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  • Bachmann: Obama embraced 'agenda of Islamic jihad'

    12/24/2014 5:22:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/14 | David McCabe
    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says President Obama has embraced the “agenda of Islamic jihad” at every turn. “I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad,” she said in an interview released Wednesday with "Washington Watch," a radio show produced by the socially conservative Family Research Council. Bachmann criticized the president for writing to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to encourage a deal on Tehran's nuclear program....
  • Troubled Iowa insurer CoOportunity Health may be liquidated

    12/24/2014 2:32:57 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 7 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | December 24, 2014 | Steve Jordon
    CoOportunity Health, the two-year-old Iowa health insurance cooperative set up with federal loans under the Affordable Care Act, is running out of money and may be liquidated, which raises questions for other health insurance cooperatives nationally. The company’s 120,000 individual and group customers, most of them in Nebraska and the rest in Iowa, are still covered if they signed up before Dec. 15 and should continue paying premiums to keep coverage in effect, said Nick Gerhart, Iowa’s insurance commissioner. But he recommended that policyholders switch to other insurance companies during open enrollment, which ends Feb. 15. People who enroll in...
  • Trends Show Partisan Voting Popularity In Iowa

    12/24/2014 1:46:45 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    IowaWatch.org ^ | December 23, 2014 | Lyle Muller and Danielle Wilde
    One of every three Iowans – 37 percent – voted a straight-party ticket in the 2014 general election, statistics the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office compiled for the first time revealed. Expect those results to be part of another bid in the 2015 Legislature to eliminate straight-ticket voting, the practice that allows voters to fill one oval on the ballot for all of the candidates in one political party. State Rep. Peter Cownie, R-West Des Moines, said this week he has filed another attempt to pass the straight-ticket ban in the upcoming session. “This is one area where, if we...
  • Contempt charges dismissed (Against Iowa Pro-life Woman!)

    12/23/2014 8:21:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    daily gate city ^ | December 19, 2014 | staff
    Seventy-nine-year-old Donna Holman had a motion hearing Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk, for a contempt of court charge from her March 11, 2014, arrest at Planned Parenthood in Keokuk. Mrs. Holman was picketing Planned Parenthood at the time. The contempt charge stems from a 2006 restraining order that was modified ex parte in 2011. The 2011 restraining order was purportedly extended and modified to include all Planned Parenthoods throughout the state of Iowa. A motion to dismiss presented by her attorney William Monroe of Burlington challenged the restraining order based on...
  • Jindal helps Polk County Republicans Celebrate 2014 Success

    12/17/2014 4:28:14 AM PST · by iowamark · 2 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 12/17/2014 | Kevin Hall
    WEST DES MOINES – By almost every measure, 2014 was a banner year for the Polk County Republican Party. Although Democrats held an active voter registration edge of more than 20,000 in the state’s largest county on Election Day, several Republican candidates overcame that deficit. The Polk GOP invested significant resources and effort to make that happen. “We stayed the course, knocked the doors, chased the absentee ballots, registered new voters and at the end of the day, it was all worth it when we saw Joni Ernst, David Young and all of our Republican candidates that won on the...
  • US says halal food supplier misled Muslims on beef

    12/15/2014 12:53:41 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa • A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims around the world as meeting strict halal standards, exporting products that weren't slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law, federal prosecutors allege in a major fraud indictment.http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/u-s-says-halal-food-supplier-misled-muslims-on-beef/article_4555debe-2a67-56dc-a050-2c440a818e92.html
  • Governor Would End Closely Watched Iowa Tradition [Straw Poll]

    12/15/2014 9:53:22 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 17 replies
    WHO TV ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dave Price
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has said it many times recently. But each time he says it, he likely makes it more apparent the Republican Party of Iowa has held its final Straw Poll. “We’ve had discussions,” Branstad said Monday morning of his talks with top party leaders about what could replace the straw poll in 2015. Branstad several times said it will be up to his party’s state central committee to make the final decision on whether to end the straw poll, a much-watched event his party has held since 1979. The party holds the straw poll in August in...
  • Branstad wants to keep GOP event, end straw vote

