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New Braley TV Ad Focuses on Record of Accomplishment for Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:46
The Braley Record: Standing up for our returning heroes

WATERLOO, IA -- Braley for Congress launched its third television ad of the 2012 campaign today, focused on Braley’s record fighting for Iowa’s veterans.

The 30 second spot, titled “Repay”, will air on eastern Iowa broadcast and cable television outlets.  The ad focuses on Braley’s work in Congress on behalf of Iowa’s returning veterans, from passing a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans to securing overdue combat pay for members of the Iowa National Guard who served in Iraq.
“My dad was barely eighteen years old when he landed on Iwo Jima during World War II.  He taught me what it means to serve,” Braley said.  “The best way to thank a veteran for their service is to help them get a job when they come home, and that’s what I’ve focused my work in Congress on.  ‘Support our troops’ means standing behind them not just when they’re fighting for us abroad, but after they’ve come home.”
The ad focuses on two key Braley accomplishments for Iowa’s veterans: (1) passing a tax credit last year for small businesses that hire unemployed veterans and, (2) after a two-year struggle with the Department of Defense, securing overdue combat pay for Iowa National Guard troops who fought in Iraq.
View the ad here: http://youtu.be/KQo-blL6P2E
A transcript of the ad follows:
BRALEY: He landed on Iwo Jima the same day that the flag was raised.  My dad was eighteen, and it’s just remarkable that somebody who is barely out of high school could be put in a situation like that.
ANNOUNCER: Bruce Braley passed tax credits for businesses that hire our returning heroes and took on the Pentagon to get combat pay for those who served.
BRALEY: The best way to thank a veterans is by giving them a job to help people achieve their dreams.  I’m Bruce Braley and I approve this message.
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Braley Hears Farm Bill Concerns from Constituents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:28

Congressman Braley made stops in DeWitt and Eldridge

Dubuque, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today made stops in Eastern Iowa to talk about the drought and Farm Bill in DeWitt and Eldridge, Iowa. On a farm tour of Bob and Mary Anne Braden’s home, Congressman Braley discussed the impact of the drought and concerns dealing with the Farm Bill. He spoke with Democrats and Republicans about their worries if the Farm Bill is not passed, and what would happen to laws if the current Farm Bill fully expires.

“The Iowans I talked to today, Democrats and Republicans, are deeply concerned that the Farm Bill is not going to be passed. They are worried that all of the necessary protections the Farm Bill provides will be gone and laws will revert back to the 1949 Farm Bill. They know this is unacceptable, I know this is unacceptable, and we all wish the rest of Congress would understand just how important it is to get the Farm Bill passed as soon as possible.”

Braley has started a discharge petition which would force the house to move towards a vote in the U. S. House. However, House Leadership refuses to move on the issue and bring up the bill.

 

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Iowa Corn Growers Endorse Braley for Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:17
Johnston, IA, August 31, 2012 – The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed 72 state and federal candidates for the 2012 elections. Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC decisions are made by a bipartisan committee of ICGA farmer-members who consider candidates based only on their support of ICGA policies. Candidates are evaluated on corn policies such as ethanol, transportation, environment, farm bill, taxes, trade, and value-added agriculture, including livestock.

“Agricultural policy is critical to the future of our farming operations. The Iowa Corn PAC supports our leaders who have demonstrated their support for ICGA policy positions and priorities,” said Mark Recker, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, and Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC chair.

ICGA PAC decisions are made through an objective analysis including candidate responses to our survey, voting records, letters and other quantified evidence of support.  The ICGA PAC committee members include farmers from across Iowa, with an equal balance of party affiliation to ensure decisions are based only on corn growers’ policies.

Endorsements for the 2012 federal election cycle include Congressman Leonard Boswell (D), Congressman Bruce Braley (D), Congressman Steve King (R), Congressman Tom Latham (R), and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D).

The Iowa Corn PAC also endorsed 67 candidates for the Iowa State Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives for the 2012 election cycle.

For Iowa Senate (13): Merlin Bartz (R), Jerry Behn (R), Thomas Courtney (D), Jeff Danielson (D), Dick Dearden (D), Joni Ernst (R), Randy Feenstra (R), Mike Gronstal (D), Shawn Hamerlinck (R), Tim Kapucian (R), Brian Schoenjahn (D), Steve Sodders (D), and Mary Jo Wilhelm (D).
For Iowa House of Representatives (54): Dwayne Alons (R), Chip Baltimore (R), Clel Baudler (R), Josh Byrnes (R), Dennis Cohoon (D), Peter Cownie (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Jack Drake (R), Greg Forristall (R), Joel Fry (R), Julian Garrett (R), Pat Grassley (R), Bob Hager (R), Chris Hall (D), Curt Hanson (D), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), David Heaton (R), Bill Heckroth (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Lee Hein (R), Dan Huseman (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Anesa Kajtazovic (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Dan Kelley (D), Jarad Klein (R), Kevin Koester (R), Bob Kressig (D), Jim Lykam (D), Mary Mascher (D), Kevin McCarthy (D), Helen Miller (D), Brian Moore (R), Dan Muhlbauer (D), Patrick Murphy (D), Steve Olson (R), Kraig Paulsen (R), Ross Paustian (R), Brian Quirk (D), Henry Rayhons (R), Walt Rogers (R), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Thomas Sands (R), Renee Schulte (R), Jason Schultz (R), Jeff Smith (R), Mark Smith (D), Chuck Soderberg (R), Roger Thomas (D), Linda Upmeyer (R), Matt Windschitl (R), John Wittneben (D) and Gary Worthan (R).

