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ACLU Meeting To Form Quad City Chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Art Heyderman   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:38

A new chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be forming in the Quad Cities to address issues of importance to America.  The Quad Cities Chapter of ACLU organizational meeting will be 7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at St Ambrose University in the Ambrose Room at Rogalski Center.

The meeting purpose is to organize and form a new Quad Cities Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and elect an interim board of directors.  Members of the ACLU and those interested in joining are invited to take part in a milestone event in support of Civil Liberties in the Quad Cities area.

Membership information and a limited number of the newly released “Students’ Rights Handbook” will be available at the meeting.

For More Information contact Tom Benge, 563-332-5758, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Art Heyderman, 563-505-4322, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Civil Liberties in America.  With over 700,000 members nationwide in all 50 states ACLU is the largest, most widely known and most highly respected Civil Liberties organization in the nation.  No other private organization appears before the Supreme Court more than the ACLU.  The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

These rights include:

  • Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination.
  • Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.  If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled.

To learn more about the ACLU and the local chapter visit their website at  To join ACLU visit .

Grassley Reacts to Administration's Attempt to Backtrack its Affront to Religious Freedom PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:17

Friday, February 10, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after the President attempted to compromise on a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the department’s implementation of the sweeping Affordable Care Act of 2010, that mandated that religious-affiliated charities, schools and hospitals provide coverage for controversial contraceptive products.

On Tuesday, Grassley called on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to rescind the Obama Administration’s health care rule that will force religious affiliated organizations to either abandon their freedom of conscience or pay a fine of up to $2,000 per employee.

Here is Grassley's statement following today's announcement.

"Adhering to one of this country's most valued principles shouldn't be an afterthought.  Unfortunately, though, disregarding the Constitution has become an all too common pattern for this administration.  Its latest questionable move challenging religious freedom raised the ire of people across the country.  The administration's attempt to reverse this outright affront to religious freedom falls short and continues to highlight the concern of many of us that the health care law overreaches into personal freedoms and liberties."

Grassley Weekly Video Address PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:16

During his weekly video address, Senator Chuck Grassley presses President Obama to support his legislation to root out fraud and abuse from the H-1B visa program and ensure qualified Americans have the first opportunity to compete for jobs.  Grassley highlights a discussion between the President and Jennifer Wedel who called attention to the difficulty many high-skilled Americans are having finding employment in this area.


Click here for audio.

Here is the text of the address:

During a recent Google Plus “hangout,” President Obama heard directly from Jennifer Wedel whose husband, a high-tech engineer, had been unable to find a job for more than three years.

The President seemed surprised about the employment struggles of so many high-skilled Americans like Mr. Wedel.

It’s something I’ve been hearing for several years.  Many high-skilled Americans are being passed over for jobs.  Companies are hiring lower-wage workers from overseas, often through the H-1B Visa program.

I’m glad that Mrs. Wedel brought this to the President’s attention.  The President offered to personally help Mr. Wedel, but there are many other Americans in the same boat.

The struggles for these high skilled workers will continue.  The President’s administration recently made policy changes affecting foreign students and spouses of H-1B visa holders that put American workers at a disadvantage.  The H-1B visa program should complement the U.S. workforce, not replace it.

Through my oversight, I’ve uncovered untold amounts of fraud and abuse in the H-1B visa program.  To ensure that qualified American workers are given first consideration, I’ve written legislation that would return the program to its original intent where employers use H-1B visas only to shore up employment in areas where there is a lack of qualified American workers.  My bill makes reforms to increase enforcement, modify wage requirements and ensure protection for visa holders and American workers.

President Obama should support my H-1B reform legislation and give qualified high-skilled Americans the best opportunity to compete for jobs.


Iowa Court of Appeals Elects Eisenhauer as Chief Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2012 15:22

Des Moines, February 10, 2012— The Iowa Court of Appeals has elected Judge Larry J. Eisenhauer, Ankeny, as chief judge. Judge Eisenhauer has served on the court of appeals since 2001. He is the seventh chief judge since the state legislature established the court of appeals in 1976. He replaces Chief Judge Rosemary Sackett, recently retired.


"I am honored that the judges of the court of appeals elected me chief judge," Chief Judge Eisenhauer said. "Iowans are fortunate to have a court of appeals made up of thoughtful and hardworking judges supported by a dedicated staff. I am privileged to be a part of it."


