Iowa Articles


Braley Missed Another VA Hearing for Fundraiser With Unions

9:46 AM, Sep 08, 2014

Bruce Braley, the Democratic congressman from Iowa running for the U.S. Senate, was not listed as present at a February 2012 House hearing with then-Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki. On February 15, 2012, Shinseki appeared on a panel before the House Veterans' Affairs committee, which began at 10:30 a.m. The secretary's testimony focused on the VA Department's budget, although one panelist raised concerns about long wait times at VA hospitals.

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McConnell Aide Resigns As Ron Paul Scandal Develops

10:25 AM, Sep 02, 2014

Just before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the reelection campaign for Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced its campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was resigning. Benton was leaving the campaign, Politico reports, "citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses."

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Lawyer Who Defended Accused Child Molesting Priest Hosting Braley Fundraiser

1:05 PM, Aug 27, 2014

Supporters of Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley will raise money Wednesday night at the home of an attorney who once defended a Catholic bishop accused of molesting young boys. Trial lawyer Tim Bottaro will host the fundraiser at his home in Sioux City along with other supporters of Braley's Senate campaign.

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More Braley, More Problems

"There's no towel service!"
9:18 AM, Aug 14, 2014

The race to replace retiring Democratic senator Tom Harkin of Iowa was considered to have favored the Democrat. At first, Republicans didn't appear to have an obvious candidate, and the state has been trending toward the Democrats for years. But the current GOP nominee, state senator Joni Ernst, has surprised many to become one of the best Senate candidates of the 2014 cycle. Ernst is now tied, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.

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Braley in 2012: 'I Fight For Veterans Every Day'

But Iowa Dem missed three-quarters of committee hearings.
12:52 PM, Jul 25, 2014

Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democratic congressman running for U.S. Senate, touted his work on behalf of veterans at his state party's 2012 convention. "I fight for veterans every day on the Veterans' Affairs committee," he said. Watch the video below:

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For GOP, a Good Crop of Senate Candidates

11:00 PM, Jul 23, 2014

Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.

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Where Was Bruce Braley?

2:31 PM, Jul 23, 2014

Rep. Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, missed three quarters of committee hearings concerning oversight of the Veterans Affairs administration in 2011 and 2012, including one, the Des Moines Register reports, on the same day Braley attended three fundraisers.

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Crossroads Ad: Ernst is 'True Iowa'

2:14 PM, Jul 14, 2014

Joni Ernst, the Republican Senate candidate from Iowa, is getting a boost from GOP super PAC American Crossroads. A new TV ad from the group contrasts Ernst's background as "a mother and a soldier" with that of her opponent, Democratic congressman Bruce Braley.

"Bruce Braley, trial lawyer and Washington politician, supports Obamacare and caught putting down Chuck Grassley to an out-of-state crowd," says the voiceover. Included in a clip of Braley criticizing Grassley, the Iowa Republican, as a "farmer who never went to law school."

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Braley: Impeachment Talk OK for Cheney, Not Obama

4:39 PM, Jul 09, 2014

When is it okay for a politician to discuss impeaching a president? Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is receiving criticism for her responses to questions about impeaching President Obama. Ernst, who won her party's nomination last month, never actually said she supported impeachment. But amid recent calls from some conservatives that "it's time to impeach" the president the Iowa Republican is receiving some tougher scrutiny over her past statements on impeachment.

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Farmer Bruce

1:29 PM, Jul 08, 2014

Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa would like to become Senator Bruce Braley of Iowa. In pursuit of this ambition, he once disparaged a sitting Iowa senator as merely a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school,” while he, Braley, was a real, sure enough lawyer.  With a degree and everything.  

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Iowa Senate Poll: Ernst 49, Braley 44

9:33 AM, Jun 09, 2014

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.

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Iowa Senate: Ernst Leads Braley in Two Polls

1:30 PM, Jun 06, 2014

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst of Iowa leads her Democratic opponent, Bruce Braley, by nearly seven points in a new poll from Loras College. Fresh off her victory in the GOP primary Tuesday, Ernst has 48 percent support from likely voters in a new poll from Loras College. Braley, a four-term congressman, has 41.7 percent support.

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Iowa Senate Poll: Ernst 31, Jacobs 19

11:40 AM, May 15, 2014

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst of Iowa has a double-digit lead over her closest primary opponent in a new poll from Loras College. The survey of 600 likely Republican primary voters found Ernst, a state senator, with 30.8 percent support, while businessman Mark Jacobs comes in second with 19.3 percent support.

Sam Clovis and Matt Whitaker come in behind with 9.5 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively, while 29.2 percent remain undecided.

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Chamber of Commerce Endorses Ernst in Iowa (Updated)

7:36 AM, May 13, 2014

The Des Moines Register reports:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this morning endorsed Iowa's Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate, snubbing Republican rival Mark Jacobs, who has been campaigning on his experience as a business executive.

The news effectively secures Ernst's position as the business establishment candidate, which her backers say is a significant development just 20 days out from election day.

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Iowa Republican Mark Jacobs Biggest Self-Funder in State History

1:49 PM, Apr 24, 2014

Mark Jacobs, a Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, has donated more of his own money to his campaign than any candidate in Hawkeye State history. The Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs (no relation) has the story:

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Braley Slips in New Poll

9:46 AM, Apr 17, 2014

The Washington Free Beacon reports on a new Iowa poll:

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Deb Fischer To Stump For Joni Ernst In Iowa

4:01 PM, Apr 03, 2014

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.

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Mother, Soldier, and Senator?

Joni Ernst tries to separate herself from the Iowa GOP pack.
Mar 31, 2014

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.”

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Elizabeth Warren Chooses Sides

9:44 AM, Mar 27, 2014
Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register writes that: Massachusetts U.S. Sen.  Read more

Vote for Me, the Lawyer, Not the Farmer

4:02 PM, Mar 25, 2014

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:

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Iowa Senate Primary Poll: Jacobs 22, Ernst 11, Whitaker 8, Undecided 50

9:10 AM, Feb 18, 2014

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.

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Iowa GOP Senate Candidate Gave Money to Corzine

Supported Arlen Specter, cap and trade.
12:43 PM, Feb 10, 2014

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.

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Hillary Supporters in Iowa: She Can't Be Seen As 'Ordained'

10:24 AM, Jan 27, 2014

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.

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Ryan an Early Iowa Favorite

11:02 AM, Dec 16, 2013

The Des Moines Register reports:

Iowa Republicans are wowed by Paul Ryan, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.

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Report: Only 5 Iowans Have Signed Up for Obamacare

9:36 AM, Oct 10, 2013

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."

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McConnell Campaign Unresponsive to Allegations Top Aide Knew of Pay-for-Endorsement

9:42 AM, Aug 13, 2013

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.

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Sioux City Human Rights Commissioner Says Pastor and His Family 'Deserve to Burn in Hell'

4:40 PM, Jul 21, 2013

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.

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Ted Cruz's Iowa Visit Sparks Questions About a 2016 Presidential Run

9:49 AM, Jul 21, 2013

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.

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IRS Asked Iowa Pro-Life Group to Explain Prayer Meetings 'In Detail'

3:03 PM, May 17, 2013

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:

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Steve King Won't Run for Senate in Iowa

7:39 AM, May 04, 2013

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.

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