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Senator Durbin to headline 47th Annual Labor Day Picnic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug House   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:34

Event to highlight contributions of working men & women

The Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee’s 47th Annual “Salute to Labor” will feature good food, good family fun and a line-up of elected officials and statewide candidates gathered to honor the contributions of working men and women.

Among those confirmed as attending on Monday, September 1, 2014, at Illiniwek Park in Hampton, include: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Lt. Governor & Comptroller candidate Sheila Simon, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, Lt. Governor candidate Paul Vallas and State Treasurer candidate, State Senator Mike Frerichs.

Two long-time members of the Quad Cities labor community – Joe Terronez and Marshall Douglas Sr. – will receive special recognition at the Labor Day picnic.

Also in attendance will be leaders from the Quad City Federation of Labor, the Tri-City Building & Construction Trades Council along with Quad City area elected officials including State Sen. Mike Jacobs and State Reps. Pat Verschoore and Mike Smiddy.

“I look forward to joining U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, other statewide officials and my friends in the Quad Cities to help celebrate and salute the significant contributions working men and women have made, over generations, to the quality of life and the economy of the region,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor Paul Vallas echoed Senator Durbin’s message. “I am honored to stand alongside our good friends in the Quad Cities to make the case that this campaign is a choice between the government of the many versus the government of the money,” said Vallas. “The question at the heart of this campaign has to deal with which party is best equipped to help rebuild the middle class in Illinois and the answer couldn’t be more clear.”

“We welcome families from throughout the Quad Cities to attend this family-friendly event,” said Doug House, Chair of the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12, will include a tasty chicken dinner and may be purchased at the event. Bounce houses for children will be on the picnic grounds and food and refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The official program of speakers will start at 1:00 p.m.  For more information, please call (309) 786-8337.

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Written by John Hedgecoth   
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:55

DES MOINES – Jack Hatch, candidate for Governor, is expected to release a detailed plan for the future of Iowa's economic development efforts at a noon speech to the Davenport Rotary Club Monday, August 25th.  The event is open to members of the media.   Hatch will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. in Davenport to answer questions about his plan.  Details appear below.


Jack Hatch Address to Davenport Rotary Club


Monday August, 25th

The Outing Club

2109 Brady St, Davenport, IA 52803

(This event is open to members of the media)


Jack Hatch News Conference

1:30 p.m.

Iowa Democratic Party

Scott County Campaign Headquarters

1708 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 50803


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So... About That $34,800... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan Schweppe   
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:30

Congresswoman Bustos promised to give up 10 percent of her salary if elected to Congress. Will she pay up?

If Bustos is not willing to keep her word on a simple campaign promise,  how are voters supposed to trust her on anything?

EAST MOLINE, Ill.—It has been a rough week for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, whose campaign has repeatedly claimed she "misspoke" when she promised the Chicago Tribune she would give up 10 percent of her pay if elected to Congress. It appears that Bustos has no intention of following through on her promise.

The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus took her to task for this on Saturday. The Peoria Journal Star followed up with severe criticism on Sunday after Bustos ran away from reporters last week.

Still, the Schilling campaign is holding out hope that Bustos will do the right thing and follow through on her campaign promise to give up 10 percent of her pay.

Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, released the following statement:

"Hard-working taxpayers are wondering—is Congresswoman Bustos planning on paying up? It was crystal clear in that interview that she committed to giving up 10 percent of her pay as a way to show 'skin in the game.' That was certainly a nice gesture—now she needs to show that she meant it. If Congresswoman Bustos is not willing to keep her word on a simple campaign promise like this, how are voters supposed to trust her on anything? We are calling on Congresswoman Bustos to do the right thing and show that she has at least an ounce of integrity by following through on her promise to give up 10 percent of her pay.

"Bobby Schilling didn't need an opponent's campaign to remind him of his promises. He followed through. Bobby rejected his congressional pension and health care plans, and he voted to cut his office budget by more than 10 percent. Following those cuts, he returned an additional $110,000 surplus from his office budget to the taxpayers. Bobby voted against all pay increases for Members of Congress, and he even signed on to a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction calling for a 10 percent decrease in pay for Members of Congress.

"There's no doubt: Bobby Schilling is the more honest candidate, the candidate with more skin in the game, and he's the better choice for middle class families in western Illinois."

Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 28 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

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Braley and Klobuchar Call for Minimum Wage Increase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:26
Braley and Klobuchar visit local business in Waterloo to highlight importance of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and restore its purchasing power

Waterloo, IA – Bruce Braley and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), vice chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, today discussed the importance of raising the minimum wage and providing 300,000 Iowans with a pay raise during a visit to Popcorn Heaven in Waterloo.  Braley and Klobuchar have both been fighting to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to restore its purchasing power, fight income inequality, and strengthen Iowa and the nation’s economy.

Today’s stop comes after Braley for Iowa released a new report this week detailing the many benefits to Iowa working families of raising the federal minimum wage – a move that would overwhelmingly benefit adult workers, women, and families.

On the other hand, State Sen. Joni Ernst has repeatedly said that she does not support a federal minimum wage and that she thinks $7.25 an hour – which means roughly $15,000 a year for a full-time worker – is an appropriate minimum wage for hardworking Iowans.  Earlier this week, Ernst reinforced her opposition to the minimum wage and showed just how out of touch she is when she said $7.25 is a “great starter wage for many high school students, those that are just getting into work experience.”

Braley said, “No one in Iowa should work a full-time job and live near or below the poverty line.  It’s been over five years since the last federal minimum wage increase, and the minimum wage buys less and less for Iowa’s workers, many of whom are supporting families. Small businesses like Popcorn Heaven know raising the minimum wage is good for working Iowans, good for business, and good for the economy – and yet my opponent thinks $15,000 a year is an appropriate wage for Iowa. I am committed to raising the minimum wage, boosting Iowa’s economy, and providing 300,000 Iowans with a raise.”

A report from Progress Iowa earlier this year found that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would provide 300,000 Iowans with a pay increase and infuse more than $270 million into Iowa’s economy.

Since reaching its peak in 1968 at $10.69 an hour (in 2013 dollars), the minimum wage’s purchasing power has steadily declined and left working Iowans struggling to support their families.

Braley and Klobuchar are sponsors of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hr and then tie future increases to inflation. According to a Des Moines Register poll, 65% of Iowans believe the minimum wage should be increased.


Jack Hatch to speak Monday at Davenport Rotary Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Best   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:12
Iowa State Senator and candidate for governor, Jack Hatch, will speak to the Rotary Club of Davenport on Monday, August 25. The meting will begin at noon, at the Outing Club, 2109 Brady Street. The press is invited to attend.
Who: Rotary Club of Davenport
What: Presentation by Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch
When: Monday, August 25. Rotary meeting starts at noon. Speaker begins approximately at 12:20.
Where: Outing Club (upstairs ballroom), 2109 North Brady Street, Davenport.

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