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Exposing Iowa's Poverty Wrought by the Polk County Cartel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narcisse for Governor 2014   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:09

Schedule: "Restoring Iowa to Her People" Policy Presentations

Iowa Party: Competing to Win, and Building a Potent State Wide Political Tool

Yesterday (Sept. 1, 2014) was the first of ten major policy presentations from the campaign in an effort to create awareness and understanding of the impoverishing impact of the Polk County Political Cartel.

A Narcisse administration will, "restore Iowa to her people," says the candidate.  

Ending Poverty in Iowa

Iowa's urban centers have become major poverty zones - more than 57% of the families with children in the "Urban Eight" School Districts: Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Sioux City and Waterloo - cannot feed their children without government assistance.

In Davenport, Sioux City and Waterloo more than 60% of the families with children in those districts live in poverty and in our state's capital more than 70% of the families with children in our state's largest district live in poverty.

To put this in perspective, the Des Moines School District has more impoverished students - 21,872 - than the populations of all but 22 of Iowa's 947 incorporated cities.

High poverty isn't limited to our urban areas, however. Throughout much of rural Iowa the percentage of families living in poverty is equal to or greater than the numbers in our urban centers, for example Columbus (74.3%), Denison (73.4%) and Storm Lake (75.6%).

There are other indicators that should give us pause when hearing proclamations of how well Iowa is faring.

In their December 19, 2011, SFY 2013 Budget Hearing the Iowa Department of Human Services published on page 3 of their report that they served a total of 928,566 clients - more than 30% of Iowa's 3,046,355 population.

On page 74 of the Legislative Service Agency's 2013 Fiscal Facts 412,710 Iowans are projected to be monthly recipients of Medicaid and 437,849 are projected to be monthly recipiencts of food assistance.

On Monday Iowa Party gubernatorial candidate Jonathan R. Narcisse will layout a plan of action to eliminate poverty in Iowa.

"We live in a world where men possess the wealth of nations. It is shameful that children go to bed hungry. It is even more unacceptable that children in Iowa go to bed hungry. We have the means to end poverty in this state - we must now exert the will to end it," stated Narcisse.

"We learned a great deal in 2010. We learned how not to run a gubernatorial campaign but we also learned we have support in every county in Iowa, in every house district in Iowa, in every senate district in Iowa and in nearly every precinct in Iowa. Winning will not be easy but we are competing to win - to End the Branstad Era and Restore Iowa to Her People.

"At the same time we are realistic about the uphill battle we face. So there are other key objectives we will accomplish with this campaign. We expect to secure the votes necessary to create an official Iowa Party - a unique hybrid that will operate without and within our two party system.

"We are building political capacity that will help us influence both the Democratic and Republican Caucus in 2016. Although we will be an official state party we will encourage our members to participate in either the Republican or Democratic caucus, get elected as delegates, central committee members, and key committee members. In many respects we will do what the Tea Party and Organized Labor have failed to do - we will be active in both parties."

Building Capacity to End the Branstad Era & Expose the Polk County Political Cartel

"We are building a potent statewide political tool that will help us recruit good candidates to run for local office - school board, city council and county seats - as well as legislative candidates we will encourage to run in primaries where our organizational muscle will help them oust vulnerable incumbents in the June elections. We will especially present a second party alternative where incumbent Democrats and Republicans at the county and legislative levels are re-elected term after term without ever facing a viable opponent, if any at all.

"One key objective is to expose the Polk County Politica Cartel. While certain compromised media has shielded Iowans from truths like Terry Branstad's biggest contributor is his opponent's business partner, we will make Iowans aware of these facts and others such as the disproportionate representation Polk County residents have on our state's boards and commissions. For example, a majority of the members on the State Utility Board and the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board are from Polk County. And, four of the nine members who sit on the Iowa Court of Appeals hail from Polk County.

"The greatest contribution, however, our campaign will make is to offer solutions. The Branstad Era has witnessed Iowa's academic decline, the rise of poverty, the plumeting of real wages, the ascent of crime, addiction, gambling and the stagnation of our growth evidenced by the loss of two congressional seats (1993 & 2013) at a time when state's like Utah are gaining seats in the U.S. House.

"During this same period of time our politicians, including Terry Branstad and Jack Hatch, have prospered. In the case of Branstad and Hatch they became multi-millionaires. Our campaign will provide detailed plans on how we reclaim and restore Iowa."

In addition to Monday's presentation major policy presentations are planned for:

September 9th - Sioux City (Social Concerns: Families Matter!)

September 16th - Iowa City (Justice: Delayed? Denied!)

September 17th - Fairfield (Agriculture: More Than Feed, Fuel & Meat!)

September 23rd - Waterloo (Education: Our Highest Priority!)

September 30th - Council Bluffs (Iowa: More Than Polk County and Sometimes Linn!)

October 2nd - West Des Moines (Governance: Accountability To The People!)

October 7th - Cedar Rapids (Economic Empowerment: A Better Way!)

October 14th - Dubuque (Health: More Than Illness Management!)

October 21st - Davenport (Taxes: The Sacred Trust!)

In addition to these major policy events the Campaign will hold "An Iowa Worth Fighting For" presentations in Ames, Ankeny, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City, Mt. Pleasant, Muscatine, Newton, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella, Spencer, Storm Lake, Urbandale, and Waukee.

At these presentations Narcisse will summarize his vision for Iowa including key solutions from each of these major policy presentations.

