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ARA Candidate Forum Sunday September 21st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Seymour   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:28

Center for Active Seniors, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport              2:00pm until 4:00pm

Moderator:  Jim Mertens

The Quad Cities Chapter of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is sponsoring a candidate forum for contested Iowa House and Senate Districts.  Invited candidates include those in:

Iowa House:

HD 92:  Frank Wood and Ross Paustian

HD 93:  Phyllis Thede and Mark Ross

HD 97:  Norlin Mommsen and Jay Saxon


Iowa Senate:

SD 47:  Roby Smith and Maria Briebriesco

SD 49:  Rita Hart and Brian Schmidt


This will be a professionally moderated forum, with questions related to senior issues at the state level submitted from the audience and selected by moderator Jim Mertens.


The purpose of the forum is to allow seniors the opportunity to hear the candidates speak about these issues before the mail balloting begins on September 22.

Braley Crossed Party Divide to Help Boost Small Business Hiring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:11
Braley’s “Back to Work Act” Helped Businesses Hire Tens of Thousands of Iowans
Des Moines, IA – Today, Braley for Iowa released a new 30 second television advertisement touting Bruce Braley’s work delivering results to Iowans, focusing on his efforts to reach across the party divide to cut taxes for small businesses and hire tens of thousands of Iowans.

The ad, titled “Roads,” features John Moyna, the owner of C.J. Moyna & Sons in Elkader, IA, whose family has worked to build and fix roads across Iowa for more than 70 years. Moyna details how during the recent recession, when hiring was tough for businesses like his own, Braley reached across the party divide to pass his “Back to Work Act” which provided tax breaks for companies who hired workers who had been unemployed for more than 60 days.

Moyna said, “In the heart of the recession, it was a tough time to try to add employees and grow. But Bruce Braley stepped up and proposed a tax break to help companies hire unemployed workers. Braley’s idea actually passed with support of Democrats and Republicans, putting tens of thousands of Iowans back to work. Bruce Braley gets things done for Iowa.”

This is the third ad in the past month from Braley for Iowa focused on Braley’s record of delivering results for Iowans. In August, the campaign released ads on his efforts to strengthen the military’s response to sexual assault and domestic violence and to ensure hundreds of members of the Iowa National Guard received the pay they had earned.

The ad is airing on broadcast and cable television statewide across Iowa, and can be viewed at the following link: http://youtu.be/M2W2XtnVmEU

Did Rep. Bustos Forget She Cut Veterans Benefits By $6 Billion? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:23
New Bustos ad claims she cares about veterans, but why did she vote to cut their benefits?

And where was Congresswoman Bustos during the VA crisis?

EAST MOLINE, Ill.—In an effort to inoculate herself from her heartless vote to cut veterans benefits by $6 billion, Cheri Bustos is up on air with a new commercial, paid for by liberal special interest groups and wealthy D.C. lobbyists.

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

"Cheri Bustos voted to cut veterans benefits by $6 billion by voting for the Ryan-Murray budget in 2013. Six. Billion. Dollars. She can run commercials wrapping herself in the American flag all she wants, but veterans haven't forgotten her heartless vote that cut veterans benefits by $6 billion.

"On top of that, Congresswoman Bustos failed to lead when veterans needed her most during the VA scandal. While veterans were dying on wait-lists at a VA hospital in Arizona, Cheri Bustos said and did nothing.

"Bobby Schilling led first on this issue. Schilling introduced the Enhanced Veterans Health Care Experience Act back in 2011, a bill that would solve the VA wait-listing issue by allowing veterans to use their own doctors in their own hometowns. Schilling's bill was included as a provision in this summer's VA reform legislation that passed the House unanimously 426-0 and has now been signed into law.

"Cheri Bustos might say she cares about veterans on TV, but her actions have proven otherwise. It says something about a politician's priorities when they say cutting $6 billion to veterans benefits is 'right for America.' If Cheri Bustos truly cared about veterans, then she should have kept her promise to give back ten percent of her salary and given the $34,800 to a veterans charity—instead, she refused to keep her word and refused to help veterans."

