America Needs Farmers, Not Cory Booker
Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker adjusted his campaign strategy this week to win the Iowa caucus – make an enemy of farmers and the agriculture sector. Agriculture contributes over $70 billion to Iowa’s economy, highlighting its importance to caucus-goers, and currently they have a lot to question about Cory Booker’s agriculture policy. On […]
Olympian Michelle Kwan Stumps for Biden: Will He Take the Gold on Feb 3rd?
JOHNSTON, Iowa — As the semester ended for Drake University students last week, most of our peers packed up their dorm rooms and hit the road to make it home for the holidays. But when we saw that world-famous figure skater and Olympian Michelle Kwan was coming to Iowa to support former Vice President Joe […]
Can A Late Entry Candidate Do Well In Iowa?
With 50 days to go until the Iowa caucuses, it may seem like the window to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination was closed a long time ago. However, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick joined the crowded Democratic field in November. Around the same time last month, a poll of Iowans found […]
Drake University To Host January Democratic Debate
Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa will host the Eighth Democratic Debate on January 14, 2020. The event will be hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. Ticketing for the event will be handled by the DNC and more information will be released soon.
Castro Defends His Position On Presidential Nomination Reform
DES MOINES, Iowa—Since 1972, Iowa has been the nation’s first caucus during the presidential nomination season. Tradition, however, does not keep the caucuses from being scrutinized by some who would prefer a different presidential nomination system. In November, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro made the argument that the time has come […]
Tom Steyer & Family Visit Drake
On Thursday, December 6, Sam Steyer, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, sat down at the local Drake Diner with four Drake students and staffers of the Iowa Caucus Project, Runal Patel, William Follett, Samantha Bayne, and me, Morgan Garner. Sam was young, charming, intelligent, and very open to our questions. Unlike the […]
A Day Free Of Classes Means A Day For The Iowa Caucuses
DES MOINES — At the end of each semester, Drake University cancels classes on the Friday before finals week to provide students with an extra day for study. However, for a politically-engaged student like myself, this Friday is not a day off from the 2020 Iowa caucuses. Instead of sleeping into the late morning and […]
Thanksgiving Talks with Family—Time to Drop Out
DES MOINES, IA—On the chilly morning of Monday, Dec. 2, Iowans woke up to the news that Democratic presidential candidates Steve Bullock and Joe Sestak dropped out of the crowded race for president. Behind them, they leave sixteen candidates. Bullock, the current governor of Montana, began exploring a campaign in Iowa by headlining Polk County […]
Yang Kicks Off Iowa Bus Tour at the Capitol
I work in a suite of office buildings about two blocks away from the lawn of the Iowa State Capitol building. If my little intern-office had any windows, I would be able to the golden dome from my desk (but, alas). Most days, the capitol building doesn’t appear to be very busy from the outside. […]
LGBTQ+ Mayor of a Midwestern City visits DU…No, not that one
Most headlines that center around queer mayors of Midwestern cities nowadays tend to be about Pete Buttigieg, a rising candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. That was not the case last week at Drake University. On Friday, December 6, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ditched the third-largest city in the US to hold an event […]