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Why is the Collective Bargaining Bill such a big deal?

As I have jumped into my spot here at Scott County Republicans, the buzz has been about the collective bargaining bill.  Of course, once again the Republicans are painted as people who want their fellow humans to starve.  What is our problem?  Why is this bill such a big deal?

First things first, this collective bargaining agreement has not been changed since 1974. Can’t we all admit that things have changed since then?  I think it is probably time to look at it with fresh eyes.

What has changed with this new bill?

  1. The past negotiations were for everything from wages to healthcare to seniority perks. When was the last time you joined a company and negotiated your healthcare?  You are given the option to purchase healthcare through the company or go get your own.  Why should they get to negotiate better healthcare at taxpayers’ expense?  If you want more than what is offered, you can go buy your own.  The new bill is going to limit negotiations to wages.  I believe that is fair.  This will allow the school board in each district to prioritize student’s needs over that of vacation time or evaluation procedures. (Update: In the final bill the unions are able to negotiate for seniority perks as well grievance procedures, but the bills still much more fiscally responsible than it was.)
  2. Before, if the contract negotiation went to arbitration, it went to an unelected arbitrator to choose one of the two numbers. That person couldn’t choose something in between that was a compromise for each party; he had to choose one number or the other regardless of the outcome to taxpayers.  The new bill requires the arbitrator to consider the ability of the employer to finance the wage hike.  Imagine that!
  3. There is also a provision in this new bill which separates public safety employees from non-public safety employees. The men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day will still be able to bargain collectively, if we can make their lives a little easier and less stressful, we should.
  4. Under this new bill, public workers will also have to vote every two years for the union that represents them. I have to vote every few years for the people who represent me in government.  The people in these unions should have an active voice in who represents them in these negotiations.

These seem to be the areas that everyone is most concerned about, so why is this bill so important?

This is about being a good steward of the resources that God has given us.  We have a right to expect great work for great pay, and we need to reward the people who are outstanding and fire the ones who are not.  This will create a competitive workplace and give us the best workers in the country.  We do not mind paying for quality, but we have the right to demand quality.  We don’t want to take away anyone’s healthcare or great work environment, we just believe it should be comparable to ours.

Dana Huss

Secretary, Scott County Republican

A New Years Resolution

We hope you are all enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones.  As we look back on 2012 and forward to 2013, we have a lot to be thankful for.

Many of us will make New Years resolutions to eat healthier, take on new projects, and the list goes on.  How about resolving to support businesses who support our Republican candidates?

Click here for a list of businesses and which political parties they donated money to in the last election cycle.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

The Final Stretch!

Only hours remaining for us to help change the direction of this country by working to elect Governor Romney, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the Republican ticket.  

Stop by our office to make calls and/or door knock throughout Scott County to turn out the vote. 

Phone calling and door knocking are very easy. Simply ask two questions and provide voters with their correct polling places (we give you a list).

EVERY DAY COUNTS, EVERY CALL COUNTS, EVERY DOOR KNOCK COUNTS AND EVERY VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! 

Stop in when you have some time to help, or to sign up for a particular shift to call or door knock call Colin Tadlock at 563-459-7730 or email him at ctadlock@iowagop.org.

EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
As you have heard this election will be very close, so we need you to talk to as many people you can and encourage them to vote and to vote Republican!  This election will be about voter turnout and the greatest ad is your personal appeal.

ELECTION DAY ACTIVITIES
We will be phone calling and door knocking on Election Day.

Shifts

9:00 a.m. – Noon

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Please contact Colin at ctadlock@iowagop.org to sign up for phone calling or door knocking on Election Day. This is our big, final push.  Scott County Republican volunteers made nearly 11,000 calls on Election Day 2010.  Let’s beat that record on Election Day 2012!

ELECTION NIGHT CELEBRATION
After we have given all we have to give to help elect President Romney and Vice President Ryan and the entire Republican ticket, join us as we celebrate!  Our victory party will be at our headquarters, 311 West Kimberly Road in Davenport, beginning at 9:00 p.m. (after we finish making calls to turn out the vote).

