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Ron Paul to Visit Eastern Iowa for Eight Town Hall Meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Friday, 23 December 2011 14:49
Will hold eight town hall meetings over two days in large population centers and rural areas
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will visit eastern Iowa for a series of town hall meetings as the campaign draws nearer to the pivotal 2012 Iowa Caucus.

The visit will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 21st and 22nd.  All eight of Dr. Paul’s events this time around are town hall meetings featuring a speech, followed by a question and answer session.

“The Iowa team is pleased to welcome Ron Paul for another set of town hall meetings where he will give voters straightforward answers to questions concerning America’s pressing challenges.  If past is prologue, voters will leave these gatherings knowing that Dr. Paul makes every effort to be engaging, informative, and uncommonly candid,” said Iowa Campaign Chairman Drew Ivers.

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Lee County Town Hall Meeting
Comfort Inn & Suites
6169 Reve Court (Hwy. 61 & Hwy. 2) 
Fort Madison, IA 52627

12:00 p.m.
Henry County Town Hall Meeting
Civic Center Meeting Room (old High School)
307 E. Monroe Street
Mount Pleasant, IA  52641

3:00 p.m.
Washington County Town Hall Meeting
Washington Public Library
115 W. Washington Street 
Washington, IA  52353

7:00 p.m.
Quad Cities Town Hall Meeting
Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center - Iowa Room
2021 State Street 
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Thursday, December 22, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Jackson County Town Hall Meeting
Historic Clinton Engines Building
605 E. Maple Street  
Maquoketa, IA 52060

12:00 p.m.
Dubuque Town Hall Meeting
Grand River Center – Meeting Room #4
Port of Dubuque 
500 Bell Street 
Dubuque, IA 52001

3:00 p.m.
Delaware County Town Hall Meeting
Delaware County Fairgrounds
200 E. Acers Street 
Manchester, IA 52057

7:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Town Hall Meeting
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Suites D & E
7725 Kirkwood Center   
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Friday, 23 December 2011 14:45
Ron Paul Campaign Releases Updated TV Ad ‘The One’ Ad argues that Paul and his ‘Plan to Restore America’ will remedy Washington’s ills
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign unveiled an updated version of its path-breaking television ad “The One,” this time arguing that a Paul presidency and its fiscal plan will counteract Washington afflictions while ushering in economic prosperity.

The 60-second ad, presented in a movie trailer style, will run on broadcast and cable television in Iowa and New Hampshire beginning today.  The ad points the finger of blame at Washington – “a lost city” – focusing on “failed policies, failed leadership…smooth talking politicians, insider deals, games of he said-she said, rhetoric, and division.” 

The ad then presents Ron Paul as the only Republican presidential candidate that stands tall against such a poisonous atmosphere, instead “voting against every tax increase, every unbalanced budget, every time.”  The ad touts provisions of Ron Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” including cutting $1 trillion in year one of a Paul presidency, eliminating government waste, and achieving a balanced federal budget.

“With the U.S. economy in shambles, Americans are demanding leaders that are knowledgeable about how the economy works and how to ensure that Washington creates the proper climate for sustainable growth and lasting prosperity.  This updated ad shows Ron Paul as the sole candidate with an economic plan to restore America, and at the same time singles him out for his unimpeachable integrity,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To view the television ad online, please click here.
Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes Additional ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ Members
Latest families who value education choice reside in Polk, Kossuth and Pottawattamie counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign welcomed new additions to its already-substantial “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.  The new additions hail from Polk, Kossuth, and Pottawattamie counties, all Iowa.

The continued growth and geographic diversity establishes Ron Paul as a candidate with strong support among Iowa’s homeschooling families and organizations.  Furthermore, it illustrates that Dr. Paul might receive tangible support for his principled positions on education freedom, as the 12-term Congressman from Texas seeks a strong top-three showing in the January 3rd Iowa Caucus.

A smattering of the latest “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” members have stepped forward with the following public statements of support:

Maria Maher of Ankeny is a mother of nine children ages four to 26 years of age.  After the passing of her husband, she goes the extra mile to continue her 18-year tradition of homeschooling her children but sees it as welcome effort. 

“The government is constantly stripping parents of basic rights, assuming these rights as their own.  I treasure my freedom to do what is right and my liberty to teach my children virtue.  I don’t want some governmental agency telling me or my children what is right and wrong, as this has always been up to the parents,” said Ms. Maher.

She continued, “Ron Paul’s principles are thoroughly Christian, as he is the stalwart defender of peace through strength and treating our neighbors with respect, not contempt.  We need to let him awaken in us a sense of citizenship in the most traditional way, the constitutional way, the way our founding fathers laid it all out then and for future generations.”

Proud mother of two and grandmother of eight Wanda Burdick has been in the homeschool movement since 1984.  The Burdick family has operated Teenworks, a tutoring assistance service that for about three decades has helped homeschool students learn from a Christian worldview.  It was featured in the Globe Gazette here and here.

