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Another Dubuque Tea Party Co-Founder Endorses Ron Paul PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Monday, 12 December 2011 09:49
Michael Heeren joins Jeff Luecke in boosting Paul
on eve of Dubuque Tea Party straw poll
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received the endorsement of a second Dubuque Tea Party co-founder on the eve of the grassroots organization’s first in-person-voting 2012 presidential straw poll.

Michael Heeren, a co-founder of the Dubuque Tea Party, commended Paul on his adherence to tea party values and endorsed him for the presidency.

“Ron Paul is a champion of the Constitution and has dedicated much of his life to restoring the United States by following the three core principles that we prescribe to in the Dubuque Tea Party.  Dr. Paul believes in fiscal responsibility, free markets and a Constitutionally-limited government.  Since 1976 in the U.S. House of Representatives, every single vote he has made, without exception, can be traced to these principles,” said Mr. Heeren.

“Ron Paul is the most consistent candidate and he can restore America to her greatness.  I endorse Ron Paul for President of the United States.,” said Mr. Heeren, who lives in Dubuque and also is a Dubuque County Republican Central Committee Member.

When asked whether he was wanted to make clear he was speaking as a private citizen and not as one associated with the Dubuque Tea Party, Mr. Heeren replied, “No, I just want America back on track.”

In addition, a Dubuque Tea Party organizer who already publicly supported Dr. Paul came forward to reiterate his pro-Paul stance, citing the 12-term Texas Congressman’s economic policies and integrity.  Jeff Luecke – who endorsed Dr. Paul on June 13, 2011 – felt it appropriate to reiterate his support on the eve of the Dubuque Tea Party straw poll.

“As an individual who helped organize and lead the Dubuque Tea Party I personally endorse Texas Congressman Ron Paul as the Republican nominee for President of the United States,” said Mr. Luecke of Oelwein.

“Ron Paul is the only candidate in the race who fully and consistently embraces the Tea Party movement's three core principles of a return to Constitutionally-limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.  While other candidates conveniently talk about the Constitution, only Ron Paul lives it with every vote he casts in Congress.  Ron Paul understands and even predicted the monetary collapse coming our way.  He's the only candidate willing to fix the problem rather than just pay lip service with cleverly-named gimmicks,” said Mr. Luecke.

Enrolled in the Republican Party, Mr. Luecke is one of the original co-organizers of the Dubuque Tea Party and currently serves as a precinct captain for the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign.  He is affirming his support for Dr. Paul from the standpoint of a private individual and not on behalf of the Dubuque Tea Party.

The Dubuque Tea Party was founded in April 2009 and today it has approximately 500 members.  The first in-person Dubuque Tea Party straw poll will be held the evening of Thursday, December 1st at The Symposium Room of the Dubuque Best Western Plus, located at 3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52003.  The Dubuque Tea Party in conjunction with Freedom Jamboree conducted the Dubuque Tea Party 2012 Presidential Straw Poll from August 25th through September 17th, and Ron Paul won it decisively.  Full results are as follows.

Ron Paul - 42.9%
Rick Perry - 26.2%
Herman Cain - 11.9%
Michelle Bachmann - 7.1%
Mitt Romney - 7.1%
Newt Gingrich - 2.4%
Rick Santorum - 2.4%.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.*
Buddy Roemer*
Gary Johnson*
Thaddeus McCotter*

*= 0 votes.

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More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:41
Ron Paul Campaign Releases ‘The Video That NewtDoesn’t Want You to See’
150-second online ad cross-examines the former Speaker’s record on policy, values and seriousness
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that it has released and will broadly distribute a 150-second online advertisement that challenges former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on a group of issues dear to conservative voters.

Much of the ad is in the former Speaker’s own voice, and after a few statements by Newt it follows with an image of him sitting on a loveseat beside former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the two chuckling over their agreement concerning as-yet scientifically proven anthropogenic global warming.  The ad also features Newt’s knee-jerk assault on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) modest budget proposal, and the former Speaker’s lobbying ties to government mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that perpetuated the financial crisis and recession.  In addition, the spot showcases discussion of Newt’s lobbying ties to healthcare firms prior to his support of an Obama-Pelosi-Reid individual mandate as part of the recent wildly unpopular healthcare reform, to the absolute horror of nationally-syndicated conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. 

