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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:37
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions

December 30, 2011

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No. 11–0532


No. 11–1068

IOWA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MEGAN TOOKER, In Her Official Capacity as Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board Executive Director; JAMES ALBERT, JOHN WALSH, PATRICIA HARPER, GERALD SULLIVAN, SAIMA ZAFAR, and CAROLE TILLOTSON, In Their Official Capacities as Iowa

How to Overthrow the Status Quo? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:35
Promote Civic Responsibility – and Start Young, Expert Says

Across the nation, people take to the streets in record numbers to overthrow the greed and politics they say has hijacked the American dream. No longer can you work hard and get ahead, they say: The system is rigged to promote the rich, the powerful, and the greedy.

The disenfranchised Occupy protesters and the citizens of Main Street have united in untold numbers. Time magazine names "The Protester" its 2011 Person of the Year. The young people who turned out in droves to vote in 2008 are now abandoning the political process; seeing hope in neither the Republicans nor the Democrats, they’re disengaging out of disillusionment.

Former TV news anchor and reporter Mary Jane McKittrick, author of “Boomer and Halley -- Election Day: A Town Votes for Civic Responsibility” (, says it's time to remind people that civic duty is not solely the responsibility of elected officials.

"It's easy to blame Wall Street, the White House, Congress, the pundits, and everyone in between," says McKittrick. "But we fail to see the role we've all played in the fiasco. We voted for these people. We abdicated our responsibilities to them.  We let them have the power.

“Now we, the people, are powerless. No wonder our kids think the system is broken and they don't need to participate."

It’s a problem she saw coming and why she wrote “Boomer and Halley – Election Day,” winner of a Mom’s Choice Award for Juvenile Humor. It’s part of a series designed to help parents teach 4- to 8-year-olds civil values, including lifelong civic involvement. A successful Democracy depends on civic-minded citizens, but people don’t get that way overnight, McKittrick points out. It’s a value instilled in children from a very young age.

That’s not happening.

“We’re the 99 percent complacent; people have stopped being involved. America has stopped voting,” McKittrick said, citing a Project Vote analysis of the November 2010 elections, in which a majority of registered voters did not go to the polls.

A study of American teenagers’ civic participation from 1976 through 2005 found a general decline over the decades, according to the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood.

The high point for conventional participation, like writing to a public official, came in 1978. But even then, only 27 percent of 17- to 19-year-olds declared such intentions, according to a September 2009 article published by the MacArthur Foundation.

“Even alternative forms of engagement — such as boycotting and demonstrating — declined among high school seniors during the 1980s, reaching a low of 17 percent in 1986,” according to the authors.

That number settled at around 20 percent during the late 1990s through 2005, they wrote.

The “Yes we can!” campaign of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 inspired record numbers of young people to get involved. But two years later, they dropped out of sight.

Young Americans, blacks and lower-income Americans participated in the election in historic numbers, according to the non-partisan non-profit Project Vote. But by 2010, 23 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds were “civically alienated,” a Tufts University study found, and they mostly stayed home during the Nov. 2, 2010 midterm elections.

“Non-voters were the majority in 2010,” according to Dr. Lorraine Minnite, who analyzed turnout for Project Vote.

Interestingly, people ages 65 and older – who have a rich history of civic involvement – constituted 21 percent of voters though they make up only 13 percent of the population.

“For the first time in quite awhile, we’re seeing Americans in the streets,” says McKittrick. “But no one’s talking to the kids about the protests. Children should be taught what they mean and shown how the situation can be turned around. This is a very teachable moment.”

Start now teaching children to pay attention, take responsibility and work through problems together, she says.

“Do that, and they’ll probably never have to Occupy a park.”

About Mary Jane McKittrick

Mary Jane McKittrick is the creator, author, producer and publisher of the Boomer and Halley series of children’s books, comic tales that teach core values such as honesty and responsibility. McKittrick is a former broadcast journalist and holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication.

