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  • Iowa’s Employment Problem: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough People

    06/17/2018 6:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 1, 2018 | Shayndi Raice and Eric Morath
    MASON CITY, Iowa—Manufacturers in northern Iowa are begging Terry Schumaker for freshly trained workers for their factories. The problem is he doesn’t have enough students to train. “It’s not like we have the people beating down our door to apply,” said Mr. Schumaker, a dean at the North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. It is a problem playing out in many parts of the Midwest, a region with lower unemployment and higher job-opening rates than the rest of the country. Employers, especially in more rural areas, are finding that there are just too few workers. That upends a...
  • After losing DACA and facing deportation, he returned to Mexico. He was killed weeks later.

    06/09/2018 6:20:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 96 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | June 8, 2018 | Samantha Schmidt
    Mexico was an unfamiliar place for 19-year-old Manuel Antonio Cano-Pacheco. He was only three years old when his parents brought him to the United States – without a visa. In 2015, as a teenager in Des Moines, Iowa, he qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the initiative spearheaded by President Barack Obama to give temporary protection to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Cano-Pacheco gained DACA status and with it, a work permit, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But then he was arrested and convicted on two misdemeanor drug charges.
  • Business Owners Get Creative with Unemployment Rate at Record Low

    06/02/2018 10:46:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | June 1, 2018 | Laura Barczewski
    DES MOINES, Iowa — The United States’ unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, according to the May jobs report that was released on Friday. Iowa’s unemployment rate is even lower than the national average. “So the numbers we were seeing in April were around 2.8 percent, which is almost a historical low for Iowa. So that just means we are all having to be more creative. We are having to look at maybe individuals with barriers that we can serve whether it be veterans, those with criminal backgrounds, disabilities. We want to help all of those that are willing and...
  • Cedar Rapids Officials Hoping For Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Center (Iowa)

    06/02/2018 3:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | June 1, 2018 | Kate Payne
    The city of Cedar Rapids is still hoping to land a medical marijuana production center. That’s after state regulators passed over Iowa's second-largest city for a dispensary earlier this year. Iowa officials are currently reviewing four applications for the state’s second and last medical marijuana manufacturing license. One in-state company and three out-of-state companies are competing for the rights. It’s still not clear where in Iowa the center will go. But Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart is hopeful it’ll be in his city, which he said is strategically located near major highway routes and supports a diverse economy and workforce....
  • Three women accuse Iowa governor candidate of sexual misconduct

    05/23/2018 3:24:48 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | John Bowden
    Democratic Iowa gubernatorial candidate Nate Boulton has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday. Three women told the newspaper that Boulton, one of multiple Democrats running in June's primary for his party's nomination, touched them in a sexual manner without their consent. One woman said Boulton repeatedly grabbed her from behind at a bar in 2015, while two others say the candidate inappropriately touched them more than a decade ago when they and Boulton were students together in law school.
  • Grassley requests DOJ documents on Bruce Ohr dealings with Christopher Steele on anti-Trump dossier

    05/21/2018 4:15:47 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 15 replies
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department Monday to turn over communications between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, British spy Christopher Steele and others about the infamous anti-Trump dossier. In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, requested Ohr's emails, phone logs, written notes and text messages. Grassley also asked the Justice Department to arrange for Ohr to be interviewed by Committee staff. Grassley wrote that he wants to know whether Ohr continued to pass information from Steele to others at the FBI after the bureau terminated the former...
  • St. Ambrose College’s Segregated Muslim Prayer Room Reveals Chilling Reality

    05/17/2018 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 14 replies
    That St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa has opened a sex-segregated prayer room for Muslim students requires an explanation. On the surface, it seems totally bizarre. Why exactly do Muslims want to go to an explicitly Catholic college and why is that now-progressive Catholic college proudly violating normative standards of equal treatment for men and women? The answer is found in why feminists have turned into crickets on select overt sexism when they howl outrages over only perceived slights against women. Muslims, feminists and most American progressives have a common enemy: America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, which they have been working to...
  • 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...
  • Dog shoots man: Iowa pet pulls trigger on owner

    05/10/2018 8:52:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 10, 2018 | The Associated Press
    With best friends like these, who needs enemies? An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday. Richard Remme, 51, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belly band and stepped on the trigger.
  • 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...
  • 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 passes 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban, most restrictive in U.S.

    05/02/2018 10:19:24 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 May 2018 | Barbara Goldberg
    (Reuters) - Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States on Wednesday, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. The Senate voted 29-17 to pass the House of Representatives-approved bill, according to the legislature’s online voting tallies. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, an abortion opponent, who has not said publicly whether she will sign it into law. The legislation is aimed at triggering a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision which...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • The Horowitz Report is Coming, and Hell’s Coming With it.

    04/14/2018 5:09:55 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 50 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) Tired of all this Winning yet? – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly telling people around him that he is at peace with the manner in which he has conducted himself in his tireless efforts to preserve the Washington, DC Deep State and take down a sitting president, and is prepared to be fired. Well, cool. President Trump should accommodate him. Had the President taken this well-deserved action Friday morning, the story would have already been buried under at least four subsequent news cycles, because that’s how many the nation experienced...
  • 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.
  • 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...