Vander Plaats on Mickelson: I Would Not Only Support But Propose Illegal Immigration Law Based on Arizona Model

April 30, 2010

DES MOINES – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats said this morning that he would propose legislation based on a new Arizona Iaw that makes it a crime to be in the country illegally because Iowa must “put some teeth behind” its enforcement of immigration laws.

Arizona’s law, which is the toughest in the nation, makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requires local police to enforce federal immigration laws. It also requires anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce an alien registration document, such as a green card or other proof of citizenship, such as a passport or a state driver’s license.

“Not only will I support Gov. Joy Brewer’s plan but I will pursue similar legislation in Iowa,” Vander Plaats said during an interview on WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson Show. “What Arizona is doing is not just a reflection of what Arizonans feel but what Iowans feel, too. The federal government has proven inept and has shown no interest in dealing with the issue. It’s time for states to step up.”

Vander Plaats noted that Gov. Chet Culver’s actions are not commensurate with his rhetoric.

“Governor Culver is right when he says illegal is illegal, but we have to put some teeth behind it. He said we need to enforce current laws on the books but his administration is not doing that,” he said. “It began with his predecessor and he has continued the practice where they don’t refer to ‘illegal aliens’ but instead call them ‘undocumented immigrants.’ They are here illegally.”

For that reason, Vander Plaats said, he favors determining if an individual is in the country illegally if reasonable cause for suspicion exists.

“I’m not sure why we’d say let’s let them commit some other crime before we hold them accountable for being here illegally,” he said. “You also have to dry up the reason for them to be here in the first place: people that knowingly hire illegal workers.”

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Champions of Autism and ADHD May 6 Conference Topic of Des Moines Television Interview

April 26, 2010

DES MOINES – The Living, Learning and Understanding Autism and ADHD conference, sponsored by Champions of Autism and ADHD, was the topic of an on-set interview on KCCI-TV’s five p.m. newscast today.

Brent Carmichael, project manager for the conference, spoke with KCCI co-anchor Cynthia Fodor about the May 6 event.

For additional information about the conference or to register, please click here.

B-calm Sound, the Ankeny, Iowa, company that launched Champions of Autism and ADHD, receives public and media relations counsel and marketing services from The Concept Works.


KCCI-TV Earth Day Feature Highlights Work of Environmental Services of Iowa

April 22, 2010

ADEL, Iowa – Earth Day provided a timely opportunity to highlight Environmental Services of Iowa’s work to protect the environment not only in Iowa but also in neighboring states.

ESI owner Marty Rolfes was featured in a KCCI-TV news feature, “Karlin Covers Central Iowa” with five p.m. newscast co-anchor Steve Karlin. To see the story, click here.

The Concept Works provides public and media relations counsel and marketing services for Environmental Services of Iowa.

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Miller-Meeks Campaign Announces Cedar County Leadership Team: Boddicker, Hulse, Four County Officials, Durant Mayor Among Those Endorsing Ottumwa Republican

April 16, 2010

OTTUMWA, Iowa – The campaign of Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Republican candidate for Congress, today announced its Cedar County grassroots leadership team, including former six-term state Rep. Dan Boddicker, former state Sen. Merlin Hulse, Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, Cedar County Recorder Charlene L. Thumm, Cedar County Supervisors Leroy Moeller and Dennis Weih and Durant Mayor Dawn Smith.

Miller-Meeks, who recently announced the backing of state Rep. Jeff Kauffmann of Wilton, is the only Republican candidate with deep support across the entire 15-county district, making her well prepared and well organized in advance of the June 8 primary election.

“I think it is important that Republicans in the Second District put forth the best candidate we can to fight for our liberties and protect our wallets from an ever-expanding federal government. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is that candidate and that is why I am supporting her for Congress,” Boddicker said. “Mariannette has already proven herself to be a leader as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and 20 years as a member of our armed forces. I know she will be a strong voice for families, family business owners, and family farmers. I also know that she will not be part of the bail-out mentality that is rampant in Congress right now. This election will be an opportunity to send a thoughtful and responsible person to represent us. We’ve got to elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks to Congress. I will do what I can to help get her there.”

