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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Sticker Shock: Iowa's only ObamaCare insurer seeks 57 percent rate increase

    08/17/2017 2:13:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 17, 2017 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    In one of the biggest 2018 premium hikes sought to date, Iowa’s only ObamaCare insurer is looking for a 57 percent rate increase – that’s 13 percent more than they asked for just two months earlier. It’s a troubling trend that’s been spreading across the country as jittery insurers stay stuck in a holding pattern waiting on Congress and the Trump administration to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has at different times encouraged lawmakers to let ObamaCare implode, pushed his party to repeal and replace the bill, admonished his own party for failing to do...
  • Sen. Grassley says partisan lawsuits against President Trump should also implicate Hillary Clinton

    08/16/2017 9:33:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Circa ^ | 8/16/2017 | Sara A. Carter
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley is demanding plaintiffs of three separate lawsuits filed against President Trump, who claim the president violated an obscure Constitutional provision known as the Emoluments Clause, should also consider investigating violations allegedly committed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, since the basis of their lawsuits also implicate the former presidential candidate. The clause prohibits any person holding office from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress and the chairman says the overwhelming evidence against Clinton should be made part of the ongoing lawsuits, which he says are both "partisan...
  • Color Blind or Absent Mind?

    08/16/2017 7:16:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    There is a distinction between color blindness and absent mindedness. The former is a worthy goal consonant with Dr. King's desire that we judge each other "by the content of our character not the color of our skin." The latter is too frequently on display in academia. "As a white assistant professor of mostly white graduate students who will become higher education leaders, I work to dismantle whiteness in my curriculum, assignments and pedagogy," Jodi L. Linley writes. "I make meaning of my own white identity through my commitment to reflexivity as a constant activity." "Equally salient are my identities...
  • Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices for Immigrants in the Heartland

    08/14/2017 2:56:56 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 58 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 12 Aug 17 | JACK HEALY
    Edith Rivera loved her life in Hampton, Iowa, but for many undocumented immigrants like her, this summer has been a season of fear or flight. It was quitting time. Edith Rivera took one last lunch order, dropped off a basket of tortilla chips and set off from work, heading out to the farm roads where other immigrants feared to drive. Like them, Ms. Rivera, 33, had no legal status in the country where she had lived for 18 years. She had no driver’s license, apart from the long-expired North Carolina identification she held safe, like a talisman, in her wallet....

    08/09/2017 7:03:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 59 replies
    Iowa Democrats pulled off an impressive and important victory in a Southeast Iowa special election this evening, boosting the party’s hopes that 2018 could be a bounce-back year. Democratic veterinarian Phil Miller of Fairfield comfortably defeated Republican farmer Travis Harris of Davis County, 4,021 to 3,324 (about 55% to 45%), thanks largely to a massive victory in his hometown of Jefferson County. That means Democrats will hold on to a key rural swing district that Donald Trump won in November by 22 points.... Miller was about as ideal of a candidate as you could hope for in this race: a...
  • Activists confess to sabotaging, delaying the Dakota Access Pipeline

    08/07/2017 10:17:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 8/7/2017 | John Sexton
    I missed this when it was announced roughly two weeks ago but it’s worth pointing out even now. Two activists confessed to multiple acts of sabotage against the Dakota Access Pipeline using cutting torches and other tools. The two women, who are part of an Iowa’s Catholic Worker social justice movement, made the announcement before a small group of journalists and then started prying letters off a sign for the Iowa Utilities Board, which got them arrested. From the Des Moines Register:
  • Sen. Grassley Letter to Rod Rosenstein

    07/27/2017 10:20:24 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Senator Grassley ^ | July 20, 2017 | Senator Grassley
    According to news reports, during the 2016 presidential election, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump” and did so by “disseminating documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter…” Ukrainian officials also reportedly “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.” At the center of this plan was Alexandra Chalupa, described by reports as a Ukrainian-American operative “who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee” and reportedly met with Ukrainian officials during the presidential election for the express purpose of exposing alleged ties between then-candidate Donald...
  • GOP senators break with Trump over transgender troop ban

    07/26/2017 10:39:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 184 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2017 | John Bowden
    Multiple Republican senators broke with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced on Twitter than transgender troops would be banned from serving in the military. In separate statements, GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) all criticized Trump for his decision that Obama-era rules allowing transgender troops to serve would be reversed. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ripped the call and said that Trump shouldn't be making policy announcements via tweet. “The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major...
  • Iowa Trucking Company Owner Speaks Out About Alleged Human Trafficking Deaths in Texas

    07/25/2017 3:58:57 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    WHO TV ^ | 7/24/2017 | Jodi Whitworth
    SCHALLER, Iowa -- The owner of Pyle Transportation LLC., the trucking company whose trailer was used in a suspected human trafficking case out of Texas, says his company has nothing to do with the incident. Brian Pyle, 34, says the last 48 hours have been hell, filled with online death threats, media inquiries and allegations. "I saw it first on the news. I did a double take and I zoomed in. I was like, 'oh man.' I’m 34 years old and grew up in this town, never in a million years did I think this could happen." Pyle tells Channel...
  • Judicial Watch Warns 11 States to Clean Voter Registration Lists or Face Federal Lawsuit

    07/22/2017 3:22:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | APRIL 11, 2017 | Robert Popper
    Data Show Counties in 11 States Have More Registered Voters than Eligible Adult Citizens. ... The 11 states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. The states have 90 days after receiving the letters to address the problem and provide Judicial Watch documentation showing that they have conducted a “statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.” Judicial Watch informed the states that should they fail to take action to correct violations of Section 8 of the NVRA, it would file suit. Section...
  • Why government agencies should move from DC to the Midwest

    07/16/2017 4:06:21 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Vox Youtube ^ | July 10, 2017
    Midwestern cities need jobs. DC is too crowded. A simple solution. 3 minute video.
  • Senator Grassley Grills McCabe in Rarity for a Republican

    07/13/2017 4:47:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush ^ | July 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There were hearings in the Senate over the new FBI director, a man by the name of Christopher Wray, W-r-a-y. But how they began is what is interesting. “At the beginning of today’s confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s choice to head the FBI, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley used his opening remarks to take numerous shots at acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. “The Iowa Republican first took aim at McCabe, who was put in charge of the FBI when Trump fired James Comey, over the acting head’s wife and her political activities. ‘The previous director...
  • Unhinged Liberal Stakes Out Harley Dealership to Kill GOP Senator Joni Ernst at Speech

    07/09/2017 8:38:09 AM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    On Friday an Omaha liberal staked out the Harley Davidson dealership in Pacific Junction, Iowa. Robert Simet told workers at the Harley dealership he planned on killing Republican Senator Joni Ernst during her speech there the following day.
  • ‘Never Trumper’ Ben Sasse Goes to Iowa After Refusing to Rule Out 2020 Primary Challenge

    07/08/2017 9:00:44 PM PDT · by be-baw · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 8, 2017 | Tony Lee
    After refusing to rule out a potential 2020 primary challenge to President Donald Trump, “Never Trump” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) spoke to about 200 Republicans in Story County, Iowa on Friday evening. Sasse’s excuse was that he was in Iowa because he lost a college football bet and his kids were participating in a triathlon this weekend in the state.. In an interview before his Iowa trip, the insufferable and sanctimonious Sasse would not rule out a potential 2020 presidential run. When CNN asked about his potential presidential ambitions on Sunday, Sasse punted in a way that would have made...
  • Senate's first female war vet looks for bipartisan victories

    07/08/2017 3:33:04 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Military Times | May 20, 2017 | Leo Shane III
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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 · 39 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.