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GOP TRYING TO KEEP LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON OFF THE IOWA BALLOT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AdMospheres Media & Marketing   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:39
Romney Supporters File Challenge Urging Secretary of State to Exclude Libertarian Nominees from the Ballot in November

Jay Kramer, a Mitt Romney campaign operative from Washington D.C., filed a challenge on Friday to keep Libertarian candidate for President, Gary Johnson, from appearing on the ballot in November. The Romney campaign hired the largest law firm in Iowa, the Des Moines based, Nyemaster Goode PC, for the challenge, which will be heard by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Shultz on Monday at 3 pm.

“This is clearly a set up,” said the Johnson campaign’s attorney, Alicia Dearn. “Romney can’t beat Johnson on the debate stage, so he has resorted to cronyism. The Libertarian Party had two thousand petition signatures and should have been on the ballot without challenge, as they have always done in the past. But Republican Shultz [Iowa Secretary of State] – in violation of longstanding Iowa law – rejected the petition and required the Johnson campaign to caucus at the state fair. There, the Romney campaign surveilled the Johnson campaign’s activities for the sole purpose of bringing this eleventh-hour challenge,” Dearn said.

The Romney campaign’s challenge was filed Friday afternoon and set for a hearing on Monday afternoon. The 106-page challenge includes pictures of Johnson supporters asking fair-goers to support having Gov. Johnson and the Libertarian Party offered as a choice on the ballot.

The challenge claims that the state fair signatures should be thrown out because the signers are not Libertarians. “The challenge is legally frivolous,” asserts Dearn.
“You don’t have to be a registered Libertarian to want a third choice on the ballot. Iowans deserve to choose for themselves who to vote for, which is why Gov. Johnson should be on the ballot and allowed to debate Romney and President Obama. Democracy suffers when voices are silenced.”

Unlike other states, Iowa has a perfect history of allowing third-party candidates onto the ballot and is known for its independent-minded voter. “Iowa is one of the very few states that has never kept any general election presidential candidate off its ballot,” said ballot access historian Richard Winger. “It is a policy that saves money and work for elections officials, because Iowa doesn’t need to tally write-in votes for presidential candidates when all such significant candidates are on the ballot.”

Republicans fear that Johnson, a former Republican two-term Governor from New Mexico, will siphon votes from Romney and create a victory for Obama. It is a claim that Governor Johnson does not shy away from. In a YouTube video titled, A Vote for Freedom is Never Wasted, Johnson says, “They deserve to lose your vote.” Iowa is expected to be a battleground state this election.

According to Dearn, the Romney campaign is using similar tactics to keep Governor Johnson off the ballot in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and is pressuring the Commission on Presidential Debates to exclude Governor Johnson from the televised national debates. The Romney campaign has also been accused of fraud and bullying of Ron Paul delegates in several lawsuits throughout the country and protests by Ron Paul supporters are expected at the Republican Party convention in Tampa later this week. “Paul supporters were treated really badly in Iowa by the Romney campaign,” Dearn said.

As the Libertarian candidate for President, Johnson promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress in 2013 and to reduce wasteful spending, advocates for reducing government intrusion into the everyday lives and liberties of Americans, supports the Constitution, and advocates for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states and has been qualified by the FEC for Federal matching funds. His running mate is retired California Superior Court Judge and former Naval officer, Jim Gray.

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Obama for America “Heartland Tour 2012: Moving the Middle Class Forward” RV to Travel across Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:29

From August 26 to September 1, Campaign to Travel the State to Talk about the Clear Choice in this Election

DES MOINES – During the Republican National Convention, the Obama campaign’s “Heartland Tour 2012: Moving the Middle Class Forward” RV will hit the road stopping in towns and cities from coast to coast talking about the clear choice between President Obama will move the economy forward to strengthen the middle class and Mitt Romney, who will take us back to the failed economic policies of the past that caused the economic crisis.

From August 26 to September 1, prominent surrogates will join the RV to talk about how this election offers two drastically different campaign approaches and two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy.

