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ACTIVATOR Awards Jacobs and Verschoore “Friend of Agriculture” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russell Orrill   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:36

ROCK ISLAND – Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR is proud to announce State Senator Mike Jacobs of the 36th Senate District and State Representative Pat Verschoore of the 72nd House District have both been designated a Friend of Agriculture.

Local ACTIVATOR trustees have designated Sen. Jacobs and Rep. Verschoore for their strong voting records and continued support of key issues impacting agriculture.

"Mike Jacobs and Pat Verschoore continue to advocate and support agriculture in their districts." IFB's Director of State Legislation Kevin Semlow said. "Senator Jacobs and Representative Verschoore have worked diligently on extremely important issues to the farming community, and they continue to prove they are friends of agriculture."

"I appreciate the support of leaders and members from our local farm bureaus. The agriculture industry is vital to our economy and I pledge to continue to support the farmers of the 36th Senate District," said Jacobs. "I'm extremely grateful to receive this award."

"It is an incredible honor to receive this award. Illinois farmers work tirelessly to provide their products to consumers across the globe. Senator Jacobs and I will continue to work together to advocate for the farming communities in our districts," Verschoore said.

Both legislators play a vital role for the farming community throughout the legislative process. Representative Verschoore is the acting Chairperson for the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee, while Senator Jacobs is a sitting member of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

ACTIVATOR, Illinois farm Bureau’s political involvement fund, is a voluntary, non-profit, segregated fund promoting the economic and social well-being of farmers. ACTIVATOR trustees are local Farm Bureau leaders representing each county in every Illinois legislative district.



Stark Choice on Women’s Health Continues to Drive Iowa Senate Race, Hurt Ernst with Women Voters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:52
Following her support for a federal personhood bill & attempts to hide her views during final debate, Ernst’s extreme positions on women’s health care dominate headlines

Des Moines, IA — With just more than two weeks until Election Day, the stark choice in the Iowa Senate race on women’s health care continues to drive the campaign narrative and dominate headlines as Iowans learn more about state Sen. Joni Ernst’s extreme views—and Sen. Ernst continues to struggle immensely with women voters.

While Iowans already knew that state Sen. Ernst had sponsored a radical personhood bill in the Iowa Senate that would ban common forms of birth control and eliminate a women’s right to choose even in the cases of rape or incest, Ernst told the Sioux City Journal editorial board this week that she would even support federal personhood legislation efforts—impacting women not just in Iowa, but across the nation.

The topic of women’s health care was then a dominant focus of the final Iowa Senate debate and its coverage, as state Sen. Ernst tried and failed to explain away her extreme positions, even when pressed for specifics.

In contrast, following his winning performance at Thursday’s debate, Bruce Braley was proudly joined on the campaign trail by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, who called Bruce a “champion” for women’s health care in discussions with women in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, while highlighting Ernst’s “dangerous” views for women.

Governor Candidate in Davenport Wednesday October 22nd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narcisse for Governor 2014   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:50

Narcisse Speaking at Genesis Hospital & EICC Kahl Building

Jonathan Narcisse, the Iowa Party candidate for Governor will be in Davenport, Iowa on Wednesday October 22nd for two public speaking engagements.

After touring facilities with hospital officials, Narcisse will be speaking at Genesis’ Adler Health Education Center from 3pm to 4pm, on Wednesday at Genesis East, in Davenport.

He will be addressing invited employees of Genesis Health System, and answering their questions about his candidacy. The public is invited and welcome to attend and participate as well.

Location: 1236 E. Rushholme Street, Davenport, Iowa

Click here for map and venue info: http://www.genesishealth.com/facilities/location-public-profile/?id=441

And, at 6:30pm Narcisse will be delivering his major policy speech on Iowa Tax Reform inside the Eastern Iowa Community College Kahl Educational Center building, Room 1006, in downtown Davenport.

Narcisse will be available to meet and greet voters and answer questions until 8pm.

Location: 326 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa

Click here for map and venue info: http://www.eicc.edu/about-eicc/colleges-and-centers/kahl-educational-center.aspx

What's at Stake: The Iowa Party, An Accountability Party

Narcisse, who is campaigning on a reform platform that calls into account both the major parities, is seeking at least 2% of the Iowa vote on November 4th so that the Iowa Party will have official party status and full state-wide ballot access for all partisan elected offices for four years. Narcisse, who grew up and lives in Des Moines, refers to the Iowa Party as the birth of Iowa voters’ only true second party choice.

