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  • Struggling Bruce Braley shakes up campaign

    07/26/2014 12:21:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 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...
  • 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...