Jim Webb Shines, Lincoln Chafee Bombs At Labor Convention

Four of the five Democrats running for President spoke to an AFL-CIO convention at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona, giving Iowa labor leaders a policy-focused look at their potential candidates. Richard Trumka, the national president of the AFL-CIO sat on a panel of four to quiz the White House hopefuls on working class issues. Only Hillary Clinton wasn't able to make the event, denying a chance...
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Monday Power Ranking: Iowa Caucus – Democrats (July)

I'll be honest: last week I had a different idea of how I was going to rank this. I planned on taking the bold step of putting Bernie Sanders at number one, making the argument that if the Iowa Caucus were to be held today, he'd win it. Despite the Clinton organizing advantage, the sheer enthusiasm of the Sanders surge right now would flood caucus precincts with too many new Bernie-backing voters,...
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Is Jim Webb the Second Coming of Newt Gingrich?

The Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, Iowa is a lovely place. Great food, good atmosphere, an elegant events center. (I’m not much of a wine drinker, so I can’t attest to their signature product.) If you live in the area, I imagine you have attended all kinds of events at the Winery; weddings, wine tastings, anniversary parties, book clubs, and meetings with amateur film makers about their latest...
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Rumor Roundup: Ravi Patel’s Super PAC, Webb’s Loss, Adams In, Bertrand for Governor

We hear all kinds of interesting things here at Starting Line, and figured it was about time for another fun Rumor Roundup. Here's the latest political chatter making its way around Iowa: Super PACs Coming in 1st District Primary All the cool kids these days are getting their own Super PACs. Starting Line hears that the initial stages of setting up a Super PAC for Ravi Patel, Democratic ca...
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Jim Webb Criticizes Influence of Money in Politics During Iowa Swing

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb displayed his military-like efficiency during an Iowa swing at the end of last week, marching through an impressive and diverse number of events throughout the state from Thursday through Sunday. Among other events, he met with Democrats in Council Bluffs, spoke at the Polk County Democrats' fundraiser, toured a veterans museum and factory in Waterloo and an ethano...
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EXCLUSIVE: Jim Webb Hires Iowa State Director

Starting Line has learned from multiple sources that former Senator Jim Webb has hired Rania Batrice to head up a potential Iowa Caucus campaign. From Texas, she is scheduled to begin work in the lead-off caucus state in April. Batrice has worked on Iowa campaigns in the past. She was Congressman Dave Loebsack's campaign manager in 2008 and served on John Edwards' caucus campaign in 2007-2008. She...
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Democrats Need a Backup Quarterback. It Can’t Only Be Hillary

The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics released the newest Iowa Poll Saturday evening, which showed Hillary Clinton with a commanding 56% share of likely Democratic caucus-goers. Elizabeth Warren, who has said she won't run, trails her at 16%. Vice President Joe Biden is at 9%. That's a lead many Democratic presidential hopefuls would look at and think, "Eh, I'll wait until next time." ...
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