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  • The Method To Steve King's Madness

    09/30/2014 2:28:49 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | Sahil Kapur
    The most notorious moment of Representative Steve King's career was cleverly calculated. The immigration debate had undergone a sea change in favor of reform, with bipartisan Senate passage of a sweeping bill in the months after Hispanics carried President Obama to a resounding reelection victory. (SNIP) This really irritated King. "It was wrong," he tells TPM in a wide-ranging interview in his Capitol Hill office. "I go down to the border and … I see these guys that are coming across." (SNIP) "I'd suggest that we have now more objectively characterized Dreamers," he snarks, "and [Durbin] hasn't yet said thank...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/29/2014 3:57:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014 | Todd Beamon
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? "Very interesting, and good news not...
  • Politico Claims Lack of Iowa Women in Statewide Office Can Be Fixed by...Hillary

    09/29/2014 9:46:14 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Politico has noticed that there has been a lack of women in statewide office for the past 20 years. A name is presented as someone who could resolve this situation. So what name first pops into your head? If you guessed U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst you would be absolutely right. However, Politico mentioned her as an afterthought buried deep into their article written by Dave Price. The female being promoted by Price as the savior to this situation is Hillary Clinton who might be running in the Iowa primary for presidential nomination, not statewide office. Price takes the example...
  • Last night's Iowa Senate Debate (Vanity)

    09/29/2014 8:35:08 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 29, 2014 | No Dems
    I don't live in Iowa, but, I watched the Iowa Senate Debate between Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley on YouTube last night. You can do the same; just click on the YouTube link. According to Bloomberg News (which cannot be posted on FR) Braley failed to damage Ernst in the Debate. He was a smooth talking, lying, typical Ambulance Chaser. She was well prepared, well informed and very graceful. I'm giving Ernst the edge in the Debate. I wish she'd have "sucker punched" Braley dude a little harder, but, like I say, she was very graceful. No matter how hard...
  • The Tide of the Culture War Shifts (Bruce Braley goes after Joni Ernst on personhood)

    09/29/2014 6:31:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Not long ago, it would have been unusual for a Democratic senatorial candidate in Iowa to run a powerful abortion-rights television ad like the one recently broadcast by Representative Bruce Braley. The ad lists in detail the anti-abortion positions taken by Mr. Braley’s Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. In the State Senate, the ad says, she sponsored a “personhood” amendment (declaring a fertilized egg to be a person) that would have the effect of outlawing abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and would also ban many common forms of birth control. Ms. Ernst is even shown saying at a...
  • Iowa Senate Debate of September 28, 2014

    09/28/2014 10:35:08 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 28, 2014
    Click on the YouTube link to watch tonight's Debate between Ernst and Braley.
  • Iowa Senate Debate -- Bralely v Ernst CSPAN Live 6pm EST

    09/28/2014 3:03:36 PM PDT · by deport · 16 replies
    CSPAN | 9-28-2014
    CSPAN is carrying live a debate between Braley & Ernst candidates for Senator from Iowa. 6pm EST for 1 hour.
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/28/2014 7:53:27 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014 | Todd Beaman
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. "Very interesting, and good news not just for Ernst but also for the GOP's chances of taking the...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/27/2014 7:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. !
  • Meet Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky’s Dad, Marc Mezvinsky [A Network of Swindlers!]

    09/27/2014 12:40:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 27, 2014 | Erin Dooley
    Meet Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky’s Dad, Marc Mezvinsky By Erin Dooley Sep 27, 2014 Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky has been dubbed “the Clinton baby,” but Chelsea’s new bundle of joy is also part of the Mezvinsky family – and Bill and Hillary Clinton aren’t her only interesting grandparents. Chelsea’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky, is heir to a once-powerful political dynasty. His father, Ed Mezvinsky, was a two-term Democratic congressman, representing Iowa’s first congressional district from 1973 to 1977. But in 2002, the former congressman pleaded guilty to swindling more than $10 million from family and friends in a Ponzi-esque scheme. Ed Mezvinsky himself...
  • Joni Ernst’s Iowa campaign makes quick work of the ‘war on women’

    09/27/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2014 | George Will
    -SNIP_Of the five Senate contests in purple states — Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado — this is currently the closest: The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows a tie (Ernst ahead by 0.2 percentage points as of Friday). Which should make Republicans anxious as they try to take control of the Senate and as they contemplate the 2016 presidential landscape. Although Iowa has voted Democratic in six of the last seven presidential elections, the Ernst-Braley contest should not be this close. Only 38 percent of Iowans approve of Barack Obama’s performance. Braley, a past president of an...
  • Obamadale: The secret weapon that could save Iowa Democrats?

