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Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 19 December 2014 14:59

Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today called legislators back to Springfield on Jan. 8, 2015, to consider legislation that would allow voters to fill the elected position of Illinois Comptroller. A special election will give voters the opportunity to choose their Comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016. The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016. Governor Quinn issued the following statement:

“Judy Baar Topinka's passing has not only left us heartbroken – the people of Illinois have been left without their elected representative in the Comptroller's Office.

“Nobody but Judy Baar Topinka was elected to do this job. That's why it's so important that voters have the soonest possible opportunity to elect their Comptroller. Holding a special election is the right thing to do.

“Members of the legislature should set up a special election for 2016 so that voters can exercise their democratic right to decide who will serve as their Comptroller.”

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American Bridge Kicks Off the 2016 Presidential Campaign with New Book: 2016 Scouting Report - American Bridge's Media Guide To The Republican Presidential Field PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gwen Rocco   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:42
Democratic Opposition Research Playbook Will Be Shared with Allies, Press and the Public and Represents the Most Comprehensive Early Look Ever at a Presidential Field


Washington, D.C. – American Bridge is setting the stage for the 2016 Republican primary contest today by releasing the first-ever presidential playbook on the wide field of potential GOP candidates. At nearly 200 pages, 2016 Scouting Report: American Bridge's Media Guide to the Republican Presidential Field is the most comprehensive early look ever assembled and will give allies and operatives a head start on defining the 2016 field.

This playbook represents the first glance at some of the critical intelligence American Bridge's researchers have begun to assemble on 20 potential Republican candidates. 2016 Scouting Report exposes some of the GOP field’s biggest vulnerabilities and foreshadows impending lines of attack against them. It will be shared with allies, the press, and the public as a reference point for when these candidates move to the right to appeal to the most conservative wing of the Republican Party. The guide will ensure they are held accountable for their words and actions as they attempt to win the nomination. American Bridge has printed over 2,000 initial hard copies of the 2016 Scouting Report to date and is distributing it to activists, operatives, and reporters across the country. 

The new book, E-book, and companion website assembles critical information about these candidates and presents it as a single streamlined, user-friendly book – 23 months before Election Day 2016. From Chris Christie to Scott Walker and from Jeb Bush to Ben Carson, the 2016 Scouting Report is full of the must know career highlights and statistics on the field as well as issues to watch and potential questions to ask for each candidate as he or she navigates the primary contest.

"The 2016 Scouting Report: American Bridge’s Media Guide to the Republican Presidential Field is an essential resource for anyone interested in politics. Whether you’re an embed on a campaign, a talking head on television, a political operative or activist, or just a concerned citizen trying to sift through all of the Republican contenders, 2016 Scouting Report is the perfect introduction to a Republican presidential field that is as large and undistinguished as any in my lifetime," writes Paul Begala in his foreword.

"There is no doubt that the battle for the 2016 Republican nomination will produce fireworks. The field is a mix of long-time Tea Party favorites and candidates who are desperately racing right to prove their conservative bona fides. I'm proud to say that there will be no better way to get smart fast on each of the candidates and no better reference point to keep them honest than our 2016 Scouting Report. This effort demonstrates once again that democratic opposition research is miles ahead of the competition," said American Bridge President Brad Woodhouse.

As American Bridge has demonstrated for the last two campaign cycles, in-depth candidate research is as ongoing and dynamic as the candidates and campaigns themselves; this playbook is the beginning of the conversation, not the end. The Scouting Report is available for download for Kindle and iPad, and will be regularly updated at AmericanBridgePAC.org as the cycle picks up steam.

 
Branstad sets House District 4 special election for January 6, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:52

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed a proclamation directing a special election to be held on Jan. 6, 2015, for Iowa House District 4, following the passing of State Rep. Dwayne Alons.

House District 4 is in Sioux County and includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth.

Iowa Code 69.14 outlines the authority given to the governor to set a special election. The proclamation ordering the special election can be read below and the signed proclamation can be found here.

WHEREAS, The Office of State Representative from the fourth representative District, consisting of the following areas in Sioux county:  Buncombe, Capel, Center, Eagle, East Orange, Garfield, Holland, Lincoln, Logan, Nassau, Plato, Reading, Rock, Settlers, Sherman, Sioux, Washington, Welcome, and West Branch townships.

has become vacant by the reason of the death of Dwayne Alons.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the law do hereby proclaim and direct that a special election to fill said vacancy shall be held within said District on

TUESDAY, THE 6th DAY OF JANUARY 2015, A.D.

