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Iowa's Bruce Braley, Joni Ernst Duel Over Abortion

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday's final debate between her and Io...

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Candidates Actually Debate The Insidious Influence Of Money In Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen ...

Democrats Try To Tarnish Joni Ernst's 'Iowa Nice' Image

AP | CATHERINE LUCEY | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As time runs short in the competitive Iowa Senate race, Democrats are trying to tarnish the centerpiece of Republican Joni E...

Democrats Cling To Signs Of Hope In Competitive Iowa Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than three weeks until Election Day, Democrats are clinging to last-minute signs of hope in Iowa's competitive Senate race, which i...

Iowa Senate Candidate Mocks Bruce Braley Over Michelle Obama Flub

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst says Michelle Obama's flub about Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-Iowa) name gave her campaign a boost. The first...

Doug Butzier, U.S. Senate Candidate, Killed In Plane Crash

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

Dr. Doug Butzier, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa, died in a plane crash Monday night, the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald and KCRG report. Butzie...

Elise Foley

Joni Ernst: I Would Not Try To End Immigration Program | Elise Foley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said Saturday that she wouldn't try to do away with a policy that helps young undocumented immigrants, eve...

Romney Goes To Bat For Ernst

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa Sunday for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, hoping to capitalize on Presiden...

Mitt Romney Campaigns With Joni Ernst In Iowa

AP | By THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa Sunday for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, hoping to capitalize on Presiden...

Igor Bobic

Candidates Spar Over Role Of Dark Money In Heated Iowa Senate Debate | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) clashed over many issues in Saturday's Iowa Senate debate, but the role of dark...

Candidates' Attendance Becomes Latest Issue To Dominate Campaign Trail

AP | GARY D. ROBERTSON | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawmakers run from chairing committees to giving speeches to casting votes, raising campaign money all the while. It's what the...

Senate Shaping Up 50-50

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When the new Senate convenes next year, the most influential person on Capitol Hill could be Greg Orman, the independent candidate for senator from Kansas, who I predict today will be elected in November.

Joni Ernst Position Misrepresented | D’Angelo Gore | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Democratic TV ads in Iowa have repeatedly misrepresented Republican Joni Ernst’s position...

EXTREME ERNST: Backed Arresting Feds Over Obamacare

TPM | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

State Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, once said she would support legislation that would allow "local law enforcement...

That's So Fetch! Iowa Senate Candidate Braley Taps Into The 'Mean Girls' Demographic

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

We're not sure whether he wears pink on Wednesdays, but we can confirm that Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) is using his "Mean Girls" expe...

The Koch Agenda and the Republican Party: Why Won't They Answer the Question?

Mike Lux | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Koch agenda, which is now on tape and in transcript form for anyone who wants to look, is devastating to Republicans if Democrats make it an issue. Democrats just have keep asking the question Republicans refuse to answer, about whether they would repudiate the agenda laid out at the Kochs' secret conference.

If You Live In One Of These States, You're Probably Really Sick Of Campaign Ads

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Laura Bassett

Senate Candidate Runs From Personhood Bill She Supported | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

A Republican Senate candidate in Iowa on Sunday night defended her vote for a fetal personhood amendment, claiming the legislation would not actually ...

Braley And Ernst Clash In First Iowa Senate Debate

AP | By CATHERINE LUCEY | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — The candidates in one of the closest Senate races in the nation faced off in a testy first debate in Iowa Sunday night, with ...

Poll Shows Bruce Braley Trailing Joni Ernst In Iowa Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley trailing GOP rival Joni Ernst by six points in Iowa's...

Igor Bobic

Why 2014 Is The Greatest Election Ever ... In One Map | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

The prevailing theory about the 2014 election, at least according to pundits, is that it's an election about nothing. No dominant theme explains issue...

Paul Blumenthal

Where Billionaires Are Placing Bets In This Year's Elections | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Democratic Party works to hold control of the U.S. Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency, a key strategy fo...

'Ready for Hillary' and the 2014 Mid-term Elections

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

We are witnessing a new tour-de-force in election strategy operating across the nation. It isn't based on raising a billion dollars but rather raising just enough money, less than $10 million so far, to generate excitement and get people motivated to speak out and work for a candidate who hasn't yet announced she is running.

Igor Bobic

Joni Ernst Feted By Opponents Of Federal Minimum Wage Increase | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some of the biggest trade associations opposed to raising the federal minimum wage held a fundraiser for Iowa Republican Senate hopeful ...

Koch-Linked Group Targets Farmers Who Endorsed A Democrat

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Koch brothers-linked groups were so incensed that a farmer's association endorsed the Senate campaign of Iowa Democratic Rep....