Weaver on challenging Rep. Steve King: "Someone had to step up"

KTIV | 10/18/16

Weaver on challenging Rep. Steve King: "Someone had to step up"

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

Democrat Kim Weaver is trying to do what no Democrat has been able to do... defeat Congressman Steve King.

Weaver lives in Sheldon, Iowa, where she works as a long-term care ombudsman, an advocate for seniors in nursing homes and assisted living programs.


Obradovich: Voters aren't holding debate dodgers accountable

Des Moines Register | Kathy Obradovich | 10/15/16

Obradovich: Voters aren't holding debate dodgers accountable

Congressman Steve King spent about an hour speaking and answering questions for an Iowa audience on Thursday who asked him some tough questions.

One woman noted that the high cost of child care is hurting Iowa families and businesses. She wanted to know what King, a Republican seeking an eighth term, could do about it.

He said his family-owned earth-moving business let two employees bring their babies to work. But, he said, he could not support putting the costs of child care on the taxpayers.

King also explained a remark he made on Twitter that warned against “cultural suicide” by means of demographic transformation. That tweet sparked an Iowa-born woman of Indian-American heritage to write a guest commentary in the Register accusing King of xenophobia.

It was an enlightening exchange, but there were some problems with it. One, it occurred in Des Moines, which is not in King’s district. Secondly, King’s Democratic opponent, Kim Weaver, was not a part of the discussion.

That’s no knock on the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which invited the major-party Senate and congressional candidates from all over the state to appear separately to discuss issues with their members. It’s a public service to hold such a forum, and it’s to King’s credit that he attended.

The issue is that King may be the only congressional candidate who has refused to participate in a single debate against his opponent. He told the Sioux City Journal last week he didn’t see the point.

"There's no upside to it. There is nothing to be learned or gained," King said, according to the Journal. "People know where I stand. I don't have people coming up to me, and saying, 'Where are you on Obamacare, where are you on national defense or border security?'"

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No Debate: King won't air issues with Weaver

Sioux City Journal | Bret Hayworth | 10/12/16

No Debate: King won't air issues with Weaver

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SIOUX CITY | Voters in Iowa's 4th District won't have the opportunity this fall to see the district's two congressional candidates air issues in side-by-side fashion.

Incumbent Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, has nixed a public debate with his Democratic opponent, Democrat Kim Weaver of Sheldon.

In an interview with the Journal, King said he considered debating Weaver, but determined he had no compelling reason to take part, since people are already well versed in his issues on positions.

"There's no upside to it. There is nothing to be learned or gained," King told the Journal. "People know where I stand. I don't have people coming up to me, and saying, 'Where are you on Obamacare, where are you on national defense or border security?' "

Weaver, an ombudsman for a state office that oversees long-term care,  is making her first run for elective office, while King is seeking his eighth, two-year term.

Weaver's team had sought up to three debates prior to the Nov. 8 election. Weaver's campaign manager David Kelso on Wednesday said King refusing to debate "is pretty gutless."

"He's the congressional equivalent of the municipal worker caught sleeping in his truck on the side of the road. He's exactly the kind of politician that term limits were made for. His refusal to stand up like a man and make his case for why he deserves an eighth term is pretty disgraceful," Kelso said in a statement to the Journal.

Weaver also took King to task for his no-debate stance.

"The political consultants, which his Tea Party followers hate, would say he has everything to lose and nothing to gain. Making this, politically speaking, a smart move for someone thinking only of himself. But a debate isn't for him, and it isn't for me, it's for the voters of the 4th District. That's why I find his refusal to debate incredibly disrespectful," Weaver said.

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Meet Iowa Democratic congressional candidate Kim Weaver

KCCI | Laura Terrell | 10/11016

Meet Iowa Democratic congressional candidate Kim Weaver

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DES MOINES, Iowa —Democratic congressional candidate Kim Weaver grew up in Des Moines and went to Roosevelt High School, but told KCCI she wants to represent the 4th District because she has called Northwest Iowa home for the past 25 years.

Weaver is no stranger to politics, but she decided now is the time to run for Congress.

“I worked on the last two campaigns helping Jim Mower and Christie Vilsack, and I just saw that Steve King wasn't really doing anything for Iowa,” Weaver said.

Weaver lives in Sheldon, Iowa, where she works as a long-term care ombudsman, an advocate for seniors in nursing homes and assisted living programs.

“It's a very, very rewarding job,” Weaver said. “If somebody has a problem that their mom is not getting her medications correctly or on time or her pain is being ignored, they can call me.”

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Democrats grill Republicans at fall barbecue in Ames

Iowa State Daily | Alex Connor | 10/10/16

Democrats grill Republicans at fall barbecue in Ames

Former Governor of Iowa and current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks at the Central Iowa Fall Barbecue in the Barn at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center Oct. 9. Vilsack, among with several other speakers including Sophia Bush, Paul Fitzgerald and Kim Weaver spoke about their support for Hillary Clinton. 

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Iowa Democrats gathered Sunday in Ames to rally support for candidates less than a month before Election Day, but also jabbed at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as the fallout continues from a leaked video over the weekend.

The "Central Iowa Fall Barbecue in the Barn" brought Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack back to the state. Vilsack, the featured speaker, was introduced by State Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.

Quirmbach was the first to jab at Trump as the state senator bashed the GOP presidential nominee on "going bankrupt six times" and the possibility of Trump not paying his federal income taxes for the past 18 years, saying, "that level of success, this country can't afford."

