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Ron Paul to Make Far-Reaching Visit to Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:58
Consequential visit includes outreach to core voters
LAKE JACKSON, Texas– 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will campaign in Iowa for two days.  
The visit will occur on Friday-Saturday, October 21st- 22ndand will encompass three postponed campaign stops previously meant for earlier in the month, as well as a series of new events.

“Perhaps it was for the better that the prior one-day visit was re-organized since its elements are inserted into what will be a memorable, far more comprehensive visit to the Hawkeye State,” said Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.  

“Over the course of two days Ron Paul will reach out to media, manufacturing workers, voters at town hall meetings, college-age youth and persons of faith.  We expect this visit’s impact to exceed that of any past visit, save for the generous amount of time Dr. Paul spent in the run-up to his near-statistical tie at the Ames Straw Poll,” said Mr. Ivers.

Details of the events are as follows.  All times Central.

Friday, October 21, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Interviewed live in-studio w/ Jan Mickelson
WHO Radio - 1040am
2141 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, 50312

12:00 p.m.
Plant Tour & Meeting w/ American Wind Energy Association*
TPI Composites
2300 N 33rd Avenue E
Newton, IA 50208

3:00 p.m.
Davenport Town Hall Meeting
Figge Art Museum – John Deere Auditorium
225 West 2nd Street
Davenport, IA 52801

5:30 p.m.
Burlington Town Hall Meeting ***New Location***
Pzazz Convention and Event Center - Huckleberry Hall
3001 Winegard Drive
Burlington, IA 52601

8:00 p.m.
Ron Paul Celebrates Homecoming with Youth for Ron Paul
University of Iowa Memorial Union - Main Lounge
125 N. Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10:00 a.m.  
Des Moines Town Hall
Embassy Suites on the River
101 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

5:00 p.m.  
Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Presidential Candidate Forum
Iowa State Fairgrounds - Knapp Learning Center
3000 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317
This event is open to the public, but tickets are required and available online at ffciowa.com, or by calling (515)225-1515.

*Open to media; not a public event.

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In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul and Ronald Reagan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:45
Both were considered ‘unelectable’ and even ‘fringe’ LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign’s Iowa Chairman, Drew Ivers, recently authored an op-ed published in the influential Des Moines Register.  The piece compares Dr. Paul’s rise to that of Ronald Reagan in the late 1970s.  “Ron and Ron,” as it may, were both considered too far outside of the mainstream to garner the Republican nomination, let alone the cohesive coalition required for a general election victory.

From Outsider to the Leader of Movement
By Drew Ivers, Iowa Chairman of Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Committee

He had no trouble expressing his anti-Washington, anti-establishment feelings. And he maintained a strong grassroots following. His disdain for the overreaching hand of big government and all its regulatory tendencies provided an easy answer to complex questions: “minimum government authority.”

Ronald Reagan would go on to become the United States’ 40th president. And his “government is the problem” ideology is in step with one well-known Texas congressman currently running for president.

The Paul-Reagan comparison is one that’s easy for me to make. I was a college freshman in 1964 and a Barry Goldwater supporter. Later in 1980 I was part of the Reagan Revolution here in Iowa, serving on his campaign in northeast Iowa in the old 3rd Congressional District. In doing so I met with Reagan a few times and also had the pleasure of visiting with him and wife Nancy.

In addition to his presidency, Reagan has strong ties to Iowa having been a WHO Radio broadcaster. From conversations I’ve had with voters, the Reagan legacy still inspires them to seek candidates with Reagan-like appeal — anti-establishment reformers with big ideas, and none of the usual candidate dithering…

A link to the full article can be found here.

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Ron Paul to Celebrate Homecoming with an Event at the University of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by F. Breck   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:41
‘Youth for Ron Paul’ to host its first ever event in the Midwest in key early state
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will address University of Iowa supporters and community members at a special youth-oriented event held on the university’s campus.

The event, which is free and open to supporters of all ages, will be held at the University of Iowa Memorial Union in the Main Lounge on Friday, October 21st.  Doors will open to the public at 7:15 p.m.  To enter 15 minutes early, RSVP for the University of Iowa event featuring Dr. Paul at http://www.ronpaul2012.com/university-of-iowa-ron-paul-event/.

“No other candidate running for the GOP nomination generates support from students like Ron Paul does, and it is the youth vote that will help determine the 2012 election.  That’s why Ron Paul enjoys bringing his message directly to students.  Young people who want authentic change gravitate to his reliable message of peace, prosperity and individual liberty,” said Edward King, National Youth Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign. 

“Let me add that it is an honor to add to the festivities surrounding the University of Iowa’s homecoming celebration with Ron Paul’s campus visit,” said Mr. King.

Youth for Ron Paul (YFP), an initiative of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, launched on Wednesday, September 7th and since its inception more than 7,100 people signed up to join the campaign and get involved, forming more than 100 chapters.

