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On the Stump: Politics 2014

April 21, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Suffolk University Iowa Poll shows Hillary Clinton strong

and GOP field scattered

BOSTON - With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll. And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates.

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2016 presidential caucuses

A subset of self-described Iowa caucus goers were asked their first choice for their party's nomination for president, 63 percent of Democrats indicated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 12 percent chose Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and 10 percent favored Vice President Joe Biden.The picture was much cloudier on the Republican side, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10 percent each), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson (9 percent each), and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (7 percent). Six others had 6 percent each: Congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Sen. Rick Santorum, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Fisher completes fire department donations

DES MOINES- Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) recently completed his donations to all 22 volunteer fire departments in his legislative district with a $500 donation to the Clemons Fire Department. The Clemons Fire Department will use the donation to outfit a new tanker truck.

By commuting the 61 miles to Des Moines from his home each day, Fisher saves expense dollars and since first elected, he has opted to donate that money back to the 22 local fire departments in his district. This year, Fisher has donated a total of $13,500 of excess legislative expense to the fire departments in his district.

"I believe the people of this country are looking for leaders that are willing to put principle over politics. This is one of the ways I am willing to demonstrate that I am one of those leaders," said Fisher. "Being a legislator should not be just a job, it should be a calling, not an act of personal profit."

Fisher plans to begin making the rounds to all 22 fire departments and making donations again once the 2014 legislative session is complete.



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