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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:44
Ron Paul to Campaign in Central and Western Iowa

Three-day visit to include town hall meetings and a major ‘Salute to Veterans Rally’ in Des Moines

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will campaign in Iowa for three days in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.

The far-reaching visit will occur from Wednesday to Friday, December 28th to the 30th, inclusive. 

Public events during this visit include town hall meetings in large population centers and rural areas, and a major Salute to Veterans Rally.

“As we approach the final stretch, the Iowa team welcomes Ron Paul for another consequential visit during which he’ll interact with voters and host a rally to salute our veterans.  Earlier visits by Dr. Paul laid the foundation for a strong top-three showing at the January caucus and this visit promises to build upon it,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers.

Details of this far-reaching visit are as follows.  All times Central.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12:00 p.m.
Jasper County Town Hall Meeting
Iowa Speedway Media Center
I-80 at Exit 168 
Newton, IA 50208
(take Iowa Speedway Dr. to Lincoln St. and enter speedway from south)

3:00 p.m.
Ron Paul visits GuideOne Insurance*
1111 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265

7:00 p.m.
Ron Paul's Salute to Veterans Rally
Iowa State Fairgrounds - Knapp Learning Center
East 33rd St. & University Ave.  
Des Moines, IA 50317

*Closed to the public but media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Live in-studio interview w/ Jan Mickelson
WHO Radio
2141 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

12:00 p.m.
Perry Town Hall Meeting
Hotel Pattee
1112 Willis Ave. 
Perry, IA 50220

3:00 p.m.
Cass County Town Hall Meeting
Cass County Community Center at Cass County Fairgrounds
805 W 10th St. 
Atlantic, IA 50022

7:00 p.m.
Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting
Mid-America Center
One Arena Way 
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Friday, December 30, 2011

1:00 p.m.
Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting
LeMars Convention Center
275 12th St. SE 
LeMars, IA 51031

3:00 p.m.
Sioux County Town Hall Meeting
Sioux Center Public Library
102 S. Main Ave. 
Sioux Center, IA 51250

7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Town Hall Meeting
River's Bend Convention Center / Stoney Creek Inn
300 3rd St. 
Sioux City, IA 51101

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Ron Paul to Hold Major Salute to Veterans Rally in Des Moines
Alongside Iowa Chair Drew Ivers and Rep. Glen Massie, Air Force veteran Ron Paul to assemble veterans, discuss their issues, and thank them
ANKENY, Iowa – Air Force veteran and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold a major veterans rally in Des Moines, demonstrating his commitment to veterans, active-duty military men and women, and their families.

The event, which is open to supporters of all ages regardless of veteran status, will be held on Wednesday, December 28th at the Knapp Learning Center, located on the State Fair Grounds in Des Moines.  Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.  To enter 30 minutes early and secure a seat near the front of the room, RSVP for the veterans rally featuring Dr. Paul by clicking here.

The salute to veterans rally is of particular importance as U.S. troops are returning from Iraq, and are deserving of a warm welcome home.  Another function of this event is to answer the growing demand of the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition, which is among the strongest voter associations benefiting Dr. Paul in Iowa.

“My country called and like Ron Paul I left my family, friends, and career behind, in my case serving in Vietnam.  Now Dr. Paul is again offering himself to serve our great nation as president in a time of urgent need,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

“I’ve never met a more humble, honest, and capable patriot in my lifetime.  As Ron Paul salutes his fellow Veterans here in Iowa, I’m proud to return that salute,” said Mr. Ivers, himself a combat-wounded U.S. Army veteran awarded a purple heart for injuries he sustained while serving in Vietnam.

“Like many other veterans and active-duty military men and women, officers and enlisted alike, I wholeheartedly support Ron Paul for our President and Commander in Chief,” said Iowa House Rep. Glen Massie (R-Des Moines).

Rep. Massie is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was the first Iowa legislator to endorse Dr. Paul for the Republican nomination. 

