96 Years Ago Today

Kim Weaver | 8/18/16

August 18th is a very important date in American history, and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating it. It was 96 years ago today that the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and women across the country were granted the right to vote.

That’s right, less than 100 years ago, voting was something that only men were allowed to do.

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An Unsettling Scene

David Kelso | August 31, 2016

Imagine this picture: Steve King, standing next to Joni Ernst, standing next to Donald Trump. That was the scene Saturday at Joni Ernst’s annual Roast and Ride fundraiser in Des Moines. Unsettling, right? Heck, it was down-right disturbing!

As Donald Trump continues his assault on civility and decency (and the English language), Joni Ernst stands with him. Terry Branstad stands with him. And Steve King stands with him. Well...maybe Steve King stands with him.

Well, maybe Steve King stands with him.

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Okay, so you don't have to imagine it. Here it is.

 

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Steve King is not just embarrassing...he's dangerous

Kim Weaver | July 12, 2016

So how’d you feel yesterday when you learned that Steve King proudly displays a Confederate flag in his office? Angry? Disgusted? Whatever word best describes your emotional reaction, I bet you weren’t surprised.

 

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My opponent is Iowa's single greatest embarrassment. I suspect we all agree on that. Can we also agree that in these times when tensions are so high - between left and right, between police and protesters - his hateful and purposely divisive language is dangerous? The Des Moines Register Editorial Board thinks so. Here’s an excerpt from what they published this morning:

At this point, most Iowans have come to grips with the fact that every 60 days or so U.S. Rep. Steve King will erupt like a volcano and spew forth some sort of racially tinged nonsense that embarrasses them all.

Last week, however, King did more than spout his usual stream of inanities. In the aftermath of the horrific shooting of 12 Dallas police officers, King took to Twitter and blamed the deadly attack on the president of the United States:

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Steve King REALLY crossed the line this time!

Kim Weaver | July 19, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, it probably won’t surprise you to know that the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind for our campaign. Scratch that, more like a rollercoaster ride!

Many of you are clearly aware of what I'm talking about, and the primary purpose of this email is to say THANK YOU! The outpouring of support has been a little overwhelming. So much so, in fact, that I also need to say “Welcome!” to many new followers of our campaign, for whom this will be their first email. We’re thrilled you’ve taken an interest in this race and we welcome you to our fight.

If you don’t already know about the latest "Can you believe what Steve King said?!" uproar, last night on MSNBC, my opponent made what many are calling his most outrageous comment to date. (And if you know anything about my opponent, that’s really saying something!) I’ll spare you the details, they’re easily accessible in all corners of the internet, but here are some of the headlines.

Des Moines Register: Steve King creates uproar
questioning contributions of non-white people
 
New York Times: What, Congressman King asks,
Have Nonwhites Done for Civilization
 
Vox: US Rep. Steve King preaches
literal white supremacy on national TV
 
The Intercept: Republican Congressman
Steve King Sets White Supremacist Tone
 
Vanity Fair: Congressman Steve King Makes
White Supremacist Comments On Live TV

Yes, it was that bad!

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“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you
to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that
have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about?
Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
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Justice for ALL

Kim Weaver | July 9, 2016

It took me a while to find the words to express how I was feeling about what happened in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and St. Anthony, but yesterday afternoon I posted some of my thoughts on Facebook. It occurs to me this morning that not all of you are followers of my page, so I'd like to share with you here.

If you were as effected by everything that happened this week as I was, I hope you're healing today. And I hope we can come together as a community to find solutions to the things that are creating division among us. More on that later. In the mean time.....

I’m sitting here at my desk, trying to find words for what I’m feeling right now. Sorrow, anger, disgust, fear, outrage, confusion, anguish, shame, and helplessness all come to mind. What has happened to our country? When did we become a nation full of hate, fear, and violence? It is as if we have devolved into a country that I barely recognize. Instead of celebrating our wonderful diversity, we have become a country of division.

I mourn for the two men who were murdered this week and those whose lives were taken before them by the people who were sworn to protect us. I mourn for the law enforcement officers who were murdered in Dallas yesterday while they peacefully did their job. I mourn for our country because I know that we are better than this.

Violence is not the answer. Violence is never the answer. You can't fight hate with hate. You can only fight hate with love. Love trumps hate.

