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Did Rep. Bustos Forget She Cut Veterans Benefits By $6 Billion? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:23
New Bustos ad claims she cares about veterans, but why did she vote to cut their benefits?

And where was Congresswoman Bustos during the VA crisis?

EAST MOLINE, Ill.—In an effort to inoculate herself from her heartless vote to cut veterans benefits by $6 billion, Cheri Bustos is up on air with a new commercial, paid for by liberal special interest groups and wealthy D.C. lobbyists.

Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, released the following statement:

"Cheri Bustos voted to cut veterans benefits by $6 billion by voting for the Ryan-Murray budget in 2013. Six. Billion. Dollars. She can run commercials wrapping herself in the American flag all she wants, but veterans haven't forgotten her heartless vote that cut veterans benefits by $6 billion.

"On top of that, Congresswoman Bustos failed to lead when veterans needed her most during the VA scandal. While veterans were dying on wait-lists at a VA hospital in Arizona, Cheri Bustos said and did nothing.

"Bobby Schilling led first on this issue. Schilling introduced the Enhanced Veterans Health Care Experience Act back in 2011, a bill that would solve the VA wait-listing issue by allowing veterans to use their own doctors in their own hometowns. Schilling's bill was included as a provision in this summer's VA reform legislation that passed the House unanimously 426-0 and has now been signed into law.

"Cheri Bustos might say she cares about veterans on TV, but her actions have proven otherwise. It says something about a politician's priorities when they say cutting $6 billion to veterans benefits is 'right for America.' If Cheri Bustos truly cared about veterans, then she should have kept her promise to give back ten percent of her salary and given the $34,800 to a veterans charity—instead, she refused to keep her word and refused to help veterans."

Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 28 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

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Written by Paid for by Pate for Iowa   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:48


Make it Easy to Vote and Hard to Cheat

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has released his plan to encourage voter participation while strengthening the integrity of Iowa's elections.

I traveled all across this great state meeting with county auditors and listening to their advice and concerns which prompted me to host a bi-partisan roundtable summit in Des Moines.  There we discussed many issues including voter participation while maintaining the integrity of the election process.  Today I am sharing a plan to strengthen Iowa elections to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

  1. VOTER ID: Like a majority of Iowans, I believe we need a verifiable voter identification tool to be used when voters go to the polls to cast a ballot.  Currently 93% of registered voters in Iowa already have a driver's license with photo ID that includes a bar code on the back which may be scanned.  The information provided in the bar code identifies your residency, citizenship and voter eligibility.  I will seek funding to provide the remaining 7% a non-driver ID card from the Department of Transportation.
  2. TECHNOLOGY: Enhance technology like signature verification for absentee ballots.  Provide an online voter information app so you can easily find where you vote and review a sample ballot.  I support the expanded use of electronic poll books to ease voter check-in, increase accuracy and voter verification.  Currently 68 counties use electronic poll books and I will work to expand this technology to all 99 counties.
  3. ABSENTEE BALLOTS: I propose to eliminate absentee ballot couriers from the election process.  Absentee ballots are one of the highest risks for voter fraud.  I believe no one should be touching your absentee ballot except you, an authorized election official or a postal worker.
  4. POST ELECTION AUDITS: No voting system is perfect and the number of states requiring post election audits has increased over the last few years according to data collected by The PEW Charitable Trust.  Some benefits of post election audits include; finding errors, deterring fraud and promoting public confidence in elections.  Working with county auditors I will implement a post election audit system in Iowa.
  5. YOUTH VOTER REGISTRATION: Work closely with Iowa's high schools to encourage our youth to be active in their government and to ensure every high school student on graduation day has both a diploma and a voter registration card in their hands,
  6. ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION: As of June 2014 a total of 20 states offer online voter registration and four more states passed legislation to create online voter registration systems while three states offer limited online voter registration.  I will work with the Iowa Legislature and support passage of online voter registration that will be secure, prevent fraud and provide long-term cost savings as well as modernize our voting system.
  7. INTERSTATE EXCHANGE OF VOTER LISTS: Continue to participate in the Interstate Voter Registration Cross Check program which is a plan created to help states maintain accurate and current voter registration rolls.  This program helps ensure voters are correctly registered at one location.  I will also explore being part of the Electronic Registration Information Center organization.

Pate, "During my term as Secretary of State, Iowa had a record number of registered voters and was in the Top 10 nationally in voter participation in a presidential election.  I created bi-partisan programs to encourage voter participation like "Get in the Game" with Iowa Football coach Hayden Fry and Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney as well as "Generation VOTE" with Iowa native Terri Farrell of Deep Space Nine.  With these outreach programs we were able to reach over 65,000 first time voters.  For the youth we worked closely with Iowa's high school government teachers to implement the "Kids Caucus" program to educate over 100,000 students about our unique presidential caucus program.  I will continue making such efforts to best serve the people of Iowa."

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion.  His company is recognized as a "Patriotic Employer" by the National Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.  Pate recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.



Brad Anderson releases first web ad in Secretary of State race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lara Henderson   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:15
Anderson highlights plan to modernize business services in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Brad Anderson, candidate for Iowa Secretary of State releases his first web ad today, highlighting his plan to modernize business services in the Secretary of State’s office.

“The time has come to modernize the business services at the Secretary of State's office to simplify the filing process for new Iowa businesses,” said Anderson. “As a small business owner familiar with the filing process, I can attest the current process is too cumbersome. Currently, many new Iowa business owners must endure a complicated maze of internet, phone and snail mail to file their paperwork. I believe the filing process should be simple, intuitive and take minutes, rather than days.”  

The web ad, titled “Lemonade Stand,” is available online at http://youtu.be/H686vY-SiUw.

Spotlight: Ernst’s Risky Medicare Plans Would Increase Costs for Iowa Seniors by Thousands of Dollars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:43
Ernst Supports GOP Budget that would have increased out-of-pocket health care costs for Iowa seniors by nearly $6,000
Des Moines, IA – State Sen. Joni Ernst’s risky plans to end Medicare as we know it wouldn’t just put Iowans’ retirement security at risk, it would also increase costs for Iowa seniors and end guaranteed benefits they have paid into their entire working lives.

While the GOP Budget introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan 2011 was popular with Tea Party obstructionists and corporations who received large tax breaks, it was widely panned for the devastating impact it would have on seniors. Yet when given a chance in the Iowa Senate to oppose these drastic cuts to Medicare, Ernst instead decided to put her risky Tea Party ideology before Iowa. Here’s what Ernst’s plan would have meant for Iowa seniors:
  • Increased out-of-pocked health care costs for a typical 65-year old Iowa senior by $5,999 in 2022
  • Forced at least 11,600 Iowa seniors to pay over $1.2 million more for annual wellness visits in 2012
  • Made more than 49,5000 Iowa seniors pay $28 million more for prescription drugs in 2012 alone
  • By 2030, typical 65 year olds would be required to pay 68 percent of the total cost of their coverage, which includes premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs, compared with the 25 percent they would pay under current law
  • Raise the Medicare eligibility age

“Joni Ernst’s risky proposals for Medicare would leave Iowa’s seniors with higher health costs and less retirement security,” said Braley for Iowa spokesman Sam Lau. “In fact, if Ernst had her way, Iowa seniors could be paying nearly $6,000 more in out-of-pocket health care costs, while paying more for prescription drugs and wellness visits. Iowa seniors simply can’t afford Ernst’s radical Medicare proposals.”

In contrast to Ernst’s risky proposals, Bruce Braley, who has earned the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Alliance for Retired Americans, has strongly opposed efforts to transform Medicare into a voucher program. He has also supported efforts to strengthen Medicare and expand benefits, including free preventive benefits, cancer screenings, and closing the Medicare prescription drug ‘donut hole’ gap in coverage.


