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  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 14 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • Senator Harkin says inaction by Congress forced president to act on immigration

    11/20/2014 2:21:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 52 replies
    radioiowa.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Matt Kelley
    Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says he understands why President Obama will likely issue an executive order today providing temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. Harkin, a Democrat, blames the Republican-led U.S. House for its inaction on immigration. He notes, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill 18 months ago, a bill that hasn’t yet come up for debate in the House. “So, it’s forcing the president to do something on an executive basis, which, I would admit should be done legislatively, but the crisis is real and the president has to act, so keep that in mind.”...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Iowa Caucuses: 2016 opening odds

    11/18/2014 9:12:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | Steve Deace
    The main event is finally here. The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is now underway. This is shaping up to be the strongest field of Republican challengers in recent memory. After the GOP’s strong showing in the 2014 midterms, the list of those who sense an opportunity, and want to seize it to run in 2016, is both long and distinguished. While the Democrat presidential primary is essentially Hillary Clinton (their 2008 also-ran) or bust, the Republicans have a deep bench of potential standard-bearers... Though it may seem early to some to already be posting odds on the...
  • Steve King plans pre-caucus event with GOP hopefuls in January

    11/18/2014 11:03:50 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 11/18/2014 | James Lynch
    U.S. Rep. Steve King is planning a caucus 2016 kick-off featuring at least three potential Republican presidential candidates in January. King, who earlier this month was re-elected to a seventh term, will team with Citizens United to host the inaugural “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines Jan. 24. Among the confirmed speakers are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also in the line-up are Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn; former Ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers are expected to be announced in...
  • State seeking change of venue in Rayhons case [state Rep charged for 'sexual abuse' of wife]

    11/17/2014 11:21:28 AM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Mason City Globe-Gazette ^ | 11/17/2014 | PEGGY SENZARINO
    Garner, Iowa- The prosecutors in the Henry Rayhons sexual abuse case have filed a motion seeking a change of venue. Rayhons, 78, House District 8 representative, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, on May 23 while she was a resident of Concord Care Center in Garner. According to the criminal complaint, Rayhons was told by care center staff and his wife's family that she did not have the cognitive ability to give consent to any sexual activity. Donna Rayhons died Aug. 8 at a Hampton care center. Assistant Iowa Attorneys General Susan...
  • Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible—Move to Des Moines

    11/17/2014 7:00:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 16, 2014 | Matt Vasilogambros and Mauro Whiteman
    Ditch Brooklyn, millennials. The real place to be is Des Moines, a city with a blossoming culture scene, thriving start-ups, and urban beauty.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) DES MOINES, Iowa—This is too nice a place to spawn a war cry. But if the city had one, it would be the sentiment heard across a downtown populated by baristas, tech start-up founders, musicians, and nonprofit professionals alike: "It's Des Moines against the world." Young people here know what you think of this city. It doesn't need repeating. But ambitious minds are in the process of building a new Des Moines, a tech hub in Silicon...
  • Calling All Gore ... Central Iowa digs out/Windy conditions become an issue

    11/16/2014 6:26:36 AM PST · by Adam Taxin · 24 replies
    KCI ^ | 11/15/14 | KCCI Staff
    DES MOINES, Iowa —Central Iowa is digging out after a Saturday storm dropped around 3 inches of snow for people to deal with. Check road conditions before you travel.
  • An Out-of-Touch Elitist (Howeird Dean) Complains About Out-of-Touch Elitists

    11/15/2014 6:52:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Howeird Dean-- once chair of the DNC, once Governor of Vermont, who grew up at the Maidstone Golf Club in the Hamptons, attended prep school both in the US and in the UK, went to Yale, dodged the draft-- is having a meltdown again.Once famous for melting down on the air after coming in third in the Iowa caucuses, thereby ensuring he won nothing else, Dean is complaining that Obamacare was written by a bunch of elitists who don’t understand Americans.Well, duh: They’re Democrats. “The core problem under this damn law is that it was put together by a bunch...
  • Women’s Gains Questioned Academically

    11/10/2014 8:42:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 9, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In the wake of the 2014 election, a record number of women have been elected to Congress but academics question their historical significance. “These victories undoubtedly represent important milestones for women’s representation,” Jennifer Lawless, head of American University’s Institute on Women and Politics, told Time magazine’s Jay Newton Small. “But upon closer inspection, the 2014 midterm elections hardly amounted to a ‘Year of the Woman.’” “These are really incremental gains,” Kelly Ditmar, a scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, said to Small. “While we’re excited to welcome new women to Congress, the numbers aren’t increasing in...
  • In Iowa, GOP's Joni Ernst broke a gender barrier on her own terms

