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  • O'Malley PAC hires ex-Braley staffer in Iowa

    01/27/2015 9:20:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 1/27/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has hired a Democratic staffer in Iowa, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential bid. O'Malley's political action committee hired Jake Oeth as a consultant, beginning in mid-December, the PAC confirmed Tuesday. Oeth was the political director for Bruce Braley's Senate campaign last year. Politico first reported his hiring. O'Malley's PAC also said it has brought on Brad Elkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. Both have Iowa experience. Elkins was sent by the O'Malley camp to Iowa last year to work for Jack Hatch's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. O'Malley, who left office after last...
  • MSNBC: Harkin comments about Joni Ernst are “stupid”, could backfire on Braley

    11/03/2014 5:49:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 3, 2014
    Over the weekend Senator Harkin, while campaigning for Bruce Braley, suggested that people may vote for Joni Ernst because she’s really attractive and sounds nice, but they shouldn’t be fooled by that. MSNBC this morning called the comments stupid and said it’s likely they could backfire on Braley:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)This morning Joni Ernst went on Fox and Friends and called the Senator’s words offensive:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)As we know already Ernst has jumped to a nice 7-point lead over Braley and while Harkin’s comment’s may not backfire, it certainly won’t help Braley either.
  • Joni Ernst Wins Election, First Woman to Represent Iowa in US Senate

    11/04/2014 7:54:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | November 4, 2014 | Aaron Hepker
    DES MOINES, Iowa – Joni Ernst has been elected as the next U.S. Senator from Iowa. The Republican, a state Senator from Red Oak, defeated Democrat U.S. Representative Bruce Braley in one of the nation’s closest watched elections. Ernst will fill the seat currently occupied by Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1985, announced in January 2013 that he would retire at the end of his term in January 2015....
  • Huffington Post: Joni Ernst's Pro-Second Amendment Stance Is an Appeal to 'Extremists'

    11/04/2014 4:25:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | November 4, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    As Iowans headed to the polls Tuesday, the Huffington Post made a last-second bid to sway them by suggesting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst's pro-Second Amendment convictions could be "designed to appeal" to "extremists." Perhaps not surprisingly, this suggestion came at that same time that Ernst and the rest of America awoke to see that her lead over pro-gun control candidate Bruce Braley (D) growing. According to HuffPo, Enrst said, "I believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family--whether it's from an intruder, or whether it's from the government, should...
  • Latest Quinnipiac Poll has Braley, Ernst Tied (Des Moines Register poll (Ernst +7%) was an outlier

    11/03/2014 7:59:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 78 replies
    The Des Moines Register | 11/3/2014 (10 minutes ago) | MacKenzie Elmer
    ... Quinnipiac University released a poll today showing Ernst and Braley split 47-47 with 4 percent of voters undecided. ...
  • Outgoing Democrat Tom Harkin Warns Iowa Not to Vote For Joni Ernst Because She's "Really Attractive"

    11/03/2014 4:30:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    <p>In case you missed it over the weekend, Republican Joni Ernst is up by seven points over her Democrat opponent Bruce Braley in Iowa's U.S. Senate race according to a new poll from The Des Moines Register.</p> <p>Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP's hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.</p>
  • Tom Harkin: Don’t Be Fooled Because Joni Ernst Is “Really Attractive,” “Sounds Nice”

    11/02/2014 5:57:14 PM PST · by Perdogg · 79 replies
    Retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn’t be fooled because Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice.”
  • Bruce Braley says he’s against late term abortion. His record says something else.

    11/02/2014 2:38:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nov 1, 2014 | Adam Peters
    NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president, Ilyse Hogue, said in a recent fundraising email that she’s “seriously starting to panic.” No, it’s not because she’s suddenly realized how her organization makes life easy for sexual predators. Rather, it’s because “[a]nti-choice Republicans are about to take over the Senate–and Mitch McConnell has already said that one of the very first things he’ll do is pass a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.” For evidence of the impending takeover, Ms. Hogue pointed to the Iowa senate race, where “polls say the anti-choice candidate is ahead by 2.5 points.” That “anti-choice candidate” would be Joni...
  • New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races

