Young Progressive Group In Des Moines Grows, Hosts Fundraiser Today

Guest post from our friends at New Leaders Council - Join their fundraiser in Des Moines later today Progressive leadership has been developing in Des Moines as the 2016 New Leaders Council (NLC) class of fellows prepares for their final institute weekend and fundraising event. In January, this year’s class started their NLC journey toward personal growth and professional development. NLC...
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A Day On The Trail With Mike Sherzan

“Hi, I’m Mike Sherzan. I grew up near the Fairgrounds and I’m running for Congress.” Former businessman Mike Sherzan repeated that line close to a hundred times this past Saturday, working his way through festivals and picnics as he campaigned for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. One of three Democrats running for the chance to take on first-term Republican David Young, Sherzan h...
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Why Iowa Democrats’ First 2016 Office Openings Are In These 2 Rural Counties

Iowa Democrats opened their first two coordinated campaign field offices of the 2016 cycle on Wednesday and Thursday. But it wasn't in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids or Davenport. Instead, it was much farther north, and in the considerably smaller counties of Mitchell and Floyd, where Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire traveled to christen their new offices in Osage and Charles City. Why start...
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Starting Line Partners With Progress Iowa

Starting Line has some exciting news to share with our readers today: we will be partnering with Progress Iowa throughout 2016! I (Pat) will also be joining the Progress Iowa team as their communications director, while still also running Starting Line. I'm really excited about this new venture that I think will benefit both organizations greatly, but more importantly do even more to advance th...
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Progressive Group’s Provocative Ad Targets Grassley On SCOTUS

The progressive group Agenda Project Action Fund released a new ad this week targeting Senator Chuck Grassley over his refusal to hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The group says they're running it in Iowa, though didn't mention specifics of the size of the ad buy. The ad is, uh... interesting (see video below). In addition to hitting Grassley on the Supreme Court issue,...
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Grassley’s Reelection Gets Downgraded From “Safe Republican”

  The pressure continues to build on Chuck Grassley over the Supreme Court hearings, and national political analysts now see it as having an impact in his reelection bid. Grassley faces blowback both at home and nationally on his refusal to hold a hearing for nominee Merrick Garland. That led Larry Sabato to move Grassley's race from "Safe Republican" to "Likely Republican" in his Crystal ...
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Taking A Writing Break, Check Back On Monday

Hey readers, I'm going to be taking a break from writing for the rest of this week and weekend, but I'll be back on Monday. I never really took a rest after the Iowa Caucus and my home and business to-do list has been piling up for months and months. I'm going to focus on that for a bit to get caught up so I can do better writing with that stuff off my mind. See you next week!   Pat...
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Rob Hogg Pushes Back On Judge Run, Looks To Rally Progressives

While the Iowa political world was abuzz late last week about former Lt. Governor Patty Judge jumping into the race to unseat Senator Chuck Grassley, the three other Democrats in the race reminded people that they've been running for quite some time too. State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids released a new list of endorsers on Monday to emphasize that the Democratic primary will be a closely...
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Finkenauer Friday: Welcome To The Democratic Party, New Caucus-Goers!

I want to set aside all the social media debates for the next few minutes and refer to Feb 1st, not in terms of a presidential caucus, but rather, as the night you became an Iowa Democrat. Honestly, I'm so excited to have you. As I've heard throughout the state, it sounds like our new members are passionate and have a ton of energy. Thank goodness. We need it. I need it.  Clearly, you give a da...
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What’s Next For Starting Line?

A lot of people have asked me what Starting Line will do after the caucus. Will it switch back to an Iowa-only focus or will I follow along on the campaign trail? The answer is a bit of both. First though, some sleep would be nice. My intention has always been to keep Starting Line going through the 2016 election. That's when I felt like it would have the most effect of driving a progressive me...
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