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Iowa Mayors and County Officials Release Memo Expressing Concerns for Mitt Romney’s Record of Outsourcing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:33

DES MOINES, IA – Today, six Iowa Mayors and County Officials released a memo expressing their deep concerns about Mitt Romney’s record of outsourcing American jobs, both as Governor of Massachusetts and an executive at Bain Capital. As job creators in their cities and counties, local elected officials are standing with President Barack Obama and his vision for a job-creating economy that’s built to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.

Memo signers are from across the state, representing large and small cities and counties:

  • Mayor Chaz Allen, Newton
  • Mayor Warren Woods, Creston
  • Mayor Buck Clark, Waterloo
  • County Supervisor Lu Barron, Linn County
  • County Supervisor Rick Larkin, Lee County
  • County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith, Polk County



From:   Mayors Chaz Allen, Warren Woods and Buck Clark and County Supervisors Lu Barron, Rick Larkin and Tom Hockensmith

To:       Interested Parties

Re:       Iowa Mayors and County Officials Concerned with Mitt Romney’s Record of Outsourcing

We represent six Iowa cities and counties, large and small, urban and rural. Combined, we represent close to 800,000 Iowans. As leaders in our communities, our mission is to help our businesses grow and create jobs for hardworking middle-class families.

Manufacturing contributes more to Iowa's economy than insurance and finance, construction, and agriculture combined. Iowa ranks sixth in the U.S. for top manufacturing states in terms of GDP (17.8%). Unfortunately, middle class families in our communities have experienced the devastating impact of a company’s decision to move manufacturing jobs overseas.

Thankfully, under President Obama’s leadership, we have seen jobs coming back to our communities after years of watching them get shipped away. We’ve seen more than two consecutive years of private-sector job growth, and Iowa manufacturing is growing, adding close to 20,000 jobs since 2009. We are putting Iowa’s middle class back to work, and it is the kind of progress we must continue.

Last week, the Obama administration filed an unfair trade case with the World Trade Organization to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices that hurt American workers in the auto industry.  President Obama bet on the American worker when he supported the auto rescue and he knows that—with a level playing field—American workers will always win. That’s why we support President Obama and his vision for a job-creating economy that’s built to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has said he knows how to create American jobs, and suggests that his business experience gives him special insight into the economy. But Mitt Romney wanted to “let Detroit go bankrupt”, which would have devastated the American auto industry and the millions of jobs it supports.  Romney’s record on outsourcing, both as Governor and as the head of a corporate-buyout firm, and troubling comments on job creation, is deeply concerning to us.

A recent Washington Post article revealed that under Mitt Romney’s leadership, Bain Capital owned companies that were pioneers in shipping American jobs to countries like India and China – creating profits for Romney and Bain’s investors at the expense of middle-class American workers. As Governor, he signed a contract that sent state call-center jobs to India and vetoed a bill that would have prohibited sending state jobs overseas.

We are working hard every day to create economic opportunities for our cities and counties, and policies enacted at the federal level are vital to our success. Mitt Romney’s record at Bain and in Massachusetts threatens the work we do to protect the economic security of middle-class Iowans and are not the values we want to see in our President.

We are also concerned about the proposals Romney has said he would enact as President. One of the only plans he has detailed would eliminate taxes on companies’ foreign profits, giving companies incentives to send American jobs to other countries. Instead of closing corporate loopholes or giving tax breaks to companies that keep jobs here at home – as President Obama has proposed to do – Romney’s policies would eliminate American jobs and weaken middle-class security.

The policies he is advocating for are familiar and troubling to us. It’s the same formula that we tried in the last decade that benefitted a few, but crashed our economy and hurt the middle class. We need a President who stands with the American worker and focuses on job creation here at home like President Obama, not policies that would ship American jobs overseas.

In our cities and counties – and the rest of Iowa – refuse to go backward. We know we can make the products Americans want right here in our communities. We know our workers are the best in the world. As Vice President Joe Biden said in Iowa last week, “The president and I don’t see American workers as part of the problem. We see them as the heart of the solution.”


Mayor Chaz Allen, Newton

Mayor Warren Woods, Creston

Mayor Buck Clark, Waterloo

County Supervisor Lu Barron, Linn County

County Supervisor Rick Larkin, Lee County

County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith, Polk County


#TopStatesIA Governor, Lieutenant Governor launch Iowa promotional campaign with CNBC's "Top States Twitter Battle" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:23

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced Iowa’s participation in CNBC’s “Top States Twitter Battle,” and encouraged all Iowans on Twitter to use #TopStatesIA to assist in promoting Iowa’s stature as a great place to do business.

In addition to engaging on Twitter, CNBC offered each governor the opportunity to record an “elevator pitch” video and submit it as part of the campaign. Produced in the Iowa governor’s office, the brief video explains why Iowa is a top state for business. The video is found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnmfO92glyo&feature=relmfu

The Twitter battle and video are a part of the CNBC “Top States for Doing Business” annual rankings show. This is a high-profile, yearly ranking of all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness.

“We are excited to launch this promotional campaign, because Iowa has dedicated, hard-working people and some of the best employers in the country,” said Gov. Branstad. “We intend to highlight Iowa’s benefits through this video, and through our Twitter account.”

The Twitter battle does not affect the “Top States” ranking. Host Scott Cohn ranks the states based on reporting on a variety of quantitative and qualitative data and metrics.

Branstad added he hopes Iowa comes in strong in the CNBC “Top States” rankings, but there is always more work to do in terms of luring new business and industry to Iowa.

