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THURS & FRI: Braley Travels to Eastern Iowa Colleges to Host Campus Forums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 23 January 2012 16:23

Braley to discuss higher education cost, career-readiness, and more with students, faculty, & administrators

 

Washington, DC – On Thursday January 26th, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will embark on a two-day tour of eastern Iowa colleges and universities to host a series of open forums on the state of higher education.

Braley will moderate an open discussion including students, faculty, and administrators from local campuses with a focus on college affordability, student financial aid, career-readiness, and other significant challenges facing higher education today.

“From questions about affordability to mountains of student loan debt, there are unprecedented challenges facing students who want to pursue a college education,” Braley said.  “I’m traveling across eastern Iowa to listen to students and educators about these challenges and to hear their suggestions for how to address them.”

The events are free and open to local students and the public.

Thursday January 26th, 2012

10:00am  -  Quad Cities Campus Forum

St. Ambrose University

Rogalski Center

518 West Locust St.

Davenport, Iowa

 

1:00pm   -  Cedar Rapids Campus Forum

Coe College

Clark Alumni House

200 College Dr. NE

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Friday January 27th, 2012

 

1:00pm  -  Cedar Valley Campus Forum

University of Northern Iowa

Maucker Union, Room 109

Cedar Falls, Iowa

 

4:15pm   -  Grinnell Campus Forum

Grinnell College

Rosenfeld Center, Room 101

1127 Park St.

Grinnell, Iowa

 

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Questionable contact over LightSquared PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:15

Monday, January 23, 2012

Grassley Pursues Details of Questionable Contact Related to LightSquared

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the principal behind the LightSquared wireless project to explain a questionable contact to Grassley’s office that intimated benefits for Grassley if he softened his inquiry of government approval of the project.

Grassley wrote to Philip Falcone of Harbinger Capital Partners, expressing concern that two separate incidents implied a desire to have Grassley “pull punches” in his investigation.  Grassley said he “won’t be a part of that.”  One contact came in an email from Falcone to Grassley’s office, saying that since LightSquared is already in the political “arena,” it could be made a “win” for Grassley, LightSquared, and the consumer.

The second contact was from someone who intimated that he represented LightSquared in a call to Grassley’s staff.  The individual, Todd Ruelle, said he “only gets paid if this deal goes through” and hinted that if LightSquared were allowed to proceed, Grassley’s home state of Iowa could get a “call center.”   Grassley’s office advised Ruelle not to contact the office further and called the Senate ethics committee regarding the contact.

Ruelle also was named in emails made public through a separate inquiry.  In the emails, Ruelle corresponded with Fox News Channel bookers over making arrangements for a Falcone appearance.  After Ruelle forwarded these e-mails to a government official, the government official asked Ruelle to cease communicating with him.

Grassley wrote to Falcone, asking him to explain whether he and/or LightSquared have a relationship with Ruelle and if so, to provide details.

Since last April, Grassley has been reviewing why the Federal Communications Commission rushed approval of the LightSquared project without adequately exploring what turned out to be  widespread concerns of interference with the Global Positioning System devices widely used by the military, first responders, aviation, precision agriculture, and consumer navigation.

The text of Grassley’s letter to Falcone is available here.  The attachments are available here, here and here.

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Statement from Governor Quinn Regarding Senator Mark Kirk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:14
CHICAGO – January 23, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke this weekend.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the senator and his family as we wish him a swift and strong recovery. We can all take comfort knowing that as a Navy commander, Sen. Kirk knows how to fight and he will fight through this to return to his work on behalf of the people of Illinois as quickly as possible.”

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Braley Statement on the Resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:44

Braley Statement on the Resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Waterloo, IA -- Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement regarding the resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08):

"Gabby Giffords’ decision to step down from Congress hit me almost as hard as the terrible tragedy in Tucson that eventually led to her decision. Gabrielle represents everything good and noble about the institution of Congress. Her willingness to reach across the aisle and bring people together and her tireless enthusiasm for the importance of her work and its impact on her constituents inspires us to refocus on our most important job: to help people.

“I was not expecting to hear that my friend Gabby has decided to step down from Congress, but I’m glad she’s doing what’s best for her recovery and long-term health.

“For the last year, Gabby has been a symbol of hope and determination for all Americans.   She has inspired us to count our blessings, stop complaining, hug our loved ones and pay it forward to those who need our help.  In these troubled times  we need more people in Congress with a heart like hers.

“I hope Gabby's courageous fight will inspire a new generation of women and men to step forward and run for office. Carolyn and I continue to hold our friends, Gabby and Mark, in our thoughts and prayers as they move forward with their lives.

“I look forward to seeing Gabby again on Tuesday night.”

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DAVENPORT WOMAN GETS $30,000 AFTER-WORK SURPRISE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Garringer   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:22

Barbara Blumer Wins Top Prize Playing “Sparkling Winnings” Holiday Scratch Game

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Davenport woman decided to pick up a “Sparkling Winnings” ticket after she finished her shift at work and ended up winning a top prize of $30,000.

Barbara Blumer, 43, stopped at Casey’s, 6278 N. Pine St. in Davenport for her ticket and scratched it while sitting in her car. When she uncovered the top prize, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

“I went back in and [the clerk] told me I was a winner!” Blumer said.

Blumer said the first person she called and told was a friend.

“People have been congratulating me, especially all my friends and the people I work with,” she said.

Blumer, who works in housekeeping for the Handicap Development Center in Davenport, said she plans to use some of her winnings to take a vacation as well as purchase new furniture. She claimed her prize Jan. 10 at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Sparkling Winnings was a $3 scratch game. Players scratched the "play numbers" play area, then scratched the corresponding numbers on the grid. If they matched all numbers within a horizontal or vertical line, they won the prize shown for that horizontal or vertical line. The overall odds of winning in the game were 1 in 3.65.

Players have until noon on Jan. 23 to enter the “Super Tech” promotion this holiday season.  All 10 holiday instant-scratch tickets can be entered online for a chance to win one of 250 Sony® tech prizes or one of six “Super Prizes” valued at more than $4,900 each. The eligible tickets are: “Holiday Countdown,” “Holiday Bonus Crossword,” “Merry Crossword,” “Lucky Elves Bingo,” “Holiday Wishes,” “Sparkling Winnings,” “Betty Boop™,” “Snow Bank,” “Santa Games Doubler” and “Winter Bucks.” To participate in Super Tech, a player must register for a free Iowa Lottery VIP Club account at ialottery.com. Registration is a one-time process. All holiday tickets entered into Super Tech will also earn players “Points For Prizes™” points that can be used in the Iowa Lottery’s online store.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.8 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

 

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