#HubHighlights Oct 22-28: Fred Hubbell and Rita Hart Launch “Get Iowa Growing” Bus Tour and Kick Off Two Week Countdown Until Election Day
Across Iowa, Fred and Rita Receive An Enthusiastic Welcome From Supporters Excited to Vote For the Hubbell-Hart Ticket
Fred and Rita Met With Educators and Health Care Providers Across the State to Hear About the Challenges They Face Due to Governor Reynolds’ Disastrous Policies
Newspapers Across Iowa Continue to Endorse Fred Hubbell for Governor, Demonstrating the Strength of the Hubbell-Hart Positive Vision for Iowa
The Hubbell-Hart Team is closing strong! With just 9 days until Election Day, Fred and Rita have been barnstorming the state, starting with the “Get Iowa Growing” Bus Tour kickoff earlier this week, firing up voters behind their positive people-first vision.
Fred speaks at the “Get Iowa Growing” launch rally
At the “Get Iowa Growing” launch rally, several speakers spoke about the challenges they face due to Governor Reynolds’ policies. Ranging from student debt to inadequate health care and mental health services, the speakers emphasized the stakes of this election and importance of electing Fred and Rita to get Iowa growing the right way.
Fred rallies supporters in Des Moines County
Fred and Rita have been criss-crossing the state, joining events to share their people-first vision and rallying Iowans to cast their vote for the Hubbell-Hart ticket. Wherever they went, they were met with enthusiasm and excitement for Hubbell-Hart’s positive vision for change for Iowa. Iowans of all parties are excited to vote for the Hubbell-Hart ticket. If you haven’t cast your ballot early, there’s still time! Find your early vote location here: www.VoteForIowa.com
Fred and Rita speak with the Story County Sheriffs To Discuss Iowa’s Mental Health Crisis
In addition to rallying supporters, Fred and Rita met with key stakeholders across Iowa, from hospitals and doctors to teachers and law enforcement, hearing about the challenges they face due to disastrous policies implemented by Governor Reynolds. These visits reinforce Fred and Rita’s commitment to bringing needed change to expand access to health care, invest in education, and get incomes rising across the state.
Fred and Rita rally supporters across Iowa
The Hubbell-Hart ticket received it’s third newspaper endorsement this week. Adding to endorsements from the Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Storm Lake Times endorsed Fred Hubbell for governor, writing, Fred “will clean up the mess he has been left by all-Republican control of state government. He will get our K-12 schools back on decent funding. He will cut out the giveaways to foreign companies. He will check the old boars rooting around on women in state government. He will bring some practical sense back to Terrace Hill. The debate is over. Fred Hubbell needs to be elected the next governor of Iowa.”
Enthusiastic supporters in Johnson County
This weekend, Fred and Rita continued their tour of the state, launching canvasses in field offices around Iowa filled with energetic volunteers, ready to work hard to elect Democrats.
Here are some of the Hubbell-Hart Headlines from this busy week on the campaign trail!
Storm Lake Times: Pick the Winner
The debates are over. They came off as expected with no surprises. Gov. Kim Reynolds defended her tenure while Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell charged that she and the Republicans have made a mess of things. Hubbell is right. They have steered Iowa off-course. The facts are the facts: Taking Medicaid private has resulted in the most vulnerable losing nursing home care in places like Storm Lake. It also caused huge deficits two years in a row that resulted in more than $100 million in budget cuts.
K-12 public schools are falling behind with their budgets. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has suffered a series of budget cuts that eliminated key positions such as the oversight coordinator for confined animal livestock feeding. Hwy. 71 is a wreck while we’re cutting a ribbon for a four-lane Hwy. 20. Court budgets are in decline. Human service workers have their highest case loads ever. Iowa scores on college-entrance exams are declining.
The Iowa Finance Authority is a cesspool that does nothing for communities like Storm Lake with urgent housing needs. Reynolds has failed to investigate the department after firing its director for sexual harassment. The Iowa Senate Republican caucus had to pay out a $2 million settlement to a female worker because of the Roman bath character of that crowd. Reynolds has done nothing about it.
