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Two Top Trump VP Picks Decline To Join His Ticket

After two prominent senators, Bob Corker and Joni Ernst, withdrew their names as possible Donald Trump running mates, the Republican nominee is left with an increasingly shorter VP short-list.

July 6, 2016
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2016 Prospects Encouraged To Do The ‘Full Grassley’ In Iowa

Senator Charles E. Grassley isn’t expected to have any trouble winning a seventh term, but he’s taking nothing for granted.

June 11, 2015

Believers Of Ernst Hoax Say A Lot About Who We Are

In politics, the line between the real and the ridiculous is more blurred than ever.

February 18, 2015

Late Night Round-Up: State Of The Union

And this year’s “Implody” award for worst State of the Union response speech goes to…

January 22, 2015

They Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Now that the State of the Union is over, Washington can get back to its favorite activity: partisan backbiting.

January 22, 2015

Obama Leaves Obstinate GOP Behind With State Of The Union

The president’s big speech revealed why he’s winning the economic debate — and why the GOP needs to find a new message, quickly.

January 21, 2015

Republicans Criticize Obama’s State Of The Union As Partisan

You’ll surely be shocked to learn that Republicans didn’t like Obama’s speech.

January 21, 2015

Cartoon: Joni Ernst’s State Of The Union Response

Senator Ernst regales Washington with tales from her farm days.

January 19, 2015

How Reporters’ Bias Is Helping Republicans

If Republicans capture the Senate, they should thank the media.

November 3, 2014

Senate Races 2014: Why Michigan Never Became Iowa

Find out why Republicans haven’t been able to expand the map into the Wolverine State.

October 23, 2014

Here’s One Easy Way For Republicans To Reduce Government Dependency

Too bad they’ll never actually do it.

October 20, 2014

Castrating Conservative Principles In Iowa

Here’s why you shouldn’t believe Joni Ernst’s claims of fiscal conservatism.

October 14, 2014

Midterm Roundup: Dumbest Campaign Controversy Debunked

Get the latest headlines from the campaign trail.

October 2, 2014

Is Iowa Slipping Away From Democrats?

The Hawkeye State’s Senate race — and control of the Senate — seem to be shifting toward the GOP.

September 29, 2014

Poll Roundup: Iowa Senate Race Is ‘Deadlocked’

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

August 29, 2014

Republicans Have A Joni Ernst Problem

Throughout the 2014 campaign season, the Iowa Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin has emerged as a surprisingly strong pickup opportunity for the Republican Party. President Barack Obama is wildly unpopular in Iowa, and Democratic nominee Bruce Braley has struggled to gain traction throughout the race (over the past five months, he’s seen […]

August 26, 2014

DNC Chair: Joni Ernst ‘An Onion Of Crazy’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears to be shifting tactics in Iowa, by painting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst as an unstable extremist. DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz set the tone at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, calling Ernst “an onion of crazy.” “I know that this state is known for its wind energy, for corn, for soybeans, […]

August 18, 2014

WATCH: Liberal Billionaire Launches Ad Campaign Slamming Iowa’s Ernst

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s SuperPAC, NextGen Climate, released the first in what is expected to be an avalanche of midterm election ads on Wednesday, targeting Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. Surprisingly, the ad does not mention Ernst’s outspoken denial of basic climate science. Instead, it depicts two comically evil businessmen gloating that Ernst has sold […]

July 30, 2014

WATCH: Democrats Slam Joni Ernst On Social Security

Democrats are ramping up their attacks against Senate candidate Joni Ernst, with a new ad campaign that accuses the Iowa Republican of trying to privatize Social Security. “What does Joni Ernst stand for? She’s proposed privatizing Social Security. Gambling our savings in the stock market,” the ad’s narrator says. “Experts say that could be a […]

July 22, 2014

GOP Candidate Ernst Backtracks: Obama Not A ‘Dictator’ Who Should Be Impeached

State Senator Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, is backtracking from her claim that President Barack Obama has “become a dictator” who should be removed from office. On Tuesday, Yahoo! News reported that Ernst called for Obama’s impeachment at a Montgomery County GOP forum in January. After being asked what “punishment” […]

July 9, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Gay People Should Be Stoned To Death, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Steve Stockman Genuinely crazy Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) returns to the list at number five, for suggesting (again) that President Obama is a secret Muslim, […]

June 13, 2014

WATCH: Iowa Senate Race Immediately Turns Negative

U.S. Representative and Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley (D-IA) kicked off his general election campaign on Wednesday, with a television ad mocking newly minted Republican nominee Joni Ernst’s infamous promise to cut pork in Washington. Braley’s ad, titled “Peep,” takes direct aim at the viral campaign spot in which Ernst claimed that her experience castrating […]

June 5, 2014

Mississippi Republican Senate Primary Too Close To Call

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — Republican Thad Cochran, the genteel Southerner who has represented Mississippi in the U.S. Senate for nearly half of his life, battled for his political future against Tea Party upstart Chris McDaniel in a race that was too close to call late Tuesday. The conservative state emerged […]

June 4, 2014

Poll Roundup: Democrats Rise In Wisconsin

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

May 23, 2014

Poll Roundup: Can Arkansas Stay Blue?

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

May 16, 2014