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Governor Branstad denies ten applications for commutation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 10 June 2013 14:51

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad denied seven following application for commutation today:

Leonard Gregory, age 52, committed his crime on January 8, 1981, in Jackson County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Bryan Jasa, age 42, committed his crime on September 21, 1996, in Woodbury County.  He is currently serving a fifty-five year sentence for attempted murder, first-degree robbery, assault while participating in a felony, willful injury, and going armed with intent.

Robert Kern, age 67, committed his crime on April 14, 1979, in Cedar County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Michael Lang, age 60, committed his crime on May 9, 1988, in Woodbury County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping.

Fortunato Lira, Jr., age 35, committed his crime on January 14, 1997, in Scott County.   He is currently serving a sixty-five year sentence for first-degree robbery (85%), voluntary manslaughter, willful injury, felon in possession of a firearm, terrorism with intent to injure, and assault while participating in a felony.

Ricardo McGlothin, age 42, committed his crime on May 14, 2002, in Davis County.  He is currently serving a fifty year sentence for Murder – 2nd degree (85%).

Paul Quigley, age 30, committed his crime for over a year beginning in May 2000, in Muscatine County.   He is currently serving a twenty-give year sentence for sexual abuse – 2nd degree (85%).


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Written by Brandy Welvaert   
Monday, 10 June 2013 14:43

DAVENPORT, IA—Waste Commission of Scott County has extended hours on Mondays in June, July and August at the Scott Area Landfill, 11555 - 110th Avenue, Davenport.

Summer hours for the Scott Area Landfill are:

  • Mondays (June, July and August): 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays-Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. – Noon

The landfill is located west of Davenport on County Road Y-48, three miles south of Highway 61.

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit


Branstad, Reynolds announce Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 10 June 2013 08:26

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, today, with  representatives of the Des Moines Symphony, the Food Bank of Iowa, Dahl’s Foods, and Bank of the West announced the official start of the 5th annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger.

“The Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger is a wonderful campaign that raises awareness and collects much-needed non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Iowa,” said Reynolds. “I am honored and proud to be a partner with community businesses to shed a light on the importance of hunger in Central Iowa.”

The public is encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at area Dahl’s or Bank of the West locations, or at the Des Moines Symphony’s 20th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops. In addition, the Office of Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will accept donations from the public at their office in the State Capitol.

Yankee Doodle Pops will be held on the state Capitol grounds on July 3 at 8:30 p.m. All donations from the food drive will benefit the Food Bank of Iowa. The drive runs through July 4.

For more information on the Yankee Doodle Food Drive, visit

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Simon: Clock is ticking for municipal assault weapon bans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 10 June 2013 08:02
CHICAGO – June 9, 2013. A month before the court-ordered deadline for a concealed carry law, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging communities to consider assault weapon bans. Simon said House Bill 183, which legalizes concealed carry in Illinois, grandfathers in existing assault weapons bans, while prohibiting new bans going forward. The bill is on the governor’s desk.

“Last month the General Assembly for the first time voted to legalize the concealed carry of firearms in Illinois. As the governor prepares to act on the legislation sitting on his desk, it is important that our communities act now to retain the ability to regulate weapons that kill so many people so quickly.

“We have seen the tragic results assault weapons have had on our streets, in our schools, movie theaters and more. The clock is ticking, so I encourage mayors and local officials to act now to ban assault weapons and retain local control over this important issue.”

Under HB 183, home rule communities that allow the possession of assault weapons have a limited amount of time to pass restrictions. If the bill is signed into law in its current form, communities will have just 10 days to ban assault weapons. After that grace period, the new law pre-empts home rule authority on assault weapon ordinances. 

Illinois’ ban on concealed carry was declared unconstitutional in December by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has given the state until July 9 to pass a law that permits people to carry concealed guns in public spaces.


Stewardship of Judicial Resources Should Trump Politics PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 07 June 2013 14:11

by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

This week the President held a high-profile Rose Garden ceremony to announce his nomination of three judges for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

News reports indicate the White House wants to put more of its own judges on the D.C. Circuit because President Obama is looking for ways to circumvent Congress.  Senate Democrats make such intentions clear when they say things like the President needs to fill the court by whatever means necessary, and that the D.C. Circuit was ‘wreaking havoc’ on the country by opposing administration policies.  Arguments for court-packing to gain advantage in public policy debates reflect a major misunderstanding of the purpose of the legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in our system.  It is the job of elected representatives of the people, the Congress, to make legislative decisions.  It is the job of the Courts to resolve cases and controversies.  Neither Congress nor the people who elect those who serve in Congress should want the Courts doing the job of making legislative decisions.

In addition, it’s hard to imagine the rationale for nominating three judges at once for this particular federal appeals court with the many vacant emergency seats across the country.  That is unless your goal is to pack the court to advance a certain policy agenda.  The D.C. Circuit ranks either last or nearly last in many categories for measuring workload.  There were nearly 200 fewer appeals filed in the D.C. Circuit in 2012 than in 2005.  In fact, the number of cases that each active judge handles is nearly the same today as it was in 2005, despite having two fewer judges.

I’ve introduced legislation this year to reallocate these judgeships based on workload and to use taxpayer resources wisely.  My approach to this is nonpartisan.  In fact, the legislative record will show that I previously twice introduced legislation to eliminate a seat on the D.C. Circuit during the Bush Administration.  My effort was ultimately successful in 2007, when a judgeship on the D.C. Circuit was moved to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has a very high caseload.  In addition, nearly 20 years ago I conducted an exhaustive review of the workloads of the various federal circuits with the goal of distributing taxpayer resources wisely.

My effort then and my effort today is for good governance.  With the three D.C. Circuit court nominees this week, the President has picked a political fight, but there are legitimate and important policy questions about the resources of the federal judiciary that ought to outweigh politics.

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