    12/15/2014 3:06:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 12/14/2014 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad says he would support a statewide Republican fundraising event in Ames next summer where GOP presidential hopefuls are invited to speak as long as no vote is taken as had been the practice during past straw polls that have been the focus of controversy. Branstad added that he did not want to see Iowa face possible sanctions that could cost delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention for conducting a poll in advance of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that could run afoul of new party rules. “I’m willing to agree to a statewide meeting...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Rep. Steve King: ‘They Drive Wedges Between Us’

    The congressman speaks with Jim Rutenberg about the “I-word” and showing Gov. Chris Christie the ropes in Iowa. Your outspoken nature has drawn national attention, especially on Twitter. You and your wife have had some fun reading the nastier tweets in public. Any favorites? One said I smelled like “mothballs and dusty Bibles,” or something like that. (SNIP) We picked up 15 seats in the House and maybe nine in the Senate. That’s the kind of punishment I can handle. (SNIP) Whatever kind of crisis emerges, the agenda that they have long advocated for magically becomes the silver bullet for...
  • Iowa replaces drivers license with app

    12/11/2014 8:28:16 PM PST · by Borges · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/11/2014 | David Goldman
    Next year, the Iowa Department of Transportation will experiment with issuing drivers licenses via an app. The digital license will display a 3-D photo of the driver's face, which can be rotated side to side so law enforcement can better match the licensee to the picture.
  • Steve King Defends Government Shutdown Since The Voters Will Forget Anyway

    12/11/2014 6:38:12 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | Brian Tashman
    Rep. Steve King took his crusade to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration to “The Steve Deace Show” last night, where the Iowa congressman urged House Republicans to thwart immigration reform even if it results in a government shutdown. “Let’s throw out the fact that we have a Marxist in the White House and our very way of life is at stake,” Deace explained, “could an argument be made that a smart political move is to actually have a showdown with the president right now?” (SNIP) “The people would have twenty-three months to forget, presumably, but I would like...
  • Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different

    12/10/2014 1:28:47 AM PST · by iowamark · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | Karen Tumulty
    Rick Santorum won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012, coming in a respectable second in the GOP presidential primary season. And Republicans have a history of bestowing their nomination on the next guy in line, usually an also-ran from the last contest. Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania is rarely mentioned in the already feverish pre-game 2016 chatter among the political commentariat and the donor class. That’s just the way he likes it. Or so he says. “America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Santorum added that being...
  • Governor Palin Headed to Iowa Next Month

    12/08/2014 7:58:14 AM PST · by Bratch · 104 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 08 2014 | Steve Flesher
    About a year out of the 2016 Iowa caucuses, Governor Palin’s taking part in the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Congressman Steve King and Citizens United.The event was announced a few weeks back and reported by Politico: Iowa Rep. Steve King, the GOP lawmaker well-known for his deeply conservative position on immigration, is hosting a January summit for possible 2016 hopefuls, according to a new report from the Des Moines Register.The event, dubbed the Iowa Freedom Summit, is slated for Jan. 24 in Des Moines, and three likely Republican presidential hopefuls — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former...
  • ObamaCare's costly menu-labeling mandate is destined to fail

    12/07/2014 7:13:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 6, 2014 | Jason Pye
    The Food and Drug Administration is going to try its hand at shaming consumers into making healthier choices when they go out to eat. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA announced a controversial and expansive rule that will require certain establishments with 20 or more locations -- including chain restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, and movie theaters -- to post calorie information on their menus and menu boards. A separate rule was also issued requiring operators of 20 or more vending machines to post calorie information. Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, a provision included in the law...
  • Gas Tax Campaign Gets Ugly Fast (also Ben Carson and guns)

