Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is a national darling of the NRA’s effort to eliminate any and all meaningful gun safety laws that might keep children like those at Parkland, Florida from getting blown to pieces on a regular school day. Ernst received over $3.1 million in financial support from the NRA, the seventh-most of any senator, according to an analysis of campaign spending last October. Money from the gun rights organization poured into Iowa to help her get past the finish line in her race for Senate against Bruce Braley in 2014. The NRA got what they paid for with […]
The nation is coming to terms today with yet another horrific mass shooting at a school, this time in Parkland, Florida. Will anything substantive on gun laws change now that we’ve had our 18th mass shooting in just the first month and a half of 2018? As long as Iowa Congressman David Young is office, that answer will be no. As the New York Times found in a story during the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, Young has received the third-most financial support from the NRA than any other member of the U.S. House – $707,662 through mid-last year […]
The six Democratic candidates in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District held a forum on Tuesday night this week. the Iowa Starting Line sat down with several of the students involved and who attended to get their reaction to the field. We also interview Austin Frerick, one of those 3rd District Democratic candidates, and discuss his campaign that has largely focused on wealth inequality and anti-trust issues.
Am I the only one who is discouraged these days? My state of mind is not helped by the news spewing out of Washington, D.C., and Des Moines many days. It doesn’t help my attitude when I see one of the top aides at the White House resigning under public pressure after disclosures he blackened the eye of his first wife and emotionally and physically assaulted her and his second wife. My mood worsened when the president and his chief of staff hurried to defend the wife-beating aide and all but pooh-poohed the women’s statements, in spite of the shocking […]