    11/02/2014 11:47:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 02, 2014
    New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races November 02, 2014 Republican Senate candidates are pulling away in the final days of key races, according to polls released this weekend. Republicans are either leading in Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana or will likely win runoff elections, according to a NBC/Marist poll released Sunday. In addition, the Republican nominee in Iowa, Joni Ernst, now has a 7-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep Bruce Braley, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday. Most polls have shown until now that the four races have essentially been deadlocked in the closing...
  • The 15 Worst Democrat Gaffes This Election

    11/02/2014 10:37:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    This started as a top ten list.Let's face it, with President Obama's awful approval ratings and the unfortunate consequences of Obamacare felt like a sting around the country, Democrats were already vulnerable in this year's midterm elections. These gaffes certainly won't help. Let's take a look at some of the worst mistakes Dems have made on the campaign trail so far:1.) That awful/insensitive/shameful and now infamous ad from the Wendy Davis (D-TX) gubernatorial campaign. 2.) Those colorful campaign memos from Michelle Nunn’s (D-GA) campaign, in which her own campaign referred to her as a “lightweight.” 3.) Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) saying he was...
  • Ernst surges to 7 point lead in Iowa Senate race

    11/02/2014 9:22:06 AM PST · by CPT Clay · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 2, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A poll by the Des Moines Register published today offers multiple reasons for GOP joy. Jodi Ernst is breaking out into a lead that is beyond the poll’s margin of error, while, Harry Reid, in words he may regret, has gone on the record saying that an Ernst win portends the GOP taking the Senate. "What Joni Ernst would mean, coming to the United States Senate, is that Mitch McConnell would be the leader of the Senate, someone who agrees with her on virtually everything. Think what that would mean to our country," Reid said on Friday. Unless this is...
  • Breaking Away? Ernst Leads Braley By 7 In Iowa

    11/02/2014 8:00:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    If you’re in the Joni Ernst camp, then yesterday was probably a very exciting one given that the Des Moines Register’s  latest poll showed the GOP senate hopeful 7 points ahead of her Democratic opponent Rep. Bruce Braley [emphasis mine]: Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP's hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate. … Braley has lost vote share since an early October Iowa Poll (he dropped from 46 percent to 44 percent) while...
  • Harry Reid: Ernst too far right for conservatives

    11/01/2014 8:39:26 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday urged progressive activists to get out the vote for Bruce Braley, calling Iowa crucial to Democratic hopes to keep the Senate. “If we win Iowa, we’re going to do just fine,” Reid said on a call organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Iowa is a key for what we do.” During the call, Reid said Joni Ernst, the GOP Senate nominee in Iowa, would be a disaster for issues key to progressives, like protecting Social Security and raising the minimum wage. Ernst, a state senator, and Braley, a four-term congressman, are...
  • Democrat Bruce Braley Up A Whopping 15 Points With Early Voters In Iowa Senate Race

    10/30/2014 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 120 replies
    Politicus USA ^ | 10/29/2014 | Justin Baragona
    In a poll released Wednesday by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group [Link at URL], Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) holds a commanding lead with early voters in Iowa's open Senate race compraed to his Republican opponent Joni Ernst. While the poll shows the race to be a dead heat, which is consistent with recent polling [Link at URL], Braley holds an impressive 15-point lead with those who have already voted. The poll also shows that Braley has a 10-point lead with independent voters. ...
  • Biden admits middle class left behind by Obama policies

    10/28/2014 7:48:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 28, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Good ol’ Joe once again blurts out the awkward truth, while trying to be helpful to Democrat Senate candidate in Iowa, Bruce Braley (known to Michelle Obama as Bruce Bailey). .... you know the truth: The middle class is still in trouble,” Biden said. “You don’t have to know the numbers, you can feel it. You can feel it in your bones.” Biden’s lamentation failed to inspire any hope or energy among the crowd at Braley’s rally. Instead, the vice president’s words hun[g] in the air as he pointed out that all the positive economic numbers the Obama administration touts...
  • Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

    10/25/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Siegel
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There's a woman running in the tight race for the Senate in Iowa — one of the contests that will decide who controls the Senate next year. In the 21st century, a female candidate for Senate may not sound historic. But in Iowa, it is. The state shares a rare distinction with Mississippi: It has never elected a woman to the Senate, to the House, or to be governor. Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to change that in her race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley — a race in which the role of female voters is central....
  • In a first, Republicans claim early vote lead in Iowa