During the 1960s, Dr. Ron Paul proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon.  Today, the 12-term Congressman from Texas has stood up in defense of veterans benefits and as a friend to veterans has helped returning veterans receive honors and awards never bestowed them

In recognition of Paul’s own military service, his promotion of a strong national defense, and his service to veterans, active-duty military personnel contributed more to Paul’s campaign than to those of all Republican presidential candidates combined, and more than that of incumbent President Barack Obama, in 2Q and 3Q of 2011.

As a first basic step, those wanting to join the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here.  Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Due to strong demand and space limitations, members of the media are asked to RSVP for the event by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Details of the event, which is free of charge and open to the public, are as follows.  Time is Central.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

7:00 p.m.
Knapp Learning Center
State Fair Grounds
E. 33rd Street and University
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

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Ron Paul Endorsed by Pella-area Christian Pastor

The Rev. Brian D. Nolder of Marion County says Dr. Paul's ideas “reflect biblical principles.”

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received today the endorsement of a Christian pastor from Pella, Marion County.

The Rev. Brian D. Nolder, pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church, wrote a thoughtful endorsement of the 12-term Congressman from Texas, discussing his evolution from a Paul observer to Paul supporter.  In the letter, he discusses the merits of Dr. Paul’s domestic and foreign policy positions and how they comport with Christianity as the Rev. understands it.

“We are pleased to have Rev. Nolder’s endorsement and thank him for the many compliments he pays Ron Paul in his letter of support.  Rev. Nolder’s endorsement and others like it are what make a strong top-three showing in the Iowa caucus more likely,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

In making his endorsement, Rev. Nolder mentioned that he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of Christ the Redeemer Church or its congregants.

Mike Heath, Iowa State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, is visiting Christian churches across Iowa to do outreach and discuss Ron Paul’s candidacy.  To date, Heath has visited 295 houses of worship across the state toward that end.  Heath is an ordained Christian minister.

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The full text of Rev. Nolder’s letter of support follows.

Statement from the Rev. Brian D. Nolder

I write this to indicate my support and endorsement for Ron Paul for President in 2012.  Even though I am a Christian pastor, my endorsement comes as a private citizen and does not indicate any endorsement by the church I serve.  But my endorsement is motivated by Christian convictions, and I could not support someone whom I did not believe embodied those convictions in his policies, positions and character.

The idea of supporting Dr. Paul is pretty new to me.  But the interest of many colleagues in my denomination (the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches; www.crechurches.org) in Dr. Paul, as well as the support of my former pastor, caused me to take a close look at the man and his ideas.  Though they seem radical and out of the mainstream at first, careful study will show that they actually reflect the conservatism of our nation’s founding fathers, our founding documents, and the first decades of our history.  More importantly, they reflect biblical principles.

I support Dr. Paul because he wants people to be liberated from state dependence (perpetuated by a massive welfare state) and returned to dependence on God–through hard work, entrepreneurship, and enjoying the fruits of one’s labor–and assistance from families, local communities, churches, and other private, charitable organizations.  He has the most concrete plan to shrink the Leviathan of federal government, and he has the track record to show that he will do what he says.  He wants to do exactly what the Constitution is designed to do, but which we have been moving away from for the past century: restrain the scope and size of government, particularly at the federal level.  As a patriotic American who loves his country, it pains me to say that I have the growing sense that Uncle Sam–executive, legislative, and judicial–is more of an existential threat than Iran or any other foreign power is.  Dr. Paul can help us reverse this trend.

As a Christian, I am also very concerned about the issue of human life, since each of us is uniquely made in the image of God.  Dr. Paul has always been pro-life, refusing to practice abortions throughout his long career as an OB-GYN.  He has written a book on the subject, and he signed the recently promulgated “personhood pledge” (www.personhoodusa.com), further indicating his support to use constitutional means to guarantee life and liberty to all people, even to the unborn.

Respect for life must not only extend to the unborn within our own land, but also to all people everywhere.  I am concerned that our country has moved further and further away from the “just war” principles of the Christian tradition that used to inform so much of our foreign policy.  While I am no pacifist, I am increasingly concerned about how quickly we seem to be resorting to violence to resolve international conflicts, and whether the “wars” we have recently been engaged in are truly just.  Dr. Paul promises to return us to the modest, humble foreign policy that Gov. Bush articulated in the 2000 campaign.  (This must be one of the reasons Dr. Paul receives more contributions from military servicemen and women than all other candidates combined.)

