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2008 Iowa Caucuses

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Mike Ferlazzo
News Service

Phone:(515) 294-8986, (515) 450-2908 (c)

E-mail: ferlazzo@iastate.edu

Dec. 31

2008 could be the year of presidential history say ISU experts

Three Iowa State faculty experts say 2008 may be historically significant as the year that the country breaks down racial, gender or religious barriers in electing its president.

Dec. 21

Patiently anticipating madam president

Two minutes with the "go-to" source on the Iowa caucuses and women in politics.

Dec. 11

ISU Greenlee School grad student studies effectiveness of the political bumper sticker

Patti Brown, a graduate student in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has put together a complete history and analysis of political bumpers stickers from United States presidential campaigns as a class project. It includes a political blog documenting her research and welcoming outside opinion, and a sculpture featuring two Ford pickup trucks covered in bumper stickers.

C-SPAN Campaign Bus

Dec. 5

C-SPAN bus comes to campus Dec. 10

C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 bus will visit Iowa State on Monday, Dec. 10, from 1:30-4 p.m. to gather interviews with students on the presidential campaign. The bus will be parked near the north side of Lake LaVerne, close to the Memorial Union. The 45-foot mobile production studio is on the campaign trail to promote and enhance C-SPAN's comprehensive political coverage. The ISU event, in partnership with Mediacom, is part of the inaugural "Road to the White House" tour, named after C-SPAN's political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008.

Dec. 3

Edwards on campus

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will hold a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The event is part of the Lecture Program's Presidential Caucus Series, which provides the university community with opportunities to question candidates before the precinct caucuses. It is free and open to the public.

Dec. 3

Clinton, Romney top choices among likely Iowa caucus goers in new ISU poll

A new Iowa State University Poll of 1,416 registered Iowa voters finds Hillary Clinton leading among likely Democratic caucus attendees, while Mitt Romney has a slim lead over Mike Huckabee among Republican caucus-goers.

Nov. 26

Sen. Chris Dodd on campus

Sen. Christopher Dodd, Democratic candidate for president, will speak about his book, "Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Dodd's father, Thomas, was an attorney in the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders. The book compiles his letters to his wife during that time. The lecture is part of the Presidential Caucus Series, providing the university community with opportunities to question presidential candidates or their representative before the precinct caucuses.

Nov. 26

Sociology class survey finds ISU students likely to participate in caucuses

A survey this month by students in University Professor of Sociology Bill Woodman's survey research methods course found that among 2,185 ISU students, 73 percent were already registered to vote, and 58 percent of those registered students intended to participate in the caucuses.

Nov. 14

ISU students who live on campus have housing option if they plan to caucus

ISU's Department of Residence will open a floor in Wallace Hall Jan. 2 through 4 for residents to participate in the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus.

Nov. 7

Giuliani on Campus

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will hold a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The event is part of the Lecture Program's Presidential Caucus Series, which provides the university community with opportunities to question candidates before the precinct caucuses. It is free and open to the public.

Nov. 7

ISU Catt Center for Women and Politics will host Iowa Caucus workshop Nov. 13

ISU's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics will host an educational workshop on the Iowa caucuses from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Memorial Union's Sun Room.

Oct. 31

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to speak at ISU's Biobased Industry Outlook Conference Nov. 5

Presidential hopefuls John Edwards (D-NC), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Joe Biden (D-Del.) will participate in a forum at Iowa State's Biobased Industry Outlook Conference in Ames on Monday evening, Nov. 5.

Oct. 24

Presidential candidates to speak as part of caucus lecture series

Two Republican presidential candidates will be on campus next week as part of the Lectures Program's Presidential Caucus Series. Ron Paul will speak at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct 26, in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Tom Tancredo will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. The lecture series provides the university community with opportunities to question candidates or their representative before the precinct caucuses.

Oct. 9

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is ISU's fall Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will be Iowa State's Fall 2007 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics. The former First Lady and presidential candidate will present a free, public talk focusing on women and leadership on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Sept. 24

Schmidt to discuss Iowa caucuses 'fear and loathing' at Oct. 8 ISU Presidential Lecture

Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science at Iowa State, will present "More Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: The Iowa Caucuses and American Presidential Candidate Selection" as this fall's Presidential University Lecture on Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Sept. 19

Obama to speak during Political Action Week

As part of Political Action Week, Illinois Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama will speak on central campus at noon Friday. Political Action Week is a multi-partisan series of discussions sponsored by the Government of the Student Body.

Sept. 17

Iowa Caucuses subject of first Chamberlin Lecture

For the inaugural event in the Gene and Margaret Chamberlin Lecture Series, Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication will present "Covering the Caucuses" on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room of Iowa State's Memorial Union. National journalists Sandy Johnson and Chuck Raasch will be the featured speakers as they discuss the importance of the first stage in the presidential campaign.

