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Your taxes may be scheduled to increase! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A. J. Spiker   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:52
Your taxes may be scheduled to increase!

Oh, you didn't know?

All across Iowa, local elections are taking place today, Tuesday November 5th.

And on many of the ballots voters are being asked to vote on bond issues that will raise local taxes.

You see, local governments often use these bond issues as a way to raise taxes without raising a stink.

Off year elections have notoriously low turnouts and it's much easier to sneak in tax increases.

That's why it's so important to be aware of these sneaky tax increases and protect your family budget.

And even if you don't live in a town that's holding city-wide elections, remember that county-wide bond issues affect all voters.

Today, Tuesday November 5th is election day across the state and there are sure to be some great candidates in your area.

Support the candidates in your local election that support limiting the size and scope of government.

A.J. Spiker

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Written by Brian Jennings   
Monday, 04 November 2013 12:42

DES MOINES – Today, the AFSCME Iowa Council 61 PEOPLE Committee announced its endorsement of Tyler Olson for Governor. AFSCME members joined Representative Olson for an announcement in Des Moines at AFSCME Iowa Council 61’s Union Hall.

“We are proud to endorse Tyler Olson’s candidacy for Governor. AFSCME members were impressed by Tyler’s commitment to strengthen and grow Iowa’s middle class. We know that he will bring Iowans together and focus on making sure that all Iowans have the opportunity to achieve and maintain the American Dream,” said AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President and PEOPLE Committee Chair Danny Homan.

“We were also impressed by the strong campaign organization that his campaign is building. We know that Tyler Olson is the candidate who will end the divisive politics of Terry Branstad by winning on Election Day,” added Homan.

"AFSCME has an incredible track record of standing up for middle class Iowa families and I am proud to have its members' support. I share AFSCME's commitment to fighting for middle class families across the state and look forward to working with them and all Iowans ready to move our great state forward," said Tyler Olson, candidate for Governor.

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 including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Iowa also represents home health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).


Quad City Federation of Labor Endorses Candidates for November 5th Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Moritz   
Monday, 04 November 2013 09:47

Davenport, Iowa – Quad City Federation of Labor has endorsed the following candidates for the November 5th, 2013, City Council Elections in Davenport, Blue Grass, and LeClaire.

Davenport: The Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has endorsed Rick Dunn (UA 25 member) for 1st Ward; Carlton Wills (IBEW 145 President) for Davenport City Council 3rd Ward; Robby Ortiz for 4th Ward; Shelia Burrage (CWA 7110 member) for 5th Ward; Mike Matson (Davenport Education Association) for 7th Ward; Jamie Woods for 8th Ward; and Kevin Perkins for the At-large race. Dunn and Matson are running unopposed.

LeClaire: The Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has endorsed Loren Long (USW 105 member) for at-large city council.

Blue Grass: The Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has endorsed incumbent Mayor Brinson Kinzer (IBEW 145 member)

How you vote is a personal decision, but after careful consideration, the Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has endorsed these candidates because we feel the best represent the interests of working people in Scott County.

Where more than 70% of voters turned out for the Presidential Election, sometimes as few as 10-20% turnout for City Elections. We feel strongly at Quad City Federation of Labor that people should exercise their right to vote in every election, and that it is at the local election where our vote and our voices can be stronger.

City officials determine when and where economic development occurs, and whether it will be awarded to companies that pay a fair wage to their workers. City officials also decide what sidewalk, sewer, and road repairs to prioritize, and what will be the working conditions for city workers. Therefore, it is incumbent upon Scott County residents to get involved so they may have a voice in those important local decisions. Your vote is your voice – please get out to vote on November 5th. For a list of polling locations, please visit the Scott County Auditor’s website.

TERM LIMITS from LT Bobby Ross PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Ross   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:25
Hello Fellow American!

I'm embarking on my national campaign to institute strict Term Limits for our members of Congress.  You have heard from me in the past.  This month we witnessed our government instigating a shutdown demonstrating to all Americans and peoples of all the other nations of the world that our Federal Government is broken.  It's not working.  I'm not throwing rocks at the Right (Republicans) nor the Left (Democrats).  As one man, one American born voter, I just want to 'fix' it.

There are already strict Term Limits for our President and Vice President.  No more than two terms shall be served.  And only one if the voters vote them out after their first term which was the first form of Term Limits initiated by the wisdom of our Forefathers.  Here in California, as in many States, we have strict Term Limits for our State Legislators.  We do not have them for our Congressional  Representatives because not one single one of them will present a bill bringing this issue in front of Congress.  Our Forefathers established this nation on the premise of WE THE PEOPLE being free.  It took them a long time to do so by fighting a bloody Revolution against England, and then endless debates between the 13 original States to put into words  three documents that define all human freedoms.  The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill or Rights were irrefutable then, and they are still to this day.  And the true genius of these documents is that they are subject to change as time marches on.

Today, the professional politician is the reason our government is broken.  I can expatiate on this, but as a professional songwriter, this 'simple' statement stands on it's own, like a good Country song.  I am asking you, I'm imploring you to join me.  One man's voice can be heard if others reading it spread his words to others.  Our Democracy is founded on the preposition that one man's voice is important. 

WE THE PEOPLE can 'fix' our government.  We need to do so for ourselves, for our children and for their offspring.  America is the shining light of freedom for all Americans, it also represents the Glow of Liberty for all the peoples we share this planet with who aspire for Independence.  Many millions of our fellow Americans have fought, been wounded and died to insure our country will survive.  Let us not let their sacrifice go in vain.  Join me like many others across America are doing by signing up at this site: 


LT Bobby Ross



Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Loras College Democrat Chapters Endorse Tyler Olson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Youn   
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:15
Cedar Rapids, IA – Today, three Iowa College Democrat chapters announced their endorsement of Tyler Olson as their choice for the next governor of Iowa.

The College Democrat chapters of Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Loras College have thrown their full support behind Tyler Olson’s vision for Iowa.

Monica Diaz, President of Iowa State University College Democrats said “Our chapter will be an incredible asset to the campaign by helping to mobilize support on campus and spread the word about Tyler all throughout Story County.” 

In addition to these three college chapters, executive board members of College Democrats organizations across the state, including all executive board members for the University of Iowa College Democrats offered their individual support for Tyler Olson.

“It was a clear choice for me and my peers to sign a letter of support for Tyler,” said Carter Bell, President of University of Iowa College Democrats. “We’re all very excited to help grow the campaign on our campus.”

Earlier this year the Olson for Iowa campaign announced the formation of six Student for Olson chapters across the state. The full list of those groups can be viewed here.  

Links to letters of support from other colleges and universities: 

Drake University
Grinnell College
Simpson College
University of Iowa

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