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Braley's First TV Ad Highlights Working Background PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 25 April 2014 13:10
60-second spot features Braley and his mother Marcia
DES MOINES, IA – Braley for Iowa is launching its first television ad of the 2014 campaign for US Senate today. 

The minute-long spot highlights Rep. Bruce Braley’s working background, and features Braley speaking about his upbringing and work experience with his mother Marcia. Braley, who grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa, worked jobs in road construction and at a grain elevator. Braley also worked to help put himself through college at Iowa State and law school at the University of Iowa.

Braley said, “I think you can tell a lot about someone by where they come from. I grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa, and worked to put myself through college at Iowa State, working jobs in road construction, at a grain elevator, and waiting tables. I grew up in a working family, and that’s why fighting to strengthen and expand the middle class is the centerpiece of my campaign for US Senate.”

The ad can be viewed at the following link: http://youtu.be/eE12svo8iug

Governor Quinn Statement on New Proposal to Enact Term Limits for Constitutional Officers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 25 April 2014 08:51

MARION – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on a new proposal – sponsored by Leader Durkin and Leader Radogno – to enact term limits for constitutional officers in Illinois:

"I support this proposed constitutional amendment and have supported term limits since 1994.

"Constitutional amendments have long allowed the power of the people to translate into positive reform for Illinois government. I led the charge to establish term limits for legislators through constitutional amendment in 1994; I successfully established recall for the office of Governor through constitutional amendment in 2010; and I spearheaded the successful effort to reduce the size of the House by constitutional amendment in 1980.

"I hope voters have the chance to consider this constitutional amendment on the ballot."


Will GOP Candidates Skip Forum Hosted by Erick Erickson? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:45

Erickson's inflammatory rhetoric, extreme ideas on working women, marriage equality don't reflect Iowa values

DES MOINES, IA – Braley for Iowa today called on the Republican candidates for US Senate to skip Friday’s planned Republican primary forum hosted by the Family Leader in Ankeny because the moderator chosen to lead the forum doesn't reflect Iowa values.

As Media Matters explains, Erick Erickson, the bombastic media figure and founder of the website RedState.com, has a long history of inflammatory rhetoric and extreme ideas with regards to women in the workforce, businesses that serve same-sex couples, and marriage equality. 

Braley for Iowa Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing said, “There’s no moderation in the selection of Erick Erickson as moderator, just more right-wing obstructionist rhetoric and ideas that send Iowa backwards. Erickson believes that the increasing numbers of female breadwinners is ‘concerning and troubling’ and believes that businesses that serve same-sex couples are ‘aiding and abetting’ in sin. Those just aren’t Iowa values. Do Iowa GOP Senate candidates agree with his views, or will they skip tomorrow night’s forum?”

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House Calls on GOP to Pull Controversial Speaker – `President Lincoln would be appalled’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug House   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:11

Rock Island County Democratic Party Chair Doug House today expressed deep disappointment with his counterpart’s decision to allow a controversial speaker to headline their party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

“Abraham Lincoln, who stood for unity, would be appalled at the divisive and hateful words expressed by the Rev. Don Johnson,” said House.

House issued the following statement this morning:

“On behalf of the Rock Island County Democratic Party, and more importantly on behalf of citizens throughout Rock Island County, I am appalled that the Rock Island County Republican Party would headline a speaker with such extremist and dangerous views.

“The Rev. Johnson’s views are so out of touch with the views of mainstream Americans and our county’s residents that the Republican Party’s own candidate for Governor will not appear with him.

“Today I call on Bobby Schilling, and the Rock Island County Republican Party led by Bill Bloom, to denounce those extremist views. I also think they should do what’s right by one of our nation’s greatest Presidents – Abraham Lincoln – and cancel the Rev. Johnson’s speech.

“Abraham Lincoln, who preached unity, would be appalled at the divisive and hateful words expressed by the Rev. Don Johnson.


“The Rock Island County Democratic Party, which is reflective of the county in which we live, will continue to be inclusive. We Democrats embrace our community’s diversity and recognize it as a strength that has built the place we proudly call the Quad Cities.”

Summer Internship Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Casey Petrashek   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:18
We're building the Bruce Braley grassroots organization we’re going to need to win in November.
Unlike the other side, we’re relying on Iowans like you talking to yours neighbors, making phone calls, and knocking on doors -- not special interests or big money.

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