Sunday Grab Bag: GOP Results, Marco Roboto And IDP Under Siege

Good afternoon readers! Starting Line is still slowly getting back into a normal routine after a considerable amount of naps and late mornings this past post-caucus week. This next week I'll make a return to the Statehouse and do a few reports of what's driving the discussion there. For today, a few thoughts on the Republicans and the (hopefully) final commentary on the Democratic caucus problems....
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Sunday Grab Bag: Guns And Bernie, Kasich’s Awkwardness, Moore Retires

Good morning readers! With just three weeks left to the Iowa Caucus, real decisions are getting made at candidate events, coffee shops and diners. The time to decide who to caucus for is here, and Starting Line has found a surprising amount of undecided voters out at both Democratic and Republican events lately. For all those of us who have been closely following every small development in the rac...
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Sunday Grab Bag: Taking Suggestions and Rubio/Cruz Iowa Schedules

Good morning readers! I hope you all had a great holiday and are rested and relaxed for the final month of the Iowa Caucus. This Sunday Grab Bag will be a lot shorter as I've been spending the past couple days with family and there isn't as much to write about. 5 Weeks Left - What Do You Want To Read? We're fast approaching February 1st, caucus night in Iowa. Many are ready for it to be over...
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Sunday Grab Bag: Dem Debate, Wendy Davis, Sanders Fundraising Record

Good morning readers! Well, the Democratic primary finally got back into the news this week, though not for what anyone expected. The firestorm over the Sanders/DNC data breach set off a nasty two days of internal fighting in the Democratic Party. Fortunately, Sanders' VAN access has been restored and hopefully everyone can start to move on. The Democratic Debate The third debate for the Dem...
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Sunday Grab Bag: Bernie Blackout, Leadership, Iowa Poll, Carson’s Focus

Good morning readers! So that was an interesting week in American politics, huh? I'm not sure if I can remember anything quite like a presidential candidate proposing a complete ban on an entire religious group from entering the country. Every time we thought the 2016 election cycle has hit a new low... In fact, I'm sure Trump will roll out something in the next month that will make this week look...
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Sunday Grab Bag: Boring Reporting, Bernie’s Super PAC, Chelgren Toast?

Good morning readers! Sorry about that Iowa game, but at least we got a hilariously incorrect Joni Ernst tweet out of it. It was a busy week on the Iowa Caucus trail, so let's get right into it: Reporting On The Boring This weekend seven Republican candidates were in Iowa on the same day, leading to tough choices by caucus reporters on who to cover. I made the wrong choices, apparently. Rath...
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Sunday Grab Bag: PP Attack, Loebsack Refugee Vote, Caucus Decisions

Good morning readers! Starting Line is back after a couple days off for the Thanksgiving holiday and to attend to newly-arrived Baby Starting Line. We're now looking at the final two month sprint heading to the Iowa Caucus on February 1st. In these next two months, Starting Line will be getting back to some basics that served us well early on. I'll be posting Sunday Grab Bags and Monday Power Rank...
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Sunday Grab Bag: GOP’s Keystone Conundrum, Hillary’s Immigration and ISIS

Good morning readers! As always, a lot happened in the political world this week. Enjoy our Sunday Grab Bag of shorter takes on a number of Iowa and national political topics: The Catch-22 of Keystone and Eminent Domain The most interesting exchange I've seen so far from the 2016 trail happened Thursday night at a Carly Fiorina event in West Des Moines. A younger man asked Fiorina whether sh...
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Sunday Grab Bag: Iowa Goes Pink for Schools, Clipboard Season, and Baltimore

Good morning readers! As always, a lot happened in the political world this week. Enjoy our Sunday Grab Bag of shorter takes on a number of Iowa and national political topics: Democrats and Allies Unite in Pink for Education The stalemate over education funding at the Iowa Statehouse continues this week as Republicans refuse to budge from their original paltry 1.25% allowable growth increase...
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Sunday Grab Bag: Slow Down Cruz, Dems’ Plans and Twitter Brigades

Good afternoon readers! As always, a lot happened in the political world this week. Enjoy our Sunday Grab Bag of shorter takes on a number of Iowa and national political topics: Calm Down There, Teddy Most of the candidates at last night's Faith and Freedom Coalition gave their typical stump speech, with an emphasis on religious issues. Ted Cruz, however, rolled out some new attack lines tha...
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