Cary Covington http://iowapublicradio.org en Close Elections in US History http://iowapublicradio.org/post/close-elections-us-history <p>We all remember how George Bush defeated Al Gore by 269 votes in 2000, but how about when Grover Cleveland edged out James Blaine in the election of 1884, an ugly campaign that was the beginning of modern mudslinging. In this tight election year we’ll look back at other hard won presidential elections in our history with guests Tim Walch, former director of the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and Cary Covington, a University of Iowa professor of political science.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:08:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10340 at http://iowapublicradio.org Close Elections in US History Politics Day: Campaign Finance and Polling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-campaign-finance-and-polling <p>It’s the tail end of election season, meaning many Iowans have received calls, or survey requests online, all to see where political support stands with voters. But how much do we know about these polls, and the organizations that conduct them? Host Ben Kieffer finds out more about what these polls mean, and how much impact they are on voters.&nbsp;Then&nbsp;Megan Took, the executive director and legal counsel for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board,&nbsp;discusses campaign spending within the state of Iowa.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:18:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer 9823 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Campaign Finance and Polling