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Written by Sam Roecker   
Monday, 20 January 2014 14:25
DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, Iowa Secretary of State candidate Brad Anderson announced he has raised $152,333 in 2013 for his campaign and has $135,521 cash on hand with zero debt and 62 percent of his contributions coming from Iowans.

“Brad is an incredibly hard worker and I am very proud of the bipartisan campaign he has put together to be Iowa’s next Secretary of State,” said former Attorney General Bonnie Campbell, who serves as Anderson’s campaign chair.  “His donors and organization span the entire state and include a mix if Republicans, Democrats and Independents who are looking for a new era of cooperation and fresh ideas in the Secretary of State’s office.”

Last month Anderson rolled out a five-step plan on how to make Iowa number one in the nation in voter turnout.  His plan included simplifying the vote-by-mail process to allow voters to automatically receive a ballot in the mail for every election, and implementing online voter registration to make it easier for Iowans to register to vote.


Hatch for Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Monday, 20 January 2014 12:14

For three decades, Jack Hatch has been a strong progressive voice fighting for a better Iowa. Jack is an independent thinker who's not afraid to challenge his own Party. Whether the fight is about creating jobs, getting rid of tax breaks for big corporations, expanding health care coverage or defending civil rights, Jack puts Iowans first.

His work in the private sector is equally impressive, and Jack has overcome all kinds of obstacles to build affordable housing in neighborhoods where it's desperately needed.

Today, I'm endorsing Jack Hatch for Governor because he's a strong leader with a solid track record and the determination to move Iowa beyond the failures of Terry Branstad. And I'm convinced he can win, so I'm putting my money where my mouth is and donating $100 to his campaign. Please consider doing the same. Speaking as one who ran for Governor, I assure you that it will make a difference.

Monday, Dr. Charles Goldman joins me to discuss medical marijuana. Charles writes, "Evidently it is hard to get a seat on a plane heading to Denver, as marijuana tourism takes off in the Centennial State. Here in Iowa, it is unlikely that we will see marijuana emporiums any time soon, but isn't it time Iowa joined 20 other states and Washington, DC in formulating a humane state-regulated medical cannabis program? In advance of tonight's program, you might want to view the video of Dr. Steven Jenison, who ran the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, at http://youtu.be/qYtxwPoAzwM.

Tuesday, Ambassador Ken Quinn of the World Food Prize joins me to discuss Howard Buffet's "40 Chances: Hope for a Hungry World" exhibit, now on display at the WFP headquarters in Des Moines.

Wednesday, Michael Dietrick with the NRDC discusses climate change and the upcoming Citizen Advocates meeting in Des Moines.

Thursday, State Rep. Dan Kelley shares what's happening at the Iowa Statehouse.

Join the conversation live Monday-Thursday from 6:00-6:30 pm. Listen and watch online at www.fallonforum.com. Call-in at (855) 244-0077 to add your voice to the dialogue. Podcasts available after the program. And catch the Fallon Forum on KHOI 89.1 (Ames) Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and KPVL 89.1 (Postville) Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

Narcisse To Announce Entry Into The 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan R. Narcisse   
Monday, 20 January 2014 11:46

On Monday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the African American Museum of Iowa (55-12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids) Jonathan R. Narcisse, an editor and publisher, former Des Moines School Board Director and former Co-Chair of the Polk County Democratic Party will announce his entry into the 2014 Democratic Party gubernatorial race.

Last month Narcisse announced an exploratory bid setting three criteria for entry into the primary - the ability to form a statewide organization, the ability to raise money and the ability to defeat his Democratic party rivals.

"Four years ago I made the decision to not primary Gov. Chet Culver, a man I endorsed and worked to elect governor in 2006 and Secretary of State in 2002 and 1998. Instead I ran as an independent. I was well intentioned, but naïve.

I should have stayed and fought to rescue my party. While I regret that decision, I have learned much from my first gubernatorial campaign. We still possess the solutions to cure what ails Iowa and its hard working citizens.”

Since establishing a state-wide network in 2010, Narcisse has added two additional tours of Iowa's 99 counties and personally engaged tens of thousands of Iowans each summer at his State Fair booth. With these and other foundational assets, Narcisse is very confident to compete against an opponent who trailed Bob Krause in the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll before Krause, under pressure, exited the primary.

“I believe in and have fought for the best of what being a Democrat has always meant,” Narcisse stated. “With justice, accountability, opportunity, and dignity comes protection of our most vulnerable - especially Iowa's children, elderly, and working class taxpayers. Our party's leadership has, at times, abandoned these foundational tenets. My record and body of work has embraced these principles in the pursuit of common sense solutions that Iowans of all stripes can understand and support.”

