Gallery: Elizabeth Warren at Drake Fieldhouse
Our photos from the Warren event at Drake University on October 20th, shot by staffer Avery VanDenBerg. Around 1200 were in attendance.
Same State, Different Political Climate
Over fall break, I went home to my small town in northwest Iowa. Sheldon is home to about 5,000 people, located in O’Brien County and situated thirty minutes from the Minnesota border and forty-five minutes from the South Dakota border. Growing up in the corner of the state, I noticed that the people around me […]
I said yes to a random organizer text, and ended up doing the cupid shuffle with Kamala Harris supporters
DES MOINES — It was the Thursday before Drake University’s fall break– an odd four day weekend where many students abandon Des Moines for a quick visit home. This year, I decided to stay in town. I was hoping to spend my weekend with friends, curled up in a blanket and catching up on homework. […]
Who is Amy Klobuchar?
The scene in many ways resembled a surprise party for an older relative. Outside the otherwise nondescript home, cars lined the street, some going back so far that it made people walk quite a bit, testing their loyalty. Inside, the energy was one of a quiet fervor. Huddled in a warm room adjacent to the […]
Amy’s in the House
What do Iowans get in advance of the Iowa caucus? They get uncanny, unmatched access to presidential candidates–all 18 Democrats and 3 Republicans in the 2020 cycle. In addition to candidate visits to high schools, coffee shops, factories, union halls, and so much more, candidates visit with people in personal homes–living rooms, to be exact. […]
Making the Caucuses about Climate: An Interview with Senator Rob Hogg
DES MOINES, Iowa – On the day before the “Extreme Weather in Iowa” symposium hosted by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, it rained over 3.5 inches in Des Moines. Shattering the October 1 record by over 2 inches, this extreme weather event exemplified the climate we are now facing in Iowa: variant temperatures, […]
Hiding the Ball
If you try campaigning in Iowa and avoid agriculture policy, your campaign is not going to last long. Both Republicans and Democrats must focus on agriculture and frame the message appropriately to win over rural Iowa. Vice President Mike Pence landed Air Force Two in an Iowa soybean field Wednesday and flexed the muscle of […]
If you aren’t on a farm, are you really at a campaign event?
WAUKEE, Iowa — On October 19th, Vice President Mike Pence came to Manning Farms to talk about the Trump 2020 campaign and discuss the benefits of the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). Before arriving, I had no idea where the event would be. I was just given an address and drove there, not knowing what was […]
Who Goes to House Parties?
Before I came to Iowa, my interactions with politics were mostly through the medium of television. I would watch as cable news stations broadcasted live coverage of a candidate surrounded by supporters in a huge stadium, field, or arena. Of course, this is a common way for Americans to view important political figures such as […]
Amy Klobuchar Made Fun of My Cubs Hat
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — I was expecting to discuss retirement security, but instead, I ended up “playing defense” for my hometown Chicago Cubs. Last week during what should have been an Iowa Caucus Project all-staff meeting, my colleagues and I made the spontaneous decision to trek over to West Des Moines for a house […]