Campaigns don't help small businesses in swing states

Oct 15, 2012
You might think all that political activity in places like Iowa, Ohio and Florida would be great news for the local economy. But campaign spending isn't trickling down to the local level.

Iowa's 'ag gag' sponsor defends bill

Mar 1, 2012
Iowa's state legislature passed a bill that would crack down on anyone trying to secretly document animal conditions at farming facilities. Animal rights activists are outraged, but the bill's sponsor says it's a necessary measure to protect private property.

Xi Jinping visits Iowa... again

Feb 15, 2012
The soon to be president of China is visiting the U.S. this week, and today he is in Iowa. It turns out, he's been there before.

Iowa's economy stronger than other states

Jan 3, 2012
The unemployment rate in Iowa is relatively low compared to much of the rest of the country. How does the state's economy impact the Iowa caucuses?
Volunteers get dinner at Newt Gingrich's Iowa headquarters on January 1, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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What caucuses mean for the Iowa economy

Jan 3, 2012
All eyes are on Iowa today as caucuses there start Republicans on their quest toward the presidential nomination. What does today mean for the state of Iowa?

Mid-day Extra: An insider's look at the Iowa caucuses

Jan 3, 2012
We all know that the Iowa caucuses happen every four years, and that they help set the tone for presidential elections. But what is it like to sit in on the meetings?
Supporters of republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul leave after a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 2, 2012.
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This season's primaries cheapest in a decade

Jan 3, 2012
A combination of free TV debates and outside money is helping candidates penny-pinch for now.

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Iowa caucus 2012: The economic upside goes beyond restaurant tips

Jan 2, 2012
Presidential candidates and their teams spend a lot of money every four years in Iowa, from pizza delivery to TV ads. But the long-term economic benefits are what really matters to the state.

Iowa caucuses could be impacted by weather

Dec 30, 2011
Poor weather on election day can mean fewer voters at the polls, and bigger expenses for the candidates.

America's opinion on Washington before the Iowa caucuses

Dec 29, 2011
How do Americans feel about all the GOP candidates before next Tuesday? Also, Gallup's most admired people of 2011, and gauging support for the Democrats and the Republicans after the payroll tax cuts showdown.