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Mercer County, Illinois: How the Quest Was Won PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harvey Bluedorn   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:58

The Republican sweep of all five contested Mercer County Board races did not just happen. A number of factors came together in God’s Providence, and it is proper to attribute the victory ultimately to Him. Looking back on how things came together, here are a few observations we can make.

We begin by looking at the 2012 General Election, which broke down what had been a crushing majority of Democrats on the Mercer County Board. After that election, the Republicans held four of the ten seats, and though they were still a minority, they were an effective minority. Nevertheless, it became quite apparent that, with anything short of a real majority of Republicans on the county board, we were not going to turn around the county’s deteriorating condition. Thus was born the motivation to work hard for a Republican majority in the next election.

Then there were changes within the Mercer County Republican Party. There was a push to expand the Republican Central Committee (which consists of all of the precinct committeemen). In 2012 and 2013 we had
only five precinct committeeman positions filled. By April of 2014, 23 of the 24 positions were filled. As a result, we suited up a full team of committeemen and Republican regulars. As far as anybody’s memory could be stretched, the Republican Party in Mercer County had never been in such good shape.

A good manager assembles a team of many talents; then he plays their strengths and covers their  weaknesses. Let’s talk about the strengths.

First, we were Republicans, and because we were Republicans, we knew what needed to be done. In fact, at one point that became our theme: We know what to do.

Eventually, that fact developed into a document wherein all five board candidates, along with the two sitting Republican board members, pledged that if the voters gave the Republicans a majority, they would do eight necessary things – things which the Democrats had no will to do.

This pledge eventually became a tool to leverage the voters our way.

The board candidates and members pledged that if they were given a majority on the county board, then they would:

1. Balance the budget. Stop spending more than we take in.

2. Relieve the tax payer. Stop raising property taxes, and eventually reduce them.

3. Upgrade the county board’s operation. Make the board more effective and government more efficient with a county administrator.

4. Serve the people. Republican board members would continue to forgo compensation at least until the budget shows a surplus.

5. Prosper Mercer County. Develop a plan to improve general prosperity by making Mercer County business and landowner friendly.

6. Implement full transparency. Improve the people’s access to county information, including putting the Mercer County checkbook, board meeting minutes, budgets, etc. online.

7. Manage the jail obligations. Protect the people from the burden of the obligations of the jail expansion.

8. Empower the people. Give the people of Mercer County direct say over large county projects involving potential tax increases.

Our five county board candidates ran as a team, and they won as a team.

There were some big financial donors, and there were lots of little donors, so we were able to raise enough money to put together a Republican campaign like hasn’t been seen in this county.

We ran full page newspaper ads and wrote letters to the editor. We distributed 4,000 red bags of literature door-to-door, from booths at the fair and other public events, and from floats and walkers in parades. We ran radio ads. We sent out mailers publishing our pledge to every household in the county. We redesigned our web page, worked our YouTube channel and several Facebook pages. We had press conferences and organized restaurant events.

The Democrats began following us around at events, but they would not show up where they were invited to debate us. They threw lots of false, misleading, and senseless stuff at us in letters to the editor, radio ads, and the usual public channels. We ignored all of the slanderous stuff, and most of the rest of the stuff, and moved right on.

On November 4th, the voters rewarded our efforts with a sweep. All five of our county board candidates won, carrying 21 out of the 24 precincts in the county. With the two Republicans already sitting on the board, Republicans now make up the Magnificent Seven. That leaves the Democrats with only three.

Many things contributed to our success. We have mentioned or alluded to only a few of those things. Each of you can likely think of a dozen things that you would add. The point that needs to be made is that though many things were necessary for our success, no one thing guaranteed success. We had some difficulties and some disappointments, but we were able to maintain solidarity and good communication among our regular members, and so we were able to keep things moving in the right direction. We assembled a good team, we worked with what we were given, we played our strengths, we covered our weaknesses, and when everything is said and done, that is the winning plan.

So count your blessings, give God the glory Who brought all of this together, and keep your promises.

 
EXTENDED PASSPORT HOURS & PHOTO DISCOUNT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rita Vargas   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:27

January 26, 2015

EXTENDED PASSPORT HOURS & PHOTO SPECIAL

As a courtesy to our customers, the Scott County Recorder’s Office will have extended passport hours and a discount on passport photos.

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 9 am to noon.

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 9 am to noon.

