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In just a few hours, the caucusing for both Republicans and Democrats will start in Iowa, officially kicking off the 2012 presidential primary season.  I have no doubt it’s going to be a long and bumpy road between now and November.

There’s been a lot of chatter on the talking head shows about Iowa for many weeks as the polls gauging the the frontrunners seem to change almost hourly.  For some down-to-earth perspective on things in Iowa, check out my post wondering about whether the Iowa Caucuses really deserve all the hoopla they receive.

But don’t just listen to me!  There are two excellent pieces over at my new group venture that is an online magazine of the best women’s commentary from around the web, The Broad Side: Real Women. Real Opinions.

Broad Side contributor and former syndicated columnist Marie Cocco writes about Predictable Iowa Portends Tough Obama Re-election Road.

Broad Side guest contributor Sonia Walsh reminisces about her Iowa Caucus experience four years ago, and why she thinks the process is a good one.

And Heather Barmore at Poliogue blog reminds us that there are some important things missing in Iowa that we’re not talking about in her piece, Caucus Eve.

Who else is writing about Iowa in way that resonates with you more than the usual suspects on the cable news shows?