Judge Eisenhauer was born in Emporia, Kansas, and received his undergraduate degree from Emporia State University in 1968. He then served in the United States Army for two years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, before attending Drake University Law School. After graduating from Drake in 1974, he practiced law privately until 1985 and served as a juvenile referee from 1985 to 1993. He was appointed to the district court bench in 1994 and served as district court judge until his appointment to the court of appeals. Judge Eisenhauer serves on the Judicial Council Subcommittee on Court Records and Management Retention, co-chairs the Children's Justice Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American Bar Associations.


Previously, Chief Judge Eisenhauer was a faculty member of the Iowa Child Abuse Academy, chair of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Court Appointed Special Advocates, chair of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Juvenile Court Officers, and a member of the Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Committee, and the Advisory Board of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Agency.  In 2005, he served as an International Judge for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.  He was presented the Iowa Judges Association Award of Merit in 2008. Judge Eisenhauer is married, has two children, and one grandchild.


The Iowa Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court. It reviews appeals from trial court decisions that the supreme court has transferred to the court of appeals . A decision of the Iowa Court of Appeals is final unless reviewed by the Iowa Supreme Court on grant of further review. The majority of appeals filed in Iowa are decided by the court of appeals. Last year, the Iowa Court of Appeals issued 1,068 opinions.


In addition to judicial duties, the Chief Judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals supervises the business of the court, presides when present at a session of the court, and serves on the judicial council. Judge Eisenhauer will also continue to write opinions.


Previous Chief Judges of the Iowa Court of Appeals



Judge Robert Allbee


Judge Leo Oxberger


Judge Allen Donielson


Judge Rosemary Sackett


Judge Albert Habhab


Chief Justice Mark Cady



Judge Rosemary Sackett



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The Hawkeye Caucus Weekly PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2012 15:00

All the world – including Osage – is a stage!

Kids in Mitchell County will have a chance “to be or not to be” every summer thanks to a new theater program started by a University of Iowa student and two alumni.

The Osage Summer Theatre Program is designed to help K-12 students learn about all aspects of the theater, from acting to directing to sets and costumes, in classes and workshops. The program started small last summer and still attracted 35 students to the two-week program that culminates in the production of three plays.

The program was founded by UI senior Maggie Blake, along with Theresa Augsburger and Maggie Jones, two recent UI alumni. Blake said the three of them, all theater majors, wanted to use their education and their skills to work with children and provide a kind of community service. They settled on Osage, population 3,400, as the location for their theater because it's Jones' hometown.

The program is held in Osage's community center, the Cedar River Complex, which includes a state-of-the-art performance facility. Interns from the UI and Mitchell County high schools will help with production and education. The group hopes to eventually build a network of youth community theater organizations like it throughout Iowa.



The program not only introduces young children to the theater, it fills a need for high school students, too. The local school district recently cut its high school theater department, so students there who were interested in performing had nowhere to go.



University of Iowa student Maggie Blake: "Theater and kids are a great match because they get to put on hats and be silly and they love that, even the older kids. They can learn about teamwork and working together in a collaborative way."



The group is raising money to make the Osage program sustainable. It’s worked with Mitchell County businesses to develop sponsorships and recently received a $1,000 boost in the Rose Francis Elevator Pitch competition, sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in the UI's Tippie College of Business. The competition gives UI students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to win start-up money for their businesses.

Update on Dental Building

In October, the University of Iowa dedicated a 33,000-square-foot addition to the UI College of Dentistry, which houses a wide array of programs and learning space to help prepare dental professionals for the 21st century.

The addition is now home to the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Geriatrics and Special Needs Clinic, the National Institutes of Health-supported Craniofacial Clinical Research Center, and small classrooms for problem-based and case-based learning. Endodontics, which was not a department in 1973 when the building was originally constructed, now has an outstanding facility.

Along with the new addition, the college’s research facilities were renovated and dedicated with support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

The real icing on the cake? The new addition was finished on time and slightly under budget.


The addition is part of a $65 million, multi-year College of Dentistry Building Transformation Project. The college is now beginning a six-phase, three- to four-year renovation of all dentistry clinics: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Family Dentistry, Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, Admissions, Operative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.


UI College of Dentistry Dean David C. Johnsen: “We extend a huge thank-you to all the people and groups inside and outside the college who made this renovation project possible, including our elected officials, university officials, alumni, donors and friends.”


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