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Statement from Bruce Braley on Winning Democratic Nomination for US Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:23
DES MOINES, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley issued the following statement after winning the Democratic nomination for US Senate:

“My first thoughts tonight are with Iowans affected by the severe storms making their way across the state. I hope Iowans are staying safe.

"As someone who grew up in a working family in Brooklyn, Iowa, worked my way through college and law school here in Iowa, and spent my life representing people from all across our state, I’m deeply honored to win the Democratic nomination for US Senate tonight. I look forward to bringing my campaign to all corners of Iowa in the next five months to discuss my vision to improve the lives of working families and expand opportunities for all Iowans.

“No matter who my opponent is, I look forward to a rigorous debate about who can rise above the partisanship of Washington politics and fight for Iowa's working families who need a strong voice in Washington."

Bruce Braley grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa, and worked his way through Iowa State and law school at the University of Iowa doing jobs in road construction, at a grain elevator, and waiting tables. For nearly 25 years, Bruce worked as an attorney in Waterloo, where he represented Iowans: farmers struggling through the farm crisis, people who lost their jobs, and families denied insurance benefits they deserved. 

With no prior political experience, Bruce was elected to the US House in 2006, and has been re-elected three times. Among his accomplishments, Bruce has successfully worked to cut taxes for small businesses that hire unemployed workers and veterans; created a job training program for Iowans seeking work in renewable energy; and secured back-pay that was denied to 800 Iowa National Guard members. Bruce is running for the US Senate to fight for the middle class because that’s where he comes from.

Bruce lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three grown children: Lisa, David, and Paul.
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Braley in Davenport to Tour Great River Brewery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Monday, 02 June 2014 10:56

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will be in Davenport Monday to tour Great River Brewery and discuss Iowa’s growing craft beer industry, and its positive impact on Iowa jobs and growing the state’s economy.

Braley will be joined by co-owners Paul Krutzfeldt and Scott Lehhnert as well as representatives from 7G Distributing, Great River Brewer’s distributor in Iowa.

Braley will be at Great River Brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport, at 2:00 p.m.

Great River Brewery started in October 2004 as a brewpub in Iowa City. In December of 2008 its entire brewing operation was moved to a new facility in Davenport. In February 2009, the first batch of beer was brewed in the new location in downtown Davenport.

Great River Brewery Tour

Monday, June 2, 2014

2:00 p.m.

332 E. 2nd St.

Davenport, Iowa

The event will be open to credentialed members of the press.

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Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate, Tom Hoefling -- American Statesman PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Donna Ballentine   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:46

DENVER, May 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Leslie Hanks President, and Jefferson George, Vice President, of American Right to Life:

In an era when far too many Republican candidates are betraying our posterity for power, it is most encouraging to see candidates returning to the tried and true principle of equal protection under law for every human being, which made America great.

Tom Hoefling, author of the Equal Protection for Posterity resolution, is candidate for Iowa Governor and believes in the God-given, inalienable right to life of his pre-born neighbors and equal protection for Iowa's posterity.

While there are a growing number of candidates who've decided enough is enough and are willing to fight the Crimes Against Humanity which have become an industry in America these past 40 years, Tom Hoefling has led the way in educating America about our founding documents and our citizens' God-given rights. Tom is owed a debt of gratitude by our nation for shining the light of truth in the darkness and educating about the infinite value of every human life in God's sight.

American Right to Life commends Tom Hoefling for being a true statesman, fighting to protect the lives & liberty of every citizen in Iowa, without exception, and for his determined efforts to re-establish the principles America was founded upon in our Declaration of Independence.

The Impact of Money on Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy Leone   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:17

A Panel Discussion on McCutcheon and Citizens United Supreme Court Decisions

Moderated by Jim Mertens, WQAD

Davenport, Iowa, May 16, 2014 – Quad City Coalition for Democracy announces it will host a forum to discuss how recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance are affecting politics in America.

