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Poll: Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa race

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Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, left, and Democrat Theresa Greenfield.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican incumbent Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in Iowa’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.

According to the poll, 46% of likely voters say they would back Greenfield if the election were held today, and 43% say they would back Ernst.

“This is definitely a competitive race,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll. She said the poll contains other “warning signs” for Ernst and noted that this is the first Iowa Poll conducted since Ernst first ran in 2014 in which she has trailed her general election opponent.

“Symbolically, that’s certainly meaningful, even if Theresa Greenfield’s lead is not commanding,” Selzer said.

The poll, which was conducted June 7-10, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for questions asked of the 674 likely voters in the 2020 general election and plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for those asked of 801 Iowans.

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The results come at the start of a general election cycle likely to be shaped by social and economic turmoil wrought by a global pandemic, nationwide protests around racial justice and a volatile incumbent president seeking reelection.

Both parties have already invested heavily in Iowa, underscoring its political importance as Republicans seek to defend their narrow 53-47 seat majority in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats have charted a path to the majority that includes taking on vulnerable incumbents in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina. As Democrats work to defend their own endangered incumbent in Alabama, they’re hoping to expand their opportunities by investing heavily in Iowa, where they see Ernst as beatable.

The senator’s job approval rating among all Iowans began to drop earlier this year, according to Register polling, falling to 47% in March from 57% a year before. This poll shows that rating has changed little, now at 49%. Another 39% say they disapprove of the job she is doing, and 13% are unsure.

Ronda Hennings, a 61-year-old Bonaparte resident and poll respondent, said she didn’t vote for Ernst but had high hopes for her when she took office.

“I wanted her to get out there and really talk about the people that put her in office,” Hennings said. “And all I can see from her she’s a yes player. She just goes along with whatever the party says, and she puts her votes in, and she says, ‘Yes.’”

Hennings, who is disabled and benefits from Social Security payments, said she appreciates that Greenfield talks about the importance of that program in her advertising. Greenfield’s first husband died in a workplace accident, leaving her a single mother who relied on Social Security benefits to get by.

“I know that she’s gone through the system and knows how it works,” Hennings said. “And a lot of people don’t.”

Greenfield is viewed favorably by 41% of Iowans and unfavorably by 20%. Although she is substantially better known today than she was in March, a large group remains – 39% – who say they don’t know enough about Greenfield to form an opinion.

Forty-five percent of Iowans have a favorable view of Ernst, and 40% say they have an unfavorable view. Those numbers have dipped during the past year. In February 2019, 56% said they had a favorable view of Ernst and 29% had an unfavorable view.

Ernst appeals to the ‘heart’ of Iowa’s GOP base

Ernst does well with many of the demographic groups that also backed Republican President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

She earns 67% of the evangelical vote, compared with 22% for Greenfield. Fifty-six percent of likely voters living in rural parts of the state back her over Greenfield, who earns 32%. And men are more likely to favor Ernst – 53% of men support her, compared with 37% for Greenfield. And white men without a college degree back her 59% to 30%.

“That’s the heart of the Republican base in Iowa,” Selzer said.

Ernst has occasionally distanced herself from some of Trump’s more controversial comments, including his call to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military. And she called it racist when the president issued tweets calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries they came from.

Still, Ernst has defended the president on numerous occasions, including during his impeachment hearings, and she frequently attends events with him and touts his praise of her.

On Thursday, the president tweeted his support for Ernst, saying “Few people have ever fought as strongly for Iowa” as she has.

Trump carried Iowa by 9 percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, but Democrats made gains in 2018 by flipping two congressional seats.

Darwin Vice, a 59-year old Libertyville resident and poll respondent, said he plans to vote for both Ernst and the president in the fall. He’s particularly concerned about rising health care costs associated with the Affordable Care Act and the influence of money and corporations on politicians.

“I just want them to do what they say they’re going to do,” Vice said of elected leaders. “I’m tired of all these years of being lied to.”

He said he couldn’t see himself voting for a Democrat, because he hasn’t seen them condemn the violence associated with protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a Black man, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Women supportive of Greenfield

Greenfield leads 71% to 19% among likely voters who do not have a religious affiliation and 55% to 34% with those who live in cities. She earns a plurality or majority of the vote in every congressional district except the 4th, which is the most Republican-leaning in the state.

Women choose Greenfield by 20 percentage points, 54% to 34%. White women without a college degree choose Greenfield by an even larger margin: 60% to 29%.

Selzer said the gender gap for each candidate is striking.

“More women typically vote in elections than men,” she said. “And so if there is this kind of gap, this kind of lead with the majority of voters, it’s very difficult to overcome that. Except that recently the division is strong on both sides.”

While Ernst leads 47% to 41% among those ages 35 to 54, Greenfield leads with those younger than 35 (46% to 40%) and those 65 and older (50% to 42%).

Each candidate is firmly backed by members of her own party. Ninety-five percent of Democrats say they will vote for Greenfield, and 90% of Republicans say they will vote for Ernst.

But independents are more likely to back Greenfield, with 42% saying they would support her and 38% saying they would support Ernst.

Terry Dvorak, a 49-year old Norwalk resident and independent, said he voted for Ernst in 2014. He said he remembers her advertising that she would “make ‘em squeal” in Washington, D.C., by cutting government waste, but he said he’s been dissatisfied with her performance.

