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  • Trump says he will end 'death tax' & have health care plan with 'heart'

    06/22/2017 9:09:34 AM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies
    KCRG tv ^ | June 22, 2017
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - President Donald Trump covered a wide range of topics in a 75 minute speech at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Wednesday night. Trump touched down early at the Eastern Iowa Airport and headed to Kirkwood Community College, where he toured agriculture technology innovations, then reveled in Karen Handel's victory in a Georgia special election. "We're 5-0 in special elections," said Trump. Trump's stop at Kirkwood was intended to draw attention to the school's advancements in high-tech agriculture. During the tour, Trump marveled at a "combine simulator," which is a virtual way to practice using...
  • Trump heads to Cedar Rapids

    06/21/2017 8:55:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 6/21/2017
    After postponing a Cedar Rapids rally in May, President Trump will travel to the city for a rally at the U.S. Cellular Center. Protests are also scheduled to take place near the venue. Nearly half a year after President Trump’s inauguration, it seems to some he is rallying to garner excitement about the prospects of his re-election. After postponing a Cedar Rapids rally in May, he is set to hold a 7 p.m. rally at the U.S. Cellular Center. Holding a rally five months into his presidency has some people wondering if this is a belated victory lap or the...
  • Iowa Obamacare Insurer Hiking Rates 43.5 Percent

    06/19/2017 8:19:56 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/19/2017 | Robert Donachie
    Minnesota-based Medica, one of the few remaining insurance providers on the Iowa Obamacare exchanges, announced Monday afternoon that it will offer plans on the state exchanges in 2018, but proposed an average premium increase of 43.5 percent. The company’s decision is somewhat good news for low-to-moderate income consumers in Iowa that are reliant on the state exchanges for health insurance. Consumers will have at least one provider offering plans in the Obamacare marketplace. The bad news, as Medica announced Monday, is that for all products the average premium increase will be 43.5 percent, The Iowa Gazette reports. “Rate increases of...
  • Iowa IT Firm Caught Posting ‘No Americans’ Job Listing

    06/19/2017 12:59:58 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 47 replies ^ | 13 Jun 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    An Iowa information technology staffing company last week posted an ad that essentially told American citizens they need not apply.The ad by American Technology Consulting, posted to the recruiting website ZipRecruiter, sought a java developer to work in San Diego. Initially, it stated “H1B Only,” a reference to the H-1B guest worker visa program for high-skilled workers. The company changed the ad and deleted reference to the H-1B visas, but critics said it likely violates the Civil Right Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship and national origin.“It’s explicitly against the law,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of...
  • President Trump reschedules Cedar Rapids rally (Wednesday June 21)

    06/12/2017 3:12:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    WQAD tv ^ | June 12 2017
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — President Trump has rescheduled his rally stop in Cedar Rapids for Wednesday, June 21.The rally, which was supposed to be held on June 1, was rescheduled due to an unforeseen change in his schedule.The event will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center, at 370 1st Ave NE in Cedar Rapids.Doors are scheduled to open at 4:00 p.m., with the rally beginning at 7:00 p.m.Ticket reservations for up to two guests may be requested here.
  • Iowa court: State cannot prosecute immigrant using fake ID

    06/10/2017 4:11:56 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies ^ | June 9, 2017
    The Iowa Supreme Court says immigrants living in Iowa without legal permission and who use a stolen identity to get a job cannot be prosecuted by the state for identity theft or forgery. The court, in ruling Friday on the case of 31-year-old Martha Martinez, says such immigration-related prosecutions are up to federal authorities not county prosecutors. Martinez, who lives in Muscatine, was charged after she obtained a driver's license and Social Security number under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Iowa Supreme Court's wrongful death ruling ignites abortion debate