    09/23/2014 10:11:46 PM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/22/2014 | Peter Hamby
    Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- For a small band of supercharged Democratic organizers, the pleasant Des Moines neighborhood of Beaverdale goes by another name: Obamadale. The moniker was bestowed three years ago by a motley crew of Democrats who first met as strangers over martinis at a local restaurant in the early days of President Obama's re-election bid, brought together under the aegis of the "neighborhood team" model that defined the campaign's bottom-up volunteer structure.
  • Jindal, Cruz to headline September Iowa GOP event

    09/23/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Des Moines Register | August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2014/08/28/jindal-cruz-headline-september-iowa-gop-event/14735161/
  • Hatch campaign suspends ads in 2 TV markets

    09/22/2014 9:15:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 9/22/2014 | AP
    The campaign of Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch has suspended television ads in two Iowa markets, including Sioux City, and changed its advertising strategy in two others but denies it's a sign the campaign is struggling financially. "We're just redistributing how we're doing some things to reflect the polling that we're seeing," said Grant Woodard, Hatch's campaign manager... Television ad buys in the Sioux City and Davenport markets have been placed on hold and ad schedules on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids stations have been changed...
  • In US, huge grain crops spell headache for farmers

    09/22/2014 5:36:25 AM PDT · by redgolum · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 21, 2014 | Juliette Michel
    New York (AFP) - US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market. "It is not an exact science but when we look at the fields, it looks like it is going to be a big crop," said John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in Champaign, Illinois, a Midwest farm belt state.
  • Iowa Gubernatorial Debate

    09/20/2014 9:30:29 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 9/20/2014
    Incumbent Governor Terry Branstad (R) and State Senator Jack Hatch (D) met in a debate for Iowa’s gubernatorial race. The second of the series of three debates focused on economic prosperity and job creation. The debate, held at Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington, Iowa, was co-sponsored by the Greater Burlington Partnership, the local alliance of chambers of commerce, as well as KWQC Television in the Quad Cities and the Burlington Hawk Eye. [*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.] THE BURLINGTON HAWKEYE NEWSPAPERS AND THE GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP. FOR THE NEXT HOUR, TERRY BRANSTAD AND JACK...
  • Another Democrat, another Israel bashing

    09/18/2014 5:10:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-19-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Bill Clinton was caught off mike in Iowa this weekend “agreeing that the [Israeli] prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] was ‘not the man’ to make peace with Palestinians — a position at odds with his wife’s pro-Israel stance, a new report said Monday. Clinton’s spontaneous comments came during an impromptu conversation with pro-Palestinian activists after he and Hillary spent the day at a political event in Iowa on Sunday.” This is part of a pattern for Bill Clinton – “blaming the Israeli prime minister for the lack of progress toward peace with the Palestinians.” What do we learn from this? 1....
  • Bill Clinton Agrees With Palestinian Activist: Benjamin Netanyahu Is "Not The Guy"

    09/16/2014 4:18:48 AM PDT · by absentee · 15 replies
    RedState.com ^ | 9/16/14 | Caleb Howe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek7vKh4vOzI On Sunday, Bill and Hillary Clinton were Iowa attending the final Tom Harkin Steak Fry event, and Bill was repeatedly pinned down in conversation by folks in attendance. During one such encounter, Clinton got into a discussion with a pro-Palestinian activist who managed to elicit a surprising, or not so surprising, comment from the former President. Activist: If we don’t force [Netanyahu] to make peace, we will not have peace. Clinton: Wait, wait, wait. First of all, I agree with that. But in 2000, Ehud Barak, I got him to agree to something that I'm not sure I would...
  • Bill Clinton: Netanyahu 'not the guy' to make peace in Middle East (Billy Jeff off script?)

