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Anderson for Iowa television ad begins airing today across Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lara Henderson   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:15

DES MOINES, Iowa – Brad Anderson’s first television ad begins airing across the state today, featuring his promise to make it easier for eligible voters to participate, while increasing the integrity of the election process.

“As Secretary of State I will work to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” said Brad Anderson. “We have to increase turnout for all voters, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, and get back to the nonpartisan tradition in Iowa of strong civic participation.”

The ad, which is available online here, begins airing across the state today. This is Anderson’s first ad, and the first television ad in the Iowa Secretary of State’s race.

Brad Anderson is a small business owner from Des Moines. He has proposed increasing voter turnout by allowing online voter registration, consolidating elections, and giving Iowans the option to permanently vote by mail. He has also proposed modernizing the office’s business filing process to support small businesses in Iowa. 
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Braley Continues Focus on Putting Iowa Families First in Northeast Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:03
Des Moines, IA – Fresh off a commanding victory at last night’s Iowa Senate debate and a new Des Moines Register poll that saw him surge 8 points in just two weeks, Bruce Braley was back on the road today in Northeast Iowa focusing on his policies that put Iowa families first. At stops with volunteers, grassroots organizers and members of the community in Waterloo, Independence and Manchester, Bruce continued to lay out his plans to break through the gridlock and fight for an economy that works for all Iowa families, not just the wealthiest few.

“I am running for U.S. Senate because I will fight for all of our state’s families, not just special interest millionaires and billionaires,” said Braley. “I am proud of my record of breaking through the gridlock and working with Republicans to deliver results for Iowa, and I’m happy to talk about that record. But Sen. Ernst doesn’t seem to understand that sound bites have consequences, and while her policies protect corporations who ship Iowa jobs overseas and oil billionaires like the Koch brothers who oppose the job-creating Renewable Fuel Standard, they hurt Iowa families who rely on Social Security, government student loans, and the promise of fair pay for a hard day’s work. While Ernst’s policies only lead to more gridlock, I will work with anyone who has a good idea that puts Iowa’s families first.”

In stark contrast to Bruce’s clear commitment to Iowa’s middle class at last night’s debate, Sen. Joni Ernst failed to hide her out-of-step plans to privatize Social Security, protect corporations that ship jobs overseas from paying their fair share in taxes, abolish federal student loans, and oppose a minimum wage increase that would give 300,000 Iowans a raise.

Bruce also talked about the importance of early voting, and encouraged all Iowans to vote early—either in person or by mail. More and more Iowans are voting early every election cycle, because it is the simplest and easiest way to make your voice heard. Iowans can learn more about how they can vote early at vote.brucebraley.com

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Braley Clear Winner in Second Debate, Keeps Focus on Policies that Work for Iowa Families, Not Millionaires PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:42
Davenport, IA – Braley for Iowa Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing issued the following statement after tonight’s US Senate debate:

“The difference tonight was clear: Bruce Braley sided with all Iowa families and Joni Ernst once again showed that she stands with millionaires, billionaires, and special interest groups.

“As voters are turning their focus to this campaign in the final stretch, they are learning more and more about Joni Ernst’s plans to privatize Social Security and threaten guaranteed benefits, protect corporations that ship Iowa jobs overseas from paying their fair share in taxes, abolish federal student loans and make college less affordable for the middle class, and oppose a minimum wage increase that would give 300,000 Iowans a raise.

“But as Bruce said tonight, sound bites have consequences, and Joni Ernst's policies would hurt Iowa families. Iowa voters got a clear look at the two candidates tonight and Bruce Braley won this debate overwhelmingly by laying out his plans to break through the gridlock and fight for an economy that works for all Iowa families, not just the wealthiest few.”

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Braley for Iowa Blasts New Ad That Lies About Braley’s Record of Fighting for Equal Pay for Equal Work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:42
While Braley has paid his female employees $1.02 for every dollar paid to his male employees and fought to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, Ernst has troubling record on pay equality
Des Moines—Today, Braley for Iowa blasted a new ad from Priorities for Iowa, a super PAC with a highly suspicious connection to Joni Ernst’s campaign, that lies about Bruce’s record of fighting for equal pay for equal work in order to hide Ernst’s troubling record on pay equality.

