The Latest GOP Suppression Effort: The 2020 Census

The Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census is their latest attempt to punish Democratic states. It’s another tactic in their broader efforts to suppress the vote. The same Republicans that have pushed strict voter ID laws are behind this attack to alter an accurate census count. The Kansas Secretary of State, Republican Kris Kobach, is the national architect of these voter ID laws. He implemented the most extreme Kansas voter ID requiring proof of citizenship. He has been defending the 2013 law in court this month. He wrote an opinion piece for Brietbart in […]

Who Might Democrats Pick As Their Lt. Governor Running Mate?

The candidates are on the ballot, the TV ads have been running for half a year and the final two months of the Democratic primary approaches. One major outstanding question remains: will anyone choose a lieutenant governor running mate before the June 5 primary? And even if not, who are the most likely names to be on the ballot as the L.G. come November? Let’s delve into a full analysis and in-depth speculation on the matter. Will Running Mates Be Chosen Before The Primary? While Starting Line is raising this question this now, it’s entirely possible that no candidate picks […]

Reynolds Should Know That Silence Won’t Cut It

Here we go again. The ink is barely dry on the $1.75 million check the taxpayers of Iowa had to write last fall to settle a sexual-harassment lawsuit won by an employee of the Iowa Senate Republican staff. The leader of the Senate Republicans, Bill Dix of Shell Rock, resigned March 12, a few hours after photos and a video were made public showing him kissing a lobbyist for the Iowa League of Cities. There’s more. Gov. Kim Reynolds fired the director of the Iowa Finance Authority over the weekend after the governor received “credible allegations” that Dave Jamison had […]

Theresa Greenfield Ends 3rd District Campaign

Congressional candidate Theresa Greenfield has ended her campaign. Attorney General Tom Miller put out a judgement late this afternoon that his office does not believe that Greenfield could use Chapter 43 of the Iowa Code to justify remaining on the ballot. Secretary of State Paul Pate needed to decide by 5:00 P.M. today whether or not to certify Greenfield’s candidacy – following Miller’s opinion, he did not. Earlier this week, the 3rd District Democratic committee voted to move Greenfield forward in the process, using an obscure part of the law to place an additional candidate on the ballot after one […]

Iowa Democratic Party FOIAs Dave Jamison Sexual Harassment Info

The Iowa Democratic Party filed a Freedom Of Information Act with Governor Kim Reynolds’ office today to acquire more information in the case of Dave Jamison’s firing over sexual harassment allegations. Jamison was fired by Reynolds from his job as the director of the Iowa Finance Authority on Saturday after she was informed of “credible allegations of sexual harassment” against him. The victims came straight to the governor’s office rather than working through reporting channels within the department. Reynolds has not disclosed much additional information about the matter, including how many people Jamison was alleged to have harassed or even […]

Pelosi Visit A Big Win For Polk County Democrats Fundraiser

The Polk County Democrats featured speaker for their spring fundraiser is a legend in the Democratic Party. Democratic Congressional Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s amazing record speaks for itself. She is the longest serving political leader of either party in the past 40 years. Pelosi is the first and only female Speaker of the U.S. House in American history. She has been described as one of the two most effective House Speakers in history. The other is former Speaker Tip O’Neil. While House Minority Leader Pelosi has her critics, the benefits of bringing her to Iowa outweigh any downside. It appears […]

Corbett, Caligiuri Booted From Ballot, Greenfield Still Going

The state’s three-person elections commission met this afternoon in a lengthy hearing to consider eight objections to various candidates’ ballot petitions. It was the most challenges anyone could remember there being in a single year, and it included several major candidates like Kim Reynolds, David Young and Steve King. They also addressed the major situations with Ron Corbett, Ginny Caligiuri and Theresa Greenfield. The election commission is made up of Secretary of State Paul Pate, Attorney General Tom Miller and State Auditor Mary Mosiman. Their decisions caused major shake-ups in Iowa politics, knocking off Kim Reynolds’ only primary challenger – […]

Ep21: Democratic County Conventions & Rep. Chris Hall Interview

 Iowa Starting Line Podcast producer Chance Dorland joins host Pat Rynard to discuss Pat’s thoughts on recent Democratic County Conventions that took place across the state, followed by an interview with 13th District Iowa State Representative Chris Hall about recent happenings at the State House.

My Granddaughter, The March And The Beginning Of Change

At 4:15 am on Friday, March 23, my wife and I drove over and picked up my granddaughter Zoe, 22, and got her to the Des Moines airport for a 6:00 am direct flight to Washington DC to attend the March For Our Lives scheduled for that day. She was accompanied by her friend Madeline, 19. They went in on Friday to talk to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Leadership and to the staff of both Senator’s Grassley and Ernst. I set up the ATF meeting because they are the regulator, and if Congress is to […]