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Harkin, Wind Developer, Corn Farmers’ Statements on Romney and Republican’s Continued Obstruction of Wind Production Tax Credit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Palla   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:38

Newly-Released Romney Energy Plan Eliminates Wind PTC; Republicans Remove the Tax Credit from National Party Platform\

DES MOINES – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, wind developer Rob Hach and corn farmer Bruce Rohwer released the following statements after learning that Governor Romney's energy plan unveiled today continues his call to eliminate the Production Tax Credit for wind. Earlier this week, GOP leaders decided to remove an extension of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) from their draft party platform.

The GOP's decision to drop the wind PTC from its draft platform follows remarks by former Governor Mitt Romney saying he would allow the tax credit to lapse.  The wind PTC also would be allowed to expire under vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's budget plan.

Statement from Senator Tom Harkin

“Given his supposed economic expertise and his claim to focus on job creation, it is puzzling that Governor Romney and Republican leaders advocate for the elimination of the wind production tax credit, which supports up to 7,000 jobs across Iowa and more than 75,000 jobs nationwide.  This is not a partisan issue.  The PTC helps create Made-in-America energy and supports American manufacturing.  That's why the vast majority of Iowans support the PTC. Governor Romney's stance on the PTC illustrates what is at stake in this election – an election where we can choose to go back or move forward with an economy built to last.”

Statement from Wind Developer Rob Hach (Alta, IA)

“Mitt Romney’s plan seems to be written by his big oil billionaire contributors as it continues to call for showering billions in subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas companies, while seeing no real role for renewable energy. Corn and wind are strong sources of renewable energy, both of which are plentiful in Iowa.

“Thanks to the Obama Administration’s strong support for investing in the clean energy economy of the future, and specifically the wind production tax credit, wind energy is a national success story for Iowa. Romney’s Energy Plan, following his comments he would end the wind tax credit, does not see wind as capable of contributing meaningfully to our energy independence. I invite him to Western Iowa to see how the wind industry is supporting up to 7,000 jobs here, revitalizing many of our small towns and providing farmers suffering in this drought with a new source of reliable income.”

Statement from Corn Farmer Bruce Rohwer (Paullina, IA)

“As a farmer who has seen the promise of alternative fuels up close, I am deeply disappointed by Mitt Romney’s Energy Plan that just fuels our continuing addiction to oil instead of investing in the alternative fuels of the future. In fact, the words ‘ethanol’ and ‘biodiesel’ appear absolutely nowhere in his document. 83,000 jobs in Iowa are tied to the biofuels industry. President Obama’s sincere support for ethanol and biodiesel has given the nation a diversified energy portfolio. Imports of foreign oil are at their lowest levels in 16 years. Mitt Romney’s disastrous energy plan would halt all that progress in a flash. If he truly cared about achieving energy independence by 2020, he’d recognize and embrace the renewable energy sectors that Iowans, on a bipartisan basis, know have led to more uses of homegrown energy and less on imported foreign oil.”


New Building For Zimmerman Honda Set To Open Monday August 27, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:26
(Moline) – Zimmerman Honda will open the doors to the new Honda facility on Monday August 27, 2012. The $10 million completed
construction project is a state of the art building for today’s car buying and service needs.

The newly annexed property by the City of Moline is at 70th Street and John Deere Road in Moline. The building is 43,000 square feet that includes: Environmentally- friendly heating provided by waste-oil, Heated outside sidewalks, Modern waiting lounges with a computer center that has wifi access, 27 Service Bays, Three-lane “Express Lube” oil change stations, expanded hours in all departments and expanded shuttle services.

Honda has allocated additional inventory just for the celebration of the opening of the new dealership.

This year is also the 60th anniversary for Zimmerman Honda. The Moline dealership has vehicle sales, certified pre-owned sales, service and parts under one roof for the first time. The company has added 15 new employees to help staff the new building.

According to Mark Zimmerman, president of Zimmerman Honda, “this is exciting not only for our dealership and family but also for the community”.

Loebsack: Will Republicans Jump Off 'Fiscal Cliff' or Work Together to Stop Economic Disaster? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:49

New CBO report details dire circumstances of non-action

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack made the following statement today after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that details the effects of Congress failing to pass tax and budget policies by the end of the year.  The report stated that Congress’ inaction would throw the economy into recession and drive up unemployment rates by the end of 2013.

Earlier this month, Loebsack introduced the Middle Class and Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2012 to address a significant part of the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ that the economy would go over if bipartisan, commonsense, compromise legislation is not passed and signed into law by the end of the year.

“The release of today’s report underscores the urgent need for the real action that I have been calling for.  We’ve seen time and again that kicking the can down the road and playing political games doesn’t work for Iowans. Commonsense, fiscally responsible tax cuts for middle- and low-income families, small businesses, and family farms, all of which are key to our economic recovery, must be passed.

