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  • 7/17: Iowa 2016: Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tossup with Hillary Clinton

    07/21/2014 10:39:38 PM PDT · by Plummz · 22 replies
    Marist College ^ | 7-17-2014 | Marist Poll
    Looking ahead to 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite against Vice President Joe Biden among Iowa Democrats for her party’s nomination. But, she would find a general election matchup against either Kentucky Senator Rand Paul or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie very competitive. Clinton edges former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and has an early lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. There is a wide gender gap in these matchups. Although each of the potential Republican candidates has a more positive than negative rating with GOP...
  • Candidate Won’t Say Yet Whether Undocumented Children Should Come to Iowa

    07/19/2014 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    WHOTV NBC Local ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Dave Price
    DES MOINES, Iowa–Staci Appel, the Democratic nominee for Iowa’s Third Congressional District, wouldn’t say whether some of the tens of thousands of Central American children dumped at the U.S. border should at some point be able to come to Iowa. Appel expressed empathy for the children involved but said the federal authorities first need to investigate the circumstances of the children. She said, “I’m thinking as a mom it’s terrifying for some of the children to be there and be alone.” But she added, “We have to work through the processes, the procedures of how it works to find out...
  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Feds: Don't Dump Illegals in My State

    07/14/2014 9:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    After the federal government surreptitiously dumped illegal immigrants in Nebraska last week without informing its governor, Republican Iowa Governor Terry Branstad told federal officials Monday that he did not want his state hosting any illegal immigrant children. “The first thing we need to do is secure the border. I do have empathy for these kids,” Branstad said, according to the Associated Press. “But I also don’t want to send the signal that (you) send your kids to America illegally. That’s not the right message.” Branstad also "said he was not aware of any of the children currently living in Iowa"...
  • Up in the air: Mike Huckabee’s private plane habit

    07/14/2014 6:52:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alexander Burns
    Huckabee is flying more comfortably than during the 2008 race.As a presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee made a name for himself as the regular Joe on the debate stage, a threadbare underdog who couldn’t afford his opponents’ Madison Avenue-style commercials, plush hotels and chartered planes. In his campaign memoir, Huckabee proclaimed that he “kept in touch” with ordinary people while eating food-court fare and waiting for long-delayed commercial flights as “other candidates were stepping onto their Gulfstream jets.” These days, the former Arkansas governor is living — and flying — far more comfortably. Now a Fox News commentator and highly paid...
  • Bruce Braley’s War on Chickens: Candidate threatened lawsuit after chicken walked into his yard

    07/14/2014 5:37:30 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 14, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) threatened to sue a homeowners’ association after a chicken crossed onto his vacation home property in Iowa, again raising concerns that the Senate candidate is out-of-touch with farmers in the state, the Iowa Republican reports. The dispute started this spring after one of his neighbor’s chickens appeared on his vacation property in Holiday Lake, Iowa: Braley’s wife Carolyn attended a May 8 meeting of the Holiday Lake Owner’s Association to complain about the fowl. The dispute escalated, causing the association to incur nearly $1,700 in legal fees after Braley called the association’s attorney with an...
  • Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Records GOP Address, Then Deploys

    07/12/2014 1:17:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Americans know more about what their communities need than Washington's bureaucrats, Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst said in Saturday's GOP address, recorded days ago before she headed out for active duty leading her military battalion for the next two weeks. "I get asked all the time what made me want to join the military," said Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and battalion commander in the Iowa Army National Guard. "The answer is simple. When I was attending college, I went on an agricultural exchange to the Soviet Union. And I saw with my own eyes what a nation without freedom looks...
  • GOP's Ernst of Iowa to Give Party's Radio Address

    07/11/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans' national radio address, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and state senator from southwest Iowa, recorded the speech Thursday evening just hours before she was scheduled to report for duty at 6 a.m. From central Iowa Ernst was leading a convoy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where for the next two weeks she will drill with her transportation battalion....
  • Border Crisis Senate Hearing: ‘Round Them Up and Ship Them Back Like Cattle’

    07/11/2014 7:42:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 38 replies
    viralglobalnews.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Dave Schwartz
    During a live Senate hearing this afternoon, Sen. Tom Harkin (D) said that while listening to the testimony about children crossing the border illegally, it sounds to him as though many are saying that the solution to the problem is to “round them up and ship them back like cattle,” a sentiment with which he strongly disagrees. He said that the children have the right to have their health and dignity protected with Health and Human Services under the law. The hearing was held to request 3.7 billion dollars in supplemental funds to help stem the tide of incoming children...
  • Iowa Banned Most Fireworks 76 Years Ago. Now One Lawmaker Is Trying to Change That.

