#HubHighlights Oct 15-21: Hubbell-Hart Momentum Continues Across Iowa, In Final Gubernatorial Debates Fred Delivers a Positive Vision of Change for All Iowans, Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette Endorse Fred Hubbell for Governor

#HubHighlights Oct 15-21: Hubbell-Hart Momentum Continues Across Iowa, In Final Gubernatorial Debates Fred Delivers a Positive Vision of Change for All Iowans, Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette Endorse Fred Hubbell for Governor

Hubbell-Hart Shatters Iowa’s Gubernatorial Fundraising Record With $17.9 Million Raised To Date

In Last Gubernatorial Debates, Fred Outlined His Positive Vision for Change that Iowans Want, Focusing on Solutions to Disastrous Policies Like Medicaid Privatization And Restoring Investment In Iowa’s Schools

The Des Moines Register And Cedar Rapids Gazette Endorse Fred Hubbell For Governor

As Fred and Rita continue to travel the state to rally voters, the energy and commitment from supporters has been relentless. Iowans are stepping up across the state to elect a governor who will get Iowa growing the right way.

Fred and Rita rally supporters across Iowa

Everywhere they go, Fred and Rita meet supporters excited to cast their votes early for a Hubbell-Hart ticket. If you haven’t voted already, Find your early vote location here: www.VoteForIowa.com

Fred speaks at the Des Moines Register Mental Health Forum

Fred started his week speaking at the Des Moines Register’s Mental Health Forum, where he received a standing ovation for his commitment to mental health issues. Iowans across the state recognize that the mental health system is failing them, and Fred will deliver the needed change and provide people-driven solutions.

Fred shares his positive vision for Iowa at the second gubernatorial debate

In the second gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, Fred presented a positive, people-centered vision for Iowa, focusing on fixing issues like the disastrous privatization of Medicaid and tariffs that hurt Iowa’s farmers. Once again, Governor Reynolds refused to answer for her catastrophic policies and hid behind empty rhetoric, failing to address solutions to the issues that Iowans face everyday. Fred clearly articulated his vision to bring needed change demonstrating why Iowans of all parties are supporting Fred Hubbell for governor.

Rita marches alongside the University of Iowa College Democrats at the U of I Homecoming Parade

Rita spent her Friday night marching with Democrats up and down the ballot in the University of Iowa’s homecoming parade firing up college students and sharing the Hubbell-Hart forward-looking vision for Iowa.

On Friday, the Hubbell-Hart campaign announced their record-shattering fundraising numbers, a testament to the grassroots energy and enthusiasm all across the state.

The Hubbell-Hart team finished the week with endorsements from the Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Citing his positive, people-centered vision, the Register called Fred, “the most qualified person in decades to seek Iowa’s governorship.” Fred and Rita are proud to have the Register and Gazette’s support and with just over two weeks to go until the election, Fred, Rita, and Iowans across the state are more committed than ever to fight for the Iowa they believe in.

Check out some of the Hubbell-Hart Headlines from this past week on the campaign trail!

Des Moines Register: Register Editorial Board’s endorsement: Hubbell is the governor Iowa needs to move forward

Fred Hubbell is not a politician. He has never held elective office. He has not built his gubernatorial campaign around attacking his opponent. He is somewhat awkward in debates.


Yet he is perhaps the most qualified person in decades to seek Iowa’s governorship.


The Des Moines Register unequivocally endorses Fred Hubbell as the best candidate to unite Iowans and move this state toward a more promising future.


The future he offers is very different from the one offered by his opponent, Gov. Kim Reynolds. Her vision seems to consist almost entirely of more tax cuts and smaller government.


Hubbell’s vision is about putting people first. He understands how the actions of elected officials directly affect the lives of Iowans. During a recent meeting with Register editors and writers, he talked at length about how the privatization of Medicaid has hurt patients, health providers and taxpayers.

Iowans deserve better. Hubbell understands the concept of public service. While he certainly does not need the job of Iowa governor, it is this state’s good fortune he wants it.


The Gazette: Hubbell is best choice to change course

After meeting with her three challengers — Democrat Fred Hubbell, Libertarian Jake Porter and independent Gary Siegwarth — we believe Hubbell is the best choice to dramatically change course at the Statehouse. He earns our endorsement.


On Medicaid, Hubbell told us he would, unlike the Branstad-Reynolds administration, bring together a wide array of Medicaid stakeholders and state leaders immediately after the election to chart a way back to a system controlled by Iowans.


His administration would move with a sense of urgency to help providers struggling with reimbursements, while moving with deliberate caution on major changes with hopes of softening the effects on clients.


Des Moines Register: Iowa’s mental health crisis takes center stage in governor race

In his turn onstage, Hubbell criticized Reynolds for appointing another committee to look at the children’s mental health system. It’s the fourth such committee since 2011.


