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WASHINGTON--I say this all the time when I am asked about polls on television shows and this latest Iowa poll prompts me to make the point here. National polls don't matter much in the 2008 presidential primary. Individual polls from the early primary states are more important. I rarely write about polls but this new KCCI poll demonstrates that in key leadoff state of Iowa, there are four candidates in play, in order, John Edwards, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. So while the overall front-runners are Clinton and Obama, Iowa throws a lifeline to Edwards and Richardson. The New Mexico governor moved up in rankings, so his campaign bragged about it on Thursday.

Click below for Richardson release...

release from the Richardson campaign.....

New Iowa KCCI Channel 8 Poll Shows Jump for Governor Bill Richardson
Richardson within striking distance of Senator Obama
For Immediate Release
July 26, 2007
AMES, IA -- Today, Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson has jumped to 11% in a new Iowa KCCI Channel 8 Poll, a 4-point gain since May.

"This poll is consistent with the momentum we're seeing on the ground in Iowa," said campaign manager Dave Contarino. "The more Iowa voters get to know Governor Richardson, the more they like him. His experience, his vision for growing the economy and enacting universal healthcare, and his plan for getting all of our troops out of Iraq with no residual forces are resonating with voters everywhere. This poll reflects that."

Today's poll shows Governor Richardson with the most growth in support among all the candidates. It also shows him quickly closing in on Senator Obama.

Here are the results to the most recent July Iowa KCCI Channel 8 Poll:

July 2007 May 2007
Edwards 27% 26%
Clinton 22% 28%
Obama 16% 22%
Richardson 11% 7%
Biden 2%
Dodd 2%
Kucinich 2%
Gravel 1%

Note: Final July numbers have not yet been reported by KCCI Channel 8

Governor Richardson's campaign continues to pick up speed in Iowa. Just before Governor Richardson's solid performance at the CNN/YouTube debate, the campaign started running a new ad called "Heroes" in Iowa, detailing Governor Richardson's leadership of the national effort to raise death benefits for the families of fallen soldiers and his plans to give a "Heroes' Health Card" to our veterans, so they can get healthcare wherever and whenever they need it.

Governor Richardson continues to rise in the all-important early primary states. Today's poll comes on the heels of a CNN/KMUR/UNH poll, showing Governor Richardson ahead of John Edwards in New Hampshire.

"Our strategy of door-to-door, grassroots campaigning in the early primary states is paying off," said Contarino.

The pundits are starting to realize what the voters have known for awhile: Governor Richardson is a top-tier contender. A recent USA Election Polls article predicted an upset victory for Governor Richardson in Iowa.

Please find a press release on the Iowa poll done for the campaign by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates here:

Please find a press release on the CNN/KMUR/UNH poll here:

Please watch the ad "Heroes" here:

Please find the USA Election Poll article here:


Johnson co. Iowa is conducting a straw poll. the people are voting and Obama is leading.
Seems to be a big disconnect with polling, voting and donating and actual people support. Polls are just not accurate.

Dear friend,

I just learned about a case of segregation-era oppression happening today in Jena, Louisiana. I signed onto's campaign for justice in Jena, and wanted to invite you to do the same.

Last fall in Jena, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place." But it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the story has gotten minimal press. Together, we can make sure their story is told and that the Governor of Louisiana intervenes and provides justice for the Jena 6.

Are people so lazy all they can do is point out the deficiencies in a blog that is not regularly updated. Drinking coffee..chitchatting. Do your job already

Bill Richardson is moving up in Iowa and New Hampshire because he has the clearest plan for Iraq of the major candidates. He understands that our troops are the targets of all sides in civil war. There is no front or rear. Each day is another day tens of U.S. soldiers are killed or injured - and for what at this point?

Until the U.S. President directs that our troops to leave there will be no fundamental progress among the Iraqis toward national reconciliation. By keeping our troops in Iraq we've permitted a dangerous dependency to develop. Americans are dying in attempting to provide security that should be the sole responsibilities of the Iraqis.

Think Richardson is out on his own advocating for a complete withdrawal simply to pander to the anti-war vote and his plan doesn't make any sense? This is what Sandy Berger, Clinton's National Security Advisor, stated recently:

"A clear US commitment to a complete, irreversible withdrawal from Iraq may now be the only way to develop a regional concert of powers that could work with Iraqis to try to stabilise the country and cauterise the conflict.

The continuing US and British occupation is a roadblock to that co-operation. The galvanising impact of a decision to depart unequivocally can be the last best chance at preventing the conflict from boiling over beyond Iraq to the whole region. How we design and implement our departure is our last significant remaining leverage.

There is no guarantee that this will work, but geopolitical self-interest may encourage wary co-operation from Iraq's neighbours. Iran does not need to invade Iraq to have influence there. The Saudis and Jordanians do not have the military capability to invade. The Syrians are not interested and, in spite of some sabre-rattling, the Turks do not need more Kurds to try to pacify. Focusing on ending the occupation and bringing order in its wake may be the best chance left to end our involvement while keeping the civil war contained to Iraq."

You can read the full commentary at

Our troops did the job they were sent to Iraq to do. It's time to leave. The longer we delay the inevitable the greater the scars of this war are inflicted on families across America for generations to come.

Good morning, I was searching 'round the web for mainstream news about the travesty of jusitce in Jena LA, which lead me to this post. It sickens me that it is the year 2007 and Senator Barack Obama would not be allowed to sit on a bench under a tree on school property without risk of being lynched.

The Senator and Michelle Obama are extremely brave people to put their very lives on the line for a country that allows terrorists to thrive in our country, based on their rights to freedom of speech.

One would not need to be driving and talking on a cell phone in Jena LA to get pulled over by a cop. All it would take is the color of your skin and if you are an "N" (ending in er) you are indeed suspect of the simple crime of being born the wrong color according to the townsfolk.

The time is now for a 1960s MLK, Jr. peace march into Jena, being planned for about September 20. Be there.

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