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PATE PLEDGES TO HELP LEAD IOWA – CUT BURDENSOME GOVERNMENT RED TAPE

Sep 24

PATE PLEDGES TO HELP LEAD IOWA

CUT BURDENSOME GOVERNMENT RED TAPE  

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate pledged to improve several aspects of the business services division of the Secretary of State’s office.   While Pate previously served as Iowa Secretary of State he was an advocate for removing unnecessary and burdensome regulations Iowans often faced when dealing with the government.  During his term he reduced a four page yearly report form to one page that is now filed every other year.   Pate also promoted the office as a one stop business services advocate and worked to assist business owners with navigating through other government agencies.

Pate’s plan includes promoting job growth and cutting government red tape.

  1. Reestablish the Jobs Coalition for Main Street Iowa program.  A program established when Pate previously served as Iowa Secretary of State, worked with small business owners and local chambers of commerce to identify burdensome bureaucratic regulations that hampered business growth and job creation.  This public/private program worked to “Cut Government RED TAPE” that deterred business from adding more jobs.
  2. There are numerous forms on the Secretary of State’s website.  Pate proposes a bipartisan review of these forms to identify which ones can be streamlined or eliminated.
  3. Allow businesses an option to showcase their company by including a link to their webpage under the Business Entities database on the Secretary of State’s website.
  4. Work with Home Base Iowa to identify and assist veterans who are interested in starting an Iowa business.
  5. Work with new and existing business owners to review the current business filing process and develop solutions to streamline the process and eliminate burdensome forms.
  6. Reinstate the Benchmark award for Iowa based businesses.  As former Secretary of State, Pate developed a recognition program called the Benchmark Award.  This award program recognized outstanding achievement in the growth and development of Iowa small businesses.  It was given to entrepreneurs who, through their innovative spirit represented Iowa’s own unique spirit of hard work, innovation, quality services and craftsmanship.

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm.  He is recognized as a “Patriotic Employer” by the National Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.  Pate recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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PATE PLAN PROMOTES AND STRENGHTENS IOWA ELECTIONS

Sep 11
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September 11, 2014                                                 CONTACT: Pate for Iowa

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PATE PLAN PROMOTES AND STRENGHTENS IOWA ELECTIONS

ENCOURAGE VOTER PARTICIPATION AND ELECTION INTEGRITY

Make it Easy to Vote and Hard to Cheat

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has released his plan to encourage voter participation while strengthening the integrity of Iowa’s elections.

I traveled all across this great state meeting with county auditors and listening to their advice and concerns which prompted me to host a bi-partisan roundtable summit in Des Moines.  There we discussed many issues including voter participation while maintaining the integrity of the election process.   Today I am sharing a plan to strengthen Iowa elections to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

  1. VOTER ID:   Like a majority of Iowans, I believe we need a verifiable voter identification tool to be used when voters go to the polls to cast a ballot.  Currently 93% of registered voters in Iowa already have a driver’s license with photo ID that includes a bar code on the back which may be scanned.  The information provided in the bar code indentifies your residency, citizenship and voter eligibility.   I will seek funding to provide the remaining 7% a non-driver ID card from the Department of Transportation.
  2. TECHNOLOGY:  Enhance technology like signature verification for absentee ballots.  Provide an online voter information app so you can easily find where you vote and review a sample ballot.  I support the expanded use of electronic poll books to ease voter check-in, increase accuracy and voter verification.   Currently 68 counties use electronic poll books and I will work to expand this technology to all 99 counties.
  3. ABSENTEE BALLOTS:  I propose to eliminate absentee ballot couriers from the election process.  Absentee ballots are one of the highest risks for voter fraud.  I believe no one should be touching your absentee ballot except you, an authorized election official or a postal worker.
  4. POST ELECTION AUDITS:  No voting system is perfect and the number of states requiring post election audits has increased over the last few years according to data collected by The PEW Charitable Trust.  Some benefits of post election audits include; finding errors, deterring fraud and promoting public confidence in elections.  Working with county auditors I will implement a post election audit system in Iowa.
  5. YOUTH VOTER REGISTRATION:  Work closely with Iowa’s high schools to encourage our youth to be active in their government and to ensure every high school student on graduation day has both a diploma and a voter registration card in their hands.
  6. ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION:  As of June 2014 a total of 20 states offer online voter registration and four more states passed legislation to create online voter registration systems while three states offer limited online voter registration.  I will work with the Iowa Legislature and support passage of online voter registration that will be secure, prevent fraud and provide long-term cost savings as well as modernize our voting system.
  7. INTERSTATE EXCHANGE OF VOTER LISTS:  Continue to participate in the Interstate Voter Registration Cross Check program which is a plan created to help states maintain accurate and current voter registration rolls.   This program helps ensure voters are correctly registered at one location.  I will also explore being part of the Electronic Registration Information Center organization.