    09/16/2014 8:27:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Video from the Harkin Steak Fry shows former President Clinton saying "I agree with that" to a man on the ropeline who says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "is not the guy" to make peace. "If we don't force him to make peace, we will not have peace," the man says. The conversation came on Sunday after the Clintons made a high-profile return to Iowa and spoke at Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) Democratic fundraiser. "First of all, I agree with that," Clinton replies. He then makes a point defending the Israelis, saying: "But in 2000, [then-Israeli Prime Minister] Ehud Barak,...
  • Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43%

    09/20/2014 12:35:46 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 19, 2014
    Election 2014: Iowa Senate Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43% in PoliticsEmail thisShareThis.Related Articles Daily Presidential Tracking Poll Voters Still Think Cost, Quality of Care Will Worsen Under Obamacare 49% Favor Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate, 39% Oppose Kansas Senate: Orman (I) 45%, Roberts (R) 40% Georgia Senate: Perdue (R) 46%, Nunn (D) 41% Voters Trust Republicans More Than Democrats on Nine Out of 15 Major Issues Sign up for free daily updates .Friday, September 19, 2014 The Iowa Senate race remains dead even. Iowa continues to be a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of...
  • Four Senate Democratic candidates rake in climate-change cash ( Udall:Co, Shaheen: NH & )

    09/18/2014 1:56:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The one-day GreenStorm campaign blitz raised more than $250,000 for Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, along with Senate hopefuls Bruce Braley of Iowa and Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan. ... The GreenStorm fundraiser was also supported by ProgressivesUnited PAC, the Voices for Progress PAC, the National Resources Defense Fund PAC, and the Population Connection Action Fund..
  • Have You Heard About Hillary?

    09/18/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    We hear where she goes. We hear what she wears. We hear how much she makes. But what we don’t ever seem to hear about Hillary Clinton is what she would do as president. Her every move is reported, every speech covered as if it were a decree brought down from a mountaintop. But what does she want to do? There’s no doubt she’s running. No one goes to Iowa to watch corn grow or spend time with Sen. Tom Harkin. Yet there she was last weekend at Harkin’s “Steak Fry,” an annual “kiss the ring” event for the Democratic...
  • Politicians duck ‘amnesty’ label

    09/17/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2005
    It’s “the A-Word,” and it can damn any immigration bill to oblivion. The word is “amnesty,” or as one immigration-control advocate calls it, “the death word.” It’s a charge that a lot of people want to make and nobody wants to hear. (SNIP) “For some, you would think amnesty is in the eye of the beholder because there are some critics who have nothing constructive to offer who criticize every proposal as amnesty or amnesty light,” says Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican. (SNIP) “I’ve seen no guest-worker program that didn’t include amnesty — amnesty defined by Webster’s,” says Rep. Steve...
  • Iowa GOP: Biden uses taxpayer funded Iowa trip for partisan stump speech

    09/17/2014 3:36:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa leaders criticized Vice President Joe Biden for using his official office to pay for a partisan, campaign trip to Iowa in the home stretch of the midterm elections. “I’d love nothing more than for Joe Biden to be a 2016 presidential candidate,” said Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and a seventh-generation livestock farmer from Wilton. “If that wish won’t come true, then I’d at least wish he would campaign on his own dime and not bill the taxpayers of Iowa and America.”“Time and time again, when I served in the Iowa House of Representatives, I saw Republicans...
  • In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    09/17/2014 12:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 2:17 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa—an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He’s telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an election-year theme of restoring what he calls “basic fairness.” …
  • Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Dem in Iowa Senate poll

    09/17/2014 6:04:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/17/14 | Nick Kalman
    Republican Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race, according to a new poll that points to a heated battle for votes in the final stretch. The Quinnipiac University survey showed Ernst, a state senator, leading Braley by 6 points, 50-44 percent among likely voters. The poll also showed her leading among independents, a key voting bloc. The results are a break from earlier polling which for months has shown Braley leading or tied with his GOP rival. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement put out...
  • Republican Up 6 Points In Iowa Senate Race, Quinnipiac University