“Once again, the government of Iowa will be studying what needs to be done in the mental-health field, when in reality, we already know,” he said. “We must address the crisis by putting real funding behind this issue, because this suffering is not acceptable.”


(Watch) Des Moines Register: Des Moines Register’s mental health forum with Iowa’s candidates for governor


Radio Iowa: Gubernatorial candidates debate funding for mental health care

Fred Hubbell, the Democratic nominee for governor, said without funding now, the reform is stalled.


“To me, it’s just a political Band-Aid,” Hubbell said. “The bill was a step we can all agree on, but it provided no funding to communities to provide the care. Instead, it just burdened them with more unfunded mandates.”


Hubbell said if he’s elected, he’d consider allowing local governments to raise more taxes to finance mental health care. Hubbell said his first priority would be to focus on prevention and keeping mentally ill Iowans out of the most costly care there is — in emergency rooms and county jails.


“Make no mistake, we face a serious mental health crisis in our state,” Hubbell said. “and whether it’s you or your family member, your friend or a neighbor, everybody is affected by the serious lack of mental health services across Iowa.”


Vox: The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained

Iowa: Kim Reynolds vs. Fred Hubbell

Who is the Republican? After Trump nominated Gov. Terry Branstad to become the US ambassador to China following his election in 2016, Lieutenant Gov. Kim Reynolds assumed the position. Moving to the general election unchallenged in the primary, Reynolds is now looking to win outright as the first female governor of the state.


Who is the Democrat? Businessman Fred Hubbell. He is looking to unseat Reynolds after cruising through an easy Democratic primary, in which he won more than 55 percent of the vote.


What’s interesting about this race, anyway? Local media have long predicted this would be the state’s most expensive gubernatorial race to date: Hubbell is a strong fundraiser, and Reynolds promised to be a well-funded incumbent.


Democrats have looked unexpectedly strong in Iowa in 2018, where they could also pick up several House seats. Hubbell is pouring a lot of his own money into the campaign, and it’s paid off; the Cook Political Report previously put the governor race in the Lean Republican column, but now it’s considered a toss-up,


What does the polling say? Hubbell has built a 3.5-point average lead in the polls, according to RCP.


WOWT: Hubbell visits Council Bluffs

The democratic candidate for governor in Iowa made a swing through the western part of the state Tuesday.


Fred Hubbell was in Council Bluffs where he met with a small gathering of supporters.


Hubbell said he wants to bridge the divide between democrat and republican in Iowa, where he said partisan politics have torn the state apart.


“I want to be the governor for everybody, not just for one party. That’s what we need. We need a governor that’s going to pull people together and get results for Iowans. We need to stop this divisiveness, find out what unites people and got to work on it,” Hubbell said.


(Watch) CSPAN: Fred’s opening statement at the second gubernatorial debate


The Daily Iowan: State budget a debacle in gubernatorial race

Reynolds’ opponent, Democratic nominee Fred Hubbell, points to last year’s midyear budget shortfalls as a signal revenue may not keep pace with expectations.


“The revenue estimates released today show exactly what we already knew — the budget is out of control,” Hubbell said via an email from an aide. “This year, an unexpected surplus followed extreme midyear budget cuts, and the current tax plan could throw our state into the same chaos next fiscal year …”


An Iowa poll in September said half of those surveyed responded that budget mismanagement is a problem attributed to Reynolds.


“We need to stop this yo-yo budgeting and create a strong, predictable budget so Iowans can effectively plan for their families, schools, and businesses for the long term,” Hubbell said.


Governing: In Year of Strikes, Education Plays a Big Role in Elections

In Iowa, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Fred Hubbell, has promised greater funding for education at all levels. And if he wins, Democrats are expected to push for limits on the use of public funds for non-public education.


Sioux-City Journal: Hubbell, Reynolds debate tariffs in Sioux City

One of the three moderators asked if Hubbell and Reynolds support the direction of President Donald Trump’s tariff moves on China, which have hurt soybean prices.


Reynolds replied, “China has been sticking it to us for years,” particularly with its theft of U.S. intellectual property, which is estimated at more than $5 billion annually.


Reynolds added that “farmers understand” the need “for short-term pain for long-term gain” in the economy.


Hubbell retorted, “We need a governor who will stand up for Iowans.” He said the Trump tariffs have amounted to a “war” that is fought “on the back of Iowa farmers.”


The trade war escalated further in September, with China announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports. The increases were in response to the U.S. announcing it will impose tariffs of 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods.


Iowa State Daily: Gubernatorial candidates go head-to-head at second debate

Taxes, education and Medicaid privatization were main points of debate for gubernatorial candidates Fred Hubbell and Kim Reynolds Wednesday.


