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  • Updated Early Vote Numbers for Colorado, Florida, Iowa, and Louisiana

    10/23/2014 11:19:54 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | October 22, 2014 2:40 PM | Jim Geraghty
    The Colorado secretary of state announced today that 332,050 Coloradans have cast ballots already, and out of that total, 145,824 are registered Republicans, and 105,401 are registered Democrats. That translates to a 43.9 percent to 31.7 percent advantage for the GOP. In 2012, as Barack Obama was winning the state 51 percent to 46 percent, Republicans led the 1.7 million mail ballots cast in 2012 by 37 percent to 35 percent. So Republicans should be expected to lead, but a 12-point lead is better news than a 2-point lead. In Florida, the news is also good for Republicans, but the...
  • In Iowa, Mike Huckabee Is Making Moves

    10/23/2014 11:19:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 23, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    It was just another routine photo-op at a Republican field office Tuesday morning until Mike Huckabee decided to improvise. In a cheeky attempt to bring himself level with Cody Hoefert -- the 7-foot-tall co-chairman of the Iowa Republican Party -- Huckabee pulled up a chair and began to climb atop it. He didn’t have to complete the physical joke to get the laughs he was looking for from the group of gray-haired volunteers who had assembled for his appearance with Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. “Golly!” the 5-11 Huckabee marveled. “I’ve never felt like a shrimp like this before.”
  • Ernst campaign requests recount procedures of several counties

    10/23/2014 3:49:00 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 10/22/2014 | Erin Jordan and Chris Earl
    IOWA CITY — Two weeks before Iowa’s high-profile U.S. Senate election, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s campaign may be planning for a recount. Ernst’s campaign filed open records requests this week with at least five Iowa counties, seeking materials that include training manuals, satellite voting locations, names of precinct ballot counters, recount procedures and any communications sent to her competitor, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. “I think they’re gearing up for a recount,” said Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert, who received the letter from Ernst’s senior adviser Derek Flowers Tuesday. Recent polls show Ernst, a Red Oak Republican, and Braley, a Waterloo...
  • In a first, Republicans claim early vote lead in Iowa

    10/22/2014 10:13:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/22/2014 | David Drucker
    In the crucial battle for early voters in Iowa that could foreshadow which party has the edge in the midterm elections, Republicans led Democrats for the first time Wednesday, GOP officials announced. The Republicans closed the day with an advantage of 305 of combined early votes and absentee ballot returns, giving them an advantage they have never held in any Iowa campaign. An overhauled ground game that prioritizes early voting is a key part of the Republican strategy to boost state Sen. Joni Ernst over Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in their close race for an open Senate seat. Republicans also...
  • Republicans hope for congressional sweep in Iowa

    10/22/2014 2:06:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2014 5:02 PM EDT | Catherine Lucey
    The politically savvy state of Iowa prides itself on purple voting, boasting a congressional delegation evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. But this year, with a closely matched Senate race and three competitive House seats, the GOP sees an opportunity to turn the state a vibrant shade of red. Big bucks and big-name politicians are helping the effort. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was in Cedar Falls Wednesday, stumping for Republican businessman Rod Blum, who is running against Democratic state lawmaker Pat Murphy in the 1st Congressional District, which includes parts of eastern and northeastern Iowa. The seat is open because...
  • Joni Ernst: Congress, Obama Administration Failing on Ebola

    10/22/2014 1:02:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Joni Ernst
    Like all Americans, I welcome the news that Dallas is reportedly Ebola-free weeks after a Liberian man infected with the virus came to Texas. The fact that the disease did not spread further is a testament to good luck and hard work by brave health care workers. But the fact that it spread at all is a stain on this Administration’s record and should concern every American. With Ebola still out of control in West Africa, this remains an urgent international health threat. Congress and the Administration must get serious before we have another outbreak in the U.S. The Ebola...
  • Michael Reagan to Iowa GOP: Expand Your Base

    10/22/2014 12:40:54 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 10/22/2014 | Shane Vander Hart
    (Des Moines, IA) Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, was the special guest for the 2014 Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner held last night at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines. Reagan told over 450 Iowa Republicans that the party must reach out to groups that normally don’t vote for them in order to win elections in the future. “Conservatives, we have a bus,” Reagan said. “It’s not a large bus. We need to not throw people off the bus, but find ways to put people on the bus.” He encouraged Republicans to not fight among themselves, but to fight...
  • Iowa: Sick Ad Claims Pro-Life Joni Ernst Doesn’t Care About Sexual Assault Victims