    12/06/2014 12:35:02 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 12/6/2014 | Craig Robinson
    It’s pretty clear, there is going to be a major push to raise the state’s gas tax during the upcoming legislative session. While that should surprise no one, I was shocked to see the over-the-top TV ad that the pro-gas tax crowd is currently using to advance the issue. That’s right, school children are going to die if we don’t raise the gas tax. This outrageous ad makes all those negative ads in the U.S. Senate race look like child’s play. Talk about jumping the shark. The ad begins with the claim that there are currently 5,000 deficient bridges in...
  • Ted Cruz's Secret Weapon in 2016: Steve King

    12/04/2014 3:57:21 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/3/2014 | Tim Alberta
    Steve King started Wednesday morning by doing two of his favorite things: sipping piping-hot coffee and listening to Ted Cruz. The senator from Texas was a guest of the Conservative Opportunity Society, a decades-old organization of House conservatives that meets weekly. King, an Iowa Republican and the society's chairman, had hosted Cruz at previous such meetings, but this session was particularly significant. Over plates of biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs, Cruz led a discussion of legislative options to retaliate against President Obama's recent executive actions shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. A few hours later, Cruz and King...
  • Rand Paul Shows Weakness in announcing re-election bid for his US Senate race

    12/04/2014 3:46:36 AM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/2014 | Craig Robinson
    On Monday, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced his intention to run for a second term in the United States Senate. Paul was elected to the Senate in 2010, but his meteoric rise to national prominence turned the first term Senator into a prospective 2016 presidential candidate as soon as Mitt Romney lost to President Obama in 2012. There is just one slight problem for Paul – Kentucky law does not allow for one person to be on the ballot twice, meaning that he would have to pick between running for President in 2016 or running for a second term...
  • Court hears Iowa's constitution 'silent' on abortion (Webcam Abortions)

    12/03/2014 8:09:22 PM PST · by Morgana
    WND ^ | December 03, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Abortion never was mentioned in the text of the Iowa Constitution. Nor was it discussed during the debates that led to the adoption of the document. While yet a territory in 1839, lawmakers prohibited all abortions, “no matter the reason.” And after statehood, in 1858, the legislature made abortion a crime “at any stage of pregnancy.” “Abortion was so contrary to Iowa’s history, legal traditions and practices that until Roe v. Wade, the Iowa Supreme Court regularly affirmed convictions for performing abortions, without any hint that the convictions violated any provisions of the Iowa Constitution,” explained a friend-of-the court brief...
  • In controversial move, Chris Christie vetoes pig crate ban

    11/29/2014 2:56:06 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Ashley Killough
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday that would have banned crates that severely limit the mobility of pregnant pigs, a move that will win favor with Iowa farmers and spark more speculation about Christie's presidential aspirations but cause outrage among animal rights activists who pushed for the ban. Critics consider the small metal crates a form of animal cruelty -- the pigs aren't able to turn around in the limited space -- but advocates say they prevent sows from accidentally lying down or stepping on piglets. Despite its strong bipartisan support in the state legislature, the Republican...
  • Rick Perry Ramps Up

    11/29/2014 11:07:07 AM PST · by iowamark · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/28/14 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is inviting hundreds of prominent Republican donors and policy experts to a series of gatherings next month that are intended to rebuild his damaged national brand and lay the foundation for a potential 2016 presidential campaign, fundraisers and organizers confirmed to POLITICO. The small-group sessions kick off Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin with a pair of lunches and dinners held in the governor’s mansion wedged between policy briefings at the nearby office of Perry senior adviser Jeff Miller. In all, Perry’s team expects he will meet in person with more than 500 major donors and bundlers...
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Ben Carson's Fans Await Him in Iowa [link only]

    11/22/2014 1:04:13 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    bloomberg.com [link only] | November 22, 2014
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-22/ben-carsons-fans-await-him-in-iowa
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 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 · 9 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