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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

On the ground in Iowa

Tom & Jake

DES MOINES, IA — Greetings from the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Tom and I just arrived after a tasty meal at Bennigan’s next door… and a really turbulent flight from Houston (see photo).

While we’re here we’ll be reporting on the first balloting of the 2008 presidential election — the Iowa caucuses — and why some, including Why Tuesday? Advisory Board member Tova Andrea Wang, think they’re out of date.

In 2004, only 6% of eligible Iowans participated in the caucuses. In 2000, it was 6.8% — and that’s the high water mark for caucus participation nationwide. What’s up with that? The New York Times’ Jodi Kantor takes a stab at it this morning, as did Jennifer Jacobs for the Des Moines Register recently. Stay tuned here, to the HuffPost’s OffTheBus, and Rocketboom for our investigative video reports from the ground.

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Heading back to Iowa

Happy New Year! T-minus 24 hours until team Why Tuesday? is in the sky and on the way to Iowa for the caucuses. Watch for Why Tuesday? programming here, on the Huffington Post’s OffTheBus, on Rocketboom, and our Twitter and Flickr feeds in days ahead.

In the meantime, here’s a classic from the Why Tuesday? vault. If you’ve ever wondered what the heck the Iowa caucus is really all about, and are into animated stick figures, this video will really hit the spot:


Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

NYT: Protect Iowa’s Student Voters


Students attending college in Iowa are in the middle of a political battle, and the New York Times has come out on their side. The Times Editorial Board calls out the “rhetorical” suppression of college voters by major candidates in making the case for protecting the voting rights of students.

The law in Iowa is crystal clear: students who attend school in the state are entitled to register to vote in the state as long they are not registered anywhere else. The two parties’ rules say registered voters may participate in caucuses in the precincts where they are registered. Students have the same right to do so as any other Iowan. But statements challenging their right to vote may intimidate some students into staying home.

Read the full editorial here.

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Why Tuesday? on Yahoo! News


I just logged onto the Yahoo! News homepage and what did I see? A photo from Johnston, Iowa of the Why Tuesday? horse-drawn carriage!

The photo was submitted through Yahoo’s You Witness News user-generated photo platform.

For a better look at the photo, shot by RD Gammon, click here. For our photo essay from the trip, click this link.

Thanks to Yahoo! News for spreading the word about Why Tuesday? and our trip to Iowa.

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Rollin’ Like It’s 1845

This week we arrived in Johnston, Iowa to cover the Des Moines Register presidential debates by horse-drawn carriage. This is first in a series of videos we’ll be putting up from the debate. Why did we show up in these 19th century wheels? Watch the video for the answer. (more…)

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Photo Essay: Des Moines Register Debates


Good Friday morning to you. Team Why Tuesday? is thawing off after a two-day trip to Iowa for the Des Moines Register presidential debates. Thomas Macker, our Director of Photography, documented both our arrival in Johnston, Iowa by horse-drawn carriage, and general goings on at the Wednesday and Thursday at the Republican and Democratic debates, respectively.

Special thanks to the Erin Crawford of the Des Moines Register, Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic, Kate Phillips of the New York Times, Brian Lehrer of WNYC, Kevin Roderick of LAObserved, and Josh Levy of TechPresident for spreading the word about the fact that we showed up by horse-drawn carriage and why we did so. To hear me explain what we were doing in Iowa, listen to some or all of the 15-minute segment I did with Brian Lehrer on NPR’s WNYC Wednesday morning from Iowa.

Enjoy the photos. They’re in chronological order. Video to come soon. (more…)

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