Sixteen states, including Illinois, have formally demanded that Congress take action to amend the US Constitution to undo the US Supreme Court’s decisions in McCutcheon and Citizens United. Close to 600 towns, villages, cities and counties have also made the ask. During the first weeks of March in New Hampshire, forty-seven town meetings called for a constitutional amendment.

In early April, thirteen Wisconsin communities voted overwhelmingly to call on their elected representatives to begin the amendment process. The US Senate will vote this year on a proposed constitutional amendment.

Is money the equivalent to free speech? Do corporations and unions have same rights as natural born citizens? How have these decisions affected politics in our community, especially in places like Coralville where an uninvited outside group spend thousands to affect the outcome of its 2013 City Council Election?

These and other questions will be addressed by our panel of speakers. We hope you will join us for what’s sure to be an engaging discussion on the hottest topic of our time: money in politics.



Ed Broders, President, Iowa ACLU

Christopher Whitt, Political Science, Dept., Augustana College

Maggie Tinsman, Policy Analyst, 18 year member Iowa Senate

Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFLCIO

Ian Russell, Partner, Lane & Waterman LLP


at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University

518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

Thursday, MAY 29th

7PM  -  9PM



Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Jacobs Puts forth Principles for Balancing the Budget; Reducing the Debt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alissa Ohl   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:30

After releasing ideas on job growth; education, Jacobs now gives specific ideas for tackling Washington’s spending problem

West Des Moines, Iowa – As a part of his nine day, 40-city “Real Solutions” Tour, U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs today released “Private Sector Principles for Achieving a Balanced Budget,” a set of specific principles for tackling both the nation’s debt and deficits.

The United States is facing $17 trillion in debt and continued annual deficits projected to be in the hundreds of billions each year. The debate rages on in Washington about how to solve this issue.

“I’ve always said this was going to be a campaign about ideas and solutions. I want Iowans to know that I will focus on not only the intrinsically-linked issues of creating jobs and opportunity and tackling Washington’s spending problem, but also how we can achieve these objectives. Iowa deserves better than talking points from career politicians. Iowans deserve results,” said Mark Jacobs.

He added, “I am running for U.S. Senate to create an environment that will encourage and allow the private sector to grow more quickly. If we were able to grow our economy just one percent faster per year over the next decade, it would wipe out more than half of our annual budget deficits. More jobs, more opportunity and certainly more fiscal discipline will help Iowa families and businesses.”

Jacobs detailed how he would begin reaching and maintaining fiscal sanity by offering four specific ideas:

  • Passing a Balanced Budget Amendment. Congress has not demonstrated the ability to live within its means. Therefore, we need to provide a structural framework that requires them to do so. A balanced budget amendment creates a mechanism for ensuring that Congress meets and reaches this goal in a specific period of time. After ten years, the amendment would require Congress to set the budget at 99 percent of forecasted revenues, just as we do in Iowa.
  • Reining In the Deficit through Meaningful Spending Reductions. Thoughtful ways to achieve meaningful spending reductions include reductions in discretionary spending; rooting out fraud in government programs; and building bipartisan consensus on entitlement reform.
  • Increasing the Rate of Economic Growth. Spending cuts alone will not solve our financial challenges. Growing the economy at a faster rate must be a component of the plan. The federal government does not create jobs – but it does create the environment in which it is either easier or harder for the private sector to grow. Currently, the Administration is making job growth in the private sector harder. We need to pursue the five priorities I have previously put forth for creating an environment that will foster higher economic growth.
  • Reducing the Debt. The first three ideas relate to achieving a balanced budget. However, we must also begin reducing our country’s $17 trillion debt. Selling unused public assets will enable the country to make a near-term down payment on the debt. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of interest we pay on the debt in the long-term. Ideas include: selling mineral rights on federal lands, selling surplus federal land, and disposing of unused and under-utilized buildings.

Jacobs said, “The bottom line is Washington needs more leaders with real world common sense, whose focus is making headway – instead of headlines. I will continue to offer specifics, push for concrete results, and most importantly, I will show up to work every single day to work on behalf of Iowa’s families and businesses.”

To view or download “Private Sector Principles for Achieving a Balanced Budget,” please click here.


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