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Aug 21 2014

The Similarities Of Bruce Braley & John Edwards

DES MOINES – Washington liberal Bruce Braley has made no secret of his affection for North Carolina trial lawyer John Edwards.  Not only has Braley said that Edwards was a key factor in his decision to run for Congress, but he has also gone to great lengths to describe how similar he is to him.  

“Washington liberal Bruce Braley is so arrogant that he proudly credits disgraced trial lawyer John Edwards as a motiving factor behind his decision to become a U.S. Congressman,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox.  “After bragging about their backgrounds, the similarities between Bruce Braley and John Edwards are truly endless.” 

BACKGROUND …

In April 2003, John Edwards Announced Braley’s Endorsement For President. “The level of commitment required is much higher than a traditional primary, because activists must agree to attend a neighborhood meeting where they’ll spend all night arguing politics and publicly declaring their preferences. Other activists signing on with Edwards included: Eric Bagley, a student activist from Mason City; Rod Bakke, an officer of the Dubuque County Democrats; Bruce Braley, a Waterloo lawyer and official of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association….” (Mike Glover, “Edwards Announces Endorsement From Activists,” The Associated Press, 4/3/03)

In 2005, Braley Got The Urge To Run For Congress “After Getting Involved In John Edwards’s Presidential Campaign.” “Braley, who got the urge to run for office after getting involved in John Edwards’ presidential campaign, said he will formally announce his campaign for Congress later this year. ‘In the meantime, I’ve been busy getting around the district talking to party activists and central committees on the issues and trying to expand my base of contacts so that I’m seen as a viable candidate in June of 2006,’ Braley said.” (Mary Rae Bragg, “Braley Hopes To Parlay Local Ties Into 1st District Run; Waterloo Democrat’s Wife Is A Graduate Of Dubuque Wahlert,” Telegraph Herald, 2/20/05)

In 2007, Braley Described Himself And John Edwards As Very Similar. BRALEY: “I grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa. Population: 1,400.  His father as you all know worked in a mill. My father worked in a grain elevator. His mother worked in a post office. My mother was a schoolteacher. John Edwards worked to put himself through college at North Carolina State. And I worked multiple jobs to put myself through college at Iowa State. John Edwards went to Law School at University of North Carolina. I went to law school at the University of Iowa. He’s practice law for twenty years in North Carolina fighting for justice for his clients many times against powerful special interest. I spent 24 years of my life practicing law right here in waterloo fighting for justice for the people I represented, oftentimes against powerful special interests. So as you can see, we have nothing in common.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Remarks At Campaign Event, Waterloo, IA, 12/3/07)
Braley Endorsed John Edwards For President In 2008. BRALEY “And as I thought about the candidate I wanted to support in this very critical presidential race, I thought about the criticism that Senator Edwards has received from some commentators for saying he wanted to fight the people of this country, but you know what, folks, I want a president who’s going to fight for the soul of America because that’s what we need is somebody who’s going to restore the trust in this country around the world and give people in this country hope and faith that their president believes in them, is going to be thinking about them every day he or she is in the White House and that’s why I’m proud to announce that I am endorsing John Edwards in the 2008 presidential campaign.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Remarks At Campaign Event, Waterloo, IA, 12/3/07)

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. 


Aug 19 2014

New Joni Ernst Biographical Video: “Duty, Honor, and Iowa”

 


Campaign Group Goes Positive With Video For Joni Ernst
Des Moines Register
Jason Noble
August 19, 2014
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/08/19/joni-ernst-senate-race-iowa-nrsc/14270003/

Interviews with Ernst herself as well as friends and family, including Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, are played over family photos of the candidate and soothing background music.

The video tracks her early life in southwest Iowa, her ROTC experience at Iowa State University, her active-duty service during the Iraq War and political ascension from county government to the state Senate.

Click Here To Read The Entire Story

New Web Ad Focuses On Joni Ernst’s Iowa Roots
The Washington Post
Nia-Malika Henderson
August 19, 2014
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/08/19/new-web-ad-focuses-on-joni-ernts-iowa-roots/

The National Republican Senate Committee is out with a brand new Web video all about Joni Ernst, who is running for an open seat in a very competitive race in Iowa.  As we’ve written before, Ernst has had some of the most buzzworthy and creative ads of the cycle.

She’s talked about castrating hogs as a girl in one ad and she is riding a Harley in another ad. Ernst is currently a lieutenant in the Iowa Army National Guard, and is one of the GOP’s best chances of picking up a Senate seat.

Click Here To Read The Entire Story

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings.  


Aug 18 2014

Jack Hatch: Hatch hiding from Iowa voters on taxes, business deals

DES MOINES—Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann blasted liberal state Sen. Jack Hatch for his hypocrisy, utter disregard of facts and talking down to Iowans after the flailing Democrat gubernatorial nominee defended hiding his tax returns from Iowa voters at a press conference today.

“Jack Hatch must have something extremely damaging in his tax returns since he continues to keep Iowans in the dark on his business dealings,” said Kaufmann, a century farmer from Wilton and a former statehouse leader. “First, his campaign said they would release additional tax returns, only to backtrack on that promise a mere three hours later. Then they floated a weak excuse that Gov. Terry Branstad did not release more than one year of tax returns when he first ran for governor. This is simply false. Then Lt. Gov. Branstad released three years of returns prior to his initial run for governor.

