Tag: Iowa

Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Attract a Wave of New Voters. It Hasn’t Happened.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It is the most politically provocative part of Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign pitch: that his progressive movement will bring millions of nonvoters into the November election, driving record turnout especially among disaffected working-class Americans and young people. And yet despite a virtual tie in Iowa, a narrow victory in New Hampshire and […]

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These Students Are Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It

This article is part of our latest Learning special report. We’re focusing on Generation Z, which is facing challenges from changing curriculums and new technology to financial aid gaps and homelessness. The students sit at desks in groups of four, watching videos about the recent bush fires in Australia. One shows an apocalyptic landscape in […]

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Iowa Democrats Complete Recanvass, but No Delegates Are Shifted

The Iowa Democratic Party announced on Tuesday that it had completed its partial recanvass, changing results in 29 precincts but shifting no national delegates. But the Epic of Iowa still isn’t over. The recanvass drastically narrowed Pete Buttigieg’s small lead over Senator Bernie Sanders in state delegate equivalents: Mr. Buttigieg now has 563.207 to Mr. […]

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Netflix and Sit Still: Man Tries to Cure Racism by Kidnapping Woman, Forcing Her to Watch Roots

Screenshot: Cedar Rapids Police Dept./ABC Iowa authorities (hopefully not the same ones who count caucus votes) have arrested a black man, who may be Black History Month’s most ardent advocate, for an alleged plot that involved kidnapping, black cinema and an impromptu crash course in racism. The Gazette reports that police in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, […]

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Why Don’t We Know Which Democratic Candidate Can Beat Trump?

The Democratic presidential primary is starting to feel less like a political contest and more like an existential experiment. In the era of big data and after a year of micro-analyzing every little twist and turn, we seem to know less than we did at the beginning. In an era when we’re supposed to know […]

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The Fallout From New Hampshire: This Week in the 2020 Race

Well, that was exhausting. One and a half states down, 48.5 to go. Let’s catch you up on what happened during one of the most eventful stretches of the 2020 race so far. New Hampshire is done Video transcript Back transcript Sanders Won, Klobuchar Surged: What We Learned From New Hampshire New Hampshire was the […]

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Here’s Nevada’s Plan to Save Its Caucus From Catastrophe

LAS VEGAS — After a week-and-a-half scramble, the Nevada Democratic Party has released more details on how it plans to conduct its caucuses — and try to avoid repeating Iowa’s caucus catastrophe. The memo comes 10 days after the state party announced it would not use the app developed by Shadow Inc., which failed on […]

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The Nevada Caucuses Are Up Next. Will They Unfold Smoothly?

In the hours after the Iowa caucuses last Monday, officials with the Nevada Democrats watched cable news with increasing alarm. They were supposed to use a similar app to count the results of their own caucuses weeks later. Their questions to Iowa officials and the technology developers went unanswered. By early the next morning they […]

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Iowa Woman Declared Mentally Incompetent in Hit-and-Run Cases Tied to Race

An Iowa woman who is facing two counts of attempted murder in December hit-and-run attacks on two children — including one that the police said targeted a girl because she looked “Mexican” — has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial. The woman, Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, was declared unfit by a Polk County […]

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Searching for the Perfect Trump Antidote

Perhaps you think New Hampshire sent us a mixed message. After all, Bernie Sanders won but the moderates got more votes, and on Tuesday night three different candidates seemed to be giving victory speeches. What does the Democratic rank-and-file really want? Well, the answer is: Ralph in Michigan. Ralph is the symbol of all the […]

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I Worry About Sanders, and His Coattails

In 1981, as a Washington Post intern prowling for stories, I called the new socialist mayor of Burlington, Vt. He was an earnest and intelligent oddball, I decided, but not a serious politician with a future. So I didn’t write about Mayor Bernie Sanders — underscoring that I have a record going back almost four […]

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Troy Price, Iowa Democratic Party Leader, Resigns Over Caucus Debacle

DES MOINES — Troy Price, the beleaguered chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, resigned on Wednesday, a week after overseeing the chaotic Iowa caucuses that embarrassed the state and national party and left Democrats open to accusations of incompetence by President Trump’s re-election campaign. The Iowa Democratic Party failed to report any results from its […]

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Can Iowa’s Democrats Rebound From the Caucus Fiasco?

DES MOINES — After Iowa’s Democratic caucuses melted down into a long night of technology glitches and error-riddled results, Laura Hubka, the chairwoman of the Howard County Democrats, got up the next morning and faced the aftermath at the grocery store. The Democrats she met in the aisles of her local Fareway were edgy: How […]

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Oh, Does Another State Also Vote Early? New Hampshire Isn’t Listening

DERRY, N.H. — Throughout the nearly half century-long presidential rivalry between Iowa and New Hampshire, sometimes a state has to dig deep to make its case for why its contest is in fact superior. Not this year. As New Hampshire Democrats head to the polls Tuesday, they are divided over their candidates, the direction of […]

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How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate

In the wake of Iowa’s caucus vote-counting disaster, political staffers and pollsters alike are reconsidering the state’s “first in the nation to vote” status. The quaint caucuses and infamous fry-forward state fair could disappear were Iowa were to be dethroned. But so too could one of Iowa’s largest industries, which has managed to carve out […]

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How the Iowa Caucuses Became an Epic Fiasco for Democrats

DES MOINES — The first signs of trouble came early. As the smartphone app for reporting the results of the Iowa Democratic caucuses began failing last Monday night, party officials instructed precinct leaders to move to Plan B: calling the results into caucus headquarters, where dozens of volunteers would enter the figures into a secure […]

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A Solution to the D.N.C.’s Iowa Problem

After the debacle last week in Iowa and the reporting of the results there, even more people began to speak openly about how anachronistic and antiquated it is for Iowa and its problematic caucuses to continue to have such an outsize influence on the Democratic nominating process. When CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled the Democratic National […]

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Iowa Democrats Won’t Correct Errors on Caucus Tally Sheets, Emails Show

DES MOINES — With the results of the Iowa caucuses still unclear after nearly a week, the state Democratic Party this weekend was furiously re-examining results from 95 precincts, about 5 percent of the total. But when the party delivers its updated results, which it has promised to do on Monday, they may hardly reassure […]

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Why the Turnout in Iowa Has Some Democrats Worried

DERRY, N.H. — In her retirement, Gayle Esterly is doing her best to fight the good fight for the Democratic Party. She participates in the Women’s March annually and has protested for science-related causes. She’s written postcards to Congress and traveled to the New Hampshire Statehouse to push for gun control legislation. She bakes cookies […]

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They’ve Both ‘Won Every Race’ So Far, and Want a Win in New Hampshire

HANOVER, N.H. — There is some disagreement on whether the post-debate glow of Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota should be called “Klomentum” or a “Klobucharge,” but whatever the terminology — she had it Saturday afternoon. On the Democratic debate stage the previous evening, Ms. Klobuchar had made a pitch for herself as a “fresh face” […]

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How Pete Buttigieg Became the Surprise of the Iowa Caucuses

OELWEIN, Iowa — Two days before the Iowa caucuses, Pete Buttigieg stopped for a town hall event at the Oelwein Coliseum, a 92-year-old music venue that in its heyday hosted the likes of Lawrence Welk and Sammy Kaye. Recent history suggested there weren’t many Democrats to win over in Oelwein: After President Barack Obama won […]

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