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 odd...
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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 ...
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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 m...
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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 peop...
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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 fro...
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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 coun...
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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 Repres...
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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 abou...
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