After Voter ID Law, ISU Students Win Effort On Student ID Cards

Iowa State University students won an important victory this month in their effort to fully exercise their right to vote on campus. It came in response to Republican-passed voter ID laws that made it more challenging for many Iowans — especially college students — to vote. In mid-August, the Iowa State University College Democrats announced that, starting in Fall 2020, students will be able to use their student IDs to prove their identity at the polls. That’s because the university will now print an expiration date on student IDs, which puts them into compliance with part of Iowa’s new election […]

Cindy Axne: Out Of The Spotlight, Key To The Majority

Congresswoman Cindy Axne is not one of the House freshmen that national politics watchers follow on cable television, Instagram or on their Twitter feeds. But for Axne, that’s the way she likes it. While Axne’s staff will post images of her visits across the 3rd Congressional District, you won’t find her providing a play-by-play of her day to social media followers or teasing an appearance on CNN. Though she has largely stayed out of the national spotlight during her first eight months in the U.S. House of Representatives, Axne told Starting Line she has the attention of leadership in Washington. “I […]

Latest Round of Refinery Waivers “The Last Straw With Farmers”

“The small refinery waivers that came out on August 9th by President Trump are like the nail in the coffin, or the last straw, with farmers,” said Pam Johnson, former President of the Corn Growers Association, at a press conference at the Iowa Capitol Tuesday afternoon. Johnson was joined by former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Amy Klobuchar to discuss the latest round of 31 ethanol refinery waivers granted by the EPA. “I believe in biofuels, and I’ve never backed away from that,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar explained. “That’s why I’ve gotten to work with Secretary Vilsack on this, and […]