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Club Jager protested, closes early on second night back

MINNEAPOLIS -- The reports of Club Jäger's rebirth are greatly exaggerated.

On Wednesday, the bar owned by Julius DeRoma, a financial backer in 2016 of ex-Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, staged a "soft (re)opening" event, promising the bar would go back to its "original roots," a description which apparently meant "no stupid collectivist games."

The note promoting the reopening signed off, "Vielen Dank!," a German expression of gratitude.

The bar's first night back since a staff walk-out was scheduled to run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Asked early that night if the bar would stay open later, or if it had any customers at that time, manager Josh Portwood declined to get into specifics.

Thursday night, at least a handful of people showed up. To protest.

Read more: http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/club-jager-protested-closes-early-on-second-night-back/472275653
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 12:00 AM (0 replies)

Maryland Democrat says his party needs to focus on jobs as he visits Iowa as presidential hopeful

DAVENPORT — If the Democratic Party wants to win elections, its first declared 2020 presidential hopeful said Friday that it needs to focus on jobs, rising wages and bringing people together.

U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Maryland, kicked off his sixth trip to Iowa with a stop in Davenport, Burlington and Tipton, touting bipartisanship.

That will be the theme of a television ad his campaign intends to run during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

But he also offered the case the party needs to focus its attention more sharply on economic matters, calling it a “missed opportunity” if the message strays from that path.

Read more: http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/maryland-democrat-says-his-party-needs-to-focus-on-jobs-as-he-visits-iowa-as-presidential-hopeful-20180202
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 11:42 PM (2 replies)

Audit: $380,000 in improper spending at Iowa Communications Network

The State Auditor has identified $379,500 in improper disbursements and undeposited collections resulting from management decisions “not in the taxpayers’ best interest,” by the former executive director of the Iowa Communications Network.

Richard Lumbard, of Marion, led the ICN, the state government’s distance learning and broadband carrier network, from 2014 until he was fired Jan. 4. The audit released Thursday covers January 1, 2015, through January 2.

Lumbard’s actions raised alarm bells for his staff last summer when he pushed for the purchase of two pre-owned semi-trailers containing video production equipment, the audit states.

The trailers were delivered to Wind and Fire Ministries Mission Base, in Marion, which Lumbard serves as Chief Executive Officer, auditors found. Lumbard later directed people to sell equipment from the trailers on eBay under the vendor name COH Logistics, an organization with which Lumbard also is affiliated.

Read more: http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/audit-380000-in-improper-spending-at-iowa-communications-network-20180118
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 11:18 PM (0 replies)

Former Anamosa officer gets $750K settlement for sex discrimination suit

Amy Ford has wanted to be a police officer since fifth grade, when a Bettendorf cop visited her classroom. After she became one, she almost kept quiet about the sexism she said she experienced in the Anamosa Police Department because she thought complaining would end her career.

But Ford, a 38-year-old wife and mother, decided she needed to come forward for herself, for other female employees and for her daughter, now 9.

“I’m showing Aubrey what it’s like to stand up for herself,” Ford said.

Ford won a $750,000 settlement from the city of Anamosa and its insurer last month, avoiding a trial at the height of the #MeToo movement.

Ford said the size of the award, of which she received nearly $430,000 after legal costs, validates concerns she raised about sexist emails, bias in department purchases and retaliation by police after she complained about discrimination.

Read more: http://www.thegazette.com/former-anamosa-officer-gets-750k-settlement-for-sex-discrimination-suit-20180202
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 11:10 PM (1 replies)

Democrat raises more that Steve King in northwest Iowa

SIOUX CITY — Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten outraised eight-term Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King and two other candidates running for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District seat in the most recent quarter.

Scholten, a former professional baseball player from Sioux City, said he raised more than $174,000 for the three-month period ending Dec. 31.

King brought in $87,543, according a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. The reports were due Wednesday.

King’s Republican challenger, Cyndi Hanson of Sioux City, reported campaign receipts of $5,771 for the quarter.

Scholten held a hefty advantage over his two Democratic opponents, Leann Jacobsen of Spencer, who raised $47,430 during the quarter, and John Paschen of Ames, who had $62,591 in receipts.

Read more: http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/democrat-raises-more-that-steve-king-in-northwest-iowa-20180202
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 11:00 PM (2 replies)

Iowa Senate Republicans, Democrats squabble over 1 percent school aid hike

Iowa Senate Republicans matched their House counterparts Thursday by supporting a 1 percent increase in basic state aid to Iowa's school districts, assuring a $3.2 billion education appropriation bill will be headed soon to Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk.

