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League of Conservation Voters' Latest Ad Draws "True" Rating from Politifact PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:21

"True": Politifact.com just issued a fact-check calling assertions that State Sen. Joni Ernst wants to abolish the federal Department of Education and the EPA “right on track.”

In addition, since the Education Department administers federal student loan programs, Politifact "asked the Ernst campaign what her plan for Pell Grants is, but we didn’t get a response."

Full fact-check: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/jun/27/league-conservation-voters/does-joni-ernst-want-abolish-education-department-/

Key passages:

Does Joni Ernst want to abolish the Education Department and the EPA?
Politifact.com
June 27, 2014
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/jun/27/league-conservation-voters/does-joni-ernst-want-abolish-education-department-/

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"I do believe that we can make the cuts necessary within our federal government," Ernst said. She called for "closing the doors to the Department of Education at the federal level. And not just because it would save taxpayer dollars, but because I do believe our children are better educated when it’s coming from the state."

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The ad says that if Ernst is elected, 213,000 Iowa students would lose their federal Pell Grants. According to federal numbers, that is the number of Iowans who received Pell Grants in 2011-12. We asked the Ernst campaign what her plan for Pell Grants is, but we didn’t get a response.

While answering the same question that prompted her Education Department response, Ernst also mentioned the EPA. "Let’s shut down the EPA," she said. Ernst gave the same rationale for this slash in government, saying, "The state knows best how to protect resources."

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Bruce Rauner Continues to Oppose Minimum Wage Hike PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Neal Waltmire   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:33

The multimillionaire’s cutthroat ethics haven’t changed, he just chooses slightly different rhetoric

The following is a statement from Neal Waltmire, Communications Director for Illinois Freedom PAC, in response to Bruce Rauner’s comments yesterday showing the multimillionaire's continued opposition to raising the state’s minimum wage:

Bruce Rauner thought that we’d forget his multiple statements supporting LOWERING the minimum wage and his “adamant” opposition to raising it.

 

We didn't.

 

He thought that if he talked about his opposition to the minimum wage in a different way, that we might mistakenly think he would do right by workers.

 

We didn't.

 

He thought we’d forget his business record shows a greedy multimillionaire who only cares about his own power and profit.

 

We didn't.

 

He thought we’d forget that his business holdings show companies with a pattern of putting profit before people’s well-being, even if regular people – those who can’t afford a $2.5 million donation – die as a result.

 

We didn't.

 

He thought we wouldn't notice that his ‘support’ for upping the national rate to ours wouldn't raise wages here in Illinois and that his blessing for a minimum wage referendum came only after a bill was signed placing one on the November ballot.

 

We did.

 

His record shows Rauner can’t be trusted to help Illinois’ working families.

 

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Sam Lau Joins Braley for Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 23 June 2014 09:47
Effective today, Sam Lau will be joining Braley for Iowa as our campaign’s press secretary.  He most recently served as press secretary for the Iowa Democratic Party

 
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.

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