Funding for contributions to candidates from the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC comes only from voluntary PAC donations by ICGA members.  ICGA dues money cannot be used for PAC contributions.

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Romney and Ryan for Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A. J. Spiker   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:10

With tonight' s Convention it is now official, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the Republican nominees for President and Vice President. Tonight, I signed the official documentation along with Speaker Boehner and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to put Mitt Romney on the ballot.

 

Here in Iowa we have been working non-stop to elect solid, conservative candidates up and down and the ticket and most importantly ensure Barack Obama is a one-term President

 

With more than a dozen victory offices throughout the state, Iowa is a key swing state for Republicans this election. Our grassroots activists are committed to success but they cannot do it alone.

 

Please click here to make a donation and support Republican Victory this November.

 

Iowa is an absolutely vital state for Mitt Romney. Despite Barack Obama receiving over 100,000 more votes than John McCain in 2008, Republicans now hold the advantage in voter registration for the first time in over six years!

 

This is primarily due to the hard work and energy of our grassroots activists, volunteers and county leaders.

 

Together they understand that the success of our county parties, Congressional candidates and Mitt Romney's election will all be hard fought races with a tremendous amount on the line.

 

Please also think about joining our Patriot Club and pledge to support the Republican Party of Iowa with a small contribution each month.

 

Your financial contribution today will help us immediately get to work to defeat the Democrats in November, promote the conservative messages throughout Iowa, and restore America now.

 

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication thus far and thank you in advance for your continued support of the Republican Party's efforts here in Iowa.

 

Sincerely,

 

A.J. Spiker

Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa

 
DOZENS OF QUAD CITY AND PEORIA AREA RESIDENTS JOIN NATIONWIDE CALL TO REJECT ROMNEY ECONOMY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Veronica Resa   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:07

Voters Demand that Rep. Bobby Schilling Supports an Economy That Works for the 99%

(Moline, Ill) – A diverse group of Quad City area and Peoria residents joined a protest against a Romney
Economy on Thursday, as the former governor accepted the GOP nomination. Across the country, activists now
calling themselves “99% voters” – low-wage workers, seniors, community activists, students and faith leaders –
roundly rejected the 1%-focused Romney Economy in favor of an economy that works for all of us.

Just returning from the RNC in Tampa, Cynthia Rivers of Peoria delivered a giant silver spoon, representative
of the 1%, to Republican GOP Headquarters today. “In Tampa, the 1% heard us. I’m not sure if it will do
any good but we asked them to make the richest 1% pay their fair share of taxes, raise the minimum, and quit
cutting our good jobs,” explained Rivers as she taped the giant silver spoon to the Republican Headquarters
door.

Today’s protest in Moline was a clear message for Mitt Romney and Bobby Schilling to stop outsourcing jobs,
stop tax breaks for the rich, coupled with tax hikes for the middle class, stop cuts to education and healthcare
funding and stop refusing to raise the minimum wage.

Illinois which is, in part, represented by Bobby Schilling is home to 1,238,225 minimum wage workers, who
must struggle to provide for their families while Schilling and Romney will increase tax breaks and loopholes
for the rich. Parents who have to make the heartbreaking choice between buying groceries or taking a sick child
to the doctor know that a Romney Economy will not work for the Quad Cities, Peoria or the country.

“We are the 99% and they really do need to give us a minimum raise wage,” lamented Sandra Leathers. “I told
them in Tampa and now I’m telling Romney and Schilling again to support the raising of the minimum wage.”

Earlier in the week, both Sandra and Leathers, friends for 40 years, traveled to the RNC in Tampa to protest the
Romney Economy.

Nationwide and here in the Quad Cities and Peoria, members of the 99% rejected a Romney Economy,
welcoming home protesters from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. These voters want:
an increase in the federal minimum wage,

  • an end to tax breaks for the rich and corporations,
  • a renewed focus on creating good American jobs instead of layoffs
  • and outsourcing for profit,
  • and a Congress committed to representing all Americans, not just the richest 1%.

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Photo Caption from left to right:  (Moline, Ill)  Peoria residents Cynthia Rivers and Sandra Leathers, just returned from protesting at the RNC in Tampa tell Congressman Bobby Schilling to stand with the 99%.  They taped the giant silver spoon representing the 1% to the door of Republican GOP Headquarters in Moline, Ilinois Thursday.

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