For more information contact Jonathan R. Narcisse at 515-770-1218, or visit www.NarcisseForGovernor.com

U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Jacobs Advocates for Job Growth by Closing Iowa’s “Skills Gap” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alissa Ohl   
Friday, 17 January 2014 16:16

Whitepaper details first component in five point plan for job growth

WEST DES MOINES – U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs today released “Strengthening Education, Our Workforce, and America’s Economy,” a white paper focused solely on his first priority for job growth: emphasizing community colleges and vocational schools to close the skills gap.

Jacobs said decisions about K-12 education are best made at the local level. However, one area where the government can make proactive investments is in addressing the skills gap – a disconnect between the types of skills the job market needs and the skills the workforce possesses.

“The availability of jobs is only part of the problem. The fact is that workers don’t have the proper skills to fill many of the jobs that are currently available. However, we can begin closing the skills gap by providing community colleges and vocational schools with the resources they need to train our workforce and by supporting those individuals who wish to improve their skills so that they can get a better paying job,” said Mark Jacobs.

Connecting American workers with the opportunity to learn necessary skills has obvious benefits to the economy. Workers with training and skills can expect to see an increase in earnings, better job prospects, and are able to support the economy through higher levels of disposable income.

“It’s clear to me that the recession is not over. We need to empower American families through education, so that they can get a better job, opportunities, accelerate economic growth, and break the cycle of poverty,” he said.

Jacobs detailed his vision for job growth through education by offering three concrete steps towards closing the skills gap:

  • 1) Consolidate and simplify current workforce training programs. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office identified twenty-six duplicative programs in a 2011 report. In the business world, effectiveness and efficiency are high priorities. Applying these business principles to our current workforce training regime would free up funding to do what it is meant to do – help institutions and individuals meet the needs of today’s job market.
  • 2) Provide funding to the states as block grants. Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be passing “one size fits all” policies and pushing them at the states with little regard for the nuances and demands of each diverse state’s job market. Instead, my belief is that decision-making should take place as close as possible to the local level. Local community colleges are vital players in an effort to close the skills gap, and block grant funding would allow them to partner with government and industry in their immediate regions. Block grant funding provides these partners with the flexibility they need to truly understand the needs of the local job market and make real opportunities available for workers in those communities.
  • 3) Offer pragmatic incentives and empower individuals to build skills. Congress could make a number of adjustments to already existing programs that would make enrolling in skill-building programs dramatically more attainable for millions of Americans. Congress can empower workers by: a) Extending Pell Grants to summer classes for students who enroll year-round; b) Extending Pell Grants to one-year skill certificate [and non-certificate] programs and part-time enrollment; and c) Extending tax credits to part-time students.

Jacobs said, “The bottom line is that high school graduates in Iowa and around the nation do not fully meet the demands of our state’s labor market, and that leads to losses in productivity and economic opportunity. Congress should view the “skills gap” as a real issue, and accordingly invest in America’s workforce with thoughtful, pragmatic legislation and programs so that we can effectively create opportunities and get our country back to work.”

To view or download “Strengthening Education, Our Workforce, and America’s Economy,” please click here.


To learn more about Mark Jacobs, please visit: www.jacobsforiowa.com

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About Mark Jacobs

A life-long Republican, Mark previously served as president and CEO of Reliant Energy, a Fortune 500 electric power company. During his time at Reliant Energy, he played an integral role in the turnaround of the company. Mark is the founder of Reaching Higher Iowa, an organization advocating for improved public education. Mark graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in 1980. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Northwestern University. Mark and his wife, Janet, have three children: Clark, Christy, and Sam. The family resides in West Des Moines.

Major Announcement from Gov. Branstad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A. J. Spiker   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:52
Tonight, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds are making a major campaign announcement about the future of Iowa. They've invited all Republicans in Iowa to join them at this historic announcement. The event will be at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines at 6:30pm.

Volunteers, donors and supporters throughout Iowa are the backbone of our great party. From knocking on doors, making phone calls and writing checks, to talking to friends and neighbors and providing the encouraging words our Republican candidates need to hear. So along with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov Reynolds, I'd be honored if you could join the Republican Party of Iowa at tonight's event.

Iowa is clearly on a path to a brighter future. Please join the Republican Party of Iowa, along with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, tonight in West Des Moines at 6:30pm.

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