    07/04/2014 8:40:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal ^ | July 04, 2014 | by Paul Brennen
    Jerri Andersen wasn’t impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale, Iowa. “Of course, it’s not their fault,” she said. And it isn’t. The supermarket was displaying the only types of fireworks people can buy or possess in Iowa without a special permit: sparklers and snakes. All other consumer fireworks were banned in Iowa 76 years ago, following devastating fires in Spencer and Remen. The ban wouldn’t have prevented either fire. Both are believed to have been started by reckless use of sparklers. Andersen, from Colorado where most fireworks are legal, eventually decided on...
  • Iowa GOP replaces state party chairman

    06/28/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 145 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | June 28, 2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    The Iowa GOP central committee voted Saturday to fire the state party chairman and replace him with a fixture of the establishment. Danny Carroll, removed on a 14-2 no confidence vote, will be replaced by Jeff Kaufmann, formerly the Speaker Pro Tem of the state House. The bloodless coup was widely expected after forces loyal to Gov. Terry Branstad officially seized control of the party’s governing body from close allies of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a state convention earlier this month. The former chairman, A.J. Spiker, stepped down this spring and became a senior adviser to RAND PAC. Carroll...
  • Green groups tie Iowa Senate nominee to Palin

    06/24/2014 1:32:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | June 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A coalition of environmental groups is going after Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), tying her to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and Charles and David Koch in a new ad. The League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund are backing the spot, part of a planned $1 million push to help elect Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) to the Senate. The ad features footage of Palin's endorsement of Ernst during the primary, before attacking Ernst for her calls to shut down the Department of Education and abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. "That's why extremist Sarah...
  • Maryland Gov. O’Malley’s Iowa visit sparks 2016 speculation, comparisons to Hillary Clinton

    06/23/2014 1:35:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/23/2014 | John Wagner
    DES MOINES — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was the only potential 2016 presidential contender to set foot in Iowa over the weekend, and yet the Democrat didn’t really have the stage to himself. Shortly after O’Malley (D) spoke at a dinner Friday night for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Hillary Rodham Clinton’s image appeared on two large screens overhead. In a video, she teased that she needed advice from Harkin on a “momentous plunge” that she is about to take. “Tom, what’s the secret to being such a terrific grandparent?” Clinton asked, drawing uproarious laughter from the crowd. The good...
  • Ex-Grassley aide David Young is GOP's candidate in Iowa's 3rd District

    After spending much of the day at the back of the pack, David Young of Van Meter was chosen Saturday by Iowa Republicans as their candidate for Iowa’s 3rd District House seat. “I’m so humbled by your support,” said Young, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. “But the work has just begun.” At a special convention in Urbandale, GOP delegates from across the district selected Young from a field of six candidates. None of the six received the required 35 percent in the June 3 primary, so the convention was needed.
  • Sarah Palin to Headline Tennessee Tea Party Rally (she's going after Alexander!)

    06/19/2014 5:01:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/19/14 | Tony Lee
    On June 26th, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will headline an "America's Last Stand" Tea Party rally in Eastern Tennessee at the Sevierville Convention Center. The rally was scheduled to be held at Smokies Stadium, but was moved indoors due to weather concerns. The Sevier County Tea Party in association and JL Production will organize the event, and Palin will appear with with Judge Jeanine Pirro, Senator Rick Santorum, and Col. Allen West. Singers Jon Secada and John Michael Montgomery will provide the entertainment. There are only 7,500 seats available for the event. In 2010, Palin keynoted the National Tea...
  • Joni Ernst Apologizes for Husband's Facebook Posts (Called Hillary a Hag)

    06/17/2014 4:28:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    UPI ^ | June 11, 2014 | Gabrielle Levy
    =Joni Ernst, candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, was forced to apologize after her husband's Facebook posts calling Hillary Clinton a 'hag' surfaced this week.A week after easily winning the Iowa Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst has found herself defending her husband's "inappropriate" Facebook posts. Democratic operatives in Iowa found posts on Gail Ernst's Facebook page, which was public and mostly used to promote his wife's campaign, that they accused of being sexist. The posts, from 2013, were revealed Monday and deleted Tuesday. "I'm appalled by my husband's remarks," Joni Ernst said in a statement. "They are...
  • Iowa Democrat's "Chick" Ad Draws Cries of Sexism (War on Women on Joni Ernst)