Narcisse asserts that when both of the major party candidates came into office in the Iowa Statehouse in the 1970’s, Iowa had six federal congressional representatives. And that after more than 40 years of the “Branstad Era,” where both major parties have shared power and abused taxpayers, Iowa has only four congressional seats due to loss of population.

“Iowa’s tax code is one of the single biggest contributors to our state’s stagnation,” Narcisse says. “We don’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.”

Visit http://www.narcisseforgovernor.com/reforming-iowas-tax-codes-is-a-priority/ for a 2 minute video on Reforming Iowa’s Tax Code.

The 51 year old candidate will be addressing how a Narcisse administration would reform state income tax, residential and commercial property tax and phase out the corporate income tax. He will explain how these measures will grow Iowan’s individual prosperity, lift Iowans out of poverty and retain Iowa’s middle class families and youth.

“We will cut a lot of taxes, but we will also cut a lot of wasteful spending,” says Narcisse.

Narcisse is an enigma to many major party political insiders who know his history as a very young twenty year old co-chair of the powerful Polk County Democrat Party and one who generated headlines by getting results as a reformist on the Des Moines School board in 2009.

Read more about Narcisse’s history in his Iowa Values, Common Sense Solutions campaign piece, here. http://www.narcisseforgovernor.com/publication-iowa-values-common-sense-solutions/

His efforts are gaining endorsements from both conservative talk-radio hosts, and liberal-activist leaders alike.

He is wrapping up his statewide 99 county tour next week and focusing his get out the vote campaign efforts in Iowa’s urban centers in the final ten days of the campaign, prior to election day November 4th.

If two percent of the Iowa voters support Narcisse this election, the Iowa Party will have official party status over the next Iowa Caucuses, presidential election cycle, and into 2018.

“We are building a potent statewide political tool that will help us recruit good candidates to run for local office – school board, city council, and county seats – as well as legislative candidates we will encourage to run in primaries where our organizational muscle will help them oust vulnerable incumbents in the June elections,” Narcisse says.

“We will especially present a second party alternative where incumbent Democrats and Republicans at the county and legislative levels are re-elected term after term without ever facing a viable opponent, if any at all.”

Narcisse Speaking Engagements

Wednesday, October 22nd
Davenport, Iowa

3pm - Genesis West
Adler Health Education Center

6:30pm - EICC
Kahl Educational Center

For more information, visit www.NarcisseForGovernor.com

Contact 563-650-0120 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for interviews or more information.

Jesse White backs Mike Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Smith   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:29

ROCK ISLAND- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White stopped by Rock Island to endorse Mike Jacobs’ (D-Moline) campaign for State Senate of the 36th Senate District.

“Our state is better served when more people participate in our democracy. Mike Jacobs continues to be an advocate for every resident of his district- regardless of their race or socioeconomic background,” said White.  “Mike has worked hard to protect everyone’s right to vote and I know with Mike in the Senate, we will have an ally who will continue to work in our best interests.”

White has continued to be a champion of promoting transparency in government.  Over the years, he has passed a series of reforms to ensure government is working for the citizens of Illinois.

To make voting more accessible to the residents of Illinois, White has spearheaded a number of initiatives to make voting safer and easier this election.

“I urge everyone to take the time to vote- either early vote or on Election Day. I believe that if you don’t vote, you lose your right to complain about anything in society,” said White. “The streets that you walk on, the food that you buy, the schools that your children attend, someone in our government has had something to say about all those issues. “

35,000 Law Enforcement Officers support Mike Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Smith   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:08

MOLINE- Mike Jacobs is proud to announce the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) endorsement in the race for the 36th Illinois State Senate District.

The FOP represents over 35,000 courageous active and retired police offers through out Illinois.  Their members have devoted their lives to honor and protect the people of Illinois.

"Mike Jacobs understands the difficulties faced by our members on a day to day basis. He will continue to advocate for our issues and stand up for us in Springfield", said Chris Southwood, President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge. “Mike understands that our members dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities.”

FOP is a bipartisan organization that follows an intensive vetting process, which included a candidate questionnaire.  After careful evaluations, the board unanimously endorsed Mike Jacobs due to his continuous support for our issues and support for the officers of the 36th State Senate District.


The FOP was founded nearly 100 years ago in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. They are is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing over 35,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide.

ABOUT SENATOR JACOBS: As a former member of several Quad City area unions Jacobs believes in legislation that focuses on improving the quality of life in Northwestern Illinois through various job creating initiatives, investments in education and capital infrastructure projects in the 36th district. Jacobs is a life long resident of area and currently residents in Moline.


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