    10/21/2014 7:03:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    According to the latest USA Today/Suffolf University poll, pro-life Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has a narrow lead over pro-abortion Rep. Bruce Braley. Among likely voters, she leads Braley 47%-43%. Ernst is an officer in the Army National Guard and has successful presented herself as a potential leader for Iowa. But a new television ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee attacks Ernst’s pro-life views. The ad features an Iowa nurse named Kim Tweedy who says she has worked on the sexual assault response team. joniernstTweedy says, “I’ve seen lots of cases, many of them are very brutal. It breaks your...
  • NRCC makes play for Iowa congressional seats

    10/21/2014 1:37:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Ed Tibbets
    The political arm for House Republicans says it is making a play for Iowa's 1st and 2nd congressional district seats. The National Republican Congressional Committee said Monday that it's buying $1.3 million in television ad time in the two districts, with spots to begin airing Friday. The purchase, the first for the NRCC in both districts this campaign cycle, is a sign they think they can win both races, officials say. Tyler Houlton, an NRCC spokesman, said more than $900,000 is being spent in the 2nd District, with purchases in the Cedar Rapids and Davenport markets. Another $400,000 is going...
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 2:43:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    There is certainly plenty going right for the Iowa GOP in 2014: an unpopular Democratic president, a favorable political climate, and a popular GOP governor cruising to reelection atop the ticket. But as they are in Senate races across the country—Colorado, Alaska, North Carolina, to name a few—Democrats here are hoping smart tactics can offset a national mood that favors Republicans. And in Iowa, fears of the Democratic machine lurk not far below the surface. "Am I confident? Of course," Oman says. "Am I overconfident? Of course not." What the Republicans also have going for them this year is Ernst...
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 54 replies
    The National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Marilynn Wadden, a retired elementary school teacher, was smiling as she settled into her seat at a Democratic field office here and began making calls for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. "We love this," Wadden says of the computer system that is doing the dialing for her. "It is just such a joy." Two years ago, when Wadden was making calls as a volunteer for President Obama, she had to punch numbers into the phone herself, write down voters' answers on paper, and then hand off the sheets to a data-entry team. "Now, we're kind of doing the data...
  • NRSC Shifts Resources to Six States

    10/19/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Updated: October 18, 2014 | Alexis Levinson
    With less than four weeks until Election Day, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure arm is shifting resources to increase its investment in six states, including South Dakota and Georgia. The NRSC has moved $1 million to South Dakota, plus another $1.45 million to Georgia. In South Dakota, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a $1 million television ad buy this week, on the heels of tightening poll numbers that showed its candidate, Rick Weiland, gaining ground. In Georgia, a new poll suggests a runoff is likely. The NRSC also is upping its investment in four other states: Alaska,...
  • Obama admin. to allow thousands of Haitians into U.S. without visas (Over 100,000)

    10/18/2014 3:21:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee took the Obama administration to task Friday for its “irresponsible” plan to allow as many as 100,000 Haitians to immigrate to the U.S. without a visa. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said the administration’s Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program — which will allow thousands of Haitians awaiting a U.S. visa to enter the country and legally apply for work permits — is “an irresponsible overreach of the executive branch’s authority.” “Which countries are next on President Obama’s list?” Mr. Grassley said. “Will there by medical screenings before entry? Will work permits be...
  • Pro-Abortion Iowa Candidate Bruce Braley Falsely Claims He Opposes Late-Term Abortions

    10/17/2014 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/17/14 | Dave Andrusko
    Thanks to the indispensable John McCormack of The Weekly Standard for not allowing pro-abortion Iowa Democratic senatorial candidate Bruce Braley to run away from his record. In yesterday’s debate with pro-life Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, Braley claimed “I have always stated, contrary to what Senator Ernst said, that I oppose all late-term abortions that aren’t necessary to save the life or health of a mother.” McCormack patiently explained how that is not accurate. brucebraleyFirst, as a member of the House of Representatives Braley voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. H.R. 1797 would provide nationwide protection for unborn...
  • Video: Braley Cornered on Obamacare, Late-Term Abortion

