Politics FitzU is on the road to the Iowa Caucuses!

Jan 1, 2020

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Updates from the Iowa Caucus

Reporting from Politics FitzU was published in the Boston Herald: 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The View on the Ground in Iowa
By FPU Professor Paul Bush

DES MOINES, Iowa — In the absence of official Iowa Caucus results, the activity at one precinct in West Des Moines may provide some useful takeaways from Monday’s caucus.

First, television pundits are out of touch with Iowa voters when they question whether there will be another caucus. Throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning political talk show hosts were showing their unhappiness with having to wait for the official tally. Some doubted whether the Iowa Caucus would even be part of the 2024 campaign season. Read more here. 


Sunday, February 2, 2020

The bond that unites Iowa and New Hampshire
by Kaitlyn Acciardo '23

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa voters say they are fond of New Hampshire because of the bond the two states share, with their first-in-the-nation status.

The first caucus and the first primary, in the first weeks of February, mean Hawkeye and Granite state voters share a responsibility they take seriously.

“We are united,” Kimberly Barnett of Des Moines said with no hesitation. “It’s a good litmus test of where the country is going to go.”

Des Moines voter Kathleen Feeney said, “I do feel a sense of commitment and unity with them because I know we get a lot of heat wondering why all of us get to go first.” 
Read more here. 


Iowa’s unique system up for debate
by Dante Camacho '20
DES MOINES, Iowa — Some voters in Iowa worry the caucus system may not work.

“If you’re not afraid to disagree, it’s great,” said Chris Hartline, a Des Moines resident. Hartline said she loved the process, but that it can be intimidating for the average Iowan.

“You have to point yourself out,” Hartline said. 
Read more here.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

PoliticsFitzU is on the ground in Iowa to cover the Iowa caucuses for media partners Boston Herald and NBC10. The team is led by PoliticsFitzU director Paul Lambert '22 and includes: Kaitlyn Acciardo '23, Casey Eldred '21, Violet Schuttler '21, Dante Camacho '20, and Ryan McCombs '21. Associate Professor Paul Bush is with them.

We’ll be posting updates from the road as the student journalists meet with candidates, campaign staffers and voters in the lead up to the nation’s first contest on the road to the White House 2020. Check back for the latest news from Politics FitzU!


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