Mark Sanford is Doing the Adam Emmenecker Challenge of Politics
WEST DES MOINES– The “Adam Emmenecker Challenge” is famed lore in Iowa food culture. The challenge gets its name from former Drake University basketball player Adam Emmenecker, and its rules are straightforward: you have fifteen minutes to eat a compilation of Emmenecker’s favorite meats (stuffed inside two buns) surrounded by a ring of french fries […]
Caucuses, Frats, and CBS
Iowa Caucus Project Staffers John Altendorf and Tanner Halleran authored this blog depicting their recent caucus experiences. Last week, CBS News was on Drake’s campus. This isn’t unusual for Drake University students, as Bulldogs frequently interact with national media during the Iowa caucus cycle. But, this trip was different–they visited us, Tanner and John, at […]
Potential Performers for the Liberty and Justice Celebration
In 2015 at the Liberty and Justice Celebration (LJC), then named the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, Katy Perry performed at a pre-event rally for Hillary Clinton. The star power from that event marked a paradigm shift for Democratic candidates’ pre-event celebrations. Now, politicians must appeal to voters with celebrity guests, in addition to appealing to voters through […]
Two Cents on Warren’s Drake Town Hall
DES MOINES, Iowa — Last Sunday, October 20, Elizabeth Warren held a town hall at Drake Fieldhouse, a large practice facility used by student-athletes, on Drake University’s campus. A couple of friends and I decided to go check it out and take advantage of our close proximity to the Iowa caucuses as Drake students. The […]
Rock Out with Your Caucus Out
The Iowa Caucus is more than just a series of political events; it is a high-energy, eclectic, never-boring marathon that turns out the most unlikely characters. I’m not just talking about the locals, either. Celebrities and prominent social figures are equally enthralled by the spectacle that is the Iowa Caucus. Concerts and rallies are not […]
It’s candidate season in Iowa—what about everywhere else?
After a single mid-October week in Central Iowa that saw presidential candidate visits from Vice President Mike Pence and Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, I left for a quick five-day weekend in Bilbao, Spain. On a layover in Detroit, I sat down at an empty gate to charge my devices before my […]
MINNESOTANS USE IOWA AS A GAUGE
My first Iowa Caucus Project blog bridged the transition from Minnesota to Iowa politics by comparing the state fair straw polls of each state. As we reach the halfway point of the Project I made the trek back to Minnesota where the weather was already flirting with the freezing mark to check-in on friends and […]
What Can Logos Tell Us About A Candidate?
What fascinates us most about candidates in the political process is how the more they grow and expand into their campaigns and become more comfortable in their own electoral skin, the more they learn to express themselves even in the smallest details of their actions. One need only look at Barack Obama, the junior senator […]
Steyer Ads: Effective or Just Annoying?
When I went home earlier this month, whenever I sat down and turned on the tv, I couldn’t help but notice all of the campaign ads that were being played. I think in the total time that I was home, I probably saw about fifteen ads for Tom Steyer. And I thought to myself, if […]
Here Come the Surrogates
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — We are just over three months away from the 2020 Iowa precinct caucuses, which means that now is crunch time for presidential campaigns. In the final few months before Iowa, campaigns are going to continue investing in their field operations in the state and expanding and strengthening their existing networks […]