MASON CITY — 19 of the Democrats who’re running for president will converge on Cedar Rapids this Sunday to speak at an Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser. Some have spent little time campaigning here, but two candidates have emerged to lead the pack when it comes to paid staff based in Iowa.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has already made nine trips to Iowa this year and she has more than 50 paid staffers here. At each event, her staff collects what it calls “Fight Cards” from Iowans in the crowd who pledge to back Warren in 2020. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his staff put 800 miles on a rented R-V over the Memorial Day weekend, traveling to 10 different campaign stops. Booker has about 45 paid staff in Iowa — and this past week Booker was endorsed by a former Iowa Democratic Party chair. Jerry Crawford advised Bill Clinton in the ’90s, John Kerry’s 2004 campaign and both of Hillary Clinton’s campaigns here.Two of those 19 candidates coming to Iowa will be in Mason City on Saturday afternoon. Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper will be holding a meet and greet at 2 o’clock at Cabin Coffee Company. Former South Bend Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg will make what his campaign is calling a “small business tour” around the downtown area at around 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
It is almost 20 years since Blackburn won the Premier League on a day of high drama at Anfield.Back in May 1995, Rovers were two points clear of Man United and faced Liverpool on the final day of the season, with their title rivals at West Ham.The Merseysiders triumphed on the day, but the Hammers held United to a draw and the crown was Blackburn’s.But there was no grand celebrations as is the norm today, striker Kevin Gallacher told talkSPORT.“There was nothing organised after [winning]. It was really strange,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“There was no open top bus parade.“We had a bus with the trophy sitting on a table and travelled from the training ground to Ewood Park with blacked out windows, so you’re waving to the fans and they couldn’t even see you!”Plenty of fans filled the ground to see the victorious team, but Gallacher admitted it would have been good to show off the Premier League trophy along the city’s packed streets.“I’ve never seen Blackburn’s football stadium full like that and even the aisles were full. There was no room for movement, but it wasn’t the same as the open top bus thing.“We never had that and that was probably a big disappointment from the players’ point of view.”Liverpool v Blackburn’s FA Cup quarter-final clash is live on talkSPORT from 4pm read more