“Why is Jack Hatch misleading Iowans and keeping his tax returns secret?” Kaufmann said. “Iowans deserve to know if Hatch, a longtime state Sen. from Des Moines, voted to line his pockets with taxpayer dollars.”

At a today’s press conference, Hatch said he’s avoiding disclosure because he wants to avoid attacks (also known as scrutiny of his record): “Why give a robber the combination to another safe?” he said, according to Des Moines Register columnist Kathie Obradovich.

“Apparently, Jack Hatch thinks Iowa journalists and voters are ‘robbers’ underserving of the truth about his business dealings,” said RPI co-chairman Cody Hoefert, a chiropractor from Rock Rapids. “Why does Jack Hatch know he will be attacked? Is he admitting guilt about his business practices?”

Hatch claims he is following Iowa tradition by only releasing one year of tax returns. That’s blatantly false.

“It’s an Iowa tradition to follow through on your promises,” Hoefert said. “When you say you are going to release additional years of returns and backpedal three hours later, that’s not following tradition—it’s disrespecting Iowans’ intelligence.”

BACKGROUND

The Branstad-Reynolds campaign made a simple request of Jack Hatch months ago: Release your last five years of joint tax returns, just as Gov. Branstad has done. Initially, Hatch’s campaign stated they would release tax returns in a self-proclaimed effort to “run a very open and transparent campaign.”

The public deserves to know about how Jack’s made his money and what his business interests have been over the years,” [Hatch] campaign manager Grant Woodard said. “We’re committed to running a very open and transparent campaign and also the most open and transparent government the state of Iowa has ever seen.” [DMR, 5/9/2014]

In 2013, Hatch reduced his tax liability by $35,000 in federal tax credits. Iowans deserve to know how much money the real estate developer has received from the federal government.

Hatch’s campaign indicated they were “willing” to release more than just one year of tax returns and “did not rule out releasing five years of returns,” according to The Des Moines Register and Sioux City Journal [4/15/2014]. They reversed course less than three hours later.

One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show, the Iowa Democratic Party chair said in 2012. [IDP release, 7/3/2012]

The Hatch campaign claims they are simply following precedent. They are entitled to their own opinions—not their own facts.

In 1982, then Lt. Gov. Branstad released three years of prior tax returns while he ran for governor. As Gov. from 1982-1999, Branstad released his tax returns to the public each and every year. Gov. Branstad released his most recent tax return as he has done the past five years. In total, Gov. Branstad has disclosed 24 years of tax returns to the public—without being required to do so.


Aug 18 2014

Welcome to Iowa, Hillary!

RPI chairman Kaufmann issues statement on Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iowa Sept. 14 for Harkin Steak Fry

“I welcome Hillary Clinton to Iowa after more than six-and-a-half years flying over the Hawkeye State,” said Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann. “In the spirit of bipartisanship, I hope potential presidential candidates from both parties visit Iowa early and often to interact with Iowa voters in a meaningful way.”

BACKGROUND
The Washington Post: “Hillary Clinton to return to Iowa for Harkin’s steak fry” [8/18/2014]


Aug 18 2014

Braley Voted Against Giving Our Troops A Pay Raise

DES MOINES – While skipping 75 percent of his Veterans’ Affairs hearings, Washington liberal Bruce Braley also voted against giving our troops a pay raise.

Braley was the only Congressman from Iowa, from either party, who voted against the Defense Appropriations bill that funded the troops’ mission in Afghanistan, while giving them a much deserved pay raise.

“During the same time period that he skipped 75 percent of the Veterans’ Affairs hearings, Washington liberal Bruce Braley voted against giving our brave men and women a pay increase,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. “While Dave Loebsack, Steve King and Tom Latham voted to give our troops a pay increase, Bruce Braley voted against this bipartisan bill and it’s why we can’t depend on him to standup for our active and retired members of the armed forces.  

BACKGROUND …

In 2012, Bruce Braley Voted Against Giving Our Troops A Pay Raise

In July 2012, Braley Voted Against The Defense Appropriations Bill That Funds The Troops In Afghanistan, And Gives Them A Pay Raise. (H.R. 5856, Roll Call Vote #498: Passed 326-90, D 101-79, R 225-11, 7/19/12, King Voted Yea, Latham Voted Yea, Loebsack Voted Yea, Braley Voted Nay)

In 2012, Bruce Braley Skipped 75 Percent Of The VA Hearings

The Des Moines Register Reports That Bruce Braley Skipped 75% Of The Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings.  Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley missed 75 percent of meetings for a committee that provides oversight over the Veterans Administration, including one meeting on a day he attended three fundraisers for his 2012 campaign. (Braley under fire for missing VA oversight meetings, Des Moines Register, 07/21/14)

The Washington Examiner Reports That Braley Had The Second Lowest Attendance Record For The Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  This also gives him the second-lowest attendance record for the committee, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of committee minutes.  Only Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., had a worst attendance   (at 16 percent). The average attendance rate for the committee was 60 percent, and just 15 of the 24 members had attendance rates above 50 percent.  (Ashe Schow, Bruce Braley Missed 79 Percent Of Full Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings As Scandal Heated Up, The Washington Examiner, 07/22/14)

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Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree.  Before leaving for Washington, Braley served as the president of the trial lawyers’ association.