State universities are at the beck and call of Monsanto and the Koch brothers. Private universities are struggling. Rural counties are depopulating.
That’s the debate: We need a change that can move Iowa forward. Reynolds and Company are taking us backwards. It starts with broken budgets and results in fewer services, and higher local property taxes. All so we can “create jobs” by giving huge grants to out-of-state firms like Apple and Egyptian companies that don’t need Iowa public tax dollars.
Quad-City Times: ELECTION 2018: Fred Hubbell: ‘Live more purposefully’
On the campaign trail, Hubbell is relaxed, easy going and soft-spoken.
Casually dressed, he is at ease in small-group settings, talking to Iowans about their concerns and doing what associates say he does best — listening and being inclusive. Those are welcomed traits, his backers say, after years of unilateral and backroom decision-making by the GOP on changes like converting Medicaid to privately managed care, closing mental-health institutions, revamping public collective bargaining and workers’ compensation laws, overhauling tax policy, nixing local minimum-wage increases and redirecting women’s health care.
“He’s really a smart person and a very kind person and I think that combination is what we need right now,” Engman noted. “He’s compassionate, but he’s also extremely well-organized. I think he’s got really good, core values and I think that probably helps guide him.
The Gazette: Needy Iowans need a leadership change
I have a friend who works with Medicaid recipients, low income and people with disabilities. My question: “How has Medicaid privatization affected your clients?” The answer wasn’t good.
Action taken by Govs. Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds to privatize and diminish services has hurt many people. There was no input from the Legislature or private citizens.
Our state went from a well-run program with fully trained and competent staff to services provided by out-of-state companies. Branstad claimed savings would total $232 million. At the end of 2017, the Iowa Department of Human Services estimated $47 million in savings for that year. There are no documents that show these savings.
Medicaid privatization has resulted in fewer people receiving service and/or cuts in the needed level of care. These can be cuts in caregiver time, wheelchairs, prescription drugs, and many more items. Providers of these services are more slowly reimbursed and sometimes not given full payment.
Users of Medicaid have little voice of their own and the good and caring people of Iowa must keep asking for quality care for our most vulnerable. Fred Hubbell is a person who cares and who will do something about it when he is elected governor.
A vote for Hubbell is a vote for better care of our needy fellow Iowans.
The Gazette: Hubbell: Pledging to restore Iowa opportunities
We need change this November. As Gov. Kim Reynolds promises more of the same failed policies that are hurting Iowans, I want to deliver the change Iowans need.
We need a governor with the leadership skills and experience to produce a balanced budget with the right priorities and who will work in a bipartisan, common-sense manner for all Iowans. It starts with stopping wasteful tax giveaways and putting people first. I’ve managed complex budgets my entire life, and have a proven record delivering results in the public and private sectors.
I’m proud to have Sen. Rita Hart as my running mate. Rita is a natural leader who has spent her life working on the farm and in the classroom to make Iowa a better place.
We want to give hardworking families the support they deserve while investing in the services they need. We have three key priorities: improving health care, investing in education and getting incomes rising in every community.
We need to make sure every Iowan has access to quality, affordable health care. On day one, we’ll start reversing Gov. Reynolds’ disastrous privatization of Medicaid, which has left 40,000 Iowans without care and shuttered providers.
We will address Iowa’s mental health and substance abuse crises and restore funding to Planned Parenthood.
Sioux City Journal: Iowa governor candidates begin bus tours with 2 weeks left
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and her challenger Democrat Fred Hubbell are taking to the road in the closing two weeks of the campaign.
Both candidates have announced bus tours.
Hubbell is rallying supporters Tuesday near the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines before departing on a first-day swing to Nevada, Ames, Cedar Rapids and DeWitt.
Press Citizen: Letters: Iowa’s GOP leadership has failed seniors
The fact is that Iowa’s GOP leadership has failed seniors and all Iowans.
