Who Do Democrats Think Should Run For Governor In 2018?

The Iowa Democratic Party's state convention dragged long into the night yesterday, and there were stretches where voting and the agenda moved very slowly. So what to do? How about start speculating about 2018? Obviously this year's presidential election and maintaining control of the Iowa Senate are paramount at the moment, but the race for Governor in 2018 will shape the longterm future of Io...
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Early Morning Competition at IDP Convention For SCC Seats

The Iowa Democratic Party's state convention officially began at 9:00 AM this morning, but much of the real action took place in small conference rooms beforehand. The Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders factions competed for seats on the party's State Central Committee. At earlier district conventions in late April, Democratic delegates selected the at-large Congressional District members of t...
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What Will Bernie Sanders’ Legacy Be? Iowa Supporters Weigh In

Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency is starting to wind down, but the impacts of his incredible run will be felt for years to come in the Democratic Party, progressive politics and the American electoral system. Around this time last year the early hints of a highly successful insurgent campaign were on clear display in Iowa, as he repeatedly drew surprisingly large crowds at his early eve...
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David Johnson On How His Switch Could Shake Up The Iowa Senate

When Iowa State Senator David Johnson left the Republican Party last week over issues with Donald Trump's rhetoric on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the news quickly went national and international. But while Johnson's act of registering as an independent generated tough stories for Donald Trump and Republicans, the longer-lasting impact will be felt at the Iowa Statehouse in this election and the next le...
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Ryan Drew To Run In Sands’ Open HD 88 As Democratic Candidate

Democrats have recruited an impressive candidate for the now-open House District 88: Ryan Drew, an operating engineers leader from Burlington. Longtime incumbent Tom Sands surprised many last week when he decided to withdraw his name from the ballot two days after the primary. Within hours, Republican Jason Delzell announced he was running. Both Delzell and Drew will have to be nominated at a ...
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Digging Into Iowa Primary Numbers To See How Voters Make Their Decisions

Before we move completely on the general election, let's take one last look at some of the specific numbers from last week's Iowa primary. For a website like Starting Line, we love having numbers to pore over and didn't want to move on before examining a few more interesting trends. One thing I think you can discover in these numbers is how voters make their decisions in little-publicized, low-...
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Youth Movement: Democrats Turn To Younger Candidates In Primary

For years Democrats in Iowa have bemoaned the lack of younger elected leaders within the party. While 13 Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are 40 years old or younger, only 4 Democrats are. That's led to some concern about who will lead the party into the future. After last week's primary, however, a new crop of young Democratic candidates emerged from their elections. Some are certain to b...
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Des Moines Gay Bar Owners Reflect On A Shattered Safe Space

The show went on for attendees and organizers at the Des Moines Pridefest in the East Village today, but the celebrations were mixed with sorrow over the tragic news from the Orlando terrorist attack. Some first learned of the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub upon arriving to the annual LGBT festival. The news took on a particularly disturbing toll for a community that has found refug...
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GOP’s Secret Switch To Put Jason Delzell In House District 88

An outsider may have captured the Republicans' presidential nomination, but the establishment forces still hold the power locally in Iowa. Voters in Des Moines, Louisa and Muscatine counties were denied the chance to select their next GOP nominee for House District 88 thanks to incumbent Tom Sands' surprise retirement two days after the primary. Instead, a small group of party insiders will conve...
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Chuck Grassley’s Reelection Just Got Off To A Disastrous Start

Talk to Democrats privately in Iowa and you'll know they're not kidding themselves: despite the Supreme Court controversy, defeating Chuck Grassley is an uphill climb. Most are simply excited that the possibility even exists this year to knock off the six-term incumbent. Could Patty Judge defeat Grassley? Absolutely. But a whole lot of factors have to come together. Yesterday, those factors ...
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