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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."


Iowa Biodiesel Board congratulates state’s Congressional winners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Higgins Rose   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:56

ANKENY, Iowa – The Iowa Biodiesel Board today offered its congratulations to last night's election winners, and remains optimistic for the future of biodiesel policies in Washington. Grant Kimberley, IBB executive director, issued the following statement:

“We congratulate Iowa’s election winners, and look forward to working with all of them in the effort to diversify our nation’s fuel supply with biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel. We are confident the new Senate and House winners will support biodiesel and biofuel issues. Having hosted Senator Joni Ernst at a biodiesel plant during the campaign, we were pleased to hear her declare strong support for biodiesel and the Renewable Fuel Standard to IBB members. IBB will continue to be a resource for her and all of our elected officials.

"Sen. Ernst and Rep. David Young in particular have strong ties to Governor Terry Branstad and Senator Chuck Grassley, who have been tireless champions for biofuel and agriculture issues. We’re confident these newly elected officials will be just as supportive in providing leadership on these important issues. We also look forward to working with Rep. Rod Blum. Likewise, we believe the House incumbents, Reps. Dave Loebsack and Steve King, will continue to support biodiesel and our nation’s drive for smart, consistent federal energy policy. The economic and energy security benefits biodiesel provides are second to none, making the RFS one of the most effective policies we have.”

Republican Joni Ernst defeated Democrat Bruce Braley for the U.S. Senate. Republicans Rod Blum and David Young also won the two open U.S. House seats, including the 1st District that had been held by Braley.

The biodiesel industry awaits final RFS volumes for 2014 from Washington, D.C. The last known proposal would set biodiesel volumes at 1.28 billion gallons. That’s a sharp cut from last year’s production of nearly 1.8 billion gallons.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a nonpartisan state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.

Midterm Elections Show Money Trumps Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Coles   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:17
The 2014 Midterm elections will go down as the most expensive in American history, and it was clear that money won.

“We ran a robust program, talked to tens of thousands of union members, retirees and households, but we were not able to compete with all the money the Koch Brothers and others poured into this election.” Said Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor. “Clearly we are disappointed in that the 1% have purchased the outcome.”

Unions all over Iowa made contact with over 100,000 Iowans, called many thousands more, sent mail to educate members on the stands of the candidates, yet all the negative advertisements appear to have turned even more voters away from the polls.

“I want to thank all the Iowans who took the time from their busy schedules to take time to vote. Iowans have made their choice.” said Sagar. “We will continue to work to promote legislation to help working Iowans.  I also want to thank all our volunteers that helped with labor 2014.”

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO looks forward to working with all elected candidates.


The People of Mercer County Respond PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Bluedorn   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:12

The five Mercer County Republican board candidates applied republican principles to the troubles of Mercer County in the form of an 8-point pledge.


Residents responded by electing all five to the board.

Republicans now hold the majority, 7-3.

When Republicans are not afraid to run as republicans, they appeal to the best interests of the people.

Final results for the five Mercer County Board races:

District 1–Karen Jones(R) defeats Randy Anderson(D) — 747 to 430
District 2–Brian Anseeuw(R) defeats Dan Sedwick(D) — 669 to 548
District 3–Lori Sindelar(R) defeats Larry Stone(D) — 767 to 679
District 4–Joe Vann(R) defeats Dan Schroeder(D) — 623 to 569
District 5–Mark Bieri(R) defeats Tom Haines(D) — 885 to 602

Unprecedented Weekend of Voter Contact, Support, and Momentum for Bruce in Final Days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:04
Volunteers continue to make major push to expand the electorate and turn out sporadic voters

Des Moines – With just one day until Election Day, all signs are pointing to clear movement in Bruce’s direction – and the campaign's superior ground game and army of grassroots volunteers continues to surpass expectations, expand the electorate, and turn out sporadic voters that Democrats know will push Bruce to victory. 

On Saturday and Sunday alone, volunteers for Bruce and Iowa Democrats knocked over 350,000 doors and made over 450,000 phone calls.  Democrats had nearly 5,000 Iowans knocking doors this weekend, and the state party expects to see that number grow today and tomorrow. 

"Our volunteers and supporters had an unprecedented weekend of voter contact and this grassroots energy and enthusiasm will send Bruce to victory tomorrow night,” said Sam Lau, Braley for Iowa spokesman. "This unprecedented field effort has already pushed us ahead among early voters, and we are confident that our momentum and support will expand the electorate and deliver a strong victory for Bruce on Tuesday night."

The campaign’s modeling of the electorate shows that Bruce is headed to victory on the strength of his clear and significant lead among early voters, his strong and consistent lead among independent voters, and the superior Democratic ground efforts that will drive far greater numbers of supporters to the polls.

In the final weeks of this campaign, Iowans have focused on Bruce’s clear message about fighting for all Iowa families, not just the wealthiest few —while they’ve seen Joni Ernst dodge editorial board meetings and desperately try to avoid talking about the issues that Iowans care about most, like her plans to privatize Social Security, give tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and push for federal legislation banning all abortions and common forms of birth control.

Democrats know that the more doors they knock on, the more voters they can put out in the final days, and the stronger Bruce’s returns will be on Tuesday night. The Iowa Democratic Party’s dedicated resources to a substantial field operation has already successfully expanded the electorate and will significantly outperform any Republican efforts to get out their voters in the final days.


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