Please bring an appetizer to share. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be provided. We will be watching the results on big screen TVs.

VOTING INFORMATION
For questions about voting you can go to http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/. At this site you will be able to determine your precinct, find your polling place, and find other answers about voting.

Be certain you go to the correct polling site as some locations may have changed.  Please also call us at 563-823-5854 if you have ANY questions about voting or your polling location.

IMPORTANT DATES
November 5:  auditor’s office open
November 5: absentee ballot voting in person deadline
November 6 polls open 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Early Voting Has Begun!

September 27, 2012, marked the first day of general election early voting in Scott County.  Below are the early voting locations, first from the auditor, and second those locations petitioned by citizens of Scott County.

2012
SCOTT COUNTY, IOWA
EARLY VOTING SATELLITE LOCATIONS
SCOTT COUNTY AUDITOR SITES:
Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf
Monday, October 22nd – Saturday, November 3rd
Monday – Thursday, 12noon – 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available

Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch Library
6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport
Monday, October 22nd – Saturday, November 3rd
Monday & Wednesday, 12:30pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am – 4pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available

Davenport Fairmount Street Branch Library
3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport
Monday, October 22nd – Saturday, November 3rd
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Tuesday & Thursday 12:30pm – 6:30pm
All Ballots Available

Scott County Library, Eldridge
600 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge
Monday, October 22nd – Saturday, November 3rd
Monday – Thursday, 12noon – 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available

2012
SCOTT COUNTY, IOWA
EARLY VOTING SATELLITE LOCATIONS
CITIZEN PETITIONED SITES:
(All Ballots Available At Sites)

City of LeClaire Fire Station
201 N 15th St, LeClaire
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11am to 5pm

City of Maysville Fire Station
9100 New Liberty Rd, Maysville
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10am to 4pm

Scott Community College – Belmont Campus
500 Belmont Rd, Bettendorf
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9am to 3pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11am to 5pm

St Ambrose University – Rogalski Center
518 W Locust St, Davenport
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 10am to 4pm

Third Mission Baptist Church
222 W 14th St, Davenport
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1pm to 7pm

United Neighbors
808 Harrison St, Davenport
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 10am to 4pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 1pm to 7pm

If you have any questions about early voting, please check out the auditor’s website or our website.

Parades: A Great Summer Institution

While the Scott County Republicans are involved in many operational tasks throughout the election season, one of the fun and visible ways we show our enthusiasm is by walking in parades.  This year our central committee member Don Swanson has built a fantastic float with cushioned seats and all of the amenities.

A few photos from the July 4th Bettendorf parade, courtesy of Steve Robinson:

We have walked in four parades so far this year, with many more to come.  Join us at any of these upcoming parades:

July 14: Eldridge Festival Days

2:00 p.m. line up

6th Ave, by the Ace Hardware store, off of LeClaire Road

3:00 p.m. parade begins

July 21: Walcott

9:30 a.m. line up

south of the Walcott School, by the Twin States Chemical Company

10:30 a.m. parade begins

August 10: LeClaire Tug Fest Parade

August 18: Durant Firemen’s Fest

September 3: McCausland Labor Day Parade

September TBD: Donahue

October 27: Bettendorf Halloween Parade

November 17: Davenport Festival of Trees Parade

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have helped with parades thus far this year!  For more details as they become available, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Archer and Dolan to Debate in Scott County

Scott County Republicans will sponsor a debate featuring the two Republican candidates running in the June Primary for the U.S. Congress in the 2nd District.

The two candidates participating in the debate are John Archer and Dan Dolan.

Candidate John Archer

Candidate Dan Dolan

The debate will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley High School auditorium. The debate is free and open to the public, no tickets are required, and it is expected to last 90 minutes. We hope to see you there so that you can become an informed voter before you cast your vote in the Primary Election on June 5, 2012.

If you have any questions, please call us at 563-823-5854 or email us at republicanssc@gmail.com.

