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HRC Endorsements in Iowa! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Human Rights Campaign PAC   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:00

With less than two months remaining before Election Day, the Human Rights Campaign is announcing our endorsement of a slate of federal candidates in Iowa. These individuals have a strong record of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and we’re pleased to endorse them in this cycle.

For United States Senate:
Bruce Braley

For United States Congress:
Pat Murphy, D-IA-1
Congressman David Loebsack D-IA-2
Staci Appel, D-IA-3
Jim Mowrer, D-IA-4

A mid-term election year always presents unique challenges at the ballot box. HRC will be on the ground in Iowa working to make sure that voters who support our issues get to the polls on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for our endorsed candidates. We hope you'll check out these candidates and their campaigns and get involved over the next six weeks. One of HRC's strength is the power of our membership. Your time can make a huge difference in the outcome of these races.

Every vote counts. Let's get it done.

 
Shame On Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John J. Bury, US Navy retired   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:31

Congress does it again.  They took a 5 week recess in August to campaign, went back to DC September 8th.  Now another recess days later to campaign. What is wrong with Congress?  The ISIS threat is on the table, our President needs backing on this explosive situation,  There are Congressional Bills requiring attention, where is Congress, on vacation to campaign.

Is Congress thinking about the threat of another war?  Are they thinking about the thousands of our veterans who need help?  Is the VA scandal settled?  No to these issues and many others.

If we have another war and troops are once again boots on ground, more of our men and women in uniform will die, more will come home broken.  Bills that need attention to help our veterans are being sat on, for example an
important House Bill HR-543 the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act is stalled in committee.   What sound advice is Congress giving the President of the terrorist group ISIS?

All Congress is doing is thinking of  themselves for the November election.  What about our veterans, are they not worth concern and the American people's concerns, do we all not have a say so?  It is shameful!

Stand up America and be counted, voice your opinion.  Let Congress know what you think is best.

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Braley for Iowa Launches the Braley Truth Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:47
Truth Team will fight the smears and set the record straight on Bruce’s record standing up for Iowa

Des Moines, IA – With just 46 days to go until Election Day and given Bruce Braley’s building momentum, Iowans can expect the misleading and false attacks from state Sen. Joni Ernst and her Koch brother allies to ratchet up in the coming weeks. To fight the smears, today Braley for Iowa launched the Braley Truth Team to set the record straight on Bruce’s record standing up for Iowa.

Iowans can learn the truth about Bruce Braley's record and find out more about how to join the Truth Team by visiting the following website: http://www.brucebraley.com/truth-team/

The Truth Team will engage Iowans who want to help push back against the distortions of Braley’s record and let Iowans know the truth. Through the use of videos, graphics, blogs, and plain and simple facts, the Truth Team will fight against the false attacks coming from Ernst and her allies and ensure Iowans have the facts on Braley’s record of delivering results for Iowa.

“While state Sen. Joni Ernst and her Koch brother allies will continue to spend millions of dollars on false and misleading attacks against Bruce Braley, they can’t change the truth of Bruce’s record standing up for Iowa,” said Braley for Iowa campaign manager Sarah Benzing. “The Braley Truth Team will fight these baseless smears and ensure Iowans have the facts on where Bruce stands and what he’s accomplished for Iowa.”

More than $14 million in outside money has already been spent this cycle to defeat Bruce Braley, including over $8.5 million from the oil billionaire Koch brothers network who want to buy Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat to fulfill their anti-Iowa agenda. Time after time, these attacks against Bruce have been rated false by independent fact checkers, and the Truth Team will aggressively make sure the facts on Bruce’s record are shared with Iowans.

Yesterday, Braley for Iowa released a new television advertisement that responded to the latest false attacks from Ernst and the Koch brothers on Bruce’s voting record. The truth is Bruce Braley has a 95% voting record in Congress, and he has consistently delivered results for Iowa’s veterans, like when he stood up to the Pentagon to ensure members of the Iowa National Guard received the benefits they had earned, and worked to get the Department of Defense to change the way they dealt with domestic violence and sexual assault in their ranks. However, excluding the time that she was serving in the National Guard, Ernst missed 36 percent of her votes this year in the Iowa Senate while she was being paid to show up to work.

