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  • Rogers: The fade of the liberal left

    02/09/2015 12:03:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Iowa State Daily ^ | February 9, 2015 | Clay Rogers
    A tectonic shift is occurring in American politics. The old guard of the Democratic Party will soon be far too ancient to contest an election. This creates serious problems for the party once 2016 passes. It’s obvious that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden will soon announce their candidacy, but who will fill the ranks when they’re gone? It’s important to know that there was once a socially conservative generation deemed "The Greatest Generation." These, the heroes of Anzio and Guadalcanal, gave birth to a litter of selfish creatures called "baby boomers." The baby boomers soon colonized communal settlements known as...
  • Is Scott Walker the Republican’s Jimmy Carter?

    01/29/2015 5:09:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 29, 2015 | Lincoln Mitchell
    The 2016 Republican nominating season is beginning to move to the next level as events like last weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit give candidates more opportunities to interact with primary voters in early states. Although Jeb Bush’s announcement late last year that he will explore a candidacy has shaken up the race, the Republicans can hardly be described as closing ranks around the former Florida governor. It remains likely that the Republican primary field will be large, and by most measures, strong, leading to a genuinely competitive primary. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is the kind of candidate who can easily...
  • After Sarah: The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

    01/29/2015 3:26:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | James Poulos
    The Embarracuda is finished. Where will her peeps go? To one obvious successor. She may not field dress a moose, but she castrates pigs.Before the 2016 campaign for president could even begin in earnest, the greatest political romance of our times has already died. And it could make all the difference next November. In a turn that was perhaps inevitable but nonetheless remarkable, Sarah Palin delivered a hyped-up speech (at Iowa's high-profile Freedom Summit) that drew disappointing reviews from within her own base of support. To the surprise of no one, Palin's critics blew a gasket straining to capture the...
  • TRANSCRIPT: GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address

    01/21/2015 6:58:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | ny daily news
    Following is the full text of the Republican Address to the Nation by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), as prepared for delivery: "Good evening. "I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight. "A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his. "Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech,...
  • Joan Walsh - State of the GOP is broken: I thought Joni Ernst was bad. Then I watched Ted Cruz

    01/21/2015 4:55:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 21, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    Watching Sen. Joni Ernst Tuesday night, I found myself thinking: If there’s a GOP establishment, it must consist of secret Democrats, because they so reliably sabotage their rising stars by assigning them the reply to President Obama’s annual State of the Union address, way before they’re ready. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Marco Rubio moved from 2016 contenders to punch lines in moments. Ernst seemed headed the same way, with her robotic sing-song delivery and her head-scratching anecdotes about bread bags on her shoes and working the biscuit lines at Hardees. She was clearly working to show voters that she’s...
  • Luke Russert: Joni Ernst ‘Was a Pig Farmer Around This Time Last Year’

    01/21/2015 2:35:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 20, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Choice of Ernst about personality, not policy. Congressional correspondent Luke Russert said on MSNBC Tuesday that freshman Sen. Joni Ernst was a pig farmer this time last year and marveled that she is now she is giving the rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address. “That is an extraordinary rise in politics right there,” Russert told Joy Ann Reid. Russert said that Ernst is emblematic of what the GOP wants to be. “That is what you’ll see her do tonight, sell her personality as a war veteran and somebody who was a pig farmer around this time last...
  • Liberal Icon Keith Olbermann Mocks Joni Ernst for Growing Up Poor

    01/21/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by blueyon · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 1/20/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Liberal icon and current ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter Wednesday night to callously mock Sen. Joni Ernst for her growing up in a poor working family in Red Oak, Iowa. Ernst spoke of her childhood when she gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm. I worked construction with my dad. To save for college, I worked the morning biscuit line at Hardees. “We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every...
  • Video: Sen. Joni Ernst delivers GOP rebuttal to Obama’s SOTU

