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AARP: Use of Association’s Logo in Loebsack CD-2 Campaign Ads Not Authorized PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Black   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:39

Association does not endorse candidates in any political races

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, upon learning of its name and logo appearing in a Rep. Dave Loebsack campaign ad in the race for Iowa’s Second Congressional District, AARP is issuing the following statement by Kent Sovern, State Director for AARP in Iowa.

“AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.

“AARP did not authorize the use of its name or logo in a currently-running television ad by the Dave Loebsack campaign.

“AARP has a proud 28-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families so that they can make their own decisions on Election Day.

“AARP urges all congressional candidates to talk with voters about the future of Social Security, Medicare and financial security at upcoming debates and other forums.  We also encourage our members and all Americans to ask questions so they understand where the candidates stand on these and other important issues and choose the candidates that best reflects their views and values.

“AARP Voters’ Guides are available for the 2014 election cycle at www.aarp.org/yourvote.  The Guides enable voters to find out where the candidates stand, in their own words, on the future of Social Security, Medicare, Financial Security, and other critical issues.”

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.


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Congressional Candidate Miller-Meeks to Address Rotary Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Best   
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:21
Congressional Candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks (https://www.millermeeks.comwill speak to the Rotary Club of Davenport on Monday, Sept. 29.
The meeting is at noon at the Outing Club, 2109 Brady Street, Davenport.
Rotary Club contact: Rick Best, PR Committee, 563-508-2425

Braley for Iowa Statement on Iowa Senate Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:20
Des Moines, IA – Braley for Iowa Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing issued the following statement after tonight’s US Senate debate:

“The big story of the night is that Joni Ernst admitted during the debate that her personhood constitutional amendment would outlaw abortion and ban common forms of birth control, while Bruce believes that medical decisions are best left to women and their doctors.

“Tonight’s debate displayed the clear contrast between Bruce Braley’s work to find common sense solutions that move our state forward and Joni Ernst’s radical Tea Party ideas that would take us backwards and are wrong for Iowa.

“While Bruce Braley has spent his career protecting Social Security, Joni Ernst would privatize it and put it in the hands of Wall Street bankers. While Bruce Braley continues working to strengthen Medicare, Joni Ernst supports plans that would end Medicare as we know it and leave Iowa’s seniors out in the cold. While Bruce Braley will fight to increase the federal minimum wage, Joni Ernst doesn’t even think there should be one, believing that Iowans deserve just $7.25 an hour and can survive on $15,000 a year.  And tonight Joni Ernst tried to deny that she supports a plan to impose a 23 percent national sales tax on all Americans, raising taxes on gas, groceries, and everything you buy.

“The contrast between the two candidates has never been more clear.”

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Sen. Tom Harkin Statement on Iowa Senate Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:19
Des Moines, IA – US Sen. Tom Harkin issued the following statement after the Iowa Senate debate tonight:

“Bruce Braley was the clear winner of tonight’s debate. Bruce did a great job showing Iowans who he is and what he stands for – someone who grew up in small town Brooklyn, Iowa, worked hard to put himself through college, and has never forgotten where he’s come from. Bruce showed a command of the issues that matter to Iowans and demonstrated clearly that he’ll never stop working to stand up for Iowa in the US Senate.”
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Bob Quast for Term Limits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Quast   
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:14

Two stories – an ocean apart – recently gripped America. ISIS revealed what pure evil looks like after the beheadings of innocent Americans, women and children. An elevator video of Ray Rice and his future wife revealed what domestic violence really looks like. These two unrelated stories – when combined – are what my family has dealt with since 1999 when my sister Lynnette was tortured by her abusive husband, murdered in their Ohio home, and discarded in garbage dumpsters throughout Michigan.

Lynnette’s killer is free today. I asked my US Congressman, Bruce Braley, for his help in stopping the early prison release and federal interstate transfer of Lynnette’s killer. Mr. Braley did nothing. I’ve proposed a two-sentence Lynnette’s Law that could protect society from vicious killers; our government’s first duty is to protect Americans from violent threats, foreign and domestic. Bruce Braley has refused for more than three years now to even respond to my repeated requests for his help on this law. This motivated me to enter this US Senate race and offer Iowans a better choice on November 4.

Beyond my personal mission of domestic violence awareness, prevention, and government funding (and getting tough on violent crime), I have three key solutions to the dysfunction that is Washington DC:

  1. Term Limits – Both parties are broken, blaming the other without solving our real problems. Some describe me as a JFK Democrat, but I’m a lifelong independent…just like 38% of registered Iowa voters. I’m working to represent all 3.1 million Iowans in DC for one term of six years. Two terms should be the limit.

  2. Energy Made in the USA – Iowans benefit from cheap electricity made mostly from American fossil fuels. Bruce Braley voted for a carbon tax that would destroy Iowa’s middle class, raising energy costs by thousands for every Iowan. I’m fighting for careers in domestic energy, often union protected, paying $60,000-100,000 per year; Mr. Braley’s vision is part-time work at $10.10/hour. Low-cost American energy is essential to the return of Made in the USA products and jobs. I support renewables like Iowa’s wind industry, while promoting conservation as the best solution to protect our environment. Mr. Braley’s top dark-money supporter is Tom Steyer, who made his billions from the fossil fuels he now opposes for political gain.

  3. Accountability – Voters are desperate for a leader who supports our US Constitution and the rule of law (Google “Dave Brat”), while fighting big government waste and the endless DC scandals. My fight for accountability is well documented at www.Life101byBob.com . During Mr. Braley’s eight years in DC, our US debt has exploded from $8 to $18 Trillion! Finally, Mr. Braley shamefully initiated the illegal IRS targeting of conservatives. Let’s replace the IRS with a Fair Tax.

I am running to offer Iowans common sense solutions to some of the toughest problems America has faced in my lifetime. Please visit www.BobQ2014.com to learn more about your third and best choice for US Senate.


Most respectfully,

Bob Quast for Term Limits

Independent Candidate for US Senate in Iowa

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