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  • Bomb Threat Called into GOP ‘Roast and Ride’ Iowa Event

    06/06/2015 7:52:07 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 6, 3025 | Alex Swoyer
    R.D. Lampe with the Boone, Iowa police department confirms exclusively to Breitbart News that a bomb threat was called in to the Iowa Roast and Ride with a voice recorder. He later added that as that event was ending, a second bomb threat was called to authorities in Polk county. Lampe says that when bomb threats are made, it’s usually difficult to track down the caller. He says a number can be traced, but it’s usually a throw-away phone. The potential security breach prevented candidates getting to their tents and greeting voters for a time on Saturday. At least seven...
  • Scott Walker is the only potential presidential candidate who can go to a biker rally and mean it

    06/06/2015 4:36:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Scott Walker hasn’t yet said that he’s running for president. But the Wisconsin governor is working to brand himself as the plain-speaking, Miller-drinking, cheap-clothes-wearing candidate who understands the struggles of the middle class. And he rides a Harley. This weekend is an opportunity to showcase it: He’s taking part in a “Roast and Ride” fundraiser for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R), who drew national attention last year when she ran campaign ads saying that she castrated hogs growing up on a farm and that she isn’t afraid to “make ’em squeal” in Washington. (Walker’s political organization recently hired Ernst’s former...
  • Ernst event attracts big names in presidential politics to Iowa

    06/02/2015 1:40:18 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    KWQC TV ^ | 5/14/2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Senator Joni Ernst’s Jobs, Opportunity, and New Ideas PAC announced that elected leaders from across the state will join declared and potential presidential candidates at the Roast and Ride event to be held at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone on June 6th. Newly confirmed speakers include Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley, Congressmen Steve King and Congressman David Young. Previously, Ernst announced that Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker would be speaking at the event as well. Prior to the roast, Ernst...
  • GOP presidential hopefuls to attend Joni Ernst’s ‘Roast and Ride’ in Iowa on June 6

    05/28/2015 6:06:50 AM PDT · by jjotto · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    The political action committee of freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican, announced Monday that a handful of 2016 Republican presidential contenders are slated to attend the senator’s inaugural “Roast and Ride” event on June 6. Confirmed speakers include the following announced presidential candidates: retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Other Republicans weighing presidential bids who are also scheduled to speak include Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker... Before the roast, Ms. Ernst is going to lead...
  • The Tom Cotton letter usefully highlights Leftist stupidity

    03/16/2015 8:52:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 3-13-2015 | Bookworm
    I side with the people who think that Tom Cotton and the 46 senators who joined with him in an open letter to apprise the Iranians about the way our Constitutional system works did the world a great service. As I’ll discuss at greater length below, the letter is a simple, beautifully written exposition about the American Constitution and its effects. In addition, it’s a wonderful honey pot for calling stupid Progressives out of their dark caves and exposing their ignorance to bright sunlight.The Cotton letter is really nothing more than an elegant primer about the balance of powers and...
  • 2016 Presidential Swing State Polls (Grassley high, Gardner low)

    02/26/2015 3:44:36 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Voters in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, give their governors good job approval ratings and are strongly optimistic about the next three or four years in their states under their current governors, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Job approval ratings for U.S. Senators in the three states range from a better than 3-1 score for Iowa's Chuck Grassley to a lackluster grade for Colorado's Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election. (SNIP) Do you approve...
  • Luke Russert: Joni Ernst ‘Was a Pig Farmer Around This Time Last Year’

    01/21/2015 2:35:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 20, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Choice of Ernst about personality, not policy. Congressional correspondent Luke Russert said on MSNBC Tuesday that freshman Sen. Joni Ernst was a pig farmer this time last year and marveled that she is now she is giving the rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address. “That is an extraordinary rise in politics right there,” Russert told Joy Ann Reid. Russert said that Ernst is emblematic of what the GOP wants to be. “That is what you’ll see her do tonight, sell her personality as a war veteran and somebody who was a pig farmer around this time last...
  • Priebus struggles to explain GOP immigration messages

    01/21/2015 2:04:37 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | Ben Schreckinger and Seung Min Kim
    After Republicans sent mixed signals on immigration in their two official rebuttals to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus struggled to explain the disparity on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s State of the Union rebuttal made no mention of the topic, but the Spanish-language version of the rebuttal, delivered by Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, said Republicans wanted to work with Obama to fix the immigration system. (SNIP) When pressed further on how that explained the disparity, Priebus said, “I think we’ve been talking about this executive amnesty action that...
  • Senator Joni Ernst Responds to Obama’s Night of a Thousand Lies

    01/21/2015 6:04:07 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 1/20/2015 | Daniel Greenberg
    I’m Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight. A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it’s important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his. Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, I’d like to talk about your priorities. I’d like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how...
  • Unsolicited Advice: Let it rip Joni!