    10/22/2014 10:13:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/22/2014 | David Drucker
    In the crucial battle for early voters in Iowa that could foreshadow which party has the edge in the midterm elections, Republicans led Democrats for the first time Wednesday, GOP officials announced. The Republicans closed the day with an advantage of 305 of combined early votes and absentee ballot returns, giving them an advantage they have never held in any Iowa campaign. An overhauled ground game that prioritizes early voting is a key part of the Republican strategy to boost state Sen. Joni Ernst over Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in their close race for an open Senate seat. Republicans also...
  • Republicans hope for congressional sweep in Iowa

    10/22/2014 2:06:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2014 5:02 PM EDT | Catherine Lucey
    The politically savvy state of Iowa prides itself on purple voting, boasting a congressional delegation evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. But this year, with a closely matched Senate race and three competitive House seats, the GOP sees an opportunity to turn the state a vibrant shade of red. Big bucks and big-name politicians are helping the effort. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was in Cedar Falls Wednesday, stumping for Republican businessman Rod Blum, who is running against Democratic state lawmaker Pat Murphy in the 1st Congressional District, which includes parts of eastern and northeastern Iowa. The seat is open because...
  • As Democrats sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions

    10/17/2014 6:56:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 16, 2014 | John Bresnahan and Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are pleading with donors to give to Rep. Bruce Braley’s campaign as they struggle to pull off a victory in Iowa and save their endangered majority. But there’s one key player holding onto his campaign cash: Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Despite direct appeals from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other top Democrats, Harkin has refused to transfer money from his $2.4 million campaign account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to sources and campaign finance records....
  • Pro-Abortion Iowa Candidate Bruce Braley Falsely Claims He Opposes Late-Term Abortions

    10/17/2014 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/17/14 | Dave Andrusko
    Thanks to the indispensable John McCormack of The Weekly Standard for not allowing pro-abortion Iowa Democratic senatorial candidate Bruce Braley to run away from his record. In yesterday’s debate with pro-life Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, Braley claimed “I have always stated, contrary to what Senator Ernst said, that I oppose all late-term abortions that aren’t necessary to save the life or health of a mother.” McCormack patiently explained how that is not accurate. brucebraleyFirst, as a member of the House of Representatives Braley voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. H.R. 1797 would provide nationwide protection for unborn...
  • Video: Braley Cornered on Obamacare, Late-Term Abortion

    10/17/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley locked horns in their final Iowa Senate debate last night. Katie already posted video of Ernst's terrific rejoinder to Braley's lecturing on Iraq, and Conn is keeping tabs on auspicious-looking early voting trends. Two more clips for you. The first features Ernst pushing back against Braley's revisionism on Obamacare, which he's now claiming is flawed and in need of fixing. The Republican reminded her  opponent -- to whom Nancy Pelosi assigned the task of delivering one of the 'closing arguments' for the law -- that he's boasted in the recent past of having read every last word of...
  • Iowa’s Braley, Ernst duel over abortion in debate

    10/17/2014 1:58:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 10:49 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday’s final debate between her and Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley in their neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat, but she said for the first time that she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother. The issue has come to define the final weeks of their campaigns to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin. Polls show more women support Braley, a congressman from northeast Iowa, and more men back Ernst, a state senator from southwest Iowa. Braley and allied groups are pressing the abortion...
  • Desperate Media Meme: Michelle MEANT To Flub Candidate’s Name!

    10/13/2014 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/14 | Alex Griswold
    Yes, seriously. Not one, not two, but three prominent media figures are floating the idea that Michelle Obama (and Bill Clinton, apparently) intentionally butchered Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley’s name seven times last Friday. Let’s begin with the third hour of NBC’s “Today.” NewsBusters reports that during a discussion of Michelle’s name flub, co-host Willie Geist noted that Michelle would have had a teleprompter with Braley’s name on it. “But now he’s getting a lot of name recognition,” he pointed out. “Maybe it was like evil genius move, who knows?” Meanwhile, Politico’s Hadas Gold independently reached the same conclusion on...
  • Braley, Ernst try to woo undecided voters in Iowa Senate debate

    10/11/2014 11:53:47 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Rep. Bruce Braley sought to humanize his appeal to Iowa voters, while Republican Joni Ernst framed the race as a debate between Iowa values and Washington dysfunction in the candidates' second debate. The two met at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, just hours after a new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register, offered good news for Democrats, showing Braley closing the lead Ernst had opened up over the past few months of the race, now down to just one point. That lead made Iowa one of the most closely-watched and top-targeted Senate races in the nation, as Republicans seek the six seats...
  • Michelle Obama Repeatedly Flubs Candidate's Name While Campaigning For Him

