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Help Rob Hubler get his message out

by: desmoinesdem

Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 00:00:00 AM CDT


Steve King keeps adding to the multitude of reasons to elect Rob Hubler to represent Iowa's fifth district in Congress. He is running a misleading television ad in the Sioux City market:

Friday, October 17, 2008                  
         COUNCIL BLUFFS - Rob Hubler, Democratic candidate for Congress in Iowa's 5th district, today called on Rep. Steve King to pull his new television ad in which he falsely claims credit for "working with others" to widen Highway 20 from two lanes to four lanes.
         Following an announcement by the Iowa Department of Transportation on Tuesday that $48 million had been allocated for 11.7 miles of four-laning Highway 20, King began running a television commercial claiming credit for the funding.  All of the funding is from a special fund recently approved by the Iowa legislature and none of the funding is from federal sources.
         "Steve King taking credit for funding Highway 20 improvements would be like me taking credit for the sun coming up this morning," said Hubler.  "Our state legislators and the Iowa Department of Transportation deserve credit for allocating the funding for Highway 20, which is long overdue," he said.  "King had nothing to do with approving money for highway improvements but, three weeks before an election, he is desperate to show some accomplishments in Congress, by taking credit where it is not due."
         State Sen. Steve Warnstadt of Sioux City, who has fought for funding in the Iowa legislature, said today that the legislature, "rather than wait for the promises of federal politicians to be fulfilled, worked in a bipartisan manner to not only create the funding for TIME-21, but ensured that projects like four-laning Highway 20 would be top priority for new funding."
         "I'm pleased that the Iowa Transportation Commission did not wait for federal funds, and is using the resources provided to them by the legislature for critical projects like Highway 20," said Sen. Warnstadt.
         In his television ad, that began running this week, King says:  "Six years ago I made a commitment to you that I would pull out all the stops to build four-lane Highway 20.  Today with the commission's announcement, I can tell you that 46 more miles will be built within five years.  My number one transportation priority was a promise, now it's a plan, soon it will be a reality.  We work together and we get things done."
         In a press release issued the same day, King again took credit for the Highway 20 improvement project.  "Steve King had absolutely nothing to do with any of that funding and is shamelessly trying to take credit for it," said Hubler.  "I suppose this is what you do when you've spent six years in Congress and have only a resolution encouraging people to celebrate Christmas to show for it," he added.
         Hubler pointed out that King is unable to get anything done to help his district because he is not respected by other members of Congress, even those in his own party.  "By contrast, Rep. Leonard Boswell of Iowa has a program for Highway 34 in which he gets 20 miles paved every year," he said.
         Hubler said that he will work with the rest of the Iowa delegation to make sure Iowa gets help with maintaining our highways and bridges.  "I will sponsor and fight for legislation to fund at least ten miles of Highway 20 widening each year until it is completed," he said.  "If Steve King had done this, we would have 60 miles completed during his three terms in Congress."

This press release from the Iowa Department of Transportation confirms the above comments by Hubler and State Senator Steve Warnstadt. This project is funded by the state, not by any federal appropriation.

Iowa Guy calls out the television ad as one of King's "lies." Here is a rough transcript that someone in the fifth district sent to me (if anyone has an official script, please send me a copy). Judge for yourself:

King: I'm Steve King. I approve this message. Six years ago I made a commitment to you that I would pull out all of the stops to build 4 lane Highway 20. Today with the commission's announcement, I can tell you that 46 more miles will be built within five years. My number one transportation priority was a promise, now it's a plan, soon it will be a reality. We work together and we get things done.

Voice Over: "Steve King for Congress"

King's ad creates a false impression. Note how he refers to "the commission" without making clear that he's talking about the Iowa Transportation Commission's announcement regarding Highway 20. He talks about how his "promise" is now a "plan" that will soon be a "reality," without specifying what he did to make that plan a reality (because he played no role).

I read in one of my parenting books that lying can be a form of wish fulfillment. If I had achieved as little for constituents as King has, I'd probably wish I could take credit for a popular highway project too.

Speaking of King's record, you may recall this article the Sioux City Journal published over the summer, asking "How effective is Steve King?" (Answer: not very.) In the article, King described a "key moment" for him:

King said the extended 2007 funding debate for reauthorization of the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program was a key moment. The measure was initially written for an increase of $35 billion, but was scaled back before being signed by President Bush in December.

King took to the House floor last fall with a sign that said the SCHIP acronym should instead stand for "Socialized Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents."

"I do believe if you took me out of the equation, there would have been a different (funding) result," King said.

I have a close friend (self-employed) whose family was getting health coverage through her husband's job. He was just laid off this month. Fortunately, their kids are eligible to be added to HAWK-I (that's the Iowa version of SCHIP) as of November 1.

Plenty of children would be going without health insurance if not for HAWK-I, and in this economy, demand for the program will probably rise significantly.

Isn't it great that King fought to scale back the funding?

