Joni Ernst: Unclear. Voted against Democratic bill requiring increased disclosure of political funders.
Theresa Greenfield: Yes. Get rid of "secret, unlimited cash flooding our elections through dark money groups."
Ernst: Well, they have to pre-fund their pensions --
Q: So they shouldn't have to do that?
Ernst: This is something that we should look at. So that is really contributing to a lot of their struggles right now. So I do think we have to go back to the drawing board, we do have to have a plan out there. Absolutely we need to make sure that our Post Office stays in existence. They are so important to the folks like me that live in the rural areas.
Greenfield: The rhetoric that comes out of Washington, it's so divisive and as I travel this state Iowans want it to end. I've been clear all along that I don't support packing the courts if that's what you call it.
Q: You want 9 justices on the court, you want it to stay 9?
Greenfield: Absolutely. That is our institution and our tradition and I don't support packing the courts.
Greenfield: Right now, absolutely not. Right now we are in a crisis and we need to make sure that they can operate and continue to provide those medications, continue to get us through this election in the fall, and then we need to take a look at their financial structure so that they can be solvent.
I promise to immediately push legislation that requires election day be a federal holiday, establishes universal standards for voting access and provide immediate funding for implementation, and create a commission responsible for studying and recommending policies that improve voter turnout. This is in addition to efforts to ban the acceptance of foreign funding by organizations engaged in politics, overturning Citizens United and getting leadership PACs out of our elections.
Q. What is one issue that you won't compromise on?
Hubbell: Sound fiscal management.
Q. If elected will you commit to weekly news conferences?
Reynolds: I do it all the time.
Q. What is one issue that you won't compromise on?
Hubbell: Sound fiscal management.
Q. If elected will you commit to weekly news conferences?
Reynolds: I do it all the time.
A: Strongly support
A: I think that voter registration should be as easy as possible, that primaries and caucuses should be open to independents, and that we should make election days national holidays.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 28-21-1 on April 13, vote #S.J.1005; passed House 56-40-4 on April 10, vote #H.J.960; signed by Gov. Branstad May 5, record #H.J.1148.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 28-21-1 on April 13, vote #S.J.1005; Rep. Finkenauer voted NAY; passed House 56-40-4 on April 10, vote #H.J.960; signed by Gov. Branstad May 5, record #H.J.1148.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 28-21-1 on April 13, vote #S.J.1005; Sen. Nate Boulton voted NAY; passed House 56-40-4 on April 10, vote #H.J.960; signed by Gov. Branstad May 5, record #H.J.1148.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 28-21-1 on April 13, vote #S.J.1005; Sen. Rob Hogg voted NAY; passed House 56-40-4 on April 10, vote #H.J.960; signed by Gov. Branstad May 5, record #H.J.1148.
In the ad, Judge says special interests get too much help from a Congress that takes from Social Security and education to pay for those tax breaks. Although she doesn't mention Grassley by name in the ad, Judge argues "Chuck Grassley has played a big part in that over his 41 years in office."
"From here in Iowa, it seems to be the wealthy and big corporations get enough help," Judge says while leaning on a pasture fence. "It's time Washington starts working for middle-class families."
The special interests "need to pay their fair share, because Washington is giving those at the top too much and it's time someone stood up for the rest of us."
Money buys exclusive access and special favors while secrecy permits and perpetuates it. It's as simple and toxic as that.
I'm offering an alternate process to reassert our civic responsibilities and realize the Constitutional intent of self-government. We must stop wasting time and effort trying to fix what cannot be fixed. We must stop doing what isn't working. We must act.
CLINTON: I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for the economy and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.
Q [after break]: A viewer tweeted, "I've never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations until now." Yes, you were a champion of the community after 9/11, but what does that have to do with taking donations?
CLINTON: I worked closely with New Yorkers after 9/11 for my entire first term to rebuild. So, I've had a lot of folks give me donations who say, "I don't agree with you on everything, but I like what you do. I like how you stand up."
CLINTON: Look, we need more Americans to be involved in the political process. And I give Senator Sanders a lot of credit for really lighting a fire under many people--young, old, everybody--who sees a chance to be involved and have their voice heard. Look at what's happening with the Republicans. They are doing everything they can to prevent the voices of Americans to be heard. They're trying to prevent people from registering to vote. So, we do need to take on the Republicans very clearly and directly. But the other thing I just wanted quickly to say is, I think President Obama deserves more credit than he gets for what he got done in Washington, despite the Republican obstructionists.
A: Because whoever underwrites your campaign, owns you. And as the Bible says, you cannot serve two masters. You cannot take money from corporate PACs and then serve working people. If me or anyone else running for public office wants to stand with working people, they cannot owe anything to the corporate PACs. Our democracy is under fierce attack. Billionaire families are now able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the candidates of their choice.
