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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

Upcoming Executive Committee Elections

The Scott County Republicans will hold elections for the 2013 – 2015 executive committee during its central committee meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Tanglewood Hills Pavilion in Bettendorf.  This meeting will be closed to the media.

The Nominating Committee is recommending the following slate:

Chair: Judy Davidson

Vice Chairs: Carol Crain, John Ortega, Gary Turpin

Secretary: Lynne Bosten

Treasurer: Andrea McGivern

Executive committee members Greg Adamson, Melissa Gesing, and Thom May are not seeking re-election.

Nominating committee members are Kay Wagner, Bryan Sievers, and Bill Fennelly.

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.

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.

Guidelines Used to Determine District/State Delegates

Please see the guidelines below used by the nominating committee for district and state convention delegates.  These guidelines were stated at the county convention.  The nominating committee had almost 300 people express interest for the 246 open slots.  The critera below was used since the committee actually had more people interested than slots available.

  • Those county convention delegates who expressed interest in attending
  • Those who have given of their time and talent to strengthen and build the party and help elect Republicans for the 2010 election and previous volunteer service
  • Those who have served on the 2010-2012 Central Committee
  • Those who had served in a caucus leadership position for the 2012 caucuses
  • Party leadership
  • Current and previous elected officials
  • Loyal Republican activists
  • County Convention delegates
  • Those who expressed interest at their caucuses
  • Presidential campaigns
  • Lincoln Club members

Aside from participating in the conventions, we have many other ways to get involved to help elect Republicans.  We encourage you to stop by our headquarters if you would like to volunteer and/or call us at 563.823.5854.

Republicans Unite

Our number one mission is to elect Republicans at all levels, and especially to work to defeat President Obama this fall.  As I am sure you understand, this is the most important election of our lifetime, and you play a crucial role.  We must work together, stand united, and focus on the ultimate goal of electing Republicans from the courthouse to the White House this fall.  This is not a time to cause divisiveness because of individual agendas, but a time to join together as REPUBLICANS to build our party, support our republican candidates, and work as a unified team to achieve success in November.

We must utilize our time and talents to defeat President Obama. Our strength as an organization comes from each of you and can translate into victory this fall.

As always, please feel free to call me if you have an questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach me at headquarters 563-823-5854. Also feel free to call any of the other executive committee members at our headquarters number. I encourage you to stop by our headquarters if you are able to do so on Wednesday afternoons anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. We are in Paul Revere Square on Kimberly Road in Davenport, Suite #235, in the West Building. If you would like to stop by another time, let me know and I would be happy to meet you at your convenience.

“United we stand, divided we fall”…

Judy Davidson, Chairwoman Scott County Republicans

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

Help Cindy Golding Win SD18

On November 8, Iowans will have a chance to regain a seat in the Iowa Senate allowing our republican legislators to move their agenda forward!Senator Swati Dandekar, a democrat from Marion, has resigned her seat to take an appointment to the Iowa Utility Board.  This means there will be a special election to fill this seat this on November 8, 2011, and we have a chance to shift the Iowa Senate to  25/ 25.  Republicans would have the chance to move forward legislation they were not able to last session.

This election includes the areas of Marion, Hiawatha, Robins, and rural Linn County. We are asking the wonderful activists in Scott County to help with this very important election.

One of the best and EASIEST ways for us in Scott County to help is to contact people you know in these areas.  If you have family or friends who live in these areas, talk to them about the importance of this election, and encourage them to vote for CINDY GOLDING, the republican candidate.

Republican Cindy Golding, candidate for State Senate District 18

Then ask them to encourage their friends and family to vote for Cindy and also volunteer to help get out the vote.  Voters affiliated with the GOP in this area outnumber democrats by 200; although a plurality of the 51,500 voters in the district are independents.  So, you can see getting out the vote is crucial, especially encouraging those independents to vote republican.
A few ways each of us can volunteer between now and November 8:
  • Phone banks in Des Moines: The Iowa GOP is phone banking at the headquarters office in Des Moines all day Monday-Saturday. The best time to call during the week is 5:30pm-8:30pm. Let Ryan know if you’re interested in phoning! The address of the building is 621 East 9th St, Des Moines.  Ryan may be reached at 515.867.1997.
  • Phone banks in Marion: If you are near Cedar Rapids and Marion, please visit the office at 1121 7th Ave., Marion. Tracie Gibler will be running the Marion office making phone calls and door knocking.  You may contact her via phone at 319.329.2159.
  • Door Knocking: EVERY SATURDAY BETWEEN NOW AND THE ELECTION, folks from all over the state will be putting on walking shoes to knock doors in Marion. Come with us! If you’re interested in talking to voters and getting out the vote in Marion and Cedar Rapids, join us on Saturdays in Marion. The first flight of door-knockers will go out at 10am. Come test out our new iPad door-knocking system!
  • Adopt A Voter: Adopt 25 Republican voters. Call Ryan for a list of 25 Republicans that live in Senate District 18. Send them hand-written notes and give them a phone call.

Although we cannot actually vote in this crucial election, we can take an active role in helping to elect the republican candidate who will help ALL IOWANS by creating a 25/25 split in the Senate giving our republican legislators the ability to move legislation.  Read Representative Kraig Paulsen’s perspective on the race here.

If you are interested in grassroots volunteering for Cindy, contact any of the people listed below:

Linn County GOP Chair Steve Armstrong

Tracie Gibler, Marion Phone Bank
319.329.2159
Ryan Gough, Des Moines Phone Bank & Adopt a Voter
515.867.1997

You may also visit Cindy Golding’s website.

On to Victory!

3rd Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner

Save the Date!  Monday, November 14, 2011, is the date of our third annual Ronald Reagan Dinner.

The keynote speaker will be announced on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.  Stay tuned to our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages for the breaking news.

Past keynote speakers have included New York Governor George Pataki and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  Will we have a governor again this year?  A member of Congress?  Or someone else?  Share your guesses with us.

This annual event will be held at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.  For only $50 per person, you can enjoy a wonderful evening that includes a sit down dinner with various republican guests.  We will also hold a silent auction with very exciting items.

If you would like more information, feel free to call our headquarters at 563.823.5854 or email us at republicanssc@gmail.com.