    01/21/2015 7:24:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    First, let it be known that I am on the record many times declaring the tradition of the State of the Union and the State of the Union response as the worst monsters of democracy. I swear I would vote for anyone who promised to go back to sending a letter to Congress.If the SOTU is a dry, boring, laundry list of impossible goals and partisan cheap shots, the SOTU response is an even bleaker task. It has famously tripped up many a comer—Republicans more than Democrats, not because Democrats are any better but because the press is much...
  • FULL TEXT: Joni Ernst’s Republican Party response to the 2015 State of the Union

    01/20/2015 7:31:22 PM PST · by iowamark · 110 replies
    National Journal ^ | 1/20/2015
    “Good evening. “I’m Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight. “A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it’s important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his. “Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, I’d like to talk about your priorities. I’d like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected,...
  • EXCERPTS: Sen. Joni Ernst Delivers the Republican Address to the Nation

    01/20/2015 4:16:06 PM PST · by iowamark · 41 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | 1/20/2015
    WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union. Following are excerpts from the address: “I’d like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again. We heard the message you sent in November — loud and clear. And now we’re getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country.” --- “We see our neighbors agonize over stagnant wages and lost jobs. We see the hurt caused by...
  • Unsolicited Advice: Let it rip Joni!

    01/20/2015 2:44:10 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/19/2015 | Craig Robinson
    Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Obama will likely be the most watched State of the Union address in the state of Iowa – not because Iowans are interested in all of the government handouts the President is proposing, but because Iowa’s newest U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, has been selected to give the Republican response. Ernst’s selection to give the response is not just a huge honor, but another indication that her national prominence could not be any higher than it is right now. Ernst’s meteoric rise from a rural southwest Iowa state senator to a United...
  • Pro-Life Senator Joni Ernst Will Deliver Response to Obama’s State of the Union

    01/15/2015 6:45:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The top republicans in Congress have tapped pro-life Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa to deliver the GOP response to pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week. “Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want Congress to get back to work and that they want Washington to get refocused on their concerns, instead of those of the political class,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in...
  • Meet the ridiculous new pro-abortion argument

    01/03/2015 12:33:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Live Action News ^ | January 3, 2015 | Rebecca Downs
    You may remember “can’t say it? don’t legislate it.” For those who need a refresher, abortion advocates made a fuss by falsely claiming that Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown was censured simply for using the word “vagina.” In reality she was censured for violating House decorum and comparing support for pro-life legislation to rape. It is the abortion industry that is obsessed with a woman’s reproductive organs. While a baby does come out of her mother, this is not the only aspect of pregnancy, childbirth, and abortion. Another human being’s life is always at stake, and that life deserves just...
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nation’s most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • What Senator Elect Joni Ernst Was Caught Doing 2 Days After the Election

    11/10/2014 5:08:30 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 46 replies
    Joni Ernst was elected as Iowa’s first female US Senator last Tuesday as part of the massive GOP landslide which saw the Party retake the majority in the the Upper House of Congress.
  • 'Thanks Joni'

    11/09/2014 6:20:58 AM PST · by IwaCornDogs · 18 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 11/9/14 | Twitchy
    'Thanks Joni': Hardee's CEO congratulates Senator-elect Ernst with new full page ad
  • In Iowa, GOP's Joni Ernst broke a gender barrier on her own terms

    11/08/2014 10:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Maeve Reston
    Joni Ernst's feat this week was one that many thought was impossible: a Republican victory in a blue state that Obama won twice, and the first woman ever elected to Congress from Iowa. Not only did Ernst win a U.S. Senate seat, she clobbered her Democratic opponent by an 8-point margin.. So how did she pull it off in a state that has so long resisted making women its top leaders? A weak opponent, a breakthrough ad in the hog barn that went viral, and a carefully cultivated image that female politicians from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sarah Palin have...
  • The Midterms Were Only Bad for Women If You Have a Very Narrow View of Women