Senate Study Bill 3109 was approved by the Iowa Senate Education Committee on a 9-6 vote with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. GOP lawmakers described the measure as a fiscally responsible commitment to education, while Democrats complained it shortchanges students and could force increases in property taxes in 183 school districts, mostly in rural communities.

The Senate plan, which was sent to the floor for debate as soon as Wednesday, offers the same $32 million increase in state aid for the 2018-2019 academic year that was proposed Wednesday by House Republicans. Reynolds had proposed a 1.5 percent increase in school aid that would have cost $54 million.

“We need to be realistic about this. We are trying to do the best that we can to help our schools and our communities," said Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge.

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/01/iowa-senate-republicans-democrats-squabble-over-1-percent-school-aid-hike/1088732001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 10:54 PM (1 replies)

Limits on drunken driving lawsuits stir controversy at Iowa Capitol

Legislation to limit lawsuits against businesses serving alcoholic beverages to drunken drivers advanced Thursday in the Iowa House and Senate despite arguments it could lead to more traffic crashes and deaths.

House Study Bill 594 and Senate Study Bill 1179 say that damages awarded to an innocent third party would be capped at $75,000 for claims involving injury to a person or property. They would set a limit of $100,000 for claims involving loss of means of support or loss of services, companionship, society or consortium resulting from the death or injury of a person.

The Iowa Restaurant Association is leading a lobbying initiative for the bills, saying so-called "Dram Shop" insurance is more costly for Iowa restaurants and bars than neighboring states. That's happening despite comprehensive training for servers to avoid serving intoxicated patrons and other efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads, such as calling ride-hailing services for patrons when necessary.

"At the end of the day, who is the person responsible? It is the person behind the wheel," said Jessica Dunker, president and chief executive officer of the Iowa Restaurant Association. "We are trying to do everything that we can to stop them in a responsible way.”

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/01/limits-drunken-driving-lawsuits-stir-controversy-iowa-capitol/1086773001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 10:51 PM (0 replies)

Iowa Medicaid lawsuit dismissed; critics say chronic problems persist

A lawsuit accusing Iowa’s privately run Medicaid program of illegally denying health assistance for thousands of Iowans with disabilities was dismissed Friday by a federal judge because the managed-care company in the suit ended its contract with the state.

The lawsuit against Iowa was filed last year by Disability Rights Iowa, a federally supported advocacy group that seeks to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

Disability Rights claimed in a June 2017 lawsuit that levels of care for people with serious disabilities are being terminated, reduced or denied without legal justification, often violating constitutionally protected due process, through engaging in “vague, subjective, arbitrary and secret criteria.”

The six plaintiffs in the case all were clients of AmeriHealth Caritas, one of three companies initially hired by Iowa in April 2016 to take over management of the Iowa program, which costs $4.8 billion annually to operate.

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/2018/02/02/iowa-medicaid-lawsuit-dismissed-critics-say-chronic-problems-persist/302037002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 10:47 PM (0 replies)

15 pipeline protesters arrested at governor's office

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina state government police arrested 15 people who refused to leave the reception area of Gov. Roy Cooper's office while expressing opposition to a multistate natural gas pipeline for which his administration issued a key permit last week.

The demonstrators held a nonviolent sit-in for several hours Friday before officers led them away when they refused to leave the Administration Building after its public closing. State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen said those arrested would be charged with second-degree trespassing.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia into the Southeast.

Protester Greg Yost says Cooper's staff spoke with them earlier Friday. Yost says the demonstration was designed to express unhappiness with Cooper and signal the pipeline struggle would soon expand to actual construction.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/national-international/article198186549.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 10:38 PM (0 replies)

Attorney general concludes state auditor did not violate Missouri Sunshine Law

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office did not violate the state’s open records laws, an investigation by the attorney general’s office concluded on Thursday.

Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, announced that his office would investigate Galloway, a Democrat, after a complaint filed in December by a GOP-aligned nonprofit called Missouri Alliance for Freedom.

The nonprofit, which had sued Galloway earlier in the year, alleged that the auditor’s office had not properly turned over text messages sent and received on her state-issued phone.

Amy Haywood, section leader of the attorney general’s consumer protection division, and Darrell Moore, deputy attorney general for criminal litigation, led the investigation into Galloway’s compliance with the Sunshine Law. On Thursday, they issued a report clearing Galloway of any wrongdoing.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article197921669.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 10:34 PM (0 replies)
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