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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:08

Des Moines, January 10, 2012— On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers, Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will address a joint convention of the General Assembly on the State of the Judiciary. The chief justice will discuss the important role courts have in securing a prosperous economic climate in Iowa by providing businesses with the necessary confidence to invest or expand in a community. He will also discuss the role of courts in providing a stable and safe environment for the people who work and live in this state. The chief justice will apprise the legislators on the impact of a decade of budget cuts on the court's ability to provide access to justice for all Iowans. He will announce that the judicial branch stands ready to work with the legislative and executive branches on the goal of achieving a vibrant Iowa economy.

Live video of the speech will be streamed on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at beginning at 10 a.m.

Members of the media may obtain advance copies of the speech at 8:30 a.m. in the supreme court courtroom at the Capitol. The message will be posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at 10:30 a.m.




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Eagle Scout Project Benefits Salvation Army Family Service Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:34
Eagle Scout Candidate, Matt Budelier of Davenport, saw a need at The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center. He had noticed that as he would travel down Harrison, the shelter’s yard was lacking.

Matt raised over $2,000 to re-landscape the yard, add a flag pole and have a sign installed with the center’s name.

Matt and his Boy Scout troop also donated hundreds of volunteer hours as they transformed the yard.

ACME Sign, who also donated much of the labor, will be installing the sign on Friday before 2pm.

Invite Your Sheriff Today to Attend Constitutional Sheriffs Convention Jan 30 - All Expenses Paid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd McGreevy   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 08:58
Good morning,
If you are interested in having your individual rights protected, then the most effective effort you can make is to ensure you have a constitutional sheriff upholding their oath of office, which includes enforcing the Bill of Rights.

Every sheriff in America is invited, all expenses paid, to the January 30th Constitutional Sheriffs Convention in Las Vegas, NV  All 3,000+ member sheriffs of the National Sheriffs Association have been emailed the invitation twice so far, since Dec 29, 2011.  The event is being paid for by individual donations and sponsorships. Over 60 county sheriffs have registered thus far.

You can help get your sheriff there by ensuring he/she has the invitation and support of their constituents to attend. 
This event, which includes training on the 10th Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Interposition, Nullification and the Bill of Rights is being hosted by the Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association, chaired by former Graham County, AZ Sheriff Richard Mack.

The invitation from Sheriff Mack is available online at and includes a list of county sheriffs who are standing up for the Constitution who will be sharing their experiences with their fellow sheriffs as well as the slate of guest speakers providing training on the issues named above. There is an extensive list of FAQ's at and sheriffs can register to have their entire expenses paid for to attend this historic event at

Here's where you come in to help!

Please send a personal email, or hand delivered note with the invitation links or PDF found at the site, to remind your sheriff that he/she is invited to attend, and that their expenses are paid for... and that if they cannot make it, their designee's expenses are all paid for.
You can download the PDF of the invitation, or forward the invitation from the page at:

Here in the Quad Cities your county sheriff contact info is below.
If you need help finding your sheriffs contact information, just let me know, I can look it up very quickly for you. 

Sheriff Dennis Conard - Scott County Iowa - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sheriff Jeffery Boyd - Rock Island County Illinois -  (309) 558-3410

There is no down side for your county sheriff to attend this one day event, all expenses paid.
The event is still accepting donations (at the site and by mail) so more and more sheriffs can attend and several of us here in Scott County have donated hundreds of dollars to support our sheriff attending.
Thank you for reading this far.
Please check out the FAQ's section and if there are any questions I can help you with, please let me know.
If you are into Facebook, there are over 1500 followers at the County Sheriff Project FB page here
Thanks much,
Todd McGreevy

A Rural Resolution for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Crabtree   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 08:34

By John Crabtree, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Center for Rural Affairs

The dawning of a new year is a time when most of us resolve to improve our lives in some way. This year, I resolve to dedicate myself to ensuring  rural America has a voice at the table as Americans grapple with the stern challenges that face our nation. There will never be a better time for rural Americans to raise up their voices as Congress debates a new farm bill and as the nation nominates Presidential candidates, chooses a President and elects a new Congress.

It is crucial that rural Americans ask tough questions of all our elected leaders. Will the farm bill finally include reforms that work for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities? Will such reforms ever be implemented, or will they be undermined when there is no longer an election on the horizon? Will efforts to stimulate the American economy include investments in proven strategies to revitalize rural communities? Will the farm bill include much needed investments in conservation, rural development and the next generation of family farmers and ranchers?

Rural voters will be vitally important in 2012. But we cannot expect candidates and elected leaders to fulfill their promises unless we are willing to take responsibility for ensuring they do. The role rural America plays in elections and policy debates this year will not be long remembered unless those of us who live here remind those candidates and elected officials, as many times as possible, that rural communities matter.

The Red Avocado Newsletter: Impending demolition of our building PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Red Avocado   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:55
Friends of The Red Avocado

You may have heard that our building (and a couple more) have been scheduled for demolition on January 29th. We were served 30 days notice. If we can't postpone the demolition, we are most likely out of business. The Haunted Bookshop started a petition. If you have a minute please sign.

If you have another minute please forward to all who may be able to help spread the word to as many people as possible. There are paper petitions out there too but this is the easiest way to amass numbers. We are aiming for 3000 by January 10th. It began yesterday and currently has 700+ paper signatures.

Paper petitions are out there at The Haunted bookstore, New Pioneer Co-op, White Rabbit, Record Collector, The Motley Cow, The Red Avocado, and more if you're talking to folks.

Thanks in advance

From all of us at The Red Avocado

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