    11/07/2014 9:11:36 PM PST · by South40 · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/7/2014 | Jessica Grose
    A headline on the Cut announces that the midterm election results were “Bad News for Women.” Under it, Ann Friedman argues that even though there were several “prominent victories” for Republican women this week—including combat veteran and hog castrator Joni Ernst in Iowa, black Mormon Mia Love in Utah, and youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress Elise Stefanik in New York—because they do not support abortion rights and are pro-gun, that means their wins are not a boon for women. I’m not sure I agree. If you are against everything Joni Ernst or Mia Love stand for, then...
  • Davis, Fluke And Dunham: Liberal Feminism’s Rage Spiral

    11/06/2014 4:15:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 11-6-14 | Matt K. Lewis
    Radical liberal feminism — the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control — has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it’s been a really rough week, or so. And I’m not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the “war on women” narrative by defeating Colorado’s ”Mark Uterus.”The story also played out in Texas, where — writing about the race — Mollie Hemingway observed: “Wendy Davis was the face of ‘War On Women’ Politics. How’d that go?” And it played out in California, where Sandra Fluke lost a bid for...
  • Cosmo Hails Historic Number of Women in Congress…

    11/06/2014 4:11:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    Wednesday morning, Cosmopolitan magazine hailed the fact that 100 women are going to serve in Congress for the first time ever. The only problem? The magazine rooted against a fifth of them – or at least ignored them. The fashion magazine for some reason decided to jump into politics this year and endorse candidates for the 2014 midterm elections. Surprise, surprise, all of the politicians they endorsed were pro-abortion Democrats. Here were just a few: Amanda Renteria, Jeanne Shaheen, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mary Burke, Carol Shea-Porter, Michelle Nunn, Staci Appel, and everyone’s favorite candidate, Wendy Davis. In the House races, specifically, conservative, pro-life...
  • Charles Pierce Live Blogging: Open All Night (Schadenfreude-alicious)

    11/06/2014 8:16:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Esquire Magazine's The Politics Blog ^ | November 4, 2014 | Charles P. Pierce
    1:30AM -- I think it was contemplating the fact that both Sam Brownback and Paul LePage both may have survived as governors that was the last straw for me tonight. Brownback has wrecked his state. Even Kansas Republicans believe that. LePage is a local embarrassment who became a national embarrassment in the final days before the election. Even Maine Republicans believe that. But Brownback will go back to wrecking his state, and LePage will go back to embarrassing his because of an attitude that Republicans, and the conservative movement that has powered the party, have cultivated carefully over the last...
  • Pat Buchanan: Joni Ernst Almost as ‘Attractive’ as Palin and Bachmann

    11/05/2014 2:51:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 5, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan doesn’t pop up on cable news much these days, but he did get a platform to discuss his thoughts about yesterday’s midterms on Newsmax Wednesday. And when it came to Senator-elect Joni Ernst in Iowa, Buchanan couldn’t say enough about her “attractiveness.” Buchanan began by calling Ernst and “enormously attractive figure” and “a gal with a real sense of humor and a fighting spirit.” He added that she “has the same kind of attractiveness that Sarah Palin had at the start and that Michele Bachmann gained in the Iowa caucuses, I mean, being a...
  • Republicans pick up Iowa, take over Senate

    11/04/2014 7:27:14 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 30 replies
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  • Joni Ernst Wins Election, First Woman to Represent Iowa in US Senate

    11/04/2014 7:54:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | November 4, 2014 | Aaron Hepker
    DES MOINES, Iowa – Joni Ernst has been elected as the next U.S. Senator from Iowa. The Republican, a state Senator from Red Oak, defeated Democrat U.S. Representative Bruce Braley in one of the nation’s closest watched elections. Ernst will fill the seat currently occupied by Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1985, announced in January 2013 that he would retire at the end of his term in January 2015....
  • Huffington Post: Joni Ernst's Pro-Second Amendment Stance Is an Appeal to 'Extremists'

