January 1, 2008
Re "In Iowa cornfields, a left-tilting tradition," Dec. 30 The Times brings to light, at long last, the rich history of Iowa's progressive politics. Too often it goes unnoticed or overlooked by the modern progressive movement that much of my native state was established by a strong lot of liberal-leaning Norwegian, German and Irish settlers. Each group came with a sense not only of hard work but the value of human dignity and a healthy respect for a need to maintain our role as our brother's keeper in both times of hardship and riches.
October 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is leaning on two of America's favorites -- Bubba and the Boss -- for a little get-out-the-vote action next week in critical swing states. Bruce Springsteen will headline a free event Thursday in the Parma, Ohio, area, where he will be joined by Bill Clinton, before heading for a second show later that day in Ames, Iowa, the Obama campaign announced, as Obama turns to the power of pop culture to get voters to the polls. That same night, the president will make a return visit to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"; on Saturday, the campaign released a new TV ad with the unmistakable voice of actor Morgan Freeman.
June 19, 1991 |
As controversy again swirled around White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu's travel arrangements, Sununu headed out of town Tuesday, flying aboard a corporate airplane to attend an Iowa Republican Party fund-raising dinner, White House and Iowa GOP officials said. The White House, meanwhile, said that President Bush had "full confidence" in his chief of staff and defended Sununu's use of private aircraft for personal and political trips.
March 21, 2011 |
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who developed a reputation for trimming the growth of spending in his home state, announced Monday afternoon the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. Reflecting the importance of social media in modern campaigns, Pawlenty, a Republican, made the announcement by way of Facebook, in an online video with the slick production values of a feel-good campaign ad. The nearly two-minute video touched on Pawlenty's biography, recalling the economic downturn that occurred in Minnesota's Twin Cities during his youth.
December 6, 1987 |
It's a matter of experience. For Bob Dole it is the experience of the Midwest. The deep-down remembrance of the smell of freshly tilled topsoil, a plain upbringing in an ordinary place, a place in the heartland to call home. For George Bush it is the globe girdling experience of a half-dozen titled positions--jobs from here to China, literally. The experience that may, on the eve of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, earn him a slice of credit for the upcoming missile reduction treaty.
March 21, 2011 |
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who developed a reputation for trimming the growth of spending in his home state, is expected to announce Monday afternoon the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, according to his campaign staff. Reflecting the importance of social media in modern campaigns, Pawlenty is promising his supporters an "exclusive" look at his plans in a message to be posted on Facebook at 3 p.m. The announcement makes him the second major candidate to make such an announcement.
October 21, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie backed away from a court fight over same-sex marriage Monday, a move that further staked his place near the political middle ground at a time the country seems irretrievably divided into warring camps of right and left. The Republican governor's decision not to appeal a state Supreme Court judgment represents a gamble for his expected presidential effort: that in 2016 - after successive losing campaigns and a politically disastrous government shutdown - a majority of Republican primary voters will be willing to forsake ideological purity for a more pragmatic (and, some suggest, winning)
January 20, 2008 |
Cocktail waitresses in sequins; chefs in tall, white toques; and maids in ruffled aprons streamed into ballrooms along the Strip. Black voters packed a community center in north Las Vegas. Latinos came out like never before. Nevadans had their first turn at center stage in the presidential nominating season Saturday, and they flocked to the caucuses here like keno players to a $4 buffet.
November 21, 1994 |
Fred Grandy was not running for reelection and it showed. Looking more Beverly Hills than Capitol Hill, the Iowa Congressman and former television actor appeared for an interview in a blazer whose color he described as "bitchin' burgundy." Grandy suggested the interview be conducted on a park bench to take advantage of an unseasonably warm day just before the Nov. 8 elections. Then he proceeded to do what he's been doing lately, to the chagrin of his Republican party leadership.
September 8, 1987 |
Organized labor in Iowa may field its own slate of uncommitted delegates in the state's Democratic precinct caucuses next February in an effort to enhance its influence in the first contest of the 1988 presidential campaign, top labor leaders said here Monday.