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  • Joni Ernst gives the Republican Weekly Address

    07/13/2014 1:15:34 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/12/2014
    Hello, this is Joni Ernst. I’m a mother and grandmother, a soldier, and proud to be Iowa’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. I get asked all the time what made me want to join the military. And the answer is simple. When I was attending college, I went on an agricultural exchange to the Soviet Union. And I saw with my own eyes what a nation without freedom looks like. I saw what happens to people when they lose their liberty. When I came home, I decided that it wasn’t enough for me to simply enjoy freedom and liberty. I...
  • Iowa Democratic leader held for questioning in double murder

    07/11/2014 8:46:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Iowa City Press-Citizen | July 11, 2014 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2014/07/11/iowa-democratic-leader-held-for-questioning-in-double-murder/12543309/
  • Mayor Gluba Wants Davenport To Help Undocumented Children

    07/11/2014 8:08:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    kljb.com ^ | July 8, 2014
    The fight over what to do with thousands of kids flooding the U.S. border could be coming to the Quad Cities. Today, President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with this issue. He wants to build facilities for the illegal immigrants, strengthen border patrol and hire more judges and lawyers to speed up the deportation process. Right now, the government is using three military bases for the kids. There's a dispute about just how long the facilities will be obligated to care for and house the children. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba is saying the Quad Cities shouldn't turn...
  • [R-IA] Joni Ernst: Boehner should pursue Obama impeachment if he has evidence

    07/09/2014 3:11:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Meredith Shiner
    Iowa Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst waded back into controversial waters in June when, during a conversation with a conservative radio host, she again discussed impeaching President Barack Obama. In January, Ernst had suggested that “impeachment” should be on the table if the Supreme Court decided against Obama on the question of recess appointments, which it later did. But Ernst walked back her comments on Tuesday after they were reported by Yahoo News and other media outlets, saying she herself was not calling for the second-term president to be removed from office over his power struggle with the Republican-controlled...
  • Joni Ernst Seeks to Walk Back Talk of Impeaching Obama

    07/09/2014 7:01:13 AM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | Meredith Shiner
    Republican Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst attempted Tuesday night to walk back statements made at a January event in which she said President Barack Obama had “become a dictator” who should be “removed from office” or face “impeachment.” In a statement provided to Yahoo News, reacting to a story published earlier Tuesday, Ernst said that she did not believe Obama is a dictator but rather “his repeated use of unilateral action sure makes him look like one.” “To be clear, I have not seen any evidence that the President should be impeached,” the statement read.
  • 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:...
  • Password problems persist for new Iowa GOP leaders

    07/07/2014 10:01:35 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | July 7, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson
    Think you’ve got a problem remembering and keeping track of all your computer passwords? After nine days on the job, the Iowa GOP’s new leadership hasn’t been able to get an accurate list of passwords for the party’s online platforms. The party’s previous chairman was ousted June 28. The list of passwords left behind for the Iowa Republican Party’s website and other online accounts didn’t work. Chad Olsen was hired as the party’s executive director on the 28th of June. “When we attempted to use those user names and passwords for the most part we were unsuccessful in gaining access...
  • Boeing Fuselages In Montana River After Train Derails

    07/06/2014 10:28:10 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 21 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 04 July 2014
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. [Photo in Comments]
  • Iowa Banned Most Fireworks 76 Years Ago. Now One Lawmaker Is Trying to Change That.

    07/04/2014 8:40:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal ^ | July 04, 2014 | by Paul Brennen
    Jerri Andersen wasn’t impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale, Iowa. “Of course, it’s not their fault,” she said. And it isn’t. The supermarket was displaying the only types of fireworks people can buy or possess in Iowa without a special permit: sparklers and snakes. All other consumer fireworks were banned in Iowa 76 years ago, following devastating fires in Spencer and Remen. The ban wouldn’t have prevented either fire. Both are believed to have been started by reckless use of sparklers. Andersen, from Colorado where most fireworks are legal, eventually decided on...
  • Tea Party Favorites Find That Losing Only Widens Their Reach

    07/03/2014 6:38:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    Mississippi Tea Party dreams were extirpated last week when State Senator Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran. Yet if some of Mr. McDaniel’s most outspoken contemporaries are any guide, he may actually have greater political influence as a loser. Mr. McDaniel made clear this week that he was not giving up the fight, dashing off fund-raising emails declaring Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff “a sham, plain and simple,” and offering rewards to individuals who “provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud.” “Thanks to illegal voting from liberal Democrats,...
  • Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obama’s DOJ Tax Nominee

