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Americans for Prosperity Launches $6.1 Million Ad Buy, Events in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Lucas   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:38

New Ad Scrutinizes Wasteful Use of Taxpayer Dollars

IOWA CITY, IOWA – Today Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation's largest advocate for economic freedom, held a conference at the National Press Club announcing the release of a $6.1 million ad buy. The new ad is launching along with nationwide grassroots action that holds President Obama accountable for his wasteful use of taxpayer dollars.

Titled “Wasteful Spending,” the ad highlights billions of stimulus dollars that were given to foreign companies, mostly to subsidize their own green energy projects.

CLICK HERE to view and download the Wasteful Spending ad:
www.americansforprosperity.org/stoptankingamerica

“The white house continues to let ideology, government cronyism, and bad judgement influence economic policies that are hurting hard working iowans.” said AFP-IA State Director Mark Lucas. “Energy prices are rising as the administration pays off their friends in the green energy market. This is evidenced by giving $530 million to the now-bankrupt Solyndra. Iowans deserve a much better return on their hard earned tax dollars.”

Over the next two weeks, the ad will air in the following eight states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, and Virginia. As the ad kicks off, AFP will launch a tour featuring rallies and educational townhalls throughout the country. In Iowa, rallies and educational events will take place in Iowa City and Des Moines.

In the past, AFP has focused on President Obama’s willingness to risk taxpayer dollars in other green energy schemes. The group launched two ads focused on the Solyndra failure, dedicating $6.5 million combined.  At $6.1 million, this latest effort is the largest to date.

To interview Mark or learn more about the ad, please call 319-333-9124 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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Braley Statement on Obama Visit to University of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 30 April 2012 09:38

Braley introduced bill in January to stop student loan interest rate increase

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s visit to the University of Iowa:

“President Obama’s trip to Iowa today is drawing much-needed attention to the plight of students facing a sharp increase in college costs this summer.  Unless Congress acts before July 1st, student loan interest rates will double, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education.

 

“Iowa college graduates already have the 3rd highest debt load in the county.  Piling on more debt just puts Iowans further behind at graduation.

 

“Congress should put aside their differences and act immediately to stop the July spike in student loan interest rates.  Our colleges are avenues of economic opportunity.  If we’re going to succeed in the global economy, we need to keep higher education affordable for everyone who wants to attend.”

 

Unless Congress takes action, student loan interest rates will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012.  Such an increase would mean a student taking out the maximum Stafford student loan of $23,000 over four years of college would pay an additional $11,000 of interest over the 20 year repayment period of the loan.

In January, Braley introduced legislation to permanently keep the interest rate for federally subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4 percent, their current rate.

More information about Braley’s bill can be found at the following link: http://go.usa.gov/yfR

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Iowa GOP Chairman's Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A.J. Spiker   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:12

Greetings!

 

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Things have been pretty busy here at the Republican Party of Iowa. This past weekend we held our district conventions in Fort Dodge, Grinnell, Stuart, and Mount Pleasant. It was great to see so many enthusiastic republicans participating in the most open grassroots caucus to convention process in the nation. Please join me in congratulating the new members of our State Central Committee who were elected this weekend. I look forward to working with the Committee to take back the Iowa Senate, grow our House majority, send a full Republican delegation to Congress and help send President Obama back to Illinois.

Iowa GOP State Central Committee Elect (term begins 6/16/12)

District One: Dave Cushman, Loras Schulte, Tony Krebsbach, and David Chung

District Two: Jeff Shipley, Marcus Fedler, Mark Doland, and Bob Anderson

District Three: Gopal Krishna, Joel Kurtinitis, Wes Enos, and John Kabitzke

District Four: Kris Thiessen, Tim Moran, Jamie Johnson, and Chad Steenhoek

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona to attend the RNC Chairman’s meeting. It was great to meet other chairman from around the country. I heard from Governor Jan Brewer, Senator John McCain, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Governor Mitt Romney. I also had the opportunity to speak to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus  about Iowa and our importance in taking back everything from the Courthouse to the White House.

