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After Iowa caucus flub, can tech be trusted in elections?

An app intended to speed up reporting of election results for the Iowa caucuses has failed spectacularly, not only confusing the electorate but perhaps poisoning their feelings toward making any technological “improvements” to the voting process whatsoever. TechCrunch staff reporters Brian Heater, Jonathan Shieber, Zack Whittaker, Devin Coldewey and Ingrid Lunden discussed the issue informally. Brian Heater: We all agree that this is a good sign of a healthy democracy, right? Jonathan Shieber: Totally agree with Brian here. Brian Heater: I’m legitimately finding it difficult to discuss these sorts of…

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Investors Rush to Scrub Ties to Firm Behind Iowa Clusterf*ck

Hours after a debacle that marred Mondays Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, investors in a company hired to tabulate votes through a new mobile app worked to distance themselves from the company at the center of the chaos, scrubbing digital trails publicly connecting them to the firm. The chaos in Iowa on Monday evening put a microscope on one of Democratic Partys youngest and fastest-rising digital stars, Tara McGowan, prompting blog post announcing the groups investment. McGowan herself had said that ACRONYM had ACRONYMs website boasted that it had launched Shadow.…

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Warren falls behind in Iowa but wins coveted newspaper endorsement

Des Moines Register names Warren the president this nation needs asSanders emerges frontrunner in Iowa and New Hampshire 2020 nomination voting states this weekend, Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the latest polls but @ewarrens competence, respect for others and status as the nations first female president would be a fitting response to the ignorance, sexism and xenophobia of the Trump Oval Office, the Registers editorial board writes. https://t.co/hLkImNiU2a surging Bernie Sanders, the original ultra-progressive in his runs for the White House in 2016 and 2020 elections, topped a new…

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Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a ‘poor person’ in cabinet roles

President tells crowd during Iowa tour that economic adviser and commerce secretary had to give up a lot to work for him Donald Trump has said he doesnt want a poor person to hold economic roles in his administration as he used an Iowa rally to defend his decision to Republican congressional victory in Georgia being seen as an early referendum on his presidency. Trump touched down Wednesday evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and headed to a local community college and then to a campaign rally where he reveled in…

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Tiny, family-run Iowa newspaper wins Pulitzer for taking on agriculture companies

Art Cullen owns the 3,000-circulation Storm Lake Times with his brother John. His wife and son also work at the paper A small-town Iowa newspaper with a staff of 10 people – most of whom are related to each other has Storm Lake Times with his brother John, acknowledged it wasnt easy taking on agriculture in a state like Iowa where you see hundreds of miles of farm fields in every direction. The Cullens lost a few friends and a few advertisers, but never doubted they were doing the right…

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