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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sooey! Joni Ernst ahead 6 points in key Iowa poll

    09/28/2014 12:27:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 28, 2014 | Amy Miller
    Dems freaking out. Remember Joni Ernst? She’s the pig-castrating, conservative candidate for Senate out of Iowa who took the internet by storm earlier this year with her campaign video claiming she’ll “make big spenders squeal” when she gets to Washington. Since she kicked off her campaign, Ernst has been seen as a long-shot to take the seat that had been held for 30 years by Democrat Tom Harkin, but a recent poll shows that her Dem opponent Bruce Braley is now running defense. Via the Des Moines Register: Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in a race that has...
  • 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...
  • Steve King says Obama’s immigration policy aimed at flooding the nation with future Democrats

    09/25/2014 2:27:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | September 24, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Wednesday warned that President Barack Obama’s immigration policy is designed explicitly to make it easier for left-leaning illegal immigrants enter the country and stay, in the hopes that they can eventually become lawful voters who vote for Democrats. “This administration, they want to flood this country with people who either are or will become Democrats,” he said in an interview with TheBlaze. “They know that political calculation.” “And nobody believes that if we were importing millions of future Republicans that Democrats would be for that,” he added. “This is a cold political calculus.” King said...
  • 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.
  • 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 strike lasting Middle East peace deal

    09/16/2014 10:57:51 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/16/2014 | Dan Roberts
    Former US president recorded going off-message in criticising the Israeli government’s unwillingness to seek peace Bill Clinton has been recorded going off-message and criticising the Israeli government’s unwillingness to seek peace with Palestinians in unguarded comments that contrast with other leading Democrats, including his wife, potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Though brief and apparently unscripted, the exchange, which was recorded by C-Span and picked up by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is in stark contrast to recent comments by Hillary Clinton, who has been more supportive of Netanyahu’s handling of the recent conflict in Gaza. The Obama administration has also been less...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Why Iowa’s Senate race is one of the closest in the nation

    09/17/2014 1:11:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Public Broadcasting Service ^ | September 16, 2014 | Judy Woodruff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: A quick look at the calendar reminds us that today is just seven weeks away from this year’s midterm elections, when voters across the country will be deciding ballot issues and choosing state and local officeholders and members of Congress. With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs, I headed to Iowa this past weekend, the site of one of the closest contests in the nation. If you love college football, the place to be in Iowa this past weekend was Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, as they hosted the Iowa...
  • 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.
  • It’s Happening: NBC News reveals Hillary too far right for some Iowa Democrats

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    After coming in third in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not have much love for Hawkeye State Democrats. The feeling, it seems, is mutual. Over the weekend, Clinton traveled to Iowa to attend retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) “steak fry,” an event which has become an institution in the pivotal Midwestern electoral battleground. NBC News sent Andrea Mitchell along with her where the reporter spent some time speaking to prospective Democratic caucus-goers. Mitchell found what so many know in their hearts to be true: Clinton’s support among Democrats is a mile wide and...
  • Braley Backs Moving Guantanamo Terrorists To The United States

    09/13/2014 6:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iowa Democrat continues to support plan despite years of congressional opposition.Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) continued to vote in favor of transferring terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a U.S. facility even after the plan collapsed due to congressional opposition, according to government records. Republicans have blasted Braley this week for supporting an initial proposal in 2009 to move the detainees to an Illinois correctional center near the Iowa border. The criticism comes as polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans view the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the al Qaeda offshoot that...
  • 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...
  • Iowa poll: Huckabee tops GOP field… by a lot

    09/13/2014 11:31:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/13/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    More evidence surfaced on Friday which proves conclusively that the 2016 presidential race is not upon us. At the very least, the “invisible primary” remains perfectly invisible for now. On Friday, a CNN/ORC poll was released which misled its readers into thinking that the presidential race is on in the Hawkeye State. That survey revealed that the campaign is a rather predictable one on the Democratic side. The state which rejected Clinton in 2008 is now prepared to embrace her. At least, 53 percent of Iowa Democrats are prepared to make that leap. Another 15 percent of Democrats back...
  • 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...
  • How Joni Ernst Became a Contender: Democrats have been surprised by her strength in Iowa

    09/12/2014 6:54:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 9, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    How did Iowa state senator Joni Ernst become a threat to Harry Reid’s Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate? “The Democrats have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Ms. Ernst, and at the best this race is a tie, it’s still a pure toss-up in what should be a marginally Democrat environment in Iowa,” a GOP pollster told NRO. This race was not supposed to challenge Democrats or drain their resources. “I was confident Rep. Braley would win the day he announced,” state Democratic-party chairman Tyler Olsen said in February, “and I’m only getting more confident every day.” What...
  • Clinton tops Democrats in Iowa while Huckabee leads Republicans

