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Brad Anderson releases policy to protect survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lara Henderson   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:39
Anderson’s Safe at Home plan long overdue in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Brad Anderson, candidate for Iowa Secretary of State, today releases a policy aimed at protecting survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, called Safe at Home. 

“Everyone deserves a voice. A survivor of domestic abuse or sexual violence should be able to register to vote, cast a ballot, and go about daily life without fear for safety,” said Brad Anderson. “This is a policy that’s long overdue in Iowa. We’re one of only 15 states that has not taken the common sense step of creating an address confidentiality program to protect the safety of survivors. As Secretary of State, I’ll change that.”

Anderson announced the policy at a press conference this afternoon, joined by Tiffany Allison, a victim’s advocate and survivor of domestic abuse. 

“I’m glad to see Brad Anderson taking leadership on this issue. This is a common sense solution to a problem that far too many Iowans face,” said Allison. “Brad’s Safe at Home plan will give survivors in Iowa an extra level of security by helping them keep their home address private, while still being able to freely participate in everyday life, including by casting their ballot without fear.”

Similar to other address confidentiality programs across the nation, Anderson’s Safe at Home plan gives participants a substitute address that can be used instead of the survivor’s home address when filling out forms. Staff in the Secretary of State’s office then securely forwards mail sent to the substitute address to the participant’s confidential home address.

Collaborate with victim service providers and law enforcement. Victim service providers are on the front lines of responding to domestic violence and sexual assault, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of survivors. Anderson will collaborate with these organizations to finalize a Safe at Home program that addresses concerns specific to Iowa.

Provide a substitute address to survivors. Survivors who register with the program will be provided with a substitute address that can be used on all official documents for state and local agencies. This address is a P.O. Box that is administered securely by the Secretary of State’s office, who will be responsible for collecting mail sent to program participants at this address.

Securely forward mail to Safe at Home participants actual addresses. All first-class mail that is sent to the participant’s Safe at Home address will be forwarded at no charge to the actual physical address of the participant. Actual addresses will be kept under tight security in the Secretary of State’s office to ensure they remain confidential. 

Ensuring access to voting. The Safe at Home program will allow voters to register confidentially at their substitute address. The Secretary of State’s office will assign a voter code to participants to register to vote and will notify county auditors of the registration. To ensure information is protected, county auditors will not be given the actual physical address of program participants. Program participants will be mailed an absentee ballot request form. If requested, an absentee ballot will be mailed by the county auditor to the substitute address administered by the Secretary of State’s office. Anderson has also proposed optional permanent vote by mail, which, if passed, forms would be made available to program participants as part of the registration process.

Educate participants about the scope of the program. While the Safe at Home program takes major steps to ensure the privacy of survivors, the Secretary of State’s office will also provide ongoing education about what the program does and does not do. Participants will be reminded that address confidentiality is only one piece of a comprehensive plan for their safety and be updated on how to ensure their address remains confidential.


Manufacturers back Mike Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Denzler   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:37

SPRINGFIELD… The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) is pleased to announce it's strong support of Senator Mike Jacobs who has been a leader in the fight to create good, high-paying jobs in the Quad City area and across the entire state.  In announcing their support, the IMA noted the Senator Jacob's record in fighting for lower taxes, less regulation, and additional investment in schools and infrastructure.

Specifically, Senator Jacobs supported comprehensive Workers' Compensation reform, creation of a permanent Research & Development tax credit, and lower utility rates for manufacturing companies.

“The Illinois Manufacturers' Association stands behind Mike Jacobs this November because of his strong support for job creators and ability to work across party lines.  In today's political climate, it's important that we have independent leaders who are not afraid to stand up and do the right thing ,” said Mark Denzler, Vice President & COO of the IMA.  “Mike continues to successfully revitalize the region’s economy by creating jobs and investing in critical infrastructure.  We know he will continue to fight to grow our economy and promote a positive business climate in Illinois.”

Illinois manufacturers today employ nearly 580,000 workers directly and contribute the single largest share of the Gross State Product.  Last year, Illinois exported nearly $66 billion in goods, with more than ninety percent being manufactured products.  The 36th Senate district includes hundreds of manufacturing companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to small, family-owned companies.


Braley Fights to Protect Iowa Jobs, Ernst Stands With Corporations That Ship Jobs Overseas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:15
Braley: “Huge Corporations don’t need a Senator—you do”
Braley fights to eliminate tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and cut taxes for companies that hire American workers
Ernst would keep tax breaks for companies that ship Iowa jobs overseas
Des Moines, IA – Iowa has lost far too many manufacturing jobs in the past few decades, but American corporations that ship jobs overseas can still receive large tax breaks.  While state Sen. Joni Ernst would let these corporations continue to be rewarded for outsourcing American jobs, in a new 30-second ad released today, Bruce Braley tells Iowans directly that as their next U.S. Senator, he’ll fight to eliminate the tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and instead cut taxes for companies that hire American workers.

This is the latest ad from Braley for Iowa that highlights how Bruce is fighting for an economy that works for everyone, not just for the wealthy few. As he says in the ad, “huge corporations don’t need a Senator—you do.”

Watch “Overseas” here:

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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