    11/08/2014 10:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Maeve Reston
    Joni Ernst's feat this week was one that many thought was impossible: a Republican victory in a blue state that Obama won twice, and the first woman ever elected to Congress from Iowa. Not only did Ernst win a U.S. Senate seat, she clobbered her Democratic opponent by an 8-point margin.. So how did she pull it off in a state that has so long resisted making women its top leaders? A weak opponent, a breakthrough ad in the hog barn that went viral, and a carefully cultivated image that female politicians from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sarah Palin have...
  • The Midterms Were Only Bad for Women If You Have a Very Narrow View of Women

    11/07/2014 9:11:36 PM PST · by South40 · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/7/2014 | Jessica Grose
    A headline on the Cut announces that the midterm election results were “Bad News for Women.” Under it, Ann Friedman argues that even though there were several “prominent victories” for Republican women this week—including combat veteran and hog castrator Joni Ernst in Iowa, black Mormon Mia Love in Utah, and youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress Elise Stefanik in New York—because they do not support abortion rights and are pro-gun, that means their wins are not a boon for women. I’m not sure I agree. If you are against everything Joni Ernst or Mia Love stand for, then...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Iowa’s felon voting rules

    11/08/2014 6:12:03 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Ryan J. Foley
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday challenging Iowa’s tough policies that bar felons from voting, seeking to restore the right to thousands of former offenders before the 2016 presidential election. The case aims to end confusion over rules that followed a 2011 policy change by Gov. Terry Branstad and a criminal investigation into people who improperly voted. Iowa is among three states where felons cannot vote after completing their sentences unless their rights are restored by the governor. “The widespread denial of voting rights on the basis of a felony conviction is the single biggest denial of...
  • 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...
  • Rep. Steve King: Obama Possibly a ‘Narcissist’ Who Wants to Get ‘Martyred’ by Impeachment

    11/07/2014 1:07:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    While some of the House’s more conservative members might consider impeaching President Barack Obama for an as-yet-unknown executive order on immigration policy, they seem to be wrestling with the idea that such aggressive action against the executive branch could result in a boon for the Democrats. (SNIP) I’ve just started to digest the thought process of what it would be like to think that, “Well, I’m the President of the United States and go ahead and impeach me and that’ll make me a martyr.” It’s part of the messiah complex that the president has — I can follow that rationale...
  • 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...
  • One under quarantine in Iowa after spending time in West Africa

    11/06/2014 6:39:20 PM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    DES MOINES, IOWA -- <One person is under quarantine in Iowa and a dozen others are being monitored after returning from west Africa, the Iowa Department of Public Health said Thursday. An IDPH release said that they consider the individual under quarantine to have “some risk” of carrying Ebola, while the other twelve are considered “low risk.” They say all 13 are cooperating fully with officials.
  • Davis, Fluke And Dunham: Liberal Feminism’s Rage Spiral

    11/06/2014 4:15:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 11-6-14 | Matt K. Lewis
    Radical liberal feminism — the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control — has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it’s been a really rough week, or so. And I’m not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the “war on women” narrative by defeating Colorado’s ”Mark Uterus.”The story also played out in Texas, where — writing about the race — Mollie Hemingway observed: “Wendy Davis was the face of ‘War On Women’ Politics. How’d that go?” And it played out in California, where Sandra Fluke lost a bid for...
  • The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down

    11/05/2014 9:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 4, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher
    If I were advising the White House right now, I would encourage President Obama to take advantage of the end of this year's election cycle—the next fifty or so days—to immediately try to change the subject, in a big way. The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be controversial enough to dominate the news. President Obama should embrace good...
  • Steve King, Other Republican Candidates Win Big (King gets 62% in R+4 district)

    11/05/2014 1:12:50 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Not only did Iowa voters decide to send another Republican from Iowa to the U.S. Senate to join Chuck Grassley there, voters elected Republicans in three out of the four congressional races in Iowa. Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Kiron easily won his bid for a seventh term. (SNIP) In the northwest Iowa counties, the Ernst to Braley ratios were 76/20 in O’Brien County, 87/11 in Sioux County, 78/18 in Osceola County, and 84/14 in Lyon County.
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Joe Garcia defeated in traditionally Cuban American Florida District, GOP Picks up seat

    11/04/2014 7:07:53 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 3 replies
    This one was one of the most competitive races
  • Republicans pick up 2 more Senate seats in Montana, Colorado, Fox News projects [GOT MAJORITY!]