I don’t necessarily agree with every position Dr. Paul has, nor every vote that he has cast in Congress.  But what voter ever has the “perfect” candidate?  More importantly, the positives of his stated positions, goals and aspirations–and esp. his overall governing philosophy–far outweigh whatever small disagreements I may have with him.

For further insight into why I as a Christian leader have chosen to support Dr. Paul, I invite people to read this article: http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/the-case-for-ron-paul-2/, or check out the Facebook group, Christians for Ron Paul 2012.

The Rev. Brian D. Nolder
Pella, IA

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Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Caucus Night Location Details
Event to be held in Des Moines suburb of Ankeny
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign has selected the Courtyard Des Moines Ankeny for its caucus night activities.

The campaign has arranged for one or more press risers, a multiple audio feed box, professional lighting, and other appropriate production aspects. 

Media may arrive sometime in the late afternoon to view the location, and to set up.

Event details are as follows.  Time is Central.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

7:00 p.m.
Courtyard Des Moines Ankeny
2405 SE Creekview Drive
Ankeny, Iowa 50021

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Ron Paul Signs Personhood Pledge; Personhood USA Questions Commitment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Mason   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:40

ARVADA, Colo. -- 12/26/2011 -- Texas Congressman Ron Paul became the fifth Republican presidential candidate to sign the Personhood Presidential Candidate Pledge on Thursday.  Personhood USA received a signed copy of the pledge along with a statement attempting to clarify his position on the personhood rights of the preborn.

Paul joins Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Texas Governor Rick Perry in signing the organization’s Personhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge.

Paul, well known for his defense of liberty, authored an addendum to the signed pledge in which he stated, “You can’t have Liberty without Life.”

“I don't just believe life begins at conception; I know it as a scientific certainty,” he writes.

Upon receiving the signed pledge with the addendum, Personhood USA requested clarification from the Paul campaign for inconsistencies between the accompanying statement and the pledge language.

The pledge requires that the candidates “stand…with the Republican Party platform in affirming that [they] “support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.”

Regarding the latter, Rep. Paul stated that “The Fourteenth Amendment was never intended to cancel out the Tenth Amendment. This means that I can’t agree that the Fourteenth Amendment has a role to play here, or otherwise we would end up with a ‘Federal Department of Abortion.’”

The 14th amendment, which protects individual liberties from state encroachment, requires that:  "No State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

“We should allow our republican system of government to function as our Founders designed it to: protect rights at the federal level, enforce laws against violence at the state level,” writes Paul.

“The United States suffered through a terrible civil war precisely because the federal government left it to the states to decide whether an entire class of people were to be considered persons or property,” explained Personhood USA Legal Analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.

“If Rep. Ron Paul believes that the preborn are persons under the law, why wouldn't they be protected under the 14th amendment?” asks Garcia Jones.  “Rep. Paul's vague statement on the duty of the federal government to ‘protect rights’ is without effect if there is no mechanism for guaranteeing those protections.”

“Personhood USA understands and agrees with Rep. Paul, that crimes, including murder, are to be prohibited by state laws,” continued Garcia Jones.  “However, pro-lifers are left wondering how a President Paul would seek to protect the right to life in states that would choose to continue to allow abortion after Roe vs. Wade is overturned.”

 
People's Caucus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:39

Dear Friends,

As you know, the official Iowa Caucus is on January 3rd. Well, the Peoples Caucus is tomorrow at 7:00 pm at the Occupy Caucus Headquarters, 504 E Locust in Des Moines. You should definitely plan to attend.

The Peoples Caucus is modeled after the Iowa Caucus. Resolutions will be offered and participants will break into candidate "preference" groups. But the twist is folks will indicate preference not for the best candidate but for the worst one, the candidate whose headquarters they want to visit over the next few days as part of the Occupy Caucus campaign. (And to reiterate: THERE WILL BE NO DISRUPTION OF THE JANUARY 3rd CAUCUS!)