    09/12/2014 11:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | September 12, 2014 | Dan Merica
    Hillary Clinton is heading to Iowa as the politician that most Democrats would choose as their 2016 presidential nominee. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 53% of all registered Democrats contacted in Iowa said they would support Hillary Clinton if the 2016 caucuses were held today. That number far outpaces the 15% that would opt for Vice President Joe Biden, 7% who would choose Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 5% who would pick Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton will be visiting Iowa for the first time in six years on Sunday when she headlines the last Harkin Steak Fry. Biden, likewise, will...
  • 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...
  • Dem Sen. Denounces ISIS ‘Fear-Mongering’: Same as ‘After 9/11′

    09/11/2014 5:43:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Ahead of President Barack Obama’s address to the nation this evening regarding increased military action against ISIS, the Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery spoke to several members of Congress from either side of the aisle and concluded that America’s elected leaders are “practically in lockstep pushing for an expanded fight against the militant group overseas.” With many members of the House and Senate in tough reelection bids this fall, they are likely loathe to appear soft on terror. But one Democratic senator, who just happens to be retiring at the end of his fifth term this year, feels differently. Tom Harkin...
  • Door Sleeve Keeps Shooters Out of Classroom

    09/10/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Discovery News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Lauren Blanchard, FoxNews
    <p>A group of small town teachers have a big idea called The Sleeve. It's a device that slips over the closer-arm of a door to prevent the door from being opened from the outside. The idea is to buy time for teachers and students during a school shooting.</p>
  • Iowa women, 90 and 91, marry after being together 72 years

    09/09/2014 4:28:37 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 18 replies
    KDVR ^ | 9/8/14
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — On Saturday, Alice “Nonie” Dubes, 90, and Vivian Doyack, 91, got married in Iowa after being together the past 72 years, the Quad City Times reported.
  • Protesters march in Des Moines for 'Ferguson Solidarity March'

    09/07/2014 1:12:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | September 6, 2014 | Steffi Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa —Protesters marched from the Iowa State Capitol to the Polk County Courthouse Saturday afternoon as part of the "Ferguson Solidarity March." “Ferguson’s problems are our problems,” one protester said. Organizers of the protest said they need to send a message about police and racial problems, especially since they believe what happened in Ferguson can also happen in Des Moines. “I think it’s that persistence is key right now because here in Des Moines, we’re not accustomed to seeing things like this happen, “organizer Kaija Carter said. Protesters even added what they call a "die-in" to illustrate what...
  • Pro-life photos of the week: Pregnancy care center sign beats Planned Parenthood wall

    09/06/2014 5:55:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Click all photos to enlarge… The Catholic Globe reported on an interesting competition in Iowa: Location was a huge factor for Mary’s Choice, a pro-life pregnancy resource center in Sioux City as it is next to Planned Parenthood, because it could be seen by those entering the facility. According to Sherill Glassmaker, director of Mary’s Choice, when Planned Parenthood erected a tall wooden wall, visibility of the pro-life center was impacted. “We had a sign on the side of our building and people would pull into Planned Parenthood. A lot of times people would call from the parking lot and...
  • Sarah Palin and September 3rd:How Two Speeches Re-Defined the Planes of Politics

    09/03/2014 11:09:13 AM PDT · by Bratch · 31 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | September 03 2014 | Whitney Pitcher
    September 3rd, 2008. It’s a day many of us remember quite well. Governor Palin brought the house down with her RNC speech accepting the Vice Presidential nomination. Not only was her delivery perfectly pitched, her words were revelatory of the Obama presidency: C-SPAN: Vice Presidential Candidate Gov. Sarah Palin (AK) Full Speech at the RNC We are now six years removed from this political earthquake, but the prescient aftershocks continue to occur. Four years ago, Stacy Drake and I tag teamed a post highlighting the warnings of Governor Palin in that eventually came to fruition in the first two years of the...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigns after Iowa bribery scandal deepens

    08/29/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 29, 2014 | Sam Youngman
    Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign. Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell "reluctantly accepted." Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a "heavy heart." He maintained his innocence, faulting "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors." "This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the...
  • Iowa pol admits taking secret payments to switch '12 support from Bachmann to Paul

    08/29/2014 4:52:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/14 | Fox News
    A former Iowa state senator who was a key official in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to illicitly concealing payments he received to switch his support from Bachmann to then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former GOP state Sen. Kent Sorenson received thousands of dollars in "under the table payments," according to the Justice Department, to ditch Bachmann’s campaign, where he had served as Iowa chairman. He endorsed Paul instead.
  • 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...
  • Will Iowa be Dem's Waterloo?

