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Will GOP Candidates Skip Forum Hosted by Erick Erickson? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:45

Erickson's inflammatory rhetoric, extreme ideas on working women, marriage equality don't reflect Iowa values

DES MOINES, IA – Braley for Iowa today called on the Republican candidates for US Senate to skip Friday’s planned Republican primary forum hosted by the Family Leader in Ankeny because the moderator chosen to lead the forum doesn't reflect Iowa values.

As Media Matters explains, Erick Erickson, the bombastic media figure and founder of the website RedState.com, has a long history of inflammatory rhetoric and extreme ideas with regards to women in the workforce, businesses that serve same-sex couples, and marriage equality. 

Braley for Iowa Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing said, “There’s no moderation in the selection of Erick Erickson as moderator, just more right-wing obstructionist rhetoric and ideas that send Iowa backwards. Erickson believes that the increasing numbers of female breadwinners is ‘concerning and troubling’ and believes that businesses that serve same-sex couples are ‘aiding and abetting’ in sin. Those just aren’t Iowa values. Do Iowa GOP Senate candidates agree with his views, or will they skip tomorrow night’s forum?”

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House Calls on GOP to Pull Controversial Speaker – `President Lincoln would be appalled’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug House   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:11

Rock Island County Democratic Party Chair Doug House today expressed deep disappointment with his counterpart’s decision to allow a controversial speaker to headline their party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

“Abraham Lincoln, who stood for unity, would be appalled at the divisive and hateful words expressed by the Rev. Don Johnson,” said House.

House issued the following statement this morning:

“On behalf of the Rock Island County Democratic Party, and more importantly on behalf of citizens throughout Rock Island County, I am appalled that the Rock Island County Republican Party would headline a speaker with such extremist and dangerous views.

“The Rev. Johnson’s views are so out of touch with the views of mainstream Americans and our county’s residents that the Republican Party’s own candidate for Governor will not appear with him.

“Today I call on Bobby Schilling, and the Rock Island County Republican Party led by Bill Bloom, to denounce those extremist views. I also think they should do what’s right by one of our nation’s greatest Presidents – Abraham Lincoln – and cancel the Rev. Johnson’s speech.

“Abraham Lincoln, who preached unity, would be appalled at the divisive and hateful words expressed by the Rev. Don Johnson.


“The Rock Island County Democratic Party, which is reflective of the county in which we live, will continue to be inclusive. We Democrats embrace our community’s diversity and recognize it as a strength that has built the place we proudly call the Quad Cities.”

Summer Internship Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Casey Petrashek   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:18
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First in the nation Iowa becomes 2014 battleground over Common Core: Governor Terry Branstad’s honesty called into question by challenger Tom Hoefling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Hoefling   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:42

April 16, 2014

Des Moines – Iowa GOP gubernatorial primary challenger Tom Hoefling today charged that incumbent Governor Terry Branstad and his campaign are deceiving Iowa Republicans about Branstad’s ongoing support for the Common Core national standards.

Tom Hoefling said today, “I don’t know why they think they can get away with this, frankly. It is obvious to any honest observer that Terry Branstad continues to support Common Core, and that he has done nothing of any real substance in this legislative session to stop it. It is also clear that the Branstad executive order from last October that they constantly cite did nothing to stop the implementation of Common Core. That was, to put it simply, a political smokescreen, and everybody who has looked into this question closely knows it.”

Hoefling added, “Support for the Common Core standards, which amount to the final blow against any remaining vestige of local control of our schools, is bad enough. But when the Governor and his campaign staffers go out on the campaign trail and try to deceive the people of this state, that takes things to a whole new level. It is now more than just a disagreement over public policy. It is a question of honesty and integrity.”

The Hoefling campaign pointed to a report from the statewide group “Iowans for Local Control,” which can be found here:



County Convention & Cinco de Mayo Upcoming Rock Island County Democratic Party Activities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug House   
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:21

The Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee will hold its County Convention on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Illinois state election law requires counties to hold county conventions each even-numbered April for party chairs to be elected.

Members of the Democratic Central Committee of Rock Island County will vote to elect a party chair to serve a two-year term. The County Convention will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Laborer’s #309 Union Hall, 2835-7th Avenue, Rock Island.

In addition, the Rock Island County Democratic Hispanic Caucus will hold its Cinco de Mayo fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, at the Moline American Legion, 1623-15th Street, Moline.

The cost, which is $10 per plate, includes authentic Mexican food and tickets are available at the door the night of the event.

“We are excited about this event which raises diversity awareness, brings people together and generates new support for our Democratic Party,” said Doug House, Rock Island County Democratic Party Chair. “This is also part of our party’s concerted effort to reach out and to celebrate the diversity of our community and our party.”

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