Time Ticking For Boulton And Glasson As Session Goes Late

Just about everyone up at the Statehouse is ready for the session to be over for the year. The Legislature passed the 100-day mark last Tuesday, the day per diems end for lawmakers and the clerks head out. And two people with a particular vested interest in its end date are Nate Boulton and Cathy Glasson. That’s because state campaign finance rules bar donations from PACs and lobbyists to state campaigns until 30 days after the legislative session ends. And both Boulton and Glasson have benefited significantly from major union PACs supplying their campaigns with funds. The vast majority of […]

What Messages Candidates Are Poll Testing In Iowa’s 3rd District Primary

Two separate polls have been going around the 3rd District in the past few weeks. Both appear to be your standard message-testing polls, in which campaigns gauge various messages for their candidate and others to see which might be the most convincing. They usually test the various stances and biography notes that they’re already talking about on the campaign trail to find out which one or two points would be best for a TV ad. These polls typically initially ask the poll-taker who they support in the election, go through several bios and messages for each candidate and then ask […]

Steve King Posts Photo Of A Nazi On Hitler’s Birthday

Congressman Steve King’s social media team is at it again. The official Facebook page of Iowa’s 4th District member of Congress has long been a pit of childish and bizarre right-wing memes and petty insults against liberals. But today King had a particularly foolish Facebook post up with what looks to be a photo of a Nazi soldier. And, of course, it just happens to be Adolf Hitler’s birthday. King’s staff shared a version of a popular meme that makes fun of young people, as seen below: Former 4th District candidate Kim Weaver and her PAC for POWER organization noticed […]

Scenes From Iowa’s Student-Led Anti-Gun Violence Rally

Several hundred middle and high school students from around Central Iowa gathered in front of the Capitol today to rally for stricter gun control measures. It was part of a nationwide walkout effort building upon the increased anti-gun violence activism since the Parkland school shooting. The event was organized by local students and assisted by organizations like Progress Iowa. Young people spoke to the crowd, a short forum was held with Democratic candidates and students who were old enough got registered to vote. “I think this is a problem that is going to define our generation,” said Raj Ojberoi, an […]

Iowa AFL-CIO Endorses Nate Boulton

State Senator Nate Boulton added to his labor coalition in a big way on Thursday with the Iowa AFL-CIO’s endorsement of his gubernatorial campaign. About 150 union members and supporters gathered at the Statehouse on Thursday afternoon for a rally with Boulton and to sign up for volunteer shifts for the final six and a half weeks of the campaign. “Working people are tired of the same old ideas that have led our state to the brink of financial disaster, led us to the underfunding of schools and disregard for our children’s education, led us to low wages and poor […]

Iowa Students Joining Nationwide Gun Safety Movement

Today, April 20, Iowa students will stage walkouts and demonstrations against gun violence at schools across Iowa. The event is organized by the group Students United Against Gun Violence Walkout. The group has events planned nationwide at over 2,000 schools. In central Iowa, many will board busses to come to the Iowa State Capitol to meet with legislators between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Iowa student activists Sam Spackman of Waukee was quoted in the Des Moines Register about their goals. “We wanted to do something that we can communicate very specific ideas of what we wanted to do, what […]

Asian & Latino Coalition Endorse Cindy Axne In IA-03 Primary

The Asian & Latino Coalition announced this week that they are officially endorsing Cindy Axne in the Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District. The decision follows a forum they held with the three Democrats last week. The Asian & Latino Coalition has a large membership base in the Des Moines metro area and has become increasingly influential in Democratic politics over the past several years. “Cindy has a proven track record of holding government accountable with over 10 years of policy experience in state government,” the organization said in a statement. “Cindy is a small business owner and community […]

Andy McGuire, Eddie Mauro Release First TV Ads

Two Democratic candidates in major primaries have their first TV ads ready to air this week as the competition heats up a month and a half out from the election. Both Andy McGuire and Eddie Mauro rolled out introductory, biographical pieces for their candidacies for governor and Congress. McGuire focused her first TV spot (titled “Caring”) on her medical background and plans to fix Iowa’s healthcare system. Walking into the picture in her full doctor’s gear, McGuire talks with children and veterans in a hospital-like setting. “I’ve spent my life caring for people,” she says. “I was proud to help […]

Register Wins Pulitzer For Exposing Reynolds’ Medicaid Disaster

Andie Dominick, editorial writer for the Des Moines Register won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing by exposing the Branstad/Reynolds Medicaid privatization catastrophe. Dominick was recognized for articles that the Pulitzer Prize Board described as, “examining in a clear, indignant voice, free of cliché or sentimentality, the damaging consequences for poor Iowa residents of privatizing the state’s administration of Medicaid.” The Board uses this criterion for the selection of the editorial writing award. “The test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the […]

Ep27: Abby Finkenauer Interview & LGBTQ Youth Conference Discussion

 Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard welcomes Iowa Safe Schools executive director Nate Monson & Norwalk student Jaden Deal to discuss the Governor’s Conference On LGBTQ Youth, followed by an interview with Iowa District 1 Congressional candidate Abby Finkenauer.