For more information contact (515) 770-1218 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit www.NarcisseForGovernor.com

Braley and Ernst Agree on Three Debates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz and Gretchen Hamel   
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:58
Braley and Ernst Agree on Three Debates
Des Moines, IA – Braley for Iowa and Joni for Iowa jointly announced today that they have agreed on three debates.

"We're excited that Iowans will have the opportunity to see Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst debate. We look forward to a robust discussion and we'll be finalizing exact details with the hosts in the coming days," said Braley for Iowa spokesperson Jeff Giertz and Joni for Iowa spokesperson Gretchen Hamel.

The three debates are:
  1. KCCI-TV / Des Moines Register debate, held on September 28 in Des Moines.
  2. KWQC-TV / Quad City Times debate, held on October 11 in the Quad Cities.
  3. KCAU-TV debate, held on October 16 in Sioux City.
Exact details will be determined by the campaigns in partnership with the debate hosts in the coming days.
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Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds complete visits to all 99 counties in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 29 August 2014 08:32

Branstad, Reynolds have held a combined 2,454 public events since taking office

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced they will complete their visit to all of Iowa’s 99 counties for the fourth consecutive year today following a stop in Louisa County. Branstad and Reynolds committed to visiting every county, every year. Since taking office in 2011, the pair has held a combined 2,454 public events.

“Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I take great pride in visiting every county in Iowa each and every year,” said Branstad. “We thoroughly enjoy meeting with Iowans, hearing their ideas and sharing our vision in cafes, diners, coffee shops and community centers. I believe being accessible to all Iowans, not just those at the Capitol, is a critically important.”

Branstad’s and Reynolds’ final county to hit in 2014 is Louisa County. They’ll visit a family-owned business, Simply Soothing, which makes natural bug repellant, today at 3:45 p.m.

“Though we’ve visited every county in 2014, Governor Branstad and I will continue traveling the state this year to listen and share our ideas to continue moving Iowa forward,” said Reynolds. “We remain committed to visiting every Iowa county, every year. Iowans shouldn’t have to travel to Des Moines to talk with their elected officials. Visiting every county, every year, provides citizens the opportunity to engage in the process and share their views.”

Through the first three years in office, Branstad and Reynolds have averaged a combined 669 public events per year. Through today, Aug. 28, 2014, they have held a combined 447 events in 2014.



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Written by Suellen Irwin   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:03

WASHINGTON – A former Iowa State Senator pleaded guilty today to concealing payments he received from a presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and services from one candidate to another and to obstructing a subsequent investigation into his conduct.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting Assistant Director in Charge Timothy A. Gallagher of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.

“An elected official admitted that he accepted under-the-table payments from a campaign committee to secure his support and services for a candidate in the 2012 presidential election,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “Campaign finance reports should be accurate and transparent, not tools for concealing campaign expenditures.  Lying by public officials – whether intended to obstruct the FEC or federal investigators – violates the public trust and the law, and the Department of Justice does not tolerate it.”

“Today, Mr. Sorenson has taken responsibility for his crimes,” said Acting Assistant Director in Charge Gallagher.  “Exploiting the political process for personal gain will not be tolerated, and we will continue to pursue those who commit such illegal actions.”

Kent Sorenson, 42, of Milo, Iowa, pleaded guilty today to one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and one count of obstruction of justice in connection with the concealed expenditures.  The guilty plea was taken by Chief Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer of the Southern District of Iowa for later review by Senior District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt.  Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted that he had supported one campaign for the 2012 presidential election, but from October to December 2011, he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000.  On Dec. 28, 2011, at a political event in Des Moines, Iowa, Sorenson publicly announced his switch of support and work from one candidate to the other.

The payments included monthly installments of approximately $8,000 each and were concealed by transmitting them to a film production company, then through a second company, and finally to Sorenson and his spouse.  In response to criticism of his change of support for the candidates, Sorenson gave interviews to the media denying allegations that he was receiving any money from the second campaign committee, and noted that the committee’s FEC filings would show that the committee made no payments to him.

In his plea agreement, Sorenson also admitted that he gave false testimony to an independent counsel appointed at the request of the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee, which was investigating allegations from a former employee of the first presidential campaign.  Sorenson testified falsely to the independent counsel about the concealed payments, in part to obstruct investigations that he anticipated by the FBI and FEC.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with assistance from the Omaha Field Office and the Des Moines Resident Agency.  The case is being prosecuted by Election Crimes Branch Director Richard C. Pilger and Trial Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.

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Written by Paid for by Pate for Iowa   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:35

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate, has taken the lead in the race to become Iowa's next Secretary of State.

Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning research firm released their latest poll showing Paul Pate taking the lead in the race for Iowa Secretary of State, 35-34%.  Among registered Independents the margin is even greater with 35-24% in favor of Pate.  Additionally, 64% of Independents responded that they disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance.  The Democrat candidate running for Secretary of State was President Obama's 2012 Iowa campaign director.

"This poll is further confirmation that Iowans want, expect and deserve a proven public servant that will represent everyone in the state and not a career partisan political operative as their chief commissioner of elections.  I have previously served as Iowa Secretary of State and served the people of Iowa in a non partisan manner while encouraging voter participation and protecting the integrity of the election process.

PPP surveyed 915 likely voters from August 22-24th. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.2%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don't have landline telephones. For complete results of the poll:  http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2014/PPP_Release_IA_826930.pdf

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.




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