elections. It’s admittedly early, with more than 18 months before the November 2014 elections. But candidate recruitment efforts are well […]

Debate, polls leave Gingrich in trouble

Debate, polls leave Gingrich in trouble

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came out of the last GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses bruised and battered but still standing. But the beating he took at the hands of Republican rivals Thursday night, coupled with signs of slippage in polls, suggests the current GOP frontrunner has peaked and now starts the […]

Ron Paul surges in Iowa: Is it now his time?

Ron Paul surges in Iowa: Is it now his time?

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is on the move in Iowa, passing former GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney for second in polls and even moving into a statistical tie with current leader Newt Gingrich in one. “Paul is surging right now, there’s no doubt about that,” one GOP strategist tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He could be the […]

Is a win in Iowa all that important?

Is a win in Iowa all that important?

With the Iowa caucuses set to officially open the primary election season just after the first of the year, a perennial debate rages inside Republican political circles:  Is Iowa all that important. The state’s convoluted caucus system, which allows a candidate with the best in-state organization to pack the results, produces a lot of hoopla […]

Now even Michele Bachman is talking about a White House run

Now even Michele Bachman is talking about a White House run

Add U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to the list of potential Republican presidential hopefuls, as the tea party favorite plans a trip later this month to the early caucus state of Iowa — and creates possible complications for fellow Minnesotan and maybe-candidate Tim Pawlenty. “Nothing’s off the table for her,” Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s chief of staff, […]