Category: Insiders

Insiders 6/23/19: Politics and Cancer, How Kamala Harris Can Win Over Voters, Why People Should Live in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nearly 18,000 Iowans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Almost 6,500 will die from cancer this year. Those American Cancer Society statistics demonstrate the challenge before us. Politics is taking on that challenge.

Richard Deming, the medical director of the Mercy Cancer Center, discusses the recent political discourse surrounding cancer and whether it’s been a good thing.

Rep. Steve King recently gave a fundraising pitch which took on Democrats, the media and his own party’s leaders.

Juan Rodriguez is the national campaign manager for Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. He knows some Iowa activists expect Harris to come to the state more than she has been. He explains where he sees Iowa fitting in the national race for president.

A video from the Iowa Economic Development Authority hopes to recruit new people and businesses to the state. In the video, actors talked up real estate to unsuspecting New Yorkers. The surprise was that the cool, hip, modern places were in Iowa and not New York!

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will be live on the Channel 13 News at 4 on Wednesday, as part of our commitment to help voters vet the presidential candidates heading into 2020. Bullock will take questions from undecided Iowans in person and through social media.

Insiders 6/16/2019: Joni Ernst Rides Air Force One for First Time, Joe Biden Shares What Could Unite All 23 Presidential Candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Red Oak Republican, shared what it was like to ride for the first time with President Donald Trump on Air Force One. She also explained how she says she is saving taxpayers money at a time when the federal debt has surged past $22 trillion following the Republican-led tax cuts that she supported. Ernst also remains behind the president’s increased tariffs on Chinese exports as a way to force that country to change some of its policies that Ernst believes harms Americans.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate from Delaware, thinks he knows one issue that would unite all 23 Democratic presidential candidates.

A man born in Canada who now lives in Fairfield shares an encounter his family had with Biden in 1987. He is considering Biden for president in 2020 but likes a few others, too.

Three presidential candidates share how they know when their messages connect with an audience.

Senator Joni Ernst takes this week’s Insiders Quick 6. (Editor’s note: Afterwards, Ernst’s spokesman said that she misspoke when she said Kellyanne Conway was leaving her position as counselor to President Donald Trump).

Insiders June 9, 2019: ‘Iowa Helped Lead the Way on Marriage Equality,’ Pete Buttigieg Says During Pride Fest in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of the 19 Democrats running for president in Iowa this weekend. One of the things happening is pride weekend. Capital City Pride in Des Moines will have at least eight presidential candidates. Buttigieg is openly gay and discussed how equality has changed so much.

What will be the issue that defines this 2020 presidential race? A recent CNN poll of registered Democrats nationwide found that combating climate change is a topic they agree upon most. Democratic presidential candidates are offering plans to do this. A metro environmental advocate explains why he thinks now is the time to address climate change.

Theresa Greenfield didn’t talk much about her Windsor Heights real estate business in her first campaign ad in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. In fact, she didn’t really mention it at all. Instead, she put most of her focus on her rural upbringing, much like Republican Joni Ernst did back in 2014 with her “Make ’em Squeal” ad that put her on the national stage and into the U.S. Senate.

600,000 workers left the construction industry nationwide during the Great Recession, and the industry has not been able to replace them, as workers have been able to find other careers. An Iowa group says carpenters, plumbers and other skilled employees are badly needed right now and could slow the industry’s work in the future if something doesn’t happen.

Buttigieg answers questions and gives a prediction on the Quick Six.

Insiders June 2, 2019: David Young Discusses Why He’s Running Again, Steve Bullock on Student Debt, Cory Booker’s Vision for the U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former U.S. Rep. David Young served Iowa’s third congressional district for two terms, before he was defeated by Cindy Axne in 2018. Young announced he will challenge for Axne’s seat in the House. He joins Insiders to talk about his 2018 election loss, his 2020 hope and why he should get his job back.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock explains the type of voter who wanted him to be the Democratic governor of Montana but also wanted Donald Trump to be the Republican president of the United States. He also gives his position on eliminating student debt.

Sen. Cory Booker talks about how he is positioning himself before voters from a different view than President Trump.

Our nation’s immigration system was founded on a policy of re-uniting families but changing times mean changing priorities. A national group released its plan for a point-based immigration system this week in Des Moines. Hear how it would work and how it would differ from the president’s plan.

On the Quick Six, David Young discusses Cindy Axne’s performance and how he made the decision to run again.