    06/17/2014 4:19:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 7, 2014 | Jake Miller
    A word for the wise: If you're a male candidate running against a woman hoping to make history as the first female federal officeholder in her state, you might want to refrain from comparing her to a baby chick in your campaign advertisements. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, who's battling Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst for Iowa's open Senate seat, criticized his opponent's record in a new ad, showing a baby chick onscreen as the narrator says Ernst never made a "peep" about wasteful spending as a state lawmaker. "When Joni Ernst had the chance to do something in Iowa, we...
  • 3 GOP presidential hopefuls talk of unifying party

    06/14/2014 2:20:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 3:21 PM EDT | David Pitt
    Presidential hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum are in Iowa to deliver their prescriptions for how to unite the Republican Party. […] It is Paul’s third trip to Iowa since the 2012 election. The Kentucky senator says the GOP should maintain its core message but make the party more attractive to black and Hispanic voters. …
  • Top Democrat: Tea party swallowed GOP

    06/13/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    DES MOINES — It’s not often that a Democratic Party top national strategist travels to Iowa to lament an election loss of a prominent conservative Republican leader. But that happened Friday when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned that the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican who is the second most-powerful U.S. House leader, could be a harbinger of deeper political extremism, gridlock and obstructionism....
  • DEACE: The GOP establishment says no more ‘Iowa Nice’ to Conservatives

    06/11/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 4 replies
    The Washington Times, ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Steve Deace
    If “scorched earth circular firing squad” were an Olympic event, the Republican Party establishment would win the gold medal every time. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in my home state of Iowa, where the undocumented Democrat known as Republican Governor (for life) Terry Branstad, and the corporatist shills surrounding him, could be poised to put the finishing touches on a complete rout of their own base. The end result could be the Republican Party of Iowa electing its third chairman in the last 28 months. Then nominating for Congress an agri-business lobbyist who finished fourth in the primary....
  • Joni Ernst Leads Two IA Polls after Bruce Braley Insults Women, Farmers

    06/07/2014 10:03:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Just days after becoming Iowa's Republican Senate nominee, Joni Ernst has taken the lead over Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) in two polls in a race that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. A poll by Loras College's Public Opinion Survey Center found Ernst leading with 48% to Braley's 41.7%. A Rasmussen Reports poll also has Ernst leading Braley by one percentage point (45%-44%). Ernst navigated the GOP civil war, getting the endorsements of everyone from Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney. Republicans, who need to gain six seats to take back the Senate, coalesced around her because, as...
  • Democrat Blows Big Lead In Latest Iowa Senate Polls

    06/06/2014 4:12:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6 Jun 2014 | Blake Neff
    Just three days after her victory in Iowa’s Republican primary, Senate candidate Joni Ernst has taken a big lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a poll conducted by the state’s Loras College. The poll, which surveyed 600 likely Iowa voters, found 48 percent of voters backing Ernst and 41.7 percent backing Braley, with 10.3 percent undecided. That’s a swing of nearly 14 points from Braley’s peak. That poll, by far the best Ernst has yet seen in the race, was balanced by a larger one published by Rasmussen Reports on the same day which showed the race as a dead...
  • Iowa Senate Ernst (R) 45%, Braley (D) 44% (Good start for Joni!)

    06/06/2014 7:29:37 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 44 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 6 June 2014 | Rasmussen Reports
    The U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Republican Joni Ernst, the winner of Tuesday’s crowded party primary, with 45% support to Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley’s 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while nine percent (9%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Iowa was conducted on...
  • How Ernst won (or how Jacobs managed to lose)

    06/05/2014 8:30:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Ames Tribune ^ | June 4, 2014 | Steffen Schmidt
    The Iowa Republican Senate primary is over and the results were stunning. The winner is state Senator and National Guard Lt. Col. Joni Ernst with an astonishing 56.2 percent of the vote in a five-candidate primary. Conservative talk show host and professor Sam Clovis came in second with 18 percent. Analysts agree that what’s most amazing is the third-place finish of Mark Jacobs with 16.8 percent. Jacobs was born in Iowa but lived in Texas most of his life. In Texas he took over a troubled energy company and “fixed” it. When he was done, most employees had been fired...
  • Two Iowa Planned Parenthood facilities closing this month

