Margaret Carlson

11/06/2014 - 5:33pm

    With a now-famous ad in which she boasted of her prowess as a hog castrator, Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst rode to victory in the Republican primary for the seat of Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of the year.

    Ernst promised...

10/30/2014 - 1:52pm

    Alaska is known for having the economy of a petrostate, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling. Oh, and Sarah Palin.

    A supernova, she exploded and dissolved as a...

10/23/2014 - 2:33pm

    In this age of public disgust with politicians, it's not surprising that Larry Pressler is within striking distance of winning the open Senate seat in South Dakota by riding a campaign to clean up Washington.

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10/16/2014 - 1:25pm

    Florida used to be known for oranges. Now it's known for political theater, mostly of the tragic sort.

    In 2000, we spent weeks watching election officials hold up punch-card chad and...

10/09/2014 - 2:53pm

    The 2004 best-seller "What's the Matter With Kansas?" claimed that voters there had it all backward: They were acting against their own interests by continuing to support Republicans whose economic policies favored the rich. Kansans might keep...

10/02/2014 - 4:22pm

   National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell's first public attempt to address the domestic abuse scandal involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be judged a success - but only by comparison to former President Richard Nixon's I...

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