    11/04/2014 4:25:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | November 4, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    As Iowans headed to the polls Tuesday, the Huffington Post made a last-second bid to sway them by suggesting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst's pro-Second Amendment convictions could be "designed to appeal" to "extremists." Perhaps not surprisingly, this suggestion came at that same time that Ernst and the rest of America awoke to see that her lead over pro-gun control candidate Bruce Braley (D) growing. According to HuffPo, Enrst said, "I believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family--whether it's from an intruder, or whether it's from the government, should...
  • MSNBC: Harkin comments about Joni Ernst are “stupid”, could backfire on Braley

    11/03/2014 5:49:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 3, 2014
    Over the weekend Senator Harkin, while campaigning for Bruce Braley, suggested that people may vote for Joni Ernst because she’s really attractive and sounds nice, but they shouldn’t be fooled by that. MSNBC this morning called the comments stupid and said it’s likely they could backfire on Braley:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)This morning Joni Ernst went on Fox and Friends and called the Senator’s words offensive:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)As we know already Ernst has jumped to a nice 7-point lead over Braley and while Harkin’s comment’s may not backfire, it certainly won’t help Braley either.
  • Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans

    11/03/2014 3:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | November 3, 2014 | Rory Carroll in Des Moines
    Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals. Joni Ernst became famous by gazing into a camera and boasting of castrating hogs on the Iowa farm where she grew up. “So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” she said. The campaign ad Squeal showed images of pigs, then came her punchline. “Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make ‘em squeal.” Even Democrats laughed. Late-night comedians spoofed it. Few, initially, took it seriously. This was back in March. Ernst was an obscure, one-term...
  • Latest Quinnipiac Poll has Braley, Ernst Tied (Des Moines Register poll (Ernst +7%) was an outlier

    11/03/2014 7:59:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 78 replies
    The Des Moines Register | 11/3/2014 (10 minutes ago) | MacKenzie Elmer
    ... Quinnipiac University released a poll today showing Ernst and Braley split 47-47 with 4 percent of voters undecided. ...
  • Outgoing Democrat Tom Harkin Warns Iowa Not to Vote For Joni Ernst Because She's "Really Attractive"

    11/03/2014 4:30:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    <p>In case you missed it over the weekend, Republican Joni Ernst is up by seven points over her Democrat opponent Bruce Braley in Iowa's U.S. Senate race according to a new poll from The Des Moines Register.</p> <p>Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP's hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.</p>
  • Tom Harkin: Don’t Be Fooled Because Joni Ernst Is “Really Attractive,” “Sounds Nice”

    11/02/2014 5:57:14 PM PST · by Perdogg · 79 replies
    Retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn’t be fooled because Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice.”
  • Bruce Braley says he’s against late term abortion. His record says something else.

    11/02/2014 2:38:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nov 1, 2014 | Adam Peters
    NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president, Ilyse Hogue, said in a recent fundraising email that she’s “seriously starting to panic.” No, it’s not because she’s suddenly realized how her organization makes life easy for sexual predators. Rather, it’s because “[a]nti-choice Republicans are about to take over the Senate–and Mitch McConnell has already said that one of the very first things he’ll do is pass a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.” For evidence of the impending takeover, Ms. Hogue pointed to the Iowa senate race, where “polls say the anti-choice candidate is ahead by 2.5 points.” That “anti-choice candidate” would be Joni...
  • New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races

    11/02/2014 11:47:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 02, 2014
    New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races November 02, 2014 Republican Senate candidates are pulling away in the final days of key races, according to polls released this weekend. Republicans are either leading in Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana or will likely win runoff elections, according to a NBC/Marist poll released Sunday. In addition, the Republican nominee in Iowa, Joni Ernst, now has a 7-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep Bruce Braley, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday. Most polls have shown until now that the four races have essentially been deadlocked in the closing...
  • Ernst surges to 7 point lead in Iowa Senate race

    11/02/2014 9:22:06 AM PST · by CPT Clay · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 2, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A poll by the Des Moines Register published today offers multiple reasons for GOP joy. Jodi Ernst is breaking out into a lead that is beyond the poll’s margin of error, while, Harry Reid, in words he may regret, has gone on the record saying that an Ernst win portends the GOP taking the Senate. "What Joni Ernst would mean, coming to the United States Senate, is that Mitch McConnell would be the leader of the Senate, someone who agrees with her on virtually everything. Think what that would mean to our country," Reid said on Friday. Unless this is...
  • Breaking Away? Ernst Leads Braley By 7 In Iowa