    08/25/2014 4:39:11 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa was never supposed to be a Senate battleground for Democrats. Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and it’s now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braley’s flagging campaign before it’s too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. “If the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority,” said one national Democratic strategist. “The...
  • Will Iowa be Dems’ Waterloo?

    08/24/2014 3:59:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and it’s now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braley’s flagging campaign before it’s too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. “If the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority,” said one national Democratic strategist. “The race could very much go either way. We feel like the...
  • Local protesters plan trip to Ferguson Sat.: Plans to aid protesters who've been hit w/tear gas

    08/21/2014 9:20:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ryan Smith
    DES MOINES, Iowa —Police and protesters have clashed for more than a week in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Local filmmaker Justin Norman captured dozens of images and video of the conflict to document the tense situation. Norman said it didn’t take long to witness a physical dispute on a street corner. “Before a half-hour of being there, I saw this woman forced to the ground, handcuffed and put in the back of a police car, arrested for standing and holding a sign,” Norman said. The distance between Des Moines and Ferguson is about 340 miles, but Norman...
  • Democrats try out a new/old bogeywoman: Sarah Palin

    08/20/2014 2:01:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 18, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a new ad Monday tying Iowa GOP Senate hopeful Joni Ernst to Sarah Palin. The 30-second ad plays audio of Palin praising Ernst and Ernst praising Palin. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Given that Palin is broadly unpopular and highly polarizing, the ad might seem to be much ado about nothing. After all, Palin has been a Democratic foil for years. But national Democrats haven't actually used her much in their advertising campaigns. And, in fact, this is the first TV ad the DSCC has ever run featuring Palin. The committee did feature Palin in a 2009...
  • Joni Ernst Bio Video (7 minutes)

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

    08/18/2014 6:06:11 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    Time.com ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jay Newton-Small
    Standing before a crowd at the Iowa State Fair, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the crowd what she really thought about Republican Iowa Senate hopeful Joni Ernst. “She’s like an onion of crazy; the more you peel back the layers, the more disturbing it is,”. This is the conventional wisdom Democrats have been pushing in this too-close-to-call race between State Sen. Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley. Ernst is an extreme, Tea Party nut job, the female version of Ted Cruz. The problem with this line of rhetoric is: it’s not true. To be sure, Ernst is more...
  • Dozens rally for 'Love Without Borders'

    08/18/2014 12:36:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Quad-City Times ^ | August 17, 2014 | Linda Cook
    Janet Woods-Bragg of Davenport holds a sign reading "I was an immigrant and you welcomed me," in reference to scripture from Matthew 25:35 on Sunday at the "Love Without Borders" interfaith rally in Davenport. More than 100 people gathered in downtown Davenport on Sunday for an interfaith rally to support children fleeing Central America to enter the United States. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba urged the crowd at the “Love Without Borders” event to “work for social responsibility.” He and local social service leaders helped launch the initiative in July when he suggested that the Quad-Cities host some of the immigrant...
  • Watch Two DREAMers Who Confront Rep. Steve King Get A Timely Lesson on Immigration Law

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

    08/13/2014 9:51:32 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | July 16, 2014 | Ed Tibbetts
    Republicans are mounting an attack on Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley over a dispute with one of his neighbors involving some chickens. On social media and beginning Wednesday in a web video, conservatives have been criticizing the Waterloo lawyer over the incident at his second home at Holiday Lake in Powesheik County. The dispute arose this spring when Braley's wife, Carolyn, lodged a complaint with their homeowner's association about chickens running free. After that, Rep. Braley called the association's attorney, Tom Lacina, about the matter. An email from Lacina to the association's board said "the implication from Mr. Braley was...
  • Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43%

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

    08/16/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-16-14 | Kevin Burbach
    Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire...
  • Rand Paul Skips Iowa Confab, Hits Hamptons Fundraiser

    08/13/2014 4:13:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 13, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    To paraphrase a memorable advertisement starring a young Andre Agassi: In Iowa, image is everything. It's a lesson that Rand Paul appears to be learning the hard way. Citing a "family commitment," the likely 2016 White House hopeful passed on attending Saturday’s Family Leadership Summit -- evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats’ annual gathering of social-conservative activists in Ames, Iowa. Few in the nation’s first voting state would have considered the Kentucky senator’s absence a big deal, especially since Paul has been extremely active building relationships in Iowa and has visited there frequently over the past year, including a three-day trip...
  • Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

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