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Iowa AFL-CIO Releases Working Family Values Report Card on Candidates for U.S. Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Coles   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:23

Ernst Earns ‘F’s On Issues Important to Iowa’s Working Families

DES MOINES, October 21, 2014 – The Iowa AFL-CIO today released the Working Family Values Report Card, which gives grades to the candidates for U.S. Senate on a handful of issues critical to Iowa’s working families. Candidate Joni Ernst earned all ‘F’s on issues ranging from increasing the minimum wage to protecting Social Security and Medicare, whereas Rep. Bruce Braley earned ‘A’s due to his strong support for pro-working family policies.

“Whether it is raising the minimum wage to help low-wage employees afford a few more groceries every week or supporting equal pay for equal work so that women aren’t forced to continue earning 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, Joni Ernst earned an F on every subject,” said Ken Sagar, Iowa AFL-CIO President. “On issues important to the working families of Iowa, Joni Ernst needs to go back to school and study harder on the challenges facing hard-working women and men in our state.”

The AFL-CIO Working Family Values report card was created by grading each candidate for U.S. Senate on a handful of key issues important to working families in Iowa. Those issues include:

  • Increasing the minimum wage

  • Pay equity

  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare

  • Supporting job creation in America and opposing outsourcing of American jobs overseas

  • Tax fairness and closing corporate tax loopholes

“It’s hard enough for working families in Iowa to make ends meet these days. The last thing they need is for Joni Ernst to go to the U.S. Senate to push an agenda that puts corporate interests ahead of their needs,” added Sagar. “That’s why we support Bruce Braley, because he will look out for working families.”

 
Common Sense On: Registering to Vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:14

On November 4, Election Day, Iowans will cast their ballots on key federal, state, and local races, and your vote is important. Democracy only works when informed citizens take the initiative to participate. If you have not yet registered to vote, now is the time to do so. Here is what you need to know about registering to vote:

When is the deadline to register?

The deadline to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4 is Saturday, October 25.

However, if you have missed the registration deadline, you may still register to vote and cast your ballot during early voting or on Election Day. All you have to do is go to your regular polling place or early voting site. You can find that information here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx. There, you will need to prove both who you are and where you live. The easiest way to do this is to produce your valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it.

Who is eligible to register to vote?

You can register to vote if you will be at least 18 years of age by Election Day, are a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Iowa, and have not been convicted of a felony or judged mentally incompetent by a court of law.

How do I register?

You can register to vote by mail or in person. To register by mail, download, print, and complete the voter registration form that is available on the Secretary of State’s website: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/voteapp.pdf. Return the form to your county auditor’s office by October 25. You can also register to vote in person at your county auditor any time before the voter registration deadline.

Am I already registered to vote?

You can check to see if you are already registered to vote on the Secretary of State’s website: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx/.

For more information visit Senator Harkin’s website at  http://harkin.senate.gov/, or follow him on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ and Twitter  https://twitter.com/.

A PDF version of this article is available here.

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Braley Gets Senatorial Support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:18
US Sen. Martin Heinrich: Braley Works Across Party Lines, Fights for All Iowans

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) highlighted Braley’s strong record of breaking through gridlock to fight for an economy that works for all Iowans, not just the wealthiest few

Fort Dodge, IA – Today Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) highlighted the importance of Bruce Braley's work to protect and strengthen the job-creating Renewable Fuel Standard to Iowa’s economy while touring the Iowa Central Fuel Testing Lab in Fort Dodge. Bruce Braley has a strong record of breaking through gridlock to build an economy that works for all families by promoting Iowa agriculture and fighting to grow Iowa’s rural economy.

“In Congress today, there’s too much gridlock and too little compromise. All too often, Senators are looking out for the interests of the wealthiest few, not the middle class. Bruce has a strong record of working across party lines to strengthen and protect Iowa’s agriculture economy – he’s shown that he’ll fight for an economy that works for all Iowans, not millionaires, billionaires and special interests. In contrast, his opponent says she is “philosophically opposed” to the RFS and stands in lockstep with out-of-state Big Oil special interests that want see it eliminated, jeopardizing the 75,000 jobs it supports in Iowa. Iowans need a Senator who will fight for hardworking families, and that’s Bruce Braley,” said Heinrich.

