February 3, 2016 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump in this state's Republican presidential caucuses Monday on the strength of a methodical data-driven organization, after a campaign that exposed the tensions between the party's angry conservative grassroots and its Washington leadership. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in third - an eyelash behind Trump - by capitalizing on a late surge in the state. "To God be the glory," Cruz said Monday night. "Tonight is a victory for the grassroots.
January 5, 2012 |
Just a few hours before the Iowa caucuses opened on Tuesday, Don Acheson, a general contractor from West Des Moines, remained as he had been for months: wracked by indecision. First he had been for Rick Perry, then Newt Gingrich. When I caught up with him, he was preparing to give Rick Santorum a hard look, but Mitt Romney was "not far behind" in his esteem. "This late in the game, I've never been undecided before," he lamented. "This probably is the most bizarre caucus I've been to. " His drift was typical, and revealing.
January 4, 2012
By John Nichols The Republicans who would be president, the super-PACs, and the surrogates had already spent more than $12 million on television ads - almost half of them negative - before the final weekend leading up to Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. That doesn't count thousands of radio ads, mailings, lighted billboards in Des Moines, and the cost of staff. Add it all up and there is a good chance that, when all is said and done, the candidates will have spent $200 per vote to influence the roughly 110,000 Iowans who were expected to participate in the Republican caucuses.
January 3, 2012 |
YOU KNOW what they always say - when things are going really good, they name a chicken salad after you. Indeed, these are the chicken-salad days for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose rapid rise to here from obscurity in the Iowa caucus polls was celebrated yesterday when the popular Pizza Ranch outlet in Boone, Iowa, renamed an in-house creation its "Santorum Salad. " Just two weeks ago, there weren't many "naming opportunities" for a stalwart GOP culture warrior who was rejected by Keystone State voters in a landslide five years ago and then seemed mired in Iowa's single digits despite all but moving to the nation's first caucus state.
December 26, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - It's been a different presidential race in Iowa this year - quieter. Campaign headquarters have hardly been buzzing with activity, unlike the around-the-clock nature of past contests. Candidates have barely visited the state, compared with years when most all but moved here. And they have largely refrained from building the grassroots armies of yesteryear, in favor of more modest on-the-ground teams of paid staffers and volunteers. The final rush of campaigning here gets under way Monday, just eight days before the Jan. 3 caucuses, and, to be sure, there will be a flurry of candidate appearances and get-out-the-vote efforts all week.
December 19, 2011 |
SAC CITY, Iowa - Rick Santorum should have been holed up in a hotel suite somewhere with a briefing binder and a couple of aides last Thursday, practicing for that night's nationally televised Republican presidential debate. Instead, he was on his second campaign stop of the day, a town-hall meeting at the Sac County Cattle Co., famous for its 16-ounce rib eye called the Dude. "Don't look at the polls," Santorum told 22 supporters and potential converts, speaking above the squeaking hinges of the kitchen doors at lunchtime.
July 31, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The star of the show, Gov. Christie, spoke without a hint he was following a script. The supporting cast, including a prospective first lady, a deep-pocketed brother, and two teenage children, learned where to stand on the stage. The three acts, from the speech to the news conference to the fund-raiser, were choreographed with exactness. The setting Monday was Iowa, which holds the first vote in the nation for president. Christie, in town for an education speech, stole some headlines from the presidential contenders as he repeated that he wasn't a Republican candidate.
October 11, 2010
A no-limit credit card in the name of the toll payers: That used to be only a metaphor for the Delaware River Port Authority's approach to public finance. Now it turns out to be a matter of fact. The DRPA's top managers racked up $38,000 in corporate credit-card charges in a little more than a year, The Inquirer reported last week, including stays at the Waldorf-Astoria and lunches at the Palm. Were these guys running a bank or just a few bridges? The stays at the Waldorf, which with parking cost commuters more than $600 a night, allowed two agency executives to attend the annual gathering of the Pennsylvania Society, a political elbow-rubbing extravaganza.
May 27, 2009
YOUR May 19 Page 1 article wrongly described one of the biggest stories in 2009 as "the surge in American public approval" for same-sex marriage. Truth is, the real surge of approval has been to support marriage between one man and one woman. Any state legalizing same-sex marriage has done so through judicial or political activism, not the will of the citizens. The story cited Iowa's recent actions for this assertion. Was it a surge of Iowans' approval that overturned their long-standing marriage laws?
October 8, 2007 |
Sitting outside a barn at the county fairgrounds late Saturday afternoon, waiting for her candidate to arrive at a Democratic barbecue, Raina Lourens was explaining the round, blue "Hillary" sticker on her dress. "A few months ago, I don't think I would have been wearing it," said Lourens, 29, a medical student. "I sort of wanted her at the beginning because she was the woman. Now I see her as the candidate with the best answers and the best programs, including the most realistic plan to improve the health-care system.