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Memo From a Political Insider

James Moore | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
James Moore

Romney's problem is still that he's Romney. Don't expect better than third out of him in Iowa. The reasons are many and manifest and have been talked about and written about until they are likely carved into tablets of jade somewhere. As for Newt, the polls in Iowa and elsewhere have been friendly to him but the voters in Iowa will be less magnanimous. They aren't likely to be as forgiving as the analysts think. Ron Paul is the guy who could end up as the Mike Huckabee of 2008. He might even do considerably better throughout the spring. Where does this leave us? We could go all the way through Super Tuesday in the first week of March and still not know who will be the nominee of the Republican Party.

Mark Blumenthal

Does Organization Still Matter In Iowa? | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For decades, conventional wisdom has held that winning the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses requires a strong, grassroots campaign orga...

Of Corn and Presidents

James Moore | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
James Moore

Iowa is a very, very strange place. They grow corn and presidents and the crops are inconsistent in terms of quality. And there are dynamics that can help Rick Perry.

Iowa Face-To-Face Approach Changes

Ankeny Patch | Megan VerHeist | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

For decades, Iowans have said their important role in selecting presidential nominees is justified because they get personally engaged with the candid...

Howard Fineman

He Has Repented, But Is He Forgiven In Iowa? | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six months ago, Rick Tyler quit Newt Gingrich cold turkey. He left the former speaker's entourage after 12 years of serving as his spoke...

Iowa Group Announces Final Four

Johnston Patch | Todd Richissin | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

The Family Leader, an influential evangelical group in Iowa, has announced that its board of directors has narrowed its choices for president to Miche...

Republican Field Approaches Iowa and New Hampshire

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's take a closer look at the first two primary states, as the electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire isn't quite the same as the national GOP primary base.

Mark Blumenthal

New Iowa Poll Not So New After All | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers released Thursday purports to show Herman Cain still "leading," but the poll is already dated. It...

Mark Blumenthal

One Thing Cain, Romney Share? The Lead: Des Moines Register Iowa Poll | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

The latest results from the highly respected and much anticipated Des Moines Register Iowa Poll are in, and they show the duo of Herman Cain and Mitt ...

Another State Shakes Up 2012 Primary Process

Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

Nevada will hold its Republican presidential caucuses on January 14, instead of February 18. The move comes on the heels of Florida and South Carol...

Republican Primary Scheduling Headaches

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican National Committee has valiantly tried to lay down the law for the Republican primary season. Their plan will (one way or another) be somewhat of a radical change for the party.

Friday Talking Points -- In The Darkest Depths of Mordor

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If I were a hobbit, right about now I would be wondering just how the heck I wound up at the center of this Washington intraparty political fight, personally.

Why Michael Bennet Will Win the Colorado Senate Race

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Andrew Romanoff will not win; newly appointed US Senator Michael Bennet will win his first race. Here's why.

Reps. Quigley, Issa, and 18 Others Form 'Congressional Transparency Caucus'

John Wonderlich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wonderlich

Representatives Mike Quigley and Darrell Issa announced the creation of the bipartisan "Congressional Transparency Caucus" today. This historic move provides an exciting new way for Members of Congress to work together in support of open government initiatives.

Ryan Grim

Weiner: House Leadership 'Whistling Past The Graveyard' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Scott Brown's Senate victory should not put health care reform on hold, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) told reporters after a caucus meeting Tuesday. ...

We Need More Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If both political parties split at, America would probably adopt a coalition government; the newly- formed Progressive and Conservative Parties might even ally on issues like taking on Wall Street.

18,000 Coloradoans Attend Town Hall (Actually, 18,000 Listen to Bennet Conference Call)

Anne Z. Boxer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Z. Boxer

It will take information, organization and mobilization to keep Colorado a blue state.

Please, Bobby! End the Iowa/New Hampshire Hostage Crisis!

Will Bower | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bower

Bobby Jindal has begun the process of pandering to the upcoming, 2012 cycle of the "Iowa/New Hampshire Hostage Crisis."

Only One Day Left to Tell Your Senators "Lieberman Must Go!"

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

Stripping Lieberman of his committee chairmanships is not about exacting revenge. Lieberman has careened to the right on both foreign and domestic policy issues.

Proposal For 2012 Primaries

Will Bower | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bower

The primary calendar we need most is one that is built on an orderly and rational plan, and not on an arbitrary, publicity-driven, system of one-upsmanship.

Lieberman Must Go Once and for All

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

It is dangerous for Lieberman to remain chair of the Homeland Security Committee, particularly when that position gives him subpoena power to investigate the Obama administration.

What A Long, Strange Primary Trip It's Been

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than a Vince Lombardi halftime pep talk about giving 110% in the second half, I'd like to review where we've been so far. This will be my final "picks" article for 2008.

Sam Stein

Clinton Camp Won't Say How Hillary Disagrees With MoveOn | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There was a significant dose of stonewalling on Monday's conference call with aides to Sen. Hillary Clinton. Asked to explain what areas of disagreem...

Clinton Slams Democratic Activists At Private Fundraiser

Celeste Fremon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Celeste Fremon

At a small closed-door fundraiser after Super Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton blamed what she called the "activist base" of the Democratic Party -- and ...

Double Voting In TX Primary Still Unresolved

Erin Medlicott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Erin Medlicott

Texans told me they heard about something called the "Texas Two-Step," and thought it was legal to vote twice. Some admitted voting once for Senator Obama and once for Senator Clinton.