Abby Finkenauer Takes Aim At For-Profit College Scams

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer highlighted the stories of two Iowans this week who were scammed by a for-profit educational institution, in hopes of codifying legislation to relieve them of their student loan debt. Army veteran Jeff O’Brien of Cedar Rapids and Julie Rohret of Williamsburg attended a press conference with Finkenauer at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to share their experiences with the now defunct ITT Technical Institute. “ITT Technical Institute did nothing for me but take my time and money,” said O’Brien, who, after only four months on the ITT Tech campus in Cedar Rapids, was told his degree […]

Klobuchar Plans To ‘Hit The Ground Running’ On Court Nominations

Senator Amy Klobuchar was in the room when Brett Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, prior to his confirmation. She was one of the senators who asked him about his past and called for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  Now, with Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court and Klobuchar running for president, Klobuchar has told Starting Line she’s looking more to the future of court nominations than the past. “One thing I know and I’ve learned from that and all our other dealings with judicial issues is you […]

Iowans Warn Of Consequences Of Anti-ACA, Trump-Backed Lawsuit

Oral arguments for the Texas v. United States lawsuit, a suit filed in 2018 by 20 Republicans to challenge the Affordable Care Act, began today in New Orleans, Louisiana. The case is currently in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after a cherry-picked, conservative Texan judge declared the entirety of the ACA invalid and unconstitutional. As the oral arguments kicked off, Progress Iowa and Protect Our Care Iowa joined State Senator Janet Peterson in Des Moines for a press conference to bring attention to the potentially devastating impact on Iowans’ health care if the lawsuit were to prevail. If […]

Bobby Schilling Launches IA-02 Bid To Fight ‘Radical Leftists’

Republican Bobby Schilling launched his candidacy for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District this week with a message of “fighting for Iowa values.” Schilling, 55, now has a home in Le Claire, but previously lived in Rock Island, Illinois, and represented that state’s 17th Congressional District there. Now that the former congressman lives in Iowa, he is making another run at the U.S. House of Representatives, this time for an open seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. “I’m running on a platform of strengthening families, empowering small businesses, and defending this great nation against those who would seek to tear […]

Marianne Williamson Iowa State Director Switches To John Delaney

Marianne Williamson’s loss is John Delaney’s gain. Brent Roske, who was Williamson’s state director until the beginning of last week, has joined Delaney’s campaign as their new deputy Iowa state director, Delaney’s campaign tells Starting Line. “I enjoyed my time with the Williamson campaign, but I’m excited to join the Delaney team as I believe Mr. Delaney’s plan for health care is the most pragmatic and attainable of all the candidates. I also believe, as he does, that ‘bi-partisanship’ is something we need to seek out and cultivate,” Roske said in a statement to Starting Line. Roske and Williamson had […]

Iowa Voices Launches Six-Figure Ad Buy Hitting Joni Ernst On Health Care

A new grassroots organization in Iowa launched its first advertisement this morning targeting Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and her mixed voting record on health care. Iowa Voices invested in the six-figure ad buy, airing in media markets across the state, to show Iowans how their junior U.S. senator has repeatedly taken votes to put their health insurance in jeopardy. The 30-second ad features a Des Moines woman named Jennifer, a Navy combat veteran who has an autistic son. “My son is autistic. He was born with a pre-existing condition,” said Jennifer, who served in Afghanistan. “I respect Joni Ernst’s military […]