Least peppy pep rally ever. Students and staff at Dunkerton High School in Iowa thought they were getting a presentation on bullying from Christian rock band Junkyard Prophets. Instead, they got a diatribe about the homosexual evils of Elton John and Lady Gaga, plus graphic photos of dead babies. Parents were outraged and the school is seeking a refund of Junkyard Prophet’s $1,500 performance fee.
She comes out for Lincoln, Washington in this new video that’s overlaid with excerpts of her speech last fall in Iowa.
McKay Coppins and Zeke Miller report from South Carolina that this is getting fun.
A memo from 2008 McCain pollster Bill McInturff says that Ron Paul is pulling in more first-time voters than anyone else. Also: “Ron Paul is not a Republican.”
Why an Iowa supporter got off the bandwagon.
Paulites in New Hampshire still think their hero will go all the way. One more reason you shouldn’t expect him to drop out any time soon.
After spending 4 days all over Iowa, here are some of my most memorable moments from the trip.
It was a late night in Des Moines, and this list of essential tweets includes some from last night and some from this morning.
Rick Santorum pulled off a surprise near-win in Iowa last night. But in New Hampshire, he has only 7 staffers, 150 volunteers, and no time.
We asked Romney Iowa guru David Kochel to rate the five brothers, four of whom have spent the week campaigning and hanging around the lobby of the Des Moines Marriott.
He wasn’t really thrilled to choose, but finally told us that Josh is the best campaigner. He is, he said, “very comfortable.” He’s also the one the family expects to be the third Romney generation in office.
Network entrance polls at the Iowa caucuses project a “top tier” of those three men.
With the arrival of the Iowa Caucuses tonight, The Des Moines Register’s website will be receiving its quadrennial spike in traffic that accompanies the event. That’s why many found it interesting that surrounding the paper’s coverage of the Republican caucuses are controversial ads for Barack Obama’s campaign.
If you plan on staying up late and watching coverage of the first-in-the-nation Republican caucus, you’re going to need this. Keep these rules and a 12-pack handy as you wade through merciless hours of punditry and spin-doctoring.
Is Iowa more white, evangelical, and rural than the rest of the country? Yes. It’s just a fact.
Rick Perry spent ten times as much on television advertising as did Rick Santorum. Lot of good it did him.
So who will win the caucus? Romney, running slow and steady along the rail? Paul, peaking at the right time? Santorum in a sudden surge?
For the past few days, I’ve been carrying around a sketchbook and markers and asking young people at caucus events in Sioux City, Orange City, Rock Rapids, Mason City, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, and Urbandale, Iowa what their idea of the American dream is. Here’s what they said.
Political twitter becomes a firehose on nights like last night. Here’s some of what you missed.
Which is why Romney would like primary season to end tonight.
Romney says he’ll win, Santorum has to beat Romney, and Paul isn’t playing your stupid expectations game. What you need to know for tonight.
Never mind all those Republicans. This Iowan makes the progressive case for his state.
I spent two days with Rick Santorum in Iowa and traveled over 500 miles to 6 different meet-and-greets and rallies in Knoxville, Pella, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Orange City, and Rock Rapids, Iowa. Here are some of the observations I made along the way.
The Libertarian tells voters there’s no difference among his rivals.
In December he was a man in full, but now Gingrich is fluish and down in the polls. He does promise to keep talking about pets, however.
Reporters, operatives, and junkies tweet through the night and the early morning. You may not have been paying attention, but we’re culling the good ones.
The hot candidate learned the good news about his poll results from BuzzFeed last night. But the same reason’s he’s winning in Iowa may mean he’ll lose everywhere else. In fact, this may be the only social conservative Mitt Romney can beat in South Carolina.
During his final campaign stop in the Hawkeye State, Rick Santorum was assailed by the sparkling menace of a gay rights activist in Johnston, Iowa. The former senator from Pennsylvania wore purple glitter for the duration of his visit at the Okoboji Grill.
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Absurd excuse for flip flopping on an important issue for the sake of wooing Iowa evangelicals? Or the absurdest? A quote from Rick Perry explaining why he changed his mind from allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest, a position he held as recently as last month, to wanting a total ban.
Newt Gingrich vs. what he calls the, “1/10 of 1%” at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
And it was directly to his face. That’s Tom Sorensen of Iowa City, and he is not fond of the former Speaker. If you must know, the insult rhymes with “fucking asshole.”