Hitting the Links
"t's a fake vote that will draw the kind of attention usually reserved for a real election, and Iowa Republican Party officials insist they're taking aggressive steps to safeguard Saturday's hotly contested Ames straw poll.
"Republicans will be checking voters' Iowa IDs and marking hands with the same indelible ink that stained the famous purple fingers of Iraqi voters. Only Iowa residents are allowed to vote in the poll."
"ormer Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson plans to make his first Iowa campaign trip as a presidential prospect next week, a development that is expected to reset the Republican field in the leadoff caucus state in the wake of the GOP straw poll in Ames on this Saturday."
"A pep rally and a proving ground, the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday gives Mike Huckabee his first and perhaps his best chance to improve his standing among Republican presidential contenders."
"Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney yesterday accused Republican rival Rudy Giuliani of running a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants as New York City's mayor.
" 'New York City was the poster child for sanctuary cities in the country,' Romney said in Bettendorf, Iowa.
"Quinnipiac University polls of voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- the big three Electoral College swing states -- found voters by large margins more likely to see the endorsement of a gay rights group as a reason to vote against, rather than for, a candidate."
"Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is taking a page from Bill Clinton's playbook and building on it. He feels your pain and your anger.
"The upbeat Mr. Sunshine and Southern moderate of the 2004 presidential race has turned into the populist pursuing support from the party's liberal wing in hopes of overcoming leading rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Edwards has given voice to voters' frustrations over an unending Iraq war, rising health care costs and disenchantment with Washington."
"Democrats hold an edge with Hispanics in national elections, but Latinos' growing tendency to register as independents and split their vote between parties is buoying Republican prospects for 2008.
"Younger and college-educated Hispanics in particular offer fertile ground for the GOP, new data show. And while no one suggests Republicans have become the party of choice for the nation's fastest-growing minority, Democrats have been gradually losing ground.
" 'The Democrats began in the 1980s to slowly lose Latino registration,' said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a San Antonio-based research group that studies Hispanic issues. 'It's drip, drip, drip.' "
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