2 Olympic hopefuls wrestle with life after the mat

By Adam Rossow Wrestlers Austin Trotman and Deron Winn had been here before. But this time was different. Friday’s 86kg title match at the 18th annual Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Tournament in Colorado Springs was the first and likely the last time the two veteran wrestlers would tangle. Trotman is 27 years old and […]

DM Register/Bloomberg poll: Trump reclaims lead over Cruz in Iowa


By Max Greenwood DES MOINES, Iowa – Donald Trump reclaimed his lead over Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released Saturday, showing booming momentum for the businessman-turned-presidential-hopeful just 48 hours before the Iowa caucuses. The poll shows Trump at 28 percent – six points up from the newspaper’s […]

Despite lagging support, Santorum says he’s not ready to back down


By Max Greenwood WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Rick Santorum held a town hall-style meeting with supporters at an upscale home Sunday, in a final push to secure votes before the Iowa caucuses Monday. Santorum is tied for last place in the Iowa race, drawing support from just 2 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers in […]

A Valentine for Hillary

Hillary Valentine

By Morgan Gilbard CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Chloe, age seven, waved a homemade valentine at Hillary Clinton’s rally on Saturday night. She clutched a heart flag, cut from construction paper with a hand steadier than her own. At every crescendo of Clinton’s speech, she cheered. After the candidate’s words and the crowd’s cheers had faded […]

Christianity on stage in Iowa: Jerry Falwell Jr. joins Trump for weekend rallies

By Jay Bouchard DAVENPORT, Iowa – In a final push before Monday night’s Iowa caucuses, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is rallying crowds with the help of one of the country’s most prominent evangelical Christian leaders. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Virginia’s Liberty University,  is lending his name and reputation as the New York real estate […]

Chicagoans canvas for Hillary

By Brendan Hickey DAVENPORT, Iowa — Chicago area Hillary Clinton supporters are not eligible to caucus in Iowa  on Monday, but that didn’t stop them from making the trip across the Mississippi River to knock on doors and urge Iowans to back the former secretary of state.

Sue Dvorsky: Day in the Life of an Iowan

By Misha Euceph “The media’s saying Sanders has 100 field organizers on the ground and Hillary’s got 100 field organizers on the ground. Here’s the difference. My stepdad, 81, from the South Side of Chicago… Irish… The [Hillary] field organizer in his district went and knocked on his door and said I know you’re Sue’s […]

Jared Fulster: Day in the Life of an Iowan

By Misha Euceph “You hear a lot of ‘Why does Iowa get this?’ We are a flyover state. All we do is corn and pigs. And I don’t even do that. This is our taste of the East Coast or the West Coast. Just mattering. Being important, I suppose.” Jared Fulster is an independent voter […]

Asher Van Dyke: Day in the Life of an Iowan

By Misha Euceph “I support Bernie because of his take on tuition for public universities. I dropped out of school recently because my mother was diagnosed with cancer, so I don’t have the funds right now. I even had a thought of moving to Germany maybe for like free education.” Asher Van Dyke is an […]

Bill and Chelsea get out for Hillary in Cedar Rapids

By Enrica Nicoli Aldini CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Clinton family made a fashionably late appearance Saturday night at Washington High School, in the state’s second-largest city. A mere hour after the Des Moines Register gave Hillary Clinton a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in the polls and 45 minutes after the scheduled time, she […]