Hope Creek Care back payments received by Rock Island County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly L. Chapman   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 14:24

(Rock Island) It is with great pleasure that Rock Island County announces that it is in receipt of back payments from the state of Illinois for Hope Creek Care.  Within the last two weeks, Rock Island County has received a payment of $914,029.24 for Medicaid payments due from July, August and September 2011 and another $1,750,656.80 was received just this week which was due from October 2009.

Receipt of these payments is due largely to the assistance of Representative Pat Verschoore (D), Milan, District 72, from Senator Mike Jacobs (D), Moline, District 36 and from Representative Rich Morthland (R), Port Byron, District 71.  These legislators have supported Rock Island County and our nursing home, Hope Creek Care, for a great number of years.

With the receipt of these funds, Hope Creek Care is on the way to being back on solid financial ground.  We look forward to continued timely payments from the State and appreciate greatly the work Representative Verschoore, Senator Jacobs, and Representative Morthland put forth.


Rock Island County awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly L. Chapman   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 14:15

(Rock Island) The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial been awarded to Rock Island County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment be a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to April L. Palmer, Rock Island County Auditor, as the primarily responsible individual for preparing the award winning CAFR.  Ms. Palmer has been an employee of Rock Island County for over 18 years and has been serving in the capacity of the County Auditor since April of 2011.  She was formally appointed to the office on May 18, 2011 after serving as Chief Deputy to former Auditor Diana L. Robinson prior to that time.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.  The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, DC.

The Rock Island County Board is extremely proud of the accomplishments of Ms. Palmer and commends her for the achievement.  The CAFR is available for review on the Rock Island County website,


Grassley to meet next month with Iowans in 36 counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:27

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley will meet with Iowans in 36 counties in January, including 25 town meetings.

Grassley has held at least one meeting in each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980.

The January 2012 meetings will take place in Riceville, Charles City, New Hampton, Waverly, Waterloo, Clarion, Dakota City, Algona, Forest City, Garner, Hampton, Mason City, Manly, Osage, Calmar, West Union, Independence, Manchester, Vinton, Gladbrook, Centerville, Albia, Chariton, Corydon, Garden Grove, Mt. Ayr, Creston, Osceola, Winterset, Greenfield, Panora, Grimes, Grand Junction, Boone, Ames, Le Grand.

“I look forward to these meetings to hear directly from Iowans and to have the kind of dialogue that’s so important to the process of representative government.  I like to say this process is a two-way street.  I need to go to people to answer questions and listen to comments, and they need to come out and participate in the discussion,” Grassley said.

In addition to regular, face-to-face meetings in Iowa and with Iowans in Washington when the Senate is in session, Grassley responds to every letter, email and phone call from Iowans.  He also communicates via Facebook, Twitter and at  Grassley is a regular guest on public affairs broadcasts statewide where he responds to questions.

Below is more information about his January meetings.  The town meetings are open to the public.  Local hosts should be contacted regarding other meetings.  Grassley will be available for interviews with local reporters for 15 minutes after every meeting.*

Thursday, January 5

7-8 a.m.

Speak to the Riceville Kiwanis Club

Windy Tree Cafe

101 East Main Street in Riceville


9:15-10:15 a.m.

Tour School and Q&A with 5th and 6th Grade Students

Immaculate Conception Elementary School

1203 Clark Street in Charles City


10:45-11:15 a.m.

Floyd County Farm Bureau Coffee

North Iowa Area Community College Center, Room 110

200 Harwood Drive in Charles City


12-1 p.m.

Chickasaw County Town Meeting

Chickasaw Wellness Complex, Multipurpose Room

1050 West Hamilton Street in New Hampton


2:15-3:15 p.m.

