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State Rep. Tyler Olson Responds to Mitt Romney’s Promise to Cut Jobs for Firefighters, Police, Teachers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:55

DES MOINES – On Friday, Mitt Romney mocked the President’s plan to keep teachers in the classroom and to put fire fighters and cops to work protecting our communities in Council Bluffs, IA.  With Romney’s announcement yesterday that he will return to the state next week, State Rep. Tyler Olson responded to Mitt Romney’s job elimination plan.

Watch a video of Mitt Romney’s comments on Friday HERE.

“I talk to Iowans every day and they are thankful for the service and sacrifice of our police, firefighters, and teachers who working tirelessly to make sure every Iowan has a shot at the American Dream and the opportunity to live in a safe, prosperous community. These are hard-working folks who want to make their cities and towns a better place by teaching our children and responding in times of crisis. President Obama is focused on getting more Iowans back to work, putting more money into the pockets of those who are working and creating an economy that’s built to last. An important part of the President’s jobs plan would put more first responders on our streets and teachers in our classrooms.

“On Friday, in a stunning moment of candor right here in Iowa, Mitt Romney mocked that idea. He said we need to ‘cut back on government and help the American people’ – suggesting teachers, police officers and firefighters don’t help the American people, do unnecessary jobs, or make essential contributions to our communities. Everyone but Mitt Romney knows that without teachers, police officers and firefighters doing their jobs our communities can’t function.

“Mitt Romney will need to explain to firefighters, teachers, policemen and all Iowans when he returns to the state next week why he plans to cut their jobs just like he did in Massachusetts, undermining our recovery and hurting the middle class. Romney Economics didn’t work then and it won’t work now. We know that firefighters, policemen, and teachers are the backbone of successful communities and Romney suggesting they aren’t vital to our well-being is just another example of how out of touch he is with Iowa's priorities.”

Loebsack Statement on the Primary Election Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Fritsch   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:28
Iowa City, IA – Congressman Dave Loebsack delivered the following remarks this evening after winning the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s Second Congressional District.  Below is the text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

“Thank you all so much!

“I want to thank all of the great volunteers who have been making phone calls, displaying yard signs, and supporting my campaign.

“I truly could not do any of this without you and I’m incredibly honored by all of the support and enthusiasm you have shown.

“One of the traits of our Democratic Party that makes us great is that we’re a big tent – we include folks with all sorts of views and we’re stronger for it.

“Senator Seng has served Davenport and our state for years, and I’d like to thank him for his dedicated service and for the respectful primary that was run.

“There are many things he and I agree on and I hope to have his support as we work towards November.

“Because I think we all know that the tough work begins tomorrow.

“We’ve already seen SuperPacs and national political groups taking an interest in this race.  And it’s only going to increase starting tomorrow.

“We have our work cut out for us.

“Because November 6th is going to be about choices.

“Do Iowa families come before special interests?

“Do seniors have a safety net in retirement or will their Social Security be privatized and their Medicare turned into vouchers?

“Will Iowa families be able to send their kids to college?

“And will we live in a country where women are paid equal wages for equal work?

“These are the choices that will be made in November.

“And over the next five months, we need to tell Iowans what’s at stake.

“It’s going to take a lot of work but I’m ready to get to work and I know you are too!

“And it’s going to be worth it.  Because this election is critical.

“Iowans are hurting.

“And we’ve been hurting for way too long.

“We’re not just worried that our kids and grandkids aren’t going to have the same opportunities we had to work hard and succeed; we’re worried about jobs and what each day holds for middle-class families who just can’t catch a break in this economy.

“But the Republican Congress and their nominee to run our great nation are far more focused on rewarding their special interest backers, ending Medicare as we know it, and declaring a war on women than they are in creating jobs, making sure families can send their kids to college, restoring the American Dream, and rebuilding an economy that works for ALL Iowans.

“That’s not just misguided priorities – it’s flat out wrong.

“My priority is, and always will be, supporting and strengthening working families and getting Iowans back to work – creating good jobs for hard-working Iowans.

“Iowa’s best days are ahead of us.

“And if we fight together, we’ll make those better days a reality for everyone.

“Because, if we don’t, the Republicans will win and Iowans will lose.

“Our priorities are Iowans’ priorities.

“And we must fight together to make those priorities heard.

“I cannot thank all of you enough for your support today and over the past weeks and months.

“I’m looking forward to working shoulder to shoulder with you all the way to victory in November!

“Thank you again!”

Braley Statement on Iowa Primary Election Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Molly Scherrman   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:26
Waterloo, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement tonight after securing the Democratic nomination for Iowa First District US Representative:

“I’m honored be the Democratic nominee in the First Congressional District.  Over the next five months, I look forward to a spirited campaign focused on my record of creating jobs and new economic opportunities for Iowa, making education more affordable and accessible, and honoring the sacrifice of our veterans long after they return home. 

“I learned about hard work and Iowa common sense growing up in Poweshiek County.  I’m running for re-election because there is still work to do.  And the only way we’re going to fix the mess in Washington is by sending people there who have the experience to bring people together and get things done.”

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Statement from Former Lt. Governor Patty Judge on the Paycheck Fairness Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:04

DES MOINES - Today, the Senate voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have closed loopholes that prevent women from fighting for equal pay and help stop pay discrimination before it starts. Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge and Iowa Women for Obama Steering Committee member released the following statement after the vote:

“We are disappointed that the Paycheck Fairness Act did not pass the Senate floor.  It would have helped ensure that all women receive equal pay for equal work.  The Act would have built on efforts by President Obama to protect and advance policies that promote fairness, equal opportunity and a level playing field for all Americans, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“The result of this vote could have been different if Mitt Romney had showed leadership and stood up for women and stood up to Republicans in Washington who deny millions of women a fair shot at what we’ve earned.  To this day, Mitt Romney has refused to support for the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  Iowans were watching to see if Romney would come out on the side of women and equal rights, but instead we saw yet another example of his failed leadership on women’s issues.”

“Congress needs to remember that denying equal pay for equal work doesn’t just discriminate against women – it also jeopardizes the economic security of families across the country.”

owa Attorney General Tom Miller and Massachusetts Mayor Rob Dolan to Hold Conference Call to Discuss Mitt Romney’s Record as Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:31

DES MOINES – Tomorrow, Attorney General Tom Miller and Rob Dolan, the Mayor of Melrose, MA will hold a media conference call to discuss Mitt Romney’s economic philosophy, his failed economic record in Massachusetts and why he’s the wrong choice for Iowans.  Mayor Dolan, first elected in 2001, served with Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and before that he was an Alderman-at-Large.

Mitt Romney claims his experience as a corporate buyout specialist will bring positive economic results for the nation. He made the same economic promises when he ran for governor of Massachusetts that he makes today -- more jobs, less debt and smaller government. Once in office, he broke all those promises and more – Massachusetts plummeted to 47th out of 50 in job creation, manufacturing jobs fell at twice the national average, taxes and fees were raised by $750 million a year, and Romney left Massachusetts taxpayers with more debt per person than in any other state.  Now we are seeing the same promises out of Mitt Romney on the presidential campaign trail and America can’t afford the same results.

Friday, June 1

11:30 AM

WHAT: Remarks on Mitt Romney’s failed economic policies in Massachusetts

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