    06/04/2014 3:04:45 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jun 04, 2014 16:01 EST | Kirsten Andersen
    RED OAK, IA, June 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two former Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are set to close this month, just six months after the abortion giant quietly laid off all but a single employee and stopped offering telemed abortions at both locations. Iowa Right to Life announced the impending closures in an email to pro-life activists, which featured a photo of a sign on the door of the Red Oak facility informing clients that the center is being “consolidated” with another facility in Council Bluffs effective June 18.
  • Joni Ernst wins big in Senate primary, DSCC attacks as “the Sarah Palin of Iowa”

    06/04/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Joni Ernst only needed 35% of the vote to avoid a convention fight against her four competitors for the Republican nomination to the US Senate. Instead, she gained a clear majority of 56% and put herself in position to consolidate GOP support across all factions to face Rep. Bruce Braley, the uncontested Democratic nominee for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin: Joni Ernst, who highlighted her ability to shoot guns and castrate hogs to overcome disinterest in a sleepy primary election, dominated the field to become the first female GOP U.S. Senate nominee in Iowa history.The...
  • Democrats Should Worry About Iowa

    06/04/2014 10:40:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    Republican nominee Joni Ernst has to prove she's a strong candidate, but she faces a run-of-the-mill Democrat in a state prone to swing toward the GOP. Iowa once looked like one of the great GOP disappointments of 2014. Top-tier recruits such as Rep. Tom Latham and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds passed on the open-seat race and left Republicans with a handful of unknowns fighting a messy primary. Democrats, meanwhile, gave four-term Rep. Bruce Braley a free year to prepare for the general election. But then Braley insulted the state's most important constituency, the Republican Party discovered Joni Ernst, and suddenly...
  • Joni Ernst Wins Iowa GOP Senate Nomination

    06/03/2014 9:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 3, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Joni Ernst parlayed her unusual support from establishment Republicans and conservatives to win Iowa's GOP Senate nomination outright on Tuesday, surpassing the 35% threshold needed to avoid a June 14 nominating convention, where nothing would have been guaranteed. The Associated Press called the race after Ernst had 53.7% of the vote with just under 20% of the precincts reporting. She will face Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who won the Democratic nomination uncontested, to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). Ernst will try to become the first female to be elected to federal office in Iowa. Perhaps giving 2016 GOP presidential...
  • Ernst Campaign Is Case Study for 2016 Aspirants

    06/03/2014 1:00:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 2, 2014 | Tony Lee
    This cycle, no candidate has navigated the GOP “civil war” better than Joni Ernst. Ernst received the endorsement of Sarah Palin and hit the campaign trail with Mitt Romney. Senate Conservatives Fund backed her, and so did the Chamber of Commerce. Ahead of Tuesday's Iowa GOP Senate primary, Ernst has a commanding 18-point lead in the Des Moines Register poll, but securing the nomination isn't certain. With 36% of the vote to liberal Republican businessman Mark Jacobs' 18%, Ernst is barely above the 35% threshold she must surpass in order to avoid a nominating convention on June 14. Though Ernst...
  • OK Iowans Here is your chance to "voice" Your "Choice"!

    06/02/2014 5:58:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 5 replies
    02 June 2014 | US Navy Vet
    The Iowa Primary Election is Tomorrow 03 June 2014. VOTE!
  • World Pork Expo opens Wednesday

    06/01/2014 8:08:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Pork Network ^ | 6-1-14 | Unattributed
    Nearly 20,000 pork producers and related professionals from 32 countries will attend World Pork Expo, June 4-6, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show with some 375 commercial exhibits in more than 310,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. “World Pork Expo is a showcase of pork production; it’s where producers get together and share ideas,” says Howard Hill, NPPC president and Iowa pork producer. “It offers a great opportunity for pork producers to get a crash course in what’s...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Opens Up 18-Pt Lead in Iowa

    06/01/2014 3:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 1, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has opened up an 18-point lead and is on pace to win the nomination on Tuesday, according to the results of a Des Moines Register poll three days before the primary. Ernst, who has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and became a household name with her hog castration ad, has 36% in the poll, which was released on Saturday evening. Mark Jacobs, the more liberal businessman who has poured millions of his own money into the race, has 18%. A candidate needs to receive more than 35% of the vote to...
  • GOP Congressional Candidate Carries a Gun Because of Gabby Giffords

    05/31/2014 7:41:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/30/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Iowa State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) is in the primary race for U.S. Congress and says he often carries "a 9mm handgun" with him because of the attack on Gabrielle Giffords.
  • Two Immigration Amendments Approved by House

