ABATE, District 25, met on Sunday afternoon in the Gutteridge Shelter of McHose Park. ABATE stands for “A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education.” As per their mission statement, “ABATE is a neutral organization that allows ALL riders to unite in brotherhood to safeguard our rights and still remain individuals with differing views.” Their special guest was State Senator Joni Ernst. Ernst is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. After a few prepared remarks which outlined her long-time love of riding motorcycles, Ernst answered questions from the assembled group.
- she is a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and does posses a permit to carry;
- she rides a Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe and her husband has a Harley Heritage Classic;
- regarding a helmet law – she believes in the rider’s right to choice, and she chooses to wear a helmet;
- on the renewable fuel standards, whereby a minimum volume of biofuels is to be used in the national transportation fuel supply each year – Ernst supports the bill because it is important to Iowans;
- concerning minimum wage, she believes the Federal government should not set a minimum wage…each state should.
Ernst is running for the vacancy created by the retiring Senator, Tom Harkin.