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Economy | Iowa

Ernst Sits Idle as Iowa Farmers Lose Aid to Maine Lobstermen

By Chai Karve on August 14, 2020.

According to a review by American Ledger, Republican Iowa Senator Joni Ernst stood on the sidelines and even praised Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as he continues to gut Iowa's suffering ethanol industry by diverting resources to other states.

Accountability | Iowa

Ernst and Trump Set Sights on Medicare, Social Security Cuts

By Cole Driver on February 13, 2020.

IA Sen. Joni Ernst’s recent admission that she wants to cut social security behind closed doors seems to have struck a chord with President Donald Trump, who, in an interview with CNBC in January flagrantly expressed his intention to gut Social Security and Medicare if reelected to a second term.

Accountability | Iowa

Ernst Has Long History of Supporting Privatization, Gambling Social Security on Wall Street

By Cole Driver on October 1, 2019.

Recent comments by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst appear to show that she is still intent on quietly slashing U.S. Social Security, bringing to light her long record of stated intent to gut the program. Just this past month, Ernst was quoted stating she wanted to negotiate Social Security changes “behind closed doors.”

Previously, in video footage captured at Wesley Acres retirement home in Sept. 2014, Ernst was caught on record stating “yes, I have talked about privatizing Social Security as an option,” breaking a key campaign promise Ernst had made to protect Social Security.

Accountability | Iowa

Fellow GOP Senator Skewers Joni Ernst’s Paid-Leave Bill As ‘Raid’ on Social Security

By on March 15, 2019.

A fellow Republican senator described Sen. Joni Ernst’s new plan for paid parental leave as “raiding” Social Security, a potentially crippling condemnation as more and more Americans rely on the program.

Accountability | Iowa

Despite Claiming ‘Error,’ Ernst Signed Affidavit to Illegally Apply for Multiple Property Tax Breaks

By Cole Driver on February 13, 2019.

Despite Sen. Joni Ernst’s claims that she illegally received a tax break for Washington homeowners in “error,” records showed that Ernst had to sign an affidavit to get the tax break.


Steve King Was Saying Racist Things When Republicans Were Still Endorsing and Feting Him

By on January 17, 2019.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has involved in racist controversies for years, and Republicans in Washington and Des Moines have been with him the whole way — shrugging off his racist and xenophobic remarks or issuing muted criticism when they came at politically inconvenient times. Now, following a narrow re-election win in November, King is under significant fire from his own party for the first time in his 16-year Washington career after defending white supremacy.