Pate, “During my term as Secretary of State, Iowa had a record number of registered voters and was in the Top 10 nationally in voter participation in a presidential election.  I created bi-partisan programs to encourage voter participation like “Get in the Game” with Iowa Football coach Hayden Fry and Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney as well as “Generation VOTE” with Iowa native Terri Farrell of Deep Space Nine.  With these outreach programs we were able to reach over 65,000 first time voters.  For the youth we worked closely with Iowa’s high school government teachers to implement the “Kids Caucus” program to educate over 100,000 students about our unique presidential caucus program.  I will continue making such efforts to best serve the people of Iowa.”

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion.  His company is recognized as a “Patriotic Employer” by the National Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.  Pate recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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PATE UNVEILS NEW “SERVICE” AD

Sep 08

September 8, 2014                                                        CONTACT: Pate for Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          319-929-2777

 

PATE UNVEILS NEW “SERVICE” AD

WEB VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS PUBLIC SERVICE OVER POLITICS

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(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has released a new web video titled, “Service”.  The complete video can be found here: SERVICE

Pate, “ I’ve devoted much of my life to building relationships with people from all political parties… so together… we could make government work for you.

I previously served as Secretary of State… as well as State Senator… and Mayor of Cedar Rapids.

Now…. many of our state leaders have encouraged me to return to the Secretary of State’s Office… and I have accepted the challenge to once again… help make government work for you.

Iowa needs a proven leader who will promote voter participation while ensuring safeguards to protect the integrity of the election process.

A leader who will serve the business community without political motives. 

A leader with a proven record of making the Secretary of State’s Office work for you.

The Secretary of State is Iowa’s chief commissioner of elections who is also responsible for serving the business community in a number of ways…including articles of incorporation filings, and uniform commercial codes. 

As a nationally recognized small business leader by the United States Small Business Administration, I understand the value of having a good working relationship between the office’s business services division and Iowa’s job creators.

I believe my professional experience matters… and, I also believe it is important that you know a little bit more about Paul Pate… away from work.  I am a lifelong Iowan born in Ottumwa and raised in Cedar Rapids.  My wife Jane and I have been married for 35 years….we have been blessed with three great children and five grandchildren.

I believe strongly in public service and civic mindedness.  That is why I volunteer as a Boy Scout leader and as a squadron leader in the Civil Air Patrol…I am passionate about giving back to the state that has provided so many opportunities for me and my family.

On November 4th, I ask that you consider casting a vote for a proven public servant, Paul Pate for Iowa’s next Secretary of State.  Thank you and god bless the great state of Iowa.”

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

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POLL: PATE TAKES LEAD IN SECRETARY OF STATE RACE

Aug 27

August 27, 2014

 

PATE TAKES LEAD IN SECRETARY OF STATE RACE

LATEST POLL SHOWS MOMENTUM

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has taken the lead in the race to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.

Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning research firm released their latest poll showing Paul Pate taking the lead in the race for Iowa Secretary of State, 35-34%.  Among registered Independents the margin is even greater with 35-24% in favor of Pate.  Additionally, 64% of Independents responded that they disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance.  The Democrat candidate running for Secretary of State was President Obama’s 2012 Iowa campaign director.

Pate, “This poll is further confirmation that Iowans want, expect and deserve a proven public servant that will represent everyone in the state and not a career partisan political operative as their chief commissioner of elections.  I have previously served as Iowa Secretary of State and served the people of Iowa in a non partisan manner while encouraging voter participation and protecting the integrity of the election process.”

PPP surveyed 915 likely voters from August 22-24th. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.2%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20%

interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.  For complete results of the poll: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2014/PPP_Release_IA_826930.pdf

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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Political Soapbox: Secretary of State Candidate Paul Pate Wants Office Depoliticized

Aug 18

Jason Noble, jnoble2@dmreg.com 5:56 p.m. CDT August 11, 2014

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Republican secretary of state candidate Paul Pate speaks on the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair(Photo: Jason Noble/The Register)Buy Photo

NAME: Paul Pate

OFFICE SOUGHT: Secretary of State

OPPONENT: Democrat Brad Anderson

NOTABLE: Pate, a Republican who served as Iowa’s secretary of state from 1995 to 1999, called for a “bipartisan” and depoliticized secretary of state’s office that would act as a referee on the political playing field.

He said he would support increasing access and increasing voter turnout, especially among young people, but emphasized that those efforts must be balanced by security and steps to ensure ineligible voters aren’t allowed to cast ballots.