    05/30/2014 6:02:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved two immigration enforcement amendments offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act. The bill includes funding for the Justice Department, and Rep. King's amendments addressed the recent report of more than 36,000 criminal illegal aliens being released from custody and sanctuary cities. SNIP Nine Republicans voted against the amendment, including pro-amnesty supporters Mario Diaz-Balart, Peter King, David Valadao, and Jeff Denham.
  • Rick Perry Mulls 2016 Run In Iowa

    05/29/2014 10:10:30 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 29 2014 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) — Behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visit to Iowa this week to campaign for local politicians is a careful effort to remake his image from the 2012 Republican presidential candidate who couldn't remember a key message during a debate, to a more polished and prepared contender. While he denies it is a dress rehearsal for a second presidential run, Perry is studying policy, traveling and meeting with key activists as he campaigns for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker in the state expected to host the first presidential caucus of 2016. "This hasn't...
  • GOP Senate primary points may haunt party in fall

    05/27/2014 7:07:52 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 21 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 25, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Some Republicans say state Sen. Joni Ernst's recent campaign ad featuring her firing a handgun will not sit well with some swing voters when Democrats resurrect it. Likewise, others say former Reliant Energy CEO Mark Jacobs' past public statements supporting climate-change legislation make him indistinguishable from likely Democratic nominee Bruce Braley. In what is their best chance to win the Senate seat in 30 years, Republicans have accepted the risks of focusing on GOP-favored issues in the June 3 primary after failing to convince the state's better-known Republicans to run once Sen. Tom Harkin, a six-term Democrat, announced he wouldn't...
  • Dad Catches Son's Home Run Ball At Minor League Game

    05/26/2014 12:42:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | May 26, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    Conrad Gregor sent a special thank you to his parents for making a five-hour drive to see him play baseball this weekend: He launched a home run that led his team to a comeback win — and his father caught the baseball after it soared over the right-field wall. "It's a little unbelievable," Gregor tells the Quad-City Times in Iowa, "but I'm glad my parents were here to see it and when I got back to the dugout, I heard he made a pretty good catch." The against-all-odds moment came at Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park, where Gregor plays for...
  • Faith First on Campus

    05/22/2014 9:50:14 PM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | May 17 2014 | Mary Kate Knorr
    Last summer, the University of Iowa earned the Princeton Review’s annually awarded title of "No. 1 Party School" in the United States. But I am emerging from my four years of undergraduate studies at Iowa with more than a bachelor’s degree: I’ll be leaving with a changed perspective on the lifestyle of the American college student. As a Catholic woman, the real highlight has come in these final months of my time in Iowa City, when three years of floundering led me beyond the stereotype of a partying college student and toward a deeper calling. Being "in the world but...
  • Joni Ernst gets big endorsement in Iowa GOP Senate primary (Des Moines Register)

    05/21/2014 12:41:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | May 19, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst got a boost Sunday with the endorsement of The Des Moines Register in Iowa. Ahead of the state's GOP primary on June 3, the newspaper's editorial board argued Ernst, a state senator, is a "smart, well-prepared candidate who can wrestle with the details of public policy from a conservative perspective without seeming inflexible." Ernst is facing four opponents in the GOP primary. She has recently emerged as a top contender and made national headlines with unusual TV ads - one of which highlighted her hog-castrating skills while another showed her riding up to a gun...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • Will He or Won't He? N.J. Magazine Ban Heading to Christie's Desk

    05/18/2014 3:31:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 5-16-2014 | NRA
    Gun control supporters appear poised to force New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, often discussed as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, to show where he stands on the Second Amendment. On Monday, the state's Senate passed A2006, legislation to lower the state's magazine-capacity limit from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, by a vote of 22-17, mostly along party lines. The bill will be sent to Christie for signature or veto after the Assembly, which previously approved it by a vote of 46-31, approves technical changes made to the bill by the Senate. Once the bill reaches Christie's desk, he...
  • Poll: 'Hog Castration' Candidate's Lead Widens in Iowa Senate Primary

    05/16/2014 9:11:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 16, 2014 | Melanie Batley
    Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who was catapulted onto the national stage in March with a viral campaign ad claiming she had Washington pork-cutting skills from her days castrating hogs, has more than a 10-point lead over her nearest primary rival, a new poll has found. According to a Loras College Poll conducted May 12-13 of 600 likely Iowa voters, Ernst has 30.8 percent of the support, compared to businessman Mark Jacobs who has 19.3 percent support with less than three weeks to go until the June 3 election. Each of the three other candidates has less than 10...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (South & Midwest)

    05/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 55 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE SOUTH AND MIDWEST (NORTHEAST, WEST, AND CALIFORNIA are in separate threads and updates are coming, see links below) This is an update of previous threads. There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Georgia:...
  • NRA Endorses Jodi Ernst For U.S. Senate In Iowa

