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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:33

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – The Cities with Jim Mertens, WQPT’s public affairs program interviews all of the candidates for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Incumbent Dave Loebsack(D) and his primary challenger, State Senator Joe Seng, and Republican candidates attorney John Archer and builder Dan Dolan talk about why they are running for office and the current state of Washington politics.

“We always want to add more light than heat to any political discussion,” said host Jim Mertens.  “The Cities will be focusing on all of our local contests, both on the Illinois and Iowa sides of the river.”

The Cities can be seen on WQPT on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 5:30 pm. Each episode is also available at wqpt.org after the program airs on WQPT.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois. The Cities is taped at Stratus Broadcasting.

Voter registration Deadline for Iowa Primary Election is Saturday, May 26th. PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Politics & Elections
Written by Roland Caldwell   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:19
DAVENPORT – Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz is reminding those interested in voting in the upcoming
Iowa Primary Election that the deadline to pre-register to vote is Saturday, May 26, 2012. Those interested can
register at the Scott County Auditor’s Office which will be open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The
Auditor's Office is located on the fifth floor of the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 West 4th Street,
Davenport, Iowa.

The Iowa Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The primary election will determine the candidates for the two major political parties who will appear on this
November's General Election ballot. Voters must be affiliated with one of these parties in order to cast a ballot.
Ballots will be available for the Democratic and Republican parties. Voter may declare a party affiliation at the

After Friday, those interested in voting, but who are not pre-registered, may register to vote at the polls on
Election Day or at the Auditor’s Office and vote an absentee ballot prior to Election Day. Those registering
in this manner are required to provide proof of their identity through a picture identity card, such as a valid
driver’s license, and proof of their residency if the identity card does not list a current address. Details for
Election Day registration are available on the Auditor’s webpage, http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/.

For more information contact the Scott County Auditor’s Office at 563-326-8631.

Obama for America Iowa Releases New Ad: “Personal” PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Politics & Elections
Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:15
DES MOINES - Obama for America Iowa today released a new ad called “Personal” that highlights the President’s commitment to preserving Medicare for today’s seniors and for future generations. As a president who was raised by his grandparents, he understands the importance of Medicare – which is why fighting Medicare fraud has long been a top priority for him.

As part of that effort, President Obama is leading the most successful crackdown on health care fraud in our country’s history. The Obama Administration extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by, among other measures, cutting waste and subsidies in addition to recovering more than $4 billion dollars from health care scams last year alone.

While President Obama is standing by America’s seniors and strengthening Medicare, Mitt Romney would end the program as we know it and likely make seniors pay more for health care. Romney wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program to help pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, which would move our country backwards and hurt the middle class. That’s why President Obama is running for re-election -- to move our country forward because America cannot afford to go back.

Please click HERE to watch the ad.



Back Up

Senior couple walking outdoors

Female VO: To you and your loved ones…



Senior woman looking into camera

…Medicare is personal.


President Obama with his grandparents

And to a President raised by his grandparents...

Obama’s Grandparents Raised Him From The Age Of 10, “The Stable Center Of His Life.” “Obama was 10 years old when he moved in with his two middle-American grandparents who would raise him and become the stable center of his life. Looking at a photo, Obama said he saw the joy of his early childhood. Both grandparents came from Kansas. His grandfather was a World War II veteran who had come to Hawaii to find better work.” [ABC News, 9/26/08]

President Obama at Oval Office desk

…it’s personal, too.

President Obama: My Grandparents “Relied On Medicare And Social Security” To Supplement Their Income When They Got Old. “My grandparents relied on Medicare and Social Security to help supplement their income when they got old.” [Facebook Town Hall Meeting, 04/20/11]

President Obama shaking hands with senior woman


Men talking in silhouette


“Obama Gets Tough on Health Care Fraud”

New York Times, 3/10/2010



And starts with protecting your Medicare from health care scam artists who prey on seniors.

New York Times Headline: Obama Gets Tough On Health Care Fraud. [New York Times, 03/10/10]


Between 2009 And 2011, Convictions Under The Health Care Fraud And Abuse Control Program Increased By Over 27 Percent And The Number Of Defendants Facing Criminal Charges Filed By Federal Prosecutors In 2011 Increased 74 Percent Compared With 2008. “Convictions under the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program increased by over 27 percent (583 to 743) between 2009 and 2011, and the number of defendants facing criminal charges filed by federal prosecutors in 2011 increased by 74 percent compared with 2008 (1430 vs. 821).” [Healthcare.gov, 02/14/12]

President Obama in Rose Garden


Law enforcement officials leading handcuffed inmate down prison hallway



President Obama

The Most Successful Crackdown

on Health Care Fraud in U.S. History

BusinessWeek, 2/14/12

President Obama is leading the most successful crackdown on health care fraud ever.

Businessweek: The Obama Administration Recovered $4.1 Billion In Health Care Fraud, “A Record.” “Federal authorities say they recovered $4.1 billion in health care fraud judgments last year, a record high which officials on Monday credited to new tools for cracking down on deceitful Medicare claims. The recovered funds are up roughly 50 percent from 2009.” [BusinessWeek, 02/14/12]

In Fiscal Year 2011, Federal Prosecutors Filed Criminal Charges Against 1,430 Defendants For Health Care Fraud Related Crimes, The Highest Number Of Health Care Fraud Defendants Charged In A Single Year In The History Of The Justice Department. “Including strike force matters, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a total of 1,430 defendants for health care fraud related crimes.  This is the highest number of health care fraud defendants charged in a single year in the department’s history.” [Department of Health and Human Services, 02/14/2012]

Courtroom interior





Fight Against Health Care Fraud

Recovers $4.1 Billion

USA Today, 2/14/12

Already recovered four-billion dollars from health care scams last year alone…

USA Today: The Obama Administration Recovered A “Record-Breaking $4.1 Billion In Health Care Fraud Money During 2011.” “Investigators recovered a record-breaking $4.1 billion in health care fraud money during 2011, a reflection of the Obama administration's increased focus on fighting fraud, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday.” [USA Today, 02/14/12]

In Fiscal Year 2011, The Obama Administration Recovered Approximately $4.1 Billion In Health Care Fraud, The Highest Annual Amount Ever Recovered. “Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.  This is the highest annual amount ever recovered from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not entitled. ” [Department of Health and Human Services, 02/14/12]


Grandparent cooking with grandchildren

…to preserve Medicare now and for the future.

