Sarah McCammon

Sarah McCammon worked for Iowa Public Radio as Morning Edition Host from January 2010 until December 2013.

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2:43am

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

Books With Gay Themes Put S.C. Colleges' Funding At Risk

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Protesters at the College of Charleston rally against proposed state budget cuts on April 21.
Alice Keeney Getty Images

House lawmakers in South Carolina have voted to slash funding for two of the state's largest public colleges in retaliation for the introduction of books with gay themes into the schools' freshman reading programs.

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4:49pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Music News

Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 6:58 pm

Advocates are pushing for the virtues of music education that can't be measured numerically.
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In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.

"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."

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3:24pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:05 am

Insurance help isn't easy to find in many Iowa counties.
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Broadlawns Medical Center has been serving low-income residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding countryside for decades. Now there's a twist in Broadlawns' mission as a public hospital: helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

On a recent Saturday morning, Jerrine Sanford traveled half an hour from the small town of Runnells to get her insurance questions answered at a hospital-run event.

Sanford, 47, is out of work because of a back injury. She's worried about the law's requirement that everyone have health insurance or pay a penalty.

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4:09pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Environment

The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:23 pm

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Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. It dries up crops, destroys landscaping and stops ships from moving. But even the lack of rain clouds has a bright side.

Good For Grapes

Last summer it seemed like all Midwestern farmers were upset over the lack of rain. But not all of them were; those growing grapes were embracing the drought.

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5:45am

Mon October 29, 2012
Business

Months After Scandal, Komen Sees Fundraising Drop

In the months since the controversy over the Susan G. Komen Foundation's shifting position on funding for Planned Parenthood, the organization has seen a decline in fundraising and attendance at its main event, annual races held around the country to raise money for breast cancer prevention and treatment.

4:46pm

Sun October 21, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life

Aides tack up an American flag to a barn at the James Koch farm in Van Meter, Iowa, on Oct. 9, ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's arrival for a rally.
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6:21pm

Thu September 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Voters Who Are — Literally — Done With The Election

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:53 pm

Iowans vote Thursday at the Polk County Auditor's Office in Des Moines. Voters lined up before the doors opened at 8 a.m. to cast ballots. At least 200 people had arrived within the first hour.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

Early in-person voting has begun in Iowa, the first swing state to open polling sites.

Residents of the battleground state can now vote in person at their local county auditors' offices or turn them in by mail. Some areas will offer additional satellite locations.

At the Polk County Auditor's office in downtown Des Moines Thursday morning, a line of voters stretched down the block as the door opened.

Peter Clay, 62, was among the many supporters of President Obama. He says he's volunteered for the campaign on his days off from his job as a zookeeper.

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7:22am

Thu September 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Becomes First Swing State To Begin Early In-Person Voting

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 8:43 pm

The names of candidates for president and vice president are seen on a ballot at the Polk County Election Office on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Early voting in Iowa begins Thursday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

There goes Iowa again, always having to be first. The home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses is also the first swing state to begin early in-person voting in the presidential election.

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6:03am

Fri September 7, 2012
It's All Politics

With Big Parties Over, It's Back To Small-Population Swing States

President Obama's campaign bus is parked in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on Aug. 13. On Friday, Obama was scheduled to return to the swing state for more campaigning.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

On the heels of the quadrennial political extravaganzas, it's back to the day-to-day work of winning the election. On Friday, that means the focus returns to a pair of small-population states with relatively few electoral votes.

The day after he formally accepted his party's nomination, President Obama and an entourage including first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden were scheduled to campaign in Portsmouth, N.H., and at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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12:36pm

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

'My Two Moms' Author Hopes To Highlight Gay Rights At Convention

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 3:09 pm

Zach Wahls is shown on March 24 at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
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In another sign of Democrats' growing embrace of gay-rights issues, an Iowa man who gained national attention for his story of growing up with lesbian mothers was to address the party's national convention Thursday.

Zach Wahls became a bit of an Internet star last year after testifying against a proposed same-sex marriage ban before members of the Iowa House of Representatives. A video of his statement went viral online, garnering millions of views.

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3:19pm

Fri August 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Eastwood And His Chair Not Only Entertainers On The Trail

Matt Berninger of The National will open for a President Obama rally Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Here, Berninger performs in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011.
Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Mitt Romney has Clint Eastwood and that now-famous empty chair on his side. But the Republican presidential nominee isn't the only one getting entertainment industry shoutouts this week.

Actors Ashley Judd and Ben McKenzie were campaigning for President Obama in Iowa on Friday ahead of his latest campaign stop in the swing state.

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3:36pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

In Iowa Ad War, It's Heartstrings Vs. Heartstrings

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 4:51 pm

4:01pm

Mon August 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Issue Of Abortion Back In Spotlight In Swing States

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 6:15 pm

With women's issues front and center again in the presidential campaign, a bus tour through several swing states kicked off Monday in opposition to President Obama's views on abortion.

At the same time, the Obama campaign launched a new TV ad — aimed at some of the same voters in some of the same key states — criticizing Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, on the issue.

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3:33pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Iowa Hosts Say They'll Pray For Him, But They Won't Vote For Him

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:02 pm

President Obama walks with members of the Heil family as he arrives to deliver remarks on wind power at the Heil Family Farm in Haverhill, Iowa, on Tuesday.
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Iowans are famously nice — so nice, it seems, they'll let you hold a campaign event on their property even if they won't vote for you.

Hours after President Obama paid a visit to a central Iowa farm Tuesday afternoon, the farm owner's adult son issued a statement not exactly in line with the Obama campaign's talking points.

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4:41am

Sun June 17, 2012
Presidential Race

Raucous Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 12:10 pm

You know things are going badly when the person at the front of the room has to say, "This is not going well." The fireworks at Iowa's Republican State Convention began even before lunchtime Saturday. At one point during the day, the parliamentarian threatened to kick out the next person who tried to speak out of order.

If Saturday's convention is any indication, Mitt Romney may not be in for smooth sailing at this summer's national convention in Florida.

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