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The U.S. House 1st Districts Republican race for Congress heats up as the June 5th Primary nears


The Iowa Republicans of District 1 have not yet chosen a nominee for the Congressional races; that will be determined at the June 5th primaries.

There are two candidates on the ballot and one candidate with an enthusiastic group of grassroots supporters working on a write in campaign. The three candidates are parallel in many ways but they are incredibly different from one another. In the end it all comes down to who would be the strongest candidate to take on Democratic Congressman, Bruce Braley.

Former congressional candidate Steve Rathje has a strong following as a write in candidate. His supporters have been feverishly working the social networking sites and sending emails in search of support. Rathje’s supporters argue that the bar be raised within the party. They aren’t satisfied with either of the two candidates on the ballot. For more information on Steve Rathje’s write in campaign please visit: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003823120547

In Ben Lange’s latest ad he stated “For centuries American progress has depended upon a generational compact in which each generation creates the conditions for the next generation to live better than the last” he continues “The current political leadership has indebted my girls to the tune of $150,000 before they can even ride a bike.” Ben has been big on the budget that Bruce Braley only recently became interested in fixing. “Our national debt has skyrocketed to $16 trillion and DC politicians now borrow $0.40 of every dollar spent.” -Ben Lange

Ben Lange’s name might sound familiar but that’s because he ran against Braley in 2010 and we were saturated with television ads of those two bantering back and forth. That was before the district lines changed. Lange lost that election by less than 2% of the vote. Will the district changes help or hurt Lange in the primary? We will soon find out! For more information on Ben Lange please visit: http://www.langeforcongress.com/

Finally, there is the black sheep of the ticket, Rod Blum. Blum is an enthusiastic liberty candidate from Dubuque who is clearly not one of our typical “politicians”. Blum has vowed to take a cut in pay down to the average American’s income and even wants to limit his own term.

Blum has spoken out against NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act that allows the government to detain American’s without any probable cause & denies them due process. And he has spoken out against the latest Act the government is attempting to push through Congress called CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing Protection Act, an act that allows government officials to spy on your online activities, it’s similar to SOPA: Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that Congressman Bruce Braley voted against. For more information on Rod Blum visit: http://rodblum.com/

I feel great pressure to endorse one of the three candidates for the June 5 primary but after meeting all three of them I have come to the conclusion that I won’t even know until I am in the voting booth. Getting to know the candidates is good but sometimes it only makes it more difficult to choose! On a personal level, I like all three of them! All three of them have great potential and would make fine nominees for the Republican Party .

No matter who it is they are up against a man who is very popular among voters. Braley, is, in a lot of ways—is the liberty candidate in the Democratic Party and oftentimes votes against the grain on controversial issues. This is going to be a heated race no matter who takes the republican nomination after the June 5 Primary!

I urge people to research their candidates and to reach out now, while they are in campaign mode, because once they do go to work to represent us they suddenly become harder to reach!


“What Being A Republican Means To Me!” by Steve Rathje


“What Being A Republican Means To Me!”
by Steve Rathje on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:34pm
Republicans; it’s not what we are that separates us from politics as usual, it’s who we are. And once we compromise who we are, the vary foundation on which we stand begins to crumble. Remaining forever vigilant to our values and principles regardless of opinion, defines us as those that live for the future, and learn from the past.

We as true Republicans, Conservatives, Constitutional Patriots, believe that less government, a strong military and strong family values are the three core constitutionally based principles by which our Republic was founded, and should therefore be governed and represented accordingly. Any compromise to these key principles reflects nothing more than an exercise in mediocrity, a lack of integrity, and an unwillingness to stand up for what we truly believe.

Integrity says it all, it means adhering to a firm code of ethical standards, to rise above the fray and maintain a strong moral character, regardless of opinion. It’s about honesty and truth, and the willingness to stand up for both, but most of all it’s about you, the heart that beats within you, the conscience that guides you, and the soul that will one day leave you. Freedom and liberty are not determined by politicians, political parties or governments, but rather guaranteed by natures God, and within that guarantee fall certain responsibilities to all mankind, to protect and preserve that which is most sacred to life as we believe it to be.

Being a true Republican isn’t about being a member of an organization. It’s about a way of life. It’s about God and natures law. It’s about Freedom and Liberty and the opportunities they bring. It’s about free markets and capitalism, and the ability to earn and live the American dream, and it’s about humanity and the right to personally choose how to support those less fortunate. Republicans are made up of those that empower rather than enable. They take personal responsibility and accountability for who and what they are, and they are unafraid to stand on the principles instilled in them by the One that placed them upon this earth. I’m proud to be a Republican, and I’m honored to be your friend!

