If you had your ear cupped just right and were listening closely Sunday afternoon, you might have heard my head explode. The pressure inside the old noggin has been building for months, thanks to what can be called politics as usual in Washington, DC, and Des Moines.
IowaWatch interviews in three politically diverse counties in the state that hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses revealed that, while residents there say civil conversation about politics is a common goal, polarization remains a powerful force that can halt any chance of some Iowans even wanting to talk about politics at all.
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The New Hampshire Presidential Primary may be two years away, but in the current political climate it is never too early to begin the groundwork for a run. March was a good example. During the month, President Donald Trump returned to New Hampshire for the first time since his election. He made two stops, one at Manchester Community College to unveil his program to fight the growing opioid addiction epidemic, and Manchester Central Fire Station where the “safe station” program began. Three days later Vice President Mike Pence was in the Granite State as the featured speaker at a program to tout the GOP tax reform/cut package passed last year.
A Democratic Party proposal to count raw totals during the 2020 presidential precinct caucuses is wrong in two ways, former Iowa Democratic Party chairman David Nagle said during a weekend IowaWatch Connection radio report interview.
ByLyle Muller, Chase Harrison, Jeff Stein and Leziga Barikor |
The 2016 political campaign may be behind voters but the high awareness of its results and the rhetoric it spawned has, in many ways, not disappeared. This IowaWatch Connection radio report brings the voices of voters, post-election, to you.
IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller was a guest on a recent Ethical Perspectives on the News program KCRG-TV-9 along with Tim Hagle, professor of political science at the University of Iowa; and Jesse Case of Teamsters Local 238. The host and moderator was Karl Cassell.
owa voters have spoken, and loudly. Beyond the high-profile presidential election, though, they shifted the balance of power inside the state, too. What will the change in control of the Iowa Senate mean for public policy in Iowa?
Iowa voters avoided on Tuesday many of the polling problems of possible disruption or lines so long voting would be difficult that had been forecast, county auditors from across the state told IowaWatch in interviews.
ByLyle Muller, Jeff Stein and the IowaWatch/College Media reporting project team |
In the last report of a year-long IowaWatch effort to speak with voters about what matters to them we heard frustration with how presidential candidates were address issues and, after the summer nominating conventions, presidential candidates themselves: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
ByLyle Muller, Krista Johnson, Mackenzie Rappe and Kiley Wellendorf |
Voters in battleground state revealed mixed feelings about whether or not they’ve heard Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talk about issues about which those Iowans care.