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National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare PAC Endorses Braley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 14:13
Endorsement underscores clear choice between Braley & Ernst on protecting Social Security & Medicare
Des Moines, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley has earned the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare PAC, an organization dedicated to protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits for all communities and generations.

Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, said Braley “earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families.”

Braley said, “Protecting Social Security and Medicare is vitally important for the tens of thousands of Iowa seniors who rely on these programs for a secure retirement. Workers who have paid into Social Security and Medicare their entire lives should be able to count on their promise when they retire. That’s why I’ve fought against schemes to privatize Social Security and transform Medicare as we know it, because these risky plans threatens the benefits of current seniors and ends the promise of guaranteed benefits for future generations. We should strengthen these programs, not undermine them.”

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s endorsement letter can be downloaded at the following link: http://bit.ly/SW5uvL

Braley has strongly opposed efforts to privatize Social Security and transform Medicare into a voucher program. Braley has also opposed efforts to reduce future Social Security benefits for retirees if cost-of-living increases were shifted to a so-called “chained CPI” calculation.

In contrast, state Sen. Joni Ernst has called for privatization of Social Security, a position that would undermine benefits for current retirees. Sen. Ernst has also supported plans that would transform Medicare as we know it and pave the way for Medicare vouchers, increasing costs for retirees.

Braley has made protecting Social Security and Medicare a key focus of his campaign for Senate. On Monday, Braley hosted a pair of Retirement Security Roundtable events in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines to meet with Iowa seniors and discuss the future of Social Security and Medicare and how to safeguard the programs for current retirees and future generations of workers.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 530,000 Iowans were enrolled in Medicare in 2012. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare calculates that Iowa has more than 584,000 Social Security beneficiaries, with the average senior receiving a monthly benefit of $1,131.

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ISEA-PAC makes recomendation for gubernatorial race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:59

Iowa educators hear from both candidates

DES MOINES, IA (06/18/2014)(readMedia)-- DES MOINES, IA (06/18/2014)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Education Association Political Action Committee (PAC) Central Committee recommended State Senator Jack Hatch for Governor today.

"We are grateful to both Governor Branstad and Senator Hatch for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk with Iowa educators about important issues facing public schools. After careful deliberations, the committee made up of both Democrat and Republican members, recommended Jack Hatch. Hatch best represents our values, beliefs, and we believe he will best represent the students of Iowa. We are proud to support Jack Hatch for Governor", said Tammy Wawro, ISEA President.


Retirees Tell Braley about Social Security Worries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:39

Braley predicted Social Security will be “one of the big topics” is his race against GOP nominee Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, for the seat now held by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

He and Ernst “have drastically different opinions” on what should be done to ensure the long-term viability of Social Security, Braley added.

Social Security is “part of that promise of retirement security” that seniors rely on and younger Americans expect to be there when they reach retirement age. Privatization is nothing more than “gambling on the stock market,” he said.

Full article: http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/retirees-tell-braley-about-social-security-worries/article_9f17ec8b-1481-5e0d-9b68-ea66118f070d.html

Braley Hosts Retirement Security Roundtable in Cedar Rapids
June 16, 2014

Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJTKmv-gdEw

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Braley Hosts Retirement Secuirty Roundtable in Des Moines
June 16, 2014

Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Q1U5pVmA0

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Reaction to State Sen. Joni Ernst Speech to Iowa GOP State Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:38
es Moines, IA – Braley for Iowa released the following statement following state Sen. Joni Ernst’s speech to the 2014 Iowa GOP State Convention.

Braley for Iowa campaign manager Sarah Benzing said, “Iowa GOP convention-goers today heard state Sen. Joni Ernst embrace the same right-wing obstructionism that won her the Republican primary. The clear choice in this race is more apparent than ever, between Bruce Braley, who’s fighting for working families to raise the minimum wage and protect Social Security and Medicare, and Sen. Ernst, who is siding with her out-of-state billionaire backers to repeal the federal minimum wage, privatize Social Security, and transform Medicare as we know it.”
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ICYMI: Newsweek: Tea Party to U.S.: We’re Winning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 13 June 2014 15:18
Exhibit A for those who think the battle between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party insurgents is almost over is state Senator Joni Ernst, the GOP establishment’s candidate for Iowa’s open Senate seat this year.

After kicking off her campaign with a viral ad in which she bragged about growing up “castrating hogs on an Iowa farm so when I get to Washington I’ll know how to cut pork,” Ernst clinched the nomination by making the ultra-conservative agenda her own.

In her final debate, Ernst said she would have voted against the farm bill, opposed “amnesty” in immigration reform and supported private accounts for young Americans paying into Social Security. She not only opposes raising the minimum wage but suggested the federal government shouldn’t even set one.

On social issues, Ernst said she would vote for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. She previously endorsed a fetal personhood amendment to the Iowa state constitution that would ban abortions as well as some forms of birth control.

Ernst’s statements were so conservative, she won the support of Tea Party groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, which fought McConnell in Kentucky, as well as an endorsement from the ultimate Tea Party darling, Sarah Palin.

Full article: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/06/20/tea-party-us-were-winning-254525.html
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