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    Written by Paid for by Pate for Iowa   
    Monday, 20 October 2014 10:24



    (Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate released a poll showing his message is resonating in the race to become Iowa's next Secretary of State.

    On Wednesday, USA Today/Suffolk released a poll showing Pate with a 1 point lead. Today, less than three weeks before Election Day, Pate released a poll conducted by Victory Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa showing Iowans support "a change to Iowa law to require some form of official identification to be shown at the ballot box before people vote" 60.17% - 28.64% with 11.19% Undecided
    Additionally, the respondents to the new VE poll said that they prefer "former Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate who supports a new voter identification law to former Obama campaign director Brad Anderson who opposes a new voter identification law 45.17% - 34.8% with still 20.04% Undecided.

    Pate, "This poll is further confirmation that my plan to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat is resonating with Iowans who overwhelmingly support a voter ID requirement as I do.  Iowans expect and deserve a non-partisan chief commissioner of elections, not a career partisan political operative from Chicago who served as President Obama's Iowa campaign director.  I have previously served as Iowa Secretary of State in a non-partisan manner while encouraging voter participation and protecting the integrity of the election process."

    The interactive voice response (IVR) poll conducted by Victory Enterprises was conducted Oct. 14-15 with 759 likely voters and has a margin of error of 3.56%.

    A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

    Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.


    Chicago Tribune Endorses Schilling over Bustos PDF Print E-mail
    News Releases - Politics & Elections
    Written by Jon Schweppe   
    Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:16
    EAST MOLINE, IL -- The Chicago Tribune has emphatically endorsed Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) in his bid against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline).

    The full endorsement can be found here.

    Chicago Tribune endorses Bobby Schilling in the 17th Congressional District
    Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
    October 14, 2014

    Two years ago, we supported Republican Bobby Schilling of Colona in his bid for a second term in the 17th Congressional District, freshly redrawn to favor a Democratic candidate. Then as now, Schilling had the courage to tell voters what it would take to get the nation's debt and spending under control.

    Democrat Cheri Bustos of East Moline told voters what they wanted to hear, which was that she would protect the safety net. She didn't say how. She won.

    Bustos has proved to be a hands-on representative in her district and a respectably moderate voice in Washington. She joined the Blue Dogs, a coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats, and has sided with her party on a relatively low 85 percent of votes.

    But the questions she ducked remain unanswered. And the budget's still a mess.

    In this year's rematch, Schilling's camp has put Bustos on the defensive by pointing out that she failed to keep a promise made in a meeting with the Tribune Editorial Board to give up 10 percent of her congressional salary if elected. Her explanation is that she made the pledge in Chicago, so it isn't binding in the 17th District. Say what?

    What we most remember from that meeting is her frustrating refusal to own a position on how to rescue Medicare and Social Security from insolvency. It was all about "compromise and focused problem-solving," not about adjusting benefits.

    This year, she has avoided making rash, nonbinding promises by refusing to do interviews outside her district, even by phone. She did complete our survey, and we found her answers much like before. Instead of committing to unpopular fiscal reforms, she championed nibble-around-the-edge measures or listed steps she would not take.

    During his short tenure in Congress, Schilling twice took a politically risky vote to restructure entitlement programs in order to save them. He says he'd do it again. Schilling is endorsed.

    Residents of the 17th District, which crawls along the western border of the state, are fortunate to have two distinct candidates waging a vigorous campaign. In other districts, voters have little choice.
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    Tom Harkin Rallies Iowa State Students to Vote Early PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Sam Lau   
    Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:09
    Harkin Points to Bruce Braley’s Proven Record Supporting Iowa Students

    Ames, IA – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin today rallied students at the Iowa State University to vote early on campus. In addition to highlighting the importance of voting early, Senator Harkin pointed to Bruce Braley’s proven record of supporting higher education and Iowa’s students.

    “Voting early on campus is the easiest way for Iowa students to make their voice heard in this election,” said Senator Harkin. “Bruce Braley is the clear choice for Iowa's students because he will work to expand opportunity for more Iowans to achieve a quality, affordable education. The opponent's ideas of abolishing the Department of Education and jeopardizing funding for education, is bad for Iowa's students and is bad for Iowa's middle class."

    Iowa State University Students can vote early on campus, Monday-Friday from 9AM to 4PM at the Memorial Union Building. Additionally, students can vote early this Wednesday from 9:30AM to 3:30PM in Carver Hall and this Thursday from 9:30AM to 3:30PM at the Parks Library.

