Which Senate Candidate Is Really The More Electable One?

When Patty Judge entered the U.S. Senate race a little over two months ago, some Iowa Democrats were excited about the prospect. Chuck Grassley might finally be vulnerable thanks to his historic obstruction of the Supreme Court nomination, but some were worried Rob Hogg couldn’t fully take advantage of the situation. A candidate like Judge, who’s won statewide office before, who could rais...
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Will Progressives Split Their Vote In The U.S. Senate Race?

What will progressive voters do on Tuesday when it comes to the Democrats' Senate primary? The talk online has centered around two candidates: State Senator Rob Hogg, an experienced legislator with a proven progressive record who wrote a book on climate change; and Tom Fiegen, who has tied his candidacy to Bernie Sanders' and been very visible around grassroots issues. One thing they nearly all ag...
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When The Establishment Fails To Back The “Establishment” Candidate

What do you get when the so-called "establishment" fails to back the so-called "establishment" candidate? The Iowa Senate Democratic primary, apparently. Throughout this year's presidential primary, both Republicans and Democrats have obsessed over "establishment" politics, and which candidates the powers to be are backing. Typically aligning themselves with the seemingly more moderate or el...
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A Day On The Trail With Rob Hogg

What good is an endorsement? That’s an open question in any political campaign. Some bring an army of volunteers, others bring only the single vote of the endorser. State Senator Rob Hogg has a lot of public endorsements in his quest for the Democrats’ nomination for U.S. Senate: AFSCME, the Iowa Federation of Labor, over 90 current and former legislators. One of them, former State Senator ...
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More Groups Join Coalition Demanding Grassley Act On Nomination

A crowd of over 50 Iowans formed a rally outside the federal building that houses Chuck Grassley's office in Des Moines on Monday. They were there to implore the Senate Judiciary Chair to hold hearings and a vote on Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy. While "Do Your Job" protests have been going on for several weeks in Iowa, this one saw NextGen Clim...
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Iowa Already The Center Of The Political Universe Again

That didn't take long. A mere seven weeks ago the TV satellite trucks and campaign headquarters packed up and headed out from Iowa following the caucus. As it happens every four years, the national spotlight flickers out on Iowa in the blink of an eye, with all the political staff and reporters that we've become friends with vanishing to now more-interesting states. Iowa doesn't quite turn into a ...
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Does An Actual Nominee Affect Chuck Grassley’s Race Much?

For weeks Senator Chuck Grassley has come under fire for his refusal to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee. That nominee now has a face, a name and a record, with Merrick Garland getting the nod to be Obama's choice to replace Antoin Scalia. Does it matter? And for the Iowa angle, does it change anything that much in Grassley's re-election race Obviousl...
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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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Patty Judge Gives Democrats A Real Chance To Beat Chuck Grassley

Only a few weeks ago Democrats' dreams of up-ending Chuck Grassley in his reelection campaign was just that: a hopeful, unrealistic dream. But now Grassley finds himself in the middle of the national firestorm over the looming Supreme Court nomination battle that promises to paint him as an obstructionist and extremist to Iowa voters. Today the other shoe dropped with word that Patty Judge ...
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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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