    11/02/2014 8:00:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    If you’re in the Joni Ernst camp, then yesterday was probably a very exciting one given that the Des Moines Register’s  latest poll showed the GOP senate hopeful 7 points ahead of her Democratic opponent Rep. Bruce Braley [emphasis mine]: Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP's hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate. … Braley has lost vote share since an early October Iowa Poll (he dropped from 46 percent to 44 percent) while...
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 7:59:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, is in the former group: She’s always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzer’s poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses — most other...
  • Harry Reid: Senate Control Hangs On One Key Race

    11/01/2014 12:35:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    CBSNews ^ | November 01, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    REBECCA KAPLAN November 1, 2014 Harry Reid: Senate Control Hangs On One Key Race Republican takeover of the Senate will likely depend on the outcome of the Iowa Senate race. "What Joni Ernst would mean, coming to the United States Senate, is that Mitch McConnell would be the leader of the Senate, someone who agrees with her on virtually everything. Think what that would mean to our country," Reid said Saturday, according to Roll Call. Republican Joni Ernst is neck and neck with Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate. Reid was participating in a conference call organized by the Progressive...
  • Harry Reid: Ernst too far right for conservatives

    11/01/2014 8:39:26 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday urged progressive activists to get out the vote for Bruce Braley, calling Iowa crucial to Democratic hopes to keep the Senate. “If we win Iowa, we’re going to do just fine,” Reid said on a call organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Iowa is a key for what we do.” During the call, Reid said Joni Ernst, the GOP Senate nominee in Iowa, would be a disaster for issues key to progressives, like protecting Social Security and raising the minimum wage. Ernst, a state senator, and Braley, a four-term congressman, are...
  • Joni Ernst is Right to Skip Editorial Board Meetings

    10/31/2014 3:42:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    RedState ^ | October 30, 2014 | Leon H. Wolf
    The media’s sense of entitlement is really something to behold whenever they feel like they aren’t getting their due. The most recent example of this phenomenon has been the media’s reaction to Joni Ernst’s decision to skip meetings with three editorial board meetings, including one with the Des Moines Register, last week. The media, predictably, is up in arms over the gall of Ernst in skipping their gatekeeping function, leading the media to declare that Ernst is unfit for office. Predictably, Ernst has responded that she sees no value added in wasting her time kowtowing to people who aren’t going...
  • Democrat Bruce Braley Up A Whopping 15 Points With Early Voters In Iowa Senate Race

    10/30/2014 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 120 replies
    Politicus USA ^ | 10/29/2014 | Justin Baragona
    In a poll released Wednesday by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group [Link at URL], Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) holds a commanding lead with early voters in Iowa's open Senate race compraed to his Republican opponent Joni Ernst. While the poll shows the race to be a dead heat, which is consistent with recent polling [Link at URL], Braley holds an impressive 15-point lead with those who have already voted. The poll also shows that Braley has a 10-point lead with independent voters. ...
  • Hillary Clinton: Dodging tough questions should be 'disqualifying' in Iowa

    10/30/2014 2:15:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WICU-TV / CNN ^ | October 29, 2014 | Dan Merica
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) -- Hillary Clinton swiped at Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst on Wednesday for canceling a meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board last week, telling a labor audience that not answering "tough questions" is "disqualifying" in the state. "I have concluded that Iowans take politics really seriously," Clinton said. "You test your candidates, you actually force them to be the best they can be and they have to be willing to answer the tough questions." Democrat Bruce Braley "has been willing to do this, and his opponent has not," she said. ---snip--- Clinton also knocked...
  • The NYT has had enough of you bumpkins deciding elections