“Having been involved with homeschooling since 1984, we appreciate the freedom to choose to homeschool.  Ron Paul supports that freedom and many other freedoms that we enjoy.  Dr. Paul believes that the federal government does not have the authority to intercede with children, acting against the wishes of parents when it comes to medical care, education, and other aspects of raising children,” said Mrs. Burdick of Wesley.

Wrapping up this rollout are homeschoolers Steve and Cindy Anders of Council Bluffs, offering the following words of support:

“My family supports Ron Paul for President because of his well established, long record of strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution.  Ron Paul believes in limited government and knows parents have the God-given right to educate their children, not the government.  Dr. Paul is the only candidate that can defeat Obama and bring our government and economy back down to the level the founding fathers intended,” the Anders couple wrote.

Mr. Anders’ support was showcased by The New York Times in a recent article detailing the extensive support Ron Paul receives from many voting segments. 

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 Interview Surrogates
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign invites members of the major print, broadcast and online media to speak to Dr. Paul’s interview surrogates.

Surrogate names and titles are as follows.  Please note that they are listed in the order of their availability.

Doug Wead, Senior Advisor for Coalitions

Gary Howard, National Press Secretary

Jack Hunter, Official Campaign Blogger

John Tate, National Campaign Manager

Jesse Benton, National Campaign Chairman

All surrogate interviews are booked through Megan Stiles, the campaign’s National Media Coordinator, by emailing Ms. Stiles at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ron Paul Endorsed by Pastor of Nora Springs Christian Church
Floyd County minister cites Dr. Paul’s prolife stance and defense of traditional marriage in Congress
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received the endorsement of Glen E. Bandel, Pastor of the Nora Springs Christian Church, located in Floyd County.

“I am giving my support to Ron Paul as he seeks to be the next President of the United States.  Dr. Paul has shown his support of life for all unborn and to all living to old age.  He is only for marriage of one man and one woman and would enforce the federal Defense of Marriage Act,” said Pastor Bandel.

“Dr. Paul has the best foreign policy of any candidate seeking the office, namely one that ends interfering in the business of other countries, brings our soldiers home to protect our country, and pays our domestic debts using money we currently send around the world,” said Bandel.

Pastor Bandel added that, in making his endorsement, he was acting as a private citizen and not necessarily speaking on behalf of Nora Springs Christian Church congregants.

“We appreciate Pastor Bandel’s endorsement, as it adds to the growing number of religious, civic, and political leaders whose endorsement brings us closer to a strong top-three caucus finish,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

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 .


Caucus Night Viewing Party Set PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tiffany Tauscheck   
Friday, 23 December 2011 14:41

Official Caucus Viewing Party

DES MOINES, IOWA – Americana Restaurant and Lounge, Greater Des Moines Partnership and Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau invite locals and visitors to Americana for the Official Caucus Watch Party in Greater Des Moines. Americana, located at 1312 Locust Street, is in Downtown Des Moines and provides a multi-level dining experience and street side lounge with a panoramic view of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Greater Des Moines’ Official Caucus Watch Party will begin Tuesday, January 3 at 6 p.m. Live results and media coverage will appear on televisions throughout the lounge. The Watch Party will run until close, 11 p.m. Caucus Night.

Reservations are not required, but recommended, at (515) 283-1312 or www.americanadsm.com.

Americana is an urban restaurant and lounge that celebrates the swagger of the cocktail culture. The restaurant features a variety of classic cocktails, a large wine list and serves a Modern American/Continental menu specializing in freshly prepared small plates, signature entrees, gourmet burgers, contemporary classics and much more.

For more information on the Iowa Caucus happenings in Greater Des Moines visit www.CaucusDM.com.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.


Wallace objects to elimination of RICO polling places PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 16:03

Wallace: “The right to vote should be held sacrosanct.”


Rock Island, IL—Jonathan Wallace, Candidate for State Representative in the Illinois 72nd District, will be joining Rural Township Trustee John Abbott and Rock Island County Board Member Bob Westpfahl in hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, December 21, at 5:30pm at the Rural Township Building to discuss the recent elimination of polling places in Rock Island County. The public is invited to attend.


“Sadly, voter disenfranchisement has become politics as usual in Rock Island County. Democrats and Republicans alike have contacted our campaign, upset about this obvious attempt to affect election results. I believe the right to vote should be held sacrosanct, and I oppose any attempt by an elected official of either party to violate that important right. I stand with Bob Westpfahl and Trustee Abbott, and I look forward to meeting with voters in Rural Township to discuss this important issue on Wednesday.”


Rural Township Trustee John Abbott agreed, arguing that this move by the Rock Island County Clerk’s office will affect hundreds of voters.


“Earlier this week, the Rock Island County clerk’s office reduced the number of voting centers in the county. Rural Township was among the 12 centers closed, forcing residents in the southeast part of Rock Island County to travel roughly 30 miles round trip to vote,” Abbott said. “We want to invite the public to come share their concerns and join Bob Westpfahl by signing to get our polling place back."



20 minutes with Dr. Paul at the Iowa Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chaz Czinder   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 16:02
20-minute video


Nice video so that one may hear him clearly and then make your own educated decision and not based upon what a news service says about him.

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