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When a state representative already endorsed Dr. Ben Carson (yes, really)

State Rep. Rob Taylor, R-West Des Moines, and his wife, Dr. Christi Taylor, have been appointed as the Iowa committee co-chairs of a movement to draft Dr. Ben Carson for president in 2016.

Carson, 63, a Fox News contributor and a best-selling author, is a professor emeritus of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. He’s become a hero of many conservatives nationally, and he received 62 percent of the vote in a presidential straw poll held in August at a Polk County Republican Party dinner. Carson is a critic of political correctness, and during his appearance in Des Moines he emphasized a need for personal responsibility.

Rep. Taylor was elected to the Iowa House in 2012, while Dr. Taylor is an internist with the Iowa Clinic. She is also chair of the Dallas County Republican Party.

"Dr. Ben Carson is not only a brilliant physician, he is a natural and inspiring leader," Dr. Christi Taylor said. "His passion for America, our freedoms, our families and defense of these freedoms is unparalleled. Dr. Carson is a champion for the American dream and America needs his leadership and vision. I passionately encourage and plead with Dr. Carson to run for president of the United States."

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When Branstad was crushing Jack Hatch in the Quinnipiac Poll

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is rolling towards an historic sixth term with a 60 - 37 percent likely voter lead over State Sen. Jack Hatch, the Democratic challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

Gov. Branstad leads 54 - 43 percent among women and 66 - 30 percent among men, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. This survey of likely voters can not be compared with earlier surveys of registered voters. 

The incumbent leads 95 - 4 percent among Republicans and 62 - 33 percent among independent voters, while Hatch leads 81 - 17 percent among Democrats. 

Their mind is made up, 82 percent of voters say, while 18 percent say they could change their mind before Election Day. 

Iowa likely voters have a 59 - 33 percent favorable opinion of Branstad. Hatch gets a split 29 - 26 percent favorability, with 44 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. 

Quinnipiac Poll

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When the Quinnipiac Iowa poll had Joni Ernst up 6 on Bruce Braley

Neutralizing the traditional Democratic lead among women voters, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst leads U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 50 - 44 percent among likely voters in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

By a 45 - 39 percent margin, Iowa likely voters have a favorable opinion of Ernst. Braley gets a 38 percent favorability rating, while 41 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. 

Iowa likely voters favor the Republican on key character traits:

  • Ernst is honest and trustworthy, voters say 55 - 28 percent, well ahead of Braley’s 45 - 36 percent.
  • Ernst cares about their needs and problems, voters say 52 - 37 percent, edging Braley’s 48 - 37 percent.
  • Ernst has strong leadership qualities, voters say 60 - 25 percent, ahead of Braley’s 48 - 34 percent leadership measure.

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Harkin Steak Fry roundup!

At the last Harkin Steak Fry, Democrats be all:

Except the ones who were all:

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When the Register - the news Iowans rely on - reported about the crappers being full:

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When the Loras College Poll showed Branstad up HUGE on Hatch

Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad has opened a sizeable lead over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Jack Hatch. The post-Labor Day Loras College Poll of the gubernatorial race in Iowa yielded the following results:
 
Terry Branstad          55.5 percent
Jack Hatch                 33.5 percent   
Undecided                   11.0 percent 

Loras College Poll  
 

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When an Iowa Democrat worker told KCCI that Jack Hatch doesn’t have support

"[O]ne Democratic canvassing volunteer has serious concerns about the Hatch for Governor campaign.

The support for Jack Hatch just doesn’t seem to be there. We get a lot of undecided [votes], even when we are polling strong Democrats,” volunteer Ryan Hartley said.

KCCI

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When the Des Moines Register was 11 days late to the O’Malley story

On August 25th, The Washington Post’s John Wagner reported some interesting news. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was dispatching staffers to Iowa and New Hampshire. Here is an excerpt from Mr. Wagner’s story:

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is preparing to dispatch more than two dozen campaign staffers to other states with competitive elections this year, including Iowa and New Hampshire, in his latest move consistent with someone gearing up to run for president.

O’Malley (D), who has said he is seriously considering a 2016 White House bid, plans to meet Friday with members of the group, who will be sent by his political action committee to states with gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in the fall, aides said.

O’Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith confirmed the governor’s plans but offered few specifics and declined to share the states to which the staffers will be sent, beyond Iowa and New Hampshire. Both states have gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races on the fall ballot.

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That same day, Buzzfeed also reported on the news that was sure sign of 2016 ambitions

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will pay for more than two dozen staffers to work on Democratic campaigns in Iowa, New Hampshire, and several other states ahead of the midterm elections this fall, his spokesperson confirmed Monday.

The move to dispatch campaign workers, first reported by the Washington Post, signals the extent to which O’Malley is pursuing a possible White House bid.

The governor’s spokesperson, Lis Smith, would not discuss details about how many staffers would travel to which states. But she said the staffers would be helping Senate and gubernatorial campaigns across the country, including those races in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states that host the first caucuses and primary.

The staffers, Smith said, will be paid for by O’Malley’s political action committee, O’Say Can You See, also called O’PAC.

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Now, 11 days later, on September 5th, The Des Moines Register has finally figured out what’s going on.

A political action committee affiliated with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has sent several staffers to Iowa to help out on key statewide campaigns, campaign aides and a spokeswoman for O’Malley confirmed on Thursday.

O’Malley, a two-term governor, is pondering a run for president in 2016, and has gone out of his way to court politicians and raise his profile in Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

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GUEST SUBMISSION: When Hatch’s campaign forgot to tell people about their campaign

Hatch also admitted to some campaign missteps.

It appears his staff forgot to release his holiday weekend schedule to the media, so his three days of campaign appearances weren’t publicized or covered by reporters.

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When the Iowa Corn Growers announced their endorsement in #IASEN

Endorsements for the 2014 federal election cycle include the following: 

• US Senate: Bruce Braley (D)
• US House of Representatives (4): Steve King (R), Dave Loebsack (D), • Pat Murphy (D) and David Young (R)

Endorsements for the 2014 state election cycle include the following: 

• Iowa Governor: Terry Branstad (R)
• Iowa Secretary of Agriculture: Bill Northey (R)

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When @IowaGOP called out Hatch for his big conflict of interest

Iowa GOP chair blasts Hatch over killed bill

The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party is accusing Jack Hatch, the Democratic candidate for governor, of killing a bill in the state senate that would have been a hit to Hatch’s bottom line as a real estate developer. Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann says Hatch has been trying to “hide the truth” about his business from Iowans.

“This is just one more example of where his job as state senator has lined his pockets,” Kaufmann says.

In 2013 a Republican in the state senate introduced a bill that would have reduced the fee property developers could claim on tax credits that are issued by the Iowa Finance Authority for low income housing developments. Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, says Hatch used his position as chairman of a three-member SUB-committee to kill the bill.

“Hatch, a man who has made millions of dollars from developer fees, killed the bill,” Chapman says. “He stuck it in his desk drawer, never held a (subcommittee) meeting or let it come to a vote because it would have personally cost him millions of dollars if it had passed.”

Chapman says Hatch should have cited a conflict of interest and removed himself from any decision-making on the legislation.

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