Grassley And Ernst Host Town Hall Forums This Week

With a roiling national debate over healthcare, immigration and Donald Trump's presidency, Congressional town hall forums in recent weeks have seen massive turnouts of angry constituents. In a reversal from the 2009 forums that sparked the creation of the Tea Party, this year it's Republicans who have found themselves on the defensive. Both Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst will host t...
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Chuck Grassley Hated Obama’s Executive Orders. But Now…?

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has long prided himself on providing a strong check on the executive branch. At campaign events and town halls during his reelection effort last year, he often touted how he's stood up to both Republican and Democratic presidents, noting he once particularly ran afoul of Ronald Reagan's supporters. And yet he's been noticeably silent so far on Donald Trump's far-reac...
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Grassley Adviser Polls Senate Race, Finds Good News For Grassley

A new poll out today showed Chuck Grassley increasing his lead over Patty Judge in Iowa's senate race, holding a 50% to 37% advantage over the Democrat. But the poll was conducted by the newly-formed RABA Research (Red America, Blue America), a bi-partisan Iowa firm whose internal personal and professional dynamics create an extremely peculiar situation for a polling group. One of the founders...
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Emails Reveal Grassley Opposition To Promoting Women In Science

Senator Chuck Grassley didn't want to encourage specifically young women in pursuing careers in science, the Iowa Daily Democrat discovered through an open records request of email correspondence between Kim Reynold’s office, Grassley’s office and the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce. The emails cover a two day period in February 2016 as Reynolds' office tries to get Grassley to join an op-ed ...
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Look At This Map Of Counties Chuck Grassley Avoids Public Events In

Senator Chuck Grassley celebrates another year of 99 county visits today, finishing his final event in Anamosa in Jones County. But just how meaningful or authentic is the so-called "Full Grassley" that Iowa's senior senator is so well-known for? This summer a report from Progress Iowa investigated how Grassley mixes private events in with his public events during his 99 County Tour. It found ...
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Chuck Grassley Just Did A Big About-Face On SCOTUS

"Let The People Decide." That's been Senator Chuck Grassley's campaign slogan recently, in reference to his refusal to hold a hearing for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. They've even printed signs and t-shirts with it. For months now Grassley has insisted that the next president should choose the nominee, not Obama. He's argued Obama is essentially a lame-duc...
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Can Democrats Ever Hope To Defeat Joni Ernst?

People love Joni Ernst. A lot happened at Ernst’s 2nd annual Roast and Ride this weekend, where Donald Trump headlined with an immigration-heavy speech. What stood out to me, however, was Ernst herself and how she gives off a sort of effortless charm at these events. She really has an unmatched charisma that no other Iowa politician can claim. Democrats in Iowa like to tell themselves tha...
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Labor Unions Endorse Patty Judge Despite Past Misgivings

The AFL-CIO officially gave an endorsement nod to U.S. Senate candidate Patty Judge this week at their state convention in Altoona. That followed AFSCME’s formal backing last week. It’s a notable change in labor’s disposition to the former Lt. Governor, and a sign of continuing unity around Judge in a race Democrats see as a potential pick-up opportunity. It didn’t always use to be this...
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A Look At Iowa Candidates’ Messages Before Post-Labor Day Sprint

The Iowa State Fair has come and gone, with another year of political candidate visits in the books. Starting Line attended nearly all the of the Soapbox speeches hosted by the Des Moines Register, but got a little distracted with fair food afterward and I didn't write them up right away. Instead, let's do a review of the Iowa candidates' speeches, which are still quite relevant as each perfectly...
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Just How Well Does Everyone Know Patty Judge?

Patty Judge has been involved in statewide politics since 1992 when she was first elected to the State Senate, serving two terms. She was elected as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 1998 and served 8 years. She was elected as Lieutenant Governor in 2006.  But do Iowans really know her and her progressive positions? One must ask that question when you see the Quinnipiac Poll showing 17% of Gras...
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