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Rep. Morthland Statement on Polling Place Closures PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:05

December 21, 2011                          

Moline, IL...State Representative Rich Morthland released the following statement regarding the recent closure of a dozen polling centers in Rock Island County:


"Voting patterns change with the weather and the County Clerk means to tell us that these closures will not affect voter turnout? This is just another means of gerrymandering.


"It is a little too coincidental that Rural Township is also a significant Republican voting area and the County Clerk, though supposed to be a neutral election authority, is a Democrat. The locations of polling places, however, should not be a partisan consideration.


"If necessary, I stand poised to take legislative action on this matter. I stand with the 739 registered voters of Rural Township and support keeping their polling center open."



More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:26
Ron Paul Campaign Announces Internet and TV Ad Featuring

Sen. Rand PaulPresidential candidate’s son, a U.S. Senator, connects tea party values with dad’s lifelong aims

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign unveiled today a new Christmas-themed ad featuring U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), son of presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul.

The ad has already been emailed to the Pauls’ supporters and is available on YouTube.  The ad will run on television in the key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire December 24th and 25th, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The 30-second ad features the junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky talking about his father flatteringly, as most sons would.  And yet, the praise he heaps upon his father is uncommon because of the Pauls’ stature as preeminent antiestablishment political leaders in areas such as fiscal restraint and constitutionality. 

Sen. Paul connects the principles of the tea party movement that elected him to an unexpected landslide victory with his father’s lifelong commitment to that same doctrine.  These are values the senator describes as actions against politicians that support more debt, bigger government, government bailouts, and establishment priorities. 

The ad begins with the scene-setting, “I’m Rand Paul.  My father taught me the value of commitment to faith, family and our Constitution.”  From there, with a Christmas tree as backdrop, Sen. Paul puts forth the idea that his father the senior Dr. Paul is closely aligned with the tea party.

Both Pauls are by trade medical doctors, with the senior Dr. Paul a prolific OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies and the junior Dr. Paul an accomplished eye surgeon.

“He’s always stayed true to his principles and convictions.  He won’t falter, he won’t bend, and he will restore what made America great,” Sen. Paul concludes before the customary “God bless America,” and wishing viewers a Merry Christmas.

“Senator Paul is always there for his father and he will make a great First Son.  Through this ad, the senator makes a strong argument for why citizen activists concerned with America’s future are ideal partners with Ron Paul in restore\ing America to prosperity and its founding principles,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To view the upcoming television ad featuring Sen. Rand Paul online, please click here.

Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes New ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ Members

Featured families reside in Clarke and Polk counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the latest families to join the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.

In statements below, family representatives express their support for the 12-term Congressman from Texas, characterizing him as a champion of education freedom and Christian principles.

With four girls and four boys, the Charles family of Murray has been homeschooling for over 12 years.  Christopher Charles offered the following statement:

“Raising our children up ‘in the nurture and admonition of the Lord’ is a Biblical command we take very seriously.  This command is the primary reason why my wife and I homeschool our eight children.  Ron Paul’s flawless record in Congress on issues of individual freedoms is one of the many reasons we strongly support Dr. Paul for President of the United States.  Without the guarantee of freedom that Ron Paul staunchly defends, our freedom to homeschool our children faces great uncertainty.”

Bob and Janie Toomey of Runnels are proud parents of four children spanning ages 10 to 18 years of age and have been teaching their children since birth.  The parents wrote, “Supporting Ron Paul for president is a matter of staying consistent with our homeschooling principles, such as the freedom to teach our children our religious beliefs, which in turn affect our daily life choices.”

“Supporting Ron Paul is supporting healthy economic freedom and personal responsibility.  Lastly, supporting Ron Paul is standing alongside a fellow Constitutionalist who understands what is at stake for this country, ourselves, and our posterity,” added Mr. and Mrs. Toomey. 