Just a reminder our monthly Chairman’s Lunch is tomorrow, April 25th at the Republican Party of Iowa headquarters. The event begins at noon and will feature guest speakers Majority leader Upmeyer and House Speaker Paulsen. The cost is $20 and you can reserve your spot by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please consider joining us for this event. It is vital to have open communication between elected officials and Iowans if we are to succeed this fall.

There is still time to get your tickets to the Lincoln Dinner! Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Obamacare’s greatest foe is our featured speaker. Cuccinelli was the first state Attorney General to file a legal challenge to Obamacare. Other speakers will include Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Senator Grassley, Congressman Latham, and Congressman King. Because this falls on Cinco de Mayo, we will have a reception from 6-7 pm complete with a margarita and daiquiri bar and a live band. The event will be held at Vets Auditorium Ballroom and tickets cost $75. To purchase tickets please call 515-282-8105 or visit www.iowagop.org.

To Victory,

 

A.J. Spiker

Chairman

Republican Party of Iowa

 
Progress Iowa launches campaign to ‘Send Chuck a Coke’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Sinovic   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:40

Petition drive launched in response to Senator Grassley’s call for a boycott on his own constituents

DES MOINES, IOWA - In response to Senator Chuck Grassley advocating a boycott on Coca-Cola, which operates two bottling plants in Iowa, Progress Iowa today launched a petition drive to ‘Send Chuck a Coke’ at SendChuckaCoke.com.

On April 4th, Coca-Cola publicly announced it would end its financial support of the American Legislative Exchange Group (ALEC), the right-wing front group backing controversial legislation such as the “Stand Your Ground” laws, which have been implicated in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

This weekend, Senator Grassley tweeted “U might think abt not drinking Coca Cola since company sucombed to pressure fr Leftist not to support ALEC”. Read the original tweet here. Atlantic Bottling Company operates in Atlantic and Waukee, and has bottled Coca-Cola products in Iowa for three generations.
“We want Iowans to send Senator Grassley a message: he should be standing up for his constituents, not ALEC, an out of state corporate front-group,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “For every petition signature we receive, we will deliver a Coca-Cola, bottled right here in Iowa, to Senator Grassley.”

For more information about the campaign, visit SendChuckaCoke.com, where you can sign the petition and respond directly to Senator Grassley’s tweet.

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In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Supporters in Iowa Make GOP Inroads for RNC and Long-term Battle of Ideas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 07:34
“A rising tide of Republicans who share Ron Paul’s philosophy of limited government are flooding into GOP party roles in Iowa.” – Des Moines Register
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Supporters of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul were elected last night to state Republican Party positions helpful for his delegate-attainment strategy, and for ensuring that constitutionally-limited government has a voice in the state party.  At four district conventions held Saturday, party activists tied to Paul won seats in the state nomination committee that selects at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and in the state central committee, writes the influential Des Moines Register.

Ron Paul backers sweep into GOP party roles in Iowa
by Jennifer Jacobs
Des Moines Register

A rising tide of Republicans who share Ron Paul’s philosophy of limited government are flooding into GOP party roles in Iowa.

Like the anti-abortion movement and tea partiers that made in-roads into GOP politics here in recent years, Paul loyalists want to send a message to party leaders, the governor, the state legislature and the nation, they said Saturday.

Six of the new Iowa GOP state central committee members elected Saturday have publicly expressed support for Paul, a libertarian-leaning presidential candidate: Joel Kurtinitis, Kris Thiessen, Dave Cushman, Jeff Shipley, John Kabitzke and Marcus Fedler.  Two more have close ties.

“Ron Paul’s display of strength is to encourage their followers to say, ‘We have the numbers. Join us and we can accomplish even more,’” said Gopal Krishna, a popular longtime central committee member who has declined to reveal his caucus vote.  “Because once they’re a force to be reckoned with, everybody starts to cater to them.”

To read the full article online, please click here.
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