Posts Tagged ‘terry branstad’
This is necessary viewing for those of you who who are sure Branstad will back down from his anti-Iowan position on Medicaid expansion.
No doubt about it, Governor Branstad has earned the prize of Turkey of the Year. A true GOP warrior, he has done everything on the national party’s agenda but in our view there is nothing worse than his ludicrous witch hunt of people attempting to exercise their right to vote.
Not satisfied with arresting Iowans who inadvertantly registered to vote while completing the paperwork to get their drivers license reissued, Iowa taxpayers are being forced to pay for the state to harass some Iowans for “voter fraud.” This in the context of attempting to do nothing about providing health care for all Iowans or coming up with a decent plan to clean up our act on factory farm pollution. “More arrests” are coming according to SOS Matt Schultz.
It boggles the mind that once a person has served his or her time, they are now banned from voting permanently. Even if you stipulate that it might be defensible to suspend a person’s voting rights while in prison, once you have served your time, what is the point of denying that citizen in good standing the right to vote forever? Felonies aren’t always murder. A person can go to prison for too many OWI charges or drug charges. Oftentimes these individuals go to treatment, get clean and sober, and re-enter society as responsible working people, yet they are now forever banned from voting? Stripping these Iowans of their fundamental right to vote was Terry’s first act as governor upon re-election.
Here are some links to the recent ongoing shenanigans by the evil twins Branstad and Schultz.
All Iowans need to remember that state and local elections have consequences.
“..on the day that he reclaimed the governor’s mansion in January 2011, Republican Terry Branstad overturned a 2005 executive order that had automatically restored the franchise to released convicts. Branstad hailed the reversal as a “major priority” of incoming Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a Republican who’d been elected on a platform of smoking out voter fraud in the swing state.
The now-defunct executive order, signed by former Gov. Tom Vilsack, restored voting rights to an estimated 100,000 Iowans. Branstad’s new order, by contrast, has made Iowa one of just four states where felons’ voting rights are rarely restored.”
And here’s what they’re up to now.
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Monday he may ask state lawmakers to consider implementing a signature verification system, given that nearly half of Iowans who voted in the Nov. 6 general election did so by voting early or casting absentee ballots.
Schultz said he also planned to ask state lawmakers during the 85th General Assembly to consider requiring voters to provide a photo identification to receive a ballot as well. A similar proposal stalled in the split-control Iowa Legislature, and the General Assembly will convene next month with Republicans holding a 53-47 majority in the Iowa House and Democrats in control of the Iowa Senate by a 26-23 margin, pending the outcome of a special election in Senate District 22 next month and two recounts of legislative races decided by close outcomes.
Schultz said his office is conducting an internal audit to determine what caused the Secretary of State’s Web site to stall about 90 minutes in posting results after polls in Iowa closed at 9 p.m. on Nov. 6, Election Day. He expected to have audit results before next month’s special election.
“We’re looking at that and making sure that we have a procedure in the future so if that happens again, we can put it on an alternative site so that people can still get that information,” he said.
Schultz also said he expected more arrest warrants would be issued in an ongoing voter fraud investigation being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation beyond those issued in Pottawattamie, Page and Dallas counties.
Rally with Mitt in the Quad Cities Monday as he explains how he will solve the nation’s problems.
When: Monday, June 18, 2012 – 3:00pm
Where: Davenport, IA
Doors Open: 3:00 PM |
Event Begins 4:00 PM
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Gov. Branstad said he was ‘inspired’ by the politics in Wisconsin, where Gov. Walker wanted to ‘divide and conquer’ rather than bring people together. And Mitt Romney, while visiting Council Bluffs, claimed that the lesson of Wisconsin was that we don’t need more teachers, firefighters, or police officers. We don’t need to take inspiration from a state with divide and conquer politics. . What we need is for our leaders to stand with Iowa’s middle class.
Tell Terry Branstad and Mitt Romney: Stand with our neighbors, our teachers, firefighters and police officers.
