Iowa

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, […]

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Sarah Palin, the telegenic Republican who exasperates and delights voters about equally, is dropping ever more hints of a presidential bid, including a visit Saturday to the key state of Iowa. The official purpose of her trip to suburban Des Moines is to promote her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and […]

Palin won’t just fade away

Palin won’t just fade away

Sarah Palin isn’t going to fade away. Someone else in her position might have. Two years after the vice presidential nomination made her a star, the 2008 campaign is fading in memory. She’s not even Alaska’s governor anymore; she abruptly resigned that post a year ago. But she’s evolved into an enduring political personality writ […]