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Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa Endorses Sen. Joni Ernst for United States Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hollie Dugan   
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:34

Grimes, IA – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa today endorsed State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat.

“Our state needs Joni Ernst fighting for us in Washington, D.C.,” said Jeremy Price, President of Hiawatha-based Price Industrial Electric and first vice chairman of the ABC of Iowa Board of Directors. “Her record of producing results as a State Senator can be counted on to roll back job-killing regulations like Obamacare and champion reforms that create jobs and grow our economy.”

“Ernst’s pro-growth record makes her the best candidate for the job,” said Price. “She has an impressive record working tirelessly at the state level to balance Iowa’s budget, lower taxes, provide relief from regulatory overreach, allow for greater competition and support worker freedom. Joni’s experience as a conservative leader in Iowa means she will hit the ground running to reform government and stand up for Iowa taxpayers.”

“Iowa families are better off thanks to Joni Ernst and we stand proudly behind her in the U.S. Senate election,” said Greg Spenner, ABC of Iowa president. “We look forward to seeing her proven experience in balancing budgets, fighting for jobs, and supporting fair competition put to use in the U.S. Senate to benefit and grow our state and national economy.”


Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa is a statewide trade association representing commercial and industrial construction and construction-related firms who are dedicated to providing Iowa with high-quality, affordable, safe and on-time construction.

Braley and Stabenow Highlight Clear Contrast in Senate Race on Iowa's Agriculture Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:38
Yesterday Bruce Braley, joined by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, held events in Des Moines, Boone, and Springville to highlight the importance of the bipartisan Farm Bill and a strong Renewable Fuel Standard to Iowa’s economy. Braley has a strong record of promoting Iowa agriculture and fighting to grow Iowa’s rural economy. He worked for three years across party lines to pass the bipartisan Farm Bill that is critical to Iowa jobs and Iowa’s farming communities. He has also fought staunchly to protect the RFS – late last year, Braley was the only member of the Iowa U.S. House delegation to join Governor Terry Branstad at an EPA hearing where they spoke out against the EPA's proposed cuts.

In contrast, State Sen. Ernst would put Tea Party obstructionism before Iowa: Ernst opposed the Farm Bill, is “philosophically opposed” to the RFS, and her spokesperson said that “in a perfect world…she would support doing away with the (RFS).”

Walk with Bobby Schilling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Schilling   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:22
Come walk with us at the only lighted parade in the Quad Cities! The Silvis Moonlight Parade starts this Saturday at dusk with line-up at 7:30pm.

The parade will march down 5th-17th Street. We will be lining up in the empty lot next to Silvis FS Fuel and east of Anchor Lumber.

Please join us! Check out our Facebook event for the parade here.

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Written by Sam Roecker   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:19
Iowa political classic takes place Sunday, September 14th

(INDIANOLA, IOWA) – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin today announced that his last Steak Fry will feature both Bill and Hillary Clinton as speakers. The 42nd President of the United States will be attending his fourth Steak Fry, the Former Secretary of State her second.

Looking ahead to important, closely contested Iowa elections in November, including the one to determine his own Senate successor, Harkin promised to cap 37 years of high powered, high spirited political rhetoric at the Midwestern classic with a bang.

“Not only will this be my last Steak Fry, we’ll also need to rally our troops for outstanding, progressive Iowa champions on the ballot this Fall – all of whom have tough races, all of which we need to win!”

“That’s why I couldn’t be happier than to share this special day with two such close friends. They have contributed so much good, inspiring leadership to this country for many years, and I am sure they will continue to do so in the years ahead,” Harkin said.

First held on a farm in Madison County, the Harkin Steak Fry has become a signature political event in Iowa. Past special guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, Senators Paul Wellstone, Al Franken and Bernie Sanders, Governor Martin O’Malley, now-HUD Secretary Julian Castro and all of the major Democratic presidential candidates in 2003 and 2007, among many other luminaries.

The event will be held Sunday, September 14th from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the Indianola Balloon Field.

“What started out nearly 40 years ago as a handful of interested Iowans sitting around on hay bales, discussing politics, has grown to be an iconic gathering,” said Senator Harkin.  “This year's Steak Fry just might be the best ever.”

General admission tickets for the Steak Fry cost $30 and include refreshments and a steak dinner. To purchase tickets, get directions or learn more about the 37th Annual Harkin Steak Fry, visit www.TomHarkin.com or call 515-277-9966.

Register for press credentials at www.TomHarkin.com.
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Did Bustos Mislead the Media and Keep Her Shutdown Pay? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan Schweppe   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:06
Chief Administrative Officer of the House says Bustos did not give up her shutdown pay. Did Bustos mislead the media and her constituents?

EAST MOLINE, Ill.—During the government shutdown last October, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) received quite a bit of media buzz for foregoing her congressional salary during the shutdown. After receiving a lot of pressure from reporters on October 1st, the first day of the shutdown, Bustos decided to announce the next day that she was giving up her pay in a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House.

The media proceeded to widely report that Congresswoman Bustos was giving up her pay:

QCOnline: "Bustos Foregoes Pay During Shutdown, Durbin Unsure"
Peoria Journal Star: "No Government, No Pay for Rep. Cheri Bustos"
Sauk Valley News: "Bustos Won't Take Pay"
Washington Post: "Bustos 'has asked that her pay be withheld during a shutdown,' according to a spokesman."
CNN: "Bustos 'not accepting a paycheck.'"

But according to the Chief Administrative Officer, all Members of the House of Representatives received their pay in full during the shutdown.

Furthermore, Congresswoman Bustos has removed any reference to her giving up her pay from her website and from her Facebook page, although she did leave a post up on her Twitter account.

Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that Congresswoman Bustos needs to explain herself.

"Last October, Congresswoman Bustos shamelessly bragged to the media that she would be returning any pay she received during the government shutdown. She received quite a bit of positive press for doing so. But did she return it? The Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives says no. It's time to find out the truth. Did Congresswoman Bustos mislead the public? And why did she remove any reference to giving up her pay from her congressional website and from her Facebook page?"

"At best, Congresswoman Bustos misled the media into thinking she was giving back her pay, and then she failed to correct the record. At worst, she was downright dishonest. This is not the first time Congresswoman Bustos has misled the media, and it surely won't be the last.

"Bobby Schilling didn't just talk about leading by example—he did it. Bobby Schilling rejected the congressional health care plan and pension plan, voted against all pay increases, and cut his office budget by more than 10 percent. What has Congresswoman Bustos done? She promised to forego her pay during the government shutdown, and then she quietly accepted it anyway, hoping that nobody would notice. It's clear that Bobby Schilling is the better choice for Illinois."

To contact the Chief Administrative Officer's office, contact CAO communications director Dan Weiser at 202-226-6660.

Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 28 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

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