    09/17/2014 5:15:33 AM PDT · by sunmars · 18 replies
    Neutralizing the traditional Democratic lead among women voters, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst leads U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 50 - 44 percent among likely voters in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Ernst leads among men 56 - 39 percent, while Braley leads among women by a smaller 50 - 44 percent margin, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. This survey of likely voters can not be compared with earlier surveys of registered voters. The Republican also leads 50 - 43 percent among a key...
  • In Iowa, attacks on Republican Ernst change dynamics of tight Senate race

    09/17/2014 12:40:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/16/14 | Philip Rucker and Dan Balz
    When Joni Ernst burst into public consciousness here this past spring, she was talking about castrating hogs as a child on an Iowa farm. Another ad showed her wearing a leather jacket and stepping off a Harley-Davidson to point a pistol at the camera. Well, meet the new Joni Ernst. Iowa’s Republican Senate nominee went on the air this week with an ad in which she sits at a kitchen table, speaks directly to the camera, and says she cares about protecting Social Security, good schools, good-paying jobs and affordable health care. Ernst’s effort to project a more moderate image...
  • Iowa Dem Says She Wouldn't Revoke Passports of Americans Fighting With ISIS (Video)

    09/16/2014 7:13:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Instablog ^ | 9/16/2014 | Debra Heine
    During a televised debate, last week, candidate for U.S. Congress Staci Appel (D-IA) opposed the idea of revoking passports of Americans who have admitted to joining and fighting with terrorist organizations. Appel said, “I would not be urging taking away their passports. I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis.” Her comment came after Republican candidate David Young said that if he were elected to Congress, he would call on the State Department to revoke the passports of admitted terrorists. Young, who previously served as U.S....
  • Mike Huckabee: Ted Cruz’s Worst Nightmare

    09/16/2014 1:40:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 136 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 16, 2014 | Henry Olson
    Mike Huckabee dropped his biggest hint to date yesterday that he might run for president in 2016. Should he run, his national name ID and his strong 2008 run probably doom any chance Rick Santorum has (Santorum’s 2012 vote largely overlapped with Huckabee’s 2008 backers). But it also throws a huge monkey wrench into any hopes Senator Ted Cruz has of winning the nomination.
  • Iowa Democrat Staci Appel Wouldn't Take Passports Away From Terrorists

    09/15/2014 10:23:12 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    Staci Appel (D-Des Moines) and David Young (R-Van Meter) - video at link
  • Hillary Clinton, World-Champion Pretend Griller [High Priestess of Phony]

    09/15/2014 4:01:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/15/14 | Jim Geraghty
    .....“While a crowd of several thousand Democrats waited on a sloping, grassy field below, Mrs Clinton, her husband and Senator Harkin staged a mini-grilling of steaks for the press at a single barbecue grill in a fenced-off enclosure, framed by a handsome tree and a picnic table filled with some patient Iowans. Mrs Clinton gamely posed, pretending to grill a steak that had been pre-cooked for her.”
  • Poll: Iowa Senate race is extremely close

    09/14/2014 6:47:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/2014 | Dan Merica
    Only one percentage points separates Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst in the race to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. If the election were held today, 49% of likely Iowa voters say they would vote for Braley and 48% say they would support Ernst, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. That means the contentious race is within the survey's overall sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The electorate is far from solidified. Twenty percent of likely voters polled in Iowa said they could change their mind before Election Day in November. The Braley-Ernst race has...
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Oil industry accuses administration of political motive in ethanol rules

    09/12/2014 5:02:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    An oil industry trade group unveiled its latest attack ads on the nation’s renewable fuels policy, accusing the Obama administration of “playing politics” with a mandate to blend more ethanol into gasoline. The American Petroleum Institute said Thursday it fears the Environmental Protection Agency will boost ethanol requirements to help a Democrat locked in a close U.S. Senate race in Iowa — a corn-growing state that benefits from the mandate because most U.S. ethanol is made from corn. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, an Iowa Democrat running to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, last month sent a letter to the...
  • Michelle Obama to campaign for Bruce Braley in Iowa

    09/11/2014 7:13:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    First lady Michelle Obama will head to Iowa in October to campaign for Rep. Bruce Braley (D) in the hotly contested race for U.S. Senate there, a campaign aide confirmed Wednesday. Details have yet to be finalized. The news was first reported by the Des Moines Register. Braley is in a close race against state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), polls show. The campaign has emerged as a key battleground in the fight for the Senate majority. Sen. Tom Harkin (D) is retiring, creating a vacancy. Campaigning with the first lady may be the best way for Democratic candidates to bring...
  • Loras Poll: King in Good Shape, Blum’s Got a Shot in the 1st CD