Judy Davidson

Chairwoman

Scott County Republicans

63 Days Until Primary Election

With only 63 DAYS until Primary Election Day, here are some important items to be aware of.

POLL WORKERS NEEDED

Republicans who are interested in being paid poll workers for the June primary election and the November general election should call our office at 563.823.5854. Poll workers are trained by the county auditor’s office and will need to attend an overall training on May 30, as well as an “e poll book” training on May 7. The shift for poll workers is 6:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., and the pay is $8.00/hour. Poll workers may or may not be assigned to their own precincts and will be assigned by the county auditor’s office.

NEW VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS

You should have received your new voter registration card from the county auditor’s office by now. Please review to make sure all is correct on the card and that you are listed in the correct precinct. You may confirm your precinct by looking on the Scott County Auditor’s website and clicking on precinct finder.

KEY DATES FOR THE JUNE 5TH PRIMARY ELECTION

April 24: Absentee ballots ready in the auditor’s office

May 21: Postmark deadline for mail in voter registration

May 26: 5:00 p.m. Voter pre registration deadline; Auditor’s office open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for voter registration

June 1: Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail

NOTE: If you do not request an absentee ballot, you will not automatically receive one as you might have before. So be sure to request one if you would like to vote by mail.

June 5: Election Day! Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We are working hard to lay the groundwork for success in the 2012 election. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know by calling us at 563-823-5854. We hope to have our larger headquarters open and running sometime in June and we will keep you informed of that status.

Sincerely,

Judy Davidson

Chairwoman

Scott County Republicans

Caucus Cheat Sheet

The Iowa caucuses will be held on January 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 PM.  You must be a registered Republican to attend.  Registration forms will be available on site to complete if needed, or if you want to change your registration.  If someone will be 18 as of the general election on November 6, 2012, they can attend and vote at the caucus, as long as they are a registered Republican, or will register as a Republican at the caucus.

The first step to attend your caucus is determining in which precinct you live.  If you do not know your precinct, you can find it on the Scott County Auditor’s website: click on the “precinct finder” link and type in your address. Once you determine your precinct you can find your caucus site either by looking on our website, or calling the auditors office; they have a list of all of our sites.

There is no charge to attend, although a donation envelope will be distributed. All donations are given to the Scott County Republican Party to offset caucus expenses and help elect Republicans at all levels.

Expect the caucus to take 1 -1 ½ hours or more depending on the number of people attending.

Get to your caucus EARLY in order to avoid the rush and get properly checked in; 6:00 is a good idea.  For check in you will need a picture ID, preferably an Iowa driver’s license.

YOU MIGHT NOT CAUCUS AT THE SAME LOCATION AT WHICH YOU VOTE!  Caucus sites are assigned by your precinct number.  Find your precinct, either by looking on your voter registration card, or by searching the Scott County Auditor website, search by your current address.  Once you find your precinct number you can find your caucus site by looking at our website, scottcountyrepublicans.org, or the Scott County Auditor’s website.

When you arrive at your location, find your specific room and go there to check in.  At 7:00 PM a temporary caucus chairman will call the caucus to order.  The first order of business will be to elect a permanent Caucus Chairperson who will run the caucus, and a permanent Caucus Secretary who will be the recorder.

In addition to voting for President, delegates will be elected to the Scott County Republican County Convention. Interest forms will also be completed for the District Convention, and the Iowa State Convention.  Those interested in attending the District/State convention need to be voted upon at the County convention. Any registered Republican is eligible to attend. Junior delegates (those younger than legal voting age), will also be asked to attend the County Convention; no vote is taken.  All who want to attend are allowed to do so.

