Archive for 2011

Gingrich’s Poll Numbers Soften

During last week’s visit to Iowa for a GOP debate, I wrote about all of the negative ads being run against Newt Gingrich on radio and television, and the rumblings of how his poll numbers were softening.

We might be starting to see some evidence of that.

Two new polls …

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Paying for the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

It sounds simple enough – the Senate on Saturday morning approved a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut that is due to expire at the end of December. But did you know that the cost will fall on people who buy a house or refinance their mortgage starting in …

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Payroll Tax Cut Battle

When the Senate voted 89-10 on Saturday morning for a plan to extend a payroll tax cut and other items for two months, it seemed like the Congress would end the year by quietly punting those political battles until the end of February 2012.

And then House Republicans rebelled.

The …

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The Stretch Run in Iowa

As the seven major Republican candidates filed out of the Sioux City Convention Center on Thursday night in Iowa, we started entering a brand new phase of this political fight, a rush down the stretch to the caucuses on January 3.

“I need your help at the caucus,” said Mitt …

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Going After Gingrich

Driving several hundred miles around Iowa on Friday, it didn’t take long to hear some political ads on the radio for the Iowa Caucuses.  There were some postivie spots from Rick Perry and other candidates – and then one hard hitting ad against Newt Gingrich.

That 60 second ad on …

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Iowa GOP Debate

While there were no knockdowns or gaffes, Thursday night’s final GOP debate here in Iowa gave voters the green light on a final 18 day sprint to the finish line in the Hawkeye State, as Republicans zinged each other and fired on the Obama Administration.

The Fox News anchors who …

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Newt Stays Positive


In the face of negative ads and attacks from his closest pursuers, Newt Gingrich is adopting a strategy of staying positive, as he refuses to be drawn into a classic tit-for-tat battle of negative advertising.

“I know there’s a ton of negative ads,” Gingrich told …

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Final Iowa Debate

With just nineteen days until the Iowa Caucuses, tonight’s gathering of major Republican candidates will be the final GOP debate before Iowa voters deliver the first important decision of the 2012 race for the White House, a debate that could result in some last ditch efforts by one or more …

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Deciphering Iowa Voters

As Republicans gather here in Sioux City, Iowa for the final debate before the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, the big parlor game right now in political circles is trying to figure out where this race is going in the next 19 days.

We have seen all kinds of volatility …

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Legislative Gordian Knot

Republicans turned the screws on their own lawmakers in the House on Tuesday, muscling their version of a payroll tax cut extension bill through the House, sending it on to Democrats in the Senate who immediately declared it Dead on Arrival.

“The bill just passed tonight by the House of …

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