    10/11/2014 12:19:44 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | October 10, 2014 | Staff
    What’s in a name? For Michelle Obama, a whole lot of confusion. While campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa Friday for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, she referred to him multiple times as “Bailey” before she was corrected by someone shouting from the audience. The flub came despite a huge array of signs in the hall where she was speaking, all spelling Braley’s name correctly
  • Michelle Obama called Bruce Braley ‘Bruce Bailey.’ Oops.

    10/10/2014 9:42:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2014 | Sean Sullivan
    It's been a rough campaign for Rep. Bruce Braley (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa. It got a bit worse Friday when first lady Michelle Obama campaigned for him. First, she called him "Bruce Bailey." [seven times] (Bill Clinton also recently made the same mistake.) Then she said he was a Marine Corps veteran. (He's not.)The Des Moines Register posted video of the event:... Somebody quickly pounced the Braley/Bailey flub. The Web site votebrucebailey.com redirects to the campaign Web site of Republican nominee Joni Ernst.
  • Michelle Obama calls ‘Bruce Bailey’ (D-CAND, Iowa Senate) a ‘Marine.’

    10/10/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Red State ^ | October 10, 2014 | Moe Lane
    Full disclosure: I feel awful today. Vaguely half-nauseous, having what we will gently call ‘digestive issues,’ generally logy and possibly congested: it seemed like an excellent time to take it easy. It would take a definite electoral disaster to pierce this fog of illness, in short. And Michelle Obama delivered. Jimmy @JimmyPrinceton Bruce Braley never even served. How does FLOTUS think he's a USMC vet? 4:18 PM - 10 Oct 2014 8 Retweets 4 favorites Here’s the video of the event: it autoplays and I can’t turn it off, so skip ahead to 3:28 – where, indeed, the First Lady...
  • Should Nationalizing Elections With Either The Koch Brothers Or Obama Be Eschewed?

    10/08/2014 7:13:33 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    10/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Should election campaigns and the candidates themselves - be it in Iowa with Bruce Braley (D) saying his rival Joni Ernst (R) is tied to the hip of the Koch Brothers or be it Tom Cotton in Arkansas (R) saying his rival Mark Pryor (D) is tied to the hip of Obama - eschew such tactics? In summation... Should both sides (be it the candidates and PACs on the Republican and Democrat side) eschew this political tactic, or should both sides continue to employ this tactic - and how is the MSM figuring into the dissemination of this political tactic?
  • Joni Ernst Tops Bruce Braley in Iowa Fundraising Battle

    10/03/2014 1:52:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Republican Joni Ernst raised about $1.7 million more in the third quarter than her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley in the closely contested Iowa Senate race, the Des Moines Register reports: Ernst, a Republican state senator, will report raising over $4.5 million in the quarter, her campaign aides told the Register on Tuesday. That haul more than doubles her second-quarter number. A surge in money can signal that donors nationwide sense a victory and are willing to pump in money to tip a candidate over the edge. Braley, a Democratic congressman, will report raising $2.8 million, his best quarter to date....
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/27/2014 7:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. !
  • Joni Ernst’s Iowa campaign makes quick work of the ‘war on women’

    09/27/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2014 | George Will
    -SNIP_Of the five Senate contests in purple states — Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado — this is currently the closest: The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows a tie (Ernst ahead by 0.2 percentage points as of Friday). Which should make Republicans anxious as they try to take control of the Senate and as they contemplate the 2016 presidential landscape. Although Iowa has voted Democratic in six of the last seven presidential elections, the Ernst-Braley contest should not be this close. Only 38 percent of Iowans approve of Barack Obama’s performance. Braley, a past president of an...
  • Republican Up 6 Points In Iowa Senate Race, Quinnipiac University

    09/17/2014 5:15:33 AM PDT · by sunmars · 18 replies
    Neutralizing the traditional Democratic lead among women voters, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst leads U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 50 - 44 percent among likely voters in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Ernst leads among men 56 - 39 percent, while Braley leads among women by a smaller 50 - 44 percent margin, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. This survey of likely voters can not be compared with earlier surveys of registered voters. The Republican also leads 50 - 43 percent among a key...
  • Why Iowa’s Senate race is one of the closest in the nation