Braley has been a leader in the fight to protect the RFS; according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, nearly 75,000 Iowa jobs are connected to renewable fuels. 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 November 2013, Braley teamed up with Republican Rep. Steve King to host an event with Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute to explain to Congressional staff the importance of keeping the RFS at its current levels. At Braley’s request, Iowa consistently has had representation at Congressional hearings examining the future of the RFS. And early this year, he helped deliver 100,000 signatures to the EPA urging them to maintain a strong RFS.

In contrast, State Sen. Ernst would put Tea Party obstructionism before Iowa: Ernst would have 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).” Braley for Iowa released a report detailing the devastating impacts of state Sen. Joni Ernst’s reckless plan to eliminate all energy incentives and all tax credits. If Ernst’s energy proposals were enacted, energy costs for Iowans could increase by $1,200 per year, tens of thousands of Iowa jobs could be threatened, and business investments in Iowa could be reduced by billions of dollars.

Heinrich also kicked off phone banks in Des Moines and Mason City and encouraged all Iowans to vote early. Voting early by mail or in person is the simplest and easiest way to cast a ballot. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3, or they can vote by mail anytime between now and Election Day.  Iowans can find their early voting location or can request a ballot to vote by mail at vote.brucebraley.com.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich is the junior United States Senator for New Mexico. Elected in 2012, Heinrich serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence, and Joint Economic Committees.  He Previously served in the House of Representatives from 2008 - 2012.

Heinrich’s strong and principled leadership is driven by his working-class upbringing, his wife Julie, and his two young sons.

BACKGROUND:

Braley Was Endorsed By The Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC’s Bipartisan Committee Of Farmer-Members. In September 2014, The Des Moines Register reported, “The Iowa Corn Growers Association, one of the state's most influential farm groups, announced Tuesday its political action committee has endorsed Democrat Bruce Braley in his campaign for U.S. Senate against Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst.” TheRegister continued, “A press release from the Corn Growers Association PAC said the decisions are made by a bipartisan committee of farmer-members who consider candidates based only on their support of ICGA policies. Braley was one of 75 state and federal candidates included in the endorsements.” [Des Moines Register,9/2/14]
  • Iowa Corn Grower Endorsement “Decisions Are Made Through An Objective Analysis Including Candidate Responses To Our Survey, Voting Records, Letters And Other Quantified Evidence Of Support. In September 2014, Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC announced: “ICGA PAC decisions are made through an objective analysis including candidate responses to our survey, voting records, letters and other quantified evidence of support. The ICGA PAC committee members include farmers from across Iowa, with an equal balance of party affiliation to ensure decisions are based only on corn growers’ policies. Funding for contributions to candidates from the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC comes only from voluntary PAC donations by ICGA members. Neither ICGA dues, nor checkoff dollars, are used for PAC contributions.” [IowaCorn.org, 9/2/14]
  • Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair: “Bruce Has A Fantastic Track Record With Our Key Issus” – “Bruce Has Done Over And Above On Farm Bill And Crop Insurance And The RFS.” In a September 2014 interview on WHO TV, Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair, Mark Recker, said: “Bruce has a fantastic track record with our key issues, and has over the past term and over his past few terms… Bruce has done over and above on Farm Bill and crop insurance and the RFS, and has scored with us very well, and supported us very well, and is very credible with us on those issues.” [WHO TV, 9/7/14]
  • Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair: We Choose Who To Endorse Based On The Issues – “They Tell Us What’s Important, Whether It’s Ethanol And The Renewable Fuel Standard, Farm Bill Or Crop Insurance.” In a September 2014 interview on WHO TV, Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair, Mark Recker, said: “Well, it all comes down to the issues for us and how well candidates support our priorities as an organization and producers. And those issues, those priorities, come to us from the producer level. They tell us what’s important, whether it’s ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard, Farm Bill or crop insurance, trade and transportation issues. That’s how we score our candidates, based on how well they vote on those particular priorities and issues.” [WHO TV, 9/7/14]
US Sen. Tim Kaine: Bruce Braley “Clear Choice” for Senate

While Braley works to put Iowa families first, Ernst’s out-of-step plans work for millionaires, not the middle class
Mason City, IA – Today, US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) traveled through Iowa to speak about the clear choice in the US Senate race. Kaine highlighted Bruce’s plans to break through the gridlock and be a Senator that works for all of Iowa’s families, not just the wealthiest few.