The County Convention will be on Saturday, March 10 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. The fee for a delegate to attend is $15.00 and the alternate delegate fee is $10.00 (no fee for Junior Delegates). The District Convention is April 21, location TBD.  The state convention is June 16, and the fee to attend one or both is $50, with no alternate delegate fee.  The site for the state convention has not yet been chosen; most likely it will be in Des Moines, but it will be a full day, beginning early in the morning and continuing all day.  Fees for the county convention will be collected at the caucus, so if you think you might want to attend, please be prepared to pay the fee.  In order to attend the District and/or State Conventions, one must first be a delegate to the County Convention; no fees for district/state are collected at the caucus, as these delegates must be voted on at the County Convention in March.  County delegates can attend either both or just one of District and State Conventions.

When it is time to take the presidential preference poll, each candidate will have a campaign spokesperson who will speak on that candidate’s behalf. Then a written ballot will be taken.  The winner is the candidate who has received the most votes. Platform issues will also be requested, and must be submitted in writing on the official form that will be available.

A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS CAUCUS IS TO ELECT PRECINCT LEADERS TO SERVE FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS. Each precinct will elect 2 precinct leaders who will make up the voting members of the Scott County Republican Central Committee.  This is a very important volunteer position, as these will be the people we ask to engage folks in their own precincts, and help to get out the vote to win in 2012.  The Central Committee meets every other month, on Tuesday evening, and it is expected that at a minimum, precinct leaders attend these meetings. If you, or if you know of anyone who might be interested in serving in this vital role, and would like to discuss it further, please contact us at 563-823-5854.  There will be information available at the caucuses regarding responsibilities of the precinct leaders.

Happy New Year & Happy Caucusing!

Scott County Republicans 2012 Caucus Locations

Join us at the caucuses on Tuesday, January 3, 2012!  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Caucuses begin at 7:00 p.m.
 
Allen’s Grove
North Scott Jr. High
502 S. 5th St., Eldridge, IA 52748
Choir Room
 
B11
The Fountains
3752 Thunder Ridge Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Clubhouse Dining Room
 
B12
Bettendorf Middle School
2030 Middle Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Auditorium
 
B21
Mark Twain Elementary
1620 Lincoln Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Gym
 
B22
Grant Wood School
1423 Hillside Dr.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Gym
 
B23
Hoover Elementary
3223 S. Hampton
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Gym
 
B31
Tanglewood Pavilion
4520 Middle Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Pavilion Room
 
B32
Armstrong Elementary
3311 Central Ave.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Gym
 
B41
Bettendorf High School
3333 18th Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Cafeteria
 
B42
Hopewell School
3900 Hopewell Ave.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Gym
 
B51
Riverdale Heights School
2125 Devils Glen Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Cafeteria
 
B52
Pleasant Valley High School
604 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Theater
 
Buffalo City
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA 52773
Room 204
 
Blue Grass City
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA  52773
Room 115
 
Blue Grass Township
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA 52773
Room 203
 
Butler
St. Ann’s Church
16550 290th St.
Long Grove, IA 52756
Hall
 
Buffalo Township
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA 52773
Small Gym
 
Cody/LeClaire Township
Cody Elementary
2100 Territorial RD.
LeClaire, IA 52753
Cafeteria
 
Cleona
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St. Walcott, IA 52773
Cafeteria
 
D11
West High School
3505 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804
Cafeteria
 
D12
Club Mo-kan
4227 W. Kimberley Rd.
Davenport, IA 52806
Lower Room
 
D13
CASI
1035 W. Kimberley Rd.
Davenport, IA 52804
Ballroom
 
D14
West High School
3505 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804
Music Room
 
D21
West High School
3505 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804
Cafeteria
 
D22
West High School
3505 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804
Cafeteria
 
D23
Club Mo-kan
4227 W. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52806
Back Room
 
D24
Knights of Columbus
1111 W. 35th St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Small Room
 
D31
Knights of Columbus
1111 W. 35th St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Large Room
 
D32
CASI
1035 W. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52804
Ballroom
 
D33
Radisson Hotel
111 E. 2nd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Ballroom
 
D34
Radisson Hotel
111 E. 2nd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Board Room
 
D41
Club Mo-kan
4227 W. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52806
Top Floor
 
D42
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
415 W. 53rd St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Large Room
 