*Photo Discount $5 each (Reg. $8)

www.scottcountyiowa.com/recorder

CONTACT: Rita Vargas

(563) – 326-8652

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Rand Paul Returns to Iowa in February PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Grubbs   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:16

Trip to Emphasize Government Financial Audit and Privacy Rights

Contact: Steve Grubbs, steve.grubbs@randpaul2016.com

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

5:30 PM

Event: Liberty Iowa 'Audit the Fed' Rally

Contact: Adil Khan

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Location: Jasper Winery
2400 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50321

Media: Open, credentialed through Liberty Iowa

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

9 AM

Event: Meet and Greet with Senator Paul for Congressman Blum

Location: Legends American Grill, Marshalltown

2902 South Center Street

Contact: John Ferland

Media: Open, via John Ferland

 

12:30

Event: Iowa State University basketball game

Host: Steve Sukup

Location: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

Media: Open. Access through Iowa State University

 

2 PM

Event: College Students Gametime!

Location:

Iowa State Center

Suite 102, Scheman Building

Ames, Iowa

Contact: Matt Evans, U of Iowa YAL Chair

Media: Open, through RandPAC, Eleanor May

 
MONICA VERNON ENDORSED BY IOWA DEMOCRATIC LEADERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brenda Kole   
Friday, 16 January 2015 13:40
Campaign Receives Early Broad-Based Support, Praising “Vernon’s ability to bring people together to solve some of our toughest problems”
CEDAR RAPIDS – Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tempore Monica Vernon today announced over a dozen endorsements of leaders across the state in her bid for congress in Iowa’s First Congressional District. For more information visit: www.monicavernonforcongress.com
“Monica Vernon has the determination and drive to make a real difference in Congress for Northeast Iowa - she's run a small business, raised three daughters, and been a strong leader for Iowa. I'm so excited to be supporting her for the First Congressional District race in 2016” State Senator Liz Mathis (Linn County) said.
State Senator Rob Hogg (Linn County) followed with, “Monica Vernon will be a wonderful Congresswoman who will work together to make progress for our country.  She has been making progress for Cedar Rapids for years, as a mother, as a small businesswoman, and as a city council member.”
“I'm supporting Monica Vernon because she'll be a leader and strong voice for the working men and women in the district; will advocate for raising the minimum wage; and will protect workers' and their ability to collectively bargain” said Senator Bill Dotzler (Black Hawk County).
State Senator and President of the Senate, Pam Jochum (Dubuque County) said, “I am thrilled to be supporting Monica Vernon for Congress. In Rod Blum's first few votes in Congress, he has shown his loyalty to Steve King and the extreme right and has proven he's out of touch with everyday Iowans. Monica will always put our needs ahead of politics as usual in Washington, D.C."
Below is the complete list of leaders who are endorsing Monica Vernon today:
State Senator and President of the Senate Pam Jochum
State Senator Liz Mathis
State Senator Rob Hogg
State Senator Bill Dotzler
State Senator Joe Bolkcom
State Senator Bob Dvorsky
State Senator Rich Taylor
Former State Senator Jack Hatch
State Representative Art Staed
State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt
State Representative Liz Bennett
State Representative Timi Brown-Powers
State Representative Vicki Lensing
State Representative Mary Mascher
State Representative Sally Stutsman
For additional inquiries please contact Brenda Kole at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515-710-2117.
Monica Vernon is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa’s First Congressional District. A life-long Iowan and working mom, Vernon is a leader dedicated to putting the people of Iowa first.
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Monica Vernon Launches Congressional Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brenda Kole   
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:52
CEDAR RAPIDS – Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tempore Monica Vernon today announced her candidacy for Congress in Iowa’s First District. Vernon, who distinguished herself by leading and coordinating flood recovery efforts in Cedar Rapids in 2008 as well as leading the charge to build a shelter for homeless women and children, has a long record of accomplishment and problem-solving for Northeast Iowans.
For more information visit: www.monicavernonforcongress.com
“Northeast Iowans deserve a representative in Congress with a track record of solving problems and getting results for families and small businesses across our community. That’s why I’m excited to announce my candidacy,” Vernon said. “I’m proud of my work growing a small business, helping local communities recover from a devastating flood and working to create jobs, increase access to affordable housing and improve education for students in our district.”
Having built a business from her kitchen table, Monica is a working mom who understands that the deck is stacked against the middle class.  And it's why she is running for congress. Monica Vernon will work across the aisle to protect Social Security and Medicare, create good paying jobs for Iowans and give everyone a fair shake.
In addition to her eight years on the Cedar Rapids City Council, as the President and Founder of her own market research firm, Monica has a first-hand understanding of the needs of Northeast Iowa’s small businesses and workforce, and she’ll take that experience to Congress to support the creation of local jobs.
For additional inquiries please contact Brenda Kole at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515-710-2117.
Monica Vernon is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa’s First Congressional District. A life-long Iowan and working mom, Vernon is a leader dedicated to putting the people of Iowa first.

 
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