In addition, the following supporters have also lent their names and time to ensure Miller-Meeks has the strongest campaign presence possible in Cedar County. They include:

· Cedar County Chair: Allen Kroeger, Wilton

· Wilton: Kaufmann, Cedar County Recorder candidate Malissa Wooley, Andrew Kroeger, Nate Kroeger, and Mike Shuger

· Clarence: Hulse, Dr. Frederick Drexler, and Shirley Geadelmann

· Tipton: Boddicker, Wethington, Thumm, and Dave and Deb Mohr

· Bennett: Moeller

· Durant: Smith, Weih and Henry Bently

· West Branch: Wayne Frauenholtz and Jeff Renander

· Mechanicsville: Paul Crock

· Lowden: Richard Ebers

· Lisbon: Eric and Stacy Krob

“I’m proud to have such strong supporters and tremendous volunteers in Cedar County. With their help, we will have a strong, on-the-ground presence to ensure our commonsense conservative message reaches voters for the coming election,” said Miller-Meeks.

Miller-Meeks is a doctor, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, small businesswoman, taxpayer and mother of two. Growing up poor, she worked her way through college, became an Army nurse and soon after graduated medical school. She is a former president of the Iowa Medical Society, a former educator at the Universities of Michigan and Iowa, and recently owned and operated an ophthalmology practice up until last year when she decided to run full-time for Congress. She and her family live in Ottumwa.

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Des Moines Register Features “Life-Changing” Hansen House

April 16, 2010

Bob Cook remembers when Hansen House of Hospitality was born, 30 years ago today. It was a rocky start. The Presbyterian pastor was trying something new: urban ministries. At Des Moines dive bars such as the Y Not Grill, he kept running into men who’d just got out of prison. Too often, they’d end up going back. Cook saw a need.

Click on “Hansen House a Life-Changer for Many” to read Register reporter Reid Forgrave’s entire story. And, to learn more about the Hansen House, log on to its newly launched website here.

The Concept Works provides public relations and marketing counsel to the Hansen House.


Des Moines Tops Forbes’ Best Places for Businesses and Careers

April 16, 2010

In Forbes’ 2010 list of Best Places for Businesses and Careers, Des Moines leads the way. Click here for the full story about a great place to live, work and raise a family.


Vander Plaats Tours Egg Production Facility, Emphasizes Importance of Animal Agriculture Industry

April 13, 2010

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Touring an egg production facility today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats said the animal agriculture industry is an important part of the state’s economy and “will have my strongest support as governor.”

Noting the Humane Society of the United States recently attacked the state’s egg farmers, Vander Plaats said he also is concerned about pending federal meat safety regulations that could drive many Iowa firms that produce meat products out of business.

While touring a Center Fresh Egg facility, Vander Plaats said, “Iowa egg farmers produce 15 billion eggs a year. They’re good citizens who truly can and do feed the world. They produce the highest protein source at the lowest cost – and they do it by providing quality care to their livestock. They’re important to Iowa’s economy and our well-being and, as governor, I’ll stand up and defend them from those who want to drive the livestock industry off-shore or destroy it altogether.”

Vander Plaats noted that the economic development strategy he released last week also included an emphasis on the agriculture sector. Vander Plaats said he would work with commodity groups and other stakeholders to identify emerging trends in agricultural markets and set a goal of developing five new markets each year.

“It’s not enough for us to grow corn and soybeans and export those crops to other countries for them to handle the next step in food production. We need to add value to our agriculture products here because that gives a real boost to our economy,” Vander Plaats said. “Egg production is one example where our feed grains are converted to protein – and more economic activity for communities like Sioux Center.”

Noting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new meat testing requirements to keep bacteria out of food products, Vander Plaats said, “The new rules are well-intended but they’re going to put people out of business all across this state. There has to be a better way to reach that objective without bankrupting small businesses and tossing Iowans out of work.”

He continued, “Once again, our current governor is missing in action when small businesses, working Iowans and communities across this state need him the most. If this happened on my watch, I guarantee you that the people in Washington would be hearing from me loud and clear.”

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