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Lt. Governor Simon statement on passing of Dawn Clark Netsch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:39

SPRINGFIELD – March 5, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued this statement today on the death of her mentor, former state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch. Netsch was the first woman to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

”Dawn Clark Netsch was a hero of mine since the early 1980s and a friend and mentor ever since," Simon said. "We served on the board of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform together and collaborated on reform issues for many years. She was straight forward, a straight shooter and great at explaining state issues. She was not just a public servant, but a teacher. She will be missed."


Iowans Gather Across the State to Urge Sen. Grassley to Support Gun Violence Prevention Legislation, DAVENPORT/DES MOINES, MARCH 5&6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lauren Weiner   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:47

Victims of Gun Violence, Law Enforcement, Elected Officials and Concerned Citizens Gather in Davenport, Des Moines to Urge Sen. Grassley to Support Gun Violence Prevention Legislation  

Davenport/Des Moines, IA – Across Iowa, residents who are victims of gun violence, members of law enforcement who witness this violence all too often, elected officials and concerned citizens will gather outside the Davenport Police Department and outside the Federal Building to press Sen. Chuck Grassley to support gun violence prevention legislation. Sen. Grassley is a key vote on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee which will be considering this legislation, including universal background checks, this week.


Who: Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Police Chief Frank Donchez and other concerned citizens


What: Quad City effort to reduce gun violence.  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering legislation to require Universal Background Checks for all gun sales, and ban hundreds of military-style assault weapons and parts on Thursday, March 7th. Sen. Chuck Grassley is on the Judiciary committee and considered a key vote and Iowans are asking him to stand with the 88% of Iowans who feel stronger background checks are necessary by voting in favor of the pending legislation.

Where: Davenport Police Department, corner of 4th and Harrison, Davenport, IA
First Floor Community Room

When:             Tuesday, March 5 at 6 PM


Who:               Former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson

Carmen Lampe Zeitler, Children and Families Urban Ministries

Pat Peterson, concerned grandmother


Where:            721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA

When:             Wednesday, March 6 at 4pm

A person is killed by guns in Iowa almost every day.

  • In Iowa, a person is killed by guns every forty hours. There were over 200 people were killed in gun-related violence in 2010.
  • In the last ten years (2001-2010), 1,976 people were killed by guns in Iowa. That’s almost 20 percent more the number of US combat deaths during the entire war in Afghanistan.

Iowa is not immune to daily acts of gun violence and serious gun crime.

  • There were almost 600 reported aggravated assaults in the state in 2011 alone, or one roughly every 15 hours.

Women and Children are regularly victims on gun violence.

  • In 2010, Iowa’s rate of gun homicides among women was 22nd highest in the country.
  • There have been 177 children under age nineteen killed by guns in the last ten years (2001-2010).

Iowa’s gun safety ratings are weak.

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave Iowa 7 out of 100 possible points on their 2011 state scorecard.
  • Iowa received a ‘C-’ from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which called its gun violence prevention laws “modest.”
  • While Iowa requires that all handgun purchasers get a background check, “long” guns like rifles and shotguns do not require similar measures. The state also does not prohibit high-capacity magazines.
  • Iowa’s rate of submitting mental health records to the federal database—records that are used in background checks to deny dangerous people from getting guns—is more than five and a half times lower than the national average.

Polls show that Iowans strongly support key gun violence prevention measures.

  • Iowans overwhelming support universal background checks: Almost nine in ten (88 percent) support a provision to require “background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and by private sellers.” Only 11 percent oppose.
  • By a 23-point margin (60-37), Iowans favor a ban on “military-style weapons, commonly known as assault weapons.”
  • By a 23-point margin (59-36), Iowans far a ban on ammunition magazine with more than 10 rounds.
  • In the poll, 54 percent of Iowans also said in the poll that the “easy availability of guns” was a “major factor” in contributing to gun violence.



March 7th. 2013 " Living and Working in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota" by Michael Grady.ISE. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:32
March 7 2013 "Living and Working in the Bakken  oil fields of North Dakota"  7.00 p.m. Independent Scholars' Evenings.

Independent Scholar Michael Grady, visiting us from North Dakota, will give a presentation on the  living and working environment in North Dakota.

North Dakota is the fastest growing state in the United States, due to the explosion of  high paying job and career possibilities attracting people from all over the country. Most of these jobs exist in the oilfield, mining and heavy equipment operator job sectors, including: welding, commercial truck driving, diesel mechanics, electrical, HVAC, machinist, process plant, GIS and more.

Mike Grady, will discuss the new developments in the Dakotas.

About the presenter:

Michael Grady has been an Independent Scholar at the Institute since 2004. He lives in Davenport with his wife Lina Grady, and three teenage girls. He has extensive experience in business.
He has been an export consultant for American food products exporting American wild caught fish to Asia and Eastern Europe. Mike has spent some time in Denmark, and is a recent grandfather to Ingrid, 8 months old living in Copenhagn with his son Christian Norgaard Larsen and Stina.
Currently, Mike is in North Dakota where he has established a work residency and staffing company to supply the staffing demand for the Bracken oil fields.
His wife , Lina is an expert and a consultant in Traditional Feng Shui.

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Gov. Branstad denies application for commutation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 01 March 2013 15:00

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

Harry Sisco, age 78, committed his crime on April 2, 1991, in Scott County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.


Jurisdiction of Thomson prison to federal government passes Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Shaw   
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:58

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) is pleased to announce the sale of Thomson Correctional Center is one-step closer to being reality.

“Unfortunately, this process has taken years. However, we are finally to a point where we are handing over control of the facility to the federal government,” Jacobs said. “This process must be approved by the legislature and the governor to be official.  This is the next step in that process.”

Senate Bill 30, which passed the Senate today, allows the state to grant jurisdiction of the prison to the federal government.

The Thomson correctional facility, built in 2001, cost the state $140 million dollars to construct; however, it has never been operational because the state lacked the funds to open the facility. The Justice Department agreed to purchase Thomson in October of 2012 for $165 million. Once operational, the facility should provide over 1,000 jobs in Northwestern Illinois.

Senate Snapshot:

What: SB 30 passed Senate

The Vote: 49-5-0

Lead Senate Sponsor: Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline)

Next: Goes to the House of Representatives


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