Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Republican, leads her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley by five points, according to a new poll from Republican polling firm Vox Populi. The survey of "active voters" (culled from registered voters who voted in the last two elections) in Iowa found 49 percent support or lean toward Ernst, while 44 percent support or lean toward Braley.
The sample was nearly evenly split between Republicans (35 percent) and Democrats (34 percent), with "Independents" (31 percent) not far behind. The poll also found incumbent Republican governor Terry Branstad with an 11-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Jack Hatch.
This is the third poll to show Ernst ahead of Braley since she won a competitive GOP primary last week. Polls from Rasmussen Reports and Loras College showed Ernst with one-point and six-point leads, respectively.
A state senator and officer in the Iowa Air National Guard, Ernst is hoping to win the open Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Braley, meanwhile, is a four-term congressman and trial lawyer whose district covers the northeast corner of the state and includes the city of Dubuque.
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.
Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, spoke Monday on the Senate floor about the reign of oppression in his parents' native Cuba and in Venezuela. Rubio gave the address after Iowa Democratic senator Tom Harkin gave a rosy evaluation of Cuba after a recent trip there. Drawing on the example of Castro's Cuba, Rubio draw comparisons to the Maduro government in Venezuela.
President Obama has some work to do if he wants congressional authority to bomb Syria. Already some of his liberal allies are questioning the evidence which is supposed to show that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.
Democratic senator Tom Harkin, who's retiring at the end of this term, had some blunt words for the Obama administration over the recent change to Obamacare. "This was the law. How can they change the law?"
Harkin is referring to Obama administration's decision to delay the employer mandate in Obamacare, even though it's part of the law, Obamacare, which Congress passed and the president signed into law.
Democratic representative Bruce Braley is running for the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Tom Harkin, but he might want to learn how the upper body functions first. In an interview on a local news station, Braley was asked about why the Senate has not passed a budget in nearly four years.
"How is that possible? One word," Braley replied. "The filibuster."
Iowa congressman Bruce Braley told supporters in an email that he was "ready to go" and is forming a committee to run for the U.S. Senate. Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, is hoping to succeed retiring Democrat Tom Harkin and is the first major candidate to announce his intention to run for the seat since Harkin said in January he would not seek reelection.
Last week, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate forged an unlikely alliance when they agreed in committee on a rewrite of the federal education authorization law. Both liberal Democrat Tom Harkin and conservative Republican Mike Enzi crafted the bill, which promises to limit the federal mandates put forth originally in No Child Left Behind.
But Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who has been pushing hard for Congress to pass education reauthorization, isn't fully pleased with the result.
One of the great things about the health summit was getting to witness certain members' rhetorical skills and getting to hear how they think about things. One of the most revealing comments was made by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who lamented that people whose medical bills are higher have to pay more, as this constitutes "segregating people on the basis of health." He added, "It's time to stop that kind of segregation in our country."