Ep91: Media Mania For Beto & Biden, Special Election Win

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Jennifer Konfrst to talk about the media hype around Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden. We also discuss how candidates like Kirsten Gillibrand are impressing people on the ground, and we talk the special election results in the SD 30 race.

Ep90: Running A Presidential Campaign, Joe Sanberg Interview

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Cory Booker’s national campaign manager Addisu Demissie to talk about managing presidential candidates, how campaigns fill out their schedules, and what organizing tactics they’re focused on this year. And we interview entrepreneur Joe Sanberg, a possible 2020 candidate who has hired J.D. Scholten to push the Democratic field on poverty issues with the Working Hero Iowa organization. 

Ep89: Beto’s In, Eastern Iowa Visits, Joni Ernst’s “Paid” Family Leave

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Lindsay James to talk about candidates’ visits to Eastern Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s ability to stay in the news, some Statehouse topics like the Ag Gag law, and Joni Ernst’s new “paid” family leave program.

Ep88: Sanders’ Return, His New Rural Pitch, Iowa Poll Results

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Patty Judge to contrast Bernie Sanders and John Hickenlooper’s appeal and message. We also discuss Sanders’ new approach to rural America messaging, and we look at the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

Ep87: No Fox News Debate, Statehouse Funnel, Special Election

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Jennifer Konfrst to talk about the DNC’s choice to not hold any debates with Fox News, and we discuss the always exciting Funnel Week at the Statehouse. And we take your questions on the upcoming special election in Cedar Falls.

Ep86: A New Legislator’s Life, Governors Get In, Mike Pence Comments

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Senator Zach Wahls about what being a new legislator is like, and we discuss the candidates in the 2020 field. And we talk with Iowa Safe Schools Director Nate Monson about why the LGBTQ community wouldn’t consider Mike Pence a “decent man.”

Ep85: 2020’s Leftward Tilt, Joe Biden, And An Iowa Win On Education

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Lindsay James of Dubuque to talk about the success of the progressive movement in pushing 2020 Democrats to the left, Joe Biden’s possible presidential run, and a nice victory at the Statehouse for Democrats on education.

Ep84: Huge 2020 Crowds and IA-Senate Candidates

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by former Lt. Governor Patty Judge to talk about the huge crowds we’re seeing out at 2020 events, as well as the potential Democratic candidates to take on Joni Ernst. And we answer your questions in our Mail Bag segment.

Ep83: Viral Caucus Trail Moments & John Delaney Interview

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Jennifer Konfrst to talk about how viral moments on the caucus trail affect news coverage. And we interview presidential candidate John Delaney about where he sees a path to victory for him in the Iowa Caucus.

Ep82: Sanders Gets In, Early Caucus Takeaways & Troy Price Interview

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Des Moines Register chief politics reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel to talk about Bernie Sanders’ run, key takeaways from early caucus campaigning, and the Register’s new poll on virtual caucuses. And we interview Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price about the proposed caucus changes.