Another recent "achievement" for King was his proposal to create a commission to study the current financial crisis. Hubler had some choice words about that idea, and I've put his full statement after the jump. Some excerpts:

       "For six years, Steve King has supported an administration that has refused to accept responsibility or to hold anyone accountable for policies that have devastated the middle class, provided tax breaks to big oil companies, mismanaged an unnecessary war, and now caused the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression," said Hubler.  "We don't need to spend millions of dollars on a commission that will take months to find out what we already know; when there are no rules, and no regulators, markets do not regulate themselves."
       "King opposed common-sense regulations designed to protect investors and consumers as his Republican-led Congress gave the Bush administration the authority to dismantle rules, allowing greedy Wall Street speculators and unscrupulous lenders free rein to engage in subprime lending with no oversight from Congress," Hubler continued.  "Yet, instead of accepting responsibility for his part in creating this mess, King has tried to blame middle class borrowers for the collapse of the housing market," said Hubler, referring to comments King made Saturday at a town hall meeting in Onawa.

Hubler is a strong Democrat as well as a strong candidate, which is why Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund is supporting him.

Hubler can win this race if he is able to get his message to voters. He's already been up on the radio with at least one ad, featuring former Congressman Berkley Bedell. The Hubler campaign has also produced this voter guide (pdf file) to mail district-wide. To reach more voters through direct mail and broadcast media, the campaign needs your help. Please donate today.

We have a great opportunity to take advantage of the coming Democratic wave. This post at Swing State Project notes that seats once thought safe for Republicans are becoming competitive across the country. The author names IA-05 (as well as IA-04) among the "Republican seats at severe risk of being lost or swept away in the ensuing tide."

The Republican Party is now spending money on behalf of incumbents in some districts comparable to western Iowa in terms of partisan makeup. This recent story from Politico notes:

GOP Reps. John B. Shadegg of Arizona, Lee Terry of Nebraska, Henry Brown Jr. of South Carolina and Dan Lungren of California are all fighting for their political lives, a reversal of fortunes that has caught even the most astute campaign observers by surprise.

Markos commented on the Politico piece,

Shadegg's AZ-03 is R+5.9.
Terry's NE-02 is R+9.0.
Brown's SC-01 is R+9.6
Lungren's CA-03 is R+6.7.

Iowa's fifth district has a partisan voting index of R+8. As I've written before, ten House Democrats already represent districts at least as Republican. This election will increase that number. Let's make IA-05 one of them.

King's third-quarter FEC filing showed a financial advantage over Hubler, but hardly an intimidating war chest. His cash on hand may not even be sufficient to run television ads across the district for the remainder of the campaign. He certainly won't have a turnout operation to rival what Barack Obama's campaign and the Iowa Democratic Party have going in western Iowa.

It only takes a minute to donate to Hubler's campaign, giving him the resources to spread his message in the final weeks. Please take the time to help send a good man to Congress.

desmoinesdem :: Help Rob Hubler get his message out
                           
Tuesday, October 14, 2008                                                          

Rob Hubler accuses King of avoiding responsibility for financial crisis
       COUNCIL BLUFFS - Rob Hubler, Democratic candidate for Congress in Iowa's 5th district, today rejected Rep. Steve King's proposal for a commission to study the financial collapse, saying that King needs to accept responsibility for supporting the failed policies and lack of oversight that led to the current financial crisis.
       "For six years, Steve King has supported an administration that has refused to accept responsibility or to hold anyone accountable for policies that have devastated the middle class, provided tax breaks to big oil companies, mismanaged an unnecessary war, and now caused the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression," said Hubler.  "We don't need to spend millions of dollars on a commission that will take months to find out what we already know; when there are no rules, and no regulators, markets do not regulate themselves."
       "King opposed common-sense regulations designed to protect investors and consumers as his Republican-led Congress gave the Bush administration the authority to dismantle rules, allowing greedy Wall Street speculators and unscrupulous lenders free rein to engage in subprime lending with no oversight from Congress," Hubler continued.  "Yet, instead of accepting responsibility for his part in creating this mess, King has tried to blame middle class borrowers for the collapse of the housing market," said Hubler, referring to comments King made Saturday at a town hall meeting in Onawa.
       "There is plenty of blame to go around in Congress on both sides of the aisle," said Hubler, "but it is dishonest for King to point fingers at Democrats without accepting responsibility for his role in supporting the Bush administration's policies that have driven our economy into the ditch.  King's antics in congressional hearings have obstructed efforts in the past two years to hold the administration accountable."
       "Most of the subprime loans that caused the current crisis were made by companies that were not even banks, like now-bankrupt Ameriquest, and which were not subject to any federal regulation at all.  Common sense regulations that had existed since the Great Depression were eliminated with Steve King voting 'aye.' When Congressman King says he is in favor of free markets, he means he is in favor of a policy of 'anything goes,'" said Hubler.
       "People are tired of politicians in Washington avoiding any responsibility for the consequences of what they have voted for.  No one is ever held accountable for incompetence and bad judgment," said Hubler, citing the Iraq war, Katrina, war profiteering, Enron and corporate fraud.
       "That's why people are justifiably angry and ready for wholesale change in the way business is done in Washington," said Hubler.  "People know that nothing will change until we change Congress, which is why they're ready to give enablers like Steve King the pink slip three weeks from today," he concluded.
       Hubler, a Navy veteran and retired Presbyterian minister from Council Bluffs, recently was placed on the "Emerging Races" list by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, signifying that his campaign to unseat King is viewed as competitive by the national committee.  Hubler has been campaigning for Iowa's Fifth District seat in the House of Representatives for nearly 20 months, travelling more than 200,000 miles throughout the 32-county district.
 