    07/01/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-1-2014 | Patrick Howley
    July 1, 2014 Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obama’s DOJ Tax Nominee Patrick Howley Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller. Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010,...
  • Republicans Circulate List of Top Female House Candidates

    07/01/2014 5:17:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    The end of primary season is nigh, and Republicans are now optimistic their slate of House candidates will yield a net gain of female members in the conference after November. Republicans are now focusing their efforts on a specific slate of top female candidates with a strong chance of coming to Congress. On Tuesday morning, a top aide to Rep. Ann Wagner, a Missouri Republican and leading voice in the conference for women, emailed Capitol Hill colleagues and K Street allies to highlight these female candidates, according to an email obtained by CQ Roll Call. “As many of you know,...
  • Grassley knocks Obama, Braley at annual Kaufmann fundraiser

    07/01/2014 3:22:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | July 1 2014 | Jeff Patch
    SOLON, Iowa—State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, officially announced his intent to seek reelection Monday night at a fundraiser featuring Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Adam Gregg, the GOP nominee for Attorney General, and Kaufmann’s father—the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. “Let me apologize to you: I’m a farmer, not a lawyer,” Grassley told the crowd of more than 100 people, who roared with laughter at the obvious reference to Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley’s comments disparaging Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” at a Texas trial lawyer fundraiser. Grassley, who regularly...
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • Iowa GOP replaces state party chairman

    06/28/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 145 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | June 28, 2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    The Iowa GOP central committee voted Saturday to fire the state party chairman and replace him with a fixture of the establishment. Danny Carroll, removed on a 14-2 no confidence vote, will be replaced by Jeff Kaufmann, formerly the Speaker Pro Tem of the state House. The bloodless coup was widely expected after forces loyal to Gov. Terry Branstad officially seized control of the party’s governing body from close allies of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a state convention earlier this month. The former chairman, A.J. Spiker, stepped down this spring and became a senior adviser to RAND PAC. Carroll...
  • Rep. Steve King: Border patrol agents ‘doing jobs that Americans won’t do’

    06/26/2014 8:13:50 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Twitchy Staff
    "Aren't Border Patrol agents who do food prep, laundry, shower runs, diapers & warm bottles for illegal kids "doing work Americans won't do?" Iowa Rep. Steve King isn’t alone in wondering why the Border Patrol seems to be doing everything but patrolling the border to keep it secure.
  • Dems block GOP bills to verify status, block tax credits to illegal immigrants

    06/26/2014 2:54:56 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 26 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Democrats blocked Republicans on Thursday from passing two bills that would require companies to verify the legal status of people before they hire them, and stop the government from handing out child tax credits to illegal immigrants. Sessions tried to get approval for the two bills after saying illegal immigration is swamping the U.S., which is leading to reduce wages for Americans and higher costs as these immigrants start improperly receiving federal tax benefits. He first tried to pass the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) That bill would require companies to verify whether...
  • King Reacts to Crisis on the Border

    06/26/2014 12:01:59 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | Steve King
    Congressman Steve King released the following video excerpts from his questioning of the witnesses in the Full House Judiciary Committee on “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors.”
  • Blum Offers GOP Chance to Snatch Seat Braley Vacates

    06/25/2014 8:03:51 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | June 25 2014 | Kevin Hall
    Republican First Congressional District nominee Rod Blum exuded confidence as he spoke to the crowd of more than 1,400 delegates at the Iowa GOP state convention earlier this month. The Dubuque businessman faces an uphill fight in November, but Blum believes it’s a fight he can win. “Is it a great time to be a Republican or what?” Blum asked the crowd upon taking the podium. “We have got a great lineup this year. This is our time. Our energy is high. The crowd turnouts have been tremendous as we’ve travelled around eastern Iowa and we’re going to do it...
  • Lois Lerner targeted sitting US GOP Senator over mistaken invitation

    06/25/2014 2:30:32 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 25 2014 | The Right Scoop
    This is how partisan and corrupt Lois Lerner is: Here is more from Rep. , chairman of Ways and Means committee: Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes a sitting United States Senator. According to emails reviewed by the Committee under its Section 6103 authority, which allows the Committee to review confidential taxpayer information, Lois Lerner sought to have Senator (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. “We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS...
  • Maryland Gov. O’Malley’s Iowa visit sparks 2016 speculation, comparisons to Hillary Clinton