“I am not completely satisfied with our business climate because property taxes remain too high in Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad. “We have made progress on limiting burdensome regulations and creating our new Iowa Economic Development Authority, but our work on job creation and improving Iowa’s business rankings should continue to be a priority for all of us. Additionally, our efforts to improve our education system are vitally important in moving Iowa forward.”

Reynolds noted their travels, and the importance of being on the ground and in communities when taking into account Iowa’s job creation efforts.

“The governor and I are excited when we get the opportunity to visit various businesses throughout Iowa, and again this week, we have another ribbon cutting,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “We hear the concerns of job creators in Iowa, and we work to address them after each and every visit. This is an exciting time for Iowa, and we want to continue building on our successes, while working every day to create a hospitable jobs environment.

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The Chairman's Report July 5, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A.J. Spiker   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:25

Good Afternoon!

As I am sure you are all aware, last week week the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional. While most of us strongly disagree with this decision, it should light a fire in all of us to get to work. The only way to ensure that Obamacare is repealed in full is to send President Obama and the rest of the Democrats packing in November. Please donate to help us ensure victory in 2012.

Please see my statement below in response to the ruling:

“President Obama clearly lied to the American people when he promised not to raise taxes on middle class Americans. Obamacare not only raises taxes on every single Iowan, but also guarantees higher health care costs and deficits in perpetuity. The winners today are big corporate health insurance companies who lobbied vigorously for this law and government bureaucrats, while patients have lost control over their personal heath care decisions.


“The Supreme Court’s decision today is a set back for believers of individual liberty and smaller government all across Iowa, but rest assured this will only energize us even further. The Republican Party of Iowa will be working tirelessly to send Mitt Romney to the White House along with a full Republican delegation to Congress in order to repeal Obamacare in its entirety and replace it with meaningful market-driven reforms that will reduce costs, protect patients and increase quality of care."

There is a vacancy in the Iowa Delegation for an alternate delegate spot to the National Convention in Tampa. The State Central Committee will be filling this opening so please contact a member of the Committee if you are interested. Their contact information can be found here. We hope to fill this vacancy soon as the Convention is just around the corner!

Last month the Republican Party of Iowa added an incredible 11,000 new voters across the state. We now hold an over 21,000 voter registration lead on the Democrats! I know that this trend will only continue as we work hard to reach out to the disaffected Democrats across the state who have been hurt by President Obama’s failed policies. This is certainly good news as we hope to build on this positive momentum as we head into November.

Please be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.

To Victory,

A.J. Spiker

Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa

Paid for by the Republican Party of Iowa. 621 E 9th Street. Des Moines, IA 50309 515-282-8105, iowagop.org

Are You Tired of Politics Yet? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Move America Forward   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 07:05

It seems like politics is everything these days. Every news story turns into a way for politicians to gain political capitol by using it to articulate or prove their point of view. Meanwhile our troops are forgotten.




Isn't it time we pause the political "battle-to-the-death" and remember that America is ACTUALLY STILL IN A REAL WAR? Both sides -- the right and the left -- should be able to agree that the freedoms and liberty we have in America are worth fighting for. Let's put aside our difference and come together to support our troops, who fight for the freedom and safety of all Americans, regardless of ideology!

In this time of divisive politics and never ending attack ads, Americans that once came together for common goals such as supporting the troops, are now being torn apart and the real loser in this equation is the troops that we depend on. 

Because of the importance of the election this year we are finding that raising money for the troops is not on people’s minds. As politics consumes the TV,  radio and newspapers, stories about our troops are on the back pages or none at all. To change this and show the troops the honor they deserve we must start now by coming together 4th of July and our Troopathon and show our heroes the support they deserve as they continue on in Afghanistan.

Let's welcome them home from the fighting together, as one voice of gratitude and appreciation, not divided over who is going to make talking points out of our troops sacrifice to win an election.


These pro-troop celebrities are putting the politics aside, and giving some of their time to the troops. They're participating in TROOPATHON to help raise money for care packages for our soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and guardsmen overseas!

They will be participating in Troopathon on July 12th along with many other pro-troop celebrities!

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Written by Eric Reyes   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:31
Candidate for Congress

Illinois’ 17th District

(Rock Island, IL) – Congressional Candidate Eric Reyes issued the following statement regarding the current attempt to eliminate Independent candidates for U.S. Congress.

“On June 25, 2012 we filed our petition to be placed on the ballot for the general election on November 6, 2012.  Our petition met the requirements set forth by Article 3, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution, which states in its entirety, “All elections shall be free and equal.”  Supporters of the democratic candidate have challenged our petition, in an attempt to disenfranchise voters and keep Eric Reyes off the ballot. Their lack of faith in their own candidate and the wisdom of the voting public is disturbing. As I’ve said all along, I have every intention of fighting this battle, on behalf of the voters, through the court system. These objectors have chosen to spend tens of  thousands of dollars in legal fees and to waste thousands of dollars of taxpayer money attempting to eliminate a choice the voters deserve to have. I’m certain the voters will remember which candidate didn’t believe they deserved a choice this election.”

Eric Reyes is a full-time attorney and father from Rock Island, IL. The only lifelong resident of the district in this election, Reyes graduated from Rock Island High School, Augustana College, and Northern Illinois University College of Law. He is also a former Assistant States Attorney.

For more information on Eric Reyes or his campaign, please visit his website: www.EricReyes.us.


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