He said he would bring back a program from his earlier term in office that educated schoolchildren on the political process and allowed them to participate in a mock caucus.

CROWD: About 25 people stuck around for Pate’s speech, the third in a row from Republican candidates for statewide office.

OTHER ISSUES: Pate said it was the office’s business regulation functions that initially drew him to run. Beyond just maintaining records, the office could work to support and attract business, he said.

QUOTE: “I believe the secretary of state can be an advocate for small business. That’s what I did before, and that’s what I would do again.”

REACTION: Pate received polite applause throughout his speech.

Iowa GOP says Democratic candidate’s idea could endanger first-in-nation Iowa Caucuses

Jul 31

July 30, 2014  By  Radio Iowa

Republicans are attacking the Democratic candidate who’s running to be Iowa’s top election official, saying Brad Anderson is endangering Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Caucuses by suggesting technology in the secretary of state’s office could be used for the Iowa Caucuses.

Jeff Patch, the communications director for the Republican Party of Iowa, says candidates for secretary of state shouldn’t be muddling in the Iowa Caucus process.

“The parties themselves are perfectly capable of handling the Caucus procedures, Patch says. “…We don’t think that the secretary of state should have any sort of role in managing or providing logistical support for the Caucuses because that would require state employees and state resources.”

Patch says using the voter registration data maintained by the secretary of state’s office would make the Iowa Caucuses the functional equivalent of a primary.

“Mr. Anderson’s plan to use the secretary of state’s office to inject state government into partisan politics will create a problem with other states who are looking to challenge Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status,” Patch says.

Anderson says the integrity of Iowa’s Caucuses should be the goal of all Iowans, regardless of their party affiliation.

“Over the years Iowa taxpayers have invested a lot of time and resources into award-winning poll book technology that could really help check Iowans into the Caucuses and ensure that only eligible Iowans are participating,” Anderson says.

Anderson says his idea would “strengthen the Caucuses.”

“I’m confident that once the elections are over and cooler heads prevail we can find a way that the state can partner with the two parties in a way that is both appropriate and fiscally prudent,” Anderson says.

For more than four decades, Iowa’s Caucuses have been the kick-off event in presidential campaign years. Past winners like Bob Dole in 1996, George W. Bush in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 leveraged their opening round victories in the Iowa Caucuses to secure their parties’ presidential nominations.

Jeff Kaufmann, the new chairman of the Iowa GOP, said in a written statement that he’ll meet with “reasonable Democrats” in the future to discuss ways to “protect” the first-in-the-nation status of Iowa’s Caucuses. Kaufmann, who called Anderson’s idea “ill-advised, was elected Iowa GOP chairman on June 28. Kaufmann plans to meet with Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan soon “to transparently discuss ways for both parties to cooperate to ensure that Iowa’s precinct caucuses retain their historic status as the first test of presidential candidates.”

Elections official: Bad idea to involve state in Iowa caucuses

Jul 30

Jennifer Jacobs, jejacobs@dmreg.com                             9:20 a.m. CDT July 30, 2014

A state elections official says he disagrees with the Democratic secretary of state candidate’s call for government staff to help with technology for the Iowa caucuses.

“It’s not appropriate for the Secretary of State’s Office to play a role in the Iowa caucuses,” Charlie Smithson, the office’s legal counsel and an adjunct professor of election law at Drake University School of Law, said in a statement this morning.

The Iowa caucuses are one of the most important events in the nation’s presidential election process. By rules set by both national parties, Iowa holds the first caucuses (voting is independently handled by the two parties), then New Hampshire holds the first primary (voting is regulated by the state).

“If government becomes involved with the caucus process,” Smithson said, “other states will argue that the caucuses have become the functional equivalent of a primary. That would create serious problems in Iowa maintaining its first in the nation status.”

Democrat Brad Anderson, who is running for secretary of state in this fall’s elections, has said that while the state government shouldn’t play any formal role in the Iowa caucuses, the secretary of state should provide technical support and quality data.

Anderson suggested that state elections officials work with both parties to develop electronic lists of eligible caucusgoers so that caucus participants could easily check in, and volunteers could immediately confirm eligibility.

In a news release from the Republican Party of Iowa this morning, both Smithson and party chairman Jeff Kaufmann said Anderson’s idea is ill-advised.

“Iowans of all political stripes expect the government to stay out of party politics,” Kaufmann said. “Anderson’s plan is a problem in search of a solution. We must maintain the separation of politics and state.”

Kaufmann said he intends to meet with Iowa Democratic chairman Scott Brennan soon “to transparently discuss ways for both parties to cooperate to ensure that Iowa’s precinct caucuses retain their historic status as the first test of presidential candidates’ strength.”

