@UIowaPolitics provides political news and analysis from University of Iowa experts about the 2012 elections and Iowa caucus.
Meet our election experts: Douglas Jones
That's where Douglas W. Jones, associate professor of computer science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, comes in. (more)
Meet our election "expert": IEM investor Ben McCune
Ben McCune is no political expert. An applications developer in University of Iowa Information Technology Services, he keeps up on politics regularly, maybe more than most people, but is not the type you'll see in the punditocracy on CNN or the Sunday morning news shows.
Still, his opinion has a bit more influence than the average voter's. McCune is a trader on the Iowa Electronic Markets' political prediction markets, giving him a Who-ish voice that's heard by political Hortons on the campaign trail and in Washington, D.C. (more)
Student journalists to gain real-world experience in caucus coverage course
The course description for Caucus Campaign Coverage reads, "Welcome to the Big Leagues." It's an accurate portrayal, given the real-world experience reporters-in-training at the University of Iowa will gain this semester. For a brief window of time, the state becomes the center of the political universe. And the two dozen student journalists enrolled in the four-credit-hour workshop will be part of a national press corps covering the presidential hopefuls who use Iowa as a testing ground. The class will maintain a blog and their best in-depth work will appear on IowaWatch.org. (more)
Meet our election experts: Cary Covington
As an expert on presidential politics in a state with first-in-the-nation caucus status, Cary Covington becomes pretty popular with the press every four years. He likens himself to a political cicada.
"I lay underground quietly, unobtrusive, and then every four years I pop out and start making noises that aggravate people," jokes Covington, associate professor of political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "But I enjoy providing insights, sharing what I know. I've been here since 1982, and over the years you build up a body of knowledge that other people want to tap into." (more)
Tim Hagle at the Straw Poll
An estimated 700 state, national and international media covered the GOP Straw Poll Aug. 13, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. University of Iowa political expert Tim Hagle was on hand to provide on-the-spot commentary and analysis to reporters.
Meet UI political expert Tim Hagle, a man in demand
Every four years, the media spotlight shines on the state during the prelude to its first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, and University of Iowa political experts are in serious demand. State, national, and international reporters call upon UI faculty to explain how the caucuses work, and to provide insight into how Iowans are responding to candidates and their campaign strategies. Over the past 18 months, UI political scientist Tim Hagle has given nearly 250 interviews on candidates, campaigns, and Iowans' impressions of the contenders. (more)
‘Why Iowa?’ explains state’s key role in nomination process, proposes new system
The jab at Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses is a running joke among politicians who dismiss the event as hokey or inconsequential. But the dig is a bit off-base, according to a new book by the University of Iowa’s Caroline Tolbert and fellow political scientists David Redlawsk of Rutgers University and Todd Donovan of Western Washington University.
Published in December by the University of Chicago Press, “Why Iowa?” argues that Iowa has a major influence on the presidential nomination -– perhaps too much so. The book calls for reform that would preserve the best aspects of caucusing but create a national primary to give the entire country a say in the nominations.
“In the past it’s been Iowa and New Hampshire, followed by Nevada and South Carolina, and a free-for-all on Super Tuesday,” says Tolbert (right), professor of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The many states that went after Super Tuesday essentially had no voice because the deal was sealed.” (more)
View related documentary: "First in the Nation: The Iowa Caucuses"
University of Iowa political scientists demystify those crazy caucuses.