Here are the facts: Bruce Braley has paid female employees on his Congressional staff $1.02 for every dollar earned by their male colleagues, and women on his campaign staff are paid 40% more than men due to the number of women in senior positions. Bruce was also an original co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and he has sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act that was blocked by Sen. Ernst’s Tea Party allies in the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, according to FEC reports, Ernst’s campaign pays women just 55 cents on the dollar compared to what she pays men. And during her time as Montgomery County Auditor, state Sen. Ernst paid two female deputy auditors less than a male deputy auditor. Furthermore, State Sen. Ernst has made it clear that she opposes an increase to the federal minimum wage –a move that would primarily benefit working women, who make up more than half of workers who would see a wage increase.

“Joni Ernst and her allies are falsely attacking Bruce Braley to hide Ernst’s own troubling record on pay equality. The truth is, Bruce has paid female employees $1.02 for every dollar paid to male employees in his office and has fought for legislation to ensure women are paid equally as men for the same work. In contrast, Sen. Ernst hasn’t supported paycheck fairness laws, pays female campaign employees just 55 cents for every dollar their male coworkers make, and as Montgomery County auditor, paid two female deputies thousands of dollars less than a male deputy. We are more than happy to talk about which candidate in this race can be trusted to fight for pay equality,” said Braley for Iowa Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing.

 
Bruce Endorsed by Fire Fighters, Discusses Vision for Iowa's Middle Class Families PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:39
Braley emphasizes his bipartisan accomplishments in Congress & contrasts with Sen. Ernst’s Tea Party obstructionism

Des Moines, IA – Today, Bruce Braley accepted the endorsement of the Iowa Professional Firefighters Association and shared his vision to be a Senator who fights for hardworking Iowans.

While receiving the endorsement, Braley discussed his record of reaching across the party divide to deliver results for Iowa and focused on his middle class priorities: raising the federal minimum wage, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, and reducing the burden of college costs.

“I’m running for Senate to stand up for working men and women and their families, and I’ll always fight to give working families opportunities to get ahead. I’m proud of my record of reaching across the party divide and working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver results for Iowans,” said Braley. “But Sen. Ernst stands with Tea Party obstructionists, and her radical Tea Party agenda would only lead to more obstructionism. There’s a clear choice in this race, and Iowans deserve a Senator who will bring people together and work as a bridge builder, not a bridge burner.”

Braley has a strong record of working across the party divide to deliver results for Iowa and stand up for Iowa’s working families. Braley worked with both Democrats and Republicans to secure back pay and GI Bill benefits that had been denied to hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers. In addition, he worked to pass the bipartisan “Back to Work Act” that provided tax credits to businesses hiring unemployed workers. He also has a strong record of working across the aisle to protect and grow Iowa’s agriculture economy– including working for three years to pass the bipartisan Farm Bill and testifying alongside Governor Terry Branstad to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 75,000 jobs it supports in Iowa.

“Congressman Braley has a tremendous record on issues that are important to Iowa’s firefighters and first responders. He’s always been in our corner, helping us get the equipment and resources we need to save lives and serve Iowa communities, and he has always been in the corner of Iowa’s working families. We’re proud to support Congressman Braley in his campaign for Senate because he’s worked tirelessly to create opportunities for Iowans, to help grow and expand the middle class and help us succeed. We know he’ll make Iowans proud,” said Iowa Professional Firefighters Association President Dan Cougill.

Cougill also commented on the recent reports that highlight Sen. Ernst’s potential conflict of interest violations while she was Montgomery County auditor, in addition to her troubling attendance record in the Iowa Senate.

“Iowans are learning even more about the real Joni Ernst—and we’ve seen some pretty shocking reports about things like the contracts given to her father’s company while she was Montgomery County Auditor, and some pretty troubling new reports about her dismal attendance record in the state Senate. Iowans want a Senator they can trust—someone who will fight the middle class families, seniors, and women. Not someone like Joni Ernst.”

In contrast, Sen. Joni Ernst's radical Tea Party agenda, which includes supporting a government shutdown that cost Iowa's economy $112 million and calling the President a "dictator," would only add to the gridlock in Washington.

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