The strange power of Donald Trump

Trump supporters

By Alison Martin DAVENPORT, Iowa — For some undecided Iowa voters, the head and heart don’t agree. While Margaret Osborne listens attentively to Chris Christie at a town hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa, her heart can’t forget the passion and excitement of Donald Trump. Every four years, Osborne and her mother, Patricia, attend rallies and […]

Rebecca Truszkowski: Day in the Life of an Iowan

By Misha Euceph “They’re worried about people taking their guns away. We’re worried about our children’s lives. Who do you think is gonna win?” Rebecca Truszkowski, on the right, is an Iowan with Gun Sense Voter. She plans to caucus for the issue and to endorse a candidate based on his or her support for […]

Mary Ann Miller: Day in the Life of an Iowan

By Misha Euceph “I have four grand children, one on the way. Climate change is important. My legacy to my grandchildren that I worked for. I belong to this group called 100 grannies in Iowa City that is working for climate change. I want my grandchildren to have that. I have a granddaughter who’s 19. […]

Iowa moms caucus for gun sense

By Enrica Nicoli Aldini IOWA CITY, Iowa – Lunch break at Hamburg Inn, an iconic Iowa City diner that’s an obligatory stop for many presidential hopefuls campaigning out here. We noticed the four women at the table beside ours were sporting t-shirt and pins saying “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” The smell […]

Racing to catch Clinton, Sanders calls for “political revolution”

By Enrica Nicoli Aldini DAVENPORT, Iowa – Bernie Sanders is tailgating Hillary Clinton in Iowa. With only four points separating the Democratic frontrunners,  the Vermont senator is working to overtake the former secretary of state in the final days before the Iowa caucuses. Tapping into his ambitions for a political revolution in America, he is […]

Who would be on a Trump ticket?

Donald Trump in Spin Room

By Morgan Gilbard IOWA CITY, Iowa — Timothy Hagle is hounded by reporters every four years for his thoughts on the Iowa caucuses. His analysis of campaign strategy, minute details of candidate demeanor and insight into Iowa life is basically a second job. The University of Iowa professor, like the rest of us, is shocked […]

Christie makes voters curious, not excited

Christie town hall

By Morgan Gilbard DAVENPORT, Iowa — Presidential hopeful Chris Christie drew more uncertain voters than die-hard fans to his town hall forum Friday night. Voters dissatisfied with the Republican frontrunners came to give Christie a look – and left with greater respect for the New Jersey governor. “I think Donald Trump is a bully,” said […]

Maverick youth: the generational war of the Republican Party

University of Iowa

By Morgan Gilbard  IOWA CITY, Iowa — Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may be trailing in the polls, but he is capturing the attention of young Iowa voters uninspired by Republican front-runners in a party often seen as too old and too white. “Our generation has a more hopeful message rather than an angry kind of […]

Gov. Chris Christie pushes policy, calls for end to ‘Washington talk’

Gov. Chris Christie speaks to Iowan voters in Davenport.

By Alison Martin DAVENPORT, Iowa — Just three days before Iowans make their choices for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told supporters and undecided residents of this Mississippi River town that he is the candidate who will “tell is like it is.” “We don’t need a president who is steeped in Washington talk, because […]