Summarizing her support, six-year home educator Michelle Brookhart of Windsor Heights said, “As a Christian and homeschooling mother of six, Ron Paul supports all the things I could have ever hoped for in a presidential candidate: peace, freedom, protection of life, and support for home education.  While the other candidates seem to just say what they think people want to hear to get elected, Dr. Paul is standing up for what he believes in and has a plan to get our nation back on its feet.  My children are so near and dear to me, so I have a vested interest in their future.  With Ron Paul, I finally feel this future can be a bright one.”

Those interested in joining the active “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition are encouraged to visit the official page by clicking here.  Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about how to join.

Ron Paul Endorsed by Pastor of North Central Iowa Church

Franklin County pastor calls Dr. Paul the candidate who is “most in conformity with biblical principles.”

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by the Rev. Doug Holmes, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church located in Dows.

“Today I am endorsing the candidacy of Ron Paul for President of the United States, as Dr. Paul is the one who I believe is most in conformity with biblical principles.  He is not a perfect candidate and does have issues that give me pause, but he stands apart from the other contenders.

“Issue stances that appeal to me include embracing a strong prolife position, adhering to biblical teaching on just weights and measures, the potentially crippling dangers of a debt-based economy and fractional reserve banking system, parental rights in the education and care of their children, a non-statist and voluntary approach to welfare,  a non-invasive foreign policy, and a proper understanding of checks and balances in the exercise of political power not only within the Federal government, but between the Federal government and the states. 

“Ron Paul’s consistent commitment to his vow to uphold the Constitution of our republic has rendered him an ‘unelectable liability’ in the minds of many in the Republican establishment but it is this same consistent, principled and uncompromising stand that also endears him to many freedom loving Americans who desire to see this great land turned from its present suicidal course of massive debt, economic bailouts, international meddling, forced welfare, unjust taxation and increasing moral confusion. 

“Please consider voting for Ron Paul in the upcoming Republican caucuses this January 3rd,” said Rev. Holmes. 

In endorsing Ron Paul for the presidency, Rev. Holmes mentioned he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of Sovereign Grace Church congregants.

News of the endorsement was well-received by Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers who said, “Rev. Holmes’ expression of support, including biblical justifications many other Christians will appreciate, is most welcome.  His support and that of other Christian faith leaders puts a strong top-three caucus showing closer in reach.”

Mike Heath, Iowa State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, is visiting Christian churches across Iowa to do outreach and discuss Ron Paul’s candidacy.  To date, Heath has visited 256 houses of worship across the state toward that end.  Heath is an ordained Christian minister.

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


GOP Candidates to Participate in National Pro-life Tele-Town Hall and Radio Simulcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Mason   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:17

ARVADA, Colo. -- 12/21/2011 -- Three Republican candidates for the nation’s high office including Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Senator Rick Santorum, and Speaker Newt Gingrich have confirmed their participation in the Presidential Pro-Life Forum on Tuesday, December 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm CST.

The national tele-town hall and radio simulcast will be hosted by Personhood USA and their partner organizations: National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition, Liberty Counsel, Bott Radio Network, Freedom Federation, Frederick Douglass Foundation, Champion the Vote, Oak Initiative, The Call, Georgia Right to Life, Rock for Life, and Iowa Right to Life.  An invitation has been extended to the remaining GOP presidential candidates.

The 90-minute pro-life tele-town hall will feature the candidates discussing their views on the rights of the preborn and other issues of great importance to pro-life voters.  Pro-life groups around the nation are inviting their members to attend.  Callers will have an opportunity to ask questions via email and give instant feedback to thoughts and ideas shared.

Nationally-syndicated radio host Steve Deace, whose influence in the Iowa Caucuses has been highlighted by numerous national media outlets, will broadcast the event live on his Salem Network program.

Last week, four candidates, Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, and Gov. Rick Perry, signed Personhood USA’s Personhood Republican Candidate Pledge, declaring their intentions to stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting “the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death.”

