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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Senator Grassley appears to be preparing to bust the frame-up of General Flynn

    05/12/2018 1:30:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 44 replies
    But in keeping with Grassley's style, which has so often misled his opponents into overconfidence, you have to read between the lines to see where he is heading. The end point: uncovering the plot to frame General Flynn for lying to the FBI, including likely criminal acts by senior members of the FBI. [snip] The killer bombshell is the final paragraph, in which Grassley at long last reveals the name of the other FBI agent present when Peter Strzok interviewed General Flynn about his conversation with Russian ambassador Kislyak and requests an interview with him by committee staff members: As...
  • ICE raids Heartland business [Mt. Pleasant, Iowa]

    05/09/2018 12:32:14 PM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    KTVO radio ^ | May 9 2018 | Beth Waldon
    MT. PLEASANT, Iowa — Law enforcement, including agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, swarmed a Heartland business Wednesday morning. The site of the activity was the Midwest Precast Concrete facility on Washington Street in Mt. Pleasant. Law enforcement on scene said that agents from ICE were serving a federal warrant at the location. They declined to make any further comment, but referred KTVO to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. That office has declined to comment on this case. A representative with Midwest Precast Concrete also declined to comment on Wednesday's incident. A Mt. Pleasant High School...
  • Vision 2020: Davenport School District proposes additional options to closing schools

    05/09/2018 5:44:09 AM PDT · by redgolum · 6 replies
    KWQC ^ | 5/08/18 | By Jenna Jackson
    DAVENPORT, Ia. (KWQC) - Monday night, the superintendent for Davenport Community School District introduced additional options of school closures for Vision 2020. Vision 2020 is a five-year plan outlining what the district hopes to accomplish; but with budget problems, the plan includes the possibility of closing schools. Now, more options are on the table. Here are the three additional options provided by the school district: 1. Close one of the District’s three large high schools, leaving 2 high schools with 10th, 11th, and 12th grades; 5 intermediate schools with grades 7, 8, and 9; and 18 elementary K-6 schools with...
  • Why supporting abortion is a pro-life position

    05/07/2018 5:22:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5, 2018 | Danielle Campoamor
    The Legislature in Iowa has passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Senate File 359, or the "heartbeat bill," will bar physicians from performing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, when it is common for women not to know they are pregnant yet. If you looked at my life on paper, you might very well wonder why this news is a big deal to me. I have a life in New York City, a 3-year-old son, a current, wanted, planned pregnancy, a rewarding relationship and my mental health....
  • Iowa governor signs fetal 'heartbeat bill' into law....(6 weeks)

    05/05/2018 10:35:54 AM PDT · by caww · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/5/2018 | AP
    A law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at about six weeks of pregnancy. The State House passed the legislation on Tuesday night with a 51-46 vote, Iowa Public Radio reported. It was debated for more than eight hours before House representatives decided on it. The bill passed the Senate early Wednesday with a 27-19 vote. The legislation bans abortion in all cases after six weeks of pregnancy.
  • FBI won't seek out messages from Peter Strzok, Lisa Page exchanged on personal devices

    05/04/2018 6:44:19 PM PDT · by blueyon · 71 replies
    The Washigton Examiner ^ | 5/04/18 | Diana Stancy Correll
    The FBI will not attempt to obtain messages exchanged on the personal devices of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the FBI officials who came under fire after it was revealed they exchanged text messages critical of President Trump, despite requests to do so from a top Republican senator. Charles Thorley, the acting assistant director of the FBI’s office of congressional affairs, wrote in a letter this week to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that FBI employees are “required to adhere to record keeping policies in place where communications constitute records under the Federal Records Act.” He added in the...
  • FBI will not collect Page, Strzok messages on personal accounts, despite top GOP lawmaker's request

    05/05/2018 6:54:03 AM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/5/2018 | Alex Pappas, Brooke Singman
    An FBI official says the bureau is not working to collect messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, despite the request to do so from a top Republican senator as well as evidence suggesting they communicated about “work-related” matters on non-FBI accounts. In a letter this week to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Charles Thorley, the acting assistant director of the FBI’s office of congressional affairs, said FBI employees are “required to adhere to record keeping policies in place where communications constitute records under the Federal Records Act.” But Thorley said “the FBI is not otherwise...
  • Trump tax cut leaves blue states bluer, but they do have a way out (SALT sends NY, CA scrambling)

    05/04/2018 7:18:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 05/04/2018 | HUNT LAWRENCE AND DANIEL J. FLYNN
    High-tax states face a choice: reduce taxes or lose taxpayers. Stephen Moore and Art Laffer forecast in the Wall Street Journal the loss of 800,000 California and New York residents over the next three years. The exodus, the economics experts say, comes because of the tax bill, which limits the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000, passed in December. Previously, the feds forced no monetary limit on filers. California taxes individuals earning $1 million or more at a rate of 13.3 percent. New York levies an 8.8 percent rate upon individuals making a similar amount of money annually....
  • .Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US'

    05/02/2018 6:10:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Bbcnews ^ | May 2, 2018
    Republican lawmakers passed the bill in back-to-back votes, sending it to the governor's desk to sign into law. If it comes into effect the bill will ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and rights groups say it will be the country's most restrictive. Critics argue it will make having an abortion illegal before most women even realise they are pregnant.
  • State audit finds Davenport schools overidentify students of color for special ed programs

    05/01/2018 6:46:05 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 17 replies
    WQAD IOWA ^ | April 30, 2018 | WQAD
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — An Iowa state audit of Davenport’s special education program has found the district in “systemic non-compliance” with several parts of the federal law that governs the education of students with disabilities. The Iowa Department of Education told the district to work with a national expert to deal with a disproportionate number of students of color identified for special education services, as well as a disproportionate number of minority special education students subjected to disciplinary actions.
  • Rep. Steve King supports Kurdish independence; suggests Pompeo, Bolton will be friendly to Kurds

