Posts by Meghan Malloy
When Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) took first and second, respectively, at Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll, they weren’t the only victors; Iowa’s tea party movement, and particularly social and religious conservatives within the movement, mobilized to bring their voices on issues to the forefront.
The tents have been taken down, the red, white and blue technicolor buses have pulled out of Ames and candidates have left either victorious or licking proverbial wounds. Bachmann (R-Minn), U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took the top three spots, respectively — the new question is “What does a Bachmann Straw Poll victory in Iowa mean for the caucuses?”
AMES — Not surprisingly, charismatic Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) took top prize the 2011 Ames Straw Poll with4,823 votes.
AMES — Tensions reached their apex Thursday night during the Fox News/Washington Examiner GOP presidential debate, sending Republican enthusiasm through the roof with less than 48 hours until the Ames Straw Poll gates open Saturday.
DES MOINES — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received a rather aggressive Iowa welcome Thursday during his Des Moines Register soapbox appearance at the Iowa State Fair. Hecklers shouted at Romney about “cut, cap and balance,” Social Security and Medicare, and tax rates to wealthy individuals and corporations.
In a reversal vote Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to nix ethanol subsidies, much to the dismay of federal lawmakers who advocate for farmers and ethanol producers.
Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger has filed formal complaints with the Massachusetts Election and Tax board against fellow candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney regarding his residency status. Romney, a Michigan native and successful private sector businessman, started living in Massachusetts in the 1970s, when he began attending Harvard University’s law and business schools.
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, will seek the White House in 2012, he announced this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”