Marcia Fulton’s Letter to the Editor

In November we have many decisions to make as to whom we trust to lead us into the future. Due to Iowa losing a seat in reapportionment, one of the choices is between two current congressmen. Both are decent men but there are differences I would like you to consider. Are you a military family or value those who serve? Only one of these congressmen ever served his country by wearing the uniform of the American soldier. This congressman not only served, he led and is the most decorated soldier currently serving in Congress. This congressman served two tours in Vietnam as a combat assault helicopter pilot and two tours of duty in Europe with NATO. Not only did he serve, but while serving, he earned TWO Distinguished Flying Crosses, and TWO Bronze Stars, as well as the Soldier’s Medal.

This congressman is not new to Southwest Iowa but has represented our community, including Union County , making him well acquainted with the needs of our rural area. Raised in Ringgold and Decatur counties, he graduated from Lamoni High School and went on to graduate from Graceland College. This congressman will protect our Medicare and Social Security and see that the Middle Class is not the “back” used to protect the rich from paying their fair share of the tax burden. He will stand up for the rights of women, both in the workplace and in decisions concerning their own bodies. He will insure that our returning service men and women get the help they need to re-enter civilian life. Finally, he will support a balanced budget amendment and work to cut wasteful spending.

Right now, he will sign the Farm Bill, and not hold it hostage for political folly. Who is this congressman? LEONARD BOSWELL, a man who has been there, a man who has stood up for family, Southwest Iowa, and the United States of America. Now it is our turn. Please stand up for Leonard and send him back to congress to represent us in the Third Congressional District.

Marcia Healey Fulton
Vice Chair, IDP Third Congressional District
641 782 2490

October 21, 2012

IDP 3rd District Update for Thursday, October 11, 2012

“Countdown to Election Day”
Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) 3rd District Central Committee
Update for Thursday, October 11, 2012

IDP 3rd District highlights for this week

Boswell for Congress announces President Clinton will be in Des Moines Friday, October 12, 2012 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm at the Renaissance Savery Hotel, 401 Locust Street Des Moines, IA, 50309. For more information see:

With citizens in states across the country already casting votes in the 2012 election, the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America are conducting a month-long “Gotta Vote” Bus Tour which launched in Iowa over the weekend.  With stops from Sioux City to Council Bluffs and Des Moines to Waterloo over the weekend, and the tour is sending a simple but unmistakable message to voters in Iowa and beyond in the coming weeks: If you want to ensure that President Obama can continue in office and keep our country moving forward, you gotta register and you gotta vote. For more information see:

Campaign Resources

Additional Resources /Templates for Quick Responses:  The 3rd District Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee met on Saturday October 6, 2012 and received an update of activities across the district. (A very busy district) In addition the committee received some questions about where readily available resources can be located for messaging efforts of the county central committees the last three weeks. They are:
•         The Obama web site has numerous audience specific messages, and could be readily used in messaging for letters to the editors.  The web site tab is:

•         The Boswell for Congress website has a media tab, and has several good messages and can be readily turned into a letter to the editor. The website:

•         The Polk Co. Democratic Party has a blog tab on its website, and has numerous messages. The web site is;

In addition see attachments letters to the editor submitted in Polk Co. Ideas for Letters 2012

Asking all counties central committee/ members to adopt the additional three goals;   The 3rd District IDP central committee is aware how hard you are all working, but as we all know…we need to continue to keep up our efforts to the very last hour.  With that goal in mind the district central committee is asking all central committee/ members to adopt the additional three goals in the last three weeks of the election cycle locally.  They are:

•         Ensure weekly “letters to the editor” are submitted.  The letters describing and supporting your local candidate, Congressman Boswell, and President Obama are submitted weekly to every newspaper across the counties.
•         Use platform comparisons:  The 3rd IDP platform committee has created a simple side by side comparison of the democratic and republican platform plans bullets, and is attached. Democratic Platform Comparison 2012 The bullets can be used for any messaging you may be working on in your communities describing what it means to be a democrat or vote democratically.
•         Ensure Volunteer/Staffing for OFA offices; as county central committee members across the district ENSURE that the OFA offices have plenty of the volunteers signed up to for the “Get Out the Vote” efforts the last weekend prior to the election day at the local levels.