    01/20/2015 2:44:10 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/19/2015 | Craig Robinson
    Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Obama will likely be the most watched State of the Union address in the state of Iowa – not because Iowans are interested in all of the government handouts the President is proposing, but because Iowa’s newest U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, has been selected to give the Republican response. Ernst’s selection to give the response is not just a huge honor, but another indication that her national prominence could not be any higher than it is right now. Ernst’s meteoric rise from a rural southwest Iowa state senator to a United...
  • Iowa GOP votes to overturn Obama's immigration action (Ernst undecided)

    01/17/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 39 replies
    wcfcourier.com ^ | ED TIBBETTS
    DAVENPORT | Iowa's Republican congressional delegation unanimously backed a move in the U.S. House Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, tying the measures to a Department of Homeland Security bill that now will go to the Senate. Reps. Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young all backed passage of the bill, along with the amendments aimed at undermining the president's moves on immigration that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants the ability to stay in the U.S. (SNIP) On a conference call with reporters, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she had not decided yet whether it...
  • Joni Ernst to deliver GOP response to State of the Union

    01/15/2015 3:05:12 PM PST · by hlmencken3 · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    HERSHEY, Pa. — Republican congressional leaders announced Thursday that they had picked one of their newly elected members, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, to deliver the party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week... Mr. McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made the announcement at the House and Senate Republican policy retreat... The selection of Mrs. Ernst ruffled environmentalists, who oppose her views on climate change... Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/15/joni-ernst-deliver-gop-response-state-union/#ixzz3OvyXcXjD Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • What Senator Elect Joni Ernst Was Caught Doing 2 Days After the Election

    11/10/2014 5:08:30 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 46 replies
    Joni Ernst was elected as Iowa’s first female US Senator last Tuesday as part of the massive GOP landslide which saw the Party retake the majority in the the Upper House of Congress.
  • Senator Soldier: A Day After Winning, Joni Ernst Is Back In Fatigues

    11/07/2014 3:16:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 70 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-7-2014 | Benny Johnson
    NOVEMBER 7, 2014 2:43 PM Senator Soldier: A Day After Winning, Joni Ernst Is Back In Fatigues Iowa’s new senator-elect has other duties before she heads to Washington.By Benny Johnson Des Moines — A day after winning one of the most contested Senate seats in the country, Joni Ernst reported for duty at her National Guard base. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel, started two days of training with the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion on Thursday. “Not many folks know she is in uniform on Thursday and Friday,” Ernst’s husband Gail tells National Review Online, “She does it without fanfare.” A...
  • Republican Wonder Women Ride the Wave to Washington

    11/07/2014 8:05:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Wonder Woman is home from the war on women, a "war" fought mostly in the fantasies of embattled Democrats, and she sounds like a Republican who looks a lot like Joni Ernst of Iowa. Or Elise Stefanik of New York, who at 30 will be the youngest woman to serve in Congress, or Mia Love of Utah, 38, daughter of Haitian immigrants, the first black Republican woman in Congress. These are women with neither lamentations nor unresolved grievances. The only whine anyone heard on the morning after the elections was the growl of Mrs. Ernst's Harley. Despite the tedious rhetoric...
  • 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....
  • Why the Media Are Ignoring the Dangerous Ideas of Joni Ernst and Other Extremists (Lib Say Oink!)

