Obradovich said caucus-goers want information to make up their minds, like issue grids and details on where they can see candidates; people who are less likely to participate in the caucuses want to know if Wolf Blitzer is in the state, what Jon Stewart is saying about Iowa, or what President Obama is up to; and national political junkies want to know how candidates are playing in Iowa and where they stand in the latest in-state poll, among other things.

And then there are the readers, Obradovich noted, who think the paper devotes too much space to the caucuses altogether.

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Andrew Duffelmeyer has covered government and politics in Iowa for the Associated Press, the Iowa Independent, and IowaPolitics.com. He grew up in Ames, attended Drake University in Des Moines, and continues to live and work in Iowa's capital city.