The politics of divide and conquer are not what we need to move our economy and our state forward!
Governor Terry Branstad (Iowa), identified by ALEC as involved in its formative years http://www.alec.org/about-alec/history/
House of Representatives
Rep. Richard T. Anderson (R-97), International Relations Task Force Member
Rep. Richard Arnold (R-72), Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Betty De Boef (R-76), Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Alternate
Rep. Dave Deyoe (R-10), Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Alternate
Rep. Greg Forristall (R-98), Education Task Force Member
Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa (R-99), Education Task Force Member
Rep. David Heaton (R-91), Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Stewart E. Iverson, Jr. (R-5), International Relations Task Force Member
Rep. Mark S. Lofgren (R-80), Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Rep. Linda Miller (R-82), ALEC State Chairman and Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Steven Olson (R-83), Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Dawn E. Pettengill (R-39), Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Rep. Charles Soderberg (R-3), Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-12), Health and Human Services Task Force Member and former co-chair
Rep. Ralph Watts (R-47)
Former Rep. Dolores Mertz (D), 2011 ALEC William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award winner
Sen. Sandra H. Greiner (R-45), Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Sen. Tim L. Kapucian (R-20), Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Sen. Kim Pearson (R-42), Civil Justice Task Force Member
Sen. Brian J. Quirk (D-15), Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member
Sen. Thomas R. Sands (R-87), Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Sen. James A. Seymour (R-28), Civil Justice Task Force Member
As the Iowa legislature gets back into session, the citizens of Iowa need to be on high alert for ALEC inspired bills becoming laws that will eventually haunt Iowans and will erode their quality of life. One such bill that appears to be ALEC inspired is wending its way through the legislature again after being beaten back last year.
The sponsor of this bill, Tom Sands represents district 87 in the Iowa House. Mr. Sands is on ALEC’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. Based on what this bill does, it is certainly geared more for business and not the good of his district. This bill has passed the House. Ostensibly the bill cuts commercial property taxes. Within the bill are poison pills that will choke city and town revenues that will greatly affect quality of life in Iowa cities. The Iowa League of Cities fought hard against this bill last year. But republicans are pushing it hard.
In my little town we may lose our pool, our library, and see huge cutbacks in cemetery maintenance, police and fire.
In case you have forgotten what ALEC is here is a short explanation:
“Learn more about corporations VOTING to rewrite our laws.
ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.”
ALEC is not elected, yet has had more voice in what is happening in our states and country than any voter. By creating model legislation and using friendly legislators like Tom Sands, your voice gets squashed as the uber-rich control state governments. As noted in this column before, every member of the House republicans is a member of ALEC. They pretty much vote in a bloc.
In Minnesota last week, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed bills that were written from the ALEC templates.
Bills pulled from right-wing group ALEC’s “boot camp manual” says Governor Dayton.
The first-term DFL Governor held up a pamphlet and said “Three of the four bills come right from this manual “tort reform bootcamp” , published by the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC. This is the same group who reportedly provided legislators last week with all expense paid trips to posh Florida hotel for what they call an education policy conference.
“It is an extremely conservative group funded largely by large corporations, big business associations, insurance companies and very wealthy individuals.
“I’ve found that Minnesotans do not want their laws written by the lobbyists of big corporations.
“Since these Republican bills so closely follow ALEC’s instructions on tort reform and since ALEC’s opinion on these subjects are evidently more important to Republican legislators than mine , their fellow DFL legislators or the Minnesota Supreme Court’s, perhaps they would share with us all of the other ALEC boot camp manuals so we can know in advance what to expect from them for the rest of the session.
“If Republicans want to continue to prove to Minnesotans that they are too extreme to lead they should continue to throw ALEC’s ideology at us.
“If they want to begin to govern responsibly and work collaboratively, pass real jobs legislation, and my three measures have not even been taken up, real jobs legislation that will put Minnesotans back to work, then I’m ready to work with them.
“And I’m waiting.”
But don’t expect Branstad to do the same. He was a founding member of ALEC and will follow ALEC’s lead.