• impeachment Jan 21

    2020 Hopefuls Stuck in Washington Deploy Surrogates for Help

    Steve Sovern had low expectations for a recent event he hosted to support Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. Iowans are legendary for expecting to meet White House hopefuls in person — multiple times — and the candidate wasn’t going to be there, represented instead by California Rep. Katie Porter.

  • Iowa Jan 19

    Candidates Seek First Time Caucus Voters in Iowa

    Bernie Sanders is seeking out first-time Iowa caucus participants where they live, work and shop. Pete Buttigieg is signaling to them through friends of supporters and closing the deal in big rallies. The strategies represent one of the most important pieces of a winning presidential Iowa campaign: getting new people to participate. It always matters, but in a highly competitive...

  • Decision 2020 Jan 18

    Facing Senate Trial Crunch, Dems Blitzing Iowa, Early States

    As a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters. There was more than weather at play as the Massachusetts senator’s campaign monitored the forecast and called expected attendees to gauge their willingness to brave the snow and whipping wind. For the Democratic...

  • Decision 2020 Jan 18

    Amid Hacking Fears, Key Caucus States to Use App for Results

    Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that raises concerns of hacking or glitches.

  • Iowa Jan 17

    Crews Round Up Over 1,700 Piglets After Semi Overturns

    Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 piglets after a semi-trailer overturned on a freeway just north of Des Moines.

  • truck spills Jan 17

    Piglets Rescued After Iowa Truck Crash

    Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 young pigs who were in a semi-trailer that overturned Thursday on a freeway just north of Des Moines.

  • Iowa caucuses Jan 16

    New Iowa Caucus Rules Could Spark Clashing Claims of Victory

    The Iowa caucuses are never simple. Voters spend hours in high school gymnasiums or public libraries, starting their night by declaring support for their preferred presidential candidate. That’s followed by a feverish round of lobbying in which supporters of eliminated candidates are pressed to make a new pick by the evening’s end.

  • LX/Morning Consult Poll Jan 13

    Poll: Early Voting States Don’t Reflect America’s Views, But America Is OK With It

    While calls have grown louder to change the order in which states make their presidential primary picks, America doesn’t seem overwhelmingly concerned with the stranglehold Iowa and New Hampshire have on the start of the nomination process. According to a new poll from LX and Morning Consult, 59% of U.S. adults say they’re satisfied with Iowa getting the first caucus...

  • Decision 2020 Jan 11

    Which Candidates Qualified for the January Democratic Debate?

    January’s Democratic presidential debate stage is the smallest one yet, as a handful of candidates who had appeared in previous debates missed out, NBC News reports.

  • Election 2020 Dec 27, 2019

    Iowa Swung Fiercely to Trump. Will it Swing Back in 2020?

    Few states have changed politically with the head-snapping speed of Iowa. It backed Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Then four years later Trump carried Iowa by a larger percentage of the vote than in Texas. Some Democrats are seeing signs of a shift their way

  • Iowa Dec 14, 2019

    Iowa Democrats Worry ‘Medicare for All’ Hurts Key Industry

    Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” plan, which would replace private insurance with a government-run system. “What about the little guys that work in the insurance business,...

  • Dec 2, 2019

    2020 Watch: Why Biden Is Blitzing Iowa and More Questions

    With just two months before primary voting begins, top Democrats are confronting their principal political liabilities with a new sense of urgency. It’s unclear how many voters will be paying attention, however, as the 2019 holiday season is here and impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump accelerate. As Democrats fight amongst themselves in key primary states, Trump is focused on...

  • Dec 2, 2019

    Democrat Steve Bullock Ends Struggling Presidential Campaign

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday that he’s ending his Democratic presidential campaign, saying it’s become clear that he won’t have a shot at being his party’s nominee. The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case that he was the best bet to beat President Donald Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    ‘I Know Joe’s Heart’: Why Black Voters Are Backing Joe Biden

    After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden’s past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, playing defense on race. But Bebe Coker had a message for the man she’s known for decades: don’t back down. The 81-year-old education...

  • Dec 1, 2019

    Biden Launches Iowa Trip With Focus on Trump, Rural America

    Joe Biden launched an eight-day bus tour of Iowa on Saturday projecting confidence, ignoring his many Democratic presidential competitors and pledging that he will unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. The former vice president pledged first to win the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, despite recent polls suggesting his standing there has slipped in recent months. “I promise you, I promise...

  • Nov 24, 2019

    Towns Split as Home Buyouts Help People Move on After Floods

    Tammy Kilgore raised the giant claw of a John Deere excavator high in the air, then slammed it down on the roof the house where she had spent nearly her entire adult life. The shingles crunched, but not much else. So she did it again, and again — each time taking a bigger bite with the mouth-like claw, until the...

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Bloomberg Vows to Refuse Donations, Presidential Salary

    Michael Bloomberg will not accept political donations if he runs for president and he will not take a salary if he wins, according to senior aides who offered new details on Saturday about the New York billionaire’s plans to navigate his wealth as he marches toward a formal 2020 announcement. “He has never taken a political contribution in his life....

  • Nov 18, 2019

    US Draws Fewer New Foreign Students for 3rd Straight Year

    The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report, but the Trump administration says the drop should be blamed on high tuition costs and not students’ concerns over the nation’s political atmosphere. An annual report from the Institute of International Education found that the number of newly enrolled...

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Pete Buttigieg Is Struggling With Black Voters — and Not Just Because He’s Gay

    Pete Buttigieg, 37, may have won over many members of the mostly white political commentariat in New York and Washington, and recent polls of Iowa’s overwhelmingly white electorate put him at or near the front of the crowded Democratic field there, NBC News reports. But, at the start of October, a poll in The Charleston Post and Courier found Buttigieg...

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Buttigieg Tops New Iowa Poll of Democratic Presidential Hopefuls

    Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, topped the latest poll of likely Democratic voters in Iowa, the first state in the nation to weigh in, via caucus, on who should be the blue party’s choice for president, NBC News reports. The moderate mayor supported by 25% of respondents was followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 16%; former...

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