Ernst Voted To Support Paul Ryan’s Medicare And Medicaid Proposals. On June 27, 2011, Ernst voted against adoption of SR 15, “A Resolution opposing proposed Congressional changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs…the United States House of Representatives has recently adopted House Concurrent Resolution 34 encompassing the budget proposal of Budget Chairman Paul Ryan which would make fundamental changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs…BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the Senate respectfully expresses its opposition to the budget proposal encompassed in House Concurrent Resolution 34 and any proposals to change the Medicare or Medicaid programs that are projected to lead to fewer Americans, especially those most vulnerable due to age, disability, or poverty, being able to obtain or retain health care coverage.” The resolution was adopted by a vote of 26-21. [Senate Vote on SR 15, Iowa State Senate Journal, 6/27/11; Senate Resolution 15; HCR 34, introduced 4/11/11]

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She Brings It!! – What It Takes to Thrive in Male-Dominated Professions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:48
Lessons from Florida’s 1st Female Lieutenant Governor

Ninety-four years after women’s suffrage in the United States, intelligent and well-educated females still battle stereotypes, discrimination and, sometimes, their own fears, when working in male-dominated professions.

And there are still many of those! From the famously boys-club cultures of Silicon Valley to construction and the automotive industry, guys remain the standard in many industries – that also tend to pay better than female-dominated fields.

“Sure, women face challenges, some of them pretty unpleasant, when they’re the minority in their chosen profession,” says Jennifer Carroll, (www.jennifercarroll.com), the first female – and first black -- lieutenant governor of Florida under Gov. Rick Scott, and a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander.

Carroll, who shares her experiences in her new autobiography, “When You Get There,” says what she learned in childhood and in the military helped her to not only succeed, but to be strong and confident through even the most difficult times.

“When you’re struggling, you never think you’ll be better off because of it, particularly if you’re a good person who’s trying to do well,” she says. “You learn to adjust and come out of these trying times stronger and more prepared for what’s truly intended for you.”

Here are some of her suggestions for women working in male-dominated companies and industries.

•  Don’t neglect or fail to nurture family bonds – they will sustain you through anything.
Carroll married Nolan Carroll while she was in the Navy, and raised three children and cared for her aging parents even as she rose through the ranks and then entered politics. Throughout, she made sure family was her priority.

“My husband has stayed true to the core through all the ups and downs we’ve experienced,” she says. “He’s secure in who he is, which has brought me a sense of strength and helped me ascend to whatever levels I chose.”

Likewise, her children – Nolan, Nyckie and Necho – are staunch supporters no matter what happens.

Through the most difficult times, their main concern has always been, “How is mommy feeling? Is she okay?”

•  Have a deep and trusting faith in God.
“I believe God will always make a path through the storm. I believe you have to go through the storm to get to what’s waiting on the other side and afterward, you’ll be stronger and more capable of handling whatever comes,” she says.

That faith, that God had a purpose for even the most seemingly unjust and unkind actions of others, helped Carroll when emotions including depression, anger and betrayal threatened to overwhelm.

“You have to trust that and when you do, you don’t allow yourself to engage in behaviors that conflict with your values,” she says. “You maintain your self-esteem, your self-respect, and the respect of those who know and love you.”

•  Be a team player.
Her 20 years in the military taught Carroll, who’d been a loner as a child, the value of being a good team player. Despite her difficult two years working as the second in command to a governor who severely limited her role, Carroll persevered in working to support him, including pursuing votes and legislation using her talents and the strong relationships she had built as a legislator.

“Some people might ask, ‘Why did you keep trying to help him when it was clear he didn’t want your help?’ It may appear futile, if you focus only how things ended,” she says.

But that’s not her focus.

“I can look back and be proud of what I was able to accomplish during my time in office,” she says. “Just one example: As Chairwoman of Space Florida, I was instrumental in creating thousands of new private sector, space and aerospace-related jobs. I helped transition Florida into a post-space shuttle era, so we could remain the space activity capital of the world. I managed a program that enabled 15 new or growing aerospace-related programs to thrive. They’ll bring us nearly 2,000 jobs over the next five years.

“I’m very happy about what those accomplishments, and others, mean for my state.”

About Jennifer S. Carroll

Jennifer Carroll is the former lieutenant governor of Florida and a retired decorated lieutenant commander/aviation maintenance for the U.S. Navy. She was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010 and was the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, she is a Political Analyst for WJXT CHANNEL News4Jax Jacksonville, Florida, and Senior Adviser for Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI) in West Palm Beach, FL. Carroll holds an MBA, among other academic degrees. She and her husband, Nolan, have three children.

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