    09/17/2014 1:11:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Public Broadcasting Service ^ | September 16, 2014 | Judy Woodruff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: A quick look at the calendar reminds us that today is just seven weeks away from this year’s midterm elections, when voters across the country will be deciding ballot issues and choosing state and local officeholders and members of Congress. With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs, I headed to Iowa this past weekend, the site of one of the closest contests in the nation. If you love college football, the place to be in Iowa this past weekend was Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, as they hosted the Iowa...
  • Poll: Iowa Senate race is extremely close

    09/14/2014 6:47:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/2014 | Dan Merica
    Only one percentage points separates Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst in the race to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. If the election were held today, 49% of likely Iowa voters say they would vote for Braley and 48% say they would support Ernst, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. That means the contentious race is within the survey's overall sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The electorate is far from solidified. Twenty percent of likely voters polled in Iowa said they could change their mind before Election Day in November. The Braley-Ernst race has...
  • Braley Backs Moving Guantanamo Terrorists To The United States

    09/13/2014 6:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iowa Democrat continues to support plan despite years of congressional opposition.Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) continued to vote in favor of transferring terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a U.S. facility even after the plan collapsed due to congressional opposition, according to government records. Republicans have blasted Braley this week for supporting an initial proposal in 2009 to move the detainees to an Illinois correctional center near the Iowa border. The criticism comes as polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans view the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the al Qaeda offshoot that...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • How Joni Ernst Became a Contender: Democrats have been surprised by her strength in Iowa

    09/12/2014 6:54:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 9, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    How did Iowa state senator Joni Ernst become a threat to Harry Reid’s Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate? “The Democrats have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Ms. Ernst, and at the best this race is a tie, it’s still a pure toss-up in what should be a marginally Democrat environment in Iowa,” a GOP pollster told NRO. This race was not supposed to challenge Democrats or drain their resources. “I was confident Rep. Braley would win the day he announced,” state Democratic-party chairman Tyler Olsen said in February, “and I’m only getting more confident every day.” What...
  • Michelle Obama to campaign for Bruce Braley in Iowa

    09/11/2014 7:13:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    First lady Michelle Obama will head to Iowa in October to campaign for Rep. Bruce Braley (D) in the hotly contested race for U.S. Senate there, a campaign aide confirmed Wednesday. Details have yet to be finalized. The news was first reported by the Des Moines Register. Braley is in a close race against state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), polls show. The campaign has emerged as a key battleground in the fight for the Senate majority. Sen. Tom Harkin (D) is retiring, creating a vacancy. Campaigning with the first lady may be the best way for Democratic candidates to bring...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Will Iowa be Dems’ Waterloo?

    08/24/2014 3:59:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and it’s now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braley’s flagging campaign before it’s too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. “If the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority,” said one national Democratic strategist. “The race could very much go either way. We feel like the...
  • Democrats highlight Ernst statement on Iraq situation

    08/12/2014 6:07:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    radioiowa.com ^ | August12, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson
    Iowa Democrats and Bruce Braley’s campaign are drawing attention to comments Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst made during an ABC interview late last week. “What we see going on in Iraq right now, if this current administration had followed guidance from military leaders many years ago, we would not be in this situation,” Ernst said. Jeff Zeleny, ABC’s Senior Washington correspondent, asked: “Do you support the limited airstrikes that were started this morning?” Ernst replied: “I can say is what I would have supported is leaving additional troops in Iraq longer and perhaps we wouldn’t have this situation today.”...
  • Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43%

    08/13/2014 10:10:03 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 13, 2014
    Will she or won’t she? The race to replace Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin couldn’t be any closer. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley tied with 43% support each. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Struggling Bruce Braley shakes up campaign

    07/26/2014 12:21:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/26/2014 | Maggie Haberman
    Iowa Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley has shaken up his campaign, parting ways with admaker Larry Grisolano and pollster Diane Feldman after Republican Joni Ernst emerged from the primary with more momentum than anticipated, three sources confirmed to POLITICO. The mid-summer move by Braley quietly took place roughly a month ago, according to two of the sources, who asked to remain anonymous in order to speak about internal campaign maneuvers. The pair were replaced sometime in June by admaker Saul Shorr and pollster Geoff Garin, both of whom have worked on a number of Democratic Senate campaigns. The race is...
  • Iowa Dem candidate, attorney slammed for appearing to claim he’s a farmer