    06/08/2017 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    KCRG ^ | June 8, 2017 | Katie Wiedemann, KCRG-TV9 |
    DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG TV-9) -- Parents in Iowa can sue for wrongful birth. That first of its kind ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court is stirring up emotions in the abortion debate. Parents in Lee County filed a lawsuit against a Fort Madison hospital and with a gynecologist clinic. They say doctors failed to warn them about abnormalities on their child's ultrasound. Those abnormalities that might have prompted the parents to get an abortion. The case centers on a now 6 year old boy who was born with cerebral palsy and other disabilities that make it unlikely he'll ever walk...
  • Weather, politics sizzle at Ernst's Roast and Ride event

    06/04/2017 8:49:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | June 3 2017 | Erin Murphy, Rod Boshart
    The hog roast was popular once again, but the previous administration’s health care reform also was on the menu after being roasted by the new vice president. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking Saturday at U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s annual GOP fundraiser, said Congress must make it a priority to get to President Donald Trump’s desk a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known better to the folks at Saturday’s event as Obamacare. The U.S. House has passed a bill that would undo much of the health care reform implemented under former President Barack Obama. The U.S....
  • President Trump's Iowa Rally Scheduled For Next Week Has Been Cancelled

    05/27/2017 6:50:57 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 78 replies
    Due to an unforeseen change in President Trump's schedule, we will need to unfortunately postpone the previously scheduled rally in Cedar Rapids on June 1st. Stay tuned for information on a rescheduled date early next week. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. President Trump will see you in Iowa very soon.
  • Iowa’s Transfer of Power

    05/25/2017 2:16:33 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Iowa Public TV ^ | May 24, 2017
    Iowa Public TV will provide coverage of Gov. Terry E. Branstad's resignation and swearing-in as Ambassador to China on Wednesday, May 24, taking place in the Governor's formal office at the Iowa State Capitol. IPTV will then broadcast the first address of Iowa's new Governor, Kim Reynolds, LIVE from the rotunda of the Statehouse. The broadcast will also include an extended, one-on-one interview with Governor Reynolds by David Yepsen, host of IPTV’s Iowa Press. Iowa’s Transfer of Power is scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on IPTV WORLD (.3). The ceremony...
  • President Donald Trump planning return trip to Iowa (June 1st in Cedar Rapids)

    05/24/2017 6:22:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KTIV-TV ^ | May 24, 2017
    DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO-TV) - President Donald Trump has booked a return flight to Iowa. The Trump-Pence Campaign committee announced on Thursday that President Trump will hold a rally in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, June 1st. It’s Trump’s second trip to Iowa since winning the White House. He held a victory rally in Des Moines in December, one month after the election. The June 1st rally will be held at the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex at 7:00pm. Tickets for the event are available online.
  • Senate confirms Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China

    05/22/2017 3:02:34 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 22, 2017 | Joel Gehrke
    A broad majority of senators voted Monday to install President Trump's choice to be the U.S. ambassador to China in his first term. Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, was supported by several Democrats in the final vote, but that didn't spare him completely from the partisan gamesmanship that has dominated Trump's nominees' path through the Senate. Republicans faulted Democrats for slow-walking his nomination, despite their approval of the pick. "It's been disappointing to see so much pointless obstruction by our friends across the aisle," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor. "And they've done so not to...
  • GOP's Cotton in Iowa: "I'm ready for that new beginning."

    05/20/2017 3:54:40 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    WBOC/Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2017 | Thomas Beaumont
    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton declared Americans "ready for that new beginning" in Iowa Friday, walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House. The 40-year-old freshman Republican senator sounded national themes as the guest at the Pottawattamie County Republican Party's annual fundraiser in Council Bluffs in conservative western Iowa. It was a role thick with presidential implications despite Trump's solid standing among Iowa Republicans less than four months into his term.
  • Democratic objections to delay Branstad confirmation