Now, to be clear, if one were to overstay one's welcome at a candidate's campaign headquarters, one could possibly be arrested. But simply visiting candidates' headquarters to deliver a message about the grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement is an important action to take. If you feel that corporate power is out of control in America, come tomorrow night and let your voices be heard. A big turnout will send a big message to Wall Street and K Street.

Monday, Charles Goldman and I talk with peace activist Tom Hayden.

Tuesday, attorney Kimberly Graham fills-in for me to discuss divorce law.

Wednesday, John Nichols of The Nation is my guest.

Thursday, comedian Bob Zany joins me. What, you don't think the caucuses have provided ample comic material? Think again.

Bob's funniness is known coast-to-coast, and he'll be in Des Moines for some pre-caucus laughs on January 1st, 8:00 pm at Java Joe's Fourth Street Theatre. I'm hosting the show, though it remains to be seen whether I can be funny for a full ten minutes. Tickets are $15 at (515) 282-5282. Thanks to Open Sesame, Tinker Heating and Cooling, and Tally's Restaurant Bar & Catering for sponsoring.

Also, I want to make a plug for "Building the Progressive Movement Inside and Outside the Democratic Party." It's a forum organized by Progressive Democrats of America, National Nurses United and The Nation Magazine. Three local folks - Jay Howe, Jeff Cox and myself - will offer our perspectives during panel discussions. National leaders are participating too, including Rep Barbara Lee, Tom Hayden, John Nichols and Jean Ross. It's free, open to the public and at the Unitarian Church in Des Moines, 1800 Bell Ave, 1:30-5:30 pm.

So, join the conversation from 7:00-8:00 pm, Monday - Thursday at 98.3 WOW-FM and online. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too. Thanks!

Ed


EVENTS

Ongoing - Occupy Des Moines (Des Moines)
At Stewart Square, East 14th and Grand, all are welcome at a daily assembly at 6:00 pm (2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday). Lots of regular activities planned. Check the Occupydsm Facebook page for details. Also, check Occupy Iowa's Facebook page for information about other actions around the state.

December 27 - Occupy Des Moines' "Peoples Caucus" (Des Moines)
With so many Americans dissatisfied with the leadership of both major political parties, local organizers have put out a call for people across Iowa and the nation to converge in Des Moines for a Peoples Caucus and an occupation of candidates' campaign head quarters from December 28-30. The Peoples Caucus is from 5:00-10:00 pm on the 27th, 504 E Locust St, and includes a discussion of resolutions central to the occupy movement followed by breaking into "candidate preference groups." For further details, click here.

December 29 - Drinking Liberally (Des Moines)
You don't have to be a card-carrying liberal to enjoy political conversation and excellent libations at AJ's, 419 E Court starting at 8:00 pm every Thursday. If the revolution is going to start anyplace, this is probably it. Contact desmoines@drinkingliberally.org.

December 30 - Building the Progressive Movement (Des Moines)
From 1:30-5:30 pm at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Avenue. Full title of the event is “Building  the  Progressive  Movement  inside/outside  the  Democratic  Party." Organized by Progressive Democrats for America and The Nation. Panelists include John Nichols, Rep Barbara Lee, Tom Hayden and others. Contact Tim Carpenter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 1 - Is This Your Caucus Or Are You Just Glad to See Me? (DM)
An evening of comedy starring Bob Zany (of Bob and Tom fame) with Keith West and The Zanettes. Ed Fallon and his accordion (yup, you read that right) will host the event, which is at Java Joe's 4th Street Theatre, 216 4th St, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15. Call (515) 288-5282.

