Senate candidate Joni Ernst says she was harassed in the military
August 15th, 2014
06:21 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Senate candidate Joni Ernst says she was harassed in the military

(CNN) – Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst said Friday she was sexually harassed during her time in the military.

Currently a Republican state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, Ernst told various news outlets that she experienced unwanted attention while serving in the Army and, if elected, will work to overhaul how sexual assault cases are handled in the armed forces.

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Joni Ernst
Rubio heading to Iowa this weekend
July 31st, 2014
05:05 PM ET
1 month ago

Rubio heading to Iowa this weekend

(CNN) – Marco Rubio's heading to Iowa this weekend.

The first-term Republican senator from Florida and possible 2016 GOP White House contender will be in the Hawkeye State to campaign for state senator Joni Ernst, Iowa's GOP Senate nominee.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Marco Rubio
Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate
July 30th, 2014
03:45 PM ET
1 month ago

Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate

Updated 4:40 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

(CNN) - NextGen Climate, a Super PAC backed by liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, is dedicated to "act politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity."

But its latest attack ad is all about taxes.

The group says the television commercial, which was released Wednesday, will air in three major media markets across Iowa. But the spot never once mentions climate change or the environment. Instead the ad focuses on the Americans for Tax Reform's "no new taxes" pledge Iowa GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst signed.

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Longing for a win, GOP gives Senate hopeful a big microphone
July 12th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
2 months ago

Longing for a win, GOP gives Senate hopeful a big microphone

Washington (CNN) - If you're a national political party salivating over the prospect of winning a seat that's long been in your opponent's hands, what should you do?

One strategy: give your candidate a huge megaphone.

Enter the Republican National Committee, Iowa GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst - and an address heard by millions around the country.

On Saturday, Ernst delivered the weekly Republican address. The candidate pushed familiar conservative themes: smaller government, opposition to Obamacare and strong national security. Ernst also played up her outsider status and pushed populist themes.

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Republican National Committee
Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle
June 18th, 2014
08:32 AM ET
3 months ago

Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle

(CNN) - It's pretty much all tied up in a crucial Senate contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in November's midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday indicates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley with a slight 44%-40% edge over GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in the battle to succeed longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring at the end of the year. If the Republicans can flip Harkin's seat and five other Democratic held seats, they would win control of the Senate.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate • Senate Race
With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty
June 5th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
3 months ago

With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty

(CNN) - It got ugly pretty quickly in the Senate battle in Iowa, a crucial contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

The campaign of Republican nominee Joni Ernst Thursday charged that the Democratic nominee in the race, Rep. Bruce Braley, is "degrading women by comparing Joni Ernst to a 'chick' in his latest campaign ad."
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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst
Rubio in Iowa on eve of key primary
June 2nd, 2014
09:10 AM ET
3 months ago

Rubio in Iowa on eve of key primary

(CNN) - Marco Rubio's in Iowa Monday.

The first-term Republican senator from Florida's in the Hawkeye State to campaign for state senator Joni Ernst, the frontrunner in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Marco Rubio • New Hampshire
Mitt Romney: Rainmaker
May 30th, 2014
08:55 AM ET
3 months ago

Mitt Romney: Rainmaker

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's back in Iowa.

No, the two time Republican presidential candidate isn't launching a third run for the White House. Romney's made it clear a number of times that those days are over.

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst
May 22nd, 2014
11:54 AM ET
3 months ago

Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is returning to Iowa next Friday for the first time since barely losing the state's GOP presidential caucuses in 2012.

The former GOP nominee will campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Cedar Rapids and Davenport, her campaign announced Thursday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate