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U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Jacobs Completes 99-County Tour – In Just 99 Days! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alissa Ohl   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:08

Becomes First Republican Candidate in Current Field to Complete Tour

WEST DES MOINES – On November 19, 2013, 99 days ago, Mark Jacobs announced that he was seeking the Republican nomination for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat. Since that time, Jacobs has worked tirelessly to successfully visit each one of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Other candidates seeking a statewide office will also visit all 99 counties, however none in this election cycle will have done so in such a concentrated period of time. This accomplishment speaks to Jacobs’ commitment to put in the hard work necessary to run a successful statewide campaign.

During events, Jacobs shared his focus on creating jobs and opportunities for all and listened to concerns from fellow Iowans on a variety of topics.

“Iowans all over the state have expressed to me a deep concern that this country is continuing to head in the wrong direction. They are worried that the American Dream is slipping away, and our elected leaders in Washington are unable to solve problems,” said Mark Jacobs.

The top concerns people shared with Jacobs centered on the country’s runaway debt and deficits, the negative realities of Obamacare, and the real-world impacts of overly burdensome government regulations.

Jacobs said, “Like many Iowans, I am frustrated by the lack of results in Washington. But I remain optimistic about this country’s future. And, as Iowa’s next Senator, I will take what I have learned in the private sector and work with officials – on both sides of the aisle – to implement conservative solutions to the problems impacting Iowa families and businesses.”

Jacobs will continue to visit with concerned Iowans as the race moves toward the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.

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Braley is First 2014 Senate Candidate to Visit All 99 Iowa Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:03
Campaign marks occasion by releasing 99 Reasons Why Bruce Braley Fights for Iowa's Middle Class
DES MOINES, IA – With an event in Bloomfield, Iowa, this afternoon, Rep. Bruce Braley announced today that he has visited all 99 Iowa counties since announcing his candidacy last February for the US Senate seat held by Tom Harkin. He is the first candidate running for US Senate in 2014 to visit all 99 counties since launching his campaign.

To celebrate this milestone, Braley’s campaign released an interactive list of 99 Reasons Why Bruce Braley Fights for Iowa’s Middle Class, focusing on his background growing up in a middle class family in Brooklyn, Iowa, his work in the US House to strengthen the middle class and create jobs, and featuring highlights from his travels around Iowa over the past year.

The list can be viewed at the following link: www.brucebraley.com/99-reasons

Braley said, “Iowans from all 99 counties tell me they’re struggling with rising costs and shrinking opportunities – and too many politicians are ignoring the real problems and making things worse. 

“I’m running for Senate to fight for the middle class because that’s where I come from. I grew up in a small Iowa town, went to college in Iowa, and I raised my family in Iowa. And whether you’re from Lyon County or Lee County, I’ll fight every day in the Senate to create Iowa jobs, help small businesses succeed, and protect Social Security and Medicare.”

Braley visited two Iowa communities today to finish his tour of all 99 Iowa counties. This morning, Braley toured Keosauqua’s main street to visit local small businesses and meet with residents. This afternoon, Braley hosted a Meet and Greet event at Oasis Cafe in Bloomfield.

Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. His father, a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in World War II, and his mother, a teacher, taught him the value of hard work. Braley worked jobs like road construction and truck driving to help pay his way through college and law school. As an attorney in Waterloo, Braley represented Iowans who took on powerful interests and big corporations. Elected to the US House in 2006, Braley has worked to create Iowa jobs, protect farms, strengthen small businesses, and stand up for veterans. Bruce Braley is running for Senate to fight for the things that matter most to Iowans. He’ll fight for middle class families, because that’s where he comes from.

Braley lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three children: Lisa, David, and Paul.
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Braley Takes Senate Campaign to Three Iowa Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:33
Hosts Meet and Greet events in Atlantic, Corning, and Winterset
DES MOINES, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley took his campaign for US Senate to three Iowa communities today, hosting Meet and Greet events at The Family Table restaurant in Atlantic (Cass County), the Public Library in Corning (Adams County), and North Side Café in Winterset (Madison County). His events today mark Braley’s first campaign events in these communities since announcing his candidacy for Senate.

Braley said, “Today in Iowa, the middle class struggles with rising costs and shrinking opportunities. Politicians in Washington ignore the real problems and often make things worse. I’m running for Senate to fight for the things that matter most to Iowans. And I traveled to Atlantic, Corning, and Winterset today to listen to Iowans’ concerns.

“I grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa, and I’ve never forgotten where I come from. My parents taught me the value of hard work, and I worked hard in jobs like road construction to help put myself through college. In the Senate, I’ll work for Iowa to create jobs, help small businesses succeed, and protect Social Security and Medicare. I’ll fight for middle class Iowans, because that’s where I come from.”

Braley is continuing to travel the state to discuss his background and his campaign to create jobs, help small businesses succeed, and strengthen the middle class. 

Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. His father, a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in World War II, and his mother, a teacher, taught him the value of hard work. Braley worked jobs like road construction and truck driving to help pay his way through college and law school. As an attorney in Waterloo, Braley represented Iowans who took on powerful interests and big corporations. Elected to the US House in 2006, Braley has worked to create Iowa jobs, protect farms, strengthen small businesses, and stand up for veterans. Bruce Braley is running for Senate to fight for the things that matter most to Iowans. He’ll fight for middle class families, because that’s where he comes from.

