How Dubuque County Went Republican For The 1st Time Since Eisenhower

The election of 2016 provided many surprising results to longtime Iowa politics watchers, but one county shaded in red stood out most of all: Dubuque. The working class Catholic river town of Northeast Iowa was won by the Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1956, when it was Dwight Eisenhower on the ballot. With just under 100,000 residents, Dubuque is Iowa's seventh-large...
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The Sentence I Didn’t Get To Write In 2016

As we count down the hours until the end of this much maligned year of 2016, many are eager to forget all the awful memories from a such a volatile, nasty year. As for writers like myself, the end of a year comes with regrets about planned stories not written and projects never completed. I have notepads filled with story ideas that I just plain ran out of time to finish. But one abandoned p...
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The Iowa Caucus Emerges From 2016 In A Strong Position

A lot of American institutions came out worse for the ware from the volatile 2016 presidential election. Except for one: the Iowa Caucus. The always-at-risk lead-off contest will come out of this year in a much stronger situation than previously thought. A Donald Trump presidency and a Democratic Party in turmoil makes it considerably more likely that Iowa's place in the primary process remains...
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The Fight To Take It All Back Begins Today

Last night was a very bad night for the Iowa Democratic Party and the future of our state. Iowa was engulfed in a red tidal wave that wiped out the party's majority in the Iowa Senate, handing full control of state government over to the Republicans. The legislative session will be a frightening one, and many Democrats are wondering today whether the party can ever claw it's way back from this r...
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Iowa Democrats Obliterated At All Levels: The Fallout

It could take years for Iowa Democrats to recover from the utter shellacking they took on Tuesday night, when a total realignment in voting trends struck the state hard. Some rural and blue collar counties that went for Barack Obama in 2012 saw swings to Donald Trump by as much as 30 points. Democrats lost every single one of the highly competitive senate and house races and even a few that weren'...
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What Numbers To Watch In Iowa Tonight

Here we go! Election night approaches, and we'll start getting a sense of who has won and lost in Iowa starting at 9:00 PM when polls close. Here's a handful of things that I think will be important for Iowa politics watchers to keep their eye on tonight. If you want to follow me live, I'll be on WOI/ABC 5 from 9:45 to 10:45 to discuss down-ballot races. I'll update with posts tonight as much ...
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Where The Early Vote Stands On Election Day

Voters streamed into auditor's offices across Iowa on Monday, getting their vote in one day before Election Day arrived. Long lines were seen in Polk, Black Hawk, Johnson, Linn and Scott counties. Voters who still had their absentee ballots hopefully brought them into auditor's offices or planned on taking them to the polls - sending them in at this point means they won't arrive on time. The S...
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AFSCME Looks To Put Clinton Over The Top In Iowa In Final Push

As the final countdown begins for the close of polls in Iowa, thousands of volunteers are spread out across the state knocking on doors, collecting absentee ballots and dragging every last person they can get to the polls. A big part of Democrats' GOTV efforts come from organized labor, and AFSCME is providing a good chunk of that, both for Hillary Clinton and down-ballot legislative candidates. ...
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The End Is Near

Are we done yet? The closer we've gotten to the election, the longer every day seems to drag on, so who knows how today will feel. At this point, everyone is emotionally exhausted, from the candidates to the campaign staff to the volunteers to the voters. I've been trying to think of some interesting way to wrap this whole election coverage up, but honestly I've covered most of the major the...
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How The College Vote Is Turning Out In Iowa

When Barack Obama won Iowa in 2008 and 2012, college students were a key part of his winning coalition, turning out at record rates. For Hillary Clinton to overcome Iowa's Trump-trending voter base, she'll need to at least come close to generating the same turnout among young students. She'll also have to tamp down third party defections from young progressives who earlier backed Bernie Sanders. ...
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