Bremer County Town Meeting

Wartburg College, Whitehouse Business Center 214

100 Wartburg Boulevard in Waverly


Friday, January 6

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Tour Facility and Q&A with Employees

Engineered Products

2940 Airport Boulevard in Waterloo


Tuesday, January 10

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Q&A with U.S. History II Students

Clarion Goldfield High School

1111 Willow Drive in Clarion

*Grassley’s media availability in Clarion will be at 8:15 a.m., in advance of the event, rather than immediately following.


10-11 a.m.

Humboldt County Town Meeting

VFW Post

412 Main Street in Dakota City


12:45-1:45 p.m.

Kossuth County Town Meeting

County Courthouse, Assembly Room

114 West State Street in Algona


3:15-4:15 p.m.

Winnebago County Town Meeting

Waldorf College, Salveson Ballroom

1006 South 6th Street in Forest City


5:15-6:15 p.m.

Hancock County Town Meeting

Garner Education Center

325 West 8th Street in Garner


Wednesday, January 11

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Franklin County Town Meeting

Center 1 Chamber, Large Room

5 1st Street SW in Hampton


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Q&A with Students

Newman Catholic High School

2445 19th Street SW in Mason City


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Worth County Town Meeting

Manly City Hall

106 South Broadway in Manly


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Mitchell County Town Meeting

Krapek Family Fine Arts Center, Cedar River Complex

809 Sawyer Drive in Osage


4:45-5:45 p.m.

Winneshiek County Town Meeting

Calmar Public Library, Community Room

101 South Washington Street in Calmar

Thursday, January 12

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Tour Facility and Q&A with Employees

Art’s Way Manufacturing

706 Highway 150 South in West Union


10-11 a.m.

Buchanan County Town Meeting

County Courthouse, Assembly Room

210 5th Avenue NE in Independence


12-1 p.m.

Delaware County Town Meeting

Manchester Public Library

304 North Franklin in Manchester


2:45-3:45 p.m.

Benton County Town Meeting

City Hall, City Council Chambers

110 West 3rd Street in Vinton


5-6 p.m.

Tama County Town Meeting

American Legion

Corner of Johnston and Front streets in Gladbrook


Monday, January 16

5-6 p.m.

Appanoose County Weekly Meal at Faith United Methodist Church, Q&A with Attendees

23851 Highway 5 South in Centerville 


Tuesday, January 17

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Monroe County Town Meeting

Albia Area Chamber of Commerce

18 South Main Street in Albia


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Lucas County Town Meeting

Carpenter Hall

1215 Court Street in Chariton


12-1 p.m.

Wayne County Town Meeting

Wayne County Courthouse

100 North Lafayette in Corydon


2-3 p.m.

Speak to Government Class

Mormon Trail Jr./Sr. High School

502 East Main Street in Garden Grove


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ringgold County Town Meeting

Jamie’s Coffee Mill & Deli

118 West Adams Street in Mt. Ayr


Wednesday, January 18

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Union County Town Meeting

City Hall/Restored Depot, City Council Chambers

116 West Adams Street in Creston


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Q&A with Students

Clarke County High School

800 North Jackson in Osceola


12-1 p.m.

Madison County Town Meeting

Winterset Public Library, Meeting Room

123 North 2nd Street in Winterset


2-3 p.m.

Adair County Town Meeting

Andrews Memorial Adair County Health & Fitness Center, Meeting Room

202 North Townline Road in Greenfield


4:15-5:15 p.m.

Guthrie County Town Meeting

Panora Community Center

115 West Main Street in Panora


Thursday, January 19

8-9 a.m.

Q&A with Students

Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School

1400 Vine Street in Grimes


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Greene County Town Meeting

Grand Junction Community Center

212 Main Street in Grand Junction


12:30-1:30 p.m.

Boone County Town Meeting

Boone County Historical Center

602 Story Street in Boone


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tour Facility and Q&A with Employees

Becker Underwood

801 Dayton Avenue in Ames


5-6 p.m.

Marshall County Town Meeting

Le Grand Area Community Center

206 North Vine Street in Le Grand



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