February 9, 1988 |
Bob Dole, it turned out, was right all along. He was, Iowans concluded, "one of us." That was the motto of his campaign for President here, and Republicans at Monday's caucuses apparently agreed wholeheartedly, handing the senator from nearby Kansas a first place victory so impressive that even Dole's strategists were stunned. "Euphoric," is the way Dole's Midwest director Floyd Brown described the mood in the senator's hotel suite late Monday. Dole himself was more low-key about the results.
January 23, 1988 |
Just when you think Iowans have milked everything possible out of the race for President--so much time and doting attention from the candidates--they surprise you and extract something more. The latest: apologies. Cedar Rapids High School student Annette Gallagher told reporters that she was humiliated on Monday when Vice President George Bush tore up her campaign flyer in front of hundreds of people. Gallagher complained that she was "being made a fool of by the vice president."
July 29, 1986 |
More than 200 teen-agers were evacuated today from a summer camp because of toxic chemicals spilled into the Des Moines River by a train blown off a 190-foot-high bridge by 60-m.p.h. winds, officials said. "All indications are the train was hit by extremely high winds or a tornado," Chicago & Northwestern Vice President Jim Foote said. None of the train's four crew members were injured, he said. Eighteen cars of the 31-car westbound train jumped the tracks about 11 p.m.
March 17, 1999 |
Maybe the middle of a March blizzard--wind screeching, snow whipping, visibility about zero--was not the best time to ask folks here how they feel about the state's tourism slogan: "Iowa, you make me smile." "How about, 'Iowa, you make me shiver'?" groused Floridian Joe Marino, here for a conference on keeping a positive attitude at work. "I'll never come back here again."
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September 23, 1985 |
"Hear about the intelligent Minnesotan? Oh well, it was just a rumor anyway." "Hear about the Minnesota farmers so upset with the price supports they marched on Washington? Last time they were heard from, they were 10 miles south of Seattle." "What's the best thing to come out of Minnesota? A Greyhound bus."
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February 2, 1988 |
Iowa in winter may not be everyone's idea of fun. But Iowans at least know what to expect. By mid-January, when millions of Americans in 49 other states looked forward only to their MasterCard bill and IRS forms, one Iowa Democrat had already received nine more-or-less-handsome solicitations from Rep. Richard Gephardt; eight from Sen. Paul Simon, including a personal Christmas card from a Simon constituent in neighboring Illinois; seven from former Gov. Bruce Babbitt; five from Gov.
February 5, 1988 |
For anyone with an eye for politics, this has been Shangri-La. Here, you could meet the men who gaveled the Congress and dined with Gorbachev, who built an empire from the pulpit and formed a movement from the ghettos--men flying in the turbulent, rarefied jet stream of presidential politics. But men who still have time for you every day. Here is the place, indeed, where one could come to know the next President of the United States. No need to read about some distant abstractions.
October 28, 1987 |
Jasper County Auditor and Election Commissioner Linda Gifford dropped Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt from consideration after meeting him. "He kind of twitches and his eyes kind of shift," she said. Rosemary Hartschen, a teacher, has crossed Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis from her list because "it wasn't nice" when his former campaign manager distributed a videotape that helped push Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. out of the race.
July 13, 1987 |
For the better part of two months, Republican presidential candidate Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV, a tweedy heir to the chemical company fortune, has been crisscrossing Iowa trying to convince the state's downtrodden farmers, 14,000 of whom have gone bankrupt, that agricultural subsidies are bad for them.
December 11, 1986 |
Horror brought this quiet southern Iowa town to a standstill today after a gunman angry about a backed-up sewer burst into a City Council meeting Wednesday night, killing the mayor and seriously wounding two council members. The gunman, Ralph Orin David, 69, burst into a weekly meeting at City Hall about 9:10 p.m., waved a pistol and shouted "You sons of bitches!" then shot Mayor Edward King and Council members JoAnne Sankey and Ronald DuPree, witnesses said.