Taken together, claims made in the ad present conservative voters with a question about Newt, and indeed the ad concludes with this query.  And that is “What will you tell me next time?”

The campaign will send the ad to a far-reaching email list of conservative voters nationally, including in key early voting states, and it will purchase banner ads on national and state websites where conservative readers congregate.

“Our campaign is making a bold move to debunk the myth that the Newt we are seeing on the 2012 campaign trail is the conservative he has been touted to be all along.  This step we are taking is necessary, as voters are seeking authenticity among conservatives who are able to show a decades-long career of consistently walking the walk of Constitutional principles, limited government, and promoting sound money and economic policy.  Ron Paul is the only Republican presidential candidate with that record,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To view the online ad, click here.
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Ron Paul Top-Tier in Latest Rasmussen New Hampshire Poll;Enjoying solid support with Granite State voters
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – A Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul third place in New Hampshire, further solidifying his position at the top of the field among New Hampshire primary voters. Paul won 14 percent of likely primary-goers in the poll.

“The latest poll results show Ron Paul as a solid choice in New Hampshire and a refreshing voice against the status quo,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “The American people, and the people of New Hampshire, are paying attention and are ready for a candidate with the conviction to bring about real change.”

The latest poll follows a number of recent polls placing Paul among the top three in key early states. According to NewsMax/Insider Advantage, Ron Paul is a solid second place in Iowa. And in a recent American Research Group poll, Paul took third among likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers. He also scores third place in New Hampshire, according to a recent WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll. And the most recent Suffolk University/7 News poll has Paul holding steady in second place with 14 percent among likely New Hampshire primary voters.

In addition, a late October CNN/Time poll showed the Texas congressman in the top three in the key Republican primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

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In Case You Missed It:  Ron Paul Comments on Fed Actions in Europe
“…another reason why Congress needs enhanced power to oversee and audit the Fed.”
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, who serves as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Subcommittee on the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement today regarding the Federal Reserve’s latest actions coordinating with other central banks in an effort to intervene in Europe’s debt crisis. See below for statement.

“The Fed’s latest actions in cooperating with foreign central banks to undertake liquidity swaps of dollars for foreign currencies is another reason why Congress needs enhanced power to oversee and audit the Fed.  Under current law Congress cannot examine these types of agreements.  Those who would argue that auditing the Fed or these agreements with central banks harms the Fed’s independence should reevaluate the Fed’s supposed independence when the Fed bails out Europe so soon after President Obama promised US assistance in resolving the Euro crisis. 

“Rather than calming markets, these arrangements should indicate just how frightened governments around the world are about the European financial crisis.  Central banks are grasping at straws, hoping that flooding the world with money created out of thin air will somehow resolve a crisis caused by uncontrolled government spending and irresponsible debt issuance.  Congress should not permit this type of open-ended commitment on the part of the Fed, a commitment which could easily run into the trillions of dollars.  These dollar swaps are purely inflationary and will harm American consumers as much as any form of quantitative easing.  

“The Fed is behaving much as it did during the 2008 financial crisis, only this time instead of bailing out politically well-connected too-big-to-fail firms it is bailing out profligate government spending. Citizens the world over deserve better than this. They deserve sound money that cannot be manipulated and created out of thin air by central planners who promise printed prosperity. Fiat money caused this European crisis and the financial crisis before it.  More fiat money is not the cure. The global fiat currency system has proven itself a failure, we need real monetary reform. We need sound money. ”
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Lt. Governor Simon praises bipartisan budget plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:56

Will keep seven state facilities open, avoid nearly 2,000 layoffs

CARBONDALE – November 29, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, the only statewide constitutional officer from Southern Illinois, urged the General Assembly to pass the bipartisan budget reallocation legislation today to keep several state facilities open.

