Student voters, lowest demographic

Jordan Voigt-Nordberg, Features Editor
November 9, 2012
Filed under Election Connection, Features

Attending a university is a rite of passage for many people before entering adulthood, however, if students can expect a debt load of $26,000, a college degree isn’t something everyone can afford; this hasn’t been an issue politicians are making a priority in this election. Pete Helgason, history... Read more »

Students polled on Des Moines Register’s endorsement

November 2, 2012
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Recap of presidential debates; Obama vs. Romney

Tiffany Holtgraves, Reporter
November 2, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

The power of one vote has never been more apparent, with only days left in the 2012 presidential campaign, both President Obama and Governor Romney are working every day to win over voters and convince them that they each have the right vision for the future of this country. Laura Dickson, political... Read more »

Poll of random students were asked about this year’s debates: 1. What did you learn? 2. Is there anything you would like to know more about?

October 26, 2012
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Patrek Tufts 1. “There’s a lot more that goes into politics than just their beliefs and what they are going to do and a lot of it has something to do with their personalities.” 2. “I’d like to know more about their foreign policies and what they want to do with their foreign policies.”   Jordan... Read more »

Right wing/left wing, one party/two party, Not Dr. Seuss book, just 200-year-old politics

Samanthya Amann, Staff Writer
October 5, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

An American Author Richard Amour said once, “Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right and left instead of right or wrong.” Regardless of name right wing/left wing, Republican/Democrat, elephant/donkey it is clear America practices a two-party system. The... Read more »

Romney V. Obama

Paige Curtis, Staff Writer
September 21, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

Republican National Convention Mitt Romney accepted his nomination as the Republican candidate for president at the Republican National Convention, which took place Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla. Romney announced Paul Ryan, a U.S. representative, as his vice president. Austin Rensch, political studies... Read more »

Endorsements have little impact on voters

Catlin Richards, Staff Writer
April 13, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

At this time of year, it is hard to turn on the TV without being bombarded with reports of a celebrity, publication or high-profile political leader endorsing a presidential candidate. Political endorsement is a term meaning someone is publicly declaring they’re throwing their support behind a candidate. According... Read more »

Women’s health remains issue with voters

Jen Bradwell, Staff Writer
April 6, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

Issues of women’s health, birth control and abortion have been thrown into the forefront of the 2012 presidential election, with recent candidate attacks on organizations like Planned Parenthood. Republican candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and libertarian Ron Paul fundamentally... Read more »

Republican candidacy still up for grabs

Staff Written
March 30, 2012
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Super Tuesday is usually the day during primary season when a definitive presidential nominee is named. This year, the event took place March 6 with 415 delegates from 10 states on the line. However, the winners were staggered and unpredictable, still leaving a viable GOP candidate unknown. Since... Read more »

Political cartoons carry controversial history

Political cartoons carry controversial history

Doug Goodwin, Staff Writer
March 2, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

The first reported political cartoon was created by Benjamin Franklin. The cartoon, labeled “Join, or Die” showed a snake that was cut into different parts and represented the Colonies, according to Dan Backer of the University of Virginia. Brian Duffy, editorial cartoonist for KCCI, said,... Read more »

Religous groups ask to be left out of politics

Marci Clark, News Editor
February 24, 2012
Filed under Election Connection

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, several religious groups joined to ask politicians to leave religion and personal beliefs out of the vie for votes. The Anti-Defamation League, Interfaith Alliance and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty released a statement citing freedom of religion as the “very... Read more »

The process of selecting state delegates

Doug Goodwin, Staff Writer
February 17, 2012
Filed under Election Connection, News

Each state decides how its delegates are distributed for a presidential candidate differently.  Some states, like Iowa, hold caucuses, while some states hold a primary election.  Iowa has held caucuses since 1972. Alaska, Colo., Hawaii, Kan., Maine, Minn., Nevada, N.D., Wyo. and Iowa are the only... Read more »