    11/04/2014 8:15:45 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    The Nation ^ | 11-3-2014 | Leslie Savan
    Joni Ernst, who may become Iowa’s next senator, denies climate change, supports a personhood amendment and says she’d use her “beautiful little Smith & Wesson” to defend herself “from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.” She’s also seriously flirted with a John Birch Society–backed conspiracy theory about an evil plot called Agenda 21. But all you’d know from the corporate media is that Ernst made a really catchy ad about castrating pigs and that she is supposedly (but not really) the victim of a sexist remark made by outgoing Democratic senator Tom Harkin.
  • 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.
  • Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans

    11/03/2014 3:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | November 3, 2014 | Rory Carroll in Des Moines
    Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals. Joni Ernst became famous by gazing into a camera and boasting of castrating hogs on the Iowa farm where she grew up. “So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” she said. The campaign ad Squeal showed images of pigs, then came her punchline. “Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make ‘em squeal.” Even Democrats laughed. Late-night comedians spoofed it. Few, initially, took it seriously. This was back in March. Ernst was an obscure, one-term...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst, Bruce Braley tied in Iowa race

    11/03/2014 12:44:49 PM PST · by safetysign · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/03/2014 | James Hohmann
    A Quinnipiac University poll published Monday shows a dead heat in the Iowa Senate race, with Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst tied at 47 percent among likely voters. The news buoys the Democratic argument that the Des Moines Register poll out this weekend, which had Ernst up 7 points, is an outlier. Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Latest on POLITICO Counting JDA Frontline's departures Pelosi raises over $100 million SCOTUS hears Israel passport case Grimes paid $17K to fly Clinton in Hyundai, Kia get $100M EPA fine Colorado poll: GOP slightly ahead It also shows a slightly closer...
  • 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. ...
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 4:28:10 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, is in the former group: She’s always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzer’s poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses — most other...
  • 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.”
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 7:59:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, is in the former group: She’s always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzer’s poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses — most other...
  • 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...
  • Joni Ernst is Right to Skip Editorial Board Meetings

    10/31/2014 3:42:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    RedState ^ | October 30, 2014 | Leon H. Wolf
    The media’s sense of entitlement is really something to behold whenever they feel like they aren’t getting their due. The most recent example of this phenomenon has been the media’s reaction to Joni Ernst’s decision to skip meetings with three editorial board meetings, including one with the Des Moines Register, last week. The media, predictably, is up in arms over the gall of Ernst in skipping their gatekeeping function, leading the media to declare that Ernst is unfit for office. Predictably, Ernst has responded that she sees no value added in wasting her time kowtowing to people who aren’t going...
  • 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. ...
  • Hillary Clinton: Dodging tough questions should be 'disqualifying' in Iowa

    10/30/2014 2:15:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WICU-TV / CNN ^ | October 29, 2014 | Dan Merica
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) -- Hillary Clinton swiped at Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst on Wednesday for canceling a meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board last week, telling a labor audience that not answering "tough questions" is "disqualifying" in the state. "I have concluded that Iowans take politics really seriously," Clinton said. "You test your candidates, you actually force them to be the best they can be and they have to be willing to answer the tough questions." Democrat Bruce Braley "has been willing to do this, and his opponent has not," she said. ---snip--- Clinton also knocked...
  • The NYT has had enough of you bumpkins deciding elections

    10/29/2014 3:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    At first glance, it’s tempting to think that Mark Leibovitch is calling various Republican candidates stupid in his New York Times article, The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections. It would be an easy and understandable mistake to make, given that the introduction focuses almost entirely on Joni Ernst, with a generous sprinkling of Sarah Palin and other, almost exclusively GOP figures throughout the piece. But a closer reading reveals that even though the author might be thinking the candidates are toothless, drooling hicks, he’s really casting stones at those of you stupid enough to fall for their homespun, down on...
  • The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections

    10/28/2014 12:55:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | October 28, 2014 | Mark Leibovich
    Joni Ernst, the Iowa state senator and Iraq War veteran, was standing in a barn in a purple flannel shirt and an unzipped vest. Beside her, various swine burrowed in the hog lot; two small pigs spooned; there was copious squealing. When Ernst, who grew up on a farm castrating hogs, opened her mouth to speak, she drew the inevitable connection between her upbringing and her current role as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate. “When I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” Ernst said, smiling. Title cards reinforced her credentials. (“Joni Ernst: Mother. Soldier....
  • Joni Ernst trumpeting the Iowa way; shakes up her State.