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Something's not right (0.00 / 0)
Over the last few years, I can't count how many times I've heard King detractors gripe that the Congressman is unable to bring home the bacon to the 5th District, specifically regarding the four-laning of Hwy 20.  

So, how can it be that the State of Iowa is suddenly able to finance this project without federal funding?

It doesn't add up.


What doesnt add up to me is (0.00 / 0)
Why is Steve King ignoring the energy crisis?

He voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy
He voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel
and he voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation.

He was even rated a "0", yes a zero, by the CAF, an independent group, just what does this mean?

Well it means that he is

in opposition of energy independence

Other Senators/Representatives that scored better?
260, including John McCain, Joe Liebermann, Barack Obama and The entire Iowa Congressional delegation


[ Parent ]
have you heard of the TIME-21 plan? (0.00 / 0)
The Iowa legislature approved it earlier this year.

It raises a lot of extra transportation funding, and it appears likely that most if not all of it will go toward new road construction.

Click the link to read the DOT press release. This funding came from the new TIME-21 pot. That's why it is appearing now--it was only just approved this year.

You can search this blog under "transportation" and "TIME-21" to find more background.

Invite other Iowa political junkies to join us at Bleeding Heartland.


[ Parent ]
Steve King (0.00 / 0)
Uses the Ultra-Far-Right-Militant Doctrine of infallability.

If he does absolutely nothing (which he has been doing) and everything goes to hell, Stevie-boy just claims that he is in favor of small government, and it is not his place to intercede in the natural order of things.

And if things go good?

Well than it is all because of him and without him it would all be horrible.


Here's something... (0.00 / 0)
http://www.frontiernet.net/~sh...

King Secures Additional Funding for Highway 20 ExpansionU.S.Congressman Steve King announced $500,000 in federal funds secured for the four-lane U.S.Highway 20 expansion as part of H.R. 2764, Con-solidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2008. "Turning Highway 20 into a continuous four-lane road is my top transportation priority in Congress. I am thankful that $500,000 will be added to the millions already invested in Highway 20 by the federal government," King said.Seventy-four percent of the traffic in Iowa runs east and west with no four-lane highway transvers-ing Northwest Iowa. In order to attract residents and businesses, improving access to the national transportation system in rural areas is essential. The current void means Northwestern Iowa espe-cially lacks critical access to major markets and is unable to meet a growing demand to implement just-in-time systems for inventory management, making our highways more efficient enables busi-nesses to compete. Since his swearing-in as a Member of the United States Congress in 2003, King has worked to se-cure a total of $47 million in federal funding au-thorizations to complete Highway 20. "This 'Midwest Connector' is vital to the economic development of the entire region. I am fully com-mitted to finishing the four-laning of Highway 20until the last ribbon is cut," King added.After House passage, the bill must be signed into law by the President.


nice try, Peggy (0.00 / 0)
He got half a million into one appropriations bill.

Read the press release from the Iowa DOT again:

http://www.news.iowadot.gov/ne...

They're talking about four-laning an additional 11.7 miles of US Highway 20 over the next five years, at a cost of $48 million (that's all state money, from the TIME-21 plan).

Steve King's appropriation is a drop in the bucket compared to the funding needed to get this project done. Of course, you wouldn't know that from listening to his ad.

Invite other Iowa political junkies to join us at Bleeding Heartland.


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Still not adding up (0.00 / 0)
When I re-read your original post, and the challenger's press release, you both say outright that King had nothing to do with the four-laning of Highway 20.

If that were true, why would the 4lane20 group include the following in their newsletter:

"Since his swearing-in as a Member of the United States Congress in 2003, King has worked to secure a total of $47 million in federal funding authorizations to complete Highway 20."


[ Parent ]
Good link (0.00 / 0)
This is good info and really blows a huge hole in the King-hasn't-done-anything argument.  In comparison, Leonard Boswell's record is monumentally pathetic.

How they compare
U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-5th District
(Three terms)
44 bills sponsored
41 stalled in committee
1 successfully enacted

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-1st District
(One term)
17 bills sponsored
12 stalled in committee
0 successfully enacted

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-2nd District
(One term)
10 bills sponsored
7 stalled in committee
0 successfully enacted

U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-3rd District
(Six terms)
57 bills sponsored
53 stalled in committee
2 successfully enacted

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-4th District
(Three terms)
46 bills sponsored
34 stalled in committee
2 successfully enacted

Source: www.GovTrack.us  


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