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February 8, 2009
If you have occasion to travel to Des Moines, you must stay at the Butler House on Grand. It is a fabulous bed and breakfast in a three-story Tudor house, run by Clark and Lauren Smith. Like staying with family. Butler House, 4507 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (866) 455-4096, Rooms from $105. Cheryl Kohr Redondo Beach
February 13, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES -- As the Chris Christie Mystery Tour continues, he may want to swing by Iowa, where a rare welcome mat awaits the beleaguered governor of New Jersey. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Assn., has been plying the party fundraising circuit, raising cash, if not his political profile, ahead of a possible 2016 presidential bid. The problem is the George Washington Bridge scandal back home, which has made Christie, for now at least, the political equivalent of plutonium: a possible danger if you get too close.
December 22, 1999 | Associated Press
There's always room for Jell-O, especially in Des Moines, Iowa. According to a new survey, Des Moines leads the nation in per-capita Jell-O gelatin consumption, beating Salt Lake City for top billing. "Now that we're on top of the Jell-O pile, we intend to stay there," Des Moines Mayor Preston Daniels said.
November 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
No announcement? No problem. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president whether she's running or not. Clinton, the former secretary of State and a former senator representing New York, is a presumed favorite for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. She sought the nomination in 2008, losing to Barack Obama. That is, she's favored in 2016 if she chooses to run -- which she hasn't as of yet. Nonetheless, Schumer was moving full speed ahead on her behalf Saturday night in front of several hundred Democratic supporters at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson dinner in Des Moines.
If you want to know what the average American is thinking, marketing experts say, head for Des Moines. It seems that residents of the Iowa capital are surveyed by phone more often per capita than people anywhere else in the nation, according to a Connecticut company that sells phone numbers to market researchers. "Des Moines is considered kind of average, your typical U.S. metro kind of thing," said Beth Wallace, a spokeswoman for Survey Sample Inc. "Our customers want average metro areas."
November 10, 1991 | LINDSEY STOKES
It was one of those Southern California days when people remember why they moved to Los Angeles. The smog, or rather haze, as some residents call it, wasn't too bad. The temperature was in the 72-degree range. It was the perfect day for an outdoor wedding.
March 8, 1989 | From Times wire services
This city is a prime place to sample the likes and dislikes of the typical American, say marketing experts, because residents are so, well, average. Des Moines residents are surveyed by phone more often per capita than people anywhere else in the nation, according to a Connecticut company that sells phone numbers to market researchers. "Des Moines is considered kind of average, your typical U.S. metro kind of thing," said Beth Wallace, a spokeswoman for Survey Sample Inc.
August 30, 1993 | From Associated Press
Renewed flooding caused by as much as 10 inches of rain forced hundreds of people to evacuate Sunday as crews rushed to protect the city's water treatment plant for the second time this summer. "Now we can talk about the two floods of 1993. It's going to be a mess," said Tom Tucker, owner of an interior design business in West Des Moines that was flooded twice. The rain sent creeks and rivers out of their banks throughout central Iowa.
Born in Minneapolis, Gretchen Kogold, 20, moved to Des Moines with her father when her parents separated. But she left because he beat her, she said. While on her own, she was seriously hurt when a car hit her. Later, she became pregnant. Her 18-month-old son now lives with her mother in Minneapolis, and she sees him about twice a month. She is more stable now, but small things remind her of how her life is better. "You got your own keys," she said. "Room keys, a mailbox key. It feels good."
January 10, 1988 | Associated Press
The Iowa Cubs and the city of Des Moines have come to terms on a stadium improvement plan that will keep the American Assn. club in Iowa for at least another five years. At a cost of about $1 million, the city will add 2,000 seats to Sec Taylor Stadium and install a new parking lot, with the improvements completed in time for the next season.
June 2, 2013 | Wire reports
Michael Adams , an offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers was stabbed twice during an attempted carjacking on the city's South Side district, police said. Police said Adams, 23, told officers he was standing near his truck shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday when he was confronted by three men, one armed with a knife and one with a handgun. Adams told officers the trio tried to carjack him, but he didn't have his car keys. He said "the situation escalated" and one man pointed the gun at his face while the other stabbed him twice before all three fled, according to police.