Hogg cited his experience with flood recovery & flood protection, mental health efforts & work on education bills. He plans to include in his campaign gun control, raising the minimum wage, and "protecting civil rights, voting rights & marriage rights, because we don't want to go backward."
Hogg said the biggest challenge to his campaign will be raising enough money to allow him to travel to "communicate with Iowans across our state." He said social media will help with that goal.
I think all members of Congress should have their pay cut in half until the budget is balanced. I will lead by example and voluntarily cut my pay by returning half to charities and volunteer organizations in the First District of Iowa.
Ernst: Strongly Disagree
A: Not sure what you mean by enforcement of voting rights, but if you wonder if I support making sure that each person that votes is legally entitled to vote and only votes once, I'm all for it.
[Appel's opponent] David Young received maximum donations from Crossroads Strategies [& numerous lobbyists]. He received more money from VA, MD, and DC than from Iowa, and the top contributing industry to Young's campaign is "Lobbyists," who have contributed $71,350.
Mayday PAC works with candidates who support reform on both sides of the aisle. Mayday PAC will be communicating directly with voters in these districts with specific messages on political cronyism and reform. Mayday PAC will be working to make changing the way elections are funded a fundamental issue in each of these races.
Clovis: Strongly Disagree
Hoefling: Strongly Disagree
Bruce Braley (D-IA), who's battling Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst for Iowa's open Senate seat, criticized his opponent's record in a new ad, showing a baby chick onscreen as the narrator says Ernst never made a "peep" about wasteful spending as a state lawmaker. "When Joni Ernst had the chance to do something in Iowa, we didn't hear a peep," the narrator explains as the chick onscreen chirps. "In the state Senate, Ernst never sponsored a bill to cut pork, never wrote one measure to slash spending."
While the ad never labels Ernst a "chick," or even mentions the word, Republicans were quick to pounce on what they saw as the spot's sexist undertones. Ernst's spokeswoman said the ad "degrades & insults Iowa women by comparing Joni Ernst to a 'chick.'"
Joni (in farm gear on a hog farm): "I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork."
(NARRATOR AND TEXT): "Joni Ernst. Mother. Soldier. Conservative."
Joni: "My parents taught us to live within our means. It's time to force Washington to do the same. To cut wasteful spending; repeal ObamaCare; and balance the budget. I'm Joni Ernst and I approve this message because Washington is full of big spenders; let's make 'em squeal!"
(Fade to black whiles hogs squeal).
But almost immediately after taking office in 2011, Branstad began imposing those same fees. In September, the Register agreed to pay $626 for a legal review of 677 emails involving the Iowa Juvenile Home. The Register paid the fee, but the state, under a policy endorsed by the Iowa attorney general, initially decided to keep 1/3 of the requested emails confidential.
[In 2013], the Register requested detailed information on the number of youths kept in isolation cells at the Iowa Juvenile Home. The Iowa Department of Human Services responded that it would compile the information if the newspaper first paid $31,776. The newspaper rejected the proposal, and the state later provided similar information at no charge.
PERRY: I think that it's the states' call, not the federal government. But the real issues that we have in this country are that people are sick of Washington, D.C. They're sick of the money that they're seeing spent, they're sick of the fraud and the corruption that they're seeing. They're sick of seeing their kids' futures mortgaged because we've got a Washington, D.C., that is out of touch with the country. It's the reason, when I talk about my overhauling Washington plan, and I've gotten a pretty good response when I talk about going to a part-time Congress. Cut their pay in half, let 'em spend half the time in Washington, D.C. Send 'em back home to have a regular job like the rest of the people in their districts, and work under the laws that they pass. That, I suggest, along with a balanced budget amendment, will go a long way toward stopping a lot of the nonsense that we're seeing coming out of Washington.
Q: I think those are questions that a lot of peopl want to hear answers to, and you're responsible for your record.
I think that there's too much attention paid by the press corps about the campaign minutia and not enough paid by the press corps to the basic ideas that distinguish us from Barack Obama.
A: The stump message is that Washington is broken. It canít be fixed by sending the same man back with his out of control spending, his socialized plans for America. This is the freest, greatest country God has ever put on the face of the Earth and it was made that way by people coming across the ocean from Europe to settle a new country, to be entrepreneurs, to be free. We donít need policies and plans that take us back to European socialism.
A: It depends on the credentials of the president. I served in Vietnam; and my son has now done two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. I can look the American people in the eye and say, ďWeíre all in this together.Ē So I would not share the role of commander in chief with a vice president. If youíve got other folks that have less background in national security, theyíre going to need to have a V.P. that they rely on much more.
A: Having been considered for that post several times, Iíve thought a lot about that. The vice president really only has two duties. One is to cast a tie-breaking vote in the case of a tied vote in the Senate. And the other is to inquire daily as to the health of the president. I really would do what some presidents have done in the past. A vice president brings a certain area of expertise and talent. I would probably assign some of those areas, like telecommunications or some other important issues.
