Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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Welfare work debate

2012 Conventions | As politicians from both parties debate changes to welfare
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 2/03/16, 09:29 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - During his full-throated support of President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton chided Republicans for accusing President Obama of gutting the transformational welfare reform measure he signed into law in 1996.

President Clinton said the Republican claim that Obama is removing the reform law's highly successful work requirements for beneficiaries is "just not true."

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Inside last night's Iowa caucuses

Campaign 2016 | Record crowds overflowed caucus sites across the state
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 2/02/16, 08:10 am

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa—Republican caucus-goers made passionate pleas on Monday night to a packed auditorium on the campus of Dordt College, where this northwest Iowa town held its presidential caucuses. But first came the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

With more than 1,582 in attendance, nearly triple the number who caucused here four years ago, the residents of Sioux Center went against statewide polls and picked Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as their choice for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Boots on the ground

Politics | Three candidates with real-world experience lead the GOP attempt to oust Senate insiders
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 8/08/14, 01:00 am

WASHINGTON—In 2008, when Barack Obama captured the White House, Bill Cassidy taught medical students in Louisiana, Steve Daines worked for a technology company in Montana, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas fought in Afghanistan. Six years later, the three Republicans are running to seize Democratic-held Senate seats in Republican-leaning states.

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