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Media Advisory: Post Iowa Election Analysis Webinar Thursday, Nov 10th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Franklin Center   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:30

Alexandria, VA  - The Franklin Center, a national nonprofit journalism organization, will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 10th at 11:30 am EST to discuss the implications of the 2011 midterm elections in Iowa. Experts in the polling, political, and journalism fields will be analyzing the results of the elections of state constitutional offices, state house results and state ballot measures. They will also provide a range of perspectives about how the election results will impact re-apportionment and change the political landscape as the 2011-2012 election cycle begins.
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WHEN: Thursday, November 10th at 11:30am EST

WHERE: Webinar Online Conference - RSVP AT: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/728837002

WHO:  Hosted by The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, experts from Ballotpedia.org and other election professionals

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Information from Herman Cain's Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Friends of Herman Cain   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:12

Herman Cain Announces the Iowa Fund

The Iowa Caucuses are exactly two months away, and the Herman Cain campaign is gearing up for a historic win.  In order to ensure victory in Iowa, Mr. Cain is proud to announce the Iowa Fund hosted at www.IowaFund.com. The Iowa Fund begins this morning and culminates on Wednesday, November 9th.  The campaign’s goal is to bolster the Iowa Fund with $999,000.

The Iowa Fund will allow Mr. Cain’s campaign to continue to hire additional staff in Iowa, place TV ads, and spread Mr. Cain's ideas to put Americans back to work.

“The fight for Iowa has already started.  The other Republican candidates, the liberal media, and even President Obama have begun to publicly attack Mr. Cain because they are intimidated by his "9-9-9 Plan" and his ability to connect with Americans, said Steve Grubbs, Iowa State Chairman for Herman Cain.  “As Mr. Cain continues to pull away in the polls, we expect the attacks to continue.”

Friends of Herman Cain, Inc. has launched an aggressive, multi-channel fundraising program to ensure they meet their goal of $999,000 by November 9th.  They are confident that Americans will continue to rally around Herman Cain, because they are ready to see a real problem solver in the White House.


Longtime Farm Leader Kleckner Endorses Cain
Former American Farm Bureau President Kleckner Releases Radio Endorsement of Cain

Des Moines – Saying the 'American farmer is under attack,' former American Farm Bureau President, Dean Kleckner released a radio ad this week endorsing Herman Cain because he believes 'Cain will stand up for farmers.'

Kleckner argues that government overregulation is hurting American agriculture and that running a farm is like running a business.  “Herman Cain is a proven CEO,” says Kleckner.  He goes on to say that “Herman Cain reminds me of Ronald Reagan and I knew Ronald Reagan.”

Kleckner spent 24 years as president of the Iowa and American Farm Bureaus and became one of the most respected ag leaders to come out of Iowa in the last fifty years.

“I spent much of my life in the food industry and we could not have succeeded without great American agriculture,” said Cain. “I want to thank Mr. Kleckner for his endorsement and let all farmers know that we will stand with them as they try to feed the world.”

“Despite the fact that most Iowans live in small towns and cities now, the farm vote is still critical for any candidate seeking the Republican nomination,” said Steve Grubbs, Iowa Chairman for the Cain Campaign. “The endorsement from Dean Kleckner shows the continued momentum Herman Cain is gaining in Iowa.  We believe we can bring the farm community onto the Cain Train and make us competitive in the caucuses.”

The radio ad with Kleckner's endorsement will air on statewide radio and WHO radio in Des Moines.  The ad represents the campaigns first paid media specifically produced for the State of Iowa. “The fact that our first ad in Iowa focuses on agriculture should send a message to the Iowa ag community how much we value the contribution of farmers to the American economy and their importance in the caucuses,” said Mark Block, Chief of Staff to the Cain for President campaign.

Kleckner's last line in the radio ad summed it all up, “I think Herman Cain should be the next president of the United States of  America.”


The American Public’s Commitment to Herman Cain Intensifies

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s lead in the Republican field grows despite the efforts of his detractors.

According to the independent Quinnipiac University poll released today, Mr. Cain leads the Republican primary field with 30 percent – seven percentage points higher than his closest rival and above the margin-of-error.  The poll also indicates that in a head-to-head race Mr. Cain leads Gov. Romney with  a 47 - 39 percent.

In South Carolina, Mr. Cain continues to add to his lead according to polling conducted the last two days by Rasmussen Reports.  In today’s release, Mr. Cain has a 10 percent advantage over his nearest rival.  Of those who indicated they are certain of their vote, Mr. Cain leads Gov. Romney by 12 percent.  In a head-to-head race in South Carolina, Mr. Cain leads Gov. Romney 50% to 37%, and Mr. Cain leads Gov. Perry 56% to 27%.

Meanwhile, Cain supporters showed an increased commitment to Mr. Cain by providing him a second consecutive record-breaking fundraising day on Tuesday, Nov. 1, surpassing Monday’s new record. Within the last 48 hours, Mr. Cain’s campaign has received nearly a million dollars from supporters all across the country.


Perry Campaign Used Politico to Attack Cain With Anonymous Sexual Harassment Charges

Atlanta, GA—

A Forbes Magazine column by Richard Miniter reported on Nov. 2  links Governor Rick Perry’s political campaign to the spread of malicious allegations this week against Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain.