    10/17/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley locked horns in their final Iowa Senate debate last night. Katie already posted video of Ernst's terrific rejoinder to Braley's lecturing on Iraq, and Conn is keeping tabs on auspicious-looking early voting trends. Two more clips for you. The first features Ernst pushing back against Braley's revisionism on Obamacare, which he's now claiming is flawed and in need of fixing. The Republican reminded her  opponent -- to whom Nancy Pelosi assigned the task of delivering one of the 'closing arguments' for the law -- that he's boasted in the recent past of having read every last word of...
  • Watch Joni Ernst Thoroughly Embarrass Bruce Braley When He Tries to Lecture Her About Iraq

    10/17/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    <p>Last night trial attorney Bruce Braley and Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst squared off in a final debate before voters heads to the polls in November and choose their next U.S. Senator from Iowa.</p>
  • Iowa’s Braley, Ernst duel over abortion in debate

    10/17/2014 1:58:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 10:49 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday’s final debate between her and Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley in their neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat, but she said for the first time that she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother. The issue has come to define the final weeks of their campaigns to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin. Polls show more women support Braley, a congressman from northeast Iowa, and more men back Ernst, a state senator from southwest Iowa. Braley and allied groups are pressing the abortion...
  • Christie Will Speak, Not Shoot, at Iowa Pheasant Hunt

    10/16/2014 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    <p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at U.S. Rep. Steve King’s annual pheasant hunt in Iowa this month — but he won’t be shooting game himself.</p> <p>Ann Trimble-Ray, an advisor to the King reelection campaign, said Christie will be present at a fundraising luncheon in Iowa on Saturday, but he won’t be hunting because he’s on a campaign swing visiting other candidates.</p>
  • Poll Finds GOPer Ernst With Widened Lead Over Dem Braley

    10/15/2014 2:47:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 15, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Iowa Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst seems to be inching ahead of Rep. Bruce Braley, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday. The poll found Ernst leading Braley 47 percent to 43 percent among likely Iowa voters. That poll followed a Quinnipiac University poll earlier in the day showing 47 percent for Ernst to 45 percent for Braley among likely voters. Recent polling has generally shown Ernst with a lead of somewhere in between 2 to 3 percentage points over Braley. The USA Today/Suffolk University also found 7.4 percent remain undecided
  • Dr. Doug Butzier, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate from Iowa, died in a plane crash

    10/14/2014 5:05:07 PM PDT · by WellyP · 32 replies
    TPNN News ^ | 14 Oct 2014 | TPNN Staff
    Dr. Doug Butzier, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate from Iowa, died in a plane crash Monday night, just 22 days from the midterm elections.
  • The Register's Editorial: Iowa people betrayed by 'the people's lawyer'

    10/14/2014 5:32:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Des Moines Register | October 14, 2014
    Gannett paper, link only: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/10/13/registers-editorial-iowa-people-betrayed-peoples-lawyer-attorney-general-tom-miller/17230021/
  • Libertarian Senate candidate in Iowa dies in plane crash

    10/14/2014 4:25:14 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 14 Oct 2014 | By Sean Sullivan
    Doug Butzier, the Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, was killed in a plane crash, authorities said Tuesday. He was 59. Key West Fire Chief Brian Arnold confirmed the crash and Butzier's death in a brief interview. He said Butzier was piloting an airplane late Monday night when it crashed roughly a mile from the Dubuque airport, which Butzier was approaching. No one else was in the plane. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating a crash in the Dubuque area that caused no ground injuries.
  • GOP candidate says Obamacare 'here to stay'

    10/14/2014 2:53:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | october 14, 2014 | betsy woodruff
    A Republican running in a hotly contested race for an open congressional seat now says that Obamacare is here to stay. David Young, who is running for Iowa's third congressional seat, said at a healthcare forum Monday that the Affordable Care Act “is going to be here to stay,” according to the Des Moines Register. “The president is not going to allow his keystone legislation to go by the wayside. So we're going to have to work to make it better,” he said. That is a marked change from Young’s previous statements on the law. At a training event for activists in August,...
  • Douglas Butzier, Libertarian Senate Candidate from Iowa, Dies in Plane Crash

    10/14/2014 10:59:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 59 replies
    reason.com ^ | 10/14/14 | Brian Doherty
    Sad news via Radio Iowa regarding the passing of Libertarian Party Senate candidate Douglas Butzier: The pilot who died in a plane crash near Dubuque late last night was the Libertarian candidate for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat. The family of Douglas Butzier has confirmed Butzier was piloting the plane that crashed near the Dubuque Regional Airport at about 11 p.m. Monday. No one else was in the plane. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane took off from the Ankeny Regional Airport at about 10 p.m. and crashed at about 11 p.m., about a mile north of the...
  • Desperate Media Meme: Michelle MEANT To Flub Candidate’s Name!