“We’re pleased to see the candidates standing for the rights of every person to live, love, and be loved.  The time has come to end the 40-year reign of the abortion industry, once and for all,” said Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. “This is an opportunity for everyone who understands that ‘all men are created equal’ to hear from the candidates their plans to recognize the most fundamental rights of every human being, no matter their age. Come, take advantage of this interactive and important event, and be a voice for the voiceless.”

For information please visit www.personhoodusa.com.

POLICY MEMO: Extending the Middle Class Tax Cut PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:08

There is significant confusion surrounding the recent debate on the extension of the payroll tax cut, extension of unemployment insurance and preventing the pending cut to physician Medicare reimbursement rates.  These three issues are urgent. They will impact millions of middle class families, unemployed Americans and Medicare patients. The deadline for action on all three is January 2012.


The Details:


  • Extension of Payroll Tax Holiday


o   Currently, employees pay a payroll tax of 4.2% of their income to Social Security, on wages earned up to $106,800.

o   On January 1, 2012, if Congress does not pass an extension of the “Holiday,” then the payroll tax will revert back to previous law, which is a 6.2% tax on those same wages

o   This equates to a 2% tax increase, if Congress fails to extend the Payroll Tax Holiday.

o   This tax impacts 160 million Americans nationwide.  For an Iowan making $50,000 per year, this equates to a $1,000 tax increase.


  • Unemployment Insurance


o   Congress must reauthorize provisions that maintain long-term unemployment benefits for laid-off workers.  These provisions will begin to expire on January 3, 2012 if Congress does not pass an extension.

o   Currently, states provide up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, so those who will be harmed by the expiration of the federal provisions are the long-term unemployed (ie, those unemployed for longer than 26 weeks).

o   Without Congressional action, approximately 6,600 Iowans will lose their long-term unemployment benefits.


  • Medicare Reimbursements to Doctors


o   If Congress does not act, a scheduled 27% cut in Medicare reimbursements will occur on January 1, 2012, due to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in the Medicare formula.  This means that every time a doctor sees a Medicare patient, the doctor would receive 27% less in his Medicare reimbursement.

o   This could harm Medicare patients’ (seniors) access to care, if doctors no longer find it cost-effective to accept Medicare patients.



The Votes:


Ignoring the rhetoric and partisan positioning on both sides of the aisle, there have been two substantive votes in the House of Representatives to resolve these three urgent issues.


  • Vote “On Passage” of HR 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 (called “the House GOP bill”), on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

o   Braley crosses party lines and supports.  Only 10 Democrats supported.

o   The Senate did not allow a vote on this bill.

o   This vote would do the following:

§  Extend for one year, until December 31, 2012, the Payroll Tax Holiday

§  Extend for 13 months, until January 31, 2013, the long-term unemployment benefits provisions

§  Prevents any reduction in the SGR for 2 years, through January 1, 2014.  Instead, gives a 1% increase in Medicare reimbursement rates.


  • Vote on “Motion that the House Disagree to the Senate Amendments” on HR 3630, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (called “the Senate bipartisan bill”), on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

o   Braley supports the Senate Bill, by voting “nay” on the Motion to Disagree.

o   The Senate bill died in the House when this Motion to Disagree passed 229-193.

o   This bill had earlier been Agreed to in the Senate by a vote of 89-10

o   This vote would do the following:

§  Extend for 2 months, through February 29, 2012, the Payroll Tax Holiday

§  Extend for 2 months, through March 6, 2012, the long-term unemployment benefits provisions

§  Prevents for 2 months, through February 29, 2012, the 27% cut to Medicare reimbursement rates.


Both of these votes would prevent the damage from occurring in January if passed into law:


  • Prevent a tax increase to 160 million Americans.
  • Prevent 6,600 Iowans from losing unemployment benefits.
  • Prevent Iowa doctors from seeing a cut of 27% in their Medicare reimbursement rates.


