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August 1, 2017

Rural Power advocates attended the 2017 Hall of Fame dinner hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party. 

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July 7, 2017

Iowa Rural Power was on hand in Nevada, Iowa to welcome the newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and listen to one of his first major policy speeches following his confirmation by the United States Senate on April 24.  
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July 7, 2017

Rural Power advocates were on hand for the 3rd Annual Roast & Ride with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst at the Iowa Ag Expo in Boone in early June.   
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July 7, 2017

Iowa drivers are quick to move over for flashing red and blue lights on vehicles such as police cars, firetrucks or ambulances. Now they also need to be on the lookout for flashing amber lights on garbage, tow, and bucket trucks, and all other utility vehicles.  
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July 7, 2017

Rural Power advocates were on hand at the State Capitol in December 2016 when then Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds unveiled the Iowa Energy Plan.  
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December 6, 2015

Iowa Rural Power advocates connected with presidential candidate and Republican front-runner Donald Trump at events in Spencer and Davenport, Iowa, over the weekend. In Spencer, advocates were able to meet briefly with Mr. Trump at an event where the crowd was estimated at over 1,200. In Davenport, Iowa Rural Power advocates came prepared to talk about safe, reliable and affordable electricity. They listened to Trump's remarks from front row seats and participated in the event. After his speech, Trump connected with advocates, shook hands and exchanged comments in addition to taking photos.

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December 4, 2015

New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie joined the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting on December 5th to share an update on his campaign and discuss his ideas for ensuring affordable and reliable energy for all Americans.  In addition to remarks about energy Christie focused much of his speech on national security and the skills that our next president must possess to fight terrorism. 

“We’re excited to welcome Governor Christie to our annual meeting and provide him with an audience that’s eager to hear more about his vision for the country, especially as it relates to ensuring an adequate supply of safe, reliable, and affordable power for all Americans,” said Tim Coonan, director of government relations for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. “Our member-consumers and cooperatives across the state look forward to continuing this conversation with Gov. Christie and the rest of the 2016 candidates in the coming months.”

The Iowa Rural Power project continues to engage presidential candidates in a conversation across the state, at both republican and democratic events, about the need to meet our nation’s long-term electricity demands. 

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October 27, 2015

JJ dinner success for Iowa Rural Power “What can Iowa Youth Tour advocates accomplish in an afternoon? A LOT!” Meet all three Democratic presidential candidates (Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley) Get a selfie with all three Democratic presidential candidates Get a selfie with former President Bill Clinton Attend a rally for...
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October 9, 2015

Local cooperatives host presidential candidate town halls

Putting the cooperative principles of education, training and information and concern for community into practice, led two Iowa electric cooperatives, Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative (RVEC) and Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative to host presidential candidate town hall meetings in September and October. Over 100 employees, board members, community leaders and member-consumers attended town halls featuring Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in Glidden and Harlan, Iowa. Jim Bagley, CEO of RVEC, said he hosted the event because he believes that it is important to talk about rural issues. Electric cooperatives do not endorse any candidates but do serve as a host for events in order to raise awareness and educate their member-consumers and employees about policy issues related to electricity. John Euchner, General Manager, Nishnabotna Valley REC, asked Jindal to specifically address his plans for “safe, reliable and affordable electricity.”  Jindal responded that he supports “an all-of-the-above energy strategy” that would ensure “safe, reliable and affordable energy.” Jindal further stated that we should “harness it all” including clean coal and solar.  Electric cooperatives across the state are asking all the presidential candidates about their energy policies and are available to host similar events for other candidates that encourage community involvement and discussion about these important issues. 

You can read more about the Jindal town hall hosted by Nishnabotna Valley REC in this article published by The Des Moines Register.

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September 1, 2015

"Agriculture will always be the cornerstone of our economy"

Clinton unveils rural America initiatives in Iowa and picks up Vilsack endorsement

This past week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chose Iowa to unveil her "agenda for rural America" against a backdrop of the flag of the State of Iowa and a John Deere tractor. At the same event, United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack introduced Clinton and gave her a strong endorsement. Clinton said she wanted her proposal to "emphasize the changing face of rural America." The four main pillars of her proposal are energy, investment, agriculture and healthcare/education. On energy, she said she wants to "capitalize on our strength as producers of clean, renewable energy" and that her earlier proposals on solar panels and renewable energy would form the backbone of her comprehensive agriculture proposals. Clinton is convinced that renewable energy initiatives "will create jobs." She called on Iowa to lead the way because "if Iowa can do it, so can anyone." She made strong statements of support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an important policy position to many people in Iowa. Clinton wrapped up her speech by saying that "agriculture will always be the cornerstone of our economy."

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