    05/11/2017 3:41:37 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | May 11 2017 | James Q. Lynch
    This time next week, Gov. Terry Branstad is likely to be the United States ambassador to China, Sen. Chuck Grassley predicted Thursday. The Iowa Republican expects a vote on Branstad’s appointment as early as Tuesday, despite Democratic senators forcing a cloture vote on President Donald Trump’s nomination. “Realize he got out of committee on unanimous consent,” Grassley said. After a hearing last week, the Foreign Relations Committee recommended Branstad’s conformation unanimously on a voice vote. “Now we want to get him through the United States Senate and we have to file a cloture motion on it.” The objections may not...
  • University of Iowa must pay $1.4 million to Jane Meyer

    05/05/2017 8:51:19 AM PDT · by safetysign · 13 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 05/042017 | Erin Jordan
    Finding the University of Iowa discriminated against a former athletics administrator based on her gender and sexual orientation, a Polk County jury Thursday awarded Jane Meyer $1.43 million, according to her legal team. Meyer, 57, a former UI associate athletics director who worked for the department from 2001 to 2014, sued the UI, the Iowa Board of Regents and the state for discrimination. She also alleged the UI retaliated against her when she complained about the Aug. 4, 2014, firing of her longtime partner, Tracey Griesbaum, as the UI’s head field hockey coach. “This is much bigger than me,” Meyer...
  • Miller: Reynolds has no power to appoint replacement

    05/02/2017 6:22:26 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 2 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | May 1, 2017 | Ed Tibbetts
    Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will succeed Gov. Terry Branstad when he leaves office, but she won't have the power to appoint her own replacement, Attorney General Tom Miller said Monday. The attorney general's 23-page opinion drew immediate criticism from Republicans, as Branstad prepares to leave office and become the ambassador to China. Reynolds has been preparing to take Branstad's place for months, and a simmering question has been whether she would become the governor or simply assume the powers of the office. In addition, questions were raised what powers she would have. State Sen. David Johnson, an independent from...
  • Authorities identify slain Pottawattamie County sheriff's deputy; 1 man in custody after chase

    05/01/2017 6:16:22 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 21 replies
    A Pottawattamie County sheriff's deputy was fatally injured Monday when he was shot at the jail by an escaping inmate. At a somber 4:30 p.m. press conference, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker identified the deputy as Mark Burbridge, 43, a 12-year veteran. Danker said the loss of Burbridge was something that law enforcement officers hope they never have to experience. "We lost one officer today," Danker said. "Two of our excellent officers were shot." Another deputy, Pat Morgan, 59, a 10-year department veteran, also was injured in the shooting, which occurred about 10:55 a.m. Morgan was shot in the lower...
  • Branstad set for Tuesday hearing on ambassador post

    04/26/2017 9:22:12 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 25 2017 | James Lynch
    DES MOINES — The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday on Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination to be ambassador to China. The 21-member committee will question Branstad about a range of issues, including his views on U.S.-Chinese relations based on him leading trade missions to China and his personal relationship with President Xi Jinping. Branstad already has submitted extensive background material documenting his education and work experience to the committee, as well as to the Department of State and the FBI. If a majority of the committee, which is chaired by Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker...
  • Iowa Governor Branstad Signs Gun Law Modernization

    04/18/2017 9:32:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ammoland ^ | 17 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a comprehensive bill, HF 517, to modernize Iowa's gun laws on Thursday, 14 April, 2017.The reforms had been bottled up for years by a few legislators, mostly Democrats, that were voted out of office last year. An archaic provision prevented children form receiving safety training for handguns.From One of the provisions of the bill that took effect immediately allows children below the age of 14 to handle pistols or revolvers under the supervision of an adult parent, guardian or instructor — which directly affected the Gibson sisters ages 13 and 11.“I think the...
  • California seeks to move up its presidential primary

    04/11/2017 12:19:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2017 | Sean Langille
    California's secretary of state is backing a push from state lawmakers to make its presidential nominating contest the third in the nation. Legislation offered by Democratic state lawmakers seeks to move California's from June to shortly after Iowa and New Hampshire's presidential primaries. "A state as populous and diverse as California should not be an afterthought. Moving up the California primary in 2020 makes sense and will give California voters a more significant role.