    11/04/2014 7:15:38 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-4-2014 | Unknown to me
    Fox News projects that Republicans are making another two pick-ups in the battle for the Senate. This brings their total so far to five, with just six needed to take control of the Senate. In Montana, Republican Steve Daines is projected to defeat Democrat Amanda Curtis, flipping control of the seat to the Republican Party for the first time since 1913. In Colorado, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner is projected to oust first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, one of the most closely watched contests in this election cycle Republicans have picked up three Senate seats, Fox News projects, bringing them halfway...
  • Per CNN: CNN says Fairfax co. all in, Gillespie still alive

    11/04/2014 7:32:56 PM PST · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    Someone's twitter acct
    CNN says Fairfax co. all in, Gillespie still alive.— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) November 5, 2014
  • SENATE winner Montana, R, DainesGOVERNOR winner: Iowa, R, Branstad

    11/04/2014 6:58:44 PM PST · by Gigantor · 9 replies
    Based on our exit poll, ABC News projects that in the SENATE races the winners are: Montana, R, Daines Based on our exit poll, ABC News projects that in the GOVERNORS’ races the winners are: Iowa, R, Branstad
  • Breaking Twitter - Early exit polls show GOP wins in KY, AR, CO, IA, KS, GA

    11/04/2014 3:05:49 PM PST · by Perdogg · 1,796 replies
    Early exit polls show GOP wins in KY, AR, CO, IA, KS, GA - if those hold, GOP Senate majority is certain. Watch VA - closer than expected. Early exit polls show GOP wins in KY, AR, CO, IA, KS, GA - if those hold, GOP Senate majority is certain. Watch VA - closer than expected.— Sean Noble (@seannobledc)
  • Sabato’s Final Predictions: Republicans Pick Up 8 Seats In The Senate

    11/03/2014 11:59:16 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/03/2014 | Derek Hunter
    Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and one of the most widely respected political analysts in the country, has come out with his final predictions for the 2014 midterms, and he predicts a good night for Republicans. In his “Crystal Ball” picks, Sabato see an 8-seat pick-up for Republicans in the Senate, which would give them a 2-seat majority.
  • Harkin Walks Back Ernst Comment: ‘I Shouldn’t Have Said Those Things’

    11/03/2014 3:50:11 PM PST · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    mediaite ^ | 11.03.14
    Democratic Senator Tom Harkin recently opined on the campaign of Republican Joni Ernst and made a comment that touched on her looks. He said, “I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice. Well, I got to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Iowa Senate - Ernst vs. Braley

    11/02/2014 7:49:54 AM PST · by centurion316 · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 2, 2014
    Des Moines Register 10/28 - 10/31 701 LV 3.7 51 44 Ernst +7
  • 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...
  • Harry Reid: Senate Control Hangs On One Key Race

    11/01/2014 12:35:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    CBSNews ^ | November 01, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    REBECCA KAPLAN November 1, 2014 Harry Reid: Senate Control Hangs On One Key Race Republican takeover of the Senate will likely depend on the outcome of the Iowa Senate race. "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 Saturday, according to Roll Call. Republican Joni Ernst is neck and neck with Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate. Reid was participating in a conference call organized by the Progressive...
  • Fox News Poll: 1-Point Margin in Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina Senate Races [Scary?]

    10/31/2014 5:14:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 31, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    Fox News Poll: 1-Point Margin in Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina Senate Races By Dana Blanton October 31, 2014 “It all comes down to turnout.” That’s one of the biggest clichés in politics. It’s also true in one-point races. Welcome to Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina. According to the latest round of Fox News Senate battleground polls, none of the front-runners in those states hits the 50 percent mark. That means these races will be decided by late-deciding voters -- and campaigns competing furiously to get their voters to the polls. One thing that is baked into the cake: President...
  • 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...
  • Arkansas Senate: Cotton (R) 51%, Pryor (D) 44%

    10/30/2014 2:58:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 29, 2014
    The clock is running out for Democrat Mark Pryor to keep from losing his U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas to Republican Congressman Tom Cotton. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Arkansas Voters shows Cotton with 51% of the vote to Pryor’s 44%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) remain undecided.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

    10/25/2014 3:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/25/14 | SHAILA DEWAN
    ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her funds, almost $33,000. The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than...
  • IA-04: Steve King/Jim Mowrer debate liveblog and discussion thread

    10/25/2014 2:41:17 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    In a few minutes, six-term Republican incumbent Steve King will debate his Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer in Storm Lake. Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" is hosting the debate, and C-SPAN is also televising. (SNIP) He is third in offering amendments on House floor after Jeff Flake and Sheila Jackson-Lee. You can't always pass a bill but he has highest percentage of success in getting amendments passed. Mowrer says Senator Flake [of Arizona] has asked King to stop claiming that, because it's not true. They show the King tv ad I transcribed above. Mowrer asked to comment. He says it's false....
  • 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...