The privatization of Medicaid has left many without the services needed. Fred Hubbell will correct this mistake.
The Iowa GOP leadership has failed to include direct care workers in Future Ready Iowa. They have failed to provide the funds needed to enable the long- term care ombudsman to visit residents in our long-term care facilities. By contrast, I have heard Fred Hubbell advocate for both.
The Governor has failed to issue an Executive Order to establish a Senior Living Coordinating Committee to get the four major departments impacting seniors to work together. Iowa has failed to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing the needs of seniors. The GOP leadership has failed to break down the silos that exist in state government.
The Iowa GOP leadership has not developed a comprehensive elder abuse law to protect our most vulnerable citizens. They have not passed the Iowa Care Act to support caregivers.
I am told that seniors tend to vote Republican. All I can say is – “Wake Up Seniors! Wake Up Iowans!”
It is time to vote for a change. Iowa can do better. Iowa needs a Democratic Governor and a Democratic Senate and House.
The Gazette: Hubbell, Reynolds take to the road
Supporters of Democrat Fred Hubbell gathered at the Iowa Capitol building Tuesday to launch a statewide bus tour that will take Hubbell and his running mate, state Sen. Rita Hart, to more than a dozen stops during the first two days of the campaign swing.
“We’re going to meet with a lot of Iowans, making sure that we get people fired up, motivated and out to vote,” Hubbell told the kickoff rally.
Hubbell told The Gazette that one of his first steps after ending privatization of Medicaid would be to address the challenges facing those needing long-term care, a population that takes the majority of Medicaid costs.
Right now, Hubbell said, the group is “not getting good services.”
“They’re the ones that need the services the most,” he said. “We’re going to have to work hard — it’s not going to be right away, because it’s a complicated group, to try to find ways with other contractors to focus on the quality of the outcome of the individual.”
He said he intends to strengthen the workforce around this population by increasing their salaries and offering adequate enough training.
Hubbell told supporters his administration would restore many of the health care protections that existed for Iowans before the conservative agenda that Republicans implemented in the past two years.
Hart opened the rally on the ISU campus by speaking about the changes in the Iowa Legislature, saying there has been a noticeable change due to a lack of unification between parties.
“The last couple of years we have seen some pretty divisive legislation come out of that capitol building,” she said.
Hart cited what she said have been Republican-led legislation that has hurt mental health services in Iowa, led to the loss of collective bargaining for public employees, and failure to lead on air and water quality and other environmental issues.
“Fred and I, on day one, are ready to turn that around,” she said.
After Hart ended her speech, Hubbell began speaking to students about their concerns, including tuition increase.
“You are here to get educated and here to get a great job,” he said.
He said that improving education on all levels is one of his most important goals.
Hubbell addressed the difference between his stance on reproductive rights and Gov. Kim Reynolds’ position on the issue, specifically the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
“By defunding Planned Parenthood, that took away the access to those who can’t afford to buy contraceptives for free or a reduced cost.”
Hubbell said he has and always will be a supporter of reproductive health and education.
Democratic challenger for Iowa Governor Fred Hubbell attacked Gov. Kim Reynolds for her “fiscal irresponsibilities” before a crowd of more than 45 students in front of Parks Library Tuesday afternoon.
These irresponsibilities included cuts to education funds, an unpredictable budget, ineffective healthcare reform and corporate tax breaks, Hubbell said.
“We need to stop wasteful tax giveaways and put that money into education,” Hubbell said. “[K-12] classes are getting bigger and different programs are getting squeezed. We need to invest in K-12 again.”
In the debates, Reynolds criticized Hubbell’s potential policies and said his tax hikes would hurt Iowans.
“We won’t need to raise taxes much if we stop these wasteful giveaways,” Hubbell said. “And if we do giveaways, it’s going to be for the Iowa middle class.”
