South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg jumps to double digits, third place in Emerson's Iowa poll

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg jumps to double digits, third place in Emerson's Iowa poll

In Emerson’s second poll of the Iowa caucus, former Vice President Joe Biden narrowly leads the Democratic field with 25%, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 24%. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana has surged to 11%. Senator Kamala Harris of California follows with 10% - the only other candidate to clear double digits in Iowa. Data was collected between March 21-24, and the Democratic caucus ballot test had a margin of error +/- 6.2%

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Beam him to the White House? Norm-shattering Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang plans to campaign remotely as lifelike 3D hologram

Beam him to the White House? Norm-shattering Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang plans to campaign remotely as lifelike 3D hologram

One of the more idea-rich presidential candidates of the modern era plans to marry science fiction with prairie populism in an innovative campaign strategy that will allow him to stretch the boundaries of time and place to go where no West Wing aspirant has gone before.

Democrat Andrew Yang, best known for advocating a universal basic income ($1,000 a month for all adults, no questions asked), plans to make appearances as a lifelike hologram, with a 3D dynamic image of a himself beamed to, say, the flatbed of a truck for some campaign events and gatherings, a bold use of new technology to drive home his increasingly popular narrative about the collapse of the old American economy for millions of vulnerable workers.

In a phone interview today with The Carroll (Iowa) Times Herald, Yang said his campaign is working with a hologram company and could debut the technology — possibly in Iowa — as early as June.

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'The NRA has a chokehold on congress' Gillibrand tells Iowans

'The NRA has a chokehold on congress' Gillibrand tells Iowans

BY PAIGE GODDEN / Iowa Political Mercury

Responding to questions from Iowans about whether she'd take money from super PACs, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said the National Riffle Association has a “chokehold” on congress.

“The truth is Washington is corrupted,” Gillibrand said. “It is corrupted by the greed and money in politics.

“When you look at any issue you care about, the reason it's not getting done is because of corruption and greed,” Gillibrand continued. “We can't take on gun violence after every mass slaughter, after every mass shooting, after every tragedy in this country because the NRA has a chokehold on congress.”

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Man booed in Iowa for asking Cory Booker about Kavanaugh hearings

Man booed in Iowa for asking Cory Booker about Kavanaugh hearings

A man holding a recorder was loudly booed in Indianola Saturday evening after he asked Senator Cory Booker when he planned to apologize to Brett Kavanaugh for his “performance” during senate hearings earlier this year.

“First of all, you call it a performance. I served every single day and was outraged by those hearings,” Booker replied before the man interrupted and asked whether he thought Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley conducted an unfair hearing.

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Williamson campaign first to place Captain in all 99 Iowa Counties

(Des Moines, IA): The Marianne Williamson For President campaign is excited to announce the placement of 99 Virtual Iowa Caucus Captains, which is a direct response to the sweeping caucus changes recently announced by the Iowa Democratic Party. These 99 rigorous volunteers are placed about 40% in Iowa and the rest throughout the United States.

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Julian Castro says big Democratic field showcases talent, diversity

Julian Castro says big Democratic field showcases talent, diversity

Carroll Democrat Barry Bruner wants to know whether an ever-expanding field of Democratic White House candidates could turn into a contest of political cannibalism with intra-party clashes weakening the eventual nominee for a general election face-off with President Donald Trump.

“Does it hurt us in the long run?” Bruner asked former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, a 44-year-old Texan logging extensive miles already in Iowa in pursuit of his party’s nomination.

“It’s helps us,” said Castro, who reasons that a talented roster of presidential aspirants showcases depth and diversity in the Democratic Party.

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Castro takes a move out of Obama's playbook to reunite the country

Castro takes a move out of Obama's playbook to reunite the country

Juliãn Castro seems to have adopted President Barack Obama’s strategy to unite a polarized country. He doesn’t say the word “Republican.”

Castro spoke to a crowd of about two dozen in the small town of Exira, Iowa, for about half-an-hour late Thursday afternoon and he only used the word “Republican” twice. The first time he said the word was to explain why Obama avoided the word and the second time he said it was when he referred to U.S. Representative Joe Wilson.

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Still unannounced, Swalwell asks Iowans to ‘link arms with me’

Still unannounced, Swalwell asks Iowans to ‘link arms with me’

California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell hasn’t officially announced whether he intends to run to be the next President of the United States, but he told a group of Iowans Monday evening that he has eight people working for his campaign who are already on the ground in Iowa and “we’re going to put more folks here soon.”

Swalwell spoke Monday night at the Warren County Democrats annual soup supper in Indianola.

Throughout his remarks Swalwell dropped hints at a presidential run, telling the audience to "link arms" with him, to "follow him," and he kept repeating the line: "Let's go big, be bold, do good."

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Delaney pitches pharmaceutical tax plan to Iowans

Delaney pitches pharmaceutical tax plan to Iowans

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Delaney pitched his idea to tax pharmaceutical companies that offer drugs to other G20 countries at a lower price than they are selling the same drugs to the United States to a crowd gathered in Iowa Tuesday afternoon.

"One of the things I'm going to introduce – I haven't talked about this publicly, but I'm going to tell you – I'm proposing we put a tax on pharmaceutical companies," Delaney said. "They have to pay 100 percent tax on the difference in prices for what they sell a drug in the G20 versus what they sell it here."

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Romney calls on King to resign as Ernst blasts ‘racist’ comments

Romney calls on King to resign as Ernst blasts ‘racist’ comments

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, the party’s presidential candidate in 2012, Monday called on Congressman Steve King to resign his House seat.

Romney, only days into representing Utah in Congress, joined a growing chorus of Republicans who have criticized King for the Kiron Republican’s endorsement of white nationalism in a New York Times article.

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Why Feenstra announcement will move Scholten to Ernst challenge

Why Feenstra announcement will move Scholten to Ernst challenge

State Sen. Randy Feenstra’s early and aggressive GOP primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, changes the decision-making for one of the rising stars in Iowa politics, Democrat J.D. Scholten.

Scholten, a Sioux Citian with an instinct for retail politics and a native likability, nearly pulled off one of the great political upsets of the modern era in his campaign against King last November.

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‘The fight of my life’ — Overflow crowds greet Elizabeth Warren in Storm Lake, across Iowa

‘The fight of my life’ — Overflow crowds greet Elizabeth Warren in Storm Lake, across Iowa

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stormed across half the Hawkeye State Saturday, drawing overflow crowds eager to hear her populist brand of politics a full year before the Iowa caucuses — a contest the Massachusetts Democrat hasn’t even officially entered yet. Her pitch: American government and business are rigged against everyday Americans, and it’s getting worse under President Donald Trump.

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