    10/13/2014 10:08:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/14 | Alex Griswold
    Yes, seriously. Not one, not two, but three prominent media figures are floating the idea that Michelle Obama (and Bill Clinton, apparently) intentionally butchered Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley’s name seven times last Friday. Let’s begin with the third hour of NBC’s “Today.” NewsBusters reports that during a discussion of Michelle’s name flub, co-host Willie Geist noted that Michelle would have had a teleprompter with Braley’s name on it. “But now he’s getting a lot of name recognition,” he pointed out. “Maybe it was like evil genius move, who knows?” Meanwhile, Politico’s Hadas Gold independently reached the same conclusion on...
  • This is why people use phones to film police [w/video]

    10/13/2014 6:59:04 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 68 replies
    CNET.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Chris Matyszczyk
    <p>I know you all smoke pot because I've just seen Aaron King, an Iowa police officer, say it is so. The evidence emerged from King being filmed with a cell phone during a routine traffic stop.</p> <p>It all started innocently enough. King apparently stopped the car because its headlights were not turned on.</p>
  • Braley, Ernst try to woo undecided voters in Iowa Senate debate

    10/11/2014 11:53:47 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Rep. Bruce Braley sought to humanize his appeal to Iowa voters, while Republican Joni Ernst framed the race as a debate between Iowa values and Washington dysfunction in the candidates' second debate. The two met at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, just hours after a new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register, offered good news for Democrats, showing Braley closing the lead Ernst had opened up over the past few months of the race, now down to just one point. That lead made Iowa one of the most closely-watched and top-targeted Senate races in the nation, as Republicans seek the six seats...
  • Iowa 2nd District foes go after each other in debate

    10/11/2014 11:37:52 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | October 11 2014 | Brian Wellner
    Loebsack, Miller-Meeks take aggressive stances. (Davenport, Iowa) - U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack and his challenger Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks didn't hold back the barbs in Saturday's debate at St. Ambrose University, Davenport. Both the 2nd Congressional District incumbent and the Ottumwa ophthalmologist making her third attempt to oust him from office took aggressive stances in what could be a final face off before the November election. Loebsack, a Democrat, went after Miller-Meeks, a Republican, for not answering direct questions, specifically targeting her refusal to say whether she would repeal the Affordable Care Act. “I'm not clear where she is,” he said....
  • Now David Young gets on board the Amnesty train

    10/11/2014 2:38:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    whoradio.com ^ | Simon Conway
    It didn't take long for my phone to start blowing up this morning as the GOP's Third Congressional District candidate, David Young, embraced Amnesty for illegal aliens in an interview with the Des Moines Register. Considering his recent policy positions, you do start to wonder which party he is actually running for. During the debate last week, Young said he felt those better off would have to pay more, but we didn't get a figure on what "better off" actually means. Above $200,000? Above $500,000? Above $100,000? He also stated that even though international agreements don't carry any real teeth,...
  • Michelle Obama Repeatedly Flubs Candidate's Name While Campaigning For Him

    10/11/2014 12:19:44 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | October 10, 2014 | Staff
    What’s in a name? For Michelle Obama, a whole lot of confusion. While campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa Friday for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, she referred to him multiple times as “Bailey” before she was corrected by someone shouting from the audience. The flub came despite a huge array of signs in the hall where she was speaking, all spelling Braley’s name correctly
  • The ‘Maroon 6’: A Better Way To Look At The 2014 Senate Races

    10/11/2014 7:53:56 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 30 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 10/10/2014 | Nate Silver
    Fortunately for the GOP, there are six races that lean toward Republicans: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Louisiana. We’ll refer to these states as the “Maroon 6” (because maroon is somewhere between red and purple). In each Maroon 6 state, the Republican candidate has a 65 percent to 75 percent chance of winning, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.
  • Michelle Obama Claims Bruce Braley Is A Veteran...False

    10/11/2014 12:19:42 AM PDT · by South40 · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/10/2014
    Not only does Moochelle not know Braleys name, she has no idea who he is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfubvs9prqI&feature=youtu.be His own website makes no mention of his being a veteran. It says he has worked many jobs none of which were in the military. It also says he worked at "highway maintenance". That's a far cry from building bridges. http://braley.house.gov/about-me/about-bruce-braley
  • Michelle Obama called Bruce Braley ‘Bruce Bailey.’ Oops.