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Co-Founder of Dubuque Tea Party Endorses Rod Blum


Co-Founder of Dubuque Tea Party Endorses Rod Blum for U.S. Congress

Republican Congressional Candidate Rod Blum received yet another endorsement from a Tea
Party founder in U.S. Congressional District 1 on Monday. Last week Blum received the
endorsement of Cedar Rapids Tea Party Founder Tim Pugh.

Michael Heeren, co-founder of the Dubuque Tea Party, commended Blum on his campaign
organization and his willingness to stand up to the status quo in Washington DC.

“The Tea-Party in Dubuque was founded on three core principles that are important to all
Republican voters” Heeren said. “Mr. Blum strongly believes in limited government, fiscal
responsibility and free markets. He will stand up to Washington insiders, reduce
Congressional salary and represent the views of Tea Party Iowans and Tea Party voters
everywhere. His grassroots campaign is organized and strong throughout the district. ”

“I am humbled and honored to receive Mr. Heeren’s endorsement” Blum said. “Though
America is struggling right now, I am optimistic about our future because I am witnessing an
increasing number of citizens in this country who are willing to stand up to Washington DC. I
believe the phenomenon of the Tea Party movement is the greatest example of grassroots
citizenship I have seen in this country in my lifetime”.

Blum, a Dubuque entrepreneur, will face a primary challenge from Buchanan lawyer Ben
Lange for the opportunity to challenge Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat. Lange was
defeated by Braley in 2010.

Sponsored and paid for by Blum for Congress 2012


Founder of Cedar Rapids Tea Party Endorses Rod Blum


Founder of Cedar Rapids Tea Party Endorses Rod Blum for U.S. Congress

I have had the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues with both Republican Candidates running for United States Representative for District 1 in Iowa. After reviewing both their positions on all of the issues and intentions, and after careful consideration, I have decided to endorse Rod Blum for Congress.

Rod Blum has been a successful business man and entrepreneur for his entire professional career, creating jobs and balancing a budget. Rod Blum understands the inner workings of the private sector and economy. Rod is a man of character and integrity, who stands apart from many of the other run of the mill, status quo politicians.

Congress currently receives an outrageous $175,000 salary per year. Rod will only accept the median income for an American of $39,366 as his Congressional pay showing that he is going to serve the people of Iowa, not his own interests. Rod also will work to bring a balanced budget, while ensuring we take care of the needs of our seniors and the military. He has a strong understanding of the Constitution and I believe he will use this important document as a guide for his decisions and votes while serving in Congress. He has made the voluntary pledge to serve only 3 terms in Congress and has no desire to become a career politician.

Rod Blum is the only candidate with the experience and skills needed to defeat Democrat Bruce Braley. Rod will go to Washington DC and represent us as a citizen legislator.

Rod Blum will work for the interests of the people of Iowa, while full filling his oath to defend and protect the Constitution. I am honored to endorse Rod Blum as the Republican Candidate for Congress in US House District 1.

Tim Pugh – Founder, Cedar Rapids Tea Party

Sponsored and Paid for by Blum for Congress 2012


THE CONSTITUTION IS COMING TO YOU! Rod Blum Announces First District Tour


Dubuque, IA – Republican Congressional Candidate Rod Blum will begin a 20 county tour Thursday. The tour, named “The Constitution is Coming to Your Town” will take him to Main Streets, churches, businesses and town halls throughout the 1st District to meet with fellow Republicans and talk about the issues that face this country.

“It is very exciting to have this great opportunity to talk to Iowa Republicans about what’s most important to them, and about the real issues facing our country,” said Mr. Blum. “I look forward to meeting the citizens of northeast Iowa, and having an open forum to discuss the creation of jobs here in Iowa and across the country as your Representative to US Congress. Restoring our economy is my number one priority”

The “Constitution is Coming to Your Town” tour is designed to give voters a perfect opportunity to interact with Mr. Blum, who is running in the Republican primary for the First Congressional District on June 5th. The winner of the primary will attempt to unseat Rep. Bruce Braley (D) in November.

“I believe voters need a clear choice this November. We must have a true conservative and experienced job-creator on the ballot this fall,” Mr. Blum went on to say. “We know how big government gets in the way. We saw Carter do it in 1976, but the Reagan Revolution returned us to the correct, limited government path. We’ve lived it and we know how it works. I intend to take those policies back to Washington DC.” Key points that Mr. Blum will be bringing up along his tour are the economy, job creation, the national debt, and returning America to the Constitution.