Hubbell, a Democrat and fifth-generation Iowan, opened with a focus on ending Medicaid privatization, funding education and increasing wages, presenting himself as the candidate of change.


“I love this state and am running for governor to change its direction by putting people first,” Hubbell said.


Telegraph Herald: Iowa gubernatorial candidates square off in 2nd debate

Iowa’s gubernatorial candidates squared off for a second time Wednesday night in Sioux City.


Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, debated Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell at Morningside College. It was the second of three planned debates for the candidates, who will face one another in the Nov. 6 midterm election.

“We’re seeing time and time again Gov. Reynolds attacking Fred Hubbell instead of addressing the problems Iowans are facing every day because she doesn’t want to talk about her record,” party Chairman Troy Price said in a statement.


Des Moines Register: Iowa’s two leading candidates for governor sparred over 3 key issues in second debate

Candidates for governor Kim Reynolds, the Republican incumbent, and Fred Hubbell, her Democratic challenger, met for the second of three televised debates Wednesday, sparring over issues like abortion, medical cannabis and sexual harassment in state government.


A recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found that Hubbell, a retired businessman, led Reynolds by 43 percent to 41 percent — a small advantage that falls within the poll’s margin of error.


Bleeding Heartland: Every Iowa voter should watch the second Hubbell-Reynolds debate

If you think things are going well, Reynolds is the one to keep Iowa government on the same track. If you think Iowa can do better, Hubbell will change state government’s priorities. Specifically:


Reynolds took credit for Iowa having a balanced budget with full cash reserves and a $127 million surplus at the end of the last fiscal year. Hubbell said that instead of having a stable, predictable budget, “We have had a budget like a yo-yo.” The $900 million surplus we had a few years ago is gone. The state had to borrow $145 million from reserve funds and impose mid-year budget cuts two years in a row, now there’s an unexpected year-end surplus.


Reynolds touted economic and wage growth, while Hubbell pointed out that huge numbers of working Iowans have trouble making ends meet, because wages are persistently low. I highly recommend Dave Swenson’s reality check, which showed that since 2011, Iowa’s economic growth has lagged that of all neighboring states, and overall job growth ranked 46th among the 50 states. UPDATE: See also the latest data on wages in the State of Working Iowa report by Colin Gordon of the Iowa Policy Project.


Reynolds thinks we are already providing adequate funding for education. She glossed over mid-year cuts to state universities and community colleges two years in a row, and the long-running trend toward lower state funding for higher education. Hubbell called attention to rising tuition costs and the need for greater investment in education beyond high school.


Sioux-City Journal: 5 takeaways from Hubbell, Reynolds debate in Sioux City

Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell debated issues for an hour with Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday at a Sioux City college, less than three weeks to the November 6 election.


Hubbell and Reynolds, a Republican, notably discussed Trump administration tariffs on China and recent sexual harassment cases present in Iowa government. Those were two of the 10 topics that three moderators brought up over the hour, which was watched by about 300 people at Morningside College and untold others on three television stations.

At the very beginning, the moderators said people at the Eppley Auditorium venue were to be quiet, to not applaud or make other noise, so the answers could be heard. (As an aside, there was a problem with that, as the sound system didn’t send the audio with much volume through the auditorium. Some people had to strain to hear the proceedings.)


There was one time when the audience broke that rule. When Hubbell, in discussing abortion, said, “I am an unabashed supporter of Roe v. Wade,” a smattering of applause burst forth. That was briefly followed by some dismissive shushing.


Little Village Magazine: Hubbell and Reynolds address unemployment, abortion rights in second debate

When Hubbell addressed economy during the debate, he chose to emphasize the human side of Iowa’s current economy with what was probably the most memorable line of the night.


“This is a state where we say we want to feed the world, but we can’t feed our own kids,” he said, pointing out that almost half of the state’s schoolkids qualify for free or reduced-cost meals.


“This economy is not working,” Hubbell added. “Almost all the benefits of economy go to big corporations at the expense of small businesses, and to wealthy individuals at the expense of everybody else.”


NPR: In Danger Of Losing, Iowa Governor Enlists Republican Heavy Hitters Ahead Of Midterms

Next month, 36 states will elect a governor. Nine of those races, where Republicans are in office, are so competitive that some analysts say they are a toss-up. Even though a Republican is in office now, the winner could come from either party.


Like in Iowa, where Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds can’t seem to inch past her Democratic challenger, businessman Fred Hubbell, who has been polling several points ahead of her for months.

Hubbell’s campaign has primarily focused on what he says is Reynolds’ mismanagement of Medicaid and the state budget.


“We shouldn’t be taking money out of education, out of health care, out of public safety, out of our judicial system and then [coming] up with a budget surplus that was a lot bigger than they thought it was and they can’t explain why.”


