Hastily-Assembled Gun Reform Forum Highlights Pain, Promise

In the midst of one of the busiest weekends of the Iowa caucus season to date, more than a dozen candidates carved out time in their packed schedules to attend the Presidential Gun Sense Forum. Organized by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, 16 candidates answered questions from a two-person panel and members of the audience. Several candidates submitted video messages, including Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who represented El Paso, Texas, the site of an Aug. 3 mass shooting. The other presidential candidates included: Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; […]

Early Scenes From The Busiest Political Fair Day Ever

Innocent Iowans who merely wanted to attend their State Fair to eat some corndogs and drink lemonade in peace had to constantly dodge presidential candidates and their enormous press entourages today. Nine Democratic candidates in all are making their way around the fair, grabbing fried food, giving speeches and shaking hands. Team Starting Line is on hand. Here’s some of the fun scenes from the first half of the day. So far, we’ve chased around Jay Inslee, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan and Amy Klobuchar. Tim Ryan And Family Search For Fair Food Some candidates just do quick hits at the […]

Kamala Harris: All In For Iowa In Caucus, General Election

In case you weren’t sure whether Kamala Harris was in Iowa this week, her gigantic bus, emblazoned with her name on the side that rolled through towns’ main streets was a helpful reminder. Harris is on a five-day tour of the lead-off caucus state, traversing the full length of Iowa from Sioux City to Burlington, hitting up the Iowa State Fair today. Her tour guides for the fair will be her newest endorsers — Sue and Bob Dvorsky, a former state party chair and former state senator, respectively. During her travels, Harris is being met at major events with a […]

Food, Fun And Five Candidates At The Iowa State Fair

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro brought his entire family to the Iowa State Fair, while former Congressman John Delaney flipped some burgers and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard grabbed a root beer. Meanwhile, Andrew Yang gnawed on a giant turkey leg and Marianne Williamson met voters at the Iowa Democratic Party’s booth. Here’s what their days at the Fair looked like: Julian Castro Julian Castro was the first candidate to speak at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox Friday morning, so he spent the rest of the morning enjoying the Iowa State Fair with his family. Castro’s 4-year-old son, Cristian, quickly stole […]