Joni Ernst Doesn’t Want To Be Your Senator

Joni Ernst is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2020. She just isn’t necessarily running to be your senator. In her announcement speech last weekend, as well as in subsequent tweets this past week, Ernst laid out her central rationale for another six years in the Senate: fighting and defeating Democrats and the left. “Make no mistake: the forces of the radical, socialist left are on the march across our state and our nation,” Ernst said at her campaign kick-off. “We must – we must – do our part to defeat them! I’m asking all of you, can […]

Where Was Joni Ernst’s Squealing Over Tariffs?

Making Washington squeal was a major theme used by Joni Ernst in campaigning for the Senate in 2014. She has continued to claim that she is holding Washington accountable by declaring a monthly, “Joni’s Squeal Award.” She has used that squeal award to highlight numerous trivial spending issues and attack various Democratic proposals. Where is her squealing fury over Trump’s destructive tariffs? If Ernst is serious about bringing to light Washington policies that damage Iowans, why is she failing to call out the unbearable tariff pain inflicted on Iowa farmers, businesses, consumers and communities?  The massive costs imposed on Iowans […]

Joni Ernst Target Of New Group Highlighting Iowans’ Struggles

Sen. Joni Ernst’s voting record on Medicaid expansion and protecting insurance coverage for Iowans with preexisting health conditions was the subject of the launch of a new grassroots organization in the state working to amplify examples of everyday hardships. Emily Holley, executive director of Iowa Voices, introduced the new initiative Thursday at the Iowa Statehouse with a press conference highlighting the health care experiences of two Iowans directly impacted by policy decisions made in Washington and Des Moines. And Holley had a story to tell, too. She told the audience about chronic pain she has suffered for more than two […]

Here Are The Issues Joni Ernst Will Run On In 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst tied her love of motorcycle riding to a central theme of her 2020 reelection campaign for the U.S. Senate, which she kicked off at her annual Roast and Ride event on Saturday. “I’m often asked what I love most about riding,” said Ernst to a room full of Republican supporters at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone. “And the answer, folks, is really simple: It’s the freedom.” Those “freedoms,” Ernst and other top Republican speakers claimed, “are under attack” by Democrats. “We can’t take our way of life for granted,” Ernst told her crowd. “The very values […]

IA-Sen: National Party Coalesces Behind Greenfield, Mauro Points To Poll

The Democratic field may still expand in the race to unseat Sen. Joni Ernst, but influential parts of national party leadership is quickly coalescing around one candidate. Theresa Greenfield, a small business owner from Des Moines, joined two other candidates in the race June 3 with an announcement video. By last Wednesday, she already had secured 18 endorsements from current and former legislators, local elected officials and activists. And last Thursday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List endorsed her, as did presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand. “Theresa’s proven she’s not afraid of a challenge, whether it was starting over to […]

Rita Hart Seen As ‘Perfect’ Candidate For Iowa’s 2nd District

Rita Hart is the “perfect” fit to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, according to party leaders and those who know her well. Hart, a farmer, retired teacher and former state senator, knows small towns and big cities. She’s just as comfortable working on the farm as she is shaping policy proposals. “I’ve known Rita for a long time and I’m really, really happy that she is doing this,” said Rep. Dave Loebsack, who announced in April he would not run for reelection in the 2nd District. “I’m fully supportive of her.” Loebsack, the seven-term congressman from Iowa City, endorsed Hart […]

Gillibrand First To Endorse In Iowa Senate Race, Backs Greenfield

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand today became the first presidential candidate to weigh in on Democrats’ primary for the U.S. Senate, putting her support behind Theresa Greenfield. Greenfield, a farmer who grew up in a small Minnesota town and now runs a small business in Des Moines, launched her candidacy to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday with a video highlighting her rural roots. “We need more women at the table in Washington, and Theresa has a powerful story to tell,” said Gillibrand in a statement. “Theresa started out a farm kid and never lost those values, and […]

Ep103: Amy Klobuchar Interview & U.S. Senate Candidate Announcements

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard interviews Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar about her plan to help struggling farmers, new restrictive abortion laws, and her Honest Ads proposal. Plus, we talk with Patty Judge about the developing Democratic primary field for Senate, the big upcoming Hall of Fame Dinner, and Trump’s E15 decision.

Theresa Greenfield Pitches “Farm Kid” Upbringing In Senate Launch

Theresa Greenfield made it clear in her campaign launch video that she’ll go toe-to-toe with Senator Joni Ernst over who the real “farm kid” is in the 2020 Senate race. A small business owner who grew up on a farm in a rural Minnesota town near the Iowa border, Greenfield announced her anticipated Senate run this morning in a video. “Some call this flyover country. Way too many in Washington fly over it and forget about it,” Greenfield says in the video. “Well, my family was into a different kind of flying. My dad was a crop duster. And farming […]

Eddie Mauro Launches Senate Run To Take On Joni Ernst

Des Moines coach and businessman Eddie Mauro is launching his run for the U.S. Senate today, aiming to be Democrats’ nominee to take on Senator Joni Ernst next November. Mauro’s been traveling the state for several months in advance of a possible candidacy, building up a campaign team, and showing up at many caucus events. His new website is here. Mauro holds events today in Carroll, Fort Dodge, Ames, and Des Moines as part of his roll-out. He begins the race with several endorsements, including from state representatives Charlie McConkey of Council Bluffs and Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines. “Washington […]