Monday, December 17, 2012
From Michele Bachmann stumping at the Waukee Pizza Ranch to Tim Pawlenty giving a shout out to Mitt Romney at Chad Airhart's 35th birthday party, Waukee was a stronghold of GOP support in the 2012 presidential race.
- Deb Belt
Monday, December 17, 2012
Editor's Note: As the year winds down, Waukee Patch is looking back at some of the stories that made you talk, cry, laugh or just scratch your head. ______________________________ By Jody Gifford and Deb Belt Waukee was a GOP stronghold during the 2012 election campaign, and saw several visits by Republican presidential hopefuls trying to win the Iowa caucuses. From Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann stumping at the Waukee Pizza Ranch with a flub over the county's name to Minnesota Governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty mingling with Dallas County Republicans at Chad Airhart's birthday party, Waukee was a must-stop on many political tours. Here are some excerpts from the past year: Republican presidential hopeful …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
It has pizza and chicken and a pretty mean all-you-can-eat buffet, but Waukee's Pizza Ranch is doing more than just feeding a community. It's reaching out, too.
If you're from a small town or even work or live in one, then you undoubtedly know the lure of a Pizza Ranch. An all-you-can-eat buffet, great pizza, the rustic atmosphere, the chicken … you just can't beat it. Nick Mapes, owner and general manager of the Pizza Ranch in Waukee, totally gets that. He sees that in the crowds that turn out for the Tip Night fundraisers the restaurant does twice a week, in the families that don't miss a Tuesday night when kids eat free, or in those folks who stop in for the all-you-can-eat buffet and leave full and happy. "Being in Waukee has been more than we could have ever asked for," said Mapes. "The town is so supportive of us. They love the restaurant. They love the pizza. They love the fact that this is…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Making a stop Wednesday at the Waukee Pizza Ranch, Michele Bachmann mistakenly refers to Dallas County, the 94th county on her 99 Counties Bus Tour, as Waukee County.
Making her 10th stop of the day on her 99 Counties Bus Tour, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann breezed into the Waukee Pizza Ranch Wednesday night never removing her coat, shaking hands and saying hello to supporters. It should come as no surprise then, with such a busy schedule and many, many miles behind her, that she might get a couple things wrong along the way. In this case, it was the county she was standing in. "This looks like the congratulations committee for making Barack Obama a one-term president," said Bachmann from her soapbox positioned between the pizza and salad bars. "It’s going to happen right here in Waukee County - this is the epicenter of taking the country back because it's here in Waukee County where …