DES MOINES — A new group is being launched in Iowa to engage in vigorous debate over national and state public policy. Priorities for Iowa (www.prioritiesforiowa.com) is a nonpartisan organization that will tackle big issues and work to inform Iowans about a wide range of public policy.
The group’s first effort was to release a video today reminding Iowans of Congressman Bruce Braley’s enthusiastic support for the Affordable Care Act, referred to by most as Obamacare, followed by his questioning of it’s impact on Iowans.
“There is an underrepresented majority of Iowans who are looking for a voice and a vehicle to take action on the general drift of the country away from free market principles,” said Sara Craig, who serves as the group’s executive director. “Whether it’s the impending drubbing of small businesses by Obamacare, the doubling of the federal debt over the past five years, or the stifling regulations around energy production, Iowans are looking for a way out of this mess.”
Citing polling that suggests that 60% of Iowans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, David Kochel pointed to several key issues that concern Iowans. “They want more domestic energy production, they want to get rid of Obamacare, or at least give individuals the same break President Obama just gave businesses,” said Kochel. “Unfortunately, Congressman Bruce Braley went against Iowans when he voted to delay the Obamacare mandate for corporations but didn’t extend the same rights to individuals.”
The group, organized by Sara Craig and David Kochel, and joined by board members Renee Schulte, Chad Airhart and Luke Martz, will also focus on Iowa-based issues, and plans to actively engage voters online through digital advertising and social media. It is organized as a 501(c)4 and relies upon contributions to conduct it’s research and education.
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