The future of the Ames Straw Poll as an event leading up to the Iowa Caucus is in doubt. Can it be a worthwhile event for candidates and voters still?
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said it is time for the Iowa Straw Poll to end. I disagree – tweak it and make it a better event for candidates and voters.
A little late, but you can go back and watch speeches already missed: I’ll be tweeting at @shanevanderhart follow me and leave your comments and thoughts below. Tonight’s schedule… — 6 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Call to order Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team Pledge of Allegiance by Brig. Gen. Patrick […]
Now that we can say the GOP nomination is wrapped up, as Ron Paul has admitted they won’t have enough delegates to keep Mitt Romney from the nomination and his son, Senator Rand Paul, has endorsed Romney. Lets talk VP picks. Who will be Romney’s running mate? Some names I’ve seen mentioned, not in any particular […]
This is going to be one of my most controversial posts so far. The subject is turnout, and why a high turnout, contrary to popular belief, isn’t really good for democracy or for anything else. First, let’s start with my basic assumptions: There are those who are interested in politics, and those who are not. […]
This week’s edition of five things I wanted to point out, but was too lazy to turn into individual posts: 1. A Post-Mortem of Michele Bachmann’s campaign. Jennifer Jacobs of The Des Moines Register sheds some light on problems within the campaign, things that some of on the ground outside the campaign sensed even if […]
And that headline pretty much sums up the concerns that most tea partiers had about former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. What a disappointment, but not a total shock. Alexander Burns of POLITICO reports: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, praising his onetime rival for his "leadership ability" and the "depth […]
With former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s disappointing finish in the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday and his decision to leave the race on Sunday it’s interesting to note who’s lining up to take credit. Example #1 – Bob Vander Plaats while he stops short of taking credit, in an email to supporters he does link […]
The 2011 Iowa Straw Poll is winding down. It was a festive event, perhaps best described as a political tailgate. Music, food, and other fun was nearly everywhere around Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. Of course, so were the politicians. When the speeches began there were quite a number of people still milling around outside- […]
With 16,892 votes cast today… which is more than the 2007 (14,302) Ames Straw Poll. The winner is Michele Bachmann Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – 4823 Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) – 4671 Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) – 2293 Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) – 1657 Herman Cain – 1456 Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) – […]
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at the Ames Straw Poll said that while Iowa’s Democrats propelled Barack Obama toward the White House, today is the day where Iowans can send a message that he has got to go. Pawlenty said we need to be a nation that puts their trust in God first and foremost. […]
I had the chance to speak with a few individuals in the media “spin room” in Hilton Coliseum last night to gage their reaction to the Fox News/Iowa GOP Presidential Debate in Ames, IA. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) shared his thoughts, and he believed that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann came out ahead on her exchange […]
One word describes the third GOP Presidential Debate cosponsored by Fox News and the Republican Party of Iowa was held in Ames, IA – fiery. A definite difference in the mood and temperament of the candidates tonight, and the line of questioning that pitted candidates against one another and contrasted records. Former Minnesota Governor Tim […]
The Fox News/Iowa GOP debate tonight up in Ames will serve as the kick-off for the Ames Straw Poll festivities. That is unless you count the Pints and Politics event hosted by WashPo’s Chris Cillizza last night at Quinton’s in Des Moines as the kickoff. I’m sticking to my top three prediction (Tim Pawlenty, Michele […]
I couldn’t believe it when I heard yesterday about the Ames Straw Poll. It is unfathomable. It’s hard to express with words the shock that I experienced when I learned that – none of the candidates are catering with Hickory Park in Ames. What? That’s crazy! It’s the best BBQ in town, some of these […]
The Straw Poll in Ames is only one week away. I can’t make up my mind who to cast a vote for. But I have several thoughts about the candidates and a few non-candidates. Rick Santorum made a trip on Friday to Newton, Iowa and met with about 30 folks in a townhall style […]