    05/13/2014 7:17:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Headline and Global News ^ | May 13, 2014 | Bianca Facchinei
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Jodi Ernst for U.S. Senate in Iowa on Tuesday, USA TODAY reported. "Joni Ernst has consistently opposed all attempts to restrict gun rights and has been a true friend of the Second Amendment," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund. Ernst, an Iowa state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, initially made headlines for her first TV advertisement where she touts her experience castrating pigs. "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I come to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork," Ernst...
  • WATCH: Iowa GOP Senate Candidate Still Believes There Were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq

    05/12/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | May 12, 2014 | Patrick Caldwell, DC Bureau Reporter
    War veteran Joni Ernst claims to have vague, secret knowledge that contradicts every public report.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Iowa state senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst captured national attention when her campaign's first TV ad featured the candidate talking about castrating hogs (a subsequent ad featured Ernst at a gun range, implying that she'd shoot Obamacare to bits). But if the Sarah Palin-approved Republican wants to enter national politics, she may need to brush up on some of her facts. Ernst still thinks Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction when the US invaded Iraq, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. On...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Midwest)

    05/09/2014 5:56:10 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 54 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MIDWEST (NORTHEAST and SOUTH is in a separate thread and West coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. West Virginia: ALEX MOONEY, WEST VIRGINIA-2, May 13th .... Open...
  • Grassley: Administration Acts on its Own "to the Detriment of American Workers"

    05/09/2014 2:45:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    On the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, decried the Obama Administration’s proposed rule giving work permits to the spouses of certain H-1B visa holders. He said Congress did not authorize the Administration proposal. “They act on their own,” Sen. Grassley said. “And, they do it to the detriment of American workers.” Sen. Grassley argued the proposal will allow more foreign workers “to come, work, and compete with U. S. workers in high-skilled fields despite the well-documented fraud in the H-1B program.
  • Is Joni Ernst the Proven Conservative Her TV Ads Make Her Out to Be?

    05/08/2014 1:27:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | May 7 2014 | Craig Robinson
    Is it possible to be the anti-establishment candidate in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and be the choice of the Republican establishment in your state at the same time? By definition, this would seem impossible. Yet, State Senator Joni Ernst has managed to be the establishment backed, anti-establishment candidate in Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds was an early endorser of Ernst’s campaign, and Governor Terry Branstad has reportedly been helpful behind the scenes, especially in the fundraising department. Ernst has also been backed by national Republican establishment figures like Mitt Romney, Sen. John...
  • In Iowa, a license plate frame gets drivers tagged by police

    05/07/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 07, 2014 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    It might be time to reconsider that license plate frame boasting your allegiance to your favorite baseball team, charitable cause or alma mater, especially if you’re driving in The Hawkeye State. The Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that drivers whose cars display the frames can be stopped if they obscure the small print below the plate numbers. The decision ended a five-year court battle stemming from the 2009 traffic stop of a man suspected of dealing drugs based on information from a confidential informant. The court ruled 5-2 last week that a 1984 law requiring drivers to “permit full view...
  • Marco Rubio backs Joni Ernst in Iowa primary

    05/05/2014 12:10:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 5, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Marco Rubio jumped into Iowa’s contested Senate primary on Monday, throwing his support behind conservative candidate Joni Ernst. After indicating in recent weeks that he would stay away from GOP primary season, the Florida senator decided to wade into one of the most consequential Senate races in the country by backing Ernst. Not only does Iowa hold the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus in 2016, but the state also will be central to the battle for the Senate this fall — unlike contested primaries in red states such as Oklahoma and Nebraska. Rubio made the announcement through his Reclaim America PAC...
  • Senate Candidate Joni Ernst's Sarah Palin Schtick is Now Beyond Parody

    05/05/2014 11:56:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 5, 2014 | Allie Jones
    Joni Ernst, a Republican Senate candidate in Iowa, was made in the Sarah Palin mold — her first TV ad focused on her experience castrating hogs. Perhaps high off the buzz and Palin endorsement that that ad generated, Ernst just released another TV spot that is beyond parody. The 30-second spot, titled "Shot," features Ernst at the shooting range, "unloading" on Obamacare. The narrator's lines sound like a Palin speech run through the shredder. As Ernst rides into the frame on a Harley, we hear, "Conservative Joni Ernst: Mom, Farm Girl, and a Lieutenant Colonel who carries more than just...