Hubbell also spoke about focusing more on Iowa’s renewable energy infrastructure. He said that encouraging growth in green energy and focusing funding on education will help create thousands of jobs for Iowans.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hubbell and his running mate Rita Hart stopped at the “free speech zone” on the Iowa State University campus. It’s the sidewalk where College Democrat volunteers are asking every student who walks into or out of the library if they need information about voting.
“Thank you guys very much for all that you do. We really appreciate all your effort, all your enthusiasm,” Hubbell said as the students applauded. “You motivate us to keep doing what we’re doing.”
Hubbell told the students he’d address the financial squeeze on K-12 public schools and the rising cost of college tuition.
“That’s what we need to do: invest in education and invest in the future of our state,” Hubbell said and the students applauded. “So that’s the number one priority. It’s all about you all.”
Hubbell’s bus tour also made stops in Des Moines, Nevada, Cedar Rapids and DeWitt yesterday. The Reynolds bus tour starts in a West Des Moines restaurant today with additional stops in Boone, Ames, Marshalltown and Iowa Falls.
There’s another dynamic that Wallace-Wells and I talked about, one that has influenced the type of gubernatorial campaigns with which Democrats have found success this year. In the 2016 election, Trump’s victory in much of the upper Midwest was a surprise—but only in the context of Presidential politics. Six years earlier, in 2010, the Tea Party had swept Republicans into power in state capitols across the region, and kept them there. This year, though, there are signs that the grip of the Tea Party may be loosening. These gubernatorial races may turn less on Trump and his Presidency than on whether an entire political era is ending. “Democratic candidates like Gretchen Whitmer, in Michigan, Tony Evers, in Wisconsin, and even Fred Hubbell, in Iowa, are running very directly against the underfunding of basic services by Republican legislatures and governors,” Wallace-Wells said. In addition to running in defense of the Affordable Care Act, or against the Republicans’ tax cuts for the wealthy, he added, “Democratic candidates are running on campaigns of literally repairing broken highways.”
Candidates: Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds is Iowa’s first female governor, having been appointed to the job when Terry Branstad was selected to be ambassador to China. She was lieutenant governor and served in the Iowa state Senate. Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell has never run for public office.
Overview: Hubbell is a member of an iconic Iowa family and headed a retail firm and then the insurance company founded by his great-great-grandfather. He calls for increased funding for education and health care paid for by getting rid of corporate tax breaks. Reynolds emphasizes her common roots as a working parent who completed her college degree later in life. She highlights her work on mental health legislation, science and technology education, and improving trade.
Quad-City Times: Hubbell talks mental health at Muscatine roundtable
As the campaign is winding down, Democratic candidate for governor Fred Hubbell made a stop in Muscatine to hear about issues with mental health care the region is facing.
Staff from Family Resources shared their perspective on mental health care in the region with the candidate for governor at the office on Oregon Street. The agency, based in Davenport, provides many mental health and support services to those in need and cited a shortage of trained clinicians, wait times for prescriptions, a lack of youth mental health programs and inadequate funding for each as major concerns.
Hubbell asked about psychiatric services in Muscatine and where a person would go to be treated for a mental health crisis. Mental Health Manager Susan Earp explained there was no psychiatrist in the area so local therapists would stabilize a person in a crisis situation and provide “wrap-around services” until the individual could see a psychiatrist. Prescription wait time of eight-10 months was also mentioned as a concern.
Speaking specifically on Medicaid privatization, Hubbell said it’s necessary to consider the different groups that receive Medicaid and determine the quality outcome and cost structure for each group.
“And that’s not what we’re doing,” he said, “so that would help mental health if we do that.”
Iowa State Daily: Meet the candidates: Fred Hubbell, Democrat for governor
Democratic challenger for governor, Fred Hubbell, is in a tight race with Republican Governor Kim Reynolds. If elected, he’d be the first Democratic Iowa Governor since 2011.
Hubbell has been vocal on the campaign trail about his commitments to higher education funding, renewable energy and returning Medicaid control to the state.
