Ep85: 2020’s Leftward Tilt, Joe Biden, And An Iowa Win On Education

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Lindsay James of Dubuque to talk about the success of the progressive movement in pushing 2020 Democrats to the left, Joe Biden’s possible presidential run, and a nice victory at the Statehouse for Democrats on education.

Marianne Williamson Recruits “Virtual Captains” For Virtual Caucus

If you participate in the Iowa Democratic Party’s new “virtual” caucus option next February, do you need “virtual” precinct captains to help organize everything? Marianne Williamson’s campaign is planning on figuring out just that with their new plan to organize in Iowa. Williamson announced the placement of 99 “Virtual Iowa Caucus Captains,” one covering each Iowa county. They’ll be tasked with both recruiting virtual and in-person caucus attendees to turn out for the best-selling author’s presidential bid. The campaign says about 40% of their captains are from Iowa. The rest are volunteers from around the country who will be in […]

How The 2020 Candidates Are Staffing Up In Iowa

It’s Iowa Caucus season, which means all of the top political staffers in the country have begun their migration from D.C. and battleground campaigns out to the Hawkeye state. Presidential candidates have aggressively courted campaign operatives with Iowa ties for months, and most of the top talent has already been snatched up. Which Democratic contenders are putting together the largest operations? What networks are they pulling from? Who has the most people with key Iowa relationships? Starting Line has been tracking the staffing scene for a while now, and we have finally put together a comprehensive look at how it’s […]

Iowan To Lead John Delaney Campaign, Adds Stacey Abrams’ Media Firm

John Delaney has selected a well-known national political operative with deep Iowa ties to lead his campaign. John Davis, who had been advising Delaney in his presidential run, will now serve as national campaign manager, the campaign told Starting Line. The campaign has also hired AL Media of Chicago, a media firm that produced Stacey Abrams’ ads in last year’s Georgia governor’s race. Delaney just went back up on TV in Iowa last week after running ads early on in last year’s midterms. And Delaney is adding Harrison Hickman of Hickman Analytics, Inc. as his pollster. Hickman has several decades worth […]