    In Iowa:
    • 111,000 students receive Pell Grants.
    • 228,000 federal loans have been distributed to Iowa students.
    • Iowa State University:
    • 6,271 students received Pell Grants to attend Iowa State University
    • ISU graduates with student loan debt owed on average $24,300 in federal obligations

    Iowans across the state can vote early in person from now until November 3, and can find their early voting location at vote.BruceBraley.com.

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    Tom Harkin: “Bruce Braley is on the side of Iowa’s Seniors” PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Sam Lau   
    Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:06
    While meeting with seniors in Davenport and Iowa City, Senator Harkin contrasts Braley’s support for strengthening Social Security with proposals to privatize the crucial program

    Davenport, IA –U.S. Senator Tom Harkin today met with seniors in Davenport and Iowa City to discuss Bruce Braley’s proven record of protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare. As Harkin detailed, Bruce Braley understands the importance of protecting the promise made to Iowa’s seniors, and that is why he will fight to strengthen Social Security--so it can pay full benefits long into the future.

    “Bruce Braley is a champion for seniors and ensuring that their retirement security is never gambled away with risky privatization schemes,” said Harkin. “While he will work to strengthen Social Security for generations of Iowans to come, his opponent would put Iowans’ earned benefits at risk. There’s a clear choice in this election –Bruce Braley stands with Iowa seniors, while his opponent favors Wall Street and special interests.”

    Harkin’s stops today were at The Good Samaritan Society in Davenport and The Hamburg Inn in Iowa City.
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    Seniors Question Anderson’s Campaign Promise PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Amanda Ginther   
    Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:55

    Seniors and Nursing Home Providers Concerned about State Senate Candidate Neil Anderson’s Pledge to Cut Medicaid

    QUAD CITIES, ILL. October 14, 2014– The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI), a leading voice for nursing home communities, brought together State Representative Patrick J. Verschoore (D-Milan), seniors, and nursing home residents and providers today to fight for adequate Medicaid funding. The news conference at Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center urged State Senate candidate Neil Anderson to answer why he plans to cut Medicaid funding to care for frail, vulnerable seniors living in nursing homes.

    “In 2011, the state legislature restructured the entire Medicaid program, including funding for nursing home residents.  ” Pat Comstock, executive director of Health Care Council of Illinois, said. “Any arbitrary cuts to Medicaid, like those promised by Neil Anderson, means our residents will suffer. Illinois can’t balance the budget on the backs of nursing home residents with Medicaid. We can’t stand by when frail, elderly nursing home residents are at risk of being denied critical, life-sustaining medical services.”

    HCCI and other nursing home provider associations have worked with Representative Verschoore and State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) during the last several years to create policies that support quality care for nursing home residents. Both know cuts to Medicaid lead to job losses in the community. More than 1,700 people are employed at nursing homes in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties full time, and many more than that work part time. Neil Anderson’s campaign promises puts those jobs in jeopardy.

    “When I heard Neal Anderson say he wants to cut Medicaid, I was stunned. It shows a lack of understanding and knowledge of the issues, and his lack of experience in issues important to our community,” State Representative Patrick J. Verschoore said. “Nursing home residents are our most valued citizens. They built our community, raised families, worked hard and served our county. If we arbitrarily cut Medicaid before looking for other ways to cut costs, we would be abandoning senior citizens in their time of need. It’s simply unconscionable.”

    Nursing home residents and other senior citizens in the community attended the event, as well as staff from Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They are concerned about State Senate candidate Neil Anderson’s campaign promise to make cuts to the state’s Medicaid program.

    “We have people who come here for a few months for rehab before they return home, and we have residents who will spend the rest of their lives here. Regardless of the length of their stay, our residents consider this place their home,” Elizabeth Webster, administrator at Rock Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said. “Many of our residents who currently have Medicaid originally entered our nursing home with insurance or as private pay. After their personal resources were exhausted, they transition to Medicaid to make sure they continue to get the care they need. We can’t kick them out on the street when they can no longer pay for their care.”

    There are approximately 1,500 nursing home residents in this area. More than 50 percent of those residents rely on Medicaid to pay for their care. Of those who call Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center their home, 91 percent have Medicaid. Cuts would affect the whole nursing home community. It impacts our ability to have quality food, quality staff and quality surroundings. All these elements are key to quality care and to create a home-like environment.

    Candidate Neil Anderson must explain his campaign pledge to arbitrarily cut Medicaid. We must have elected officials like Representative Verschoore and Senator Jacobs who understand the issues important to nursing home residents.

    The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) is an association of more than 270 skilled nursing and rehab facilities committed to quality residential health care in Illinois through a productive and responsible partnership between the private and public sectors. 


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