Monthly Archives: September 2014

Davenport Phone Banking

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Hatch: Branstad an example ‘politicians behaving badly’

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — On the campaign trail, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad likes to draw comparisons to neighboring Illinois as a way of highlight the best qualities of his state and, by extension, his 20 years in the governor’s office. On … Continue reading

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Senate Oversight Committee OK’s reforms to ‘clean up state government’

(Des Moines) ­­The Senate Oversight Committee met today in Des Moines and approved recommendations in response to a series of revelations that started when it was reveal that fired state employees were paid for their silence. “These reforms are intended … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 01 An ink storage room in the L.A. Times building is dynamited during a citywide fight over labor rights and organizing.  The explosion was relatively minor, but it set off a fire in the unsafe, difficult-to-evacuate building, ultimately killing … Continue reading

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Senator Harkin on UTC organizing campaign

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The Secret’s Out — And There’s No Hiding Ernst’s Anti-Iowa Agenda

Bruce Rowher, a farmer from O’Brien County, and Midge Slater with the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, joined Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price today to discuss Joni Ernst’s secret Koch retreat, where Joni Ernst herself confirmed she was … Continue reading

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Iowa farmers criticize Ernst on climate change

CEDAR RAPIDS — A super PAC backing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley enlisted a pair of central Iowa farmers to criticize his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, for a lack of leadership on renewable fuels and climate change — issues … Continue reading

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Koch Screening, Sportsman Alliance and Rally

September 30: Union Sportsman Alliance Meeting – IUPAT:  10 am. IUPAT DC 81 Office, 5738 NW 2nd Ave. Des Moines. Learn about the Alliance and help get active members in Iowa October 1: Rally for Representation – IBEW: Join IBEW … Continue reading

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Mowrer confident he can be Steve King’s worst nightmare

Not yet even 30 years old, Jim Mowrer has the chutzpah to believe he can take down a 12-year congressman who has trounced a succession of Democratic challengers including, in 2012, Iowa’s former first lady. Despite her impressive fundraising and name recognition, … Continue reading

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Screening – Shadows of Liberty

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Labor Jam Photos

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Young and Ryan Buddy Up and Double Down on Anti-Middle Class Agenda

Following is a statement from Appel for Iowa Communications Director Nick Galbraith on Rep. Paul Ryan’s fundraiser today for fellow Washington insider David Young: “Voters already can see through Young’s feeble statements about keeping the promise of Social Security and … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 29 A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87 – 1962 September 30 A total of 29 strike leaders are … Continue reading

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☆You’re Invited!☆ Protest Joni Ernst at the Iowa Senate Debate

Host: Dan Welk, MoveOn member Where: Simpson College, outside the Kent Campus Center, meet at corner of North D St. and West Girard Ave., Indianola, Iowa 50125 When: Sunday, September 28, 4:15 p.m.   What: The first Iowa Senate debate … Continue reading

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ARA Friday Alert

New York Times Stresses the Importance of Older Voters According to The New York Times, older voters this year are not favoring Republicans by the overwhelming 21 points that they did in the 2010 midterm elections. Democratic pollster Geoff Garin … Continue reading

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Gronstal and Seniors Criticize Young’s Anti-Middle Class Agenda

  Ahead of Ryan Visit, Iowans Denounce Young’s Support of Radical Republican Budget DES MOINES – Ahead of Paul Ryan’s (WI-1) fundraiser for 3rd District candidate for Congress, David Young (R-Van Meter), Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs), Jan Laue, President of the Alliance … Continue reading

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Clinton, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport Walks

September 27: Sat. Quad Cities: Labor to Labor Walk – 10 – 2pm @ UFCW 431 2411 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport – Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196 September 27: 10 AM Labor to Labor walk. 2000 Walker Des Moines. 10 … Continue reading

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APWU Victory: 9,000 New Jobs

Some 9,000 new postal clerk jobs are on the way, thanks to action by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in 2012 cut the hours of operation at small post offices around the country and … Continue reading

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Quad Cities Hall of Fame

We have some exciting news to share. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa will be joining us at the upcoming 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. For those of you who know Senator Harkin, this is a great honor, as he … Continue reading

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Audit: $113,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted on no-show employees in Secretary of State Schultz’s office

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A Statement from Sen. Liz Mathis, co-chair of the Administration and Regulation Budget Subcommittee “During the 2014 session, it took repeated phone calls and emails by legislators to get Secretary of State Matt Schultz to answer basic questions about how … Continue reading

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