Iowa

By: Kevin Rutledge on June 5, 2015
AFSC GUI Senator Lindsey Graham West Des Moines Iowa 6-5 Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Pentagon
Sen. Lindsey Graham wants a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end unlimited campaign contributions or else “it’s gonna ruin the political process”. Would this apply to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other top Pentagon contractors in the military industrial complex who use their corporate influence to drive public policy?
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By: Jacqui Branch on June 5, 2015
I asked Senator Graham a question on police militarization at my first bird dog event in West Des Moines, IA.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on May 30, 2015
Governor O'Malley was in Des Moines, IA at his newly opened campaign office on Saturday May 30th. The Iowa GUI team was there to ask him about for-profit prisons owning detention centers and how to take those who profit from immigrant detention out of the public policy making process.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on May 30, 2015
Martin O'Malley Iowa For-Profit Prisons
The same day Gov. Martin O’Malley announces he's running for president, we announce questions and educate Gov. O’Malley about for-profit prisons lobbying millions of dollars during a meet and greet in his new Des Moines, IA office.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 24, 2015
Scott Walker Selfie Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Does Governor Scott Walker think it’s unconstitutional to pass local resolutions to overturn Citizens United and end unlimited campaign spending on elections?
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By: Matt Nosco on April 23, 2015
Carly Fiorina 2014 - Photo by Gage Skidmore
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be throwing her name in the Presidential hopeful ring in the coming weeks. When I asked her about the excessive corporate influence from Pentagon contractors like Northrop Grumman in the political system during her rally in Ames, she responded, "Here's my formula: Either everyone gets to play or no one gets to play."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 17, 2015
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We tried to ask Hillary Clinton a follow up question on immigrant detention bed mandates during her first trip to Iowa.  Instead, state, national and international reporters following presidential candidates found us. 

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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 10, 2015
Senator Rand Paul Iowa City Ignore Question
After presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul spoke at University of Iowa and said "Every war is not a good war to be involved in," I tried to ask a question on his amendment for a $190 billion increase to the Pentagon budget in 2016, but he turned away. Given the influence of the military industrial complex on public policy, I hope others will have the chance to raise this question at future events.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on April 9, 2015
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When asked about private prisons lobbyists and profiting from mass-incarceration, Senator Rick Santorum responds "Do we need to have as many people in jail again?"
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By: Kathleen McQuillen on April 9, 2015
O’Malley: “What? Where are they? …We don’t have private prisons in Maryland.” I don’t support private prisons.”
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