McDonald’s Worker That Sanders Marched With Featured In New Ad

A Cedar Rapids McDonald’s worker is featured in a new campaign ad for Bernie Sanders. In it, the senator encourages the fast food chain to set a $15/hour minimum wage and to negotiate with a union. “The fight at McDonald’s is a fight for millions of working-class people who are sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages,” Sanders says in the ad. “They are sick and tired of not being able to afford rent, or healthcare, or child care for their children. Today, we say as loudly and clearly as we can to McDonald’s: Pay your workers […]

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 […]

Former Illinois Congressman Files Papers To Run As A Republican In IA-02

Former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling is running for office again, this time in Iowa’s 2nd District. Schilling, a Republican who served one term in west-central Illinois’ 17th District, was defeated in 2012 and again in 2014 by Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, who now is chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lee Enterprises’ Erin Murphy first spotted the new filing, posted Monday on the Federal Election Commission’s website. Schilling now lives in Le Claire, along the Mississippi River, and is running to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. The 2nd District spans 24 counties in southeast and eastern Iowa. It […]

Rebalancing Court Ideology A Priority For Julián Castro

Though Julián Castro hasn’t released a comprehensive plan concerning the courts in America, he recently shared some of his ideas for the types of judges he would appoint.  At a meet-and-greet event in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, Castro told an audience of about 200 people that he would protect reproductive rights with his judicial appointments.  “I would appoint judges to the federal district, appellate and Supreme Court level who value the precedent of Roe v. Wade,” he said.  Castro emphasized the importance of lower federal courts in decision-making in America. Any case in the federal court system has to pass […]

What Didn’t Work: Eric Swalwell Exits 2020 Primary

Eric Swalwell couldn’t quite wrestle that torch away from Joe Biden, or from any of the other Democratic contenders, for that matter. The California congressman became the first invested presidential candidate to drop out of the primary today. Swalwell made the announcement this afternoon in his home district, deciding instead to run for reelection there. So, what didn’t work? Let’s start with the initial rationale of Swalwell’s candidacy, because there were moments in the very early stages of 2020 jockeying last year where you could see where he fit into the bigger picture. Swalwell, 38, represented a new generation of […]