January 5 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 7 (and every Saturday) Occupy Decorah (Decorah)
At the Winneshiek County Courthouse steps at 1:00 pm to discuss issues and plan action. Contact Jim Tripp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 12 - Cool Congregations Coffee (Ames)
From 7:00–8:30 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave for conversation about what faith communities in Iowa are doing to care for the earth. See firsthand what Bethesda Lutheran has done, installing a ground source heat pump system to heat and cool their facility with a goal of reducing their energy use and costs. Contact Sarah Webb at (515) 238-3587 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 14 - Forey Fest (Des Moines)
There has been an outpouring of care and concern for Forey, the barefoot runner who was badly beaten recently. This will be an event filled with fun to benefit Forey. Details are still in progress, but the day will include a 5K run/walk and live music at Full Court Press bars and restaurants. See Forey Fest Facebook Page for details.

January 17 - Irish Jam at Open Sesame (Des Moines)
Discover the fusion of Lebanese and Celtic culture every third Tuesday of the month: belly dancing to Irish gigs and reels, Lebanese cooking washed-down with a pint of Guinness. All musicians patrons welcome, at 313 E. Locust St from 8:30-10:30 pm.

 
Ron Paul Sign Wave and Public Outreach PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:30
Friday, December 23, 2011, 2:00 PM Intersection of Kimberly Road and Brady Street
It's time to get out there and raise public awareness about Ron Paul. Come on out and show your enthusiasm for our man. We'll do some sign waving at a busy intersection and also hand out literature and talk to people at the Northpark Mall.
We have the momentum but we can't let up now! Let's take Ron Paul over the top to a landslide victory! We can fire the shot heard round the world!
Intersection of Kimberly Road and Brady Street 2-6 PM We'll bring signs but bring your own if you have one. After it gets dark we'll move over to the mall and distribute literature and talk to shoppers. Let's be the friendly face of the Ron Paul movement....wear a Santa Hat if you have one. This will be fun! RSVP via email or HERE:http://www.meetup.com/RonPaul2012DavenportIA/events/45284682/
Call Steven at 323-804-7206 or Todd McGreevy 563-650-0120

 
News from the Ron Paul Campaign late-December PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:39
Ron Paul Draws Big Crowds on Second of Two-Day Trip to Iowa

Four town hall meetings yield a sizable outpouring of committed and new supporters

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul again attracted big crowds at all four of his events in Eastern Iowa, closing out a two-day trip before he returns for a three-day trip to Central and Western Iowa next week.

Crowds of this size would be uncommon had the 12-term Congressman from Texas not done this in Iowa just yesterday.  Or, had he not done so previously at Youth for Ron Paul events in Iowa that recently gained national media coverage.

Paul’s Jackson County Town Hall Meeting in Maquoketa attracted more than 200 people, noteworthy for the small venue, town, and county in which it occurred.  The Dubuque Town Hall Meeting at the Grand River Center saw more than 350 people.  The Delaware County Town Hall Meeting on the Delaware County Fairgrounds netted more than 150, exceptional for a small community.  Finally, Ron Paul’s Cedar Rapids Town Hall Meeting at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center – expected to be a large event – exceeded turnout estimates with more than 350 supporters.

Ron Paul speaks at his Jackson County Town Hall Meeting in Maquoketa.


Ron Paul greets his youngest supporter at his Dubuque Town Hall Meeting.


Ron Paul kicks off his Delaware County Town Hall Meeting in Manchester.


Ron Paul surveys the crowd amid applause in Cedar Rapids.

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Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes New ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ Members
Latest families valuing education choice hail from Polk, Warren and Hancock counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today additions to its active “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.  The new members hail from Polk, Warren, and Hancock counties, all Iowa.

As voters further appreciate Dr. Paul’s principled stance on education choice, momentum for the Iowa campaign organization continues.  Below find statements of support from the following new members and member families.

Genny Loraditch of Ankeny has been instructing her four children for about three years, and explained, “Dr. Ron Paul is a father of five and grandparent to many, and therefore relates to me and my struggle to raise a strong family.  If he were to become president, I would look forward to the freedom he will bring to homeschooling parents.  I am supporting Ron Paul for many reasons aside from the benefits I get from the freedom to homeschool.  His stance on life is strong and unquestionable, and he is a leader about whom I would be proud to teach my children.”

New Virginia residents and home educators Bryan and Joan Samuell also are publicly sharing their sentiments about Dr. Paul.