“It seems she’s playing to the political lobbies of big corporations instead of the everyday Iowan,” he said. “I think she has slipped right into the corrupt Washington base. I mean, the whole administration is that way. She fits in with Trump, which I don’t like either. That whole crowd is getting worse and worse to me.”

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ALYI Highlights Next Steps

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Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE – Alternet Systems, Inc. (OTC PINK: ALYI) today announced plans to publish a comprehensive progress update next week targeting a Wednesday, October 28th release date.

Management indicates a number of major endeavors underway in important stages of development to include RevoltTOKEN financing partner’s efforts to finalize ICO details, next steps after finalizing the multiparty milestone agreement announced last week, and a new design path development for the company’s long-term plans for future electric vehicles in Africa.

Management anticipates wrapping up details on the above-mentioned endeavors by next Wednesday and being ready to release a comprehensive update.

For more information and to stay up to date on ALYI’s latest developments, please visit www.alternetsystemsinc.com.

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur.

Alternet Systems, Inc. Contact:
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If You’re Not Using a CRM System for Your Small Business, You’re Wasting Time and Money

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If you run a business that sells anything—whether it’s home appliances, web design, hand-knit sweaters, pool cleaning, books, dance lessons, you name it—one of the most important things you have to do is generate leads, convert them into actual customers, and then keep them coming back for more. However, when you’re busy with all the other things your business requires, the last thing you need to be doing is manually entering customer information into a database, manually sending followup emails to leads and clients, manually recording customers sales and interactions, manually creating invoices, or manually booking appointments.

Luckily, we have technology to make all that easier. With a robust all-in-one CRM platform like Keap, you can automate all sorts of essential data management, sales, and marketing tasks, so you can grow your business without having to waste precious time on tedious data entry.

What is CRM?

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Customer relationship management, or CRM, is a system that businesses use to manage contacts, foster relationships with customers or potential customers, engage in successful marketing, and track leads through the sales pipeline.

The idea behind CRM has its origins in the 1970s and 1980s, when companies first started conducting surveys, collecting customer data, and analyzing it to help improve sales. By the early 1990s, software companies began developing dedicated CRM applications that automated the collection and sorting of customer data, as well as a number of other tasks. These applications became more advanced as technology improved. But because they required a lot of in-house computing power, they were only available to larger, more established businesses . 

Luckily, today those technological limitations no longer exist. Instead of buying copies of a program and installing it on an office full of computers, we buy subscriptions to powerful cloud-based apps that can run on a single laptop, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere. As a result, now even small businesses and startups can afford cutting edge CRM tools that can kickstart exponential growth. 

Today’s CRM platforms can do more than anyone had ever dreamed. And that brings us to Keap. 

Keap CRM, sales, and marketing automation.

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The Keap platform was designed to automate customer relationship management, sales, and marketing, so you can get more done in less time. 

With Keap, you can automatically add and update contacts, and automatically record every communication and interaction so you know exactly where customers or potential customers are in the sales pipeline. You can also see customer details and easily call up a history of all meetings, payment, quotes, conversations, and emails. Plus contact segmentation lets you apply tags to contacts so you can sort customers and create custom demographics. 

Keap also lets you automate sales and marketing communications so nothing slips through the cracks. By using Keap’s simple “when/then” templates, you can generate automatic responses when someone sends an email, fills out a form, or schedules an appointment. You can also create more complicated sequences of automatic email messages that get sent based on time triggers or client interactions. 

Need an easy way to create web forms or landing pages and generate automatic quotes and invoices? Looking for online appointment scheduling? Want to create an email marketing campaign to nurture new leads or drive clients to specific promotions, products, or services? Keap can do it all. They send over a billion marketing emails a month with a 20-percent open rate and 13-percent click rate, both of which surpass industry standards. Keap also integrates with other business tools, like social media marketing apps, so everything stays connected. And it comes with a phone line and SMS messaging, so you can connect with clients via text, too. 

Go ahead, take a test drive.

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Keap offers three different plans at three different price points. And right now, all three are 50-percent off for the first three months. And if you want, you can even try before you buy, because Keap offers a free 14-day trial.

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, your time is extremely valuable. Don’t spend it doing things that algorithms can do faster and more efficiently. So take a look at Keap today, and see how their CRM, sales, and marketing automation tools can help grow your business. Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357920

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It’s Time for You to Rise Up!

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The founder of the Wake Up Warrior movement discusses the obstacles men are facing and what they can do to overcome them.

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Garrett J. White is the founder of Wake Up Warrior, a series of self-help programs for men, including the Warrior Week boot camps. He is also the author of Warrior Book and the host of the podcasts Warrior on FireWarrior Wealth and Date Your Wife. These related projects aim to help men achieve success, balance and happiness physically, spiritually, in family and business. In this episode of Leaders Create Leaders, White discusses with host Gerard Adams how he has scaled his business to transform thousands of men’s lives and create a global movement. 

White talks about the current state of culture, the importance of certainty compared to information and generational leadership tools. He explains how to face facts, flip the script and play the “Impossible Game.” He also gives tips for becoming a successful speaker and teacher.

Related: How to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Online Business with BossBabe

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