Tag: Iowa

How a Crusader Wins

The résumé that won John Koufos his job as national director of re-entry initiatives for Right on Crime, a project aimed at winning support from conservatives for criminal justice reforms, is one few would want. Before he landed on the radar of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the think tank behind the project, he was […]

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Why Almost Nobody Will Defend the Iowa Caucuses

DES MOINES — Even the Democrats trying to win the Iowa caucuses won’t defend them. Since the 1970s, Iowa has hosted the country’s first nominating contests, with a singular ability to make or break White House hopes. Yet with less than three months to go, the state’s pre-eminent position — and the caucus process itself […]

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Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Star in Their Own Iowa Buddy Movie

CORALVILLE, Iowa — It was her first visit to Iowa, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bounded onstage like she was speaking to a hometown crowd in Queens. “Are you all ready for a revolution?” she said, as rap lyrics in Spanish rang through the crowd. “I sure am.” Her question was a fitting prelude for the man […]

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Sanders Rebukes Bloomberg: ‘Sorry, You Ain’t Going to Buy This Election’

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders on Saturday unleashed his most forceful rebuke yet of Michael R. Bloomberg’s potential presidential bid, warning the former mayor of New York that he would not be able to “buy this election” and chastising his plan to skip campaigning in the early states. Speaking at a rally in Coralville, near […]

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A Prisoner Who Briefly Died Argues That He’s Served His Life Sentence

What does it mean to complete a sentence of life in prison? One prisoner claims he has done it by serving time until the moment of his death — plus another four years since — and says it is well past time to set him free. The prisoner, Benjamin Schreiber, made that argument to an […]

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Sanders to Spend More Than $30 Million on Advertising in Early States

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’s campaign plans to spend more than $30 million on TV advertising alone in the first four presidential nominating states and California, according to several people familiar with the strategy, a financial show of force that also suggests he needs to reach outside the traditional sphere of Democratic primary voters and caucusgoers […]

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Is Mayor Pete the Answer?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Pete Buttigieg the best Democratic candidate to take on Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists size up the South Bend mayor’s rise in Iowa and a new Times poll terrifying those […]

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Pete Buttigieg Is an Iowa Front-Runner. Will That Help Him Anywhere Else?

DECORAH, Iowa — Ask almost any Iowa Democrat, and they’ll tell you: Pete Buttigieg is smart. He speaks five languages, went to Harvard University and plays the piano, Martha Ludeking, 63, recited, as she watched the presidential candidate take a picture with a fellow Iowan. Lori Lechtenberg, 59, said, “There’s just something about him — […]

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The Democratic Showdown in Iowa

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In just three months, the first election of the Democratic presidential race will be held in Iowa. Over the weekend, the party held its most important political event yet in the prelude to that vote — […]

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One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds

Despite low national approval ratings and the specter of impeachment, President Trump remains highly competitive in the battleground states likeliest to decide his re-election, according to a set of new surveys from The New York Times Upshot and Siena College. How Trump fares among registered voters Trump vs. Biden Sanders Warren Mich.Michigan (n=501) Sanders +2 […]

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Sorry, But Not Everyone Gets to Be President

DES MOINES — Liberty and Justice ain’t what it used to be. Literally: Until a few years ago, this Iowa Democratic confab — the Liberty and Justice Celebration — was called the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Then Democrats decided they didn’t want to have a party under the banner of slave owners. But also functionally. This dinner […]

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Warren Laces Into Rivals as Iowa Campaign Grows Combative

DES MOINES — Displaying a new assertiveness toward her Democratic opponents, Elizabeth Warren laced into her chief political rivals, warning on Friday night that the country was in a “time of crisis” and arguing that Democrats would lose in 2020 if they nominated “anyone who comes on this stage and tells you they can make […]

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Warren Leads Tight Iowa Race as Biden Fades, Poll Finds

Ms. Warren garnered 22 percent in a New York Times/Siena College poll, to 19 percent for Bernie Sanders. Pete Buttigieg has surged, while Mr. Biden’s travails have put the race in flux. Nov. 1, 2019 The top Democratic presidential candidates are locked in a close race in the 2020 Iowa caucuses, with Senator Elizabeth Warren […]

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Kamala Harris Campaign Cuts Staff in Effort to Keep Up With Top Rivals

The campaign of Senator Kamala Harris of California, whose stock in the Democratic presidential race has fallen drastically since an initial surge in interest, announced Wednesday that it would reduce its staff and redeploy organizers to Iowa, a long-anticipated concession of its blunted political standing. In a memo to staff, Ms. Harris’s campaign manager, Juan […]

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Explosion at Gender Reveal Party Kills Woman, Officials Say

A woman in Iowa died during a gender reveal announcement on Saturday after flying debris from an explosion from what amounted to a homemade pipe bomb struck her, the authorities said on Monday. The woman, Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, died instantly after she was struck in the head by a piece of metal from a device […]

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Who Is Tulsi Gabbard, Really?

WASHINGTON — Is she a desperate candidate seeking attention? A potential third-party spoiler? A Russian asset? Just sincerely pissed at the DNC? Democratic Party insiders have some guesses, but really, they’re just deeply confused about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s latest campaign moves. In a year when several lower-tier presidential candidates seem to be confoundingly staying in […]

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Bernie Sanders Almost Won Iowa in 2016. He Knows He Can’t Slip Now.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — On a trip to Iowa in June, Senator Bernie Sanders confided in aides about a central gamble of his second bid for the White House. As nearly two dozen other presidential candidates and their supporters were heading to an Iowa Democratic Party dinner, the first major event of the 2020 election cycle, […]

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In Iowa, Amy Klobuchar Gets a Second Look After Debate

MASON CITY, Iowa — Before last week, Beth Kundel Vogel was undecided when it came to the Democratic presidential hopefuls. But in the debate on Tuesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota impressed her by calling out Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusets for offering voters a “pipe dream” rather than a plan to pay for universal […]

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The Other Candidates Are Coming for Warren

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Under attack from her Democratic rivals, can Elizabeth Warren hold on to her new front-runner status in the 2020 presidential primary? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the fallout from the fourth […]

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