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Ecologist and author David Orr will speak
The Steve and Debbie Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility at Iowa State University will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. The $9 million building was paid for with private gifts and named for the lead donors. See story.
On the election
"Judging from their behavior, both Republican and Democrat strategists think that, once again, absentee voting, especially from abroad, is bound to play a key role in the 2004 presidential election, as it did in 2000," said ISU political scientist Patricia Hamm. "The vote of approximately 7 million American expatriates has become one of the most coveted, which is why Republicans and Democrats alike, including the Kerry and the Bush sisters, and nephew George P. Bush, are busy courting them in places like Mexico City, where about 700,000 Americans live."
"The challenge for George W. Bush and the Republican Party is to convince voters that their emphasis on faith is not meant to divide or exclude people," says ISU associate professor of philosophy and religious studies Robert Baum, "or to remove the separation of church and state that has guided this country since the time of Jefferson."
"The Internet has become vital to the 2004 campaign giving both parties access to information and ideas not provided by the big national media," says ISU political scientist Daniela Dimitrova. "For instance, the Internet is an important source of information on the Iraq War. Americans holding negative views toward the war have been particularly motivated to go online and seek alternative views. Blog sites such as 'Where is Raed' is a good example."
"This is a crucial moment for the Democratic Party as it tries to re-gain its reputation on defense and domestic security and, in a sense, recapture the American flag from the Republicans," says ISU political scientist Steffen Schmidt. "Both defense and security are top priority issues on American's minds."
"States like Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio are crucial to the selection of the next president," says ISU political scientist James McCormick. "As the Midwest goes, so goes the presidency."
"2004 is already the longest, most expensive presidential campaign in history," says ISU political scientist Robert Lowry. "This is likely a sign of things to come."
"Evangelical voter turnout will be a big question for the GOP in the 2004 election," says ISU political scientist Kim Conger. "The party that turns out its base will be in the best position to capitalize on the swing voters they can attract."
"Since Richard Nixon in 1960, it has been customary for nomination accepters in both parties to include in their speeches 'personal vision statements' of the American dream," says ISU political scientist Ray Dearin. "Republicans have stressed the pioneer, individual liberty, and 'opportunity society'; Democrats have leaned toward the immigrant, 'huddled masses,' and communitarian version. Expect this trend to continue in New York."
"The Bush/Cheney campaign is doing more than it did four years ago to try to win the women's vote," says ISU political scientist Dianne Bystrom. "This includes a greater reliance on the president's wife to campaign. For example, she is featured in an ad on the Bush campaign's Web site devoted to women, talking about the administration's record on education."
ISU in the news
Nader gets spot on Iowa's ballot
Independent presidential hopeful Ralph Nader and his running mate, Peter Miguel Camejo, will be on the Nov. 2 Iowa election ballot. ISU's own "Dr. Politics," University Professor Steffen Schmidt, says Nader is less likely to get Iowa support this time. And, Schmidt predicts, the types of voters who support Nader will have little effect on the neck-and-neck battle between Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry and President Bush.
Investing in farmland
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil
Investors, partnerships and family trusts own an increasing amount of Iowa farmland, says Professor Mike Duffy, Extension economist and author of a study that examines farm ownership over the past two decades. An aging population and low stock market returns are just two reasons for significant change in the way land is being bought, sold and managed in Iowa.
13 ways to live on less
Every dollar you spend has consequences elsewhere in your life. Choose a no-fee credit card with a rewards program and review insurance deductibles annually or semi-annually to save, says Mark Oleson, director of the Financial Counseling Clinic at Iowa State.
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