Braley lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three children: Lisa, David, and Paul.
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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 PEOPLE COMMITTEE AND TEAMSTERS LOCALS 90, 120, 238, AND 554 ENDORSE JACK HATCH FOR GOVERNOR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Jennings   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:28

CEDAR RAPIDS – Today, the AFSCME Iowa Council 61 PEOPLE Committee and Teamsters Locals 90, 120, 238, and 554 announced their endorsement of Jack Hatch for Governor.

“Jack Hatch is the leader that we need in order to build a better Iowa – an Iowa with a strong and growing middle class. With a record of success in both the private sector and the public sector, Jack will bring Iowans together to create real opportunity for Iowa families,” said AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan.

“Jack has always been there for the working men and women of Iowa and now we are here for him.  Terry Branstad has been in office for too long and he is coasting.  Jack is the change we need in Terrace Hill,” said Teamsters Local 238 Secretary-Treasurer Gary Dunham.

“I am honored to have the endorsements of AFSCME and the Teamsters. AFSCME members are working every day in our communities to keep us safe, protect the most vulnerable, and make our communities run on a day to day basis. Teamsters are a powerful force in Iowa and represent a wide array of Iowa workers. Iowans know we can do better than Terry Branstad’s status quo. Together, we are united in our goal to build a better Iowa,” said gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch.

AFSCME is known for its political action program which is financed with voluntary contributions. The program supplies grassroots volunteers for AFSCME-endorsed candidates.

In Iowa, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees and private sector employees.

Teamsters Locals 90, 120, 238, and 554 represent over 15,000 current members and retirees throughout the state of Iowa.

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Anderson announces plan to modernize business filings in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Roecker   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:33
Also … Meet Nate!

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, Iowa Secretary of State candidate Brad Anderson announces his plan to modernize Iowa’s business filing system by allowing new businesses to easily file a new business and pay online within minutes.

The Iowa Secretary of State Business Services Division is the records center for businesses and business filings in Iowa.  Last October, according to the most recently available public information from the Secretary of State’s office, 1,497 new Iowa business filings were filed with the Secretary of State’s office. 

More than 1,000 new businesses are filed in Iowa each month, yet Iowa currently has one of the most outdated business filing systems in the Midwest. New businesses in Iowa are forced to endure a complicated maze of electronic downloads, fax machines, phone calls and snail mail, and then wait days to receive their filings in the mail.  This process adds time and expense to new Iowa businesses, and stands in stark contrast to Secretary of State filing systems in Missouri and Minnesota where new businesses can easily file and pay online within minutes.

“New businesses created in Iowa will help us grow our economy and bring jobs to our state, so it is incredibly important that we have a business filing system that is welcoming, affordable and efficient,” said Brad Anderson. “The current system is bureaucratic, complicated and requires new business owners to pay a filing fee with a credit card over the phone then wait for days to receive the filing in the mail.  This process must be modernized if Iowa wants to promote a strong, pro-business climate. My goal is simple - a new business should be able to log into the Secretary of State’s website and easily file their paperwork and pay the filing fee in under ten minutes.”

MEET NATE:

Nate Reagen and his wife Erin are small business owners from Des Moines who recently filed for a new business in the Secretary of State’s office.  The process consisted of: determining the correct filing among several options, having to draft and upload their own documentation, calling the Secretary of State’s office with their credit card information only to receive a letter and handwritten note in the mail several business days later stating the credit card had been declined.  In actuality, the office had written down the wrong credit card number.  Upon calling back, the Secretary of State’s office instructed Nate to hang up, resubmit the paperwork and call back (a third time) with credit card information. 

“I went through this process living in Minnesota and we were able to do everything pretty easily online,” said Reagen.  “I was pretty surprised to see how difficult the process is in Iowa and I strongly support Brad’s effort to modernize and simplify the process.  This is not a partisan issue at all; it is really more about finding a common sense solution to a cumbersome and tedious business filing process.”

ANDERSON 3-STEP PLAN TO MODERNIZE IOWA BUSINESS FILINGS:
  • Step #1: Create an Online Checklist to Help New Business Owners Determine Which Filing is Needed for Their Business. There are currently many different types of business filings on the Secretary of State website, but little information to help new, prospective business owners determine which filing is needed for their business.  We should develop an online checklist to easily help new business owners determine the appropriate filing for their new business.

  • Step #2: Create an Online Filing Template for New Business Owners. Today, new business owners are left on their own, or must hire a lawyer to draft their business filings required to be filed with the Secretary of State’s office to start a new business.  For example, if an individual wants to start a business and create a certificate of organization to file with the state, the Secretary of State website simply directs the individual to the Iowa code, which is filled with legal jargon complicated text, such as “section 489.112, subsection 3.”  This is unhelpful and could actually discourage some from taking further steps necessary to start a business.  Moving forward, the Secretary of State office must provide an online template that allows new business owners to simply plug in their information.  A user-friendly template will save time and money for the prospective filer.

  • Step #3: Pay Online. In the year 2014, there is no excuse to have a filing system of any kind that doesn’t allow the filer to pay online.   In many cases the current process requires the a prospective new business owner to call the Secretary of State’s office and pay with a credit card over the phone.  A simple, electronic payment system is more secure for the consumer and would lead to fewer processing issues with the office.  Ultimately, an online payment system would enhance safety and save both the filer and the state time and money.
Within Anderson’s first 100 days in office he will create a bipartisan commission made up of business owners, technology experts and interested parties to develop a business filing modernization plan to be implemented as soon as possible.
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