Rep. Braley is 1 of only 14 to support BOTH SOLUTIONS:


Of the 535 members of  both the House and the Senate, Rep. Braley was 1 of only 14 to vote at every opportunity to extend the middle class tax cut and stop the loss of unemployment benefits and the 27% reduction to Iowa doctors.  He supported BOTH the House GOP’s 1-year extension, and the Senate bipartisan 2-month extension.


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News from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 23 December 2011 15:58
Ron Paul Campaign Releases New Pro-life Ad Featuring Some of His Former Patients
Women patients attest to Dr. Paul’s character, professionalism and commitment to life
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign unveiled its new prolife ad “Always on the Right Path” featuring four former patients of Dr. Paul’s medical practice in Brazoria County, Texas.

Dr. Paul, an Air Force flight surgeon and 12-term Congressman from Texas, is by trade an accomplished OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.

The 60-second online ad will be shared via email and on websites with conservative, prolife, and values voter audiences beginning today.  It begins with a narrator describing Dr. Paul as a prolific doctor, a man of faith, and a man committed to protecting life.  However, the moving testimonials of his patients are what the ad features most prominently – and most effectively.

“Some people need to have a good word said about them.  Ron is the sort of person that his life is his good word,” former patient Laura Mays offers in the ad.  “Ron did not let Washington change him,” Ms. Mays later adds.

“He not only protects unborn life, but he also walks through journeys with women and he has for years,” Kara Gore proclaims in the ad.

“It’s not hard for someone who is a Christian and who truly believes to stay on the right path, and I think that’s what kind of person Ron Paul is,” Diane Wilson declares in the ad.

“This ad is unequaled in its authenticity, and in its capacity to convey the message that not only is Ron Paul the Champion of the Constitution, he is also a champion of life with particular emphasis on the unborn,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.  “This is a clear case of credible subject matter serving as its own convincing message.”

To view the online ad click here.

Ron Paul Endorsed by Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host Jerry Doyle
Radio host, actor and philanthropist talks up Paul
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Jerry Doyle has endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency.

“In many areas of the country including in some key early voting states, Jerry Doyle is a household name, discussing current events but also energizing and entertaining audiences.  We appreciate the support Jerry Doyle gives Ron Paul as it contributes to the likelihood of a strong showing in the first few voting contests where Ron Paul is competitive,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

The Jerry Doyle Show” is a nationally-syndicated talk radio program with a heavy finance component in addition to politics, pop culture, and current events, with elements of satire and biting social commentary.  It is the sixth largest show in the country with more than 200 affiliates and 3.75 million weekly listeners, according to Talkers Magazine.  The show airs live Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. PST with select markets airing the show at various times.  Check your local listings by clicking here.

Jerry Doyle is an experienced pilot, investment banker, actor, and the voice of numerous national advertising campaigns.  He is the author of Have You Seen My Country Lately – America’s Wake-up Call, published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster.  Mr. Doyle also is an Honorary Naval Aviator and F-16 Test Pilot, and a Distinguished Supporter of the U.S. Space Program.

Ron Paul Endorsed by Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton
Rev. John Preus of Clinton County calls Dr. Paul a “Republican who consistently articulates conservative stances on every issue he faces.”
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that the Rev. John Preus, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa, has endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency.

Below please find the full statement of support from Rev. Preus:

“My name is Rev. John Preus.  I am the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  We are a conservative congregation, and I am a conservative pastor.  Our doctrine has not morphed over time, and neither have our positions on issues of morality with which our country and culture are currently wrestling.  As a pastor, it is not my job to endorse political candidates, and so I won't.  It's my job to preach the word of God, and I do. 

“But as an American and as a Christian, it is my job to support and promote good government and faithful rulers.  What a delight for me it has been to find a candidate like Ron Paul.  He is a true blue Republican who consistently articulates conservative stances on every issue he faces. 

