September 30, 2015 |
ALDEN, Iowa - In a machine shed featuring two shiny John Deere tractors and numerous buzzing flies, Gov. Christie brought his presidential campaign back to Iowa on Monday, trying to sway voters with the image of a tough-talking leader who can stay above Washington's partisan fray. But his govern-together message didn't stop Christie from bashing President Obama at a town-hall meeting in this town an hour north of Des Moines, describing a world "on fire" because of weak U.S. leadership, and calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a "smart, articulate thug" who has been "pushing the president of the United States around the last seven years.
September 23, 2015 |
WHEN PHILLY native Michael Bayer heard about the ticketing system for papal events in Philadelphia, he was beside himself knowing that it would be nearly impossible to get 55 tickets for the busload of college students he was bringing from Iowa. So Bayer, director of outreach and education at the University of Iowa's Newman Catholic Student Center, took to traditional media and social media to share his story and to air his concerns. Over the weekend, his prayers were answered when a courier delivered 55 tickets to Bayer for both the Festival of Families and the papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
August 20, 2015 |
A subsidiary of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas was one of four companies selected by Iowa officials to participate in the management of the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program, which serves about 560,000, officials announced Tuesday. AmeriHealth and the other winners - units of Anthem Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc., and WellCare Health Plans Inc. - will compete statewide for Medicaid beneficiaries under the program, which starts Jan. 1, 2016. Iowa officials picked four of 10 health insurer applicants that completed the process.
August 17, 2015 |
MASON CITY, Iowa - Some Iowa Republicans are fed up with politics as usual in Washington, and after watching with glee as Donald Trump and Ben Carson have gained traction in the GOP presidential primary, they now see a third alternative to take the antiestablishment mantle: Carly Fiorina. A former Silicon Valley CEO, Fiorina is campaigning as an outsider who would take a sledgehammer to the federal bureaucracy, arguing that agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the "lawless" Environmental Protection Agency, and others must be "cut down to size.
August 16, 2015 |
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Even as the FBI reviews the private email server Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, the Democratic presidential candidate on Friday characterized GOP congressional inquiries into the matter as "the same old partisan games we've seen so many times before. " "I've just provided my server to the Justice Department," Clinton told a crowd of 2,100 Democrats here during an annual fund-raiser known as "Wing Ding. " But, she said defiantly, "I won't get down in the mud with" Republicans or "play politics with national security," referring to GOP investigations into the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
July 27, 2015 |
OSKALOOSA, Iowa - Donald Trump brought his quixotic, populist campaign for the presidency here Saturday, airing a litany of grievances with different politicians and institutions and pledging to "take back this country. " Speaking to an audience of about 1,500 people, including hundreds in an overflow room at a high school here 60 miles southeast of Des Moines, Trump declared the political system was broken, controlled by lobbyists and other influence-peddlers who wouldn't buy him - because he's so rich.
July 24, 2015 |
INDYCAR SERIES rookie Sage Karam finished a career-high third in Saturday night's race at Iowa Speedway, then received a lecture from racing rival Ed Carpenter. "He was a little angry with my driving," Karam, 20, said yesterday on a conference call. "He said I needed to show more respect and grow up. " Karam, from Nazareth, Pa., home of the racing Andrettis, said he just listened to Carpenter because he was tired. "If I go back at him, it could've escalated to another level," Karam said.
July 13, 2015 |
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presents himself as a kind of Midwestern Everyman. He buys cheap shirts and sweaters at Kohl's. He drinks Miller beer. He drives a Harley-Davidson Road King. And he packs a punch. Walker, set Monday to become the 15th declared Republican presidential candidate, has enacted an aggressive conservative agenda in a blue state in a manner that belies his homespun homilies and baby face. Those two factors have helped propel Walker, 47, into the first tier of the 2016 GOP field.
June 8, 2015 |
BOONE, Iowa - First they rode hogs. Then, they ate them. Freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, drew seven presidential candidates and about 1,000 activists to her inaugural "Roast and Ride," the latest entrant in Iowa's long history of food-centric retail political events. "Live to ride and ride to live!" Ernst, stoked on a Monster energy drink, said. Revving her 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail, Ernst led Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 300 other riders from a dealership in Des Moines on a 39-mile cruise to the exposition grounds here, site of the August Iowa Straw Poll.
March 9, 2015 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - Talk about juice. Bruce Rastetter, a multimillionaire agribusiness baron and the largest GOP donor in Iowa, got almost all of the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates - at least 11 of them - to agree to come to the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday for a forum on agriculture issues. They were to sit down on stage for one-on-one, 20-minute interviews with Rastetter, discussing their positions on labeling for genetically modified food, proposed federal regulation of groundwater, foreign trade agreements - and, perhaps above all, the future of Iowa's important corn-based ethanol industry.