Ep 113: New Starting Line Reporter and Tom Steyer Interview

Pat Rynard sits down to discuss this week’s Iowa Caucus happenings, new Starting Line Reporter Isabella Murray joins to introduce herself and talk about the beats she’ll be covering, and presidential candidate Tom Steyer stops by to talk about his candidacy and looking forward to the next debate.

Environmentalists Send Airborne Message To Joni Ernst On Climate

Climate change and environmental advocates flew a banner over the Iowa State Fairgrounds today, calling on Sen. Joni Ernst to acknowledge climate change and to act on policy. “We’re out here today because Iowans are feeling the impacts of climate change more than ever and seeing it first hand,” explained Jennessa Agnew, Deputy Field Director from the League of Conservation Voters. “Iowa Senators in D.C. aren’t even willing to acknowledge that this is something that’s happening,” Agnew said. “This year, we’ve seen record flooding across the state hurting families, farmers, the economy and the quality of life here in Iowa.” […]

In Cedar Rapids, Gore Elevates Climate Change As Key 2016 Issue

[Guest Post by Senator Rob Hogg] The Climate Reality Project training led by former Vice President Al Gore in Cedar Rapids this week reflected the growing public interest in climate change and its solutions.  Over 120 Iowans from across the state, and nearly 400 people from around the world, attended the three-day training held at the Doubletree Convention Complex in downtown Cedar Rapids from May 5 to 7. In a venue that had to be rebuilt after the Flood of 2008, Gore urged Iowans and the others in attendance to make “the climate crisis” a central issue in the coming […]