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Politics on a Stick

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

I continue to be fascinated at the powerful allure of food-on-a-stick mentality and how it correlates as a predictive quality of an America that insanely seems to have evolved into a politics-on-a-stick nation.

Watch The 5 Most Memorable Political Moments From The Iowa State Fair

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

Twenty 2016 presidential candidates made the trek to this year's Iowa State Fair, and 18 had the guts to speak on the political soapbox. (Hillary Clin...

Ted Cruz Criticizes Jimmy Carter One Day After Cancer Announcement

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz slammed Jimmy Carter's presidency just one day after Carter announced his cancer has spread to his brain. S...

Here's What An NFL Veteran Has To Say About Marco Rubio's Football Skills

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

So that happened. The road to the 2016 election is paved with good intentions. Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio tried to have fun playing c...

Here Are Some Of The Best Photos Of Politicans At The Iowa State Fair

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

Politicians from both sides of the aisle converged on the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week, aiming to appeal to voters in the first-in-the-nati...

Carly Fiorina Fires Back At Idea That Hormones Cloud Women's Judgment

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina reminded a crowd at the Iowa State Fair on Monday what a double standard female leaders face when peop...

Presidential Hopefuls Ham It Up At Iowa State Fair

Associated Press | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.16.2015 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths of funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week offered a textbook example of not learning from the past. Just before joining the other presidential candidates stampeding to the cattle call of the Iowa State Fair, Jeb Bush laid the blame for the Iraq mess at the feet of... President Obama and Hillary Clinton. According to Bush's foreign policy analysis, it was President Obama's "premature withdrawal" in 2011, after only eight years of war, that created ISIS -- not his brother's decisions to dissolve the Iraqi army, de-Baathify the government, spectacularly fail to create a representative government that included Sunnis, or, of course, invade in the first place. Maybe Bush is auditioning to replace Jon Stewart. Two days later in Iowa, he refused to rule out resuming his brother's torture program. "When you are president, your words matter," he said. Indeed they do. We should take Jeb at his. We can't say he didn't warn us.

Bernie Sanders Jabs Donald Trump Over Helicopter Rides

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took a swipe at fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump’s high-flying antics at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, joki...

Trump Woos Kids With Helicopter Rides At Iowa State Fair

The Huffington Post | Irina Ivanova | Posted 12.28.2016 | Entertainment

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The main concourse at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on a weekend is always a spectacle with thousands of attendees, but this Saturday...

Hillary Clinton: Email Investigation Doesn't Matter To Voters I've Met

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.15.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday downplayed a federal probe into a private email server that she used while secretary of ...

America's Best State Fairs

SmarterTravel | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel

(Photo: Thinkstock/iStock) Nothing says America like deep-fried food, butter sculptures, and dubious carnival rides. Whether you like livestock, mu...

Brown Heads To Iowa State Fair

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is heading to the Iowa State Fair to talk with voters, the Des Moines Register reports. “I'm going to be coming...

6 State Fairs For Fearless Foodies

MiniTime | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel

(photo: Comet Corn; Minnesota State Fair) Move over, Ferris wheels and arcade games. Step aside, pageants and prized hogs. These days, the most talke...

The Malicious, Hypocritical Vegan Fringe Strikes Again

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Kurt Michael Friese

This is not protest. This is breaking and entering, vandalism and criminal mischief. What's worse, it does nothing for the cause of animal welfare.

Christie Foe Hurls 'Fried Butter' Dig

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) Democratic opponent lectures him that he will not find fried butter, a staple of the Iowa State Fair, in New Jers...

OOPS: Romney Calls What A 'Company?'

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney, who has frequently highlighted his executive acumen in his campaign for the White House, mixed business with politics on Friday when he m...

Obama Cost My Biz $25K!

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.14.2012 | Small Business

When President Obama showed up Monday at the Iowa State Fair, Cookie Smith, a 16-year old manning a cinnamon roll booth asked the President if he want...

Obama Campaign Stop at Factory Farm Propaganda Site, Billed as 'Grassroots Event'

Dave Murphy | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green
Dave Murphy

By showing up at the Paul R. Knapp "Animal Learning Center," President Obama and his staff show that they are out of touch with the needs of rural Iowans and likely to continue to plow down their unsustainable path of supporting the industrial agribusiness lobby.

How Cintra Wilson Made Me Care About Fashion Again

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 01.02.2012 | Style
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Grateful that she's out there and not letting things slide that need to be commented upon. Things like exceeding the recommended load capacity of a pair of jeggings or the excessively self-reflective nature of the haute couture scene.

Jennifer Garner Sculpts 'Butter' Into Hillary Clinton Satire

Posted 11.07.2011 | Home

A woman, after years in the shadow of her incredibly successful (but unfaithful) husband, finally gets a chance to prove herself. She feels ready to w...

Mitt Romney Takes on a Senior Citizen and Loses It

Jerry Weissman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared at the Iowa State Fair this week and ran into a buzz saw. He was heckled by a group affiliated ...

The Best Pork Chop in the World

Graham James | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Graham James

I've had a lot of pork chops in my time. I can now say that the best pork chop I've ever had, hands-down, bar none, was at the 2011 Iowa State Fair... and it was on a stick.

10 Things We Shouldn't Be Frying

Posted 10.14.2011 | Comedy

If Michele and Marcus Bachmann's hilarious corn dog photos reminded us of anything, it's that you can make all kinds of bad choices at the state fair....

Get Ready for a GOP Roller-Coaster Ride

Matthew Dowd | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Walking amid the good folk and food booths and rides at the Iowa State Fair, it's hard to get a sense people are fixated on politics in the aftermath of the Republican debate and before the important straw vote in Ames.