    09/11/2014 2:59:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | Craig Robinson
    Newspapers and other media organizations will pay for statewide polls for presidential and gubernatorial elections, but their budgets don’t allow for congressional polling. Public polling data for congressional campaigns is hard to come by, which is why the Loras College Poll of Iowa’s four congressional districts is unique. The latest Loras poll gives us a peek into the four congressional races in Iowa, two of which are competitive open seats. The poll shows that Iowa’s two incumbent Congressmen, Democrat Dave Loebsack and Republican Steve King, currently hold sizable leads over their challengers. (SNIP) Congressman Steve King is leading his Democrat...
  • Latham and Grassley comment on president’s ISIS plan

    09/11/2014 1:29:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    radioiowa.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dar Danielson
    Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, a Republican from Clive, says President Obama’s lack of leadership has led to the problems with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria otherwise know as ISIS . The president announced his plans for dealing with ISIS last night after previously saying his administration had not yet developed a strategy. “I think the situation we are in is truly a resolve of a kind of an indecisive and incoherent foreign policy,” according to Latham. “We’ve got to make sure that we go after ISIS. And to do that we’ve got to have a clear plan and...
  • UPDATE: Former city manager dead after Jackson Co. shooting [Iowa]

    09/09/2014 12:11:01 PM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    KWWL TV ^ | 9/9/2014
    MAQUOKETA, Iowa- A former city manager who came to a Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to dispute his property taxes opened fire, resulting in his death, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Francis "Gus" Glaser, 71, a former Maquoketa city manager and Maquoketa resident, was dead after a shot to the head, according to Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Kettmann said Glaser used a handgun and fired two shots just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. It was unclear if Glaser meant the second shot for himself or if the gun was discharged...
  • How U.S. senators spend public money: Harkin 15th biggest spender, Grassley

    09/08/2014 2:52:07 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | September 7 2014 | Erin Jordan
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin was the 15th biggest spender in the U.S. Senate for the year that ended March 31. Harkin, who will retire in January after 30 years, spent $2.9 million, compared to the median disbursement of $2.6 million for all U.S. senators and $2.49 million for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, according to new data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation and analyzed by The Gazette. The vast majority of spending went into payroll, with each Iowa senator having more than 50 people on staff from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. These rosters include full-...
  • Senators stay connected to constituents

    09/08/2014 2:44:09 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | September 7 2014 | Erin Jordan
    U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's annual 99-county tour — known in political circles as “the Full Grassley” — puts him above most of his Senate peers for trips home. Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, made 99 trips home in the three years that ended March 31, which was three times as many trips as Sen. Tom Harkin, a Cumming Democrat, who came home 33 times during the three-year period. “It demonstrates the extent to which Grassley is around,” said Chris Larimer, an associate political science professor from the University of Northern Iowa. “He's in the state talking with Iowans.” Tim...
  • Grassley meets with local leaders at Ames Chamber

    09/05/2014 6:51:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    amestrib.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Gavin Aronsen
    Fresh off a 5 a.m. run up Duff Avenue from his Days Inn hotel — at a couple miles, a shorter distance than his typical morning routine, he said — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, took questions from community leaders at the Ames Chamber of Commerce’s office on Main Street Thursday. Topics ranged from President Obama’s foreign policy to local disputes with rural water districts. Grassley, who turns 81 later this month, chatted with a crowd of around three dozen people that included city and Iowa State University officials, representatives with Mary Greeley Medical Center and Ames biofuels company Renewable Energy...
  • Iowa’s love affair with President Obama is over

    09/05/2014 11:46:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/5/2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Iowa is where it all started for President Obama. It's where he won twice in a general election. But he's no longer Mr. Popular there. Obama's average approval rating in Iowa was 38 percent during the first half of the year, according to new data from Gallup, five percentage points below his national average. Since notching a second straight win there in 2012, Obama's numbers have gone steadily downhill, as the following Gallup chart shows... What's also notable is that throughout his first term, Obama's numbers in Iowa were mostly stronger than they were nationwide. That hasn't been the case...
  • Jeb Bush to raise cash for GOP Senate candidates in competitive races