President Obama believes that the only way to create an economy built to last is to build it from the middle out, not the top down.  He is fighting for middle class security by supporting manufacturing, protecting the wind PTC and preventing a tax hike on middle class families by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share.

The “Heartland Tour 2012” RV has scheduled stops in: Ames, Anamosa, Bloomfield, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Denison, Des Moines, Dewitt, Eldridge, Fort Madison, Jefferson, Maquoketa, Marshalltown, Mason City, Muscatine, Perry, Waterloo and Waverly.

Monday, August 27th with Governor Chet Culver

10:00 AM        Bus Tour Kick Off

Des Moines OFA Office

2932 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines 50312

 

3:30 PM          Carroll OFA Office Visit

803 US 30, Carroll 51401

 

5:00 PM          Crawford County Democratic Headquarters, Denison Visit

46 N. Main St., Denison 51442

 

6:30 PM          Council Bluffs OFA Office Visit

1851 Madison Ave, Suite 200 Council Bluffs IA 51503

 
Former President Bill Clinton Advocates for President Obama in New OFA Television Ad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:57

DES MOINES -- Obama for America released a new television advertisement today featuring former President Bill Clinton discussing the clear choice Americans face in this election. As President Clinton notes, President Obama is fighting for an economy built to last by investing in the resources we need to rebuild America from the ground up – like innovation, education and job training – to keep our country moving forward. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, on the other hand, want to go back to the same-top down economics that cuts taxes for millionaires and billionaires paid for by raising taxes on middle-class families and lets Wall Street write its own rules. The choice for the middle class, as President Clinton notes, couldn’t be clearer.

“Clear Choice” will air in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada.

Please click HERE to watch the ad.


 
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TRAVEL TO IOWA, COLORADO AND VIRGINIA PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:43

DES MOINES – Obama for America announced today that President Obama will take a two-day tour of Iowa, Colorado and Virginia next week.  On Tuesday, August 28, President Obama will attend campaign events in Ames, IA, and Fort Collins, CO, and on Wednesday, August 29, the President will attend campaign events in Charlottesville, VA. The President will also return to Des Moines, IA on September 1 for a campaign event.

Additional details on the President’s campaign events are forthcoming.

 

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Obama For America Iowa Releases New Web Video Featuring President Obama Wind Remarks From Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 August 2012 11:20

Video Highlights the President’s Support of Extending the Protection Tax Credit While Romney Raises Big Oil Money

DES MOINES -- While Mitt Romney attends two fundraisers today at the Petroleum Club in Midland, Texas, Obama for America Iowa released a new web video today of the President's remarks in Iowa detailing both Romney and Ryan’s opposition to the wind industry, an investment critical to a strong middle-class and a growing economy.  Last week in Iowa, voters heard how President Obama believes Congress should extend the production tax credit for wind energy right now to create American jobs and support American businesses and manufacturers.

Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to let the credits expire, which would put thousands of jobs at risk in Iowa and other states. The Republican Party has echoed Romney’s hostility toward the wind industry—even omitting wind energy credits from their 2012 platform.

Mitt Romney continues to tout an energy policy that is full of empty rhetoric and bad ideas that would make oil billionaires even richer at the expense of Iowan jobs.  President Obama’s tour through Iowa last week reiterated the importance of extending the tax credit because he believes America can’t afford to go back to the same policies that crashed our economy and punished the middle-class – we need to continue moving forward toward an economy built to last that strengthens the middle-class by paying down our deficit in a balanced way while making the investments critical to a growing economy.

Please click HERE to watch the video.

Meanwhile, more editorial boards from across the state have publicly rebuked Mitt Romney’s opposition to the Wind Energy Tax Credit, which is set to expire at the end of this year. “Obama stands with Grassley and Branstad who know that Romney’s energy plan to repeal regulation will do little to diversify U.S. energy sources,” writes the Quad City Times in a Sunday editorial.  Below is a snapshot of how newspaper editorial boards across Iowa have lined up in support of extending the tax credit:

Quad City Times “Flinches” At Romney’s Opposition To The Tax Credit: “We stand with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Gov. Terry Branstad and most Iowans flinching at Mitt Romney’s myopia on wind power,” writes the Quad City Times. “Obama stands with Grassley and Branstad who know that Romney’s energy plan to repeal regulation will do little to diversify U.S. energy sources. Every energy form is subsidized in America. Without the federal wind energy tax credit, Iowa would be using very few windmills, and producing none” [Quad City Times, 8/19].

Iowa City Press-Citizen: Our View: Wind tax credit good investment for nation: “Romney’s campaign staff have responded to the president’s attacks by explaining that, while the presumptive Republican nominee strongly supports the wind energy industry, he would rather “allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.” Such a statement ignores the fact that wind energy tax credits were to stimulate development of a renewable source of energy. It also ignores how well the tax credit has helped grow an industry that provides a true energy alternative… The potential benefits for wind energy go far beyond the parochial concerns of any one state — be it one as small as Iowa or one as big as Texas. Support for this tax credit likewise should go beyond the concerns of any one political party.” [Iowa City Press-Citizen, 8/16]

Cedar Rapids Gazette Says Romney Stands At Odds With Entire Iowa Congressional Delegate: “Romney opposes an extension of the federal wind energy tax credit when it expires this year. That stand is at odds with the entire Iowa congressional delegation, including Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley, all Republicans, as well as Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who says Romney just needs a little more education on the topic.  ...We agree with the governor.” [Cedar Rapids Gazette, 8/12].

Dubuque Telegraph Herald Argues Romney “Blows It” On Wind Energy: The Telegraph Herald writes that Romney “reveals a lack of understanding of the importance of wind energy. …Among the flaws in this logic is that subsidies give wind an unfair advantage. Over coal? Over natural gas? These industries have the infrastructure built over a century of being consumers' only option. As wind energy attempts to make inroads, the subsidies are merely helping it gain footing.” [Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 8/12].

Spencer Daily Publisher Said Romney would Leave U.S. more Dependent on Foreign Oil: The Publisher wrote: “Add to the conversation the Romney campaign's pledge to do away with the wind energy tax credits if he is elected. Without support for ethanol or wind energy, the US suddenly becomes much more dependent on foreign oil and, as a result, more interested in the affairs of state in countries we really would rather not be in. I have a feeling the heat will stay high on this issue for a long time to come.” [Spencer Daily Reporter, 8/7/12]

Des Moines Register Editorial: “Wind tax credits should be extended.” “Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, may have tilted at the wrong windmills when he said he would allow wind energy tax credits to expire,” opines the Des Moines Register. “The incentive for erecting wind generators is very popular in Iowa and other Midwestern states that are harnessing the clean power of the prairie zephyrs. ...Iowa is especially big on wind. This state is ranked No. 2, behind only Texas, in wind generation capacity, and it employs more people than any other state building and maintaining wind towers and turbines.” [Des Moines Register, 8/5].

Ames Tribune: Wind energy tax breaks are bipartisan in Iowa. Newspaper wrote, “The Iowa Republicans are right. Wind is important. It’s big business here, and Iowa is a leader in the industry… But wind energy is also a young industry, competing with the deeply entrenched fossil fuel industry — which also receives billions in government subsidies every year. Wind needs a help a little longer to get established.” [Ames Tribune, 8/3/12]

Editorial in West Branch Times: “Wanting More Details on Romney’s PTC Position.” The West Branch Times called on Mitt Romney to clarify his position on ending the Wind PTC. The Times noted, “Staff members of the likely Republican candidate have recently said that he would favor ending the PTC, but they did not state whether he would favor phasing it out or ending it immediately. The PTC directly benefits Acciona Windpower in West Branch because it provides tax credits of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour from wind facilities in service before Dec. 31, 2012. Both Republicans and Democrats from Iowa’s Congressional caucus support the PTC because it helps support 6,000 to 7,000 jobs here. [West Branch Times, 7/20/12]

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