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Campaign Almanac: What's in a name, rising stars and newcomers

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A roundup of campaign news items of interest:

WHAT’S IN A NAME: Supporters of Theresa Greenfield and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst have taken pokes at each other this week over the candidates’ difficulties with names.

Joni Ernst, Theresa Greenfield

Joni Ernst, left, and Theresa Greenfield, candidates for US Senate.

Democrats made fun of Ernst, who while speaking on the Senate floor about the police reform package Iowa lawmaker unanimously passed, called Des Moines Democratic Iowa Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, “a-coe” instead of “ah-kay-o,” as he pronounces his name.

Republicans joined the fun, sending out video clips of Greenfield repeatedly calling for “Eric Wheeler” and “Andrew Weaver” to resign as EPA administrator. Andrew Wheeler heads the agency.

RISING STARS, NEWCOMERS: Ernst and Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson will be featured in a “Rising Stars” and “Newcomers” on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover that will air beginning this weekend.

Hoover interviews several of Republicans’ “rising stars” in Congress, including Ernst, the first female combat veteran in the Senate. Other include Reps. Elsie Stefanik, the youngest GOP female elected to the House, of New York, and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, the only Hispanic Republican woman in Congress.

In the “Newcomers” segment, Hoover talks to Republican women running for Congress, including Hinson, a former television reporters and anchor challenging Democratic 1st District Rep. Abby Finkenauer. She tells Hoover that one of her inspirations for running is increasing the number of conservative women in Congress.

“Rising Stars” can be seen on Iowa PBS June 27 at 5 a.m. and June 28 at 5:30 and 11 a.m., and on PBS World June 28 at 1:30 p.m. on PBS World.

“Newcomers” can be seen on Iowa PBS June 30 at 9:30 p.m. and July 1 at 4:30 a.m., and on World July 8 at 8:30 p.m., July 9 at 1:30 and 9:30 a.m., and July 11 at 12:30 p.m.


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