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Iowa Supreme Court Opinions May 3, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 03 May 2013 14:21
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.
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No. 10–0414
IN RE THE DETENTION OF PAUL MICHAEL BLAISE PAUL MICHAEL BLAISE
No. 11–1501
MC HOLDINGS, L.L.C. vs. DAVIS COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW
No. 11–1544
KEO RENTAL, L.L.C. vs. VAN BUREN COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW
No. 12–0243
HEATHER MARTIN GARTNER and MELISSA GARTNER, Individually and as Next Friends of MACKENZIE JEAN GARTNER, a Minor Child vs. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
No. 12–1516
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. RODNEY HOWARD POWELL

 
Spring 2013 Seal of Approval Report released by The National Parenting Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D. Gaynes   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:29

THURSDAY - May 2, 2013 - The National Parenting Center has released its 23rd annual Spring Seal of Approval report.  The first report of 2013 follows ten weeks of consumer testing by parents and children at The National Parenting Center's test centers.  A recently published independent survey indicated that nearly 60% of mothers rely on awards such as the Seal of Approval when making final purchase decisions for their children.  As such recognition from The National Parenting Center has become a significant bellwether for retail buyers as to which products will ultimately succeed in connecting with consumers.

TNPC's evaluative process gauges consumer reaction to products currently being marketed to both parents and their children such as toys, games, books, videos, websites, educational products, mobile apps, etc.  Each is reviewed on a variety of levels including, but not limited to, price, packaging, design, stimulation, desirability, age appropriateness, instructions and more.  TNPC's Seal of Approval is ultimately a peer-to-peer review program to recognize and highlight products and services that have been met with a "thumbs up" by parents.

Since 1989, The National Parenting Center has established itself as North America's leading parent advocacy organization.  TNPC offers advice and information to parents on issues that range from pregnancy through adolescence.  The National Parenting Center's home page, TNPC.COM, offers visitors free access to hundreds of articles on parenting issues as well as Seal of Approval reviews.

To schedule interviews with the president of The National Parenting Center, David Katzner, please contact TNPC's Media division 818-225-8990 x-252. For electronic images and/or the full PDF report of all the reviews of the winning products, please submit your request via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Bring the world together - Host an exchange student! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtney Wade   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:25

World Heritage Student Exchange program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, Germany, Thailand, Norway, China, Russia, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and more!

Host families are asked to include the student as a member of their family. Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host. You can choose a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people and possibly even future political leaders! Share your corner of America by helping a foreign exchange student experience life in your area!

For more information call us at 1(800)888-9040, go online at www.whhosts.com or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

World Heritage International Student Exchange programs, formerly known as Spanish Heritage, is a non-profit, public benefit organization affiliated with and operated under the sponsorship of ASSE International. World Heritage programs are conducted in accordance with the high standards established by the U.s. Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). World Heritage is also a member of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

 
Lt. Gov. Simon: Pass ethics reform measure now PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:55

CHICAGO – May 1, 2013. With a month left before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today urged lawmakers to pass ethics reform legislation that she drafted with government watchdog groups. Senate Bill 1361, sponsored by Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), is currently awaiting Senate passage.

“In these remaining weeks of session, members of the legislature are continuing to address a number of important challenges; however, they cannot allow ethics reform to fall to the wayside,” Simon said during a public policy luncheon at the City Club of Chicago. “I thank Sen. Kotowski for his leadership on this important transparency bill, and I look forward to continuing to work with his colleagues to send this legislation to the House.”

SB 1361 proposes a revised disclosure form, known as a Statement of Economic Interests, which must be filed with the secretary of state’s office or postmarked annually by May 1. The revised form would require filers to list outside sources of income, lobbyist relationships and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public, for the first time. It also closes loopholes that allowed filers to answer “not applicable” to almost all of the questions on the current version of the form introduced 40 years ago.

Simon said the goal of the new form is to help Illinois residents determine if elected officials, high-ranking employees and candidates have conflicts of interest. The new form will also be easier for filers to complete thanks to the plain-language questions, definitions of terms and clear connections to information found on tax returns and investment statements.

“Residents of Illinois should not have to wait any longer to find out whether their elected officials are working in the public’s interest or their own self interest,” Simon said. “I urge lawmakers to do the right thing by sending this legislation to the governor’s desk.”

The Illinois Constitution and Illinois Governmental Ethics Act require elected officials, high-ranking government employees, and political candidates to complete a Statement of Economic Interests each May. State government workers file with the Secretary of State, while workers for local units of government file with their county clerk. The forms are supposed to expose existing or potential conflicts of interest, but the documents use such vague and cumbersome language that the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has called them “woefully inadequate” and “a waste of paper.”

Last month, Simon and members of her senior staff released an annual financial disclosure form that goes above and beyond what is required in the state’s Statement of Economic Interests. Simon’s staff form is modeled after those used by federal officers and notes income greater than $200, investments and debts.

This is the third year that Simon and her staff have released their detailed financial statements. Find the documents here.

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SMIDDY HOSTING SENIOR CITIZEN TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:53
PORT BYRON, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) is hosting a Senior Citizen Technology workshop in partnership with AT&T on Monday, May 6 at 11:00 am at the UAW Hall located at 630 19th Street (at Moline Drive) in East Moline.

“It can be difficult to keep up with the newest technology, especially for senior citizens,” said Smiddy. “This workshop gives seniors an opportunity to learn about how technology can enhance their lives, instead of becoming a barrier.”

At this event, which is free and open to the public, senior citizens can learn about using technology in daily life, ranging from cell phones to wireless pacemakers. The workshop is designed for seniors of all levels of technology literacy and awareness. Attendees may also bring their own devices to receive one-on-one assistance.

“In our increasingly high-tech world, embracing technology increases opportunities for seniors from staying in touch with friends and family to managing their finances,” Smiddy said. “I encourage all local seniors to attend this workshop and learn practical ways to incorporate technology in their lives.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Smiddy’s constituent services office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.

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