    04/28/2018 9:07:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 4-28-18 | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) spoke with Kurdistan 24 late on Thursday, following the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo as the new US Secretary of State. The Kurdistan independence referendum, King said, “should have been honored,” as he noted that 92 percent of voters had chosen independence. “The Kurdish people have earned their independence,” he continued, “by defending themselves and by defending others who needed their defense,” in both Iraq and Syria. “They have a unique language, unique culture” and are a “people tied together” by a common bond. Kurdistan “was the only” area in Iraq,...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro sits down with Senator Chuck Grassley

    04/22/2018 4:32:37 AM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/21/2018
    Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley interviewed by Jeanine Pirro. Six minute video.
  • Iowa Legislature moves Toward Right to Arms Constitutional Amendment

    04/19/2018 2:12:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Only six states do not have some sort of right to keep and bear arms amendment or clause in their state Constitution. They are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and  New York. California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York show the lack of a state constitutional protection with their highly restrictive firearms laws.Two outliers on that list are Iowa and Minnesota. State constitutional protections of the right to bear arms provide protection when the federal Constitution fails to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant to protect Second Amendment rights for a decade. Getting to the U.S....
  • A Guide to the Tax Changes

    04/17/2018 6:33:34 PM PDT · by PeterPrinciple · 4 replies
    Fact Check.org ^ | 12/20/17 | Eugine Kiely
    Pass-Through Business Taxes Previous law: Businesses organized as sole proprietorships, LLCs and partnerships don’t pay corporate tax rates. Instead, the owners pay individual income taxes on their share of business income – they’re called pass-through business taxes. Those tax rates are the same as the individual income tax rates. New law: Business owners can take a 20 percent deduction on their pass-through business income, with limits for those earning above $157,500 (single) and $315,000 (married, filing jointly).
  • Eric Garcetti, presidential long shot, journeys to Iowa, the land of dreams

    04/15/2018 10:07:51 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 11 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Apr 15, 2018 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti set out Friday to introduce himself to Iowa with a two-day visit...~~He visited with firefighters and union carpenters. He met with Latino and Asian American activists, and attended a gay rights gala. He took a walk through Des Moines' hipster East Village neighborhood and picked up Iowa-themed gear at an edgy boutique.~~Garcetti does have the singularity of representing the nation's second-most populous city and what he describes as his mutt pedigree: Jewish-Italian-Mexican-American, with a metrosexual vibe."I come from the home of the Korean short rib taco," he told a gathering of the Asian and Latino...
  • Republicans Hold Iowa State Senate Seat 4-10-18

    04/10/2018 8:13:11 PM PDT · by Pappy Smear · 7 replies
    Iowa Secretary of State ^ | 4-10-18 | Iowa Secretary of State office
    Republicans hold seat in Special Election for State Senate. Trump won this district over Hillary 60/34. It is one of the most R Senate Districts in Iowa based on registration. 16K Republicans, 15K No Party, 8K Democrats.Tonite it went 56/44. So a win for the Rs, but a big shift toward the Ds.
  • Senate Republican leaders warn Trump, but reject calls to pass legislation to protect Mueller

    04/10/2018 1:05:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2018 | By Sean Sullivan
    Senate Republican leaders sharply warned President Trump not to fire Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday — but they once again stopped short of embracing legislation to protect the special counsel. “I haven’t seen clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep him from being removed, because I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell did not elaborate on why he believed that. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), his top deputy, said he also didn’t believe Mueller would be removed. Asked why, he replied, “I think the consequences of doing so...
  • Reynolds signs bill imposing financial sanctions against Iowa 'sanctuary cities'

    04/10/2018 2:51:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 04/10/18 | Rod Boshart
    Gov. Kim Reynolds signed 17 bills into law Tuesday, including controversial legislation to impose financial sanctions against local governments that fail to cooperate with federal officials in enforcing immigration laws in Iowa. Senate File 481 will require law enforcement agencies to comply with federal immigration detainer requests for people in their custody under policies to be in effect by next Jan. 1. In addition, the legislation prohibits local governments from discouraging their enforcement officers or others from activities related to enforcing immigration laws. The legislation imposes financial sanctions against local governments that backers say are providing sanctuary to potentially illegal...
  • Iowa Leads the Way on Obamacare Reform

    04/05/2018 2:46:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2018 | Scott Rasmussen
    Lawmakers and bureaucrats in official Washington often act as if their decisions lead the nation forward. News from Iowa this week, however, shows once again that the culture leads and politicians lag behind. Kim Reynolds became Iowa's Governor last May when her predecessor (Terry Branstad) resigned to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds is now running for her own full term in a state where the average Obamacare premiums jumped 57 percent. "Many Iowans faced a choice of going broke or going without insurance," according to Reynolds. "And that's really not a real choice." Seizing the opportunity...
  • Iowa advances bill to crack down on sanctuary cities

    04/04/2018 4:34:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 4, 2018 | Barbara Rodriguez and Scott Stewart - AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is set to become the latest Republican-led state to target so-called sanctuary cities by withholding money from local governments that don’t comply with federal immigration laws, even though the plan could lead to court challenges. A bill outlining an expansive immigration enforcement plan is expected to receive final legislative approval this week. It comes as President Donald Trump ramps up calls for more stringent immigration enforcement. Critics say it would essentially allow racial profiling, but Republican lawmakers frame the measure as a public safety policy. Republican Rep. Steven Holt of Denison, a western Iowa community...