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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.


Iowa Credit Union League Supports Braley for Senate, Branstad for Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Caropreso   
Monday, 22 September 2014 08:43

Dubuque, Iowa – During its annual convention being held in Dubuque, the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) announced that it is supporting Bruce Braley for United States Senate and Terry Branstad for Governor. In addition, ICUL also announced its support of Pat Murphy for Iowa’s First Congressional District One and Dave Loebsack for Iowa’s Second Congressional District.

“These candidates understand the unique role the credit unions play as non-profit, financial cooperatives. They also have been strong supporters of ensuring credit unions are able to provide their one million Iowa members with needed financial services in a marketplace that is quickly changing. It is with great enthusiasm that we announce our support for these candidates today,” said Patrick S. Jury, CEO/President, ICUL.

“Congressman Braley has been supportive of Iowa’s credit unions since he was first elected to Congress back in 2006. He understands and supports credit unions’ cooperative model and tax structure, and supports providing small businesses with better access to capital by lifting the business lending cap placed on credit unions in federal law. Bruce Braley is a champion for credit union and he will be an outstanding United States Senator,” Jury said.

“Governor Branstad has been a credit union member for decades and understands the value Iowa’s credit unions provide to more than one million members in Iowa. He has consistently stood with us as we seek to provide our members better services while helping them keep more of their own hard-earned money. Iowa’s credit unions have a friend in Governor Terry Branstad,” he said.

In addition to making these endorsements, ICUL also announced it has, to date, supported 102 candidates running for the state legislature, a list is provided below. ICUL’s Advocacy Committee and its non-partisan political action committee, CUPAC, evaluate candidates solely on their support for credit union issues.

“As the trade association for Iowa’s credit unions, we feel it is important to provide this information to our members, so they can make decisions,” Jury said. “The endorsements do not reflect the opinions of individual credit union members or staff.”

2014 CUPAC Supported Candidates 
Abdul-Samad, Ako (D – Des Moines)
Anderson, Marti (D – Des Moines)
Finkenauer, Abby (D – Dubuque)
Staed, Art (D – Cedar Rapids)
Bacon, Rob (R – Slater)
Baudler, Clel (R – Greenfield)
Bearinger, Bruce (D – Oelwein)
Bennett, Liz (D – Cedar Rapids)
Berry, Deb (D – Waterloo)
Brown Powers, Timi (D – Waterloo)
Byrnes, Josh (R – Osage)
Cohoon, Dennis (D – Burlington)
Costello, Mark (R – Imogene)
Cownie, Peter (R – West Des Moines)
Dawson, David (D – Sioux City)
Deyoe, Dave (R – Nevada)
Dolecheck, Cecil (R – Mount Ayr)
Drake, Jack (R – Griswold)
Forbes, John (D – Urbandale)
Forristall, Greg (R – Macedonia)
Fry, Joel (R –Osceola) 
Gaines, Ruth Ann ( D – Des Moines)
Gaskill, Mary (D – Ottumwa)
Grassley, Pat (R –New Hartford)
Gustafson, Stan (R – Cumming)
Hagenow, Chris (R – Windsor Heights)
Hall, Chris (R – Sioux City)
Hanson, Curt (D – Fairfield)
Hanusa, Mary Ann (D – Council Bluffs)
Heartsill, Greg (R – Chariton)
Heaton, Dave (R- Mt. Pleasant)
Heddens, Lisa (D – Ames)
Hein, Lee (R – Monticello)
Hess, Megan (R – Spencer)
Highfill, Jake (R – Johnston)
Holt, Steve (R – Denison)
Hunter, Bruce (D – Des Moines)
Huseman, Dan (R – Cherokee)
Isenhart, Chuck (D – Dubuque)
Jacoby, Dave (D – Coralville)
Jorgensen, Ron (R – Sioux City)
Kaufmann, Bobby (R – Wilton)
Kearns, Jerry (D – Keokuk)
Kelley, Dan (D – Newton)
Klein, Jarad (R – Keota)
Koester, Kevin (R – Ankeny)
Kressig, Bob (D – Cedar Falls)
Landon, John (R – Ankeny)
Lensing, Vicki (D – Iowa City)
Lundby, Daniel (R – Marion)
Lykam, Jim (D – Davenport)
Mascher, Mary (D – Iowa City)
Maxwell, David (R – Gibson)
McConkey, Charlie (D – Council Bluffs)
Meyer, Brian (D – Des Moines)
Miller, Helen (D – Fort Dodge)
Miller, Linda (R – Bettendorf)
Moore, Brian (R – Bellevue)
Muhlbauer, Dan (D – Manilla)
Oldson, Jo (D – Des Moines)
Olson, Rick (D – Des Moines)
Ourth, Scott (D – Ackworth)
Paulsen, Kraig (R – Hiawatha)
Prichard, Todd (D – Charles City)
Rogers, Walt (D – Waterloo)
Ruff, Patti (D – McGregor)
Running-Marquardt, Kirsten (D- Cedar Rapids)
Sexton, Mike (R – Rockwell City)
Smith, Mark (D – Marshalltown)
Soderberg, Chuck (R – LeMars)
Steckman, Sharon (D – Mason City)
Stutsman, Sally (D – Riverside)
Taylor, Rob (R – West Des Moines)
Taylor, Todd (D – Cedar Rapids)
Thede, Phylis (D – Bettendorf)
Upmeyer, Linda (R – Clear Lake)
Vander Linden, Guy (R – Oskaloosa)
Wessel-Kroeschell, Beth (D – Ames)
Wills, John (R – Spirit Lake)
Winckler, Cindy (D – Davenport)
Wolfe, Mary (D – Clinton)
Wood, Frank (D – Eldridge)
Worthan, Gary (R – Storm Lake)

Anderson, Bill (R – Pierson)
Beall, Daryl (D – Fort Dodge)
Bertrand, Rick (R – Sioux City)
Bisignano, Tony (D – Des Moines)
Bolkcom, Joe (D – Iowa City)
Bowman, Tod (D – Maquoketa)
Chelgren, Mark (R – Ottumwa)
Dix, Bill (R – Shell Rock)
Dotzler, Bill (D – Waterloo)
Dvorsky, Robert (D – Coralville)
Feenstra, Randy (R – Hull)
Hart, Rita (D – Wheatland)
Hogg, Rob (D – Cedar Rapids)
McCoy, Matt (D – Des Moines)
Quirmbach, Herman (D – Ames)
Ragan, Amanda (D – Mason City)
Schultz, Jason (R –Schleswig)
Smith, Roby (R – Bettendorf)
Whitver, Jack (R – Ankeny)

About the Iowa Credit Union League
The Iowa Credit Union League is the trade association that represents the interests of Iowa credit unions and their more than one million members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned and operated by their members. Iowans use their credit union membership to receive higher interest rates on savings and lower interest rates on loans. For more information on ICUL and Iowa credit unions, visit www.IowaCreditUnions.com. Follow ICUL on Twitter at www.twitter.com/icul or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iowacreditunions.To learn more about credit unions, visit www.ASmarterChoice.org.


Bobby Schilling's upcoming events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Schilling   
Friday, 19 September 2014 14:07
Saturday 9am: Canton Friendship Parade. Line-up at 9am, parade starts at 10am. Bring your Bobby Schilling t-shirt! For more information contact Sean Fitzgerrel at 217-972-2356.

Sunday 11am: Henderson County GOP Picnic at Delbar State Park

Sunday 4pm: Old fashioned BBQ with Aaron Schock and Bobby Schilling, Bush Farms, 6706 78th Ave W, Milan

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