10:46 AM, Apr 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Free Beacon reports on a new Iowa poll:
Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley’s recent criticism of a fellow senator, who he described as a farmer that never went to law school, has significantly hurt his standing among likely Iowa voters, according to a new Washington Free Beacon poll.
The Free Beacon poll found that 50 percent of likely Iowa voters surveyed would be less likely to vote for Braley after his comments, while 21 percent would be more likely. The Polling Company, Inc. conducted the survey.
Braley, a four-term congressman and former trial lawyer, made the comments to a group of lawyers at a January fundraiser in Texas. Braley told the lawyers that he would be their “voice” in Congress and warned that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school,” could be the next Senate Judiciary Committee chairman if Republicans retake the majority this fall.
More than 50 percent of respondents said Braley’s remarks showed he was out of touch with most Iowans and has a higher regard for lawyers in Texas than farmers in Iowa. Nearly 60 percent agreed that Braley had harmed his chances for winning the Senate seat.
Many voters identify with farmers rather than lawyers in Iowa, where more than 90,000 farms are located. A recent Free Beacon analysis found that Braley has received more than $4 million in campaign contributions from lawyers and law firms since 2005 and has a long history of advocating their interests.
Whole thing here.
5:01 PM, Apr 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Nebraska senator Deb Fischer will travel next door to Iowa in support of a fellow female Republican running in a tough primary for U.S. Senate. According to a press release from ShePAC, a conservative women's group, Fischer will go to Des Moines later this month to campaign for Joni Ernst, who is running for the seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Ernst is locked in a primary battle with four other Republican candidates, including leading candidate Mark Jacobs.
5:02 PM, Mar 25, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register reports, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Iowa, Bruce Braley, recently made a gloves-off appeal to an audience:
… of trial lawyers in at a fundraiser in Texas:
Joni Ernst tries to separate herself from the Iowa GOP pack. Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In Iowa’s crowded, six-way GOP Senate primary, Joni Ernst is trying to break out of the pack by running as the only candidate who is “a mother, a soldier, and a proven conservative.”
9:10 AM, Feb 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Iowa is wide open, according to a new survey of GOP voters in the Hawkeye State. Mark Jacobs, a businessman and self-funding candidate, leads the pack with 22 percent, while state senator and Iraq veteran Joni Ernst earns 11 percent. Two more candidates, former U.S. attorney Matt Whitaker and radio host Sam Clovis, round out the field with 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
Supported Arlen Specter, cap and trade.12:43 PM, Feb 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, who calls himself a “life-long Republican,” once donated $1,000 to the Senate campaign of Democrat Jon Corzine. Mark Jacobs, a Republican businessman who is running for the Senate seat of retiring Democrat Tom Harkin this year, gave the money to Corzine, the CEO of Goldman Sachs who was running for Senate in New Jersey in 2000. Jacobs was working for Goldman Sachs in Houston at the time.
10:24 AM, Jan 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A gathering of pro-Hillary Clinton activists in Iowa this weekend revealed how supporters of the former first lady are hoping to learn from the mistakes of Clinton's failed attempt to win the Iowa caucuses in 2008. America Rising, a conservative opposition research firm, had its cameras rolling at the meeting, organized by Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that supports Clinton.
10:36 AM, Oct 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local Iowa affiliate reports that it could confirm only 5 people in that state have signed up for Obamacare:
The "system doesn't seem to be working for most who log-on," says the local reporter. "We tried multiple times on Wednesday to see how long it would take to set up an account to try to shop the rates from the plans. Each time we logged in, within 5 minutes, the system was down."
10:42 AM, Aug 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign is refusing to answer questions about allegations the campaign paid for endorsements before the Iowa caucuses last year. Jesse Benton, a longtime Paul aide who is now campaign manager for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, has not replied to requests for comment after an audio recording surfaced whereby an Iowa state senator, Kent Sorenson, admitted he had received a $30,000 check from high-level Paul campaign official, accepting the money in exchange for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul.
5:40 PM, Jul 21, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In Sioux City, Iowa, a local pastor is asking for the removal of a newly appointed member of the city's human rights commission. The city council appointed Scott Raasch to the commission, which adjudicates discrimination complaints, on July 8. However, the Rev.
10:49 AM, Jul 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ted Cruz went to Iowa, where he sat down with ABC's Jonathan Karl:
The questions are focused on whether Cruz will run for president in 2016. He doesn't say yes, but he doesn't really say no, either.
4:03 PM, May 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Among the questions the Internal Revenue Service asked an pro-life conservative group in Iowa: What do you pray about? Chris Moody at Yahoo! News has the story:
8:39 AM, May 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa will not run for the Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin next year. The Hill reports:
“A Senate race takes me out of urgent battles in Congress that can't wait until 2015. Many thanks to all,” he tweeted.