Why Candidates Flock to the Iowa State Fair: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley tries Iowa's "pork chop on a stick" at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

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“How the Iowa State Fair Became a Political Rite of Passage,” Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post

You can thank the man who gets blamed for so many other things: Herbert Hoover.

It was the summer of 1954, and a heated race toward the midterm elections was already underway. President Dwight...

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