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  • Joni Ernst Bio Video (7 minutes)

    08/19/2014 1:15:28 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 11 replies
    Click on whatever thread to YouTube that is in "red" at the top or in the comments box or cut and paste to your browser line. LOL... I'm new at this, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to view this and pass it on to anyone you know in Iowa. It's awesome! I can't believe that the polls show that jerk, Bruce Braley, running neck and neck with Joni. He needs to be defeated; big time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcYLVcungss
  • Hillary Clinton to attend Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, stirs up 2016 buzz

    08/19/2014 6:49:07 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Annie Karni
    Hillary Clinton is going back to Iowa — her first visit to the crucial presidential battleground since her loss to Barack Obama there in 2008. Clinton is scheduled to appear at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry on Sept. 14, her office disclosed Monday — an announcement that intensified speculation she plans to run for President in 2016. The 37th annual steak fry, a signature political event in Iowa, takes place 18 months before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses — a critical moment in the 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton will be accompanied to the steak fry — the last before Harkin...
  • Why Joni Ernst Isn’t ‘Iowa’s Sarah Palin’

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

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • Democrats highlight Ernst statement on Iraq situation

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

    08/13/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | Clay Masters
    Business is booming in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale oilfields. With that boom comes a need for infrastructure. More than half of the oil out of the Bakken leaves by train or truck. But companies are working on pipelines. One proposed pipeline would cut clear through the state of Iowa. A Texas company wants to build an 1,100 mile crude oil pipeline, from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast. In two years, the pipeline could be carrying up to 320,000 barrels a day, from the Bakken Shale Oil Fields, to Patoka Illinois, and from there, the oil would...
  • Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43%

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

    08/13/2014 9:51:32 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | July 16, 2014 | Ed Tibbetts
    Republicans are mounting an attack on Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley over a dispute with one of his neighbors involving some chickens. On social media and beginning Wednesday in a web video, conservatives have been criticizing the Waterloo lawyer over the incident at his second home at Holiday Lake in Powesheik County. The dispute arose this spring when Braley's wife, Carolyn, lodged a complaint with their homeowner's association about chickens running free. After that, Rep. Braley called the association's attorney, Tom Lacina, about the matter. An email from Lacina to the association's board said "the implication from Mr. Braley was...
  • Rand Paul's 3-Day Iowa Trip Sends Democrats on the Attack

    08/09/2014 12:08:50 AM PDT · by Lexinom · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 8 August 2014 | Cathy Burke
    While Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tests the Republican waters for a possible White House run, Democrats are attacking, even this early in the nominating process, The Daily Beast reports. During the junior senator's recent three-day trip to Iowa, where the first presidential caucuses will be held in 17 months, the Democratic National Committee sent out 10 press releases about Paul's activities and speeches, the news site reports. A senior aide for Paul views the press releases in a positive light for the senator. "What it can tell you as a political observer is that they recognize what we're trying to...
  • In Iowa, a dispute over neighbor’s chickens threatens Braley’s Senate bid

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

    08/07/2014 12:33:39 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | August 6 2014 | Kevin Hall
    IOWA CITY – Rand Paul’s swing through Iowa this week serves a dual purpose. On their face, all of his visits seem designed to help Iowa Republicans win this November. Behind the thin veil, the true intention is to provide an early boost to the Kentucky senator’s presidential aspirations in our first-in-the-nation caucus state.Rand Paul is reaching out to candidates and voters that his famous father never would have. Ron Paul lent his backing to a very select few Iowa candidates. Rand Paul is not nearly as fastidious.His father never endorsed conservative stalwart Steve King. Although they agree on most...
  • Watch Two DREAMers Who Confront Rep. Steve King Get A Timely Lesson on Immigration Law

    08/05/2014 12:47:18 PM PDT · by safetysign · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 08/05/2014 | SooperMexican
    Immigrants Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas recently approached Representative Steve King at a fundraiser in Iowa and criticized him for pushing a law that would take away their “Dream Act” status. Instead of shrinking away, Rep. King patiently explained his point of view on why people shouldn’t advocate for lawlessness when our laws are a feature of American prosperity that they enjoy, but don’t respect. His key comment: “Do you want to live in a country that respects the rule of law, or don’t you?” The confrontation could have gotten ugly very quickly, but Rep. King stuck to his guns...
  • Ted Cruz rides momentum into Iowa

