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Jul 29 2014

Iowa Federation of Republican Women 75th Anniversary Event

Iowa Federation of Republican Women 75th Anniversary Event

Friday, August 15

Sioux City Convention Center, 401 Gordon Dr., Sioux City, Iowa

5:30 p.m. – VIP Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Banquet

Headliners: J.C. Watts, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Charles Grassley, Cong. Steve King, together with confirmed guests Joni Ernst, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Sam Clovis, Mary Mosiman, and Adam Gregg. Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorships are available at $1,075, $575 and $275. Contact Melissa@iowafrw.org or lori@section23media.com for more information.


Jul 29 2014

Bruce Braley Believes Iowa Families Can Survive On $21,000

DES MOINES – Washington liberal Bruce Braley wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10, but the latest false attack ad from his campaign is not only cynical, but illogical. Braley’s politically driven wage rhetoric suggests that he actually thinks Iowans can survive on an annual salary of $21,000 – which is what his plan would do.   Braley also seems unconcerned that the non–partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that the Democratic proposal he has latched on to could cost 500,000 jobs.

State Senator Joni Ernst wants to help workers earn the highest wages possible and do so in a way without destroying jobs. Ernst wants to create good paying, permanent jobs for Iowa workers by keeping taxes low, cutting red tape on small business and family farms and investing in job training initiatives so Iowans can compete for higher wage jobs.  Additionally, she supported the largest tax cut in state history, which put more money back into the pockets of hard-working Iowa families.

“Bruce Braley’s cynical proposal sells our workers short and seems to believe that workers are limited in their ability to earn and achieve more.  Joni Ernst wants to get an incompetent federal government out of the way of Iowa workers seeking good, permanent and well paying jobs. She believes the best way to do this is by ending harmful regulations that often stop workers from getting hired and by investing in job training initiatives which will help Iowans find good paying jobs,” said Iowa Republican Party spokesman Jahan Wilcox.  “Braley’s proposal sells workers short, it doesn’t create jobs and is a political ploy so he can keep a job in Washington.  Iowa deserves better than Bruce Braley.”

BACKGROUND …

Braley’s Federal Minimum Wage Increase Is The Equivalent Of An Annual Salary Of $21,008.  Braley co-sponsored the bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, but the CBO reported that raising the national minimum wage to $10.10 would “reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers.” (H.R.1010, Introduced 3/6/13; “The Effects Of A Minimum-Wage Increase On Employment And Family Income,” Congressional Budget Office, 2/18/14)

Joni Ernst Supported The Largest Tax Cut In Iowa History Which Provided $4.4 Billion In Property Tax Relief And $90 Million In Income Tax Savings.  “By Ways & Means:  A bill for an act relating to state and local finances by establishing a business property tax credit for commercial industrial and railway property establishing and modifying property assessment limitations providing for commercial and industrial property tax replacement payments providing for the classification of multiresidential property modifying provisions for the taxation of telecommunications company property providing for the study of the taxation of telecommunications company property providing a taxpayers trust fund tax credit modifying provisions relating to the property assessment appeal board modifying the amount of the earned income tax credit making appropriations providing penalties and including effective date implementation retroactive applicability and other applicability provisions. (Formerly SSB 1135.) Various effective dates; see sections 22 30 38 45 and 64 of bill.  Final: 41437 – Signed by Governor. S.J. 1064.”  (S.J. 1064, The Iowa State Legislature, Accessed 07/29/14)


Jul 29 2014

Bruce Braley’s Vote Against Ethanol

DES MOINES – Nearly four years ago, Washington liberal Bruce Braley turned his back on Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel industry when he voted against a bipartisan bill that cut taxes, preserved an ethanol subsidy and resurrected the biodiesel tax credit.
As the Des Moines Register reports:

Bruce Braley Voted Against The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization And Job Creation Act Of 2010.  “[The House’s] approval of the tax bill clears the way for the ethanol subsidy and tariff to be extended through next year and revives the $1-a-gallon tax credit for biodiesel and also continues it through 2011. The ethanol incentives are due to expire at the end of this year. The biodiesel credit expired at the end of 2009.  … The biodiesel industry slowed dramatically early this year after the lapse of the subsidy.  ‘The reinstatement and retroactivity of the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit provides a more predictable and stable market for our company and our customers,’ said Daniel Oh, president and CEO of Ames-based Renewable Energy Group, the nation’s largest biodiesel producer and marketer. . . . The ethanol group Growth Energy issued a statement saying the extensions ‘will provide certainty in the market and give us a chance to work with Congress and the administration to enact longer term tax policy reforms that will level the playing field in the fuels market.’ … The tax bill was approved 277-148. (Des Moines Register, 12/17/2010)

“Before he belittled farmers at a fancy Texas fundraiser, Bruce Braley voted against a bipartisan bill that Vice President Biden negotiated which preserved an ethanol subsidy and resurrected a biodiesel tax credit,” said Iowa Republican Party spokesman Jahan Wilcox.  “If Braley truly cared about Iowa, he would’ve supported this bill aimed at helping our farmers.”

BACKGROUND …

In 2010, Braley Voted Against The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization And Job Creation Act Of 2010. “Levin, D-Mich., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would extend the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years and revive the lapsed estate tax, setting the tax rate at 35 percent on estates worth more than $5 million for 2011 and 2012. It also would extend unemployment insurance benefits for 13 months and cut the employee portion of the Social Security tax by 2 percentage points.” (H.R. 4853, Roll Call Vote#647: Motion Agreed To, Thus Clearing The Bill For The President 277-148: R 138-36; D 139-112, 12/17/10, Braley Voted Nay)


Jul 28 2014

Who’s Funding Senate Majority PAC?

With Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC releasing their latest attack ad against state Senator Joni Ernst, wanted to make sure you knew that some of their biggest donors are trial lawyers and liberal activists from Hollywood.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that the Des Moines Register reported that Democrat outside groups have actually outspent Republican outside groups, but the good news is nobody is buying their false attacks.

BACKGROUND …

Trial Lawyers & Hollywood Producers Are Among Majority PAC’s Largest Donors

In The First Quarter Of 2014, The Trial Lawyers’ American Association For Justice (AAJ) PAC Contributed $200,000 To Senate Majority PAC. “Federal Election Commission records show that the trial lawyers’ American Association for Justice PAC in the last quarter gave $200,000 to Senate Majority PAC, which is run by former aides to Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”(Jennifer Jacobs, “GOP Questions Timing Of Lawyers’ Newest Braley Donation,” The Des Moines Register,4/21/14)

In December 2013, The American Association For Justice PAC, Formerly Known As The Association Of Trial Lawyers Of America, Donated $100,000 To Majority PAC.” “Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC focused on Senate elections, raised more than $4.7 million from donors in the last half of 2013, according to a report filed on Friday. . . . Other large donations included $250,000 from a labor union for laborers and $100,000 from the air traffic controllers union. Hollywood producers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg each gave $100,000, while producer Harvey Weinstein donated $100,000 through his Weinstein Co. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) leadership PAC gave $50,000, and the political action committee for trial lawyers pitched in $100,000.” (Paul Blumenthal, “Senate Democratic Super PAC Raises Big Bucks To Defend Majority,” Huffington Post, 1/31/14)

In August 2013, Hollywood Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg Donated $100,000 To Majority PAC.“Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC focused on Senate elections, raised more than $4.7 million from donors in the last half of 2013, according to a report filed on Friday. . . . Hollywood producers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg each gave $100,000, while producer Harvey Weinstein donated $100,000 through his Weinstein Co.” (Paul Blumenthal, “Senate Democratic Super PAC Raises Big Bucks To Defend Majority,” Huffington Post, 1/31/14)

In August 2013, Hollywood Producer Steven Spielberg Donated $100,000 To Majority PAC. “Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC focused on Senate elections, raised more than $4.7 million from donors in the last half of 2013, according to a report filed on Friday. . . . Hollywood producers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg each gave $100,000, while producer Harvey Weinstein donated $100,000 through his Weinstein Co.” (Paul Blumenthal, “Senate Democratic Super PAC Raises Big Bucks To Defend Majority,” Huffington Post, 1/31/14)

In September 2013, Producer Harvey Weinstein Donated $100,000 To Majority PAC. “Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC focused on Senate elections, raised more than $4.7 million from donors in the last half of 2013, according to a report filed on Friday. . . . Hollywood producers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg each gave $100,000, while producer Harvey Weinstein donated $100,000 through his Weinstein Co.” (Paul Blumenthal, “Senate Democratic Super PAC Raises Big Bucks To Defend Majority,” Huffington Post, 1/31/14)

Hollywood Producer Steve Bing Donated $250,000 To Majority PAC. “The biggest reported contributor was Hollywood producer Steve Bing, who gave a combined $400,000 to the two groups ($150,000 to American Bridge and $250,000 to Majority PAC), followed by the Service Employees International Union, which gave $350,000 ($100,000 to American Bridge and $250,000 to Majority PAC).” (Kenneth P. Vogel, “Hollywood Helping Dem Super PACs,” Politico, 7/29/11)

Democrats Are Outspending Republicans In Outside Money

Democrat Outside Groups Are Outspending Republican Outside Groups.  “Since the primary through last week, Democratic forces had outspent GOP forces by $700,000, advertising tracking records show. Ernst’s and Braley’s campaigns have spent roughly the same ($374,000 and $348,000).  The biggest spenders on TV ads: groups like the Senate Majority PAC and League of Conservation Voters on the left, and American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity on the right.”  (Jennifer Jacobs, Braley Vs. Ernst: 8 Measures Of Who Has Edge In Race, The Des Moines Register, 07/27/14)

 


Jul 28 2014

Amy Walter: Bruce Braley Not So Good of a Candidate

 

NBC’S CHUCK TODD:  “Let’s move to Iowa, Amy.  This is probably — there is no race that has sort of changed more in the last six months than Iowa.”

COOK POLITICAL REPORT’S AMY WALTER: “Right. This was supposed to be an easy hold.  This is Tom Harkin’s seat. Bruce Braley was the candidate everybody united behind, he was going to have an easy race.  There was supposed to be a difficult Republican primary, that didn’t happen.  Joni Ernst has turned out to be a very good candidate, Bruce Braley not so good, having a lot of troubles.  And the state itself and when we talk about Colorado as a swing state, so is Iowa.  Let’s not forget that Iowa too has gone back and forth, it’s really more of a purple state.  If I were Republicans, I would much rather be focusing on states that have open seats, rather than trying to beat some of these incumbents.”

NBC’S CHUCK TODD:  “Iowa always looks more Democratic … but it really is a tipping pointing.  Who would you rather be, Ernst or Braley?”

THE WASHINGTON POST’S DAN BALZ:  “I don’t know on that one.  Terry Branstad is very focused on making this a big Republican year, but I still think that one is very hard to call.”

THE ROTHENBERG POLITICAL REPORT’S  NATHAN GONZALES:  “I think the key is Braley has been on the defensive multiply times.”