July 18, 2011 |
With less than a month to go before the Iowa straw poll, it has become make-or-break time for Tim Pawlenty. And he is quickening his pace accordingly. Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who has seen his months-long presidential bid gain little traction with Republican voters, has the most aggressive schedule this week of any GOP contender - and all of it will take place in Iowa, the state that has become his proving ground. The straw poll, an Iowa tradition that is more of a test of candidate's viability than a coronation, takes place in Ames on Aug. 13. A debate will be held in Ames two days earlier.
November 19, 2011 |
The Republican presidential candidates most actively courting Iowa voters are set to speak Saturday afternoon at a gathering of social conservatives, one of the biggest cattle calls remaining before the Jan. 3 caucuses. Saturday's Thanksgiving Family Forum is organized by a leading Iowa conservative, Bob Vander Plaats, and his group, the Family Leader. The format is meant to mimic the holiday dinner, with six candidates -- Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum -- gathered around a table participating in a discussion moderated by Frank Luntz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1992 |
Some people use their closets and drawers for storage. Professional clown Terry Knutson prefers his bathtub. That's where he keeps his shoe boxes, folded paper grocery bags and 29 partial rolls of toilet paper. The clutter, which extends throughout his Mission Hills property, is not part of Knutson's Clownzo the Clown act. But it has played a starring role in the real-life predicament of Knutson and his neighbors for more than a decade.
September 29, 2011 |
After swarming Iowa before the August straw poll, presidential candidates have largely fled in favor of fundraising and events elsewhere. But their campaigns are working furiously as the winter caucuses loom. The campaigns are snatching up the most coveted activists and endorsements and signing up leaders for each of the state's 99 counties and the nearly 1,800 precincts. These workers, mostly volunteers, are charged with persuading the more than 100,000 voters expected on caucus night to support their candidate, and minding the details that make victory possible, like arranging rides on a freezing winter night.
November 1, 2011 |
Much of the Republican presidential field gathered here Tuesday to discuss how to improve the nation's economy. But what was most notable was who skipped the event — Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain. The two men have staked their candidacies on their business resumes, arguing that their tenures as corporate chiefs make them perfectly suited to lead a nation in economic distress. So the forum by the National Assn. of Manufacturers — co-moderated by the state's Republican governor — would seem like an ideal audience.
May 15, 2012 |
DES MOINES - Returning to the state that launched Barack Obama to the presidency, Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused his rival of carelessly driving the country into "a financial crisis of both debt and spending that threaten what it means to be an American. " The presumptive GOP nominee's stop in the Hawkeye State, which he largely ignored before its first-in-the-nation caucuses in January, reflected the importance Iowa will play in selecting the next president. Though there has been little recent public polling in Iowa, both sides clearly see a competitive race here - made clear by the fact that Romney's visit came three days after one by the vice president's wife, Jill Biden.
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October 30, 2006 |
Shortly after 8 each evening, David DenAdel kisses his wife and three kids goodbye and leaves his home in the peaceful suburb of Clive. A half-hour later, he pulls up at an unfurnished rental in a scruffy pocket of Des Moines, one of the few spots in the region where he can legally spend the night. His children, ages 3 to 6, "think maybe I'm camping, but they really aren't sure," said DenAdel, 37, who pays $650 a month for the rental and $1,500 a month for the mortgage on his home.
January 18, 2000 |
The New Iowa starts here, where C Street intersects Highway 30 and redemption fans out as far as the eye can see: Plastics, biotechnology and distribution, financial services and telecommunications and, of course, cornfields. Knocked to its knees in the 1980s farm crisis--when upward of 10,000 good blue-collar jobs bled off in short order--Iowa's No. 2 city has clawed its way back with a vengeance. Today, says the U.S. Census Bureau, Cedar Rapids is the star of the Rust Belt turnaround.
February 9, 1996 |
With polls indicating that his victory in Louisiana is boosting his prospects elsewhere, Patrick J. Buchanan hammered away Thursday at his hard-line themes of economic nationalism--hoping to repeat in the prairies his upset along the bayous.
August 6, 1999 |
Former Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, mounting a strong challenge to Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic presidential nomination, will formally announce his candidacy Sept. 8, his campaign said Thursday. A statement from the Bradley campaign said the onetime New York Knicks basketball star will hold the traditional campaign kickoff in the small town of Crystal City, Mo., where he was born in 1943.