Insiders May 19, 2019: Endorsing Presidential Candidates, Abortion Controversy, Grassley on the Trade War

DES MOINES, Iowa — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock returned to Iowa for the first time as an official presidential candidate and snared the first endorsement of an elected statewide official. Iowa AG Tom Miller said he was backing Bullock for president.

Two insiders weigh in on the value of endorsements for a campaign.

Iowa, Alabama and Missouri are just some of the states part of a new national conversation about when or if a pregnant person should have the legal choice to end a pregnancy. See what the insiders say this means for state and national policy.

We’ve been watching Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley for months on how he reacts to President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war. Hear how he both warns and supports what the president’s doing.

Some new numbers about the declining birth rate in the United States raise some questions.

What’s going on with Iowa being ranked number 14? Did Polk County overdo it with changes that added thousands to retirement payouts for top leaders? Insiders address these questions and give predictions on the Quick Six.


Insiders May 5, 2019: Gov. Reynolds Discusses Mental Health Treatment for Children, Outcomes of Legislative Session

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds joined Insiders and gave her thoughts on the end of the legislative session, including a new law she signed that sets up a board to focus on children’s mental health needs and a 24-hour hotline families can use.

Hear what retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson said about what she wants students to think more about for the future.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is looking for better success in Iowa during his third run for president. Hear why State Rep. Lisa Heddens, of Ames, is supporting Biden.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is headed to Washington, D.C. to speak with leaders on multiple Midwestern issues.

Is the president honest? Will Iowa’s governor take back her criticism of Congressman Steve King? Gov. Reynolds answered these questions and gave a prediction on the Insiders Quick Six.

Insiders April 28, 2019: Susan Neely Discusses the Retirement Savings Crisis, Andy McKean Leaving the Republican Party

DES MOINES, Iowa — There are a number of options for retirement plans, but some small businesses can’t afford to offer them.

Susan Neely is an Iowa City native, who now leads a national group pushing Congress to help small businesses band together to offer plans. Dave Price asked her if there is a bipartisan way to make this happen.

State Rep. Andy McKean, of Anamosa, was the longest-serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature, until he announced he was switching parties. This is what McKean said about why he cannot be a Republican any longer.

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst has largely backed President Donald Trump’s policies but not always his language or behavior. Here’s part of what she said after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on any ties between the Trump campaign and Russia went public.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is in his first weekend as an official Democratic Presidential candidate. This is his third run for president.

Susan Neely is back for the Quick Six to talk about the future of Coke and Pepsi, Terry Branstad’s life in China and a prediction.

Insiders April 21, 2019: Sen. Joni Ernst, Advice from Cory Booker, Goodwill of Central Iowa CEO Jackie Norris

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst talked about what she thinks about parents who don’t immunize their kids because of something they read on the internet. She also gave her thoughts on the president’s idea to drop off migrants in sanctuary cities.

Ernst talked about how she has dealt with her personal pain that was made public and what she fears scares away some people from getting into public service.

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker spent some private time with Iowa House and Senate legislators away from the media. Afterwards, he told us the advice he gave to Iowa Democratic legislators.

Jackie Norris helped Barack Obama win Iowa, helped Michelle Obama as the nation’s first lady, kept track of Tom Vilsack’s finances in his campaign for governor and made sure Vice President Al Gore knew where he was going and when. These days, she is the president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa. She discussed what politicians can learn from the nonprofit world.

Norris is back to answer questions on the Insiders Quick Six.

Insiders April 14, 2019: Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg Talks Improving Rural Iowa, Gov. Reynolds on Failed Legislation, Presidential Candidate Tim Ryan

DES MOINES, Iowa — Housing, jobs, schools, high speed broadband and shrinking towns are major challenges for much of Iowa. Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg leads an effort to better lives in rural Iowa. He joins Insiders to talk about where progress is being made and where much work remains.

Gov. Kim Reynolds supported the effort known as Marsy’s Law. It would amend the constitution with additional rights for survivors of violent crime. She also backed the push for a constitutional amendment to establish a process to automatically restore voting rights for felons. Lawmakers failed to pass both of those. Reynolds talked about the disappointment from neither of those getting passed.

Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan talked about how the country should better support workers who don’t want a four-year college degree.

Rep. Abby Finkenauer had plenty of praise for both the Trump administration and Rep. Cindy Axne when talking about Iowa’s recovery efforts from widespread flooding.

Gregg answers questions for the Quick Six.