    08/02/2014 11:37:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/02/14 06:04 AM EDT | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz arrives in Iowa this weekend riding a wave of political momentum after clashing with GOP leaders in Washington over immigration legislation.Cruz, a Republican from Texas, is emerging as a favorite of conservative activists, who every four years play an outsized role during the Iowa caucus, the first contest of the GOP presidential primary. He bolstered his reputation as a Tea Party rebel over the last two weeks by repeatedly meeting with House conservatives who forced GOP leaders to rework an emergency bill aimed at stopping unaccompanied minors from streaming across the Texas border.  Anti-establishment conservatives in Iowa are...
  • Ted Cruz to attend influential Iowa bash on Saturday

    08/01/2014 1:42:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Des Moines Register | 8/1/2014 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett newspaper, link only: Ted Cruz to attend influential Iowa bash on Saturday
  • Branstad gets support for opposition to hosting ‘illegal entrants’

    07/30/2014 3:10:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    globegazette.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | JAMES Q. LYNCH
    VINTON | Gov. Terry Branstad is getting some brickbats from political opponents for his insistence that Iowa shouldn’t be playing host to unaccompanied illegal immigrant children, but none of that was evident on the campaign trail Tuesday. Asked whether the state should welcome the children, Branstad offered his empathy for the “illegal entrants” along with criticism of the Obama administration’s failure to secure the nation’s borders. “They have also failed to keep us informed,” he added, a reference to the federal Department of Health Education and Welfare not telling Iowa that more than 100 children who entered the country illegally...
  • Rand Paul To Travel Across Iowa In Presidential Campaign-Style Swing

    07/28/2014 6:46:47 PM PDT · by iowamark · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/2014 | Alex Pappas
    In a campaign swing resembling that of a presidential candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plans to make a three-day trip across Iowa next week, another indication that the libertarian-leaning Republican is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run. Paul will be in Iowa from Aug. 4-6. He will make appearances at Iowa GOP offices in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, according to a spokesman for his organization, RandPAC. He will also attend fundraisers for congressional candidates Steve King and Mariannette Miller-Meeks and the Cerro Gordo GOP. The senator will visit the Von Maur Corporate Headquarters...
  • Daily Beast Attempts to Paint Iowa Republican Joni Ernst as Nullification Nelly

    07/28/2014 5:07:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 28, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Recent polls show a tight contest in the Iowa Senate race to replace retiring liberal Democrat Tom Harkin (D), so leave it to the Daily Beast to hype a video clip it recently unearthed to insist that it is evidence that Republican nominee Joni Ernst as a nut who betrays a "shocking ignorance" [see image below page break] about constitutional law regarding the Tenth Amendment and state nullification of federal law. That's how Ben Jacobs painted the military veteran and Republican state senator, suggesting her answer to a question posed to her at a September 13, 2013 event was an...
  • Struggling Bruce Braley shakes up campaign

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

    07/24/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT · by montag813 · 5 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-25-2014 | Gina Cassini
     by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsIt's not a good year for anti-gun nuts to make their case against concealed-carry handguns.First of course we have the businesses who stupidly banned such guns from their establishments, from Jack In The Box to Target to local restaurants -- and immediately were victimized by armed criminals who knew they would face no resistance. Then we saw the bar owner who openly welcomed customers packing guns, and saw a huge boost in her business. Now comes the incredible story of a concealed carry permit holder in Iowa who helped police nab five men who led officers on...
  • Ben Carson plans First Iowa Visit, headlines Polk GOP Fundraiser

    07/24/2014 2:33:31 AM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Des Moines, IA.—The Republican Party of Polk County will host a Summer Sizzle & Straw Poll on Sunday, August 24 from 5-8 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League Center, 4343 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines. National, state and local candidates are also invited to participate in this summer fun-filled event. The Special Guest Speaker for the evening will be Dr. Ben Carson in his first public Iowa visit of 2014 as he criss-crosses the nation. The Republican Party of Polk County will also conduct a Presidential Straw Poll as part of the evening’s festivities. As the largest county in Iowa,...
  • Slain Omahan's relative says immigration crackdown might have prevented her death