    10/10/2014 9:42:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2014 | Sean Sullivan
    It's been a rough campaign for Rep. Bruce Braley (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa. It got a bit worse Friday when first lady Michelle Obama campaigned for him. First, she called him "Bruce Bailey." [seven times] (Bill Clinton also recently made the same mistake.) Then she said he was a Marine Corps veteran. (He's not.)The Des Moines Register posted video of the event:... Somebody quickly pounced the Braley/Bailey flub. The Web site votebrucebailey.com redirects to the campaign Web site of Republican nominee Joni Ernst.
  • Santorum to aid Steve King in fundraiser

    10/10/2014 2:33:04 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | Bret Hayworth
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who narrowly won the 2012 Iowa caucuses, will headline a fundraiser later this month for U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron. The event will take place Oct. 22 in a private home in Dakota Dunes, S.D. (SNIP) In a release, Santorum said King is the kind of congressman people need. “We need Steve King in Congress to stand up for America, our sovereignty, values, and economy... Steve understands the burden illegal immigration creates on American workers and their wages.
  • Steve King Mean Tweets

    10/07/2014 2:33:54 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    "I hate and despise you and the world hates you too," King reads in the video. "Not a fan," he adds. His wife, Marilyn, also joins him. "I bet Steve King smells like mothballs and dusty Bibles," she reads. "Oddly, no one has compiled a list of all the cuckoo things Steve King has said," she reads, then pauses. "No, they have." But King responds to at least one Tweet. "Your (sic) the problem we have to fix," one person wrote. King responds, "You're the problem we have to fix. Y-O-U-R, you're the problem. You're illiterate. "Your" rhymes with "Common...
  • In Arkansas, Bill Clinton tries to save Democrats from Barack Obama

    10/06/2014 5:51:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 6, 2014 | Byron York
    what is likely to become a theme of the last weeks of campaigning before the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton all but begged voters here in Arkansas not to use their vote as an expression of disapproval for Barack Obama. The president is playing an outsized role in the race between Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Obama is seriously unpopular here; a recent survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling put his job approval rating at 31 percent, versus 62 percent disapproval. ... The Democratic effort to free Pryor and...
  • GOP edge grows in final stretch

    10/04/2014 5:56:23 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Cameron Josep]h
    With one month until Election Day, Republicans' chances for retaking the Senate and picking up seats in the House are improving. The GOP has been buoyed by positive public polling, while red-state Democrats are still struggling to find distance from President Obama. There are bright spots and even some unexpected new targets on the map for both parties, but the overall national environment seems to have ticked a bit toward Republicans. The GOP needs to win a net of six seats to retake control of the Senate, and Republicans seem better-positioned to do so now than they did through much...
  • Joni Ernst Tops Bruce Braley in Iowa Fundraising Battle

    10/03/2014 1:52:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Republican Joni Ernst raised about $1.7 million more in the third quarter than her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley in the closely contested Iowa Senate race, the Des Moines Register reports: Ernst, a Republican state senator, will report raising over $4.5 million in the quarter, her campaign aides told the Register on Tuesday. That haul more than doubles her second-quarter number. A surge in money can signal that donors nationwide sense a victory and are willing to pump in money to tip a candidate over the edge. Braley, a Democratic congressman, will report raising $2.8 million, his best quarter to date....
  • Audit Finds Thousands Stolen, Secretary Likely to Blame

    10/01/2014 4:35:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    WHO Radio, Des Moines ^ | October 1, 2014 | Connor Quealy
    MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa - The state auditor is recommending changes to the way small bodies of government handle money after a secretary in Mahaska County allegedly pocketed thousand of dollars. An investigation into the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District found former Secretary Jessica Strasser allegedly mismanaged nearly $280 thousand. A review of Strasser's personal bank statements found $240 thousand in cash deposited to her accounts. Deputy State Auditor Tami Kusian said Strasser had little oversight and as a result the $241,248 in cash withdrawn from the district's accounts went largely unnoticed for years. "Anybody that had reviewed these...
  • The Method To Steve King's Madness

    09/30/2014 2:28:49 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 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 · 16 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 · 9 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...