How The Candidates Celebrated Pride In Des Moines

You couldn’t walk more than a block at Des Moines’ Pride Fest this Saturday without bumping into a presidential candidate. Bernie Sanders attracted throngs of young people as he made his way through E. Locust Street in the East Village. Kirsten Gilllibrand had a local drag queen walk her around. And Pete Buttigieg gave a speech to hundreds of on-lookers before watching a renewal of vows ceremony to celebrate ten years of marriage equality in Iowa. The Starting Line team was on hand for all of the day’s events. You can read our previous story on the morning happenings. Here’s […]

Early Scenes From Candidates At Pride Fest

It’s Pride Fest Weekend in Des Moines, and the 2020 presidential candidates are out in force to meet local Iowans and show their support for the LGBTQ community. A candidate forum is set for later today, and Iowa Safe Schools is holding a tailgate for visitors to meet local LGBTQ youth. Close to a dozen White House hopefuls are expected to be in the area. Starting Line has full team coverage for all of the day’s events. Here’s everything we’ve seen so far: Back In The Saddle: Kirsten Gillibrand Serves Up Drinks, Policy At Gay Bar “Who wants a drink?” […]

When Getting Booed Is The Strategy

John Delaney and John Hickenlooper both took an interesting approach to the California Democratic Convention last weekend, receiving boos from the room in response to their stances on Medicare for All and “socialism.” Delaney and Hickenlooper are running on two of the more moderate platforms (for Democrats, anyway), especially in regard to healthcare policy. And while the booing isn’t helpful for their standing among key California activists, both candidates are aiming to convince the rest of the party that their centrist-leaning policies make them the better choice to win the general election. “You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going […]

Ep104: Listen To Our New Starting Line Team Members

Meet our new Iowa Starting Line reporters! We kicked off our rather large expansion this week, adding four new full-time political reporters to our team. They join Pat Rynard on the podcast to introduce themselves.