    06/23/2014 1:35:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/23/2014 | John Wagner
    DES MOINES — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was the only potential 2016 presidential contender to set foot in Iowa over the weekend, and yet the Democrat didn’t really have the stage to himself. Shortly after O’Malley (D) spoke at a dinner Friday night for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Hillary Rodham Clinton’s image appeared on two large screens overhead. In a video, she teased that she needed advice from Harkin on a “momentous plunge” that she is about to take. “Tom, what’s the secret to being such a terrific grandparent?” Clinton asked, drawing uproarious laughter from the crowd. The good...
  • Poll: Clinton Leads Jeb Bush By Double Digits In Iowa

    06/24/2014 10:27:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | 6/23/14 | Justin Duckham
    Bush trails by 13 points. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a wide lead over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in Iowa, according to a hypothetical 2016 Presidential poll conducted by Quinnipiac University. Clinton holds 49 percent while Bush trails with 36 percent. Clinton leads all potential 2016 contenders, but holds the greatest margin over Bush. She leads 47-41 percent over Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), 46-40 percent over Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  • GOP establishment choice wins Iowa's House contest

    06/22/2014 12:34:25 AM PDT · by South40 · 27 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 6/21/2014 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    (AP) — In a setback for the tea party and libertarian forces in Iowa, establishment Republicans on Saturday nominated their candidate for a House seat in one of the nation's most competitive congressional districts. The nomination of David Young in Iowa's 3rd District punctuated the efforts of Republicans in the party's mainstream who had desperately worked to avoid repeating embarrassing losses suffered in congressional races in other states in 2010 and 2012. It also marked a rollback in influence of libertarians who had controlled the state GOP in recent years.
  • Ex-Grassley aide David Young is GOP's candidate in Iowa's 3rd District

    After spending much of the day at the back of the pack, David Young of Van Meter was chosen Saturday by Iowa Republicans as their candidate for Iowa’s 3rd District House seat. “I’m so humbled by your support,” said Young, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. “But the work has just begun.” At a special convention in Urbandale, GOP delegates from across the district selected Young from a field of six candidates. None of the six received the required 35 percent in the June 3 primary, so the convention was needed.
  • Mike Huckabee To Take Iowa, SC Pastors To Europe On "Reagan, Thatcher, John Paul II Tour"

    06/20/2014 10:32:15 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    CBN ^ | 6/20/2014 | David Brody
    The Brody File has learned that Mike Huckabee will host evangelical pastors from the early political Primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada as he leads them over to Europe in an event called, “Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II Tour: God Raising Extraordinary Leaders for Extraordinary Times" Watch the invitation video below that Mike Huckabee is sending out to pastors in these key states. It goes out today. Huckabee says he’s leading this tour because it’s an opportunity to show, “the human instruments used by God to change the world’s history.” The 10-day tour takes place...
  • Iowa Senate Poll: Dem Has 4-Point Lead Over GOPer

    06/18/2014 9:02:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 18 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 18 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) holds a 4-point lead over state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the race for U.S. Senate in Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The poll found Braley leading Ernst 44 percent to 40 percent among registered voters. That's tighter than a previous Quinnipiac poll published on March 13 which found Braley leading Ernst 42 percent to 29 percent. The new Quinnipiac poll also found Braley with a wide 11-point lead over Ernst among women voters. Forty-seven percent of women said they backed Braley while 36 percent said they backed Ernst. Meanwhile 44...
  • Iowa Senate Hopeful 'Appalled' Her Husband Called Janet Napolitano A 'Traitorous Skank'

    06/18/2014 12:13:16 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 55 replies
    TPM ^ | Sahil Kapur
    Iowa Republican Senate nominee Joni Ernst told a local news outlet she's "appalled" that her husband once called former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a "traitorous skank" on Facebook. As reported by the Des Moines Register, Democrats took a screenshot of Gail Ernst's written comments, which had been up since April 2013, and seized on them. That prompted him to delete that and other inflammatory posts and apologize for them before Ernst denounced them. "I'm appalled by my husband's remarks," Joni Ernst said, according to the Register
  • LETTER: Steve King for House majority leader

    06/17/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    With the departure of Eric Cantor as majority leader, it's time to replace him with someone with strong conservative values. My choice is Steve King of Iowa. Steve is not looking for votes, but is looking for solutions to problems.
  • Joni Ernst Apologizes for Husband's Facebook Posts (Called Hillary a Hag)

