Garance Franke-Ruta

Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor at the Prospect. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She was a 2006 recipient of a fellowship at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.

Recent Articles

THE PERKS OF OFFICE.

Health care coverage is a "perk."

That's the word from Edwards senior adviser Joe Trippi on why John Edwards's proposed bill to strip members of Congress and senior administration officials of health insurance is constitutional under the 27th Amendment, which bars changes to Congressional "compensation" between general elections. "It's not salary compensation," he said. "It’s a perk."

EDWARDS OR BUST.

John Edwards, in a move that violates long-standing Democratic campaign protocol, won't say that he'll support the Democratic nominee for president if it is Hillary Clinton. This unusually sour and divisive move is clearly designed to undercut support for Clinton, whom Edwards is targeting in an increasingly bitter fashion in Iowa. As Chris Dodd said in a statement:

WHO WON WHAT.

Over at The Stump, Noam Scheiber mentions something that's become part of the John Edwards Iowa lore but which, it was pointed out to me over the summer, is not actually correct:

one reason people think Edwards is well-situated in Iowa (more so than the polls would suggest, in any case): He spent a lot of time organizing rural areas and small towns in 2004, which helped drive his second-place finish.

MAKING LICENSES A BIGGER DEAL IN IOWA.

This hasn't gotten much attention in the national press, but Iowa politics sites are starting to write about how Republican Iowa Rep. Tom Latham introduced a sense of the Congress resolution into the House a little over a week ago condemning state efforts to give licenses to illegal immigrants -- a policy for which all the Democratic candidates for president, with the exception of Sen. Chris Dodd, have expressed some support. His resolution:

Whereas some states issue state drivers licenses to illegal aliens,

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