Iowa caucuses

Sen. Tom Cotton visits Iowa, decries critical race theory and efforts to defund the police

BY: - June 29, 2021

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, headlining a state GOP event in northwest Iowa, decried “critical race theory” and accused Democrats of fostering a crime wave before ending the night in a push-up contest against Sen. Chuck Grassley. Cotton is the latest in a string of possible 2024 candidates to travel the Hawkeye State. He joked […]

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Is Ted Cruz calculating his chances in the 2024 Iowa caucuses?

BY: - February 21, 2021

James Joyce, the novelist who wrote the masterpiece “Ulysses,” once observed: “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” The recent actions of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, certainly bring that statement to mind. In terms of sheer intellectual firepower, Cruz, a top graduate of Princeton […]

Biden to nominate Buttigieg for transportation secretary

BY: - December 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday he will nominate former presidential primary rival Pete Buttigieg to serve in his Cabinet as secretary of transportation. “What I admire about Pete, is he’s always clear about who he is, what he believes and how he wants to bring people in, not exclude them,” Biden said at an appearance […]

Georgia replaces Iowa as center of political universe

BY: - December 1, 2020

Georgia is taking center stage in the American political theater, closing out a year that began with Iowans basking in their familiar role as the focus of intense media saturation and front porch candidate campaign pitches. Georgia doesn’t typically dominate the national political spotlight, since the GOP has a long statewide win streak that makes […]

Iowa GOP chairman, at RNC, lobbies to keep caucuses

BY: - August 26, 2020

The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party met extensively with representatives of other caucus and early primary states this week to preserve Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. The meetings came a week after the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, said all caucuses should be scrapped in favor of primaries.  “The only reason it’s a […]

Biden to keynote Iowa Democrats’ ‘virtual’ Hall of Fame event in July

BY: - June 22, 2020

Two things to know about the Iowa Democratic Party’s summer Hall of Fame event: It’s going to be virtual due to COVID-19. And former Vice President Joe Biden will keynote. The Hall of fame event will be staged at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 26. Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, was trailing President […]

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Three tickets? Super Tuesday offers clues to Iowa caucuses’ relevance

BY: - March 9, 2020

After a month of hand-wringing over the delayed results of the Iowa Caucuses, you may not want to hear this.  But we are still months away from knowing the caucuses’ full impact on the presidential race. This isn’t about the future of the caucuses or the glitches, errors and snafus that have put that future […]

South Carolina gives Biden a boost, but national media see Super Tuesday as critical stage of race

BY: - March 1, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden scored an expected and critical win in racially diverse South Carolina, but the field of candidates positioned for another watershed moment on Super Tuesday. The consensus seemed to be that Biden’s strong following among black voters gave him a big win over Bernie Sanders, who had fared better in less-diverse […]

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This is no way to run a democracy

BY: - February 25, 2020

The results of Iowas first-in-the-nation presidential caucus are not yet in. The Nevada caucus results are not clear two days after. It doesn’t really matter. Iowa’s tiny number of national delegates and who gets them will make a difference only if the vote is close at the national convention and no one has a majority. […]

Iowa Democrats to start partial caucus recount

BY: - February 21, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party’s weeks-long effort to complete its report of caucus results is entering what could be its final phase. The state party announced Friday that it had completed its assessment of requests for recounts of caucus results from the campaigns of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.  The party said in a release […]

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Top Democrats: New state party chairman faces difficult task

BY: - February 17, 2020

Democratic state Rep. Mark Smith had some plans for when he retired from the Iowa Legislature. He was going travel, take some bicycle trips and spend time in a cabin on his 93-year-old mother’s farm in southern Iowa. Instead, Smith, 68, was elected chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party on Saturday.  “Some of them will […]

State Rep. Mark Smith is the new Iowa Democratic Party chairman

BY: - February 15, 2020

State Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown, elected Saturday as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, said his first job would be to “restore the faith in the Iowa Democratic Party.” He said he would travel across the state to hear and address concerns by Iowa Democrats in the wake of harsh national criticism about the […]