    A relative of an elderly Omaha woman who was raped and killed last year said Saturday that the brutal crime may have been prevented if the United States strictly enforced immigration laws. “What we’d like to have is the federal government to secure our borders,” said Bill Hartzell, 60, of Council Bluffs. “There’s a chance my grandmother would be still alive if our borders were secured.” Hartzell is the husband of Teresa Hartzell, a granddaughter of 93-year-old Louise Sollowin. Sollowin died three days after Sergio Martinez- Perez, a Mexico native in the U.S. illegally, broke into her South Omaha home,...
  • Feeling Bullish about Iowa Republicans in 2014

    07/23/2014 12:34:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 7/14/2014 | Craig Robinson
    Every election cycle tells a story, but the storyline for the 2014 general election is still being written. Republicans have longed believed that 2014 would be a Republican year in Iowa, especially with the absence of a presidential candidate at the top of the ticket. Strong fundraising from Democrats seeking federal office, especially Congressman Bruce Braley who wasn’t challenged for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Tom Harkin is vacating, made it look like Iowa was leaning Democrat in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. A month into the general election, Braley’s campaign seems adrift, and Republican...
  • Cruz Meets With Conservatives to Discuss Border Crisis (Updated)

    07/23/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Matt Fuller
    Updated 1:23 p.m. | Sen. Ted Cruz once again met with a group of the House’s most conservative lawmakers Wednesday morning to discuss potential legislative responses to the flood of children crossing the border. Cruz met with “more than 20″ House Republicans Wednesday morning, according to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to discuss a supplemental package meant to address the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. “I didn’t have a hard count, but I know that it was more than 20,” King said. According to the Iowa Republican, lawmakers had breakfast and listened to Cruz’s take on the crisis. “The...
  • 7/17: Iowa 2016: Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tossup with Hillary Clinton

    07/21/2014 10:39:38 PM PDT · by Plummz · 22 replies
    Marist College ^ | 7-17-2014 | Marist Poll
    Looking ahead to 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite against Vice President Joe Biden among Iowa Democrats for her party’s nomination. But, she would find a general election matchup against either Kentucky Senator Rand Paul or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie very competitive. Clinton edges former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and has an early lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. There is a wide gender gap in these matchups. Although each of the potential Republican candidates has a more positive than negative rating with GOP...
  • Candidate Won’t Say Yet Whether Undocumented Children Should Come to Iowa

    07/19/2014 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    WHOTV NBC Local ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Dave Price
    DES MOINES, Iowa–Staci Appel, the Democratic nominee for Iowa’s Third Congressional District, wouldn’t say whether some of the tens of thousands of Central American children dumped at the U.S. border should at some point be able to come to Iowa. Appel expressed empathy for the children involved but said the federal authorities first need to investigate the circumstances of the children. She said, “I’m thinking as a mom it’s terrifying for some of the children to be there and be alone.” But she added, “We have to work through the processes, the procedures of how it works to find out...
  • Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters

    07/19/2014 3:08:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 83 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 7/19/2014 | CATHERINE LUCEY
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago. Perry, 64, hasn't said if he plans to run again in 2016. But he's clearly considering it and is meeting Saturday and Sunday with veterans and conservative activists in the northern Iowa communities of Algona and Clear Lake. Perry has been raising funds for GOP candidates and seeking advice from political insiders since November. He is signaling he's committed to the...
  • Chris Christie's Visit show he would be a force in 2016

    07/18/2014 4:34:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 38 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | July 18, 2014 | Kevin Hall
    MARION and DAVENPORT – Anyone who tells you Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations are in trouble might think differently if they saw how Iowa Republicans reacted to the New Jersey governor on Thursday. Locals jam packed a Cedar Rapids-area restaurant in the mid-afternoon just for the chance to shake Christie’s hand. Then he wowed a crowd of 300 in Davenport with a motivational speech that had attendees buzzing. “He sort of rallied the troops for Governor Branstad, which he did a fantastic job of,” said Jeanita McNulty, who lives in rural Scott County. “And then, I think he was here to...
  • 'I Care About Being Respected' : Chris Christie Visits Iowa

