Iowa Starting Line is a news site devoted to bringing readers breaking news, in-depth analysis, and general coverage of Iowa Caucus and Iowa political news. Founded in January of 2015 by Pat Rynard, Starting Line works to provide a unique take on the Iowa political scene that others may not be covering. The Iowa Daily Democrat team was incorporated into our effort in mid-2016.

Pat Rynard is a former Democratic campaign staffer who has lived in Iowa for the past 14 years. Raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, Rynard chose to attend Drake University to get involved in the caucus, first arriving in Iowa in 2003. He later went on to work for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and has worked on a number of state legislative races in field and management roles, including serving as the statewide field director for the Senate Majority Fund.

Rynard lives in West Des Moines with his wife, their daughter and puppy.

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17 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I met Pat Rynard when he worked on my dad’s State Senate campaign. Cool dude! (Both Pat and my dad.)

  2. I think before you write about the Coalition for Rural Property Rights and our issues you should talk with us. We are really nice folks!

  3. Pat…thanks for excellent reporting. Now: who will be looking at challenging Joni Ernst? And what are the obstacles and chances for success?

  4. Response from a Madison County farmer/landowner to the one-sided, uninformed article by Rick Smith against legislation to protect rural citizens from health risks posed by siting Wind Turbines too close to homes: Be a real journalist and do some research on both sides of an issue before you make allegations that are not true. There is an abundance of evidence worldwide of health and other issues reported by people living too near these turbines. How many years did the Tobacco industry deny any link between tobacco and health? If you actually read conclusions of most studies, they say more study is needed with larger sample size. By the way, the article about cattle stampeding that you mocked was written as a letter to the editors of the Winterset Madisonian by a local farmer. Have you talked to him, or even read his story?

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