How One Iowa Town Is Still Recovering From An ICE Raid

In his latest round of threats, President Donald Trump stoked fear in communities across the country earlier this month with talk of ramping up immigration raids nationwide. “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” said Trump, June 17 on Twitter. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.” The President backed off his initial timeline in a tweet June 22, saying he would delay the mass deportations for two weeks, saying he wanted “to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get […]

Axne Puts Forth Bipartisan Legislation to Relieve Rural Hospitals

On Tuesday, Cindy Axne (D-IA) put forth legislation to relieve rural hospitals of supervision restraints that limit the ability of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to provide quality care. Working with Adrian Smith (R-NE), Axne introduced the bipartisan bill to postpone enforcement of oversight rules requiring Medicare hospitals to implement supervision provisions for outpatient therapeutic services. “We need to address staffing shortages in rural areas, but in the meantime, we need to make sure that regulations aren’t overly burdensome for rural hospitals,” Axne said in a statement. Arbitrary Supervision The legislation delays implementation of “direct supervision” – or the requirement that […]

Booker Has The Plans, Experience To Stem Gun Violence In My City

A guest post from Cedar Rapids City Councilmember Dale Todd These days, it seems like finger pointing has replaced solutions and results in Washington D.C. Democrats and Republicans are unable to agree on something as basic as the truth. We desperately need someone who can heal our divisions and unite this country. After listening to 20 candidates debate over two nights this past week, it is increasingly clear that Cory Booker is that leader. I believe most government is local, which is why it is important to me to have an experienced municipal executive at the helm: he ran New […]

Scenes From The Iowa Caucus Trail – June 30

Welcome to our first Scenes From The Iowa Caucus Trail piece! The Starting Line team has long wanted to do some sort of regular Sunday morning series to give our readers something consistent to read with their coffee and morning news shows. We’ve settled on doing a round-up of all the fun, weird and insightful moments from the Iowa Caucus trail from the past week. There are lots of interesting things we see while out at events that don’t necessarily make for a full story. Some of those we put in our subscription-based newsletter, which comes out Monday, Wednesday and […]

Delaney Calls Green New Deal ‘Impossible,’ Medicare For All ‘Dangerous’

John Delaney called the Green New Deal “impossible,” Medicare For All “dangerous,” and went after some of his fellow Democrats for being too soft on immigration during a campaign stop in Panora Saturday afternoon. The Democrat made it clear he wants to be the middle-of-the-road candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump next year. Delaney spent more than an hour answering questions from two dozen people gathered at a clubhouse at the Lake Panorama Golf Course. He was engaged in a discussion about his healthcare plan when questioners started to say they weren’t worried about Medicare For All because it’s […]

Marianne Williamson Finds New Fans In Iowa After Debate

Fresh off her presidential debate performance, one that catapulted her to the top of Google candidate searches for the evening, Marianne Williamson returned to Iowa today for a series of events with local Democrats. At an event in Grimes, the author acknowledged that some of her comments on stage about the lack of importance of policy plans may have come off as “silly.” She noted the social media jokes that followed, but reassured the crowd she both had extensive policy ideas and knew the necessity of getting them passed. “I am a left-wing Democrat. I am a progressive Democrat,” Williamson […]

Democrats Have Their Nominee For The Ames Special Election

Democrats have their nominee for the August 6 special election: Ross Wilburn. The former mayor of Iowa City, Wilburn was selected by Story County Democrats at a special nominating convention this morning to run in the Ames-based House District 46 seat that Lisa Heddens stepped down from earlier this month. Wilburn would add to the Iowa House’s small group of African-American legislators, which only totals four members at the moment. Two other Democrats were nominated: Jamet Colton and Amber Corrieri. Colton, who would have made history as the Iowa Legislature’s first Latinx member, was eliminated on the first ballot. Wilburn […]

Ep109: Post-Debate Discussion, AG Tom Miller Interview

The Iowa Starting Line team sits down to discuss the first Democratic debate nights and how Iowans’ reactions differed from the national conversation. And we interview Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller about his friendship with Steve Bullock and his recent agreement with Governor Kim Reynolds on out-of-state lawsuits.

Most Migrants Are ‘Prime Gang Age Recruitment Males,’ Says Steve King

Iowa Rep. Steve King carried on a lengthy conversation Friday about illegal immigration at the nation’s southern border, warning his constituents about the dangers of young men coming into the country. Citing data King said he received three years ago, he told the crowd at the Franklin County Courthouse, “81% of those that were interdicted coming across the border were young males, and I would call them ‘prime gang age recruitment males.’” “How do you sort the violent ones out from the ones that are going to be the victims?” asked King, a Republican representing Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. “Sometimes […]

Iowa Super PAC Launches Voter Outreach Efforts To Help Joni Ernst

A new cog in the fundraising machine for Sen. Joni Ernst launched its voter outreach campaign this week with a digital advertising blitz and door-to-door canvassing. The Iowa Values Super PAC said in a press release Thursday it “invested six-figures in a digital advertising campaign that will touch swing voters in all 99 counties.” Ernst, Iowa’s junior U.S. senator, is seeking reelection for the first time in 2020. The Democratic primary to unseat her is beginning to take shape, with operational campaigns from Theresa Greenfield, Eddie Mauro and Kimberly Graham. And on Wednesday, retired Navy Admiral Michael Franken told Starting Line […]