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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

Sen. Debbie Stabenow Joins Braley for Iowa Conference Call Unveiling Report on Damaging Impacts of Ernst’s Reckless Energy Plans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:50
Des Moines, IA – TODAY, September 16, 2014 at 10:15am, Senator Debbie Stabenow will join a Braley for Iowa conference call that will unveil a new report that details the damaging economic impacts of state Sen. Joni Ernst’s reckless ideas on energy policy. State Sen. Ernst is “philosophically opposed” to energy subsidies, and her campaign has confirmed that “in a perfect world, in a free market, she would support doing away with (the RFS).”

A new report released today by Braley for Iowa details the damaging consequences state Sen. Ernst’s energy plan would have in Iowa – including jeopardizing jobs, costing Iowa’s economy billions of dollars, and reducing private sector business investment in Iowa.

ARA Candidate Forum Sunday September 21st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Seymour   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:28

Center for Active Seniors, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport              2:00pm until 4:00pm

Moderator:  Jim Mertens

The Quad Cities Chapter of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is sponsoring a candidate forum for contested Iowa House and Senate Districts.  Invited candidates include those in:

Iowa House:

HD 92:  Frank Wood and Ross Paustian

HD 93:  Phyllis Thede and Mark Ross

HD 97:  Norlin Mommsen and Jay Saxon


Iowa Senate:

SD 47:  Roby Smith and Maria Briebriesco

SD 49:  Rita Hart and Brian Schmidt


This will be a professionally moderated forum, with questions related to senior issues at the state level submitted from the audience and selected by moderator Jim Mertens.


The purpose of the forum is to allow seniors the opportunity to hear the candidates speak about these issues before the mail balloting begins on September 22.

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