Thursday, April 18, 2013
State buildings in Iowa should follow the President's directive. All Iowans are also encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff.
President Barack Obama has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff this Saturday in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The declaration was made following the explosions that occurred Monday, claiming the life of three people and injuring dozens of others. In addition to federal offices, Iowa state buildings will also lower their flags. All Iowans are encouraged to do the same. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Springsteen played for about 35 minutes at Hilton Coliseum Thursday encouraging the crowd to vote in a CampusTakeover Tour at Iowa State University in Ames.
Bruce Springsteen mellowly rocked a crowd of thousands at the Hilton Coliseum Thursday in support of President Barack Obama's #CampusTakeover Tour. He opened with “No Retreat No Surrender” before stopping to talk some politics to the crowd. “For 30 years I have been writing about the distance between the American Dream and the American reality, and gauging that distance in my music and in my songs has driven me for much of my life,” Springsteen said, adding that he was a blue-collar kid from Jersey who watched as his parents struggled. He said people could close that distance by voting. “I'm deeply concerned about women's rights and women's health issues,” he said. “I'm concerned about the continued disparity in wealth between the best- …
Campaign election tool on Ames Patch reveals top recorded contributors from the Federal Elections Commission.
Five out of the six largest Ames contributions to the presidential campaign went to President Barack Obama according to the Ames Patch contributor tool. But Mitt Romney's top Ames donor has given thousands more to Republican organizations. Leigh Tesfatsion, a professor at Iowa State University, gave two contributions of $2,500 to Obama's campaign in both May 2011 and December 2011. A retired Ames man, Robert Gitchell, donated $2,500 and $2,400 to the Obama campaign in September 2011. The donation was part of a $10,000 contribution given to the Obama Victory Fund 2012 on Sept. 14, 2011, according to Federal Election Commission reports. And Jennifer Garst, of the Story County Community Foundation, contributed $2,500 to the campaign in June…
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The first debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama has drawn interest in the debates to come. Find out when you can watch the next debate.
Friday, October 5, 2012
People across Iowa tuned in for presidential debate No. 1. Wonder when you can watch President Obama and Mitt Romney go at it again? Or how about Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate. Read on.
Presidential debate No. 1 is in the books, but there's plenty more fun to come. The race in Iowa remains a toss-up, so the remaining debates could influence who voters choose on the ballot. Many Iowa voters have already decided by participating in early voting, particularly Obama supporters, but there is plenty of time for others to change their minds (again and again). The latest polling has President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney, 48.5 to 45, according to Real Clear Politics, which aggregates multiple polls. However, that polling was before the first debate, which many feel Romney won. There are two more presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. Several private debate watching parties were held around Ames on Oct. 3 and some …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Presidential debate schedule: Jim Lehrer of NewsHour on PBS will moderate the debate, which will cover economic policy and more. It begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on most major networks.
For political junkies, presidential debates are must-see TV. Stakes are high. But for Dusty Juhl, who has already started filling out his ballot, the debates will have no bearing on which ovals he fills in. Juhl, a member of the Story County GOP Central Committee, seemed disappointed with what Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have had to say so far. “I listened to Romney's acceptance speech at the National Convention, and listened to most of Obama's acceptance speech on TV. I didn't hear any specifics from either of them,” Juhl said. He said he expects the men to focus on their respective records in office in upcoming debates and thinks it's important to watch them even though it won't sway his decision. “... but I've seen the show. …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Vilsack will hold a roundtable discussion 3 p.m. Friday in Ames.
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack the current Secretary of Agriculture, will campaign for President Barack Obama throughout Iowa Friday. Vilsack, the husband of 4th District candidate, Christie Vilsack, plans to hold three roundtable discussions Friday, including one in Ames at 3 p.m. at the Obama for America, Iowa campaign headquarters near Wheatsfield. He will visit Storm Lake and Carroll earlier in the day. A press release from Obama's campaign stated that Vilsack will discuss what Obama's administration has done to support rural communities and grow new economic opportunities.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Clark, who was asked to sit on the For All Leadership Council, won't turn 18 by Nov. 6 so he is encouraging other students to vote instead.
Ames High School Student Austin Clark can't vote for President Barack Obama Nov. 6, so he's just asking other people to. “I'm going to college next year so I'm thinking about the student loans that I will have to pay,” Clark said. Clark is among 13 young people named to President Barack Obama's Iowa “For All” Leadership Council. Clark, 17, won't be 18 this November, but he can ask other young voters to become involved. “This is my way of still having my voice heard,” said Clark who began working at the campaign office in late June. “I'm very much for Obama and what he has done,” Clark said. Obama signed a bill this summer that kept interest rates from doubling on subsidized Stafford college loans for low-and-middle income graduates. …
Monday, September 3, 2012
There is no word yet on the location for President Barack Obama's second visit to Iowa City this year.
Iowa continues to benefit from being one of the true swing states left in what could be a very close election. The Obama campaign has confirmed that this Friday, following the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden will all be in Iowa City for a campaign event. This will follow a trip by all four to New Hampshire. No word yet on where the event will be and when. As this Press-Citizen article notes, however, the visit by the president's entourage will also compete with what is looking to be a very busy Friday and following weekend in the Iowa City area. This will be Obama's eighth trip to Iowa this year. Just last week he made stops in Ames and …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ashley Judd and Ben McKenzie will stop in Ames Friday as part of the Obama campaign's Heartland Tour. Their visit comes just a day before the president makes his 7th Iowa appearance of the year Saturday at Living History Farms in Urbandale.
Please Note: Guests are asked to arrive at 9:15 a.m. Actress Ashley Judd and actor Ben McKenzie will stop for coffee at the American Country Home Store Friday morning to campaign for President Barack Obama. The pair is on the “Heartland Tour 2012: Moving the Middle Class Forward” RV campaign tour which made stops across the state of Iowa during the Republican National Convention. People are asked to arrive at the Ames Women's for Obama Coffee by 9:15 a.m. Friday. Judd and McKenzie are among a handful of celebrities who have visited the state in support of Obama. Kal Penn visited with young voters in Ames and Ryan Phillippe passed out tickets to Obama's Boone appearance. Judd and Mckenzie will also make the other stops, which appear below: …