8:10 AM, Jun 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tom Cotton is headed to Iowa. This weekend the freshman Republican senator from Arkansas will be a featured speaker at a Republican presidential candidate gathering in Boone, Iowa.
The event is being called Joni's 1st Annual Roast and Ride, which is being organized by Joni Ernst, the freshman senator from Iowa.
"As you may have heard, I am throwing a big pig roast to kick off the summer on June 6th in Boone. We are calling it a 'Roast and Ride' and it’ll be a fun filled event for the entire family," Ernst writes in an invitation to supporters.
"We are going to do a motorcycle ride in honor of our veterans and patriots, followed by a family fun pork roast. It’s going to be a great time for families to grab some barbecue, enjoy a day in the sun, and meet presidential candidates and Iowa elected officials."
A spokesman for Joni Pac, the sponsoring organization, confirmed Cotton's attendance. Tickets for the event cost $30 for adults and $12 for kids.
Additionally, the event will feature a slew of Republican presidential candidates, including Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker.
Unlike the other main speakers, Cotton has not indicated he is running for president of the United States.
Local politicians, including Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, Senator Grassley, Congressman King, and Congressman Young, are slated to speak as well.
9:10 PM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of House speaker John Boehner has posted the full text of the Republican response to the State of the Union (breaking its own self-imposed embargo), to be delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:
9:02 AM, Jan 19, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has repeatedly said he isn't set on just implementing his own agenda -- if other people have ideas, he wants to hear them.
2:37 PM, Jan 15, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will be delivering the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today in a press conference.
The State of the Union is scheduled for next week. Ernst was elected in November and has only been a U.S. senator for a couple weeks.
UPDATE: Here's the press release from Speaker Boehner's office:
3:03 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly referred to Iowa senator Joni Ernst as Gail, the name of the senator's husband:
"Gail," Biden said greeting Senator Ernst.
"I'm Joni," said the senator, "my husband's Gail."
11:25 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Joni Ernst, a Republican state senator, has won her race for the U.S. Senate in Iowa against three-term Democratic congressman Bruce Braley, Fox News projects.
Ernst will be the first woman to represent Iowa in either house of Congress. She is also an officer in the Iowa National Guard and an Iraq war veteran.
Braley was hoping to succeed retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, who had held the seat since 1985.
12:00 PM, Nov 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
How unconfident are Democrats in their own candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa? On the day before the election, the Democratic Sentorial Campaign Committee has a full-page ad on the homepage of the Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest and most influential newspaper. But there's no sign or mention of the party's Senate candidate, Bruce Braley.
11:01 AM, Oct 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tom Harkin, the longtime Democratic senator from Iowa who is retiring at the end of the term, spoke with the New York Times about the Hawkeye State's Senate race. Harkin seems to take it as a given that Republicans will gain control of the Senate, even as his fellow Iowa Democrat, Bruce Braley, is mired in a difficult campaign to succeed him.
"Coming up with lots of ideas, some of which are going nowhere."9:11 AM, Oct 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa says today's young entrepreneurs differ from his generation's because they "[sit] around in a large space with white boards." The U.S. Senate candidate said these "Millennial" start-up companies in Iowa sometimes think of ideas that go "nowhere."
9:58 AM, Sep 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Bruce Braley says those who want to know his commitment to our nation's veterans need only look at the website of his Senate campaign.
"If people want to know my true record on standing up for veterans, they can go to my website and look at Braley Truth Team where it lays out all of the things I've done for veterans in eight years," said the Iowa congressman in his debate this weekend with his GOP opponent, state senator Joni Ernst.
"There's no towel service!"10:18 AM, Aug 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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.
But Iowa Dem missed three-quarters of committee hearings.1:52 PM, Jul 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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: