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Braley Formally Announces Re-Election Campaign for US House in Brooklyn, IA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Molly Scherrman   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 12:11
Braley running for Congress to continue work to create jobs, stand up for veterans

Waterloo, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) formally announced today that he is running for re-election in the new First Congressional District of Iowa in his hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.  

Braley made the announcement on the first day of a three-day, six-city “Works for Iowa” tour that will take him to Brooklyn, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, Marshalltown, and Waterloo.

“I learned about Iowa common sense from my parents growing up in Poweshiek County,” Braley said.  “They taught me to work hard, to spend money wisely, and to help other people when they needed help.  

“To me, being a representative means working as hard as the people who elected you – to create jobs, stand up for our veterans, and get this economy back on track.  

“I’m running for re-election because there’s still work to do.  The only way that we’re going to fix the mess in Washington is by sending people there who have the experience to bridge the divide and get things done.”

Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa.  He took his first job in 2nd grade and has been working ever since.  Braley worked his way through college at Iowa State and law school at the University of Iowa waiting tables, bartending, and building roads and bridges for the Poweshiek County Roads Department.  Braley worked as an attorney in Waterloo for 23 years, representing people against some of the most powerful corporations in the world.  Braley also volunteered for years in the Waterloo community, as a football coach, with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, with the Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission, and more.

Bruce lives with his wife Carolyn in Waterloo, Iowa.  They have three children – Lisa, David, and Paul – who all graduated from West Waterloo High School, where Carolyn works as a social studies teacher.

Braley was joined in Brooklyn and Cedar Rapids by his mother, Marcia, who still substitute teaches in Poweshiek County.

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Cain Solutions Issues Call to 9-9-9 Patriot Summit & ‘Revolution on the Hill’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:07
D.C. Blockbuster Event set for Tax Week; Will Honor Andrew Breitbart
For More Immediate Release:
April 2, 2012
(Atlanta)  It is time to turn the tide against oppressive taxation. And what better time to start than Tax Week 2012? Cain Solutions, founded by businessman, former presidential frontrunner and the father of 9-9-9 Herman Cain, has announced a two-day blockbuster event to take place in Washington D.C. – aimed at assembling and empowering “We the People” to take our power back from government.
The events, titled “Cain’s Revolution on the Hill” and the “9-9-9 Patriot Summit”, will take place April 15th and 16th. The Patriot Summit kicks off with a reception honoring the late Andrew Breitbart.
“Andrew Breitbart was a friend and an unconventional freedom warrior who rewrote the rules,” Cain said. “I feel especially honored to dedicate an event of such magnitude to his memory. I truly believe he lit the torch of righteous indignation for thousands of Americans, and we fully intend to take our torches to Capitol Hill on April 15th and 16th to demand an end to a repressive tax code, and demand the simplicity of 9-9-9.”
The two-day event will also feature an educational campaign, and a powerful “Cain’s Revolution on the Hill Rally” with a complete slate of speakers including celebrated journalists, entertainers and professional political rabble-rousers among others. It will conclude with an Army of Davids descending upon congressional offices to encourage elected officials to push for the bold common sense of 9-9-9.
Here is a brief summary of this exciting event:
2012 Cain's Revolution on the Hill
When: April 15th & 16th, 2012
Location: The Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave
Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA
More details will be released in the coming days including activities and confirmed guests.

 
Braley to Formally Launch Re-Election Campaign for House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:09
Braley visiting cities across new 1st District during “Works for Iowa” tour
Waterloo, IA – Starting next Tuesday, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will formally launch his reelection campaign during a three-day “Works for Iowa” tour across the new 1st Congressional District, starting in his hometown of Brooklyn and continuing to Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, Marshalltown, and Waterloo.
Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa.  He took his first job in 2nd grade and has been working ever since.  Braley worked his way through college at Iowa State and law school at the University of Iowa waiting tables, bartending, and building roads and bridges for the Poweshiek County Roads Department.  Braley worked as an attorney in Waterloo for 23 years, representing people against some of the most powerful corporations in the world.

Since 2007, Braley has been working for Iowa in the US House, standing up for veterans, strengthening the middle class, and working to create jobs here in Iowa.
Tuesday April 3, 2012
11:00am  Braley Formally Announces Campaign for US House
Community of Flags Park
Corner of E. 3rd St. and Jackson St.
Brooklyn, Iowa
2:30pm Braley Announces Campaign for US House in Cedar Rapids
Mays Island Memorial Plaza
51 2nd Ave.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wednesday April 4, 2012
11:00am  Decorah Meet and Greet
Java John's Coffee House 
400 W. Water St.
Decorah, Iowa
3:00pm Dubuque Campaign Kickoff Event
Veterans Memorial Plaza 
1801 Admiral Sheehy Dr.
Dubuque, Iowa

Thursday April 5, 2012
12:00pm  Marshalltown Meet and Greet
Orpheum Theater Center and Coffee Shop
220 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, Iowa
3:00pm Waterloo Campaign Kickoff Event
Jameson's Public House
310 E. 4th St.
Waterloo, Iowa
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Reagan’s Rule for Conservatives Still Golden in 2012 Primaries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:26

It’s called the “The Eleventh Commandment,” and it was popularized by former President Ronald Reagan. The commandment states, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

As the 2012 Republican primary season nears its boiling point, some conservatives are concerned poisonous rhetoric among candidates is alienating middle-of-the-road voters.

"You have to move the mushy middle,” says Craig Copland, author of 2012 Conservative Election Handbook (www.conservawiki.com), a guide to winning campaigns at any level. He contends it is always better to elect a “soft conservative” over a “soft liberal.” Those are two categories of voters, along with independents, rounding out the “mushy middle.”

With more than 600,000 elected offices at stake throughout the United States, “the GOP has got to stop circling the wagons and shooting inwards,” Copland says. His goal is to fill every one of those positions with a conservative.

Here are ways to get more conservatives elected:

• The “Four Box” method: This includes talking points that can be used for and against your candidate, and points used for and against his or her opponent. This method allows campaign managers to easily navigate and accentuate key points. Knowledge is power.

• Narrative & Emotion: In politics, “a good story always beats a rational argument,” says Copland.Use strong emotions to move people into action. A compelling anecdote about wasteful tax-and-spend liberals elicits deeper feelings than a list of budget items.

• Target, Target, Target: Among the five categories of voters, two are predictable – hard-core conservatives and hard-core liberals. Those votes are taken, which is why it is essential to focus a proactive conservative message on soft conservatives, independents, and soft liberals. Fight for what is available.

• Media cluster: Getting the word out most effectively means using all tools at your disposal, including television, radio, print, media events, debates, speeches, and the internet.

• Content matters: There is a common denominator between Google searches and a campaign message – content. A candidate’s visibility matters only if his or her message is properly managed.

“You may have the purest conservative credentials,” says Copland. “But if you can’t win the election, then you’re only entertainment.”

Entertainment value has been a key ingredient during this primary cycle, with nearly every conservative candidate enjoying front-runner status, at least for a short while. Copland is skeptical, however, about whether all publicity is good publicity.

“In politics, a single gaffe can end an election and ruin a career,” Copeland says.

Along with proactive measures are the missteps to avoid. These mistakes include adultery, conflicts of interest, lies, breaking election rules, and embarrassing records such as video footage, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts.

“This is a handbook,” says Copland. “It contains no theory, no stories – only instructions. It tries to be honest and blunt."

About Craig Copland

Craig Copland is a retired entrepreneur with a long history as a volunteer and professional consultant with expertise in fundraising and managing political campaigns. He spent many years as an executive and CEO of international humanitarian aid agencies, helping establish and run disaster response programs for children. After searching for a guide to elect conservatives to office and not finding one, he authored “2012 Conservative Election Handbook.” As founder and president of Conservative Growth Inc., he helps elect conservatives to all levels of public office.

 
Mike Smiddy Wins with Overwhelming Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shirin Bidel-Niyat   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:08

HILLSDALE – Today, Mike Smiddy celebrates his primary election to be the Democratic nominee for the Illinois State House. Smiddy received the support of the Moline Dispatch, AFSCME Council 31, Laborers Local 309, Quad City Federation of Labor, Tri-City Building Trades, Illinois Association of Fire Fighters, Illinois Education Association, SEIU, Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood, and Equality Illinois.

“Tonight we achieve our first goal of this campaign. This is not just a victory for me, but for all working class families who believe that creating jobs should be our priority,” Smiddy commented during his remarks to supporters. “Now, in the days and months to come, we will let incumbent Republican Morthland know it’s time to put working families first.”

Tonight we celebrate our victory, and tomorrow we begin our campaign for the general election


 
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