 

 

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Steve King CAN go down. Kim Weaver needs our help. Please read and share.

Daily Kos | Murfster35 | 10/07/16

Steve King CAN go down. Kim Weaver needs our help. Please read and share.

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Look guys, normally I don’t ask you for much. I write, you read. Hopefully you enjoy it. I’m sorry, but this time is different. This time I’m going to ask you for something. But something extremely simple.

We, along with Kim Weaver have just been given a golden goose. She was supposed to appear at a forum sponsored by sponsored by Iowa press and the local Iowa PBS station. She showed up on time, her opponent Steve King decided to blow the whole thing off. Why bother to debate against a woman on a televised program. With King’s reputation, if there’s a more blatant display of male arrogance, I haven’t seen it for a while, other than from The Orange Julius.

Fortunately the Iowa PBS kept their cool. Instead of cancelling the appearance, they went ahead and interviewed Kim for the whole 30:00. And it wasn’t cupcake time, they grilled her. She came across as intelligent, composed, and with a firm grasp on the issues important to Iowans. Watch the video. By the midway point you can see that the moderators are impressed that here is a politician who was not just spouting platitudes, but getting into the weeds and discussing locally important issues. I could not embed the video, so I’m posting a link to the original article here so it can be viewed that way.

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So long "Cantaloupe calves" King. Hellooooo Kim Weaver!

Daily Kos | Murfster35 | 10/5/16

So long "Cantaloupe calves" King. Hellooooo Kim Weaver!

It’s far past time to send Iowa’s Steve King back to the rocker on his front porch, yelling at kids to get out of the street, and growling at everybody darker than him that goes down the street. The man is a walking insult to human beings, and he’s been getting paid by us taxpayers in Congress for far too long to do it.

It’s hard to forget Steve King, but Lord how we’d love to! This is the idjit that famously stated that Mexican youths had “calves like cantaloupes” from carrying all those heavy bales of pot over the border. In July he went on “All In with Chris Hayes” to state categorically that white people had contributed more to civilization than any other “sub group” in history, turning the panel into a free for all. “Subgroup”, really?! Sweet Jeebus, enough already!

Kim Weaver is the obvious choice here. She is a native Iowan, born there, raised there, went to school there, married and raised her family there, and she loves it. When she and her husband separated in in 2003 she became a single Mom with three children, and really learned the importance of friends and community, just as I have here. She gets it.

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Working while running

Daily Times Herald | Douglas Burns | 9/19/16

Working while running

Democratic congressional candidate heavily focused on nursing home, assisting-living issues for seniors

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Getting old can bankrupt a middle-class Iowan. And that’s just flat wrong, says Kim Weaver.

By day. Weaver oversees 124 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in northwest Iowa. By night, the Sheldon woman runs for Congress to improve the quality of life for Iowa’s seniors.

Weaver, a little-financed and long-shot candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, daily builds a deeper understanding of one of the region’s more dominant constituencies: senior citizens.

Before the rhetoric and promises start, Weaver is there, in one-on-one interaction with seniors on late-life challenges — not as a candidate, but for Iowa’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman as an advocate for seniors.

“Even though I make a lot of difference, I don’t make a lot of money,” Weaver said.

Weaver headlined a Carroll County Democratic Party dinner at the Swan Lake State Park Conservation Education Center Friday night attended by about 30 people.

“This election should not be about fear,” said Carroll County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Tracy. “It should be about the future of this country.”

Weaver’s life, Tracy said, already has been dedicated to public service — service for seniors.

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Weaver says her policies work better for Iowa than King's

Sioux City Journal | Bret Hayworth | 10/3/16

Weaver says her policies work better for Iowa than King's

SIOUX CITY | Iowa 4th Congressional District Democratic nominee Kim Weaver on Monday laid out key campaign principles and staked out ways she differs on policies from U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron.

"The only thing we agree on is support of renewable energy," Weaver told the Journal's Editorial Board during an hourlong meeting.

She is seeking to oust King, a former construction company owner, who has won seven terms. Voters on Nov. 8 will decide the congressional winner.

Weaver said she has disagreed with King votes such as reducing federal money going to Pell grants for college students. She cited his controversial stances of opposing adding African American Harriet Tubman to U.S. currency and having a Confederate flag on his congressional office desk.

She said the strongest King comments run counter to the mainstream of American politics.

"It shows me a side of his character that isn't somebody I want representing me. I believe in treating people with dignity rather than disdain," Weaver said.

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Steve King and Kim Weaver actually agree on something

Des Moines Register | Kathy Obradovich | 10/1/16

Steve King and Kim Weaver actually agree on something

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Republican congressman Steve King and his Democratic challenger, Kim Weaver, agree on very little. That won’t come as a surprise to voters in the 4th Congressional District, where King is seeking an eighth term.

Weaver wants to expand funding to Planned Parenthood; King would defund it. Weaver wants to keep and improve the Affordable Care Act; King would repeal it. The list of opposing views is long.

After talking with both King and Weaver on Friday, however, I did find one issue on which they actually agree. Both oppose legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in the 2001 attacks.

Congress voted last week to override President Barack Obama’s veto — for the first time in his presidency — over the bill. Obama said the legislation could leave American military personnel open to being sued by foreign governments.

“I certainly wouldn’t have voted to overturn Obama’s veto,” Weaver said Friday. “Part of the issue with that is that it allows people to sue us, too. We’ve been offenders of people, civilians, dying in drone strikes.”

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