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Braley Writes Boehner, Calls for an End to Big Oil Tax Breaks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:53

Ahead of Renewable Fuel Standard decision, Congressman urges Leadership to bring Ending Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act to House floor for a vote

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner urging House leadership to bring the Ending Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2013 to the House floor for a vote. Braley previously announced his support for the legislation which would end tax breaks for the largest and most profitable oil companies, saving taxpayers roughly $40 billion over the next five years.

“The future of American energy is in domestic wind turbines and biofuels—and lies in places like Iowa’s farmlands, not in Saudi oilfields,” Braley said. “We need to be devoting our resources towards clean, homegrown energy, where Iowa has proven to be a global innovator.”

The Ending Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act would end a host of tax breaks and loopholes currently used by the largest oil companies, that cost taxpayers billions of dollars annually. See a fact sheet of the bill’s specific provisions online HERE.

“At a time when Congress is discussing budget cuts that affect middle class Americans, we do not need to be subsidizing some of the most profitable corporations in history,” Braley’s letter reads.

Braley has previously called on House leadership to repeal tax subsidies for big oil companies.

In 2011, Braley introduced the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would have ended the tax breaks given to big oil, while using the savings to create jobs in Iowa, boost the renewable fuels industry and pay down the national deficit.

Braley’s letter to Speaker Boehner can be found HERE.

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Hard Work and Strong Ethics Add Up to Success: Bush Construction Named to Inc. 5000 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:32
Davenport, IA – Bush Construction is proud to announce that it has been named as an Inc. 5000 company. This means that Bush Construction is one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America, according to Inc. magazine. The Davenport-based company is No. 1,049 on the list of 5,000. Companies are ranked according to their percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period.

“We are honored to be featured on this prestigious list,” said A.J. Loss, President of Bush Construction. “Our inclusion on this list goes to show that in our country, a business can succeed and gain recognition by working hard and maintaining strong ethical standards. Our tagline states we are ‘Building on a foundation of Integrity’ and that is the basis of how we do business. We are true to our word and build relationships based on mutual respect.”

Bush Construction is a design/builder, general contractor and professional manager of construction services. The company has worked on a wide range of commercial, industrial, government and educational projects in the Quad-Cities and throughout the Midwest. 

Inc. magazine is a monthly publication with a strong focus on growing companies. The New York City-based magazine publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. This list is known as the Inc. 500, and the Inc. 5000 is an expansion of that list, ranking the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies. 

For more information on Bush Construction, please call (563) 344-3791 or visit
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Former Virginia Senator, Jim Webb will be guest speaker at the Iowa Federation of Labor Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Coles   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:26

Senator will address convention on Thursday

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Federation of Labor will be holding its annual convention this week at Prairie Meadows. Hundreds of labor union officials and delegates will be in attendance, and other guests will be speaking throughout the week. The Iowa Federation of Labor was honored when Former Virginia Senator, Jim Webb agreed to address the convention this Thursday.

Jim Webb, former Senator from Virginia, has been a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, an assistant Secretary of the Navy, an Emmy award winning journalist, a film-maker, and the author of ten books.

What: Former Virginia Senator, Jim Webb addresses the IFL Convention

When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10 am

Where: Prairie Meadows (Altoona)

Media is invited to sit in on his address to the convention. There may be time after his address for interviews outside of the convention floor.

Specialty Retailer Buckle Relocates at NorthPark Mall in Davenport, IA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:16

August 18, 2014 -- Denim destination and specialty retailer, Buckle, announces that it is now open in a new location at NorthPark Mall in Davenport, IA. The store will be accepting applications for various positions. Interested applicants can learn more about career opportunities and apply online at

Offering a unique mix of on-trend clothing, shoes, and accessories, Buckle caters to style-conscious men and women who seek to express their individuality through fashion. Buckle carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the

company’s exclusive brand, BKE, along with Big Star, Big Star Vintage, Rock Revival, MEK Denim, Miss Me, Buffalo, ReClaim, Silver Jeans and many more. To help guests complete their looks, Buckle offers tops, footwear, and accessories from popular lifestyle labels including BKE Boutique, Buckle Black, Affliction, RVCA, Corral, Sinful, Daytrip, Roar, OBEY, 7 Diamonds, Billabong, Hurley, Fossil, and Fox. In all, Buckle represents more than 200 fashion brands in its stores and online at

Acknowledged for their exceptional guest service, Buckle’s teammates are passionate about creating the most enjoyable shopping experience possible for their guests. Bolstering this approach is the Buckle’s wide array of value-added services such as free hemming, gift-packaging, easy layaway, a frequent shopper program, and a Buckle credit card with special benefits for cardholders. Buckle also offers personal fittings through its “Get Fitted” program—enabling guests to find their favorite jeans by making an appointment with a Buckle Stylist.

Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 456 stores in 44 states, including 17 in Iowa. The Buckle, Inc. is traded under the symbol BKE on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Real Talk Training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie McGovern   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:07

Davenport, IA

September12 or 13, 2014 — Real Talk Training (RTT) is a oneday seminar training leaders to use professional coaching techniques to transform their everyday communications. RTT is an interactive learning experience using demonstration, practice and constructive feedback to equip leaders to be more effective communicators. This training has been offered globally to churches, major corporations and nonprofit organizations with outstanding results.

Train under professional coaches to learn how to take your relationships to the next level through REAL communication. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock sustainable change in your relationships through REAL conversation! You will learn to:
● Avoid the number one killer of authentic communication
● Jumpstart a significant conversation with anyone
● Listen for heartlevel meaning
● Ask questions to open others up
● Solve problems permanently by not giving advice
● Get a response instead of a reaction

Presented by Kate McGovern is a Certified Growth Coach and Real Talk Presenter. Kate is passionate about restoring believers to a place of freedom as a children of God through physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. When she is not coaching, Kate is hosting a TBN news show, leading women’s Bible studies and prayer groups, tending her garden, travelling or spending time with her husband Tom and their four children (and spouses!) and nine grandchildren.

Jennie Turton is a Certified Coach Trainer, Certified Professional Coach and Real Talk Presenter. Jennie is committed to seeing herself and the body of Christ live the abundant lives promised by God. When she is not training coaches or coaching the coaches she trains, Jennie is visiting her large extended family, travelling internationally, ballroom dancing or enjoying the outdoors with her husband Valentin.

Event details:
What: Real Talk Training
When: Friday, September 12 or Saturday, September 13, 2014 9am-4pm (Coffee and snacks will be provided. Participants will be dismissed for lunch.)
Where: Quad Cities Prayer Center, 320 West Kimberly Rd., Davenport, Iowa 52807 (in North Park Mall next to Sears)
Who: Age 15 and up
Cost: $45/person
Registration: Online at:
Contact: Kate McGovern: (309) 2368718

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