This summer Governor Quinn was forced to begin the process of closing seven state facilities because sufficient funding to operate the facilities was not allocated in this fiscal year’s budget. The closures would have led to nearly 2,000 state employees being laid off.

The facilities scheduled to close were: Chester Mental Health Center, Illinois Youth Center Murphysboro, Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, Jacksonville Developmental Center, Logan Correctional Center, Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford, and Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

“I am thankful the General Assembly worked with the Governor to reach a bipartisan and fiscally responsible way to keep these facilities open,” Simon said. “This budget reallocation frees us to pursue smart policy that is good for the people involved. Our long-term goal is to make more community-based care available to the appropriate patients, in a way that is cost-effective for the state.”

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News from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:22
Ron Paul to Visit Iowa for Three-Day Campaign Swing
Town hall meetings, media interviews, campus youth rallies, and Republican debate round out visit
ANKENY, Iowa – The Iowa component of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that Congressman Paul will make a sweeping three-day visit to Iowa.  The visit will take place from Thursday, December 8th to Saturday the 10th, inclusive.

“Ron Paul’s next visit includes three days of voter-outreach events and media interviews, placing it among the more pivotal of this campaign cycle.  We’re delighted Dr. Paul gives Iowa the attention it warrants and predict this visit will be as constructive as prior ones have been,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Campaign Chairman Drew Ivers.

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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

1:00 p.m.
Employee Town Hall Meeting*
Principal Financial Group

2:30 p.m.
WOI-TV (ABC 5) interview
3903 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

4:00 p.m.
Boone Town Hall Meeting
Boone Public Library 
702 Greene Street
Boone, IA 50035

7:00 p.m.
Countdown to the Caucus: Ron Paul at ISU
Iowa State University (hosted by "Youth for Ron Paul")
Great Hall, Iowa State Memorial Union (2nd Floor)
2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014

[*Open to employees of Principal Financial Group only.  Media are encouraged to attend but must RSVP by 12/6 with Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Vice-Chair A.J. Spiker via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]

Friday, December 9, 2011

9:00 a.m.
Webster City Town Hall Meeting
Webster City Fire Station
919 Superior Street
Webster City, IA 50595

1:00 p.m.
Mason City Town Hall Meeting
Mason City High School
1700 4th Street SE
Mason City, IA 50401

2:30 p.m.
In-Studio interview with KIMT TV (CBS)
KIMT-TV (CBS-3) Station
112 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401

4:00 p.m.
Waverly Town Hall Meeting
Waverly Public Library
Bremer/Waverly Room 
1500 W. Bremer Avenue 
Waverly, IA 50677

7:00 p.m.
Countdown to the Caucus: Ron Paul at UNI
University of Northern Iowa (hosted by "Youth for Ron Paul")
Commons – Slife Ballroom
1224 West 23rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Marshalltown Town Hall Meeting
Fisher Community Center 
709 S. Center Street 
Marshalltown, IA 50158

8:00 p.m.
ABC News / Republican Party of Iowa Debate
Sheslow Auditorium
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
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Ron Paul Remains Top-Tier in Latest Iowa Poll, Strong second, leads field in Independent vote
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – A NewsMax/Insider Advantage poll released yesterday shows 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul in second place in the state of Iowa, solidifying his position at the top of the field and remaining a serious threat to take the Iowa Caucuses in January. Paul won 13 percent of likely caucus-goers in the poll and an impressive 30 percent of independent voters, leading the rest of the field. In addition, Paul won 47 percent of voters between 18 and 29 years old.

“The latest poll results clearly prove Ron Paul’s status as a top contender, and confirms that our campaign is continuing to surge in early states,” said Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “The American people are ready for real change in Washington and Dr. Paul is the only candidate who has a plan to cut $1 trillion in spending, balance the budget, and restore prosperity to the American people.”

This latest poll comes on the heels of a number of recent polls placing Paul among the top three in key early states. According to a recent American Research Group poll, Paul takes third among likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. He also scores third place in New Hampshire, according to a recent WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll. And the most recent Suffolk University/7 News poll has Paul holding steady in second place with 14 percent among likely New Hampshire primary voters.

