August 28, 2012 |
AMES, Iowa -- Campaigning under the scorching Iowa sun, President Obama had one eye on the rains pounding the Gulf Coast on Tuesday as he rallied young voters on the first stop of a two-day campus tour. Hurricane Isaac heading toward Louisiana was threatening a still recovering New Orleans on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the shadow of that devastating storm followed the Obama campaign to Iowa. Before leaving on the trip, the president made an unscheduled statement, a brief update on his administration's preparations and a warning to residents in the path to not to tempt fate” by ignoring evacuation warnings.
August 16, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - President Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over the future of Medicare on Wednesday in a battle to shape public opinion on the proposal byPaul D. Ryan, Romney's running mate, to revamp the popular healthcare program for the elderly and the disabled. Both sides sought to gain an edge with seniors in Florida and other swing states with large elderly populations - and perhaps with some younger Americans looking ahead to their retirement. The heated rhetoric on what, just days ago, was a marginal topic in the presidential race reflected the impact of Romney's decision to put the Wisconsin congressman on the Republican ticket Saturday.
August 15, 2012 |
Politicians trying to play the authenticity card can get in trouble. They can look inauthentic. Or they can disrupt business as usual. The operator of the Bud Tent at the Iowa State Fair said this week that President Obama's stop at the popular beer pit-stop cost him a lot of business - as the Secret Service choked off the flow of customers by securing the area and screening everyone who wanted to come in for a cold one. The Monday...
August 15, 2012 |
OSKALOOSA, Iowa - President Obama visited an Iowa farm Tuesday where a family grows corn and soybeans while also generating wind energy with several turbines on their 1,000 acres. Republican Mitt Romney spent time at an Ohio coal mine, speaking in front of hard-hat-wearing workers whose livelihood depends on continued demand for their often-maligned product. In grand terms, the fight between Obama and Romney over energy policy centers on the role of federal regulators in protecting public health and promoting particular industries for the good of the country.
August 14, 2012 |
DES MOINES - Iowa contributes all of six electoral votes to the grand total of 538 up for grabs in November's election. But President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are devoting plenty of time to the state, an indication that both campaigns think the election could come down to that thin slice. Obama started a long bus tour of small Iowa towns Monday, where he bemoaned the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill and promised to take administrative action to help farmers suffering through a prolonged drought.
August 14, 2012 |
OSAKALOOSA, Iowa - The presidential candidates turn to the topic of energy Tuesday as they travel to different battleground states with different interests in future U.S. energy policy. In Iowa, President Obama plans to talk about wind energy as he pushes Congress to extend the production tax credit for companies investing in this growing alternative source. In Ohio coal country, meanwhile, Republican Mitt Romney is expected to talk about Obama's “war on coal” and the strain he says it puts on an industry that helps to power the state's economy.
August 9, 2012 |
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.
August 4, 2012 |
Elliott Sadler rebounded from the disappointment of his jumped-restart penalty last week in Indianapolis to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Newton, Iowa, on Saturday night. Sadler denied Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a fourth straight victory at Iowa Speedway, and increased his lead in the series standings to 18 points over Austin Dillon . Sadler won the pole with a track-record qualifying speed of 135.141 mph and was near or at the front of the pack the entire race. He overtook Justin Allgaier on the 192nd lap and went on to his fourth victory of the season.
July 20, 2012 |
Authorities on Friday classified the case of two Iowa girls who disappeared a week ago as an abduction after an FBI dive team did not find their bodies in a nearby lake. Meyers Lake has been the focus of the investigation since July 13, when the bicycles of Lyric Cook, 10, and her 8-year-old cousin, Elizabeth Collins, were found there. The girls had left Elizabeth's house in Evansdale about noon that day and were reported missing a few hours later. Although family members have said they believed that the girls were abducted, authorities had few leads and wanted to rule out any possibility that the cousins' bodies were in the water.
July 19, 2012 |
Family members of two missing Iowa girls took different stances with authorities Thursday, nearly a week after the cousins vanished. Daniel and Misty Morrissey, parents of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, have hired an attorney who has advised them to stop talking to police, Misty's sister, Tammy Brousseau, told local media. But Misty's other sister, Heather Collins, and her husband, Drew, plan to continue cooperating with authorities who are searching for their 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and her cousin, a friend of the family told the Los Angeles Times.