Politics & Elections
Illinois Teachers support Mike Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Smith   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:37

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois teachers are backing Senator Mike Jacobs campaign for State Senator of the 36th District.

The Illinois Education Association announced their endorsement of Jacobs this November.

“Mike Jacobs has proved his dedication to the teachers and students of the 36th Senate District,” said Stewart Adams, retired Rock Island/Milan School Teacher. “One of the most important responsibilities we have in our community is providing a quality education to our children.”

Jacobs has been committed to supporting education funding and ensuring teachers have the necessary resources to help educate the students in our community by fighting for more funding and working on reforming the way we fund schools in Illinois.

His opponent, Neil Anderson however, supports turning Illinois’ pension system into a 401(k) plan.  Other states such as Alaska and Nebraska have adopted defined contribution plans only to later realize 401(k)’ aren’t cost effective and leave workers without a stable future.

“Anderson’s support of 401(k) plans is proof of his inexperience and lack knowledge of Illinois’ pension systems,” said Adams. “We have seen the consequences in other states who move to a defined-contribution system. Our members can’t afford to rely on insecure plans for their future.”

Illinois Education Association (IEA): The IEA is an association of more than 130,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The IEA was founded in 1853 to serve the interest of public education in Illinois. The IEA became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857, an organization currently totaling 3.2 million teachers and school employees working to make our good public schools even better for all students.

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WEDNESDAY: Hillary Rodham Clinton to Join Bruce Braley at Grassroots Events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:29
Des Moines, IA – Today, Braley for Iowa announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton will join Bruce Braley at grassroots events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Hillary Clinton and Bruce Braley will speak about the importance of voting in this year’s crucial midterm election, as well as about Bruce's plans to fight for all Iowa families. 

Hillary Clinton and Bruce Braley will encourage all Iowans to vote and make their voice heard in this year’s crucial midterm election. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3. For more information about early voting locations, visit vote.brucebraley.com.

For press credentials for the grassroots event in Cedar Rapids, RSVP here.

For press credentials for the grassroots event in Davenport, RSVP here

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Braley for Iowa Grassroots Event with Special Guest Hillary Clinton
IBEW Local 405 Hall,
1211 Wiley Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Doors open at 12:45 pm
For tickets visit www.brucebraley.com/cedar-rapids or call 515-802-8943.

Braley for Iowa Grassroots Event with Special Guest Hillary Clinton
RiverCenter, Atrium
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA
Doors open at 4:45 pm 
For tickets visit www.brucebraley.com/davenport or call 515-802-8943.
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Braley Kicks Off Canvass In Davenport, Touts Plans To Fight For All Iowa Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:20
While Braley puts Iowa families first, Ernst stands with millionaires, billionaires and special interests

Davenport, IA – Bruce Braley visited Davenport to speak with grassroots volunteers and organizers at a canvass kickoff and share his vision to be a Senator who fights for all of Iowa’s hardworking families, not just the wealthiest few. While Ernst continues to try and hide her out-of-step policies by refusing to meet with newspaper editorial boards across Iowa, Bruce is traveling the state and sharing his vision to be a Senator who puts Iowa families first.

“The excitement surrounding this election is clear to me from the energy and enthusiasm that I see from our fantastic volunteers and grassroots organizers. Iowans face a clear choice, and I’m running for the Senate to fight for all of Iowa’s hardworking families. I’m committed to breaking through the gridlock to build an economy that works for all of Iowa’s families, not just the wealthiest few. While my opponent has made it clear that she stands for millionaires, billionaires and the special interests backing her campaign, I’ll always put Iowa first,” said Braley.

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.

Bruce also spoke on the importance of voting early in this year’s midterm election. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3. For more information about early voting locations, visit vote.brucebraley.com.
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KWQC TV-6 Reports on Potential Electronic Voting Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:09

Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney remains defiant, lashes out in Facebook posts on KWQC news story

ROCK ISLAND, IL -- KWQC TV-6 reported yesterday about several complaints of electronic voting fraud with the early voting machines in Rock Island County. You can read and watch that story here.

Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney (D-Rock Island) offered no comment to the media about the allegations, but did take to Facebook last night to silence any criticism, calling the formal complaints "lies, & more lies" and accusing those who filed complaints of "making false allegations to suppress the vote." Kinney's posts were written under a thread about this issue on KWQC's Facebook page.

The Schilling campaign reached out to the Illinois State Board of Elections on Friday to report the situation. The State Board of Elections made contact with the Rock Island County Clerk's office and recommended re-calibrating the early voting machines. As of yet, there is no evidence that a full re-calibration has occurred.

The Schilling campaign has now received more than 20 reports from voters who have had their vote switched on the electronic voting machines. Several formal complaints have been filed to the Rock Island County Clerk's office.
Yesterday, the Schilling campaign also heard from a voter who went to early vote at the County Clerk's office and was turned away after requesting a paper ballot.

Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, released the following statement:

"Every vote matters. Every vote should be counted. Karen Kinney needs to stop victim-blaming on Facebook and start working to fix the faulty machines. Voters in Rock Island County are quickly losing faith in the legitimacy of our elections, and that's unacceptable. The Rock Island County Clerk needs to do something immediately."

 
Braley Votes Early in Waterloo, Highlights Clear Choice in Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:58
Waterloo, IA – Today, Bruce Braley voted early at the Black Hawk County Auditor’s office in Waterloo. Braley was joined by his wife, Carolyn Braley, and supporters Scott and Regina Porter and Jesse McCunniff.

“It was great to be joined today by Jesse and the Porter family, who remind me of why I’m running for the Senate – to fight for Iowans, and to always put Iowa’s families first. I’m committed to breaking through the gridlock to build an economy that works for all of Iowa’s families, not just the wealthiest few. While my opponent has made it clear that she stands for millionaires, billionaires and the special interests backing her campaign, I’ll always put Iowa first,” said Braley.

Scott and Regina Porter are the grandparents of Joseph Craig, a Nigerian-born toddler who was adopted by Jonathan and Kayla Craig in 2011. Braley helped the Craig family navigate bureaucratic problems and secure a visa so that Joseph could enter the United States.

Jesse McCunniff is a member of the 1/133rd infantry battalion in the Iowa National Guard, and has been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan during his 17 years in the National Guard. Braley led a successful effort to secure respite pay and GI Bill benefits that were initially denied to members of the 1/133rd infantry battalion.

Voting early is the simplest and easiest way to cast a ballot. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3. For more information about early voting locations, visit vote.brucebraley.com.
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