Iowans gathered for caucuses Tuesday night, not to determine who will win nominations for President, but to determine who will control the parties. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Tim Hagle, and Drake University Professor of Politics, Dennis Goldford about how the midterm caucus results may impact the higher profile Presidential caucuses in two years. They also discuss Iowa's political leverage to reverse an EPA decision reducing the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Today Iowa Republicans and Democrats will hold caucuses across the state. It’s not a presidential year but there’s still plenty of drama with the Iowa caucuses this year. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich about the caucuses and it's importance in a year with no presidential election.
On this News Buzz version of River to River, host Ben Kieffer cycles through stories about Iowa's relationship with China, an Arizona company's apparent phone scam targeting Iowans, an investigation into traffic stops, a harvest summary, the nutritional benefits of eating soup, and a new film about Iowa's 2012 caucuses.
President Obama is taking some time off this week and visiting Martha's Vineyard with his family. Host Ben Kieffer and Thomas Schwartz, director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, discuss the history and politics of vacationing presidents. Also, 2016 maybe closer than it seems with three potential Republican presidential candidates visiting Iowa 29 months before the Iowa Caucus.