“Ron Paul is one of the few that have an understanding of the limits placed upon the federal government by the founding fathers.  He is a strong supporter of life, not just in rhetoric but in practice.  Dr. Paul is mindful of the taxpayer’s dollar and opposes wasteful spending.  Lastly, he has an understanding of the jurisdictions of authority and the right of families to decide how to best educate their children,” wrote the couple.

For more than 15 years, Jennifer Loveless has chosen home education for her four children in Corwith.  After hearing about “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul,” she was pleased to offer an expression of support.

“Homeschooling without government intervention is the pinnacle of parental self-responsibility.  The right to educate your own children is liberty at its core.  I want to protect this and many other freedoms, not to mention returning some that have been lost.  Therefore, I see only one candidate who will defend our liberties, and he is Dr. Ron Paul,” said Ms. Loveless.

Those interested in joining the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition may visit the official page by clicking here.  Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about how to join.

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In Case You Missed It:  Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum #Fail to Appear on Virginia Ballot
Stringent ballot access requirements, yes – but, um, this is the presidential election!
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – National media and political pundits are reporting that Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum failed to file the signatures necessary to appear on the Virginia ballot.

This means that on March 6, 2012 or Super Tuesday, the day of the Virginia primary, supporters of the three presidential aspirants residing in the Commonwealth will be denied the opportunity to cast their vote for them.

Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum don't make Va. ballot
By Emily Schultheis, Burns & Haberman on 2012 – Politico.com

Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum all failed to meet the requirements for the Virginia ballot, according to the state's Board of Elections.

Of the 2012 GOP hopefuls, just Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Perry submitted the required number of signatures today.

The state's primary, which is slated for Super Tuesday on March 6, has some of the most stringent ballot access requirements in the country: 10,000 signatures from registered Virginia voters, including 400 from each of the state's 11 congressional districts. And the elections board recommends getting at least 1.5 times the number of required signatures — 15,000 for presidential candidates — in case any of them are found to be invalid.

Mitt Romney, who filed Tuesday, was the only candidate to get 1.5 times the required number of signatures: he submitted a total of 16,026 signatures, according to Chris Piper of the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Paul filed today with 14,361 signatures, Perry had 11,911 and Gingrich had 11,050.

The Gingrich campaign announced yesterday, after "scrambling" to organize in the state, that it had reached the required number of signatures.

The state parties will certify the signatures from each of the candidates and decide by Dec. 27 whether the four GOP candidates are eligible to appear on the ballot, Piper said.

For the original post, click here.

Larry Sabato, political analyst and the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, tweeted this pithy but amusing opinion:
Ron Paul Commits to Pro-life, Pro-liberty Presidency
Signs Personhood USA pledge and authors own statement affirming Life and Liberty
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul made two concrete gestures affirming his career-long stance on the sanctity of life.

Dr. Paul signed the Personhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge circulated by Personhood USA, a 501(c)(4) Christian ministry that assists local groups in initiating citizen, legislative, and political action in defense of the unborn.

Dr. Paul also authored his own statement outlining his prolife position in the context of the Constitution.  The 12-term Congressman from Texas signed both documents on December 19, 2011. 

“I guarantee you that no one would work harder to be the most ardent and active pro-life President in history,” Dr. Paul writes in his statement. 

“We’re pleased Ron Paul has signed the Personhood USA pledge and admire him for elaborating further on the issue of government’s role in protecting the sanctity of life.  The right to life is a deeply-held conviction of Dr. Paul.  As a political leader, a Christian, and a physician who personally delivered thousands of babies, he brings unique perspective on the life issue that’s so pivotal for Iowans,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers.

Dr. Paul is by trade an accomplished OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.  While in Congress he sponsored a federal Human Life Amendment, and voted against directing federal funds toward domestic and international organizations that perform abortions or engage in so-called “family planning” schemes.

To view Ron Paul’s newest ad “Staying on the Right Path” featuring friends and former patients of the prolife doctor, click here.  To view his path-breaking earlier ad “Life,” click here.

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