 

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Over the last few years, I’ve watched with disgust and horror as people in power and in the public eye have used language that has been increasingly divisive and racist. Words and phrases that weren’t considered to be acceptable in the past have somehow become commonplace. The examples are too numerous to mention, but particularly disturbing to me is when political leaders state that they feel “profiling” based on race is somehow an acceptable practice. It's not. And saying that it is pours gasoline on the "otherization" fire.

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Weekly Roundup

Kim Weaver | July 3, 2016

This week was a great week for Team Weaver. There is a lot of exciting news to tell you.

The interview-

On Tuesday, the Des Moines Register’s Kathie Obradovich interviewed me to ask about my campaign against my opponent, Representative Steve King. Obradovich noted that I am not just the candidate who is running because I’m not just “not Steve King.” She also recognized that while other Democrats have run against King in the past, the uniqueness of our campaign is my focus on solutions, not generic talking points. It sounds like there are many reasons that Iowans want new representation. Thank you for the excellent article, Kathie.

The BIG Parade-

On Friday evening, we had an amazing time in Sioux City’s Big Parade and Mardi Gras Festivale. It was great to see voters from all corners of northwest Iowa, and from the reaction we received, it seems a whole lot of them are excited about having a good alternative to their current representative, who many of them are clearly not happy with. It was a highly successful evening, capped off with live zydaco music and fireworks. A great big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped make the event such a success!

 

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If you want to join Team Weaver and help show your support like these enthusiastic supporters and other volunteers click here and sign up to be a volunteer for the Kim Weaver for Congress Campaign.

 

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Lessons from Bernie

David Kelso | June 30, 2016

Many of you know that before taking this position with the Kim Weaver campaign, I spent almost ten months working on the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. It was an incredible experience, I met amazing people, and I got to see parts of the country that I’d never seen before.

There are many, many lessons I took from that experience. I plan on applying them to the effort of sending Kim Weaver to the House of Representatives. We need to be careful not to take the wrong lessons from Bernie’s campaign, though. For example…

Yes, Bernie taught us that you don’t need Big Money to mount an effective campaign. No, Bernie did not teach us that you don’t need money. Because the fact is, you do.

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However, back to lesson number one. We don’t need Huge Checks to make this work. We just need a lot of people to say, “Yes, I want Kim Weaver to replace Steve King, and while I don’t have much, I’ll give what I can.”

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How to vanquish a King. Steve King.

Team Weaver | June 10, 2016

With Tuesday’s Primary Elections behind us, it’s time to pivot to the General. Historically, the 4th District has been tough for Democrats, but this year is different. In 2016 we have witnessed a political shake-up that shows truly ANYTHING is possible. In 2016 this race is WINNABLE!

Really?

YES. Republicans are in the middle of a severe identity crisis. Donald Trump has divided his party with hateful, divisive rhetoric. He has thrown the traditional Republican base to the curb, leaving moderate Republican voters with the choice to break from their party to defeat Trump, move backwards and vote to usher in a new era of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and discrimination, or sit this one out in frustration and disgust. The result? Their traditional establishment base is eroding to the point where elected Iowa Republicans are actually leaving their party! 

Still skeptical? 

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Another useless, ridiculous, offensive amendment by Steve King

Team Weaver | June 22, 2016

Steve King is at it again – putting his ego above his constituents. Yesterday he introduced another useless amendment. Useless, ridiculous, offensive. Who was his target this time? Harriet Tubman. 

In fact, the Quad City Times had this to say: "Rep. King has "relied on white anger and a lust for social exclusion to consolidate his base."

That's right. While Iowans are concerned about rising tuition costs and oppressive student debt, while we worry about stagnant wages and saving for retirement, Steve King is focused on what's really important: Keeping Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill.

 

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The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, moved on Tuesday to block the Treasury Department’s sweeping plan to represent women and civil rights leaders on American currency, including the placement of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

Mr. King filed an amendment to an annual appropriations bill that would prevent any money from being spent to redesign American currency. It is unclear whether it will ultimately get a vote when the full spending bill, which covers financial services and general government appropriations, comes before the House this week.

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Week of July 4 through July 10

Friends--

This past week was a roller coaster. It started with Independence Day celebrations all over Iowa and the rest of the United States, and ended with renewed and heightened tension surrounding race relations in our great country. Let’s look back.

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