“Last year the economy was taken to the brink by a group in Washington that is more concerned about rigid ideology than people’s jobs. We cannot allow our economy to be held hostage once again. From tax cuts to stopping the automatic, arbitrary cuts that were created as a political gimmick, Iowans can’t afford more Washington politics as usual. That’s why I’ve introduced an initiative to allow these folks to keep their tax cut.  That’s also why I've repeatedly called on Congress to end its undeserved vacation and work every day until these and the many other pressing issues facing Iowans are addressed.  I continue to stand ready to work with anyone who will put people before politics and support a commonsense compromise to get these tax cuts done; stop the arbitrary cuts; boost the economy; and responsibly reduce the deficit.

Loebsack’s Middle Class and Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2012 extends tax cuts for married joint filers making up to $250,000 and individual filers making up to $200,000.  The legislation also includes an exemption for small businesses and family farms.


Bettendorf Company Leaves Consumers Empty Handed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BBB News   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:32

Card Grading Company in Bettendorf Leaves Sports Fans Empty Handed

The Better Business Bureau serving Greater Iowa, Quad Cities and Siouxland Region is issuing a consumer alert about Global Authority of Bettendorf, IA.  According to the company’s website, Global Authority offers “authentication and grading services for a wide spectrum of collectibles.”

The BBB has closed 21 complaints against this company in the last year and has received over 100 inquiries.  Global Authority has earned an F rating with the BBB due to failure to respond to complaints, many of which are considered serious in nature.

Consumer complaints primarily allege that after sending trading cards to the company for authentication and grading, Global Authority refuses to return the cards and consumers are unable to reach the company.

One disgruntled customer stated, “I sent them a 1954 wax pack of Bowman Football cards to be graded and encapsulated by them.  They sent me confirmation that they received the item and would start the grading process.  They did not bill my credit card, but they kept the pack, which is quite valuable.  They would never return my calls or emails regarding this.”

The BBB has made several unsuccessful attempts to reach out to the company both by phone and by mail.

The BBB understands that handing over one’s collectibles can be risky business.  Personal collections can be of value to their owner for both monetary and sentimental reasons; therefore, the BBB offers the following advice when looking for a reputable authenticating service:

ü  If possible, look local. There is always an inherent risk in sending valuables through the mail.

ü  Look for companies with a good reputation in the industry. In the world of sports memorabilia, there are card graders that are known and respected throughout the hobby by the majority of serious collectors.

ü  Take appropriate measures before mailing your treasures. If you decide to do business with a company that requires you mail your goods, make sure you keep a detailed track of your inventory, insure the package and record your tracking number.  Also, make sure your items are adequately covered under your homeowner’s policy, should they not be returned.

Please contact the BBB if you feel you have been a victim of this company.  As always, the BBB reminds you to start your search with Trust.  Find trustworthy businesses and consumer advice at

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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:35
Rock Island, IL/August 20, 2012 – Please welcome Courtney Boothe to the Media Link team! Courtney is a recent college graduate with a great love of the Quad Cities. She will serve as the Office Manager and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Manager for the full service advertising agency.

Courtney says “I am so happy to have this opportunity to work at Media Link. The Quad Cities is home to me and it is a dream come true to be able to help out a locally owned business such as Media Link Inc and the clients they help.”

Courtney is a 2011 graduate of Carthage College, where she was a double major in Public Relations and Communication. Courtney has gained a wide range of knowledge through her studies. Classes ranged from Rhetoric and Persuasion to Managerial Accounting to the Principles of Marketing. While at Carthage, Courtney was a four year varsity swimmer and member of the social fraternity, Tau Sigma Chi. One summer during her college career, Courtney actually served as a Marketing Intern for Media Link. She is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in the office and utilizing her previous knowledge. After college, Courtney brought her love of swimming back home to the Quad Cities where she Assistant Coached the Moline Middle School Swim Team. In her spare time, Courtney is a college sports junkie; spending her Saturdays in the fall at Northwestern Football games.


“Courtney is an amazing addition to our team.  She is so driven, precise and creative.  It was a dream having her intern with us while she was in College and we’re fortunate to have the chance to bring her on board and keep her in the Quad Cities,” exclaims Natalie Linville-Mass, President of Media Link, Inc.

Media Link is a full-service integrated marketing firm specializing in strategic media buying and placement. Media Link works with businesses in the Quad-Cities and around the country to develop and execute customized marketing strategies to help them more effectively reach their customers. Media Link recently developed and launched its own media buying software system, Media Link Software.  This company is also one of the only marketing firms in the region to have obtained an 8(a) SDB certification, a designation of significance to clients who contract with the federal government.


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