Photos Notwithstanding, Rand Paul Can Deliver
When I went to a Rand Paul event in Waukee on Dec. 4, I admittedly had low expectations. Paul, well, has yet to excite the Drake community and really does not seem that excited himself. But, when you live in Iowa, you go to political events. I made my way to the side room in the Waukee […]
The Presidential Family Forum and Me
While most of Iowa was under a winter storm warning, I and hundreds of politically committed Iowans braved the flying white flakes (caused by Satan’s wrath, according to The FAMiLY LEADER CEO Bob Vander Plaats) to attend the Presidential Family Forum last Friday night. Vander Plaats’ organization, which is spelled correctly and has a lowercase […]
Who Does Politics Better: Rand or Diane?
The Yahoo! Digital Democracy conference, held at Drake, covered a wide range of issues with a similarly diverse group of speakers. How to win a digital campaign, cyber security, and the role of social media in activism were just a few of the topics discussed. And, in case you were not paying close attention, a presidential candidate […]
10 Thoughts I Had During the Politico Caucus Event
Politico hosted the event: Politico Caucus Economy and the Election (presented by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation) in Des Moines on Nov. 18. I ditched class a little early (don’t worry it was a politics class anyway) to cover the event. While at the event I noticed a few aspects about the event, the crowd, […]
A Student Demonstration at the Yahoo Conference
On Nov. 12 the Yahoo Conference on Digital Democracy at Drake University was interrupted by a student demonstration. The demonstration was organized by a group of students, including Jacqui Branch and Brytani Cavil, with the help of Des Moines-area activist Kaija Carter. Branch, a senior sociology major at Drake described her and her fellow organizers’ vision […]
Rand Paul as ‘The Scariest Thing in America’
Friday night at Buzzard Billy’s in Des Moines there was one question on everyone’s mind: What would Sen. Rand Paul dress up as for Halloween? Perhaps I should mention this was a “Liberty Halloween Party.” Aside of the name, nothing at the event evoked images of liberty. The event was held in a small, overheated […]
Rand Paul and the College Vote
How does a fringe candidate with an anti-government agenda and questionable social skills appeal to college students? By taking pictures with them of course. Sen. Rand Paul was on a mission—a mission to take 10,000 pictures with college students in Iowa starting with Coe College in Cedar Rapids and ending here at Drake University in […]
Is Rand Paul Done Trying?
Rand Paul looked tired. Drake was the last of the nine Iowa colleges he had visited in three days, and you could tell. The long line of students snaked along the walls of the Olmsted Center, at least a couple hundred students waiting to shake the Kentucky senator’s hand and pose for a photo. Paul […]