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Grassley celebrates as the Senate confirms another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘not qualified’

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved another federal appeals court judge rated “not qualified,” and Iowa’s Chuck Grassley took to Twitter to celebrate it as an historic achievement. 2day w confirmation of Jonathan Kobes to 8th circuit court of appeals the Judic Cmte which I chair+Ldr McConnell+Pres Trump made HISTORY w 30 circuit judges confirmed […]

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‘Bring it on’: Sen. Ernst announces she’s running for reelection and supporting Trump in 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst made it official on Friday, telling reporters she will run for reelection in 2020. “I am running again. So to anyone who would like to step up and enter into that race, I say: ‘Bring it on,’” Ernst said. The announcement was no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to Iowa […]

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Grassley backs another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘unqualified’ by the American Bar Association

With the full support of Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Senate is moving ahead with the confirmation of another federal appeals court nominee rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association (ABA). Jonathan Kobes was nominated to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals — which has jurisdiction over six states, including Iowa — […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst falsely claims Mueller investigation has accomplished ‘absolutely nothing,’ and won’t commit to protecting it

During a town hall meeting in Ames on Friday, Sen. Joni Ernst refused to say she’d stop the Trump administration from killing or crippling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, and Russian involvement in the 2016 Trump campaign. “I am not going to say today whether I will protect […]

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Protesters gather at the Old Capitol as Sen. Grassley holds hearing on sexual assault charges against Judge Kavanaugh

Protesters gathered on the steps of the Old Capitol at noon to call on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, or at least conduct a thorough investigation of the charges of sexual assault brought against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and two other women. […]

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Cedar Rapids to get millions from the federal government for flood prevention

Ten years after the biggest flood in Cedar Rapids history, the city will finally be receiving long sought after federal funds for a flood control system. On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was awarding Cedar Rapids $117 million for its planned flood control project. “The announcement of this federal funding award to […]

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‘I am not separating myself from the NRA’: Sen. Joni Ernst responds to questions about March for Our Lives

Sen. Joni Ernst reaffirmed her support for the NRA on a CBS news program on Sunday, while claiming she is not beholden to the NRA for the almost record-setting amount of money it has spent supporting her since 2014. […]

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Iowans disapprove of Trump, but Iowa Republicans in Congress keep voting for his policies

A majority of Iowans disapproved of President Trump’s actions during his first year in office, according to a new analysis by Gallup. But that didn’t stop any of the Republicans who represent the state in Congress from voting with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst unintentionally makes Iowans laugh by claiming Trump is a well-respected world leader

Laughter isn’t something that’s usually heard at Sen. Joni Ernst’s town hall meetings, but Ernst’s attempt to portray Donald Trump as a respected international leader caused the audience to burst into laughter at the senator’s town hall in Red Oak on Sunday. […]

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Seeing red and getting called ‘unhinged’: Iowa politics in 2017

Republican took full control of state government in Iowa in 2017, and moved quickly to enact an intensely ideological agenda, making major changes that reduced women’s access to health care, reduced union bargaining rights, expanded access to guns and decreased support for public education. But it was liberals Gov. Kim Reynolds called “unhinged,” at her first campaign fundraiser. Public statements by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst called in question how well-hinged Iowa’s two U.S. Senators are. Meanwhile in the Iowa State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Bill tried to convince the public there’s no problem with sexual harassment in the Republican caucus (a jury disagreed). The Democratic state Senate caucus, on the other hand, made news by replacing Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg as its leader, even though Hogg had held the position for less than a year. […]

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Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst help kill a rule protecting consumers from predatory banks and credit card companies

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted this week to kill a regulation that was widely considered to be a landmark piece of consumer protection. The regulation was created in July by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop banks, credit card companies and… […]

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