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Branstad/Reynolds Announce New Program to Provide Affordable Housing to Persons with Disabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Jared   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:07

Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund to Support Affordable Housing and Supportive Services for Iowans with Disabilities 

(DES MOINES) – The Branstad/Reynolds Administration today announced a new program that will further the availability of affordable housing for Iowans with disabilities. The Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund program will provide affordable financing for the construction or rehabilitation of supportive housing for individuals with significant barriers to accessing traditional rental opportunities. The program is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund applicants must receive approval on proposed service plans from the Iowa Department of Human Services before submitting a non-competitive application to the Iowa Finance Authority for affordable construction loans offered at zero to one percent interest, ranging from $50,000-$500,000, subject to availability.

“This new program will provide the affordable financing that developers need to construct specialized affordable housing and supportive services to meet the needs of some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Branstad. “Affordable housing for all Iowans is central to vibrant communities and a thriving economy and I look forward to seeing the results of this program in action.”

“I’m pleased that the affordable housing need for Iowans with disabilities will be supported by this program,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds.  “The innovative affordable financing provided through this program will ultimately translate to housing barriers being broken down and Iowans with disabilities being able to thrive in an environment of their choice.”   


“The Iowa Finance Authority is proud to offer this program to fulfill an important housing need in partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. “We look forward to seeing the far-reaching benefits of this program in Iowa communities for generations to come.”  


“The new Community-Based Revolving Loan Fund will provide eligible Iowans with important community-based housing, a vital benefit that is good for Iowans and our communities,” said Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer.  



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Morthland to Return to Office after Surgery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:53

Moline, IL… State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) will return to his office tomorrow morning for the first time following a knee surgery stemming from an injury on his farm last Thursday. There, he will be available to the media from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Since the accident, my goal has been to get back to the office and back to work as soon as possible,” said Morthland. “I want to thank everyone for the well wishes; my rehabilitation is moving forward extremely well.”

Morthland will also host a Veterans’ Services Forum on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. for veterans and their families to discuss the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to modernize services to better serve veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information please call 309-762-3008, or stop by the district office at 4416 River Drive, Moline, Illinois, 61265.


U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force Search for Convicted Sex Offender PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Powell   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:27

Des Moines, Iowa – The U.S. Marshals Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is requesting the public’s assistance in the search for convicted sex offender Courtney Cortez Chestnut, 29, of Des Moines.  Chestnut is wanted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender (2nd offense) and escape.

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Chestnut is a black male with brown eyes and black hair.  He is approximately 6’02” tall, and weighs 195 pounds.  He has tattoos on both arms and may be wearing a thin mustache and beard.  Chestnut is believed to frequent the South Side, Drake, and Merle Hay neighborhoods in Des Moines.

The public should not attempt to detain Courtney Chestnut themselves.  Chestnut has a history of assault, sexual assault, and drug abuse.  Anyone with information on Courtney Cortez Chestnut’s whereabouts should contact U.S. Marshals at (515) 284-6240 or 1-877-WANTED2 (926-8332), Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400, or local law enforcement.  Callers can remain confidential.

Since passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) in 2006, U.S. Marshals have assisted state and local law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending convicted sex offenders who fail to register or update their registration with the state sex offender registries (SORs). Under the AWA, failure to register as a sex offender or update a sex offender registration may be charged as a federal offense if the offender is found to have crossed state lines without notifying state SOR officials within the required time period.

The Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Marshals, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at:


The opposite of Progress is Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Harris   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:22
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:  "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a  law that  says that any time there is a deficit of more than 3% of  GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.


Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.  A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.  All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress         participates with the American people. It may not be used for any otherpurpose.

3. Congress  can purchase their own retirement plan,  just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are  void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with  Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive  the message.  Don't you think it's time?


What a Guy’s Underwear Says about Him PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:16
Men are Trading in their ‘Tighty Whities’
for Style and Personality

There was a time when specialty underwear was the domain of women. Not anymore!

“It used to be that the old standby, ‘tighty-whities,’ was a man’s all-purpose underwear. They were worn with business attire, sweat pants for tooling about the house or shorts while playing a pick-up basketball game, but they weren’t ideal for each function,” says Darnell Jones, a sports-playing business professional and creator of TUKZ Undergarments, (

“Now, a man’s underwear says something about who he is, whether it’s a serious businessman, an athletic weekend warrior or a romantic. Let’s be honest – your grandfather’s underwear probably didn’t look the coolest, and it certainly didn’t say much about him.”

Manufacturers are responding to men’s desire for products, including underwear, that cater to his lifestyle with style and functionality, Jones says.

He points to these hot new undies:

• Saxx: This brand debuted in 2006 as a very specific kind of athletic undergarment for men. The apparel features comfortable side panels, which create a hammock-like effect for genitalia. No more chafing!

• SPANX for men: The underwear famous for shaping women, including Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow, released its men’s version in 2010. Recognizing a burgeoning market for guys who want a GQ look, SPANX offers men the same comfortable firming and smoothing as women get.

• TUKZ: Like many of today’s specialty underwear, TUKZ features a 3-D pouch for comfort and an enhanced profile. But the primary defining innovation is how the underwear improves business attire, Jones says. The underwear is equipped with four elastic straps and clips to neatly secure tucked shirts for a crisp, professional appearance all day. “The idea came to me organically – by necessity,” Jones says. “I got so sick of having to tuck my shirt back in after sitting and standing dozens of times a day at the office.” When men let their tucked shirts flare, it makes their midsection look thicker, he says.

• $100-dollar underwear, various brands: Yep, it’s happened!
Brands like Calvin Klein, featuring the “Frigo,” are capitalizing on men’s desire to be just as sexy as the women in their lives – or almost. Consumers are routinely paying more than $50 for sexy men’s underwear at retail stores in malls nationwide.

“Whether you want a clean silhouette at work or safety and comfort when you’re on the athletic fields, you can choose the proper undergarment for the purpose,” Jones says.

“We’ve come a long way, baby!”

About Darnell Jones

Darnell Jones is the founder and president of TUKZ Undergarments, LLC, specializing in a unique functionality that prevents shirts from becoming un-tucked. He earned his bachelor’s in health with an emphasis in management at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. Jones’ vision is for TUKZ Underwear to reside in every household to improve appearance and build confidence in men and women of all ages. He currently serves as an investor and a Region Manager for Olive Medical Corp.

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