Anderson is running against Republican Paul Pate for the secretary of state job. The current elections chief, Republican Matt Schultz, chose not to seek re-election to the office. Schultz pursued the Des Moines-area congressional seat but lost in a six-way GOP primary.

PATE BUILDS MOMENTUM

May 19
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SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATE FILES FINANCIAL REPORT

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate after exceeding the necessary petition signature requirement by 100% while submitting over 2000 in 60 days, continues to build momentum by announcing that he has over $55,000 cash on hand from over a hundred donors in just a few short months.

“I’m overwhelmed by the continuing rapid growth of support Iowans are showing for this campaign.  It is clear they do not want nor can they afford to have Iowa’s chief elections commissioner be a partisan political operative from either party.  I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the proven experience to be that non-partisan leader they desire,” stated Pate.

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the President of Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

“As I travel across the state the consistent message that I’ve been receiving is that Iowans want access to voting with safeguards to protect against potential voter fraud.  Those two priorities are not mutually exclusive and will take real leadership to ensure both,” said Pate.

Pate and his wife Jane of 35 years are the parents of three adult children and five grandchildren.

Desperate Democrats Don’t Seem to Have Much Ammunition Against Paul Pate

Apr 08
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In 2006, the Secretary of State’s race was about felons voting.  In 2010, it was about voter ID.  This year, the race will be about whether you want an experienced public servant or a partisan political operative in charge of Iowa’s election process.

Even though current Secretary of State, Matt Schultz, isn’t seeking re-election to his statewide office, Iowa Democrats seem hell-bent on trying to link Paul Pate, the lone Republican seeking the office, to Schultz.  The latest effort comes in the form of an Iowa Democrat Party press release that cried foul over a campaign mailing Schultz authorized for his 3rd District Congressional campaign.

The Democrats’ complaint about Schultz’s mailing is much ado about nothing as the Democrats seem upset that the mailing also included Schultz’s current title, Secretary of State, and the envelope it arrived in said that an “official ballot” was enclosed.  The mailing was a letter from Schultz about his position on Second Amendment issues.  The fundraising mailing was for gun rights group, not Schultz’s campaign. Still, Brad Anderson, the Democrat running for Secretary of State and the Iowa Democratic Party went nuts over a gun rights survey being sent to likely Republican primary voters.

The Iowa Democratic Party took the issue a little bit further when they suggested that Schultz was “following Paul Pate’s playbook from 1997.”  The Iowa Democratic Party was talking about an ethics investigations into Pate’s 1998 campaign for governor when there were allegation of improperly using the Secretary of State’s official office, voter registration lists and computers to further his campaign.

The only problem with that attack for the Iowa Democratic Party is that they are only telling half the story.  The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board found that Pate did not have any knowledge of the infraction.  It is also matter of public record that Pate voluntarily addressed some perceived problems which occurred in the office.  Specifically, he informed the Board of a campaign-related activity that took place in the office after hours and not at taxpayer expense.  However, Pate took responsibility for the actions of his part time employee even though he had nothing to do with it.

There is a lot of irony in Anderson’s and the Iowa Democrat Party’s outrage over the Schultz mailing and an incident that occurred in the Secretary of States office over 17 years ago.  It was Brad Anderson’s employee at Link Strategies who recently plead guilty to stealing the identity of Secretary of State Matt Schultz not long before Anderson declared his intention to seek that office.

Are we really to believe that a junior staffer at a political affairs firm was acting on his own when he attempted to use the identities of Secretary of State Matt Schultz and his brother with the intent to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in illegal or unethical behavior?

It’s also preposterous that Anderson and the Iowa Democrat Party would allege that Pate, a person who held the office for four years without any major scandal, is corrupt, when the only experience that Anderson is running on is the fact that he was President Obama’s Iowa campaign manager for his 2012 re-election campaign.

I know that the kids who are churning out the press releases over at the Iowa Democratic Party were not around when Pate last occupied the Secretary of State’s office, and Anderson was probably a just a kid growing up in Chicago, but Pate served Iowa well as Secretary of State, and you don’t just have to take my word for it.

In an editorial by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, this is how they characterized Pate’s tenure as Secretary of State. “Pate can take satisfaction in having served his constituents with distinction, not only by reducing the size of his budget during each of his four years, but also by his ongoing efforts to focus public attention on the significance of their voting right and the consequences of voter abuses.”  

That’s high praise for a statewide elected official, and that’s exactly the type of person that Iowans want to serve them in the Secretary of State’s office. It seems to me that all the Democrats and Mr. Anderson have to campaign against Paul Pate is Matt Schultz, and that doesn’t seem like a winning strategy.

For full story visit: http://theiowarepublican.com/2014/desperate-democrats-dont-seem-to-have-much-ammunition-against-paul-pate/