    06/17/2014 4:28:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    UPI ^ | June 11, 2014 | Gabrielle Levy
    =Joni Ernst, candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, was forced to apologize after her husband's Facebook posts calling Hillary Clinton a 'hag' surfaced this week.A week after easily winning the Iowa Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst has found herself defending her husband's "inappropriate" Facebook posts. Democratic operatives in Iowa found posts on Gail Ernst's Facebook page, which was public and mostly used to promote his wife's campaign, that they accused of being sexist. The posts, from 2013, were revealed Monday and deleted Tuesday. "I'm appalled by my husband's remarks," Joni Ernst said in a statement. "They are...
  • Iowa Democrat's "Chick" Ad Draws Cries of Sexism (War on Women on Joni Ernst)

    06/17/2014 4:19:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 7, 2014 | Jake Miller
    A word for the wise: If you're a male candidate running against a woman hoping to make history as the first female federal officeholder in her state, you might want to refrain from comparing her to a baby chick in your campaign advertisements. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, who's battling Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst for Iowa's open Senate seat, criticized his opponent's record in a new ad, showing a baby chick onscreen as the narrator says Ernst never made a "peep" about wasteful spending as a state lawmaker. "When Joni Ernst had the chance to do something in Iowa, we...
  • 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...
  • GOP establishment seizes control in Iowa

    06/15/2014 2:33:02 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In the midst of all the foreign affairs stories it was probably easy to miss a bit of domestic political news coming out of the Hawkeye State yesterday. At the 2014 Iowa GOP state convention, political activists loyal to Governor Terry Branstad essentially ousted all of the “dissidents” loyal to Rand Paul, securing control of the state party for the perceived establishment. Establishment forces officially wrested control of the Iowa Republican Party from supporters of Rand Paul on Saturday, a development the victors said would help save the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus from being marginalized and possibly spell the demise...
  • 3 GOP presidential hopefuls talk of unifying party

    06/14/2014 2:20:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 3:21 PM EDT | David Pitt
    Presidential hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum are in Iowa to deliver their prescriptions for how to unite the Republican Party. […] It is Paul’s third trip to Iowa since the 2012 election. The Kentucky senator says the GOP should maintain its core message but make the party more attractive to black and Hispanic voters. …
  • Sam Clovis to Run for [Iowa] State Treasurer

    06/13/2014 12:46:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 6/12/2014 | Kevin Hall
    U.S. Senate primary runner-up Sam Clovis plans to accept a nomination for state treasurer at this Saturday’s Iowa’s GOP convention, TheIowaRepublican.com has learned. Clovis, a professor and the chairperson of the Department of Business Administration and Economics at Morningside College in Sioux City, confirmed the news Thursday evening. “This all developed in the last 24 hours or so,” he said. Clovis has received a lot of encouragement to run over the past couple of days, which at first he shrugged off, but after hearing how serious people were about him running, the former Air Force pilot started giving the idea...
  • Steve King Blasts Snap Election to Replace Eric Cantor

    06/12/2014 9:07:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/12/14 | Steven Dennis
    Rep. Steve King said Thursday GOP leaders are “stacking the deck” with a snap election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader and urged the Republican Conference to slow down and elect an “anti-amnesty” majority leader. “At a time when Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama Administration to oppose snap elections for unions on American employers, Republican Leadership is trying to do the same in the United States House of Representatives,” the Iowa Republican said in a statement. “This snap election has the effect of stacking the deck. “Unfortunately, while both current candidates benefit from the hasty timeframe prescribed...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • DEACE: The GOP establishment says no more ‘Iowa Nice’ to Conservatives

    06/11/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 4 replies
    The Washington Times, ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Steve Deace
    If “scorched earth circular firing squad” were an Olympic event, the Republican Party establishment would win the gold medal every time. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in my home state of Iowa, where the undocumented Democrat known as Republican Governor (for life) Terry Branstad, and the corporatist shills surrounding him, could be poised to put the finishing touches on a complete rout of their own base. The end result could be the Republican Party of Iowa electing its third chairman in the last 28 months. Then nominating for Congress an agri-business lobbyist who finished fourth in the primary....
  • 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...
  • Iowa Senate Ernst (R) 45%, Braley (D) 44%

    06/06/2014 2:38:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 6, 2014
    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Republican Joni Ernst, the winner of Tuesday’s crowded party primary, with 45% support to Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley’s 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while nine percent (9%) are undecided.
  • Iowa Senate Ernst (R) 45%, Braley (D) 44% (Good start for Joni!)

