Iowa Becomes 20th State with a 20-Week Abortion Ban
Late last week, Iowa governor Terry Branstad approved a bill — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — that, among other provisions, prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Just hours after Branstad signed the measure, however, Iowa’s …
Early voting begins today in Iowa. Though Trump has a healthy lead in the polls there, the state provides a key test for both Trump and Clinton.
For Trump, Iowa will be a proving ground of how well he can …
Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers
Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Will Donald Trump fail once again to receive the percentage he’s getting in polls? Will Marco Rubio build on his …
Demographics and the Iowa Republican Caucus Results
With actual votes cast, it’s now possible to understand the relationship between support for a candidate and demography. One way we can visualize this is a correlation matrix. The following visualizes the correlation between the percentage support for a …
Sanders and Trump, Coming on Strong in New Hampshire
Bernie Sanders was the big winner in Iowa, as he had, as he called it, a “virtual tie” with Hillary Clinton, and the Vermont senator has set himself a fine launch into the neighboring state of New Hampshire, where he …
Ted Cruz’s Smashing Victory in Iowa
I was proud to endorse Ted Cruz several weeks ago, so I obviously could not be more pleased with the caucus results last night in Iowa.
It is only the first step in a long process, but it was a …
Despite Its Best Efforts, the GOP Was the Biggest Winner in Iowa Last Night
Despite its best attempts to fail, the biggest winner of the Iowa Caucus last night was the GOP itself, which generated an unprecedented level of energy and engagement among voters in a critical swing state. That energy was generated thanks …
Jubilant Sanders Supporters Jeer Clinton’s ‘Victory’ Speech after Iowa Tie
Des Moines, Iowa — Hillary Clinton’s victory speech Monday night didn’t go over very well here at the Airport Holiday Inn, where Bernie Sanders’s campaign was holding its own victory rally.
“I’m a progressive who gets things …
A Good Night for Conservatives
Ted Cruz didn’t play the expectations game in Iowa. He said he was going to win the caucuses, and he did. What’s more, he did it even while bucking the conventional wisdom that candidates who seek to win …
I tip my cap, unreservedly, to Ted Cruz. With everything on the line — and so many GOP colleagues cowed and intimidated — he took on Donald Trump and won. Late last year I wrote that the GOP needed an …
‘Stand Your Ground’ Continues to Gain Ground
The phrase “stand your ground” entered popular parlance following the trial of George Zimmerman, who in 2013 was acquitted of murder charges after he successfully defended himself against a deadly-force attack by Trayvon Martin. Political activists whom today we would call …
Ethanol Harms Cars, the Economy, and the Environment
Since it’s been seven months since the Iowa caucuses and it’ll be another three-plus years until that hell is fresh again, this is the best time to talk about ethanol.
Just in case you didn’t know, ethanol …
‘New York Values’ Cost Trump, and Six Other Lessons from Iowa’s Entrance Polls
Iowa didn’t just give political junkies their first set of results to pore over; it gave them their most accurate look yet at the moods, priorities, and preferences of the 2016 electorate.
Unlike polling done by media outlets, academic institutions, and …
That Time I Went to Iowa to Cover the Caucuses — and Ended Up Campaigning for Jim Gilmore
Des Moines, Iowa — I never expected to campaign for Jim Gilmore.
If I ever even think of the former Virginia governor, it is only when I am in the process of making fun of him and his presidential campaign …
Life, Liberty, and Love of the Constitution: What Mattered to Iowa’s Evangelicals
According to the pre-vote conventional wisdom, the Iowa caucus was the moment when conservative Evangelicals were going to reveal themselves as the unprincipled bigots the secular media believe them to be. After all, they were going to vote for Donald …
I used to like the Newsweek campaign book. All of us political junkies did. Newsweek would assign reporters to the various campaigns. The deal was, they could watch the campaign unfold, and not say anything until after the election — …
Des Moines — It’s all relative. That’s been the operating theory of Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, which has confounded both political analysts and the press. And yet Rubio’s team has been firm in its belief that, by …
Needless to say, I couldn’t be any more delighted with the results. Congrats to Ted Cruz on his awesome victory (and to Marco Rubio on a great night–another day and he probably would have over-taken Trump).
Some observations from the …
Donald Trump failed to win the Iowa caucuses this evening, and toward the end of the vote-counting, he was closer to third-place finisher Marco Rubio than he was to winner Ted Cruz.
A few thoughts:
First: This is a reminder …
Ted Cruz Enjoys a Big Win in Iowa
Ten quick takes on tonight’s results.
One: Trump foes shouldn’t get too excited. This is one contest, for a handful of delegates. Trump will have the resources to continue for as long as he likes.
Two: Having said …