    10/29/2014 3:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    At first glance, it’s tempting to think that Mark Leibovitch is calling various Republican candidates stupid in his New York Times article, The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections. It would be an easy and understandable mistake to make, given that the introduction focuses almost entirely on Joni Ernst, with a generous sprinkling of Sarah Palin and other, almost exclusively GOP figures throughout the piece. But a closer reading reveals that even though the author might be thinking the candidates are toothless, drooling hicks, he’s really casting stones at those of you stupid enough to fall for their homespun, down on...
  • The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections

    10/28/2014 12:55:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | October 28, 2014 | Mark Leibovich
    Joni Ernst, the Iowa state senator and Iraq War veteran, was standing in a barn in a purple flannel shirt and an unzipped vest. Beside her, various swine burrowed in the hog lot; two small pigs spooned; there was copious squealing. When Ernst, who grew up on a farm castrating hogs, opened her mouth to speak, she drew the inevitable connection between her upbringing and her current role as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate. “When I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” Ernst said, smiling. Title cards reinforced her credentials. (“Joni Ernst: Mother. Soldier....
  • Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

    10/25/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Siegel
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There's a woman running in the tight race for the Senate in Iowa — one of the contests that will decide who controls the Senate next year. In the 21st century, a female candidate for Senate may not sound historic. But in Iowa, it is. The state shares a rare distinction with Mississippi: It has never elected a woman to the Senate, to the House, or to be governor. Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to change that in her race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley — a race in which the role of female voters is central....
  • Early Voting Turnout for Republicans in Iowa is Unprecedented: “This has never happened before.”

    10/24/2014 2:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 24, 2014 | Aleister
    Early voting is looking good for Iowa Republican Joni Ernst. In fact, it’s looking better than usual. Kirsten Hunter of the Washington Free Beacon reports that even CNN is acknowledging the trend: CNN: Iowa Early Vote Data Shows Unprecedented Republican Numbers Elated Republicans are celebrating the unprecedented success of U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa’s early voting. Iowa Republicans banked a surge of early voters this week, a practice usually dominated by Democrats in the state. Ernst’s unprecedented success is also the result of her opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley’s, failure to mobilize Iowa Democrats despite receiving support from...
  • Iowa Senate candidate cancels on newspaper editors

    10/24/2014 7:50:16 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 10/24/2014
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has canceled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa. Editors at the newspaper said Ernst's campaign notified them Wednesday night that she wouldn't attend the Thursday meeting. Publisher Rick Green said he was disappointed. "Undecided voters I talk to want Sen. Ernst to break through the rhetoric and cacophony of campaign ads about hogs, Obamacare and balanced budgets. It's a time for sharing specifics," Green said in a statement. Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, is locked in...
  • The real problem with Joni Ernst’s quote about guns and the government

    10/23/2014 7:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | October 23, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Regular readers will know that I’m a critic of the “My opponent said something objectionable and I’m outraged!” school of campaigning, not to mention the “Candidate said something objectionable!” school of campaign coverage. One of the most important rules in assessing “gaffes” or outsized statements is that if the moment was extemporaneous, out of character, instantly regretted, and not repeated, then we should give it a pass, because it probably reveals next to nothing about the person who said it. Having said that, there’s a new statement we learn about today from Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst that deserves some...
  • Joni Ernst and the Right To Revolutionary Violence

    10/23/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Washington Monthy's Political Animal Blog ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ed Kilgore
    The picture of IA GOP SEN nominee Joni Ernst that’s emerging from exposure of her pre-2014-general-election utterances is of a standard-brand Constitutional Conservative embracing all the strange and controversial tenets of that creed. There’s Agenda 21 madness. There’s Personhood advocacy. There are attacks on the entire New Deal/Great Society legacy—and perhaps even agricultural programs—as creating “dependency.” And now, inevitably, there’s the crown jewel of Con Con extremism: the belief that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to enable “patriots” to violently overthrow the government if in their opinion it’s overstepped its constitutional boundaries. Sam Levine of HuffPost has that...
  • 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 · 20 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...