"Cain Says Perry Camp Behind Sex Harassment Leak" by Richard Miniter

“The American people deserve better than these underhanded tactics by the Perry campaign. And Rick Perry owes Mr. Cain's family an apology. A desperate candidate is trying to steal the Republican nomination away from Mr. Cain,” said Mark Block, Chief of Staff to the Herman Cain presidential campaign.  “Since Politico released an attack story based on anonymous accusers, which was almost certainly provided to them by the Rick Perry campaign,  Mr. Cain has taken the honorable path - he has been upfront and honest with the American people.”

Meanwhile, Cain supporters showed an increased commitment to Mr. Cain by providing him a second consecutive record-breaking fundraising day on Tuesday, Nov. 1, surpassing Monday’s new record.

Block said, “The American people - and Herman Cain's family - deserve better than these types of deceitful attacks by politicians. It's precisely this political mentality of infighting by politicians that is keeping America from solving the problems of job creation and border security. Fortunately, Herman Cain is no politician - he's a problem solver. Even amongst these attacks we’re redoubling our efforts and not allowing these distracters to take us off course.  This swelling of public support will help Herman continue spreading his message of real leadership and real problem solving across the country.“

Perry’s campaign has recently faced sinking poll numbers and has consistently placed behind Herman Cain in the rankings in recent weeks.

What Others Are Saying November 1, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by J D Gordon   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:19
What others are saying…

“This is not a news story, this is gutter partisan politics…”  Rush Limbaugh

“…stop destroying a good man’s reputation...we have seen this movie before…”  Laura Ingraham

"He (Cain) is a strong, conservative black man … They are terrified of strong, conservative black men,"  Ann Coulter

What others are doing…

Presidential candidate Herman Cain has received an outpouring of support and a clear vote of confidence from his supporters.  In the last 24 hours, the Friends of Herman Cain campaign has had the single best day of fundraising since the start of the campaign.

“Yesterday alone, Mr. Cain received more than $400,000 in financial gifts from his supporters via online donations and other sources.  This level of support is more than the normal monthly average, said Mark Block, Chief of Staff to the Herman Cain presidential campaign.  Block continued, “In addition, both Mr. Cain’s online giving and phone donations yesterday doubled his normal daily average.”

Supporters are fired up and are rallying around Mr. Cain.  Americans are tired of dirty politics and are willing to commit their time, talent and treasure to help Mr. Cain turn this country around.

NFRA Misses Window of Opportunity to Boost Membership Nationwide PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 12:16

The National Federation of Republican Assemblies, NFRA, held a Presidential Preference Convention in Des Moines, Iowa this last Saturday, October 29, to measure all the candidates' popularity among Ronald Reagan/Barry Goldwater conservatives. The Convention was promoted on the NFRA website as “the last major straw poll before the Iowa Caucuses” and The NFRA is one of the oldest and largest GOP grassroots organizations and promotes Reagan and Goldwater conservatism, small government, lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong defense, the right to life, and a decent America.

430 votes were cast and it was no surprise that Ron Paul won 82% among Reagan/Goldwater conservatives in Iowa. What WAS a surprise to many was the condemnation of the Ron Paul supporters by, Eric Golub a.k.a. the “preeminent politically conservative comedian”, one of the guest speakers during the luncheon, questioning Paul supporters to be “good little soldiers and fall in line when Ron Paul is not the party's nominee” which immediately erupted into boo's by many of the members of the Convention. Then to add insult to injury, the 94 NFRA delegates representing 26 of the 37 states where the NFRA operates, later disregarded their own convention members' vote for Ron Paul and nominated instead Rick Santorum, the third place candidate with less than 1% of the vote, as their organization's official endorsement.

Rick Santorum is known for his stance against privacy rights and his interest in perpetual war and nation building like the Bush and Obama presidential administrations of the past and present. This is hardly a Reagan/Goldwater Conservative favorite, as indicated by his poor support at the Convention by Iowa members. “If this is what the leadership of this organization really represents, then I doubt they will continue to exist in the near future as the liberty movement continues to grow across this country,” said Michael Elliott, one of the Iowa voters and attendees at the Convention.

One thing is for certain, Ron Paul and his supporters were definitely the life of the Party at this convention and could very well be the life of the Republican Party so long as Republican Party leaders don't miss this window of opportunity to boost its membership and popularity. Michael Elliott added, “As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, let's see if the other Republican leaders are wise enough to learn from the NFRA's missed opportunity.”

Iowans For Accountability (IFA) is fighting to hold politicians accountable to we the people, and make sure government works for all of us, not just wealthy special interests and the well-connected. IFA is a Non-Party Political Organization (NPPO) that actively supports or opposes ballot issues or candidates, regardless of party affiliation and when necessary, IFA runs its own candidates. Michael D. Elliott is the IFA Chairman. Website: www.ScottcountyIFA.com

Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina and Press Secretary Ben LaBolt to Hold Conference Call With Iowa Reporters to Give a Campaign Update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben LaBolt   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 11:17


Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina and Press Secretary Ben LaBolt to hold conference call with Iowa reporters to give a campaign update.


Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ET


Please register for the call here and include both your name and outlet with your RSVP. Dial information will be sent after registration is received.


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