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political intelligence registration falls due to Senate majority leader PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Chuck Grassley   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:05

Sen. Chuck Grassley today made the following comment on the Senate majority leader’s decision to proceed to the House of Representatives-passed version of an anti-congressional insider trading bill instead of the Senate-passed version.  The Senate-passed version contains a provision offered by Grassley requiring the growing political intelligence industry, which sells information to Wall Street, to register in the interest of public disclosure, as lobbyists have been required to do for many years.

“The majority leader is choosing the path that shuts out political intelligence registration.  His reasoning for choosing this direction is specious.  The Senate passed this legislation weeks ago, and the majority leader just now says he doesn’t have time to defend the Senate’s position.  The Senate gave 60 votes to the political intelligence provision.  The broader bill containing the provision received a vote of 96 to 3 in the Senate.  The majority leader ignored all of this.  His decision is a real blow for good government and transparency.  It’s a victory for Wall Street and a defeat for the American people.  It’s a victory for the hedge funds and big banks that like the secrecy of the status quo.”

A Washington Post news story said the Grassley political intelligence amendment, combined with another amendment, “transformed the (insider trading) bill into the most sweeping ethics legislation Congress had considered since 2007.”

maurices Announces Top 100 in Nationwide Model Search PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittney Hanson   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:03

Duluth, Minn. – Online voters have narrowed maurices Main Street Model Search from more than 1,400 contestants to the top 100 who will advance to the next phase of the contest.

These 100 women will compete to be among 12 finalists chosen to model for maurices, a national young women’s clothing retailer, in upcoming fall, holiday and spring campaigns. The winners will receive a photo shoot at an iconic fashion shoot destination and national exposure at maurices locations,, mailers and social media. They will also be awarded a $1,500 maurices gift card and a $7,500 charitable makeover for a nonprofit in their hometowns.

People can visit to view the top 100 contestants’ profiles.

“We are very pleased with the voter turnout for the second year of maurices Main Street Model Search. With more than 128,800 voters, participation was up almost three-fold from last year,” said Brad Hartmann, maurices vice president of marketing. “We hope the selected models are as excited as we are to move on to the next stage of our contest.”

Each of the top 100 contestants will create a video about why they should be a maurices Main Street Model. maurices will then choose 20 of these women to attend a casting call in Minneapolis, Minn., the week of April 16. A judging panel from maurices, including a celebrity judge and stylist Christopher Straub from Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” will select the 12 winners, who will be announced on April 23.

For more information, visit, or

maurices Main Street Model Search 2012 Timeline

Video submission: March 20 – 27
The top 100 contestants create and submit videos that about why they should be a maurices Main Street Model.

Introducing the top 20: April 2
Judging panel reveals the top 20 contestants.

Casting call: Week of April 16
Top 20 finalists are brought to Minneapolis, Minn., for a casting call with a panel of judges that includes Christopher Straub from Season Six of Lifetime’s “Project Runway.”

And the winners are: April 23
maurices will introduce the 12 winners of maurices Main Street Model Search 2012.

About maurices
maurices, a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA), is the leading hometown specialty store and authority for the savvy, fashion-conscious girl with a twenty-something attitude. Today, maurices operates 800 stores in 44 states. maurices stands for fashion, quality, value and customer service. Offering sizes 1-26 in select stores and online, our styles are inspired by the girl in everyone, in every size. For store information and to shop online, visit


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Simon to meet with Vice President Biden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Friday, 23 March 2012 11:48

National conference coming to Chicago this summer 


WASHINGTON – March 20, 2012. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and her peers Wednesday during a three-day National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) meeting in Washington D.C., four months before the association celebrates its 50th anniversary in Chicago.


The NLGA meeting in Washington will focus on federal mortgage relief, energy efficiency, technology in schools and international trade. The association also will consider a resolution that aims to connect more veterans with their full range of benefits and find ways to provide the benefits faster, Simon said.


In July, the nation’s “seconds-in-command” will convene in Chicago at a conference expected to generate more than a half-million dollars in economic activity for the state. Chicago was selected to commemorate the NLGA’s 50th anniversary as it was the site of the inaugural annual meeting in 1962.


The NLGA is a nonprofit, bipartisan professional organization for elected officials who are first in line of succession to the governors in the United States and five territorial jurisdictions. Since 2000, at least 20 lieutenant governors have succeeded governors, including Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.


For more information on NLGA, contact 859-283-1400. To inquire about sponsorship of the Chicago meeting, contact 312-814-5240.

Deb Bowen’s A Book By Me at Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:21

The Moline Public Library celebrates National Library Week with a program from Deb Bowen as she discusses her children’s book series A Book By Me, Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m.

A series of books for children authored by young adults, A Book By Me features stories of Holocaust survivors, prison camp liberators, and Christian & Muslim righteous gentiles.  Deb Bowen’s project, in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and local educators,    has resulted in 60 books written, 6 of which were printed   and distributed to local schools.  Ms. Bowen will also discuss Operation WRITE NOW, which is seeking out students interested in participating in conducting interviews and writing stories for A Book By Me.

To register for this free program, please visit the Moline Public Library at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline or call 309-524-2470.  This program is sponsored by Friends of the Moline Public Library.

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Leahy, Grassley Urge Leaders to Convene Conference Committee on STOCK Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:20

WASHINGTON – Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Chuck Grassley today urged the Senate leaders to convene a conference committee on the congressional insider trading bill to restore two key amendments.


Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wants the Senate to restore his amendment to give prosecutors new tools to identify, investigate, and prosecute criminal conduct by public officials. Grassley, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, wants a conference committee to renew his amendment requiring political intelligence agents to register as lobbyists. The Senate overwhelmingly passed both amendments but the House of Representatives’ version of the bill excludes the provisions.


Leahy and Grassley wrote to the Senate majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid, and the Senate minority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, urging a conference committee to resolve the differences between the Senate and House bills or alternatively, the opportunity to offer their amendments if the Senate takes up the House bill instead of convening a conference committee.


The text of Leahy-Grassley letter follows.


March 19, 2012


The Honorable Harry Reid                           The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Majority Leader, United States Senate                      Minority Leader, United States Senate

S-221 Capitol Building                       S-230 Capitol Building

Washington, DC 20510                          Washington, DC 20510



Dear Senators Reid and McConnell:


The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) passed the Senate with two critical provisions that would improve transparency and give law enforcement more effective tools to combat corruption.  One, an amendment requiring political intelligence agents to register as lobbyists, strengthens the STOCK Act by ensuring that lawmakers, congressional staff, and the American people know who is feeding information to Wall Street.  The other, a carefully tailored amendment to give prosecutors new tools to identify, investigate, and prosecute criminal conduct by public officials, furthers the STOCK Act’s goals of stopping public corruption and holding public officials accountable for wrongdoing.


The Senate passed both of these amendments with strong, bipartisan support.  Unfortunately, the House stripped both provisions from the STOCK Act without a vote. The Senate should act to ensure that the key improvements it made to this bill are incorporated into the final legislation that Congress passes.


We urge you to take the STOCK Act to a conference committee to resolve the differences between the Senate and House bills and to encourage the conference to restore these two key provisions.


Should you decide, instead, to have the Senate take up the House-passed version of the STOCK Act, we request the opportunity to offer these two crucial amendments so that the Senate may adopt them, again.


Taking up the House-passed bill without the opportunity for the Senate to reassert its position with respect to these provisions would be wrong.  These are two of the most important and substantive provisions in the bill.  Without them the legislation would be significantly weakened.




PATRICK LEAHY                          CHARLES GRASSLEY

Chairman                       Ranking Republican Member


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