Iowans take pride in our first-in-the-nation caucuses. We defend them by touting our residents’ willingness to show up at candidates’ events to shake their hands and ask them hard questions. But it doesn’t stop with the presidential candidates. We do the same with our state and local representatives. And the candidates take us up on that offer. They show up at our county fairs, coffee shops and school gymnasiums, encouraging us to ask questions, get involved and vote.
But lately, outside the election season, those politicians have been scarce. Not because they don’t visit. But because often, when they do, their events are closed to the public.