Sept. 10

ISU prof is taking people to school on the Iowa caucuses with online class in October

University Professor of Political Science Steffen Schmidt is teaching Political Science 312: The Iowa Presidential Caucuses, during the fall semester's second seven weeks. The two-credit course will begin on Monday, Oct. 15, and covers the history and future of the Iowa caucuses.

Aug. 7

Promise of immigration reform is mostly talk for political candidates, ISU economist says

Presidential candidates no doubt will make immigration reform a key issue during this Saturday's (Aug. 11) GOP Straw Poll at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum. But an Iowa State economist who studies immigration and its effect on farm labor says political talk is cheap.

July 11

John McCain on Hardball

Sen. John McCain (center) during MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" from Iowa State's Stephens Auditorium on Oct. 18, 2006. Photo by Bob Elbert.

NEWS TIP: Iowa State experts can discuss McCain's setbacks in GOP presidential race

Could the end of the campaign road be near for GOP candidate John McCain? Iowa State University political experts are available to discuss the latest setback and possible demise of a candidate who had one of his early campaign stops on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" aired live from Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State.

June 4

ISU political scientists ponder Thompson's GOP entry, Clinton's Iowa strategy

Two Iowa State political scientists assess Fred Thompson's decision to run for the Republican presidential nomination among an already crowded field, and why national party favorite Hillary Clinton just can't seem to overtake John Edwards for the polling lead among likely Iowa caucus voters on the Democratic side.

Nov. 6, 2006

ISU political experts mixed on whether candidates can count on youth vote

Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at ISU, believes midterm candidates can count on the youth vote, but Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, isn't so sure.

Oct. 12, 2006

Delaware Senator Biden to present Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science Oct. 31

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., will present the fifth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science at Iowa State University at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

Oct. 11, 2006

MSNBC's "Hardball" to broadcast live from Iowa State

As part of its nationwide College Hardball Tour, MSNBC's show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will broadcast live from Stephens Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. Matthews' guest for the one-hour show will be U.S. Sen. John McCain. The event is free and open to the public.

Sept. 29, 2006

Tight Iowa gubernatorial race reflects divided nation, say ISU political scientists

Iowa's split polling in the gubernatorial race is a reflection of the nation's great political divide according to two ISU political scientists.

Iowa Caucus experts

Dianne Bystrom

Dianne Bystrom

Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics

Bystrom can discuss all aspects of the Iowa Caucuses, particularly issues related to gender and candidate communication and advertising. She is a co-author, co-editor and contributor to 11 books on politics, including "Gender and Elections" (2006), and "Anticipating Madam President" (2003). Bystrom is presently working on book chapters related to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. She leads the Catt Center's Iowa Caucus workshop every four years.

Phone: (515) 294-4185, (515) 451-5084 (c)

E-mail: dbystrom@iastate.edu

Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick

professor and chair of political science

McCormick can discuss all aspects of the Iowa Caucuses, particularly issues related to political polling and candidates' positions on foreign policy. He directed a team of university researchers who authored the Iowa State University Poll on the current presidential race and projected turnout on caucus night. McCormick is author of the book "American Foreign Policy and Process," and co-editor of "The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence" (fourth edition) -- both popular college textbooks.

Phone: (515) 294-8682, (515) 294-7256

E-mail: jmmcc@iastate.edu

Steffen Schmidt

Steffen Schmidt

University Professor of political science

Schmidt can discuss all aspects of the Iowa Caucuses. The host of "Dr. Politics," a weekly statewide political call-in show on National Public Radio affiliate WOI-AM, Schmidt is frequently asked to comment on presidential politics by the national media. The lead author of the country's most widely adopted introductory college textbook, "American Government and Politics Today," he is currently teaching "The Iowa Presidential Caucuses" on the history and future of the Iowa caucuses. The online class was developed in cooperation with the Iowa Historical Society and the Department of Cultural Affairs' "Iowa Presidential Caucus Exhibit" 2007-2008.

Phone: (515) 294-3825

E-mail: sws@iastate.edu

Mack Shelley

Mack Shelley

University Professor of political science

One of the co-authors of the Iowa State University poll in November, Shelley is an expert on all aspects related to political polling. He also can discuss general topics related to the campaign and the caucus process. He is co-author of the popular textbook American Government and Politics Today, along with Schmidt and Barbara Bardes of the University of Cincinnati.

Phone: (515) 294-1075

E-mail: mshelley@iastate.edu

woodman

Bill Woodman

University Professor of sociology

Woodman can discuss issues related to college student participation in this year's caucuses. He led students from his survey research methods class in a Nov. survey of 2,185 ISU students.

Phone: (515) 294-2228 (o), (515) 450-8212 (c)

E-mail: wwoodman@iastate.edu

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