Kaine spoke with Iowans today on a variety of issues— from Braley’s passionate work on behalf of veterans to his commitment to protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare for all generations of Iowans. Braley has a strong record of accomplishments for Iowa veterans, including leading a successful effort to secure back-pay that was initially denied to hundreds of Iowa National Guard members, and introducing legislation that cut taxes for businesses hiring veterans. Braley has also worked to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Braley strongly opposes risky privatization schemes that end guaranteed benefits and put Iowa seniors’ retirement security in the hands of Wall Street.

“Bruce Braley has an impressive record of standing up for Iowa’s middle class families, reaching across the party divide, and delivering results. Nowhere is this record more evident than his work on some of the issues most important to Iowans – including his passionate work on behalf of veterans and his commitment to protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare for all generations of Iowans. Iowans need a Senator who will stand up for their interests – Bruce Braley is that Senator,” said Kaine.

Kaine also spoke on the importance of voting early in this year’s midterm election. Kaine encouraged all Iowans to vote early by mail or in person because it is the simplest and easiest way to cast a ballot. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3, or they can vote by mail anytime between now and Election Day.  Iowans can find their early voting location or can request a ballot to vote by mail at vote.brucebraley.com.

In stark contrast to Bruce’s focus on policies that put Iowa families first, Sen. Joni Ernst’s plans – including privatizing Social Security, protecting corporations that ship jobs overseas from paying their fair share in taxes, abolishing federal student loans, and opposing a minimum wage increase that would give 300,000 Iowans a raise – would have devastating consequences for Iowa’s families.

Kaine was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of Richmond.  He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006.

In the Senate, Kaine serves on the Armed Services, Budget and Foreign Relations Committees.

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Former Labor President Backs Schilling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:11

Forret: "He's not a typical Republican. He knows what built America... organized labor and the American farmer."

MOLINE, IL -- Bobby Schilling received a major endorsement today from Bradley Forret, former President and organizer for the Laborers Local 309 in Rock Island. Forret also served as a member of the Great Plains Laborers District Council.

Forret said that Schilling was the better choice for organized labor.

“Bobby Schilling best reflects my beliefs as a business owner, a veteran, a hunter, an outdoorsman, a Christian, a gun owner with rights for concealed carry, and as a laborer,” Forret said.
Forret praised Schilling’s 13 years of union experience.

“He’s not a typical Republican,” Forret said. “Bobby is a union man. He knows what built America—organized labor and the American farmer. He’ll protect our right to organize and belong to organized labor. And he’ll work to fix our economy and create more union jobs.”

Forret also pointed out that Schilling is a strong supporter of the second amendment.

“Bobby Schilling respects our constitutional right to bear arms, and he supports the right to carry,” Forret said.

“I endorse Mr. Schilling,” Forret continued. “And I ask you, as a constituent of the 17th District, to also support him. It’s time to vote for the person, not the party.”

 
ACTIVATOR Awards Jacobs and Verschoore “Friend of Agriculture” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russell Orrill   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:36

ROCK ISLAND – Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR is proud to announce State Senator Mike Jacobs of the 36th Senate District and State Representative Pat Verschoore of the 72nd House District have both been designated a Friend of Agriculture.

Local ACTIVATOR trustees have designated Sen. Jacobs and Rep. Verschoore for their strong voting records and continued support of key issues impacting agriculture.

"Mike Jacobs and Pat Verschoore continue to advocate and support agriculture in their districts." IFB's Director of State Legislation Kevin Semlow said. "Senator Jacobs and Representative Verschoore have worked diligently on extremely important issues to the farming community, and they continue to prove they are friends of agriculture."

"I appreciate the support of leaders and members from our local farm bureaus. The agriculture industry is vital to our economy and I pledge to continue to support the farmers of the 36th Senate District," said Jacobs. "I'm extremely grateful to receive this award."

"It is an incredible honor to receive this award. Illinois farmers work tirelessly to provide their products to consumers across the globe. Senator Jacobs and I will continue to work together to advocate for the farming communities in our districts," Verschoore said.

Both legislators play a vital role for the farming community throughout the legislative process. Representative Verschoore is the acting Chairperson for the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee, while Senator Jacobs is a sitting member of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

ACTIVATOR, Illinois farm Bureau’s political involvement fund, is a voluntary, non-profit, segregated fund promoting the economic and social well-being of farmers. ACTIVATOR trustees are local Farm Bureau leaders representing each county in every Illinois legislative district.

 

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