Q: So not as wide-ranging as Vice President Cheney had?
A: Look, I would be very careful that everybody understood that thereís only one president.
A: I would restore openness to government. I do not think in this country we should have secrecy of government. The purpose of government is to provide privacy for the people. I would never use executive privilege to deny information to the Congress, with the full realization that you protect security information, but in the very general sense, we should be very, very open. We want a transparent government. Currently I believe we could improve on that.
A: I certainly wouldnít support an amendment to change the role of the vice president. But thereís no way to know exactly what goes on, but if you take perceptions from Washington, most people there behind the scenes think the vice president is more powerful than the president. Philosophically, I think this is the case. Itís obvious that he represents a neoconservative viewpoint. And my objection is that that has been the rejection of the Republican Party platform and traditional conservatism. And I think this is where we have gone astray. We have drifted from our fundamental premises and the conservative values that this party used to get.
A: The vice presidentís office has to be worked out with the president. And the thing thatís clearest about it, now that weíre at war, is that a vice president has to be just as capable, just as ready to take over that office, literally on a momentís notice. And that should be the major qualification. And then it should be in the discretion of the president and the vice president to decide on what kind of responsibilities they should have.
Q: But would you like to have a vice president like Vice Pres. Cheney, with that wide range of responsibility?
A: I thought the division of responsibilities between Pres. Reagan and Vice Pres. Bush was a good one. I thought it was a really comfortable one. And Iím comfortable that you select somebody who can step in on a momentís notice with experience, background, knowing whatís going on.
A: I believe that Vice President Cheney is criticized for a lot of things that he doesnít do. I believe that Dick Cheney is an honorable individual. And I think President Bush depends a great deal upon him.
A: we are going to prechallenge some of these automatic machines -- the Diebold machines -- where there have already been problems. And weíre going to prechallenge and have a team across this country who are focused on those particular areas of the country where they are notorious about switching addresses, telling people theyíre not registered
EDWARDS: So you would agree with my proposal to ban contributions from lobbyists?
GEPHARDT: Yes, Iím with you.
FACTCHECK: But Gephardtís various campaigns have received $8 million from political action committeeís since 1989-amounting to one dollar of every five he has raised. Counting both PAC money and donations from individuals, Gephardt got $4.4 million from lawyers and lobbyists during that period, making that industry his biggest supporter by far. In second place is the beer, wine and liquor industry at $1.3 million. To be sure, it isnít necessarily inconsistent to take lobbyistsí money while advocating a ban. In fact, Edwards himself is heavily funded by fellow trial lawyers even though he turns away money from registered lobbyists. But we thought you would like to know.
GRAHAM: We have a crisis. Some would say, ďWell, this is not a federal responsibility. This is a result of state mismanagement.Ē It is a federal responsibility. The federal government has passed a series of mandates on the states, everything from special education, to No Child Left Behind, to homeland security, and failed to provide the dollars that it was committed to do to make those programs real.
What I think we ought to do is this year is to put $40 billion into the states to help them immediately deal with their crisis. That would provide $330 million for Iowa, incidentally, and to see that those funds are expedited to the states by doing it through a change in the Medicaid formula with the federal government picking up a larger proportion of the costs. Thatís the best remedy. Thatís the best prescription to the current crisis.
MOSELEY BRAUN: The first and most important thing is to get the economy going again so that the tax revenues flow into state coffers sufficient to meet their budget obligations. But what weíre watching here is a shift of responsibility from the federal government, making rules and not paying the cost-talking the talk but not being willing to pay for it.
I proposed in the Senate, [relevant to] unfunded mandates, to make certain that the federal government sent the dollars behind their dictates to the states and also to invest in infrastructure in ways that would have the federal government picking up its fair share, [including education and Medicaid]. We have to transform the [federal-state relationship to provide] some fairness between who pays for what and that the national politicians donít keep getting away with saying theyíre cutting taxes and just pushing them down to the lowest possible level.
EDWARDS: I have a plan about how to get the economy going and to help states and municipalities with this terrible budget crisis. I have introduced legislation that would provide $50 billion to states and municipalities so that they donít have to lay off workers, so they are not laying off fire fighters, so theyíre not cutting education.
Q: Political Parties?
Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information??
Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns??
Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns??
Q: Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes??
Q: Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Iowa are closed??
GORE: Iíve presided over the so-called reinventing government program to downsize our federal bureaucracy, including, more than any other, the Pentagon and the Defense Department. But even as weíve kept our military strong, weíve turned the biggest deficits into the biggest surpluses in history. Now we have an opportunity to invest in education & human services. And if you work in the field of human services, you know how important Medicaid is to the people who receive those human services.
|2020 Presidential contenders on Government Reform:|
Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)
2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)
2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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