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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.

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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/

Iowa leaders to hold press conference in advance of Romney event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Sinovic   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:42

Iowa AFL-CIO President Ken Sagar, Midge Slater with Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, and Recent Iowa Graduate Morgan Miller to Hold Press Conference to Welcome Mitt Romney Back to Iowa

DES MOINES – In advance of Mitt Romney’s speech tomorrow, Iowa AFL-CIO President Ken Sagar, Midge Slater with Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, and Morgan Miller, a recent University of Iowa graduate will hold a press conference to welcome Mitt back to Iowa by taking a look at his business philosophy and what it would mean for our economy.

Mitt Romney has repeatedly cited his business experience as his chief qualification to be President, claiming he would use it to boost the economy, create jobs, and reduce the deficit. Romney's business strategy wasn’t about strengthening companies and creating jobs for long-term economic growth. It wasn’t about investors and workers playing by the same set of rules, and it certainly wasn’t about creating an economy built to last by rewarding hard work and responsibility and strengthening the security of middle-class families.

In a career of buying and selling companies, Romney’s pattern was to reap quick profits for himself and his investors at the expense of workers and communities. Sometimes it meant sending American jobs overseas. Other times, it meant cutting wages and benefits. In Romney’s economic philosophy, CEOs and wealthy investors prosper by any means necessary, even when it meant companies failed and workers were left behind. Romney believes in two sets of rules – one for people like him, another for everyone else.

Mitt Romney wants to go back to the philosophy that created the economic crisis. Iowans want to move America forward – to an economy built to last, where hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everyone has a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules.

Tuesday, May 15 
10:00 AM

WHAT: Press conference on Mitt Romney’s business philosophy 
WHO: Ken Sagar, Iowa AFL-CIO President; Midge Slater, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans; Morgan Miller, recent University of Iowa graduate 
WHERE: Lawn of the Des Moines Public Library Lawn; Grand Ave between 10th and 12th Street; Des Moines, IA


Immigration: Romney’s Evolving Dilemma PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:09

While Rick Santorum openly discussed his Christian faith – and said it would not influence his would-be presidential decision-making – voters remain uncertain as to what role Mitt Romney’s faith may play should he become president.

Immigration may prove to be the most dramatic religious-political conflict in Mitt Romney’s bid for the nation’s highest office. His great-grandfather fled across the U.S. border into Mexico in 1885 to escape persecution for his Mormon faith. His father was born in Chihuahua, an American colony in Mexico, in 1907. Both men were denied citizenship there due to the country’s statutes.

Romney, who served as bishop over Boston Mormon churches for nearly a decade, compared the plight of his forefathers to that of current immigrants in America during a January speech in New Hampshire.

“He extended a sympathetic hand to Hispanic voters as a candidate,” says California attorney Robert P. DesJardins, who studied the Mormon religion and its history for his newest novel, Land of the Saints (http://robertpdesjardins.authorsxpress.com/). “It’s also a gesture that is consistent with the Mormon tradition of welcoming immigrants, both into the country and into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

The LDS Church has publicly supported the Utah Compact, signed into law in 2010, which advocates policies that “reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming … state” and reflect the nation’s “history and spirit of inclusion.”

But several conservatives, including those in the Minutemen Project, an activist group that patrols the U.S.-Mexican border, say the compact promotes tolerance and amnesty for illegal immigration. Conservatives simply do not know where Romney will side on the issue beyond 2012, which is one reason why the wealthiest Republican presidential candidate has had to endure an extended vetting process, DesJardins says.

“It’s clear to most non-Mormons who have studied the religion that this view on immigration is meant to gain members,” he says. But the spirit of inclusion has not applied to everyone.

“The earliest publications of the Book of Mormon, in the 1820s, states that dark-skinned people are ‘cursed’ because they rebelled against God, whereas the ‘white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome’ colored people were in God’s good graces,” he says. “Black men were not permitted to hold priesthood until 1978, and women still are not allowed to hold the position.”

Conservatives fear Romney will say anything to get elected, he says. It’s the same kind of conformity his church followed in relinquishing polygamy, a then-crucial pillar of the church, in order for Utah to gain statehood after 50 years of petitioning during the late 1800s. It’s no coincidence black priests were permitted in the church only after the civil rights movement.

“While researching the religion I was surprised to learn about human deification, Kolob (claimed to be an actual planet existing nearest to Heaven), and ‘Mormon underwear’ – temple garments viewed either literally or symbolically to have powers to repel evil,” DesJardins says.

Attempting to predict the future in politics, as a rule, tends to make fools out of pundits, he says. However, as is the case with most individuals, the best predictor of future behavior is the past.

“I hope conservatives have their beachwear ready in August for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida,” DesJardins says, “because I’m pretty sure Romney is bringing his flip-flops.”

About Robert P. DesJardins

A successful California lawyer for more than 35 years, DesJardins is now a lecturer, private judge and judge pro tempore for the California Superior Court – in addition to being a novelist. In Land of the Saints, his third book, his main character is an attorney who finds himself drawn into the mysterious and dangerous world of Mormon spirituality after a friend is charged with murder. DesJardins is also the author of The Mistral and A Darker Shade of Orange.

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