Uncategorized | 5:58 am | January 15, 2008 | By Zabrahamson

Obama’s HQ fueled by coffee, youth

By Zack Abrahamson/Staff Reporter  Sam Schoenburg ’11 does not have five minutes. “You know, I really don’t right now. I’m sorry, I’ve got to get this done,” he says, typing furiously on a keyboard at Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s Des Moines headquarters. The Silliman College freshman is 336 miles from home, surrounded by new volunteers »

Uncategorized | 3:30 pm | January 4, 2008 | By Zabrahamson

Signing off, with reflection, from Iowa

INTERSTATE 80, Iowa, 3:30 p.m. – The cameras left today. So, too, did the candidates, in big airplanes that flew north to New Hampshire. Iowans settled back to their lives. In a Country Kitchen off I-80 just west of Des Moines, the talk was once again town gossip – not the candidate haggling heard in »

Uncategorized | 2:51 pm | January 4, 2008 | By Zabrahamson

Chuck Laudner, the morning after, on 2008: ‘Year of the new voter’

DES MOINES, Iowa, 2:45 p.m. – “It’s like the morning after a party,” Iowa State Republican Party Exectuive Director Chuck Laudner says, surveying the phone banking room that looks like a fraternity ripped through it. “Everyone just picks up and goes home, and we’ve got to clean up.” And that’s just what it is: the »

Uncategorized | 1:50 pm | January 4, 2008 | By Zabrahamson

For young Paul believers, a tough night

DES MOINES, Iowa, 1:50 PM – The Ron Paul for President after-party feels like a funeral. Onstage, a folksy singer croons out a tune with an acoustic guitar. A spattering of Ron Paul supporters stand around holding plastic plates of cheese cubes. It was a rough night yesterday for the Texas Congressman and his libertarian »

Uncategorized | 9:21 pm | January 3, 2008 | By Zabrahamson

Thompson supporter: Senator’s path to nomination runs through South Carolina

DES MOINES, Iowa, 9:21 p.m. — For a city the size of Des Moines, the presidential field can feel too crowded sometimes. That was the case Thursday night as Fred Thompson supporters accidentally walked into Ron Paul’s after-party, much to the chagrin of Paul’s following. Thompson, the Texas congressman’s backers said, is on the second »