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OFA Iowa Announces Additional Details About the President’s Des Moines Grassroots Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Purchia   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:27

Des Moines, IA – May 19, 2012 - Today, Obama for America Iowa announced that President Obama will hold the May 24th grassroots event at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Thursday’s event is the President’s first campaign grassroots event in Iowa of this election cycle.

The grassroots event is open to the public, and no tickets are required. Space will be first come, first served. Doors will open at 4:30 PM CST. The address for the Iowa State Fairgrounds is 3000 East Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317, and guests should enter using the main entrance to the fair grounds at the intersection of East 30th St. and East Grand Ave.

“We are excited President Obama is coming back to host a grassroots event in Iowa,” said State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald. “In Iowa, we have seen firsthand the choice in November as the President is fighting for the middle class and creating a pro-growth economy that is built to last and Mitt Romney, whose economic theories are based on outsourcing and tax breaks for the wealthy and biggest corporations that undercut middle class Iowans.”


The Chairman's Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A.J. Spiker   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:08

We had another busy week here at the Republican Party of Iowa. I would first like to congratulate our Organization Director, Ryan Gough on his new position as Iowa Victory Director. The Victory program is a joint effort with the RNC that will work with local grassroots supporters to elect Republican candidates on the national, state, and local level. I am confident that Ryan's leadership will help achieve victory this November. I think it speaks volumes of our staff here at RPI that so many have been recruited to take on larger leadership roles within our party.

Unfortunately the Chairman’s Lunch for May has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with the Lt. Governor. We look forward to rescheduling for a later date.

I just want to again reiterate the great success we have had in the pass few months, surpassing and now increasing our voter registration lead on the democrats in Iowa. We expect this lead to only increase as more and more Iowans reject President Obama’s failed economic policies. The Republican Party of Iowa will be reaching out to disaffected democrats in the weeks and months ahead to grow our party even more.

As we ramp up our efforts for the fall, please consider donating $20.12 for Victory in 2012.

To Victory,

AJ Spiker, Chairman Republican Party of Iowa

Dr. Jill Biden to Host Conference Call with OFA Iowa Volunteers; Announce Women for Obama Steering Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:59

DES MOINES – Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will hold her first campaign event with Iowans.

Dr. Biden will host a conference call with supporters and announce the Women for Obama Steering Committee.  Volunteers will gather at house parties and campaign offices across the state to join the call and hear her thoughts about the critical role that women will play in this next election.

This week is Women’s Health Week, a national effort to encourage women to make their health a top priority.  After the call, campaign offices will talk about specific components of the Affordable Care Act and how it benefits women.

Media who would like to join the call can RSVP to
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Wednesday, May 16

5:30 PM

WHO: Dr. Jill Biden

LOCATION:              House Party with Steering Committee Member State Rep. Jo Oldson

Home of Cheryl Mulvihill  

2915 Thornton
Des Moines, IA

LOCATION: House Party with Steering Committee Member State Rep. Mary Mascher

OFA Iowa City Office

321 Market St, Suite 106

Iowa City, IA

Former Lt. Gov Patty Judge Responds to Mitt Romney's Speech today in Iowa: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Purchia   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:57

“Mitt Romney talked about the Iowa prairie today, but Iowans who have lived their lives here on the prairie are very familiar with hot air. He failed to mention that his credibility on debt and deficits is just like out on the prairie: blowin' in the wind. Mitt Romney knows a lot about out-of-control spending and debt- it was his record in Massachusetts. During his four years as governor, state spending increased by 6.5% per year, government jobs grew six times as fast as private sector jobs, taxes and fees went up by $750 million each year, and debt increased by 16%. In fact, he left Massachusetts with the largest per-capita debt of any state in the country.

"Now, while President Obama has a plan to reduce the national debt by $4 trillion, Mitt Romney’s would give $5 trillion in tax breaks weighted to millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the middle class—without saying how he’d pay for it.

"Helping the wealthiest prosper by any means necessary, even if it means undermining workers and middle class families, was Mitt Romney’s record in the public and private sectors and it represents the values that he’d bring as President. Mitt Romney was a corporate-buyout specialist whose guiding principle was that as long as he and his investors walked away with millions it didn’t matter if companies went bankrupt and thousands lost their jobs. Those values won’t help us build an economy built to last, and we can’t afford to have them in the White House."



Club for Growth Releases Report On GOP Freshmen Asking “Just How Tea Party Are They?” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barney Keller   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:27
Club for Growth analysis of voting records finds many Freshmen Republicans have abandoned “Tea Party” values of fiscal responsibility


Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth released a report based on its 2011 Congressional Scorecard focusing on the voting records of the so-called “Tea Party” freshmen Republican class of 2010. After a careful review to see if their records match their rhetoric, the Club for Growth has found that for many of the freshmen Republicans, promises of fiscal responsibility have proven to be empty.


A Club for Growth review of the voting records of freshmen Republicans on economic issues found:


  • In 2011, freshmen Republicans received an average score of 71% on the Club for Growth’s Congressional Scorecard. The average veteran received a 69%. This means the freshmen Republicans voted, on average, about the same as the Republicans who were already in Congress.
  • A majority of freshmen Republicans voted against the conservative Republican Study Committee budget.
  • Only 14 freshmen Republicans signed a pledge promising never to raise the debt ceiling until “Cut, Cap, and Balance” had passed.
  • “Tea Party star” Rep. Allen West received an anemic 64% for voting to raise the debt ceiling and by repeatedly voting against spending cuts.
  • The two freshmen in the Republican Leadership received vastly different scores, with Rep. Tim Scott receiving a 92% and Rep. Kristi Noem receiving a 60%.
  • Charlie Bass ran for the seat he lost in 2006 by declaring that the agenda of the tea party “is exactly the same as mine.” He received a pathetic 48% in 2011.
  • The Ten Highest scoring freshmen Republicans were Reps. Amash (100%), Huelskamp (100%), Labrador (100%), Mulvaney (99%), Walsh (99%), Stutzman (99%), Quayle (98%), Duncan (97%), Gowdy (97%) and Ross (96%).
  • The Ten Lowest scoring freshmen Republicans were Reps. Rivera (47%), Grimm (46%), Stivers (45%), Runyan (45%), Gibson (44%), Hanna (44%), Fitzpatrick (43%), Dold (42%), Meehan (42%) and McKinley (37%).


The entire report can be viewed by visiting http://www.clubforgrowth.org/freshmanvotestudy/ or by clicking here.


“The Club for Growth holds members of Congress accountable for their actions, not their rhetoric,”  said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The liberal media likes to pretend that these Republicans have fought for fiscally conservative policies, but the facts don’t support their thesis. Just because the Republicans have a majority does not mean that more pro-growth policies have been passed. For example, a majority of Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling, against spending cuts, and for wasteful subsidies. Republicans rail against the National Labor Relations Board, but some voted to keep funding it. By distributing this report to Club members and the public, we hope to raise awareness about the records of the Republican freshmen and believe their constituents will ask what’s happened since they went to Washington.”


The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

The Club’s website can be found at http://www.clubforgrowth.org/

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