What Entrepreneurs And Start-Ups Are Looking For In A President

Start-up businesses face a tough road. Entrepreneurs will struggle with funding, resources, and competing with bigger businesses for consumer attention. But there is another potential battle that start-ups could be facing: government regulation. To win that battle, many entrepreneurs are looking at the upcoming elections and wondering which candidate can guide them through the jungle of red tape. ...
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Monday Power Ranking: Iowa Caucus – Republicans (June)

There's been a lot of movement in the Republican field since the last time we ranked them about a month ago, so let's check back in. The GOP presidential race is the one we'll probably return to the most since the huge list of candidates and actual developments makes it a much more dynamic race than anything else we're talking about. 1. Scott Walker The Harley-riding Governor had a lot of fu...
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Is The Pope Catholic? No, Think Some Climate-Denying Republicans

In what was one of the most important moments to date in the movement to confront climate change, Pope Francis released on Thursday an official encyclical (a papal teaching) calling on the world to act now on climate. In wording at times poetic, and other times brutally blunt, Francis calls global warming "one of the principal challenges facing humanity," says the science is clear that it's caused...
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Iowa Women, Planned Parenthood Score Unanimous Victory on Telemed

Telemed access will continue in Iowa, thanks to today's unanimous ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court. At issue was whether doctors could communicate over video to women mostly living in more rural parts of the state with less access to health clinics, and issue them abortion pills via remote dispensing. Terry Branstad's appointed state regulators had ruled back in 2013 that the practice should en...
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Is Hillary Facing An Enthusiasm Gap?

Many people, including those on Hillary Clinton's campaign, expected Clinton to have some legitimate competition for the nomination. But this soon? Just two months into the campaign launch of Clinton, and a month into Bernie Sanders' and Martin O'Malley's, Clinton is already facing worrying signs about levels of enthusiasm for other candidates. A recent Suffolk University poll showed Sanders ha...
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America Is Saved! “The Chosen One” Donald Trump Announces 2016 Bid

God Himself smiled upon America and the world on Tuesday, allowing the great Donald Trump - job-creator extraordinaire, reality TV host and builder of things - to officially launch his candidacy for President of the United States. In his incredible, not-at-all-crazy announcement speech, Trump demonstrated that reading from a script was for those "losers" and "incompetent" establishment candidates,...
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Hillary Brings Campaign Kick-Off To Iowa As Bernie Threat Looms

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held the first rally of her 2016 campaign on June 13th, but her day was far from over after the widely-viewed speech in New York City. That same day, she traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, where she attended a house party and gave a brief speech that was simulcast to other gatherings around the country, including more than a dozen in Iowa. One such gathering wa...
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Bernie Sanders Momentum Continues, Packs The House At Drake

More than 800 people filled Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University on June 12th for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ Iowa Town Meeting. Audience members ranged from college students to retirees, and there was no mistaking the energy in the room as the Vermont senator took the stage and was greeted by a standing ovation. To many, Hillary Clinton is the sure Democratic nominee, and many d...
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Monday Power Rankings: 2018 Governor – Democrats

Too early to talk about 2018? Never! Certainly not on Starting Line, anyway. Seriously though, forget the 2016 presidential election or the close races in the 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts. Nothing will have a bigger impact on Iowa's future than who wins the race for Governor in 2018 (though the State Senate races in 2016 will come close). Multiple top-tier potential Democratic candidates ha...
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Actually Mr. Price, Iowa Is Just Beginning

Dave Price, one of Iowa’s resident political experts, recently penned an article for Politico entitled “Is Iowa Over?” In his article, Mr. Price suggested that this caucus season “looks different” and that various Iowans are worried that our first in the nation contest is about to pass into history. Mr. Price’s article was a hit and has been the talk of political media for the better p...
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