November 9, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been updated. See below for details. >
BOSTON - The race for 2016 has officially begun. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a benchmark gathering that is expected to attract hundreds of Republicans in the state that will kick off the next presidential nomination contest. Anytime any politician appears in states like Iowa or New Hampshire, they cause shock waves because of these states' early voting roles in selecting party nominees. PHOTOS: Reactions to Obama's victory “Every single move any national politician makes here is looked at through the caucus lens,” said Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Branstad.
November 5, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
CLEVELAND - In the final days of the presidential race, Mitt Romney and President Obama have, to varying degrees, embraced a theme they seldom voiced during much of the campaign: a desire for a new era of bipartisanship. The imperative is to sway that elusive sliver of independent voters. It's a tonal shift for Romney, who described himself as "severely conservative" in the primary and has been sharply critical of Obama's "liberal agenda" all year. He sounded very much like candidate Obama of 2008 as he campaigned Sunday in Cleveland, Des Moines and the suburbs of Philadelphia.
November 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DES MOINES - In the end, President Obama came back to Iowa to look for one more lift. With a rally in Des Moines, filling the streets behind the building that four years ago housed his Iowa caucus headquarters, President Obama wrapped up his last campaign blitz and asked Iowans again for help. The speech was as much about 2008 as 2012, laden with nostalgia and appeals to ideals that captured his supporters when he was still a senator from Illinois. At one point a tear rolled down his cheek as he spoke.
October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
LAND O' LAKES, Fla. -- The Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney on Saturday night, breaking a decades-long streak of backing Democrats for president in a state that launched President Obama's 2008 election. The paper, the largest in Iowa, wrote that the top priorities in the election must be reviving the economy, spurring job growth and moving toward a balanced budget and reducing the deficit. “Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals?
August 9, 2012 | By Alana Semuels and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
DES MOINES - It's an overriding conservative principle: Scale back government interference and let businesses survive or fail on their merits. But standing by that principle may hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, a hotly contested swing state that could provide a crucial six electoral college votes in November. Romney recently upset many conservatives here by saying he would end a government tax credit that helps subsidize a burgeoning wind industry in the state. Some of them - farmers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year for having wind turbines on their property - say they won't vote for Romney because of his wind position.
February 1, 1987 | LARRY PRYOR
Des Moines is putting its best foot forward, providing an expense-paid weekend for Elise Rychlewski, 32, of San Francisco. She won the trip in a Chamber of Commerce promotional contest that is part of a friendly feud between the two cities. Her winning entry: "Girl seeks city for brief but meaningful affair. Must be interesting, friendly, traditional (but full of surprises). In short, a city like Des Moines."
August 4, 1989 | DAVID NELSON
Although not quite an internationally acclaimed capital of good eating, San Diego can boast chefs and cooks from Paris, Brooklyn, Rome, Hong Kong, Florence, Tokyo, Athens, Oaxaca, New Orleans and hundreds of other large and middling dots on the globe. With the opening of the new Pei's of La Jolla, the city's roster of restaurant origins has expanded to include Des Moines, Iowa, where restaurateur James Pei has operated a Chinese restaurant since 1979.
January 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
The sound system hissed and spit so loudly they finally had to turn it off. This meant the attorney general of Texas had to yell from his wheelchair. Newt Gingrich's daughter had to cup her hands to her mouth and shout. Mitt Romney's second son, cool like his father, effortlessly projected his voice. It was an Iowa caucus, a messy, delightful, maddening exercise of democracy that takes place simultaneously every four years in churches, schools and living rooms across the state.
January 3, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
If any candidate has taken pleasure in watching former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's surge in Iowa, it is Jon Huntsman Jr., who has focused his presidential campaign almost exclusively on winning New Hampshire. After trailing their rivals in the polls for much of this year, Santorum and Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, found kinship in the fact that they were often relegated to far ends of the stage during the GOP debates -- struggling to get a word in as more prominent contenders such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry dominated the discussion.
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