“Some have suggested that perhaps he is weak on such issues as homosexual marriage, or a federal amendment against abortion.  But this is not so.  Ron Paul has not hidden his convictions that support life at conception and fidelity between man and woman within marriage.  He is quite open about what he believes.  But he also understands, as I do, that if this nation of ours will see a moral and political reversal, it must happen in our families and communities, and not be dictated from the top of some bureaucracy. 

“It is our job as conservatives and as Americans to effect such change, but we need the freedom to do so.  It is, therefore, the job of our President to abide by our Constitution and to defend our liberties so that such change can be effected by those in a position to do so.  That is why I support Ron Paul for President proudly and with a clear conscience, knowing that if this great land is to be restored to her first principles of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, the rule of law must be firmly upheld.  Ron Paul will do this.”

Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers welcomed the endorsement, saying, “Rev. Preus’s endorsement and those of others adds to an atmosphere conducive to a strong top-three showing in the January caucuses.”

In making the endorsement, Rev. Preus mentioned that he was not speaking on behalf of Trinity Lutheran congregants, but rather he was doing so “as an American, and as a Christian.”

Mike Heath, Iowa State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, is visiting Christian churches across Iowa to do outreach and discuss Ron Paul’s candidacy.  To date, Heath has visited 256 houses of worship across the state toward that end.  Heath is an ordained Christian minister.

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ron Paul Iowa Team Touts New ‘Small Businesses for Ron Paul’
Latest Main Street owner-operators are based in Dallas, Davis, Polk and Story counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its active ‘Small Businesses for Ron Paul’ nationwide coalition.  New members hail from Dallas, Davis, Polk, and Story counties, all Iowa.

Below are the statements of new coalition members who agree with Dr. Paul’s position that restoring free markets is the best way to revitalize Main Street and encourage job creation.

Monty Button, who has owned Adel Tree Company for 21 years, employs several persons and says of the 12-term Congressman from Texas, “I have been very impressed with Ron Paul’s consistently conservative voting record.  He is a true statesman, a rarity today, closely resembling the caliber of the founders and their original intent.  America needs the constitutional leadership Ron Paul offers.”

Since 2003, Mark Davenport has operated Davencorp Welding & Fabrication, a company that serves the Bloomfield area and employs 21 people.  He said, “I feel Ron Paul has demonstrated foresight in what is required to cure our economy and other issues that ail our country.  Dr. Paul appears adeptly immune to the 'political correctness' that has plagued our nation for too many years.” 

“Ron Paul’s many years as a lawmaker has forged the temper of a man needed to make and carry through with the difficult tasks that will be essential of our next President.  As a nation, we need to regain our post as not only an economic leader, but one of global integrity,” added Mr. Davenport.

LaFleur Chiropractic owner Ben LaFleur has been in business for four years and employs two persons.  He stated, “I have become very concerned with our current economic status and the overall future of the United States.  As more and more people become unemployed and uninsured, we have arrived at a place where the priorities of government have become skewed.  We need a president that speaks for the people and represents the principles this country was built on.  His name is Ron Paul, and he is the answer for the 2012 presidential election.”

Eric Riedinger has owned his sign business ‘Attention Signs’ for several years.  He offered his take on the congressman’s readiness to make the tough but necessary decision:  “Ron Paul realizes our need to get realistic with our debt issues.  He is willing to take bold steps to turn things around for our country.  Dr. Paul will straighten this country out and get us back on track.”

Ryan Kirk, owner of an Ames-area IT business startup explains, “As an entrepreneurial individual, I feel like small businesses already have enough hoops to jump through.  What’s worse is that the number of hoops seems to increase every year as new laws and policies are created to the benefit of large companies, thwarting competition.  Ron Paul promises change for America that is more than just acquiescent lip service.  As a small business owner, I support Ron Paul because of his clear foresight on issues such as reducing big government, reigning in the Federal Reserve, Right-to-Work, and pro growth tax reform.”

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Small Businesses for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page here.  Those residing in Iowa should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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