Over the weekend Tom Harkin surprised the political world by announcing he will not run again in 2014. He announced his retirement just days after the Senate Democrats failed to reform the filibuster, which has been a long term goal of Harkin’s. When Democrats chickened out Harkin said President Obama “might as well take a four-year vacation” because Senate Democrats effectively killed any chance of advancing his agenda.
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 28, 2013 9:30 am|
|By: Attaturk Monday January 28, 2013 1:30 am|
Tom Harkin was a relatively young man when he became a United States Senator from Iowa – he is now well into his seventies. This truly liberal stalwart has decided to retire at the expiration of his term, rather than win re-election again in 2014.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 21, 2012 7:21 am|
Having the governor of the state say the straw poll is no longer useful could give many potential candidates an excuse to skip the rather expensive event. Candidates who may not naturally appeal to the heavily evangelical make up of the event will probably be glad to have another good justification for not wasting money on it.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 1, 2012 7:15 am|
President Obama holds a small lead in Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin according to the latest NBC/WSJ/Marist polls. If Obama wins Ohio, as most of the polling now indicates he will, he would need only one or two more swing states to get to 270.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 19, 2012 7:30 am|
If President Obama can hold on to Ohio, where he is currently favored to win, he only needs to capture one or two other swing states to get to 270 Electoral College votes.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday September 26, 2012 1:30 am|
Steve King has made innumerable racists, sexist, bigoted, homophobic and simply stupid statements in his career — sadly some of these statements have political support from his conservative base. But there is generally one area that even the far-right and far-left agree — naturally it isn’t about human beings, it is about dogs. Steve King is so dumb and thuggish he defends dog fighting.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 24, 2012 12:10 pm|
The guy Mitt Romney thinks he’s running against sounds fearsome. On a Sunday night conference call with voters in Iowa, Romney warned that President Obama is hell-bent on “forcing people to join unions that don’t want to.” Not only is this entirely false, but even the less-scary thing it’s based on doesn’t add up.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 21, 2012 8:15 am|
For the past week basically every poll of a “swing state” has found President Obama with a solid lead over Mitt Romney, and a new set of NBC/WSJ/Marist polls are no different. The polling found Obama currently leads by more than the margin of error in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin among likely voters.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 13, 2012 2:50 pm|
Republican lawmakers in rural farming communities were worried that they would have to go home to their districts empty-handed, without any tools to help farmers deal with this summer’s massive drought. They tried to sidestep this problem by passing, at the last possible minute, a bill to provide a year of drought relief to livestock producers. They could then blame the Senate for not following suit, even though the Senate had no chance to do so. This gambit isn’t working.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday July 25, 2012 1:30 am|
In the Spring of 2008 one year before the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was a Constitutional right an analysis found that the State would see more than $5 million in additional revenue annually.
And with less than three-million people the state is small in comparison to the movements largest accomplishment in the aftermath, New York. The the economic impact is proportionately larger.