Daily Planet Headline: All eyes on Iowa

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“All eyes on Iowa”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8786
by Staff, TC Daily Planet
If you want minute-by-minute blogging from the Iowa caucuses, and near-instant analysis, here’s where to go —

“David Schultz talks about the pollster’s eroding art”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8791
by Steve Perry, The Daily Mole
On the day of the Iowa caucuses, we devote our weekly Campaign ’08 Molecast with David Schultz to political polls from Iowa. Our latest conversation with the Hamline University prof and political analyst doesn’t revolve around handicapping the Iowa horse race–we’ll know those answers soon enough–but rather why polling data seems to be growing more erratic and less reliable. (In the last two major surveys of Iowa voters, for instance, CNN and the Des Moines Register differ by 9 points in their assessment of who’s leading the Democratic field and by what margin.)

“Reproductive justice”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8720
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Connie Perpich & Planned Parenthood increased low-income women’s access to contraception

“Native American composer Louis Ballard to be spotlighted in benefit concert”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8785
by Christopher Pommier, TC Daily Planet
In 1988 a group of Native American gay and lesbian people from across North America hosted an event called The Basket and the Bow at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. This summer the event, now called the International Two-Spirit Gathering, will return to Minneapolis to celebrate its 20th year.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Food and Restaurants

“Highlights of a year of eating”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8790
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I don’t do ten best lists, but looking back over the last year, I can recall some memorable dining experiences. For now, at least, I am going to limit myself to the new places – the list will just get too long if I try to work in more than just a mention of old favorites like the Grand Café Vincent, and Atlas Grill.

“Jay’s Café, St. Anthony Park’s secret gem of fabulous food”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8740
Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper, The Mix
We chanced upon a gem of a café about a year ago, near Raymond and University, in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. It’s the sort of place you want to keep secret since it’s fabulous, but the space is tiny and often full. But we’re good guys, and we’ll share what we know about the delightful Jay’s Café.

“The best place to hide a wine bar”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8707
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
If you really wanted to hide a sophisticated little wine bar where nobody would find it, where would you put it? Eden Prairie? Hilltop?

NEW IN VOICES

“My Minnesota: shall we get rid of public education?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8759
by Doug Conboy, Minnesota 2020
The Center for the American Experiment, the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, the Heritage Foundation, and the Freedom Institute are all among those currently voicing their belief that education in this country will only work if it is private.

NEW IN BLOGS

Today we introduce a new blogger, Virginia Wright-Peterson, a Minnesotan who is working for the Red Cross in Iraq. Her blog posts will appear occasionally in the TC Daily Planet ‘World Views’ blog, and can be found on-line at On Deployment Now.

“Post-holiday reflections from Iraq”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8781
by Virginia Wright-Peterson, On Deployment Now
I admit that I am relieved the holidays are over, not for the usual reasons of being exhausted from shopping and celebrating, but rather relieved I survived missing my family, my friends, and our usual traditions. The sergeants, specialists, and captains I pass messages to during the night shift seem relieved, too. The yearning for life at home has returned to a pre-holiday level. We are intact, ready to continue business as usual. But Christmas wasn’t the only holiday that passed last week.

“Iowa … It don’t mean a thing”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8746
by James Clay Fuller, Rants & Ruminations
I trust your hearts are palpitating and your breath is short. You no doubt are having trouble concentrating on the mundane stuff of life.

On Thursday Iowa holds its party caucuses. Pant, pant. Be still, my heart.

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