    10/27/2014 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    WAPO ^ | October 27, 2014
    Joni Ernst, U.S. Senate candidate, has a banana, a cup of coffee, and a 31-foot RV painted with American flags, landscapes of corn, and hogs. She also has Iowa stretching vastly out in front of her. Seven counties today, eight counties yesterday, 99 counties in 44 days, and a tour she’s calling “Iowa Knows Best” that is intended to persuade Iowans to send her to Washington so she can show the federal government a better way: “the Iowa way.” The Iowa way is fiscal responsibility, she has been telling the people on this tour. The Iowa way is cutting taxes...
  • Senate hopeful Ernst enters final stretch with edge over Dem in polls, fundraising

    10/25/2014 1:01:39 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Lauren Blanchard
    Joni Ernst is back to “hogging” Iowa airwaves, as she barrels into Election Day with another pig-themed ad, a slight edge over her Democratic rival in the polls and a significant fundraising advantage. Whether that’s enough to carry the Republican nominee to victory in the hard-fought Iowa Senate race remains to be seen. But GOP operatives, some of whom have flocked to her campaign after she emerged from a crowded field to snag the nomination earlier this year, are touting her chances in the final days of the race. The latest good omen for Republicans was in early voting and...
  • 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....
  • Early Voting Turnout for Republicans in Iowa is Unprecedented: “This has never happened before.”

    10/24/2014 2:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 24, 2014 | Aleister
    Early voting is looking good for Iowa Republican Joni Ernst. In fact, it’s looking better than usual. Kirsten Hunter of the Washington Free Beacon reports that even CNN is acknowledging the trend: CNN: Iowa Early Vote Data Shows Unprecedented Republican Numbers Elated Republicans are celebrating the unprecedented success of U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa’s early voting. Iowa Republicans banked a surge of early voters this week, a practice usually dominated by Democrats in the state. Ernst’s unprecedented success is also the result of her opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley’s, failure to mobilize Iowa Democrats despite receiving support from...
  • Ernst snubs Iowa newspaper

    10/23/2014 4:04:20 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 23, 14 | Ben Kamisar
    Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has canceled her meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board Thursday as the paper works to finalize its Senate endorsement. “Recent editorials in the Des Moines Register make their position in this race perfectly clear, and it’s one that many voters across our state seem to disagree with,” Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in a emailed statement. “With less than 12 days to go, time is precious and Joni wants to spend every minute talking to undecided voters, hearing their concerns, and demonstrating why we need a change in...
  • Joni Ernst and the Right To Revolutionary Violence

    10/23/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Washington Monthy's Political Animal Blog ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ed Kilgore
    The picture of IA GOP SEN nominee Joni Ernst that’s emerging from exposure of her pre-2014-general-election utterances is of a standard-brand Constitutional Conservative embracing all the strange and controversial tenets of that creed. There’s Agenda 21 madness. There’s Personhood advocacy. There are attacks on the entire New Deal/Great Society legacy—and perhaps even agricultural programs—as creating “dependency.” And now, inevitably, there’s the crown jewel of Con Con extremism: the belief that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to enable “patriots” to violently overthrow the government if in their opinion it’s overstepped its constitutional boundaries. Sam Levine of HuffPost has that...
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 2:43:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    There is certainly plenty going right for the Iowa GOP in 2014: an unpopular Democratic president, a favorable political climate, and a popular GOP governor cruising to reelection atop the ticket. But as they are in Senate races across the country—Colorado, Alaska, North Carolina, to name a few—Democrats here are hoping smart tactics can offset a national mood that favors Republicans. And in Iowa, fears of the Democratic machine lurk not far below the surface. "Am I confident? Of course," Oman says. "Am I overconfident? Of course not." What the Republicans also have going for them this year is Ernst...
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 54 replies
    The National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Marilynn Wadden, a retired elementary school teacher, was smiling as she settled into her seat at a Democratic field office here and began making calls for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. "We love this," Wadden says of the computer system that is doing the dialing for her. "It is just such a joy." Two years ago, when Wadden was making calls as a volunteer for President Obama, she had to punch numbers into the phone herself, write down voters' answers on paper, and then hand off the sheets to a data-entry team. "Now, we're kind of doing the data...
  • As Dems sweat Iowa, Sen. Harkin sits on millions (Won't give money to Braley)

    10/17/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | October 16, 2014 | MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    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. The retiring Iowa senator has informed party leaders that he plans to use the campaign funds for a charitable contribution to an entity that bears...
  • Watch Joni Ernst Thoroughly Embarrass Bruce Braley When He Tries to Lecture Her About Iraq

