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One year countdown to Iowa caucuses begins

Can you believe there's only a year until the Iowa caucus and the countdown to "Decision 2012" begins? The Republican Women of Black Hawk County are already getting geared up.

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Iowa Federation of Republican Women Vice President Joni Scotter talks with Republican Women of Black Hawk County Finance Chair Mary Ellen Treloar after a meeting at Beck's Restaurant February 4, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. Support from small but dedicated groups like these is key to victory in the famous Iowa Caucuses for candidates seeking the U.S. presidency. "We're good campaigners," President of Black Hawk Republican Women Iann Veldhuizen said. "We make phone calls. We put out signs. We bake cakes!"

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Republican Women of Black Hawk County President Iann Veldhuizen (L) shares a laugh with Legislative Chair Barbara Redman after a meeting at Beck's Restaurant February 4, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Republican Women of Black Hawk County member Sandra Benedett tells State Sen. Bill Dix (R-IA) that she doesn't support public funding for preschool education during a bi-monthly luncheon meeting at Beck's Restaurant February 4, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Copies of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and a group of receipies from U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) wife Barbara Grassley are available to people attending a bi-monthly luncheon of the Republican Women of Black Hawk County at Beck's Restaurant February 4, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Members arrive for a bi-monthly luncheon of the Republican Women of Black Hawk County at Beck's Restaurant February 4, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa.