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Capitol Comments - Week 14 in the Iowa Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Shawn Hamerlinck   
Friday, 15 April 2011 14:13

All bills must pass the House and Senate with the exact same language before it is sent to the governor.  Thus far, the House and Senate have passed separate versions on all budget bills except two.  The two which made it through to the Governor’s desk were vetoed.  Think of running bills through the Legislature like running the Bix 7; the House has reached the finish line but can’t cross until it joins hands with the Senate and receives permission from the Governor.  In a scenario like this, joining hands and gaining permission to take the last step may be more difficult than running the previous seven miles.

The main issue in the Senate is making sure enough runners stay on the track to find the finish line.  Over the last two years when the Senate was divided at 32-18 with Democrats in control, Majority Leader Gronstal could move forward even when some members deviated.  This year with the Senate Democrats having a 26-24 majority, any one member has the same power as the Majority Leader.  If one person walks on any issue, 25 votes does not make a majority.  Delays in the Senate are not due to partisan politics.  In fact, it is the exact opposite.  Senate Republicans are more than willing to help Senate Democrats end this session as soon as Senate Democrats finalize what bills they want to run.

One issue that no politician can shy away from is the budget.  Picture the General Fund as a bucket which only so much money can flow into.  When the bucket overflows, money falls into the Cash Reserve Fund and when that bucket overflows money ends in the Economic Emergency Fund.  The real debate between the House and Senate right now is over how many items can be stuffed into the General Fund and whether or not some items should be paid out of the Economic Emergency Fund and Cash Reserve Funds.  At the core of this debate is whether or not additional ongoing expenditures for items like education should be funded out of one-time money from accounts like the Economic Emergency Fund.  Here is a bigger question, if we do this, how do you pay for emergencies when the Mississippi and Wapsi flood?

Throw redistricting into this marathon we’re running and let’s hope some don’t just walk off the track.  The redistricting plan, which passed the Senate on Thursday, immediately put thirty-one Senators up for re-election.  Attitudes and personalities change when politicians are thrown into the same district and are facing a new campaign season.  This is becoming the opposite of the “not in my back yard effect.”  Nearly everyone has shopped at least one time at Wal-Mart, yet not very many people want Wal-Mart in their backyard.  In this scenario politicians are asking themselves, “What do I get in my back yard?”  At the end of the day, there will be districts and a representative form of government and politicians should stop worrying.

Thank you for letting me represent you at the Capitol.

Shawn Hamerlinck
State Senate District 42

Braley to Hold Budget Town Halls Across District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Friday, 15 April 2011 14:07
Invites Iowans to create own balanced budget, reduce deficit

Washington, DC – Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) invites Iowans from across the first Congressional district to attend a series of budget and deficit reduction town halls the week of April 25th. The town halls will be fully interactive and attendants will be able to decide how to balance the budget and reduce the deficit.

“It’s long past due time for a serious, responsible conversation about our fiscal future – and that’s why I want to bring the budget discussion directly to my constituents,” said Rep. Braley. “These town halls will give Iowans an opportunity to see first-hand how the budget process works in Congress. Together, we can find the best ways to balance the budget and reduce our deficit. I look forward to hearing from my constituents and discussing these important issues with them.”  

***The town halls will be open to all press.***

Attendants can RSVP on Rep. Braley’s website at:

Rep. Braley will hold four town halls over the week of April 25th:

Monday April 25th - Quad Cities
The Rogalski Center
St. Ambrose University Campus
Corner of Ripley and Lombard Street
Davenport, IA 52803
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday April 26th - Cedar Valley
Commons Ballroom
University of Northern Iowa
1224 West 23rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday April 27th - Dubuque
Grand River Center
500 Bell Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wednesday April 27th - Fayette
Student Center Ballroom
Upper Iowa University Campus
East side of Washington Street in the middle of campus
Fayette, IA 52142
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Allegiant Schedules First Quarter 2011 Earnings Call PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan McGee   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:44

LAS VEGAS, April 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq: ALGT) has scheduled its first quarter 2011 financial results conference call on April 28, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern). A live broadcast of the conference call will be available through the company's Investor Relations website homepage at The webcast will be also be archived on the "Events & Presentations" section of the site.

When:     Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EST

Who:       Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew C. Levy, President 
Scott Sheldon, Chief Financial Officer
How:       Web Address:

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Written by Laura Zilverberg   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:04
Short films celebrate the small business entrepreneurs behind the chain's hotels

PHOENIX (April 11, 2011)  Best Western International, the World's Biggest Hotel FamilySM,unveiled this week the brand's first series of Independent Films three-minute documentaries that tell the inspiring stories of five Best Western hotel owners. These films exemplify the independent spirit and commitment to hands-on management of the brand's more than 2,200 individually owned and operated hotels across North America.

The first five films are being released in celebration of Best Western's 65th birthday this year and can be viewed on Best Western's Facebook and YouTube pages as well as at An additional series of Best Western Indie Films is currently in production.

These unique films are also being entered within a number of regional and national film festivals in 2011, including the LA Shorts Fest, NXT Stage and Atlantic Film Festival, to further share the personal stories of Best Western's hotel owners, the backbone of the iconic hotel chain.

"Thanks to the dedication of our independent owner-operators and their ability to connect with guests, which is the essence of the hospitality industry, Best Western has become one of the most trusted and respected hotel brands in the world," said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Our owners have long been featured in Best Western advertising, and are truly the heroes of our brand. We want guests to peek behind the curtain to see the generations of hard work and commitment that have made our owners important contributors to their local communities."

The Best Western Independent Films feature the following hoteliers:
Alnoor Tejpar, British Columbia
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Country Meadows
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Suites Downtown
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Regency Inn & Conference Center
Bart Baker, Davenport, Iowa
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Steeplegate Inn
Bill O'Connell, Anaheim, Calif.
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Park Place Inn & Mini-Suites
Dale Gerstner, Jefferson City, Mo.
Jim Cosgrove, Paradise, Paradise, Penn.
o BEST WESTERN PLUS Revere Inn & Suites

These films were created by Best Western and its partner advertising agency, New York-based Gotham, Inc.

Galesburg School District Selects New Partner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kaitlin Kulovitz   
Friday, 01 April 2011 15:18

Russell Construction awarded the largest contract in company history

Galesburg, IL – Russell Construction is proud to announce a new long-term relationship with a local educational district. Galesburg Community Unit School District 205 has selected Quad City based Russell Construction to serve as Construction Manager for the district’s $110,000,000 school improvement plan, which will take place over a 20-year period. It is the single largest project Russell Construction has ever received in its 28 years of business.

The Galesburg Community Unit School District 205 construction plans include the renovation and remodeling of five of the district’s elementary schools, as well as the existing High School facility. The schools will be updated to contemporary standards and will incorporate the latest in “green” technologies. Plans also call for construction of a new 28,000 s.f. multi-purpose academic / athletic facility. This facility will first be used to house students displaced by phased construction work at the Galesburg High School and then transformed into a permanent multi-purpose structure to support physical education classes and interscholastic athletic teams.

Russell Construction was among several firms from all across the Midwest that competed for this particular contract. Upon completion of a proposal submission and review process, Russell and a much larger contractor, based out of Chicago, were invited to present final interviews to the Galesburg School District on March 17. “We kind of felt like it was a David and Goliath competition,” Senior Vice President of Russell Construction Thomas Fennelly stated.

According to Guy Cahill, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Russell Construction was selected because “They were big enough, but not so big that they couldn’t provide that friendly service.” “Additionally, Russell has a demonstrated ability to finish projects on time and on budget. However, being local was a huge plus,” Cahill went on to state. School leaders stated Russell had everything they were looking for. Galesburg Community Unit School District 205 is committed to working together with teachers, parents and the community to offer a comprehensive and challenging education for every student. Their extensive construction and renovation project plans aim to improve student achievement, increase property values, and reflect a feeling of pride and investment in their schools, students and staff. For more information on the Galesburg CUSD #205, please visit their website at

As a Midwest leader in Construction Management, Design/Build and General Contracting services, Russell is dedicated to supporting the local Quad Cities economy through competitive and efficient construction services. For more information on Russell, please visit their corporate website at


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