    10/17/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    <p>Last night trial attorney Bruce Braley and Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst squared off in a final debate before voters heads to the polls in November and choose their next U.S. Senator from Iowa.</p>
  • Judge releases woman who threw shoe at Hillary Clinton

    10/16/2014 5:16:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    AP ^ | October 16, 2014 | Kimberly Pierceall
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton in Las Vegas to live with her mother in Arizona while she awaits sentencing for trespassing. Alison Michelle Ernst also was told not to have contact with any people or places protected by the Secret Service. Ernst, 36, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespassing. A judge previously dismissed a misdemeanor violence charge.
  • 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?
  • Last night's Iowa Senate Debate (Vanity)

    09/29/2014 8:35:08 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 29, 2014 | No Dems
    I don't live in Iowa, but, I watched the Iowa Senate Debate between Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley on YouTube last night. You can do the same; just click on the YouTube link. According to Bloomberg News (which cannot be posted on FR) Braley failed to damage Ernst in the Debate. He was a smooth talking, lying, typical Ambulance Chaser. She was well prepared, well informed and very graceful. I'm giving Ernst the edge in the Debate. I wish she'd have "sucker punched" Braley dude a little harder, but, like I say, she was very graceful. No matter how hard...
  • Iowa Senate Race: Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley

    09/28/2014 12:15:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 32 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | September 27, 2014
    DES MOINES — Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 6 percentage points in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race, a new Iowa Poll published Saturday night reveals....
  • Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Dem in Iowa Senate poll

    09/17/2014 6:04:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/17/14 | Nick Kalman
    Republican Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race, according to a new poll that points to a heated battle for votes in the final stretch. The Quinnipiac University survey showed Ernst, a state senator, leading Braley by 6 points, 50-44 percent among likely voters. The poll also showed her leading among independents, a key voting bloc. The results are a break from earlier polling which for months has shown Braley leading or tied with his GOP rival. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement put out...
  • 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...
  • Meet the Woman Who Could Fire Harry Reid

    08/22/2014 9:20:40 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 13 replies
    Senate Conservative Fund: Senate Update | August 22, 2014 | Ken Cuccinnelli
    I was just in Des Moines, Iowa to speak at the Family Leadership Summit and I wanted to give you a report of the U.S. Senate race there. It's one of the most competitive races in the country and it could determine whether the Democrats continue to control the Senate. The liberal allies are on the air right now attacking Joni Ernst (R-IA) with negative, dishonest TV ads. The ads claim that Joni supports shipping jobs overseas because she signed a pledge not to raise taxes. It's completely bogus. Higher taxes chase investment out of our country, not the other...
  • Tom Steyer’s ads test the boundaries of the ‘bizarre’

    08/18/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Baynative · 4 replies
    Politico/Playbook ^ | 8/15/14 | DARREN GOODE
    Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is trying to sway national climate policy and the midterm elections with an ad campaign that is raising eyebrows among independent fact-checkers, some television stations, his political opponents and even a few allies — using an approach that strikes observers as anywhere from groundbreaking to downright bizarre.
  • Why Joni Ernst Isn’t ‘Iowa’s Sarah Palin’

    08/18/2014 6:06:11 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    Time.com ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jay Newton-Small
    Standing before a crowd at the Iowa State Fair, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the crowd what she really thought about Republican Iowa Senate hopeful Joni Ernst. “She’s like an onion of crazy; the more you peel back the layers, the more disturbing it is,”. This is the conventional wisdom Democrats have been pushing in this too-close-to-call race between State Sen. Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley. Ernst is an extreme, Tea Party nut job, the female version of Ted Cruz. The problem with this line of rhetoric is: it’s not true. To be sure, Ernst is more...
  • In Iowa, a dispute over neighbor’s chickens threatens Braley’s Senate bid

    08/08/2014 7:55:37 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 97 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/7/14 | Philip Rucker
    Brooklyn, Iowa — The battle for control of the U.S. Senate could come down to a dispute between two neighbors in this heartland hamlet over four plump, wander-prone hens. This spring, Pauline Hampton’s chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braley’s vacation property on tranquil Holiday Lake. Hampton said she did not know this until she walked over one day to offer Carolyn a dozen fresh eggs. To which she said her neighbor replied, “We aren’t going to accept your eggs — and we have filed a formal complaint against you.” Carolyn took her complaint to their neighborhood homeowners’ association board...