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Mrs. Bachmann, however, is running against him. And she is ready to rumble.

“All of our conservative values and beliefs are on the line. It is ‘now or never’ time,” the lawmaker says in a voter message that refers to Mr. Graves as a “hyperliberal union-backed opponent.” She’s also braced for inevitable slander from “the national Democrat attack machine.”

Mrs. Bachmann is not blinking, however. “The liberals working to defeat me have seen the work I have accomplished in Washington, and are shaking in their boots,” she adds.

MUSCLE FOREVER

Those who worry that the Toyota Prius could take over the nation’s highways, relax. American interest in classic muscle cars is alive and well.

“We’re seeing a general rise in auction and listing prices of classic muscle cars as market interest in these models picks up. Rare older models, in original or properly restored condition, are increasing in value even as the general economy continues to struggle.” says Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Total Car Score, a research group that rates autos old and new.

What are we talking about here? The most valuable is the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, now worth $425,000. In second place, the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda ($425,000) followed by 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger Daytona ($400,000), 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang ($220,000), 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR ($130,000), 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV ($80,000), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 ($75,000), 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 ($75,0009), 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455 ($75,000), and in 10th place, 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, now worth $35,000.

POLL DU JOUR

• 84 percent of U.S. small business owners and manufacturers say Congress should be held responsible for the impact of federal regulatory actions.

• 67 percent say there is “too much economic uncertainty” for their company to expand, grow or hire new workers.

• 65 percent say new federal regulations have increased in recent years.

• 63 percent perceive that President Obama shows a lack of understanding of how business is created.

• 55 percent would not start a business today, given the current economic climate.

• 50 percent consider themselves Republican, 33 percent Democrat, 16 percent independent.

Source: A National Federation of Independent Businesses/ National Association of Manufacturers survey of 800 small business owners and manufacturers conducted Aug.13 to Sept. 4 and released Tuesday.

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