    07/17/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Kelly O'Donnell and Doug Adams
    Making his first trip to Iowa in more than 940 days, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared, "I don't care about being loved. I care about being respected." "I tell them what I think and then everyone else will get to decide. They don't go in there and say, "Are you conservative enough? Are you liberal enough? Are you moderate enough?" That's not what people say, " he said. "They say, "Do I trust him? Can I count on him to tell me the truth? Is he somebody who can be a competent steward of our country's future?""
  • New Trial granted for Republican suing U of Iowa Law School

    07/17/2014 2:23:53 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Des Moines Register | 7/15/2014 | Grant Rodgers
    Gannett paper, link only: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2014/07/15/new-trial-granted-for-republican-suing-u-of-i-law-school/12672069/
  • Group formed to relocate refugee children to Iowa

    07/15/2014 8:01:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | July 15, 2014 | by Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES -- A grassroots group launched an effort Tuesday to relocate at least 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children to Iowa while political issues surrounding their plight get sorted out, a key organizer said. Rich Eychaner, announced a “1,000 Kids for Iowa” crisis initiative to provide safe homes for children from Central American countries who currently are incarcerated along the U.S. southwestern border. Eychaner said his foundation was calling upon the federal government to transfer 1,000 children from incarceration to Iowa to be cared for and supported by Iowa families. He said his organization hoped to coordinate and assemble the immediate...
  • Interfaith Alliance ‘greatly disappointed’ in Branstad’s statements about kids at the border

    07/15/2014 2:59:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Iowa Radio ^ | July 15, 2014 | By O. Kay Henderson
    The head of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa says Governor Terry Branstad showed a “lack of compassion” when Branstad said he does not want any of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing into the southern U.S. to wind up in Iowa. Connie Ryan Terrell, the executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, says the state has a history of welcoming immigrants and many in Iowa’s faith community are “greatly disappointed” with Branstad. “If you look back to the 1970s, (former Iowa) Governor Ray was really the lead governor in our nation that worked to provide safe...
  • Report: Dem Senate Candidate Threatens to Sue His Neighbors For the Stupidest Reason Ever

    07/15/2014 12:04:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) is running for a US Senate seat in the Hawkeye State. But he recently ran into a bit of trouble when he was caught on camera, in Mitt Romney-like fashion, sneering about farmers and the state’s favorite Republican elder statesman. Since then, his campaign has suffered a number of embarrassing missteps along the way, and the path to victory, it seems, isn’t getting any easier. And yet the most recent controversy to besmirch his image as a 'man of the people' is really quite silly. In brief, after his neighbor’s chicken wandered onto his vacation property,...
  • Chris Christie Heads to Iowa. So Do Conservatives.

    07/15/2014 3:08:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    RedState ^ | July 15, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Chris Christie is headed to Iowa today. Whenever any politician heads to Iowa, the media starts buzzing about Presidential prospects. Just in case, the Judicial Crisis Network is going to greet the Governor with advertisements.There are, believe it or not, conservatives who have tried to give Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt on many issues. But one area where even those conservative get the jitters is judicial appointments. The Governor of New Jersey is a relatively powerful governor who makes many more appointments than the average governor. Christie, for example, appointed Stuart Rabner as Chief Justice of the New...
  • Bruce Braley’s War on Chickens: Candidate threatened lawsuit after chicken walked into his yard

    07/14/2014 5:37:30 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 14, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) threatened to sue a homeowners’ association after a chicken crossed onto his vacation home property in Iowa, again raising concerns that the Senate candidate is out-of-touch with farmers in the state, the Iowa Republican reports. The dispute started this spring after one of his neighbor’s chickens appeared on his vacation property in Holiday Lake, Iowa: Braley’s wife Carolyn attended a May 8 meeting of the Holiday Lake Owner’s Association to complain about the fowl. The dispute escalated, causing the association to incur nearly $1,700 in legal fees after Braley called the association’s attorney with an...
  • Branstad does not want to host immigrant children

    07/14/2014 1:19:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2014 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he does not want Iowa to host any of the thousands of children from Central America who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone. During a news conference, Branstad said he was not aware of any of the children currently living in Iowa and that state has not been contacted by the federal government about housing any immigrant children. He said the government's focus should be on securing the borders.
  • 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...