Tour Dates for the next 11 days Include:

Poweshiek County Forum in Grinnell
Where: GOP Headquarters, 4th and Main St., Grinnell IA
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM

Marshall County Town Hall
Where: Fisher Community Building, 709 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA
Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

In-studio interview with Jan Michelson – WHO Radio in Des Moines
Where: Tune in here
Date: Tuesday,May 15, 2012
Time: 10:00AM –11:00AM
Lunch with meat processing employees – Edgewood Locker on May 16th

Delaware County Town Hall in Manchester on
Date: May 16th, 2012
Where: Pizza Ranch, 1100 West Main Street, Manchester, IA
Date: May 16, 2012
Time: 7:00 –8:30 PM

Benton County Meet and Greet in Vinton
Where: US Bank Community Building, 414 A Ave, Vinton, IA
Date: Thursday,May 17, 2012
Time: 6:45 -8:00 PM

Clayton County Meet and Greet in Elkader on May 18th
Meet and Greet Aunt B’s Inn of Strawberry Point
Date: Thursday,May 24, 2012
Time: 7:00 –8:00 PM

5 Seasons Republican Women debate in Linn County May 21st
Where: Kirkwood Community College, room 234 in Cedar Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW.
Date: May 21, 2012
Time: 7:00 –8:00 PM

Dubuque County
Meet and Greet at Park Farm Winery
Date: Thursday,May 24, 2012
Time: 6:00 –7:00 PM

Please visit www.RodBlum.com for more info


Rod Blum’s reaction to CISPA- the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act


ROD BLUM REACTS TO THE PASSING OF CISPA
Dubuque, IA – On Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3523, the
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, commonly known as CISPA. The vote was 248
ayes to 168 nays, with 15 not voting. CISPA was passed with the “intention” of detecting cyber
threats say proponents of the bill, however its opponents say that this bill could allow private
internet providers to provide the government any amount of information, from the content of
private emails to your medical, financial, and educational records online.
Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress from the First District of Iowa, Rod Blum condemned
the passage of the bill, stating “The U.S. government continues to pass legislation that infringes
upon the rights of everyday Americans.”
“The passage of bills that violate our privacy and civil liberties such as CISPA are simply
unconstitutional,” added Mr. Blum. “The ability to peer into private activity on the Internet has
no foundation in the Constitution. Far too often Americans are asked to sacrifice their liberties
for the sake of ‘safety’ – I believe we can be safe AND hold dear our individual liberties.”
Mr. Blum went on to encourage conservative members of the U.S. Senate to uphold the
Constitution in making their vote on CISPA. “Protect our freedom on the Internet, protect our
privacy as citizens, and protect our Constitution,” he implored.

For more information visit http://www.rodblum.com/index.shtml


Insist on plan from candidates by Steven R. Rathje


I’ve known several candidates and elected representatives who have no problem in sharing their solutions and ideas with constituents and colleague alike. Through passion, facts and skill, they articulate them to prove their merit and pass them into law for the benefit of all Americans.

There are a lot of issues facing American families today that require the direct attention from elected officials, as well as candidates. Leading the pack obviously are jobs and the economy and our budget deficit and debt. Then there’s energy, education and national security.

So it’s disappointing when people take the time and make the effort to run for office, and then fall short because of no substantive plan regarding the topics that most Americans are discussing. Talking points, sound bites and political rhetoric are one thing; it’s another to offer solutions in a coherent, well thought-out manner.
On more than one occasion, I’ve asked candidates for their rendition of what must be done to get people back to work and the economy moving again. I didn’t ask for sound bites but rather an honest plan that reflects well thought-out solutions to our problems. I’m looking for those who can form and articulate a plan, sell it to leadership, and actually get something done.

Shouldn’t would-be constituents be offered the opportunity to weigh-in on a candidate’s ideas about important issues before the election, rather than being forced to determine whether they’ve made the right decision several months down the road when it’s too late? After all, elections aren’t likability contests … or are they?
Most of us want to know what the candidate’s plans are for cutting taxes, spending and eliminating waste, so we’d like for them to tell us, in writing, where, how much, and what fiscal effect it’ll have on our country and our pocket book. We also want to know what their plan is for stimulating consumer confidence so as to empower employers to hire more people and get good-paying manufacturing jobs back home.

Banks insist on a business plan before lending money to a business, so why shouldn’t we insist on a plan from those we’re going to pay $175,000 every year and entrust with our country and our lives?
I’m not speaking to you as a Republican or former candidate who promoted a jobs plan of his own, but rather a constituent who’s insisting that other candidates do so as well. I just want some answers, because there’s a whole new generation of Americans depending on them.

Steven R. Rathje is founder/CEO of International Procurement Services Inc. in Cedar Rapids. Comments: srathje@ipsinc-usa.com


Rod Blum Endorsed by Liberty PAC


Rod pledges to take a pay cut $39,000
Rod vows not to take a pension

Rod Blum is in this race for the people.


Videos from Linn County Convention GOP