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Reaction to State Sen. Joni Ernst Speech to Iowa GOP State Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:38
es Moines, IA – Braley for Iowa released the following statement following state Sen. Joni Ernst’s speech to the 2014 Iowa GOP State Convention.

Braley for Iowa campaign manager Sarah Benzing said, “Iowa GOP convention-goers today heard state Sen. Joni Ernst embrace the same right-wing obstructionism that won her the Republican primary. The clear choice in this race is more apparent than ever, between Bruce Braley, who’s fighting for working families to raise the minimum wage and protect Social Security and Medicare, and Sen. Ernst, who is siding with her out-of-state billionaire backers to repeal the federal minimum wage, privatize Social Security, and transform Medicare as we know it.”
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ICYMI: Newsweek: Tea Party to U.S.: We’re Winning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 13 June 2014 15:18
Exhibit A for those who think the battle between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party insurgents is almost over is state Senator Joni Ernst, the GOP establishment’s candidate for Iowa’s open Senate seat this year.

After kicking off her campaign with a viral ad in which she bragged about growing up “castrating hogs on an Iowa farm so when I get to Washington I’ll know how to cut pork,” Ernst clinched the nomination by making the ultra-conservative agenda her own.

In her final debate, Ernst said she would have voted against the farm bill, opposed “amnesty” in immigration reform and supported private accounts for young Americans paying into Social Security. She not only opposes raising the minimum wage but suggested the federal government shouldn’t even set one.

On social issues, Ernst said she would vote for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. She previously endorsed a fetal personhood amendment to the Iowa state constitution that would ban abortions as well as some forms of birth control.

Ernst’s statements were so conservative, she won the support of Tea Party groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, which fought McConnell in Kentucky, as well as an endorsement from the ultimate Tea Party darling, Sarah Palin.

Full article: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/06/20/tea-party-us-were-winning-254525.html
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Glenn Beck’s “We Will Not Conform” Addresses Common Core Education in Cinemas for Two Nights this July PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Friday, 13 June 2014 15:03
Fathom Events and Glenn Beck invite you to experience a night of action against Common Core as Glenn Beck’s “We Will Not Conform” is broadcast LIVE to cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / tape-delayed to 8:00 p.m. PT with a second showing on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). Cinema audiences will not only hear from experts like Michelle Malkin, David Barton, and others, they will have the opportunity to join LIVE with fellow theatergoers across the country to develop tangible strategies in the pursuit of enacting real change in America’s education system.
“We Will Not Conform” will be shown at the following cinemas in your area on July 22:
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

 
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Statement on IA-01 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Bittner   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:26

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement regarding Pat Murphy’s primary win in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District:

 

“I want to congratulate Pat Murphy on running a strong campaign. Pat Murphy has run a campaign dedicated to protecting the middle class, and he will offer a strong contrast with Rod Blum whose push to privatize Social Security and opposition to raising the minimum wage make it clear he is on the side of the ultra-wealthy and special interests. I’m confident that this seat will remain Democratic in November.”

Background on IA-01:

Held by Democrats since the 2006 election, Iowa’s first Congressional District was also won by President Obama in both 2008 (59.2 percent) and 2012 (56.9 percent).

 

 

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Seng statement on Primary Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Foecke   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:25
Davenport – State Senator Joe Seng defeated primary challenger Mark Riley by a wide margin on Tuesday, garnering 82% of the vote in the District 45 Democratic Primary for Iowa Senate.
“Thank you to the people of Davenport,” Seng said. “It has been a great honor to serve the people of District 45 in the Iowa Senate. This year, as in all my past elections for Iowa Senate, I ran a positive campaign on my record of accomplishment for the people of District 45.”
Senator Seng is chair of the Agriculture Committee and vice-chair of the Ways & Means Committee. He also serves on the Commerce, Ethics, Natural Resources, and Labor & Business committees, as well as the Economic Development Budget subcommittee.
Seng added: “I’m running for re-election because we need a level economic playing field for the people of Davenport. I can accomplish that for the Quad Cities with my experience and past record of getting things done in the Iowa Legislature.”

Seng is active in the Davenport community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Midwest National Rail Compact, NAACP, and as former president and CEO at Marquette Academy.

Joe has received national recognition from the American Humane Society for his efforts to prevent animal cruelty. He has also been honored by many Iowa organizations, including the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and was named Legislator of the Year by the Izaak Walton League. Joe has also served as President for the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the President of the Iowa Health Council.

Joe graduated from Lost Nation Community High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. He owns and operates St. Francis Veterinarian Hospital, Renwick Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Joe’s Club restaurant, and Pernickity Place Senior Housing in Lost Nation, Iowa.

Joe has one daughter, Heidi, and two grandsons, Gavin and Finn.

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