Hubbell gained Iowa fame as a successful businessman throughout the decades, including serving as a chairman for Younkers during the 1980s. He also served in the public sector with the Iowa Power Fund, where he helped lead Iowa towards investments in renewable energy.
You know Election Day is imminent when the strain in a candidate’s voice is noticeable within their first few words.
But that didn’t keep Fred Hubbell from taking his hoarse voice up a couple decibels as he stood before a standing-room-only crowd of about 125 enthusiastic Democrats at their campaign office in Burlington.
“You know, there’s a lot of things that we could do better in our state,” said Hubbell, a 67-year-old retired businessman from Des Moines. “And it starts with having the right priorities and putting people first. We’re not doing that.”
As with past campaign stops, Hubbell talked about reversing the privatization of Medicaid “beginning on day one,” raising the state’s minimum wage, making preschool available statewide and bringing back collective bargaining rights for all public employees.
His promise to restore funding for Planned Parenthood elicited some of the loudest applause from the audience, in an area affected by clinic closures in Burlington and Keokuk at the hands of the Republican-led Legislature.
“Fifteen-thousand people had to all the sudden go find a new doctor some place, and it could be a long drive to get the quality care that they deserve,” Hubbell said.
Voters’ concerns about the future of IPERS, the state’s pension system for public employees, has come to the forefront for both parties in the last month of the election.
In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds looks vulnerable to a well-funded, business-minded Democrat in Fred Hubble. The Hawkeye State has soured on Trump, and the president’s trade war isn’t helping matters. But Iowa’s privatization of Medicaid under Reynolds is a big issue hobbling her reelection bid, and, right now, and Hubble is polling a few points ahead of her here in late October.
Currently, Lee County has the second highest unemployment rate in the state. Hubbell said addressing the unemployment rate starts with education.
”What every business wants is a highly productive, well-educated workforce. They want to have the infrastructure necessary to support their business which is housing, which is internet, which is the roads and bridges the young lady was talking about, and they want quality of life,” Hubbell explained.
Hubbell says his priority is to stop giving big benefits to large companies and wealthy individuals. Meanwhile, Reynolds says shes working to put money back in Iowan’s pockets.
Both candidates for Iowa Governor will continue to travel across the Hawkeye State leading up to the November 6th election.
Ottumwa Courier: Hubbell: Rollback corporate tax credits to fund school
The state of Iowa has high graduation rates but its ACT scores have been falling, Gubernatorial Candidate Fred Hubbell told educators Thursday at Market on Main.
“Are we focusing on the right thing?” Hubbell asked a small group of Ottumwa educators who met with him to discuss education concerns.
ACT scores have declined three years in a row, Hubbell said. Thirty percent of third-grade students statewide don’t meet standards. Iowa graduates a lot of kids, but the state’s standards have been declining.
“The Republicans are blaming the teachers,” Hubbell said.
If Iowa doesn’t give teachers better pay and respect, they will go to other states or take jobs in other industries, Hubbell said.
Ottumwa teachers told Hubbell about the new Pickwick Early Childhood Center and Ottumwa Community School District’s wrap-around program that provides child care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for parents in the district.
“We need that all over our state,” Hubbell said. More day care availability means more opportunities for people to work, more job openings will be filled and Iowa will receive more tax money.
Eliminating some of the corporate tax credits could provide more money for schools, Hubbell said. The credits amount to $100 million a year. The state could use $60 million to fund schools and could fund the wrap-round programs $20 million, Hubbell said.
“Then we’re investing in the future.” More time in school means better jobs and more income, Hubbell said.
Democratic candidate, Fred Hubbell, was also on the campaign trail today on his “Get Iowa Growing” bus tour. The economy, getting more Iowans workforce ready, and better access to healthcare are also on his agenda.
“Everybody wants to be successful but they need to have the support and services that they need, like education and job training and health care, and the infrastructure to support local business. That’s why I’m running for governor. To make more people successful,” said Hubbell.