Branstad reserves $2.5 million in fall TV: Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has opened a commanding double-digit lead in his bid for a record sixth term, has bought up $2.5 million statewide between Sept. 1 and Election Day. The Branstad campaign, which first went on the air June 4 and has aired six ads so far, will announce plans to stay on the air in the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Mason City, Davenport, Ottumwa and Quincy markets this fall. They will add Omaha time later. Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch has only aired one ad so far, in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids markets. A finance report filed last month showed the challenger had $183,000 cash on hand, three-quarters of which was a loan. Branstad has also gotten sizable air cover from the Republican Governors Association, which has allowed him to run positive spots so far.
.Gif-t Shop Quick Math: Branstad-Reynolds just spent 13 times more on TV for the final push than Hatch-Vernon has cash-on-hand. Think about it. Yikes.
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Incumbent Republican Terry Branstad has widened his lead over Democratic challenger Jack Hatch in Iowa’s gubernatorial race.
Branstad picks up 52% of the vote to Hatch’s 35% in a new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, while seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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Democrats Have Their Own Mitt Romney Problem in Iowa
It was a telling symptom of what’s bedeviling Braley’s campaign. Once considered a leading Democratic recruit, Braley has feverishly been fending off a perception that he’s elitist and out of touch with regular Iowa voters.
His comments to a closed-door Texas fundraiser of trial lawyers earlier this year managed to insult both Iowa’s farmers and GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, one of the state’s most beloved politicians. Those comments energized Iowa Republicans around GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst’s candidacy and fed the fire for their argument that Braley doesn’t connect with Iowans—and caused national Democrats to worry privately that Braley’s habit of misspeaking will cost them the Iowa seat, and potentially the Senate, in November.
In short, the ambitious lawyer-turned congressman has become the Democratic version of Mitt Romney and with the election approaching, he’s working overtime to combat the image before it’s the only thing that defines him.
The staffers served as a buffer between Braley and the handful of GOP trackers and hecklers who trailed him—one man dressed as a chicken, another as a pig—but ultimately ended up keeping away regular people as well. It seemed to annoy fairgoers more than endear him to them.
"Gimme a break," one man said as he tried to pass by Braley and the group in the Varied Industries Building.
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"Thursday’s debate, however, is a make-or-break chance for Hatch to capture voters’ attention. If he fails, the other two debates may not matter. That’s no bull."
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Senate Republican leaders said they were optimistic about their chances this fall, when half the seats in the 50-member senate are up.
"I’m encouraged by our candidates," said Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix, of Shell Rock. "I think we have top-shelf people who want good government and want to make sure we’re not spending more than we’re taking in."
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, said he expected Democrats would maintain the majority.
"Generally speaking if people found their way to the statehouse once, they can do it again," Gronstal said.
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In Iowa, a dispute over neighbor’s chickens threatens Braley’s Senate bid
By Philip Rucker
he battle for control of the U.S. Senate could come down to a dispute between two neighbors in this heartland hamlet over four plump, wander-prone hens.
This spring, Pauline Hampton’s chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braley’s vacation property on tranquil Holiday Lake. Hampton said she did not know this until she walked over one day to offer Carolyn a dozen fresh eggs. To which she said her neighbor replied, “We aren’t going to accept your eggs — and we have filed a formal complaint against you.”
Carolyn took her complaint to their neighborhood homeowners’ association board meeting in May. Her husband, Bruce, then called the association’s lawyer, Thomas Lacina, to say that he believed “chickens are not pets and should not be permitted at Holiday Lake,” and that he wanted to “avoid a litigious situation,” according to an e-mail Lacina wrote. Braley denied that he threatened a lawsuit.
Regardless, Hampton relented and built a wire fence in her back yard to contain the chickens. No harm, no fowl — in the Braleys’ yard, at least.
But the problem for Bruce Braley is that he’s a congressman and Iowa’s Democratic nominee for the Senate. And his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, and her allies are seizing on the dispute to demonize Braley as an arrogant trial lawyer-turned-politician who’s anything but “Iowa nice.”
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Just a few days ago, Iowa’s own Representative Steve King predicted House Republicans will be motivated to launch impeachment proceedings if President Obama uses executive orders to give “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants. After the jump I’ve posted excerpts from those comments, as well as King’s latest op-ed piece on immigration policy (which does not mention impeachment).
To put it mildly, King and Boehner don’t always see eye to eye on political messaging. With House leadership strongly opposed, I’m skeptical Republicans aligned with King would be able to force a vote on articles of impeachment, let alone pass such a measure.
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