Updated: Major Staff Shakeup at Iowa Democratic Party

Starting Line has learned that a major staff shakeup is coming at the Iowa Democratic Party. Current Executive Director Troy Price is headed out. A conference call is planned for tonight with the state central committee, where new party chair Dr. Andy McGuire will discuss the transition. The changes are currently planned to be publicly announced on Wednesday. Ben Foecke is rumored to be the odds-on replacement for the executive director spot, having already been given extra leadership responsibilities under McGuire. He has worked for Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal with the Senate Majority Fund for the past three campaign […]

The Republican Bachelor – Who’s In Iowa for the Right Reasons?

Just as the Republican presidential race heats up in Iowa, the state’s own Chris Soules will be ending his much-hyped run on ABC’s The Bachelor. Sorry to disappoint, Democratic ladies, but Chris is a big Republican. He’s already met several of the presidential hopefuls, and Starting Line strongly believes that Chris will publicly endorse in the Iowa Caucus. Don’t discount him as just some reality TV star. He’s the most popular leading man The Bachelor has had in years, particularly in his native Iowa. An endorsement could grab attention from a large base of young people who aren’t typically engaged […]

Ravi Patel Announces for Congress – Our Profile

Update: This morning Ravi Patel officially announced that he is a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District. In a press release he calls himself a “pro-growth progressive” and says, “We need a fresh perspective, we need new leadership, and we need innovative thinkers who are genuinely interested in seeing our country succeed.” Below is our profile of him that we posted earlier this morning: For a 29-year-old, Ravi Patel is already a lot of things in life. He’s a successful businessman in the hotel world, a start-up entrepreneur, a first-generation American and an up-and-coming politician. It sounds like Patel […]

Sunday Grab Bag: Rubio, Gary Kroeger and Ankeny Dems

Good morning readers! A lot happened in the political world this week in Iowa. Enjoy our Sunday Grab Bag of shorter takes on a number of Iowa-based topics: Marco Rubio Book Signing in West Des Moines Over the lunch hour on Friday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio stopped by the West Des Moines Barnes and Noble to sign copies of his book, “American Dreams.” He got a good crowd, with well over 150 people standing in line. He mostly chatted briefly with each person as he signed their book, not making any major speech at the event. Some notable observations:

Biden’s Rambling Speech Shows He’s Not Running Soon

Vice President Joe Biden came to Des Moines yesterday, beginning his trip by talking with students at Drake University. And he talked. And talked. And then talked some more. He gave students a nearly two hour professorial class on economics, foreign relations and a little bit of everything else. But this is Iowa, so a speech is never just a speech. Once again, if you only read the headlines from the national news media, you’d think his Drake speech and the trip itself was a preview of a Biden presidential campaign. News outlets led with Biden’s assertion that Democrats should […]

Love Politics? You Should Go to College in Iowa

Forget D.C. Every politico knows that Iowa is the place you want to be for the most exciting campaigns in the country with the Iowa Caucus. That’s particularly true for young people and college students who want to get involved in politics. Nowhere else in the country can students meet a presidential candidate nearly every week and work alongside some of the best campaign professionals in the country. And it’s easy. It’s so unbelievably easy to get involved here that it’s a wonder more young people around the country don’t flock to Iowa for the caucus and/or attend its great […]

New Progressive Coalition Launches, Looks at School Funds

Legislators and progressive activists filled a conference room at the Statehouse on Monday to advocate for a larger increase in education funding . The roundtable discussion was the first in a series of “Moral Mondays,” a new program from a coalition of progressive organizations aimed at highlighting positive, progressive legislation working its way through the Legislature. Democratic State Representatives Cindy Winckler, Patti Ruff, Marti Anderson, Mary Wolfe, Vicki Lensing and Sally Stutsman joined together this Monday to speak on the education topic.

Could Joe Biden Win the Iowa Caucus?

Vice President Joe Biden returns to Iowa this week, raising questions as to whether the trip may be preparation for something bigger. Biden admitted recently to be considering a third bid for the presidency. Heading into the twilight of his long and successful career in politics, it wouldn’t surprise many if he took one last shot at that brass ring. If he did, would the candidate who only got about 1% in Iowa last time really have a chance at winning the Iowa Caucus? On the surface, a victory seems unlikely. Hillary Clinton dominates the early polls, pulling the support […]