KTIV: DECISION 2018: Sen. Rita Hart makes a stop in Siouxland

Senator Rita Hart made a couple of stops in Siouxland Wednesday ahead of the November Midterm Election.


Hart was in Denison Wednesday morning, followed by another trip to Ida Grove.


She spoke about her campaign with Fred Hubbell, who is running for governor of Iowa.


She addressed some goals of the campaign, ahead of the election.


“What this campaign is about is putting people first. It’s about recognizing that people need access to good health care, that we need to invest in education and that we need to get this budget under control,” says Lt. Governor Candidate Sen. Rita Hart.


The Gazette: Hubbell shatters Branstad’s fundraising record

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell has never been elected to public office, but he’s shattered a fundraising record set by Iowa’s longest-serving governor.


Hubbell’s campaign reported raising $8.3 million in the latest fundraising period to bring his total for the 2018 election cycle to $17.9 million.


That surpasses Gov. Terry Branstad’s record $9.6 million from 2014.


According to a report filed Friday with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, more than 99 percent of Hubbell’s contributions came from individuals, 75 percent of them from Iowa.

Hubbell campaign manager Michelle Gajewski said the campaign contributions are “a direct testament to the grass-roots energy and enthusiasm we are seeing all across the state” for the retired Des Moines businessman and his running mate, state Sen. Rita Hart of Wheatland.


“This campaign has been about a positive vision forward for all Iowans, focused on delivering needed change on the issues Iowans care most about, from access to quality health care to making Iowa a national leader in education once again,” she said. “This latest fundraising record means that the Hubbell-Hart campaign is poised to make a strong finish to deliver a win for Iowans in desperate need for a change.”


Buzzfeed: Trump’s Beloved Rust Belt States Look Grim For Republican Governors

The map started with four states where Republicans governors have ruled for the last eight years — Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin — and two attractive pickup opportunities in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Trump won all but Minnesota in 2016, and he came close enough there to convince Republicans their prospects were improving. All six states have shifted in Democrats’ favor in the last four months, according to the Cook Political Report.

Iowa went from safe to shaky in just a year. After Trump’s nine-point win in 2016, many national Republicans believed the state had tilted decisively to the right. They expected Kim Reynolds — the former lieutenant governor who inherited gubernatorial incumbency when Trump tapped longtime Republican fixture Terry Branstad to be the US ambassador to China — to cruise in her bid for a full term. But Democratic businessperson Fred Hubbell has pulled ahead in recent polls.


Politico: Democrats breach GOP statehouse walls

Three of the Midwestern states that flipped to President Donald Trump in 2016 also feature neck-and-neck governor’s races. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is in danger of losing her bid for a full term to Democrat Fred Hubbell. In Ohio, the race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is tied, too.


Globe-Gazette: Letter: Putting people above profits

I know there are North Iowans like me who are either on our Medicaid program or know people who are. We know how important it is for Iowans of little income or who are severely disabled to get the medical care and treatment they need and still be able to enjoy some quality of life. We cannot continue to “experiment” and fail with such an essential program that is desperately needed by over half a million Iowans.


Gov. Reynolds, who appears to dish out happy talk like “It will get better tomorrow,” recently hired a subsidiary, Iowa Total Care, of Centene, a huge Missouri company that has paid over $23 million in penalties in over 12 states, to replace AmeriHealth Caritas.


Fred Hubbell says he will return our failing Medicaid program to a state-run program like Connecticut did for its people. Fred knows how to strengthen any weaknesses in the old program and make it better. As a caring sensitive and sensible businessman, Fred Hubbell knows it is wise not to continually put profit above people.


Globe-Gazette: Letter: Hubbell will restore health care

Fred Hubbell and Rita Hart are the perfect pair to rid our state of this Medicaid privatization nightmare, and once again restore a system that is run by Iowans and delivers the health care to Iowans that we need.


Fred, since he began campaigning, has been a stalwart advocate for reversing the disastrous privatization that the Branstad-Reynolds administration enacted unilaterally. That move wasn’t just a terrible display of partisanship – it stole health care from Iowans who need it the most.


Not only that, it is delaying and denying payments to Iowa providers that are struggling to stay in business, and many of them, especially in rural communities across the state, are closing their doors as a result.


I am voting for Hubbell-Hart, because from Day One they will turn around this failure, and instead create a system run by Iowans that will expand good, quality health care.


This is the type of leadership we need in Iowa. Iowa needs a governor who can deliver results in restoring access to health care.


Globe-Gazette: Letter: The reasons behind my votes

We need Fred Hubbell as governor to straighten out the mess that Kim Reynolds and Terry Branstad have made the past decade.


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