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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Written by Paid for by Pate for Iowa   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:48


Make it Easy to Vote and Hard to Cheat

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has released his plan to encourage voter participation while strengthening the integrity of Iowa's elections.

I traveled all across this great state meeting with county auditors and listening to their advice and concerns which prompted me to host a bi-partisan roundtable summit in Des Moines.  There we discussed many issues including voter participation while maintaining the integrity of the election process.  Today I am sharing a plan to strengthen Iowa elections to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

  1. VOTER ID: Like a majority of Iowans, I believe we need a verifiable voter identification tool to be used when voters go to the polls to cast a ballot.  Currently 93% of registered voters in Iowa already have a driver's license with photo ID that includes a bar code on the back which may be scanned.  The information provided in the bar code identifies your residency, citizenship and voter eligibility.  I will seek funding to provide the remaining 7% a non-driver ID card from the Department of Transportation.
  2. TECHNOLOGY: Enhance technology like signature verification for absentee ballots.  Provide an online voter information app so you can easily find where you vote and review a sample ballot.  I support the expanded use of electronic poll books to ease voter check-in, increase accuracy and voter verification.  Currently 68 counties use electronic poll books and I will work to expand this technology to all 99 counties.
  3. ABSENTEE BALLOTS: I propose to eliminate absentee ballot couriers from the election process.  Absentee ballots are one of the highest risks for voter fraud.  I believe no one should be touching your absentee ballot except you, an authorized election official or a postal worker.
  4. POST ELECTION AUDITS: No voting system is perfect and the number of states requiring post election audits has increased over the last few years according to data collected by The PEW Charitable Trust.  Some benefits of post election audits include; finding errors, deterring fraud and promoting public confidence in elections.  Working with county auditors I will implement a post election audit system in Iowa.
  5. YOUTH VOTER REGISTRATION: Work closely with Iowa's high schools to encourage our youth to be active in their government and to ensure every high school student on graduation day has both a diploma and a voter registration card in their hands,
  6. ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION: As of June 2014 a total of 20 states offer online voter registration and four more states passed legislation to create online voter registration systems while three states offer limited online voter registration.  I will work with the Iowa Legislature and support passage of online voter registration that will be secure, prevent fraud and provide long-term cost savings as well as modernize our voting system.
  7. INTERSTATE EXCHANGE OF VOTER LISTS: Continue to participate in the Interstate Voter Registration Cross Check program which is a plan created to help states maintain accurate and current voter registration rolls.  This program helps ensure voters are correctly registered at one location.  I will also explore being part of the Electronic Registration Information Center organization.

Pate, "During my term as Secretary of State, Iowa had a record number of registered voters and was in the Top 10 nationally in voter participation in a presidential election.  I created bi-partisan programs to encourage voter participation like "Get in the Game" with Iowa Football coach Hayden Fry and Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney as well as "Generation VOTE" with Iowa native Terri Farrell of Deep Space Nine.  With these outreach programs we were able to reach over 65,000 first time voters.  For the youth we worked closely with Iowa's high school government teachers to implement the "Kids Caucus" program to educate over 100,000 students about our unique presidential caucus program.  I will continue making such efforts to best serve the people of Iowa."

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion.  His company is recognized as a "Patriotic Employer" by the National Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.  Pate recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.



Brad Anderson releases first web ad in Secretary of State race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lara Henderson   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:15
Anderson highlights plan to modernize business services in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Brad Anderson, candidate for Iowa Secretary of State releases his first web ad today, highlighting his plan to modernize business services in the Secretary of State’s office.

“The time has come to modernize the business services at the Secretary of State's office to simplify the filing process for new Iowa businesses,” said Anderson. “As a small business owner familiar with the filing process, I can attest the current process is too cumbersome. Currently, many new Iowa business owners must endure a complicated maze of internet, phone and snail mail to file their paperwork. I believe the filing process should be simple, intuitive and take minutes, rather than days.”  

The web ad, titled “Lemonade Stand,” is available online at http://youtu.be/H686vY-SiUw.

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