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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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The Menopausal Militia

The Menopausal Militia by Zabet NeuCollins September 4, 2012 “The future of the election is up to us,” cries Cecile Richards, the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “It’s up to us.” The words resonate through the room where the Women’s Caucus is meeting just hours before the Democratic National Convention begins. The […]

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Charlotte: FLOTUS “Ladies Night” Headliner

Charlotte, North Carolina. September 4, 2012 Michelle Obama received top billing on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, an evening some are now referring to as “Ladies Night.” Reaction from colleagues and friends has been mixed. One tweets: “It’s official, Democrats’ moms can kick Republicans’ moms butts.” Another: “Disgusted by women’s roles in […]

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From Charlotte: Senior Field Trip

As it happens, of the nearly 6,000 delegates at the Democratic National Convention, the youngest is Sam Gray, a seventeen-year old from Marion, Iowa. “I’ve been interested in the political process for a long time,” says the Marion High School Senior. He is currently enrolled in a government class taught by Dave Messerli, who has […]

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