    09/05/2014 6:32:05 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 09/05/2014 | Kurtis Lee
    It’s no secret that Jeb Bush is considering a presidential run in 2016 – despite a less than passionate embrace from the right wing of his party. Now he is trying to build bridges, raising cash for Republicans in tight Senate races. The former Florida governor, the brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush, is set to headline a high-dollar fundraiser this month for five Senate candidates. Sponsored by Floridians for a Senate Majority, the Sept. 23 fundraiser in Tampa will benefit Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Cory Gardner...
  • Man charged with raping Special Olympics athletes

    09/03/2014 12:12:18 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/3/14 | Dave Gibson
    On August 28, police in Davenport, Iowa, arrested Tyshon VanBlue, 24, following an investigation which alleges he raped two mentally disabled young men at the Special Olympics games held on the campus of Iowa State University in May. VanBlue was employed as a caretaker at a residential care facility in Davenport, and was assigned to the two victims when the abuse took place. VanBlue reportedly assaulted both men on May 22, in Maple Hall dormitory. Both men are in their 20s, according to court documents. The Des Moines Register reported: “During the interview with St. Luke's Child Protection Center, the...
  • Appeals Court Reinstates Case Alleging Planned Parenthood Fraud and Abuse

    09/01/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/30/2014 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reinstated a case brought against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa by one of its former employees who alleges the abortion giant defrauded and abused taxpayer funds. Susan Thayer, a former facility director of Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit in 2011 against the federally funded abortion provider, but a district court judge dismissed the case the following year, states Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represents Thayer. According to a press release by ADF, the lawsuit claims that Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid...
  • Planned Parenthood forced to face fraud lawsuit in Iowa

    09/01/2014 2:16:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Live Action ^ | Lauren Enriquez
    Planned Parenthood almost got away with alleged fraud in Iowa, until the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of fraud claims by a former employee. Sue Thayer, who was an office manager at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, alleges that during her time in Planned Parenthood’s employment, the clinic committed multiple counts of Medicaid fraud and other questionable activity (such as being told to perform sonograms without medical training). Thayer sued the organization 2011 after after having been dismissed in 2008. She has since become an active pro-life advocate who works to expose Planned Parenthood’s illegal...
  • Cedar Falls Conversion Ban Passes

    08/30/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT · by campg · 21 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 8/18/2014 | Mike Anderson
    Cedar Falls conversion ban passes August 18, 2014 10:00 pm • By Mike Anderson(1) Comments Cedar Falls rental moratorium faces fight CEDAR FALLS | City staff have finished writing a resolution to impose a six-month moratorium on new rental permits in parts of the city, but t… Read more Councilman applies for permit to turn his home into rental CEDAR FALLS | At-large councilman Nick Taiber has no plans to rent out his home in the Overman Park neighborhood, but on Aug. 15 he went to Ci… Read more Cedar Falls rental housing task force looks for focus CEDAR FALLS...
  • McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton resigns amid federal probe

    08/30/2014 4:02:46 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/29/2104 | Matea Gold
    Jesse Benton, the GOP political strategist spearheading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign, resigned from his post Friday amid new details about an ongoing federal investigation into an endorsement-pay-scheme involving a 2012 presidential campaign he oversaw. In a statement issued Friday evening, Benton cited “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors about me and my role in past campaigns that are politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue.” “The press accounts and rumors are particularly hurtful because they are false,” Benton wrote. “However, what is most troubling to me is that they risk unfairly undermining and becoming a distraction...
  • Prof. dresses as robot to protest Iowa’s ‘sexist,’ ‘homophobic’ pink locker room

    08/29/2014 10:02:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Kembrew McLeod, director of graduate studies at the university, is organizing a robot march to protest Iowa's sexist pink locker room. McLeod accuses the university of siding with the jocks who used to beat up ‘queers’ in high school. A University of Iowa (UI) professor is protesting the venerable football team’s “sexist” pink visitor locker room by marching around in a robot costume Friday afternoon. Kembrew McLeod, director of graduate studies at the university, organized Friday’s march in order to draw attention to criticism of the locker room as some students and faculty have deemed its pink paint job...