    07/08/2014 11:50:08 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/8/2014
    Republicans are seizing on a video that appears to show Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley claiming to be a farmer -- even though he's an attorney and U.S. congressman. The web video was flagged by the conservative America Rising PAC, and later by The Des Moines Register. It comes after the same candidate got in a bit of trouble earlier this year for making remarks seen as disparaging to farmers. In the latest video, Braley is seen walking along an Independence Day parade route when he approaches two kids and gives one a high-five. Someone can be heard saying:...
  • Iowa Republicans gird for fall campaign

    06/15/2014 7:22:38 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 6/15/2014 | Rod Boshart
    Des Moines – Iowa Republicans forged a unified plan of attack Saturday to seize opportunities in Iowa’s fall election and begin assessing their choices looking ahead to the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating process in 2016. Nearly 1,450 delegates to the Iowa GOP state convention heard rallying cries from U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, Gov. Terry Branstad and three presidential hopefuls before finalizing a conservative platform and nominating Kim Reynolds as lieutenant governor, Sam Clovis as their state treasurer candidate and Adam Gregg for his attorney general bid. “I think we’re going to have a very strong and unified party and the...
  • Democrat Blows Big Lead In Latest Iowa Senate Polls

    06/06/2014 4:12:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6 Jun 2014 | Blake Neff
    Just three days after her victory in Iowa’s Republican primary, Senate candidate Joni Ernst has taken a big lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a poll conducted by the state’s Loras College. The poll, which surveyed 600 likely Iowa voters, found 48 percent of voters backing Ernst and 41.7 percent backing Braley, with 10.3 percent undecided. That’s a swing of nearly 14 points from Braley’s peak. That poll, by far the best Ernst has yet seen in the race, was balanced by a larger one published by Rasmussen Reports on the same day which showed the race as a dead...
  • Braley steps in it...

    06/06/2014 3:43:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 6/6/2014 | Craig Robinson
    It appears that the barnyard theme in the U.S. Senate race will continue into the general election.  Braley found himself in hot water on Wednesday after releasing an ad that referred to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst as a “chick.” It actually got worse for Braley on Thursday when Democrat State Senator Steve Sodders said that the common practice of castrating hogs is equated to “mutilating animals” at a Braley press conference.Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey quickly released a statement on the issue. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today issued the following statement after Bruce Braley’s campaign...
  • Santorum Endorses Clovis, Blasts Ernst’s Record of Raising Taxes

    05/15/2014 10:39:19 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 5/14/2014 | Craig Robinson
    The last time Rick Santorum was in Iowa, political reporters suspected that an endorsement in the Republican U.S. Senate contests was eminent. Santorum endorsed his longtime friend Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who is running for congress in Iowa’s third Congressional District on his trip to Iowa in back in March, but he refused to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis at the time. Clovis was an early and influential supporter of Santorum in the 2012 presidential race. This morning Santorum got of the sidelines and officially backed Clovis in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, but in doing so called out...
  • Bruce Braley Urged IRS to Target Groups Before IRS Targeting Scandal Emerged

    04/24/2014 4:35:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Iowa Democrat and Senate candidate Bruce Braley urged the IRS to investigate social welfare organizations before it was revealed that the agency singled out tea party and conservative groups for scrutiny, Iowa Watchdog reports.Braley, currently a representative for Iowa’s first congressional district, was one of 30 Democrats who asked IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in a March 2012 letter to investigate whether any organizations were “improperly engaged in political campaign activity.” Social welfare organizations receive tax exemptions under section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code: The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee published the letter, included in a group of documents released as...
  • Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary Race Tight, Inaugural Loras College Poll Shows

    04/15/2014 2:05:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Loras College ^ | 4/14/2014
    The Loras College Poll released its inaugural results Monday showing a U.S. Senate GOP primary that is deadlocked at the top, with nearly half of likely voters undecided with less than two months to go.   “The Iowa GOP Senate Primary race looks to be in for an exciting finish with Mark Jacobs and Joni Ernst competing aggressively for the heart of the Republican Party,” said Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D., associate professor of politics and director of the Loras College Poll. “With nearly half of the voters surveyed saying they were undecided, there is still a lot of work to be...