Donkey Drawing:  Madison Co.  Democratic central committee recently received a set of donkey drawings that they used for a successful fundraising idea.  Tom Clause, a Madison Co Democrat, created and donated the drawings to the central committee fundraising efforts.  An electronic version was created and a sample is attached for use across the district. Braying Donkey 2012

Campaign Updates

President Obama Campaign…asking if you are able to take some days off between now and November 6th and can travel to counties where the election will be the closest, to work on a local team getting out the vote during the critical last weeks and on election day… Please say that you’ll vote, and get others to join you.  If you are interested in being part of the VOTE CORPS contacts:



•         Be sure to check-out the 3rd District Website Calendar for ongoing weekly updates
•         October 20, 2012-Save the Date for the 2012 Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
•         Support Planned Parenthood Book Sale. visit
•         Presidential Debates Calendar October 16 and 22


Have an event or resource for the weekly update?  Submit email information to

IDP 3rd District Central Committee

Obama Audience Specific Messages




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The Boswell for Congress website has a media tab, and has several good messages and can be readily turned into a letter to the editor. The website:
The Polk Co. Democratic Party has a blog tab on its website, and has numerous messages. The web site is:
In addition see attachments letters to the editor submitted in Polk Co. Ideas for Letters 2012

Deval Patrick – August 21, 2012


Another View

Massachusetts’ governor explains his vote for Obama

In so-called battleground states, voters hear a lot from each candidate about why not to vote for the other guy. We get blessedly little of this in Massachusetts.

It’s not that we are so reliably Democratic. In fact, there are more independents in the commonwealth than registered Democrats and Republicans combined. It’s certainly not that Gov. Mitt Romney has a lock on the state he governed for four years.

It’s telling that he seems to have conceded the state that knows his record and his leadership most intimately.

At the end of it all, I am not voting against anyone in this race. I suspect a lot of other Americans want a reason to vote for a candidate than against one. I am voting for Barack Obama because he has the record, the vision and the courage to help us save the American dream.

His record is long, impressive and barely told.

»This is the president who delivered access to affordable health care to every American in every corner of the country after 90 years of trying.

»This is the president who saved the U.S. auto industry from extinction, the U.S. financial industry from selfdestruction and the U.S. economy from full-blown depression, adding 4.4 million private- sector jobs in the last 28 months— more than in eight years of George W. Bush’s administration.

»This is the president who strengthened laws demanding equal pay for equal work for women and has stood firm against the onslaught against a woman’s right to choose.

This is the president who ended the policy of “don’t ask don’t tell,” so that love of country, not love of another, determines one’s fitness to serve.

»This is the president who brought Osama bin Laden to justice, ended the Iraq war, signed a pact with Russia to cut nuclear arms and increased global pressure on Iran.

»This is the president who, when the bottom was falling out of almost every state’s budget, helped us support our public schools, keep firefighters and police officers, and provide for the folks hardest hit by the recession.

»This is the president who partnered with states to rebuild roads and bridges, expand broadband to left-out communities and construct high-speed rail.

»This is the president who has increased support for our warriors, their families and veterans, got automakers to agree to nearly double fuel standards and tightened restrictions on mercury.

»This is the president who has cut taxes for small businesses and middle-class families , saving a typical family $3,600 over his term.

I could easily go on. The president’s record is even more impressive when you consider that he has governed in the face of Republican leaders who openly declare that unseating him (by denying him legislative victories) is their top priority.

I also appreciate this president’s vision— a vision about putting the American dream within reach of everyone.

The president believes that to strengthen the economy and reduce the national debt, we need growth. That comes from investment, not from cuts.

Every business leader understands this. The president alone has offered a plan.

That plan emphasizes education to prepare us for the economy and society of tomorrow, innovation to seize the edge in growth opportunities, energy to secure our independence and fuel our growth, and infrastructure to create the platform for everything else. It’s a vision based on expanding opportunity to the middle class, not just the wellconnected.

I am also voting for this president because of his courage. Officeholders are often more focused on getting and keeping their jobs than doing them. They will sometimes avoid the right decisions if they’re unpopular.

This president has shown backbone. He stood up to Wall Street on regulatory reform to end the kind of risk-taking that plunged the economy into crisis. He stood up to his party loyalists on everything from elements of the Recovery Act to health care reform. He stood up to tea party extremists in Congress on women’s health issues, stem cell research, gutting Medicare and Social Security, and otherwise shredding the social safety net.

That’s why I am voting for Barack Obama.


a Democrat, has been governor of Massachusetts since 2007. Contact: www.devalpatrick .com