D43
Hotel Blackhawk
200 East 3rd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Davenport Room
 
D44
Hotel Blackhawk
200 East 3rd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Bettendorf Room
 
D51
Knights of Columbus
1111 W. 35th St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Large Room
 
D52
Central High School
1120 Main St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Room 259
 
D53
Central High School
1120 Main St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Auditorium
 
D54
Central High School
1120 Main St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Cafeteria West
 
D61
St. Ambrose Rogalski Center
518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA 52803
Rogalski Center Middle
 
D62
Hy Vee Center
1823 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52807
North Side
 
D63
Radisson Hotel
111 E. 2nd St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Ballroom
 
D64
CASI
1035 W. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52804
Ballroom
 
D71
Central High School
1120 Main St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Cafeteria East
 
D72
St. Ambrose Rogalski Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Rogalski Center Side Room
 
D73
St. Ambrose Rogalski Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Rogalski Center Side Room
 
D74
Hy Vee Center
1823 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52807
South Side
 
D81
Wood Intermediate School
5701 N. Divison St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Cafeteria
 
D82
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
415 W. 53rd St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Small Room
 
D83
St. Ambrose Rogalski Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Rogalski Center Side Room
 
D84
Scott County GOP Headquarters
Paul Revere Square
2322 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52807
West Building – Suite 235
 
Eldridge 1
North Scott Jr. High
502 S. 5th St.
Eldridge, IA 52748
Cafeteria
 
Eldridge 2
North Scott Jr. High
502 S. 5th St.
Eldridge, IA 52748
Old Gym
 
Hickory Grove
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA 52773
Room 201
 
Liberty
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA 52773
Room 113
 
LeClaire
Cody Elementary
2100 Territorial Rd.
LeClaire, IA. 52753
Gym
 
Lincoln
North Scott Jr. High
502 S. 5th St.
Eldridge, IA. 52748
Room 45
 
Princeton
Cody Elementary
2100 Territorial Rd.
LeClaire, IA 52753
Media Room
 
Pleasant Valley
Pleasant View School
6333 Crow Creek Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Cafeteria
 
Sheridan
North Scott Jr. High
502 S. 5th St.
Eldridge, IA 52748
Band Room
 
Riverdale
Bettendorf Community Center
2204 Grant Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Crimson Room
 
Walcott
Walcott Elementary
545 E. James St.
Walcott, IA 52773
Cafeteria
 
Winfield
St. Ann’s Church
16550 290th St.
Long Grove, IA 52756
Side Room

The Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  Since 1972, Iowa has been first in the nation in the presidential selection process, and we in Scott County take this responsibility seriously.

We are working to ensure a positive experience for all Republicans during this upcoming caucus.  Locations are being secured and point people are being identified.

Several resources are available online to acquaint you with the caucus history and process.  They are listed throughout this blog post.  Our Scott County Republicans Chairwoman Judy Davidson has also created a “Caucus Cheat Sheet” which we have summarized below:

– The upcoming Iowa Caucuses will be held on January 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

– Caucus locations will be published in the newspapers as well as on the Republican Party of Iowa website and Iowa Secretary of State website.  Please note: Your caucus location is often different than your usual voting location.

– You must be a registered Republican and 18 years old by November 6, 2012, to participate.  You may register to vote on site that evening.

– No cost to attend, although a donation is encouraged

– Arrive to your caucus site early to allow plenty of time for check in, and plan to be there for an hour or longer.

– While the presidential poll receives the most attention during presidential election years, the caucus includes various other important points of business, including electing precinct leaders to serve for the next two years, and electing delegates to the county, district, and state conventions.  Platform issues are also submitted in writing.

– The presidential poll commences via paper ballot after one person has been given a chance to speak on behalf of each presidential campaign.  The candidate who receives the most votes on this ballot is considered the winner.  Only one round of voting occurs.  (The Democrats’ process differs on this point.)

If this sounds interesting to you and you fit the criteria to participate in the caucus, we invite you to join us!  Be a part of history!