WHEREFORE, all electors within said fourth representative District will take due notice and the County Commissioners of Elections of said counties will take official notice as provided in Iowa Code section 39.6, 2014.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HERE­UNTO SUBSCRIBED MY NAME AND CAUSED THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF IOWA TO BE AFFIXED.  DONE AT DES MOINES THIS 2nd DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.

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TERRY E. BRANSTAD

GOVERNOR OF IOWA

 

ATTEST:

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MATT SCHULTZ

SECRETARY OF STATE

 

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United States Senator-elect Joni Ernst submits resignation from Iowa State Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:57

Branstad sets special election for Senate District 12 for December 30, 2014

(DES MOINES) – The Office of Governor Terry E. Branstad today announced that United States Senator-elect Joni Ernst has submitted her formal resignation from the Iowa State Senate. Ernst, who was elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 2014, delivered the letter of resignation on Friday, November 28, 2014. Her resignation was effective immediately on Friday, November 28, 2014. The full letter can be read here.

“United States Senator-elect Joni Ernst has served her state and country as a soldier in the Iowa National Guard, local elected official and as a State Senator,” said Branstad. “Though I’m disappointed to lose Senator-elect Ernst’s leadership in the Iowa Legislature, I know she will be a strong voice of Iowa common sense in Washington, D.C.”

Branstad has ordered a special election for Iowa State Senate District 12 to be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Senate District 12 includes Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold and Taylor counties.

“As a State Senator, Joni helped Governor Branstad and I reduce burdensome government regulations, lower taxes, balance the budget, pass transformational education reform and, fight the Federal Government’s attempt to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, who recruited Ernst to run for Montgomery County Treasurer and Iowa State Senate. “I’m confident Joni will take our Iowa values to the United States Senate.”

Iowa Code 69.14 outlines the authority given to the governor to set a special election. The proclamation ordering the special election can be read below and the signed proclamation can be found here.

WHEREAS, The Office of State Senator from the 12th Senatorial District, consisting of the following areas:

a.  Fremont county; and

b.  Mills county; and

c.  In Montgomery county, Douglas, Garfield, Lincoln, Pilot Grove, Red Oak, Sherman, and Washington townships, and that portion of Frankfort township lying outside the corporate limits of the city of Stanton; and

d. Page county; and

e. Ringgold county; and

f. Taylor county; and

g. In Montgomery county: (1)  The city of Stanton (2) East, Grant, Scott, and West townships

has become vacant by the reason of the resignation of Senator Joni Ernst.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the law do hereby proclaim and direct that a special election to fill said vacancy shall be held within said District on

TUESDAY, THE 30th DAY OF DECEMBER 2014, A.D.

WHEREFORE, all electors within said 12th Senate District will take due notice and the County Commissioners of Elections of said counties will take official notice as provided in Iowa Code section 39.6, 2014.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HERE­UNTO SUBSCRIBED MY NAME AND CAUSED THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF IOWA TO BE AFFIXED.  DONE AT DES MOINES THIS 1st DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.

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TERRY E. BRANSTAD

GOVERNOR OF IOWA

ATTEST:

_________________________________

MATT SCHULTZ

SECRETARY OF STATE

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PATE NAMES TRANSITION DIRECTOR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pate for Iowa   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:13

(Cedar Rapids, IA) - Iowa Secretary of State-elect Paul D. Pate announced Mark H. Snell will guide his transition effort and lead his new administration.

Mark Snell was named as Chairman of the transition team and designated by Secretary - elect Pate as his new administration's Chief of Staff.

Snell, 53, is a longtime Iowa community leader serving as chief executive for several chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations in Clear Lake, Ames and Des Moines.  He also served as vice president of the Ames Board of Education and gubernatorial appointments director for Governor Branstad.

"Iowans expect us to move forward with our transition plans showing that we will be prepared to continue delivering quality services to Iowa businesses and citizens," Pate said.  "Mark is an experienced leader who will assist me in building a dedicated team to maintain the integrity of our election processes and modernization of business services."

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