The University of Iowa event is the third major YFP event, taking place two days after a planned visit to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Last month, Dr. Paul spoke to a crowd of more than 1,300 Louisiana State University students, supporters, and community members in Baton Rouge prior to the grand opening of his Louisiana campaign headquarters.

“Since the announcement of Youth for Ron Paul, we’ve seen tremendous interest and excitement from students across the nation.  It’s inspiring to be able to work with young people dedicated to their principles and Ron Paul's campaign,” said Ani DeGroot of Iowa.  

“President Obama successfully organized young people in 2008, but he has failed to deliver on his campaign promises.  Young people now understand Ron Paul is the only candidate running who will significantly change Washington’s failed policies at home and abroad,” said Ms. DeGroot, who is on a leave of absence from the University of Iowa so she can serve as the campaign’s Midwest Regional Director for Youth for Ron Paul.

To learn more and sign up for Youth for Ron Paul, please visit: www.youthforpaul.com and “like” the Facebook page found at: www.Facebook.com/youthforpaul.

Ron Paul Places First in 2011 Values Voter Summit Straw Poll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:31
Handily wins 37 percent of votes cast in key contest
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul placed first in the 2011 Values Voter Straw Poll today garnering an impressive 37 percent of the total number of votes cast.

In placing first, Dr. Paul placed ahead of Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry who placed second, third and fourth with a mere 23, 16 and 8 percent, respectively.

Held annually each year since 2007, the Values Voter Summit presidential straw poll is seen as a benchmark for how well Republican candidates will appeal to Christian conservative activists.  Endorsement by this core activist community is likely to energize voters nationwide that identify with family-friendly issues such as parental decision-making concerning children’s education, less government interference in local communities, and the sanctity of human life.

"Dr. Paul's standing among Christian conservative voters is growing as people become more familiar with the man as well as the message,”said Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

“Dr. Paul is a humble man of faith, who has personally delivered more than 4,000 babies, so he’s well acquainted with the sanctity of life.  And importantly, he never fails to connect the worthiness of the liberty message he champions with that system’s moral superiority over schemes that promote coercive government activism leading to the breakdown of the American family,”said Mr. Benton.

Speaking of Dr. Paul’s speech earlier today Doug Wead, a born again Christian and former adviser to two U.S. Presidents, said he was blown away by Dr. Paul's command of the scripture.  "He offered a scriptural rationale to every position and moved from one passage to the next without hesitation.  The man knows the Bible."

Mr. Wead says that the rising numbers of born again Christians turning to Dr. Paul shows that, "For many of us, the best way to assure our own religious freedom is to get back to the Constitution and defend everybody else's freedoms too."

To view Dr. Paul’s statement of faith, click here.  To view his positions on abortion and homeschooling click here and here, respectively.

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Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:51

Arlene Juracek Appointed Director of Illinois Power Agency;
Michael Jones to Serve as Illinois Lottery Superintendent

CHICAGO – October 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointments of Arlene Juracek as director of the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) and Michael Jones as superintendent of the Illinois Lottery. Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development, and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.

“Arlene Juracek’s decades of experience in the energy sector will be critical to fulfilling the Illinois Power Agency’s core mission of ensuring reliable and sustainable energy for Illinois families at the lowest cost,” Governor Quinn said. “Michael Jones’ past success in responsibly growing lotteries throughout the world will be invaluable as my administration works to ensure that the Illinois Lottery reaches its full potential.”

As director of the IPA, Juracek will develop and submit annual competitive electricity procurement plans, including the use of conventional and renewable energy and clean coal resources, to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The plans will help ensure adequate, reliable, affordable, efficient and environmentally-sustainable electric service at a low cost to families throughout Illinois.

Juracek retired as vice president of energy acquisition from Commonwealth Edison in 2007 after a 34-year career in energy and transmission services acquisition, power station engineering, and strategic economic and policy analysis. She also worked on purchasing agreements for ComEd’s renewable resource activities, including wind power and other green sources of energy.

In addition to her extensive legislative, policy and private sector experience, Juracek also brings a record of public service to the IPA. She is currently serving her second term on the Mount Prospect Village Board of Trustees and was formerly chair of the Mount Prospect Planning and Zoning Commission.

As superintendent of the Illinois Lottery, Michael Jones will be responsible for maximizing lottery profits and overseeing the private firm hired last year to manage Illinois’ lottery operations for the next decade. Jones brings decades of experience to this critical position. He served as superintendent of the Illinois Lottery from 1981-1985 under former Governor James Thompson, overseeing a record billion-dollar increase in sales.

After leaving the position, he founded a marketing promotion firm that specialized in assisting all forms of gaming with maximizing sales and profits in an ethical and responsible manner. Jones has served as a consultant for lotteries in 13 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Great Britain, Ukraine, British Columbia and Western Canada. Jones also served as a director of Independent Lottery Research that uses market and consumer analysis to evaluate growth potential in lotteries.

Jones is a graduate of the University of Florida and served as an officer in the United States Army.


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