Tales from the Trail

Move over, Donald. Here comes ‘Deez Nuts’

August 19, 2015

Social media was abuzz on Wednesday with the news of an unlikely presidential candidate climbing the polls in North Carolina.

Rick Perry flubs Iowa op

August 19, 2015

DES MOINES—The soapbox at the Iowa State Fair is a place where candidates rarely make news. Rick Perry on Wednesday was no exception. But for Perry, that’s a problem.

Rubio, Trump, at odds on birthright citizenship

August 18, 2015

DES MOINES—For many of the Republican presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair this week, it has come down to a single question: How much do you agree with Donald Trump?

from The Great Debate:

Why the selfie is a threat to democracy

By Richard L. Hasen
August 18, 2015

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri

Voters cast their ballots in U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

For Kasich, some Southern comfort

August 17, 2015

  Republican U.S. presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Clinton to unions: ‘It’s time for us to invest’

August 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton has told organized labor she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors.

For candidates, a day at the fair

By Arlene Getz
August 17, 2015

The White House hopefuls have taken their campaigns to the Iowa state fair, where they’re partaking in cook-offs and pork chops on sticks. See our slideshow here. 

from The Great Debate:

Yes, Donald Trump can win, but here’s what it will take

By Edward J. Rollins
August 17, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets attendees at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines

Donald Trump greets people at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A week in politics: Emojis, memes and a state fair

By Arlene Getz
August 14, 2015

Now that the excitement of the first debate is over, the buzz is shifting to Iowa. The presidential candidates are making their quadrennial pilgrimage to the Iowa State Fair, where they will speechify amid the butter-sculpting and grocery-bagging contests over the course of the next week.