The Old And The New Of Joe Biden’s 2020 Pitch In Iowa

He’s back. Embarking on his third attempt to win the presidency, former Vice President Joe Biden returned to Iowa this week for public events in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City, and Des Moines. He enters the incredibly crowded 2020 Democratic primary as the clear front-runner in most recent polling. Iowans have seen Biden up close and personal for many decades now. When he ran in 1988, he was vying to be one of the youngest-ever presidents in American history. This time around, he’d be the oldest. But what can a candidate who’s already run in the Iowa Caucus twice say on […]

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Want to keep up to date on everything happening in the Iowa Caucus each week? Iowa Starting Line has you covered! We will be launching a thrice-weekly subscription-based email next week. Our Starting Line Caucus Round-Up emails will come out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, and will put all the information you need to know of what’s happening on the ground in Iowa in one place. The emails will include: News scoops and behind-the-scenes chatter Who’s in the state New endorsements Campaign highlights Top caucus news clips Photos from the trail All it costs is $7 per month – […]

Ep99: What Passed & What Didn’t At The Statehouse This Year

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard talks with Statehouse reporters Erin Murphy and Caroline Cummings about what last-minute bills made it through the legislative session this year, which wrapped up over the weekend.

Free Speech Is Sometimes Uncomfortable

The First Amendment isn’t long, but it certainly packs a lot of angst into those few words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Most Americans embrace these concepts that are important foundations for democracy in the United States — although there are times when these freedoms make us uncomfortable. One of those times was in 1978 when the American Civil Liberties […]

Open Letter To County Chairs: Stay Neutral In The Caucus

A guest post from Jeremy Dumkrieger, chair of the Woodbury County Democrats Dear Democratic Party Chairs of Iowa, A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to attend a round table meeting with Beto O’Rourke. Afterward, my inner caucus nerd came out and asked if he would sign my “Beto for Senate” button; he did so graciously. I put it on my lapel to keep it safe and headed upstairs to join the rally. On the way, I bumped into a good Democrat who saw the button and expressed shock saying, “You’re sure as hell not endorsing…?”  I explained my […]

Hatch: How Democrats Can Message On Medicare For All

In Iowa in 2009, the Democratic legislature and governor created a new system that resulted in Iowa having the highest percentage of children covered by health insurance than any state. It allowed children up to age 25 to stay on their parent’s family policy. It required medical providers to share medical records and we created a “hub” to allow providers to mechanically achieve it. It allowed each patient to declare a “medical home” so preventive care would be better coordinated and medical emergencies would be more available. This was all accomplished before the enactment of the 2010 Affordable Care Act […]

Tulsi Gabbard To Veterans: “I Will Have Your Back”

Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard made her fourth visit to Iowa this weekend, focusing her remarks at a Des Moines town hall primarily on veterans’ issues and the cost of war. Gabbard, who served two tours in the Middle East, has a personal perspective on the topic. “I can tell you as a veteran … I’ve seen the cost of war first-hand,” Gabbard said. “I served in a medical unit that first deployed to Iraq in 2005, where every day I was confronted with that high human cost of war. It takes a toll on my brothers and sisters in uniform. […]

Kirsten Anderson: Why I’m Choosing Bravery With Kirsten Gillibrand

A guest post from Kirsten Anderson on her choice in the Iowa Caucus. Bravery plays a huge role in my life. Bravery got me through tough personal, private, and public moments. Bravery has helped show me how to be strong for my family and pushed me to question people in power to create positive change. Bravery leads me to advocate, empower others, and educate people on the complexities of workplace harassment in order to end it. Bravery is what has been missing from the national political stage for some time now. That is, until I met Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The […]

Joni Ernst Seems To Blame Students For Rising Student Loan Debt

Senator Joni Ernst seemed to suggest today that a major driver of high student loan debt is students borrowing more than they need in order to spend it on personal costs. She related a story about a college friend spending his loan money on his girlfriend’s rent as an example of the problem facing indebted students. While at one of her town hall forums in Davenport this morning, Ernst was asked by a single mother what she planned to do about college affordability. “What are you actively doing to reduce the cost and the interest rates to be able to […]

Ep98: Elizabeth Warren Interview & Andy McKean Switch

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard interviews Senator Elizabeth Warren about her student loan debt cancellation plan, anti-trust laws, impeachment proceedings, and whether her dog Bailey might ever visit Iowa. Plus, Pat talks about State Representative Andy McKean’s decision to join the Democratic Party.