Politics


NEWS 1/14/16 10:49pm

Drake University class analyzes campaign messages in 2016 election

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUN-_1fPxA?rel=0&w=560&h=315] While Elon students are spending part of their winter term in Iowa to study the Iowa Caucus, students at Drake University in Des Moines are also studying this major statewide event. Drake University offers the winter term class "Strategic Messaging and the Iowa Caucus." Sophomore Evan Guest is one student participating in the class. Guest says the class goes to various political events across the state and keeps a class blog to analyze the messages of each candidate. This will be the first presidential election Guest will be able to caucus for.


NEWS 1/11/16 9:27pm

United States Conference of Mayors calls on candidates to focus on Urban issues

DES MOINES -- In the hours before "The Iowa Brown and Black Forum," a minority focused forum featuring the three major Democratic presidential candidates, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) held a press conference where it said urban issues are American issues. "The significant majority of Americans live in cities and metropolitan economies as well as the fact that the vast majority of our gross domestic product comes from those cities," Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin said. Baltimore Mayor and USCM President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Benjamin, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran all spoke at the event. "We represent all people and we want to hear real reasons for real problems and we want to hear candidates address things that really are meaningful to all the people in this country," Cownie said.


NEWS 11/4/15 9:59am

Longtime N.C. congressman dies at 84

Howard Coble, 84, died Nov. 3, 2015, in Greensboro after an extended hospital stay. Coble's brother, Ray Coble Jr., sent this statement to local media outlets Wednesday morning: "J.Howard Coble passed away at 11:40 p.m., Nov.


NEWS 10/11/15 1:15pm

U.S. Attorney Office investigates NC Department of Health and Human Services

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is under federal investigation after being subpoenaed by the U.S Attorney's Office in Raleigh. Investigators are looking into expensive contracts for employees with personal connections to other employees in the office and the expansion of a consulting firm contract from $3.2 million dollars to $9 million dollars according to a report from the Raleigh News and Observer. According to the report, the U.S.


NEWS 9/21/15 4:38pm

President Obama announces changes to FAFSA application

Though his days in office are numbered, President Obama rolled out a new piece of legislation this week during a speech in Des Moines, Iowa. In order to make it easier for prospective college students apply for financial aid, President Obama announced a series of minor amendments to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbg3lWkL2NI&noredirect=1&w=560&h=315] In past years, in some cases, the FAFSA has not become available until after the college application deadline.