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KWQC-TV6 sponsors and moderates three live debates in prime time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eric VanWinkle   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:37

KWQC-TV6, the top-rated NBC affiliate in Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois, is producing three “Decision 2014” debates for critical races in Iowa.  Each debate will air during network prime time.

·         Saturday, September 20th, from 7-8pm: Iowa Gubernatorial candidates Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and State Sen. Jack Hatch (D) debate live from Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington, IA.  Topics of discussion include economic prosperity and job creation.  The debate is presented in partnership with the Burlington Hawk Eye newspaper and Greater Burlington Partnership.  In addition to broadcasting on KWQC-TV 6.1, the debate will be simulcast on kwqc.com, thehawkeye.com and C-Span.

·         Saturday, October 11th, from 7-8pm:  U.S Senate candidates Rep. Bruce Braley (D) and State Sen. Joni Ernst (R).  Live from The Galvin Fine Arts Center in Davenport, hosted by St. Ambrose University and in partnership with The Quad-City Times, this debate has taken on national importance as the outcome may very well decide control of the U.S. Senate.  The debates will stream on kwqc.com and qctimes.com.  KWQC-TV6 is also providing a live feed to Waterloo station KWWL, which will also carry the live broadcast.

·         Saturday, October 11th, from 4-5pm (airing from 8-9pm): The 2nd Congressional District debate between Rep. Dave Loebsack (D) and Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) will be recorded live at 4pm from the Galvin Fine Arts Center in Davenport and air at 8 p.m. on KWQC-TV6, following that evening’s Senate debate.  The Congressional debate, produced by KWQC-TV6, is also hosted by St. Ambrose University, in partnership with The Quad-City Times.

KWQC-TV6 anchor Gary Metivier will moderate each debate and lead a panel of political experts in asking questions on key issues impacting Eastern Iowa, the state, and the country.

“KWQC is proud and honored to present the candidates in a live forum so close to Election Day,” said KWQC-TV6 VP/General Manager Ken Freedman.  “Giving our communities the chance to hear directly from the candidates, addressing issues affecting them in a format other than thirty-second political ads will help create a more informed electorate,” Freedman said.

KWQC-TV6 News Director Rich Kurz said, “KWQC covers the issues that affect our region better that anyone and we’re pleased the candidates accepted our offer of a prime time forum to speak directly to each other and address the critical issues of our time.”

About Media General
Media General, Inc. is a leading local television broadcasting and digital media company, providing top-rated news, information and entertainment in strong markets across the U.S. The company owns or operates 31 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms, in 28 markets. These stations reach 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. Their network affiliations include CBS (12), NBC (9), ABC (7), Fox (1), MyNetwork TV (1) and CW (1). Sixteen of the 31 stations are located in the top 75 designated market areas. Media General first entered the local television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA in Tampa, Florida as an NBC affiliate. The company subsequently expanded its station portfolio through acquisition. In November of 2013, Media General and Young Broadcasting merged, combining Media General’s 18 stations and Young’s 13 stations into the 31-member group that exists today. Five of the stations have been on the air since 1949: WCMH in Columbus, Ohio; WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama; WJAR in Providence, Rhode, Island; KWQC in Davenport, Iowa; and KRON in San Francisco.

 
Loebsack: “Do Nothing” Republican Congress Continues to Do Nothing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Republicans leaders recessed and sent Congress home until after the election while a mountain of critical work remains on the table. Loebsack and his colleagues sent a letter to Speaker Boehner to urge him to keep Congress in session until the issues facing the nation are addressed.

“With the amount of work that remains unaddressed by Republican leaders, it is baffling that they are sending us home. While I will be working, traveling around and meeting with Iowans, I was elected to actually tackle the tough problems that are facing our country, like growing the economy and creating jobs, not play political games. The list of items that remain undone really does go on and on.

“I have called on Congress to remain in session and I remain committed to working with anyone to finish the work that Iowans are demanding. There is too much critical work to get done before sending Congress home.”

Among the issues that have not been dealt with include:

  • Comprehensive jobs package,
  • Unemployment insurance,
  • Tax Extenders  (PTC, biodiesel),
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind),
  • Sustainable Growth Rate,
  • Postal Reform,
  • Higher Education Act Reauthorization,
  • Long-term highway bill,

·         Comprehensive Immigration Reform, to name a few.

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