Another Look At Updated Early Vote Numbers For The Primary

With just two weeks left before Iowa's primary elections on June 7, let's take another look at the early vote totals across the state. A lot has changed since we first discussed the numbers three weeks ago. The Secretary of State's office is posting these totals regularly now, so you can always go check yourself on their website. Also, here's the useful list of candidates running. One cavea...
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EMILY’s List Ad Nearly Word-For-Word From Monica Vernon’s “Action Alert”

  Monica Vernon is getting some help in her campaign for the Democrats' 1st District nomination. EMILY's List, which has endorsed Vernon, is running a new ad under part of their Women Vote Project that looks to elect pro-choice female candidates. Women Vote is organized as a Super PAC, so it can't coordinate with an official campaign. However, the transcript for the ad is nearly word-fo...
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What Early Voting Numbers May Say About Iowa’s Primary Races

Early voting in Iowa's June 7th primary has now been underway for a week. Iowans can vote in person at their county auditor's office or by an absentee ballot at home. The number of those absentees are always a very interesting thing to track (especially to this former field staffer). It's one of the only public numbers you can get that gives a neutral observer a look into the campaigns. They c...
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A Day On The Trail With Pat Murphy

Iowa Starting Line will be doing a series of posts where we follow along a major primary candidate for most of a day as they campaign. We hope it gives a different, unique look into who the man or woman running for office is, beyond just their stump speeches and debate points. We followed Pat Murphy for a day the weekend before last: Pat Murphy began his Saturday early in the morning, serving u...
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At Forums Democrats Spar Over Labels In 1st District, Mostly Agree In 3rd District

Tornadoes to the southwest of Des Moines threatened to cut short the 3rd District Democrats’ forum in Johnston on Wednesday night, but the candidates in the room were at least all blowing in the same direction on policy issues. Meanwhile, the 1st District forum proved a much stormier affair with Pat Murphy constantly pressing Monica Vernon on her past Republican Party affiliation. The differe...
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Monica Vernon and Jim Mowrer Outraise Incumbents Rod Blum and David Young

Iowa looks to play an important role in control over the U.S. House of Representatives this November. If 2016's 1st Quarter fundraising reports are any indication, Republicans face some real problems in the Hawkeye State. Iowa's two most-vulnerable incumbents, Republican first-termers Rod Blum and David Young put up smaller fundraising totals than some of their potential Democratic opponents. ...
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Rod Blum Wishes A Recession On A Major American City

  Most politicians typically advocate for more jobs and economic development. Unless you're Rod Blum, apparently. The Iowa Congressman from the 1st District set off a small firestorm of controversy and criticism on Tuesday evening when he tweeted out from his personal account that he hoped the city of Washington D.C. would suffer an economic recession. Why would he wish such a thing on...
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Debates Nixed; Get It Together, 1st District Democrats

A week ago it was reported that the 1st District Democrats central committee had scheduled five forums for the three Democratic Congressional candidates. Now? No more, though maybe still one, as the committee announced yesterday morning they would be cancelling the forums due to "scheduling conflicts." Few in the 1st District is very happy about the cancellations and campaigns signaled frustrat...
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DCCC Sees Monica Vernon As Strongest Candidate In 1st District

There's still four months to go in the Democratic primary for the 1st District, but party leaders seem to see Monica Vernon beginning to pull away in the race. Late last week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Vernon to their targeted Red To Blue candidate program, a list of their top prospects in the country to retake Republican districts. Vernon's inclusion on the list shou...
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With Caucus Over, Big Priorities Ahead For Iowa Democrats

As the final rumblings over the caucus process slowly die out, Democrats have a chance to regroup and refocus on what their priorities moving forward must be. Iowa Democrats are at their weakest point in years after two consecutive midterm blowouts, but there's plenty of opportunities in 2016 and beyond to regain the advantage. Starting off 2019 with control of the Governor's office, Senate and Ho...
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