In addition, a late October CNN/Time poll showed the Texas congressman in the top three in the key Republican primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

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Ron Paul to Hold Two College Campus Youth Rallies in Iowa
‘Countdown to the Caucus’ events hosted by ‘Youth for Ron Paul’ aim to solidify youth support
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will address college students and Iowans at two “Youth for Ron Paul” campus rallies to energize young supporters and reach out to new and undecided voters in the run-up to the January 3, 2012, Iowa Caucuses.

The first event, which is free and open to supporters of all ages, will be held on Thursday, December 8th in the Iowa State University (ISU) Memorial Union Great Hall, located at 2229 Lincoln Way in Ames.  Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.  To enter 30 minutes early and secure a spot near the front of the room, RSVP for the ISU event featuring Dr. Paul at http://ronpaulatisu.eventbrite.com/.

The second event, which also is free and open to supporters of all ages, will be held on Friday, December 9th at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in the Commons – Slife Ballroom, located at 1224 West 23rd Street in Cedar Falls.  Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.  To enter 30 minutes early and secure a spot near the front of the room, RSVP for the UNI event featuring Dr. Paul at http://ronpaulatuni.eventbrite.com/.

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 15,300 people signed up to get involved, forming 307 chapters in 46 states.

“The enthusiastic support for Ron Paul continues to grow, especially among college students.  Young people understand he is the only presidential candidate who will fix our economy, so they’re eager not only to vote for him, but also to volunteer for his campaign,” said Edward King, National Youth Director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign.

“Young people from across the country are inspired by Dr. Paul's message of a strong national defense, prosperity, and individual liberty.  No other campaign can claim or match the dedication of our youth support,” said Ani DeGroot, 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.

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Ron Paul Polling Third in Iowa and New Hampshire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:04
Solid showing among the Hawkeye and Granite States’ likely GOP caucus-goers and primary voters
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul polls third among likely Republican caucus-goers in the key first-in-nation state of Iowa, according to a recent American Research Group poll, and different angles to this survey reveal his support may keep him anchored in third place or higher.

Congressman Paul also polls third in New Hampshire, according to a recent WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll.

In Iowa, Congressman Paul garnered 16 percent of the likely Republican caucus goers surveyed, on the heels of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who earned 20 and 27 percent, respectively.  Paul’s third-place showing in the poll is far ahead of past and aspiring top-three competitors.  Pizza baron Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum all earned a modest 6 percent of the vote, Texas Gov. Rick Perry earned a mere 5 percent, and just 3 percent of respondents selected Jon Huntsman.  The ARG poll also notes that among likely caucus goers who are already enrolled in the Republican Party, Paul remains a strong third place with 14 percent of the vote, with Gingrich and Romney at 30 and 17 percent, respectively. 

Also in Iowa, voter self-identification with the Tea Party, or lack thereof, both help Paul remain in the top three or better: Among likely Republican caucus-goers saying they are supporters of the Tea Party, Paul polls in second place with 19 percent.  Among likely caucus-goers saying they are not supporters of the Tea Party or that they are undecided about the Tea Party, Paul polls third with 12 percent.  The poll of 600 likely Republican caucus-goers was conducted over November 17th to the 23rd and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

In New Hampshire, Congressman Paul is holding strong in third place, within the margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent for second place in this survey of 665 randomly selected adults.  Among likely New Hampshire Republican Primary voters, Paul polls at 12 percent behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who earned 42 and 15 percent, respectively.  As in the Iowa poll, the WMUR/UNH poll shows that other Republican presidential hopefuls failing to place in the top three have modest single-digit results.

“These poll results demonstrate that Ron Paul’s support in Iowa and New Hampshire is loyal, solid, and diverse, not subject to the media and pundit-fueled ‘flavor of the week’ whims.  As the finish line approaches, we’re hopeful for a strong showing that reflects this strong base of support and its steadily growing numbers,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
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