Who You Need To Follow For Iowa Caucus Coverage

Now that we're 4 months out from the Iowa Caucus, and the political silly season of summer has finally dissipated, all eyes turn increasingly to Iowa. But who really has the advantage here? Who's connecting with caucus-goers and who's just coasting on publicity? The best way to learn what's actually happening is to follow the reporters covering these candidates and the voters on the ground ever...
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Rising Star Profile: Rob Sand

Were Rob Sand to run for office in the near future, he'll already hold many qualifications of a successful candidate for public office: an Assistant Attorney General, family man, rural upbringing and... chicken wrangler. That last one he added to his resume early on growing up in Northeast Iowa, where he developed an appreciation for small-town life, the outdoors and civic engagement. Now he lives...
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Key Takeaways From A Week Of Caucus Events

Starting Line has been out on the Iowa Caucus trail a lot recently, hitting up both Democratic and Republican events, mostly in central Iowa the last week and a half. There's always something interesting to take out of each candidate's visit, though oftentimes not enough to fill a full post (or I'm just too tired by the time I get home). So here's a collection of observations and analysis of a num...
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Dick Dearden To Retire, Nate Boulton Announces Senate Run

Longtime Democratic State Senator Dick Dearden will be retiring next year and not running for re-election in 2016. Democrats looking to succeed the Senator in Des Moines' East Side/Pleasant Hill district are quickly making their intentions known. Earlier this week, Dearden's daughter, Pam Conner, who works at the Iowa Division of Labor, made public that she will run for her father's seat. This mor...
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Rising Star Profile: Miyoko Hikiji

When Miyoko Hikiji's friends first suggested to her that she run for office, she was hesitant. Am I really qualified for this? Would I be prepared? Those were the questions that went through her mind before she realized how silly the doubts were. "I've done a lot of scary things in my career," the Iraq War veteran and mother of two young girls finally decided. "If I can go to war, I can probabl...
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Who Will Drop Out Next?

Pour one out for Scotty boy, his all-too-brief campaign has come to an end. After Scott Walker's surprising announcement on Monday that he's quitting the race, many political observers are asking the question: who's next? If someone like Walker, who was the Iowa front-runner for all but about one or two months, could suddenly implode and be done, it could probably happen to almost anyone. Here'...
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4 Worst GOP Immigration Moments (So Far)

(Guest Post from Hector Salamanca, an immigration activist who attends nearly every Iowa Caucus campaign event) Happy national Hispanic Heritage month! It has been quite the presidential campaign summer in Iowa and if you happen to be Latino, specifically Mexican, it’s been pretty rough. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipient with an unclear legal immigrant status, ...
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Is It Happening Again To Hillary Clinton?

It's different this time. That must have been the thought going through Hillary Clinton's mind as her campaign van crossed the border into Iowa days after her official announcement in April. It was a fun, impromptu-like start to her second presidential run, the idea that the most-watched woman in the world would just jump in a van and go on a nearly 1,000-mile road trip right to the very state ...
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Leading Iowa Democrats Lining Up Behind Jim Mowrer

Influential Democrats seem to increasingly see Jim Mowrer as the most formidable candidate to take on freshman Republican Congressman David Young in the 3rd District. His campaign is releasing a number of new endorsers, shared early with Starting Line, many of which are well-known names to Democratic activists. Former Lt. Governor Sally Pederson, former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland presi...
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New Sidewire App Offers Up Key Insider Political Analysis

It can be hard at times during the non-stop 2016 coverage to find reliable, well-informed analysis of what's actually going on inside the campaigns and the mood of the voters. This year has proven particularly volatile, with outsider candidates no one thought had any chance surge to the front of the pack. But it hasn't been that big of a surprise to some of the early state insiders, on-the-ground ...
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