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What's the Matter with Iowa?

The economy, for starters.

A lot of attention has been focused on the fact that the economy has surpassed Iraq as the most important issue to voters. It seems overblown to me -- the two concerns remain one-two and are separated by only a couple of percentage points, just as they have been for several years.

But the economic outlook is certainly a vital concern, and that's especially true in places, like Iowa, that have been hit hard by the vaunted New Economy.

The good folks at Public Citizen put together some data on Iowa and Iowans' views on trade, which is both illuminating and gives me an opportunity for an easy blog-post.

On Eve of Caucus, Iowans Say Economy is Top Issue in '08 Presidential Race

Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.

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