The Affordable Care Act’s Reforms To Crack Down On Fraud And Abuse In Medicare Are Among A Number Of Measures To Save Medicare $200 Billion Through 2016. “The Affordable Care Act: Achieves short-term savings of over $200 billion in Medicare through 2016 according to the independent CMS Actuary…resulting in immediate benefit to the Medicare Trust Fund…A number of critical Medicare policies in place now are achieving huge savings for beneficiaries and taxpayers while laying the foundation for long-term success and sustainability of the program. These steps reward quality, get better value for beneficiaries and promote savings through innovation….Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse and Getting Better Value for Durable Medical Equipment: $7.8 Billion in Savings.” [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 04/23/12]


Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner: The Affordable Care Act Gives The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services The Ability To Work To Guarantee The Future Of Medicare, “With Tools To Lower Costs, Fight Fraud, And Change Incentives So That Medicare Pays For Coordinated, Quality Care.” “‘The Trustees Report tells us that while Medicare is stable for now, we have a lot of work ahead of us to guarantee its future,’ said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.  ‘The Affordable Care Act is giving CMS the ability to do this work, with tools to lower costs, fight fraud, and change incentives so that Medicare pays for coordinated, quality care and not the number of services.’” [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 04/23/12]

President Obama walking at White House

A commitment to Medicare…

President Obama: “I View Social Security And Medicare As The Most Important Social Safety Nets” We Have. “I view Social Security and Medicare as the most important social safety nets that we have. I think it is important for them to remain as social insurance programs that give people some certainty and reliability in their golden years.” [Press Conference, White House Briefing Room, 07/15/11 accessed via Lexis]

Senior couple, holding hands

…as personal as yours.


President Obama, speaking with seniors around table





Approved by Barack Obama.  Paid for by Obama for President.

POTUS: I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.





President Obama to Hold a Campaign Grassroots Event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:29

CHICAGO, IL – On Thursday, May 24, President Obama will hold a grassroots event at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.


In Des Moines, President Obama will continue to outline how far we’ve come and the clear choice that voters face in this election: whether we continue to move our country forward by creating an economy that’s built to last based on a strong, secure middle class, or go back to the same failed policies that led to the financial crisis and left middle-class Americans struggling to make ends meet.


WHAT: President Obama to Hold Campaign Grassroots Event


WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Estimated Remarks Start Time: 7:00PM CDT

WHERE: Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center

Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50317


PRESS ACCESS: This event is open to pre-credentialed members of the media.


RSVP: Members of the media interested in covering this event must request credentials online, by clicking here. Those receiving credentials will be notified via email.



**The deadline to request credentials is 6:00 PM EDT // 5:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 23.**


Logistical Information


Media entrance: All media should enter the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Gate 11, located at 30 East 30th Street. Media check-in will be at the intersection of East Grand Avenue and East 33rd Street.

Media pre-set: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

No access to equipment: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Media access: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Final media access: 5:30 p.m.

Live truck parking: South side of the Animal Learning Center next to the electrical building. Parking will be directed on-site. All live trucks should arrive at the Iowa State Fairgrounds by 12:00 p.m. in order to park and run cable before 1:00 p.m.

General media parking: All media should enter the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Gate 11, located at 30 East 30th Street. Parking will be available in the Midway parking lot on the north side of Grand Avenue.

Cable run: 300 feet

Throw: 35 feet

Limited power and workspace will be available.

Media contact for logistical and planning purposes only:  Stephanie Temaat, 202.503.5360



Obama for America Iowa Hosting Next Round of Women’s Events in Advance of President Obama’s First Campaign Stop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:41

DES MOINES - Monday, May 21 Today and Tomorrow, Obama for America Iowa is holding its next round of Women for Obama events with Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge in Davenport, Dubuque and Independence.  The campaign is reminding Iowans about the President’s record on women’s issues and his efforts to protect and advance policies that promote fairness, equal opportunity, and a level playing field for all Americans.

On Monday, Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge and a Women for Obama Steering Committee member, will join a women’s small business lunch in Davenport and attend a women’s house party in Dubuque.  On Tuesday, she will meet with women for coffee in Independence.

Patty Judge will be talking about the critical role that women will play in this next election.  Obama for America Iowa is reaching out to supporters and volunteers across the state in advance of President Obama’s first campaign event in Des Moines on Thursday.


Monday, May 21

12:00 PM


WHAT: Women’s small business event with Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge and Cathy Lafrenz, owner of Miss Effie's flower garden.  Both will talk about what the President has done for small businesses and woman in the workplace.

WHERE: Nostalgia Farms Fresh Deli

421 West River Drive
Davenport, IA 52803


6:00 PM

WHAT: Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge will attend a Women for Obama house party to talk about why this election is so important for women.

WHERE: Home of Helen Varner

2330 High Cloud Dr.
Dubuque, IA 52002


Tuesday, May 22

9:30 AM


WHAT: Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge will meet for coffee with women supporters.


WHERE: Em’s Coffee Company

324 First Street East

Independence, IA 50644

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