Podcast: Ground Floor Episode 1 – Hashtag Economic Development

Ground Floor is a new podcast about Iowa politics from the left featuring Ross Grooters, co-chair of Railroad Workers United and the legislative representative for his local Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; Blake Iverson, a Des Moines Education Association activist; and Evan Burger, an organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (and Informer contributor) on its first episode. They discuss the 2013 budget cuts supported by Iowa Democrats who are now complaining about the state’s $118 million budget shortfall; union leader Danny Holman’s recent criticism of outgoing Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman Andy McGuire, who was replaced this month by Derek Eadon; a Des Moines housing forum with local developers hosted by the Register; and liberal blogger John Deeth’s criticism of a sit-in protesting Sen. Chuck Grassley.