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It's Time We Got Rid of the Iowa Caucus

David Macaray | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Even though the Iowa caucus has come to be regarded by everyone -- the media, the public, academe, both political parties -- as a watershed political event, what does it actually mean?

Republican Candidates Fight On Despite Long Odds

AP | By MIKE GLOVER | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- They are barely blips in presidential polls and their campaign cash is scarce. Some are running on empty, fueled mainly by the exp...

Iowa Social Conservatives Hold Secret Meeting To Stop GOP Candidate

CNN | Shannon Travis | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one ma...

Key Early State Voters Remain Up For Grabs

AP | By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

ANAMOSA, Iowa -- The race for the Republican presidential nomination is deeply unsettled with an anything-can-happen feel six weeks before Iowans star...

Herman Cain Tears Up At Iowa Forum

Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

During Saturday night's Thanksgiving Family Forum, GOP contender Herman Cain choked up as he talked about a health crisis from his past. Debate mo...

Mark Blumenthal

New Iowa Poll Not So New After All | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers released Thursday purports to show Herman Cain still "leading," but the poll is already dated. It...

Sam Stein

GOP 2012 Candidates Spending Hardly Any Campaign Money In Iowa | Sam Stein | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The longstanding theory that the Iowa caucus is won by retail politics has been deeply challenged in this election cycle, as Republican ...

Tyler Kingkade

Iowa Governor Taking Occupy The Caucuses Shutdown Threat Seriously | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) told reporters at his weekly press conference Monday morning that he is taking a threat by the group Anonym...

Santorum Shuts The Door To Gay Marriage Supporters

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he could not find an "accommodation" with gay marriage supporters in an interview with the Des Mo...

Bachmann Announces New Plan Challenging Rivals

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

AMES, Iowa — Casting the Wall Street protestors as misguided, Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann on Thursday said their frustrat...

Mark Blumenthal

One Thing Cain, Romney Share? The Lead: Des Moines Register Iowa Poll | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

The latest results from the highly respected and much anticipated Des Moines Register Iowa Poll are in, and they show the duo of Herman Cain and Mitt ...

Iowa Sets Caucus Date

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iowa Republicans are holding their state's presidential nominating caucuses on Jan. 3, even though New Hampshire is threatening to move ...

Iowa Sets Caucuses For January 3rd

Des Moines Register | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

Iowa GOP leaders, instead of waiting until they know exactly what date New Hampshire will pick, voted to rein in the calendar chaos by locking in a da...

Evangelical Pastors Divided Ahead Of 2012 Caucuses

AP | By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa -- Four years ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won Iowa's Republican presidential cauc...

Cain Campaign Plans Major Expansion

AP | BY SHANNON McCAFFREY and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — Reveling in the national spotlight, Herman Cain is pledging to bolster his fledgling White House campaign. He'll need to – and ...

Paul Needham

Talking To 'The King Of Iowa Politics' | Paul Needham | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- For 34 years, David Yepsen was, as the Washington Post once called him, "the king of the Iowa caucuses." Now he's given up his thro...

Elyse Siegel

Another State Rocks Primary Process Ahead Of 2012 | Elyse Siegel | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

Iowa expects to hold its presidential caucuses on January 3, instead of February 6, according to a reporter for the Des Moines Register. This is an im...

Jason Linkins

Nevada's Primary Move Makes December Contests More Likely | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

News broke last night that GOP officials in the state of Nevada, as expected, moved up the date of that state's "first-in-the-West" caucuses from thei...

Jason Linkins

Jan Brewer Touches Off Primary Calendar Chaos 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

Reporters who expect to be given Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary embed assignments should probably avoid making and hard-and-fast plans for New Year's Eve.

Politics, Farmers And Change: The End Of Rural America

Dave Murphy | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

Since 1960, when JFK was elected, America has lost over 1.7 million family farms, the backbone of rural economies, with the number of farmers in the U.S. today being outnumbered by prisoners.

Iowa Caucus' Latest Rising Star: The Butter Cow Sculpture

ARTINFO | Posted 10.16.2011 | Arts

The Iowa Straw Poll shook up the Republican primary contest this Saturday, handing Michele Bachmann her first toutable campaign victory and knocking T...

Unlikely GOP Presidential Candidate Casts Shadow Over 2012

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's not running for president, but he's still leaving an imprint on the 2012 Republican ...

Key GOP Gov: Rick Perry Likely To Run For President

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 09.15.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he think it's very likely that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the Republican presidential...

Michele Bachmann Releases Her First Iowa Ad

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Michele Bachmann released her first Iowa presidential campaign ad today. The 30-second spot features the GOP congresswoman, who represents Minnesota, ...

Jason Linkins

Iowa Rep. Steve King Plays It Coy On 2012 Endorsement | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) may be staff-sharing, Obamacare-repealing BFF's in the House of Represent...