Government + Politics

Trump made his pitch for 4 more years. Pelosi ripped up the speech

BY: - February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump delivered his third — and possibly final — State of the Union address Tuesday night on the floor of the U.S. House, where he was impeached in December.  And the partisan animosity that has gripped Washington throughout the impeachment proceedings was on stark display throughout the annual speech by the […]

COMMENTARY

The Iowa caucuses are on the brink — but we should fight for them

BY: - February 4, 2020

Former Iowa congressman Dave Nagle has been on the front lines of trying to preserve Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses for more than four decades. “It’s not a good morning,” Nagle told me on Tuesday. That’s an understatement.  Nagle, a Waterloo Democrat, has been called into action many times over the years when the caucuses have teetered […]

Rural Iowans said their caucuses went smoothly — until they used the reporting app

BY: - February 4, 2020

A caucus leader in Clayton County stood outside in the wind, trying to get cell service to send in her precinct results. Another leader in Davis County spent weeks trying to download the results reporting app before the caucuses. She called into the Iowa Democrats hotline instead to share her results and waited 50 minutes. […]

COMMENTARY

‘App-ocalypse’ in the Iowa caucus

BY: - February 4, 2020

We’re all living in accelerated digital time. Technology does that. We want what we want when we want it: on demand.

Democrats’ caucus results delay raises questions, criticism

BY: - February 4, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party’s delay in reporting caucus results sparked more criticism of the state’s first-in-the-nation status Monday. While the winner of the Iowa caucus isn’t normally finalized until late in the evening of the event, it’s typical for results to be released throughout the night, giving some indication of front-runners and losers. The Iowa […]

Iowans caucused around the country — from DC to Arizona — for the first time ever. Here’s what they said.

BY: - February 3, 2020

More Iowans caucused on Monday than ever before — without setting foot in Iowa. The Iowa Caucuses are often criticized for not being inclusive enough for people who can’t attend a traditional precinct caucus because of work, mobility or family issues. The Iowa Democratic Party’s answer to that concern this year was creating 87 “satellite” […]

Waterloo satellite caucusgoers small in number, long on clout

BY: - February 3, 2020

WATERLOO, Iowa — A sparsely attended early afternoon Democratic satellite caucus at one of Iowa’s largest union halls Monday demonstrated that every vote counts — especially when there’s not that many votes to count. The satellite caucus, held at United Auto Workers Local 838, was initially anticipated by some there to draw a couple hundred […]

COMMENTARY

Lack of Iowa Poll is disappointing but not a conspiracy

BY: - February 3, 2020

I have a lapel pin that looks like a tiny newspaper front page with the headline:  “Dewey defeats Truman.” Of course, we know from history that Harry Truman won the presidency in 1948, not Thomas Dewey.  I think about that premature headline on big election days as a simple reminder:  Don’t make stupid predictions. Going […]

A tale of two rallies: Buttigieg, Biden campaign back-to-back in Des Moines

BY: - February 2, 2020

Before entering a gymnasium to see former Vice President Joe Biden speak for one of the last times in Iowa, undecided caucusgoers peeled off yellow and blue “Pete 2020” stickers from their puffy coats.  As presidential candidates tried to fit in a few more handshakes and selfies 24 hours before the start of the Iowa […]

Update: Senate GOP rejects witnesses in impeachment trial

BY: - January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted largely along party lines Friday evening to block additional witnesses and documents from being introduced in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.  Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah — broke ranks to vote to allow witnesses in the Senate, but the chamber’s remaining […]

UI builds ‘public trust’ in Iowa charities, but without oversight

BY: - January 31, 2020

As part of an effort to build public trust in nonprofits, the University of Iowa maintains an online list of organizations that it says are committed to ethical practices – but almost any organization can be placed on that list. The Register of Accountability is a publicly accessible and searchable list of 970 nonprofit entities […]

Tears mix with policy in Iowa House

BY: - January 30, 2020

It was a good thing there was a box of tissues on the table in the Iowa House lounge, where Sandy and Scott Van Veldhuizen came to tell the story of how their 12-year-old son died. Lawmakers, staff, lobbyists and even one reporter were wiping away tears as Sandy Van Veldhuizen talked about the day […]