A candidate can only be in one place at a time. While some candidates like Joe Sestak seem to figure out how to get around that issue, other candidates with high polling data like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg need extra support to get exposure in early states like Iowa. But are family members brought […]
Twitter Memes: How They Can Affect Public Opinion
One thing that can completely change the public opinion of a politician is trending posts and memes on social media. Politicians have always been made a joke in the media, but being created into a meme could cause the voters to take them much less seriously. It could make them more or less likable and […]
Tulsi Gabbard’s Ghost Town
In a state where campaign organization often predicts the success of the candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for president in Iowa seems to be missing a key part—paid staff focused on the influential state. With zero paid campaign staff in the state, Gabbard demonstrates that either Iowa is not key to her long-term strategy, or […]
Is Governmental Experience Really Necessary to Run the Nation?
The election of our current president, Donald Trump, really got people around the country talking for a multitude of reasons, but something that they could not stop talking about was his lack of governmental experience. Unlike President Trump, the majority of former presidents in the history of the United States became president after spending some […]
Going Beyond the Beltway
“Wow, you’re from Iowa? That is so far away. How’d you get here?” I interned at a national nonprofit in Washington, DC, this summer, and if I had a dollar for every time that someone implied that I did not belong, I would have a lot of dollars. DC is the big city where policy […]
I spent 10 days at the Iowa State Fair. While I did lose my voice, I managed to gain something, too.
The historic Iowa State Fair is famous for many, many things. From kilos of deep-fried food, to a realistic sculpture of a cow made from butter, to swarms of presidential hopefuls circling the fairgrounds, shaking hands and swapping their favorite sport coat for a flannel, the State Fair has it all. I spent ten days […]
5 Ways Drake Students Can Experience the Caucuses
It is often said that the majority of the knowledge you gain in college will come from experiences outside of the classroom. Luckily for Drake students, the Iowa caucuses arrive on campus every four years to provide unique, impactful experiences for students to dive into. To introduce you to the caucuses, we’ve crafted a list […]
The Other Joe
CLIVE, Iowa — When most voters hear about a “Joe” that is running for president, they immediately think of the former Vice President, Joe Biden. However, people may be surprised to learn that another “Joe” is running for president as well – that is, Joe Sestak, the former 3-Star Navy Admiral and two-term congressman from […]
Straw Polls and State Fairs
Along with college football and quality of agriculture commodities, state fair superiority is one of many things Iowans are constantly at odds about with their neighbors in Minnesota. While this debate was not settled with the conclusion of the Minnesota State Fair on Labor Day, both fairs gave us an early, yet slightly unscientific, glimpse […]
We want to see your campaign mail!
You have campaign mail arriving every day – and we want to see it! The Drake University Archives and Special Collections is the division of the University’s library that collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials that relate to the political and social history of Iowa, among other functions. As part of this mission, the Archives […]