    06/06/2014 7:29:37 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 44 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 6 June 2014 | Rasmussen Reports
    The U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Republican Joni Ernst, the winner of Tuesday’s crowded party primary, with 45% support to Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley’s 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while nine percent (9%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Iowa was conducted on...
  • 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...
  • Excellent new Branstad for Governor Ad (IA)

    06/06/2014 12:54:23 AM PDT · by garandgal · 6 replies
    Branstad Reynolds Campaign ^ | 6/5/2014 | branstadreynolds.com
    Great new political ad for the Branstad Reynolds ticket. If you would like to see exceptional marketing in action, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDuA2QHgBVI
  • Will Joni Ernst be Iowa's First Female Senator?

    06/05/2014 8:33:40 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2014 | Jackie Kucinich
    Joni Ernst is now a step closer to becoming the first female U.S. senator in Iowa’s history. blowing away her opponents in the five-way primary Tuesday night, winning with 56 percent of the vote. A relatively unknown candidate when she declared in July 2013, Ernst surged into the national spotlight in late March with a TV ad titled “Squeal,” in which she detailed how her experience castrating pigs as an Iowa farm girl would help her “cut pork” in Washington. She will face Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) in what could be a very close and expensive general election. So...
  • Two Iowa Planned Parenthood facilities closing this month

    06/04/2014 3:04:45 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jun 04, 2014 16:01 EST | Kirsten Andersen
    RED OAK, IA, June 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two former Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are set to close this month, just six months after the abortion giant quietly laid off all but a single employee and stopped offering telemed abortions at both locations. Iowa Right to Life announced the impending closures in an email to pro-life activists, which featured a photo of a sign on the door of the Red Oak facility informing clients that the center is being “consolidated” with another facility in Council Bluffs effective June 18.
  • Joni Ernst wins big in Senate primary, DSCC attacks as “the Sarah Palin of Iowa”

    06/04/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Joni Ernst only needed 35% of the vote to avoid a convention fight against her four competitors for the Republican nomination to the US Senate. Instead, she gained a clear majority of 56% and put herself in position to consolidate GOP support across all factions to face Rep. Bruce Braley, the uncontested Democratic nominee for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin: Joni Ernst, who highlighted her ability to shoot guns and castrate hogs to overcome disinterest in a sleepy primary election, dominated the field to become the first female GOP U.S. Senate nominee in Iowa history.The...
  • Joni Ernst Wins Iowa GOP Senate Nomination

    06/03/2014 9:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 3, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Joni Ernst parlayed her unusual support from establishment Republicans and conservatives to win Iowa's GOP Senate nomination outright on Tuesday, surpassing the 35% threshold needed to avoid a June 14 nominating convention, where nothing would have been guaranteed. The Associated Press called the race after Ernst had 53.7% of the vote with just under 20% of the precincts reporting. She will face Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who won the Democratic nomination uncontested, to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). Ernst will try to become the first female to be elected to federal office in Iowa. Perhaps giving 2016 GOP presidential...
  • Authorities investigate handcuffed Iowan's death (Cops are now DROWNING suspects?)

    06/03/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    KCCI ^ | 06/02/2014 | Eric Hanson
    DES MOINES, Iowa —The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the drowning of a 20-year-old Iowa man who was handcuffed and being transported on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks. Brandon Ellingson, 20, of Clive, was being transported when he stood up in the moving boat and "fell or jumped overboard." It happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said Ellingson was handcuffed and wearing a life jacket when he went off the boat, but his life jacket fell off when he hit the water. Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said Monday officials are investigating whether...
  • OK Iowans Here is your chance to "voice" Your "Choice"!

    06/02/2014 5:58:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 5 replies
    02 June 2014 | US Navy Vet
    The Iowa Primary Election is Tomorrow 03 June 2014. VOTE!
  • Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly's Gun Control Group Targets Pro-2nd Amendment Senator

    06/01/2014 5:32:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/31/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly's gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is demanding Iowa state Senator Joni Ernst (R) apologize for making pro-2nd Amendment comments the week after Elliot Rodger's stabbed three people to death before fatally shooting three others.
  • Rep. Steve King says Maxine Waters wins election to Congress with fewer votes

    05/30/2014 5:09:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Politifact ^ | Truth-O-Meter
    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is one of the most outspoken opponents of illegal immigration in Congress. On May 22, 2014, during a speech on the House floor, he argued that proposals to overhaul immigration laws are a Trojan horse for Republicans, since allowing illegal immigrants a path to citizenship will boost the number of Democratic voters and eventually doom the GOP. This is not the first time King has made this argument. Just over a year ago, King said that Ronald Reagan was wrong to have signed an "amnesty" law in 1986 that "gave Barack Obama about 15 million additional...