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Democracy in Action

COMING in at 5:45 a.m. on Election Day, a sprited multi-generational team of ten workers worked well into the evening at Iowa City’s h Precinct 18 Polling Place at Longfellow Elementary School. Shortly after the polls closed in Iowa at 9 p.m., while Steve the janitor helped with clean-up of the school’s brightly lit gym, […]

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The First Lady is in the House !

CLEAR Creek Amana Highschool student Mbololwa Mundia and her sister Nakola Nyambe waited patiently with their mother earlier this morning to hear First Lady Michelle Obama address an overflow crowd at a campaign rally for the President at the Iowa City Sheraton Hotel. Ms. Mundia proclaimed to DLP, First in the Nation stringer and guardian […]

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Glee Stars, Gleeks and Activists in the House

GLEE cast members Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale, appeared at an Obama campaign event Saturday morning at the University of Iowa Memorial Union. Both were energetically welcomed by thirty plus ‘Gleeks’ and Obama Campaign activists in attendance. In the Fox Network hit show Mr. McHale plays Artie Abrams, a paraplegic guitarist, singer and Glee Club […]

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Vote Early Today!

Mathilde Finnegan-Kennel braved temperatures dropping into the low 40s’ today to encourage early voting at the Iowa City Public Library. Ms. Finnegan-Kennel, a Political Science major in her Junior year at the University of Iowa, has been supporting the electoral effort for two weeks, apparently with great success. An upbeat line ran out the door […]

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Politics: Framing the Debate: Voices from Union Hall

Mark NeuCollins collected these thoughts at a debate watch party at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 405 Hall in Cedar Rapids.   Frank Reynolds Conservative Democrat [watch video] Newt Gingrich got something started in the early 90’s and now they’ve perfected it—it’s called hate politics and they are doing a real good […]

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October 3: All Power to the People?

Little Village’s “First in the Nation” election coverage team filed dispatches from the first Presidential Debate. Detroit-based Katie McGowan went to Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe & Bookstore in the Highland Park neighborhood. THE results of the 2008 election unfold before me early in the morning on a friend’s television in Rijeka, Croatia. As it becomes clear […]

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October 3: Lights Out on the Coralville Strip

Little Village’s “First in the Nation” election coverage team filed dispatches from the first Presidential Debate. Jon Winet visited the GOP Headquarters in Coralville. Just behind the Peking Buffet, just to the west of a Papa John’s Pizza in one of 2nd Avenue’s many strip malls, sits the Johnson County Republican Party Headquarters in Coralville. […]

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The delegates at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte reflected the nation’s current and evolving demographics, with a generous mix of Americans of all ethnicities. In contrast, despite what one can surmise was a considerable effort by party operatives to diversify the delegations—considerable given the level of support by African Americans for the the Romney-Ryan ticket […]

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A Night in Theatre: Coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention

As Senator Edward Kennedy’s voice reverberates through the hall, I feel a curious quickening. I lift my eyes to the mega screen suspended from the ceiling of the Arena. There is Teddy, larger than life, in perfect cadence, speaking to us from beyond the grave, uplifting us, exhorting us to live up to our better […]

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Convention Closer

The 2012 Democratic National Convention concluded last night with a speech by President Barack Obama. No longer a promising, youthful candidate, the nominee, a now sadder but wiser battle-tested White House incumbent, effectively rallied the faithful in the Convention Hall. The speech was not the peak moment of the evening nor of the president’s formidable […]

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Convention Dispatch: “I want you to listen”

“We are here to nominate a president. And I’ve got one in mind.” William Jefferson Clinton, 40th president of the United States captivated the party faithful in the Convention Hall with a rousing speech on the second night of the conventions. “You all are having fun, but this is serious. I want you to listen.” […]

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