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Governor’s Office provides update regarding Gov. Branstad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jimmy Centers   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:55

UPDATE: Gov. Branstad released from hospital in good condition; released at approximately 9 a.m., mild flu with dehydration cause of incident; other contributing factors, including cardiac issues and stroke, ruled out

(DES MOINES)  -  The Office of Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced that the governor has been released from Iowa Methodist Medical Center after being admitted out of an abundance of caution due to a mild flu and dehydration. The governor was released at approximately 9 a.m. and is currently resting comfortably at the governor’s residence. The governor rested last night and continued receiving intravenous fluids.

Kevin J. Cunningham, M.D., F.A.C.P., who is the governor’s personal physician and saw him both last evening and this morning, stated the following:

“Today, at approximately 9 a.m., Governor Terry Branstad was discharged from the hospital in good condition and he is now resting comfortably at Terrace Hill. After seeing him both Monday evening and this morning, and personally reviewing his medical tests and records, it’s my opinion as a medical professional that the incident was caused by a mild flu and dehydration. We have ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues and stroke. Governor Branstad will be able to resume a normal work schedule in the near future.”

The governor and lt. governor have canceled their public events for the remainder of the week to allow ample time to rest and recuperate. This includes previously scheduled events in Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Waverly and Manchester.

They plan resume their schedules on Monday, February 2, 2015.


(DES MOINES) – The Office of Gov. Terry E. Branstad this evening released more information regarding  Gov. Terry E. Branstad’s condition after he fell ill at an event at DuPont Pioneer.

At approximately 12 p.m., Gov. Branstad was transported from DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, to Iowa Methodist Medical Center via an ambulance. The governor was alert, conscious and accurately answering questions during transport.

Upon arrival, he was given intravenous fluids after doctors noted that he was dehydrated and displaying symptoms of a viral illness. Out of an abundance of caution, doctors opted to admit the governor for overnight observation, rest and hydration.

Mark Purtle, M.D., chief medical officer of UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, stated the following:

“After personally reviewing the governor’s medical records, with his permission, and visiting with him and his attending physicians, we believe the governor has a viral illness with dehydration. We also conducted a series of tests in which we ruled out other contributing factors, including cardiac issues. The governor is still receiving fluids and is resting comfortably.”

The governor and lt. governor have canceled all their public for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. More information regarding the remainder of their public schedules for the week will be released at a later time.

The lt. governor intends to visit her doctor on Tuesday morning out of an abundance of caution.

This will be the final update for the evening of Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. More information will be released as it becomes available.


How to Pop the Cork on the Good Life – and the Time to Do It Is When You Retire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:19
Nationally Recognized Retirement Expert Offers 3 Simple
Tips in 2015 for Improving Retirement Prospects

Imagine a bright, golden vista filled with soothing, warm sunshine – perhaps it is California’s Highway 29. You’re driving this scenic route after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a Tuesday during working hours. That’s right, you’re going to Napa.

Of course, this is precisely the kind of thing you’re getting used to doing on Tuesdays – not only because you’re becoming a wine connoisseur, but also because Tuesdays no longer belong to hours under the glare of fluorescent lights in front of your work computer. Aah, you’re retired.

“That’s the dream, and as a native San Franciscan I know it well. I myself have traveled the byways of food and wine in the Bay Area. More Americans could be living their dream during retirement, wherever they go to play,” says Stephen F. Lovell, a nationally recognized retirement expert who emphasizes a comprehensive approach for well-being during one’s golden years.

“Many baby boomers will retire in the next few years, and for many of them that dream has a nightmarish tinge—they’re worried they’ll run out of money.”

Lovell, president of Lovell Wealth Legacy, (, says 2015 can and should be the start of that good life. He offers three simple ways to bring your dream into reality.

•  Revise your budget at the year’s beginning. Ask yourself: How do I spend my money? Many of us believe we have a reasonable idea of where we put our money, but unless you account for your spending, you may miss out by not putting away enough for your happy retirement.

A household’s discretionary spending on nonessential goods and services like a second smart phone case or the premier movie channel is could top 30 percent. And that is often twice what you intended—but you don’t see it until you budget. “Budgeting puts you in the driver’s seat,” Lovell says. “From there you can control where you spend. You’re buying on purpose, and sometimes you get a nice surprise. That alluring vacation is now within reach.”

•  Be proactive about your financial interests before visiting a professional. Knowing which financial products may work best for your personal needs and how to protect your hard-earned money from unnecessary taxation is not what most laypeople excel at. That job is best handled by working with a professional. But, as with your health, you reap the benefits of being aware of your needs and of initiating the process of looking after yourself.

“Remember, 40 percent of retirees underestimate their life expectancy, according to an Ernst & Young study,” Lovell says, “so if you don’t want to run out of money, create your financial plan to cover this extended retirement period. Then, you odds for a comfortable retirement are improved.”

•  Consider alternatives to stocks, bonds and cash. Many new investment types have appeared to solve planning and retirement issues. Yet most investors limit their choices by relying exclusively on stocks, bonds and cash. From 2000 to 2013, the stock market, for all its ups and downs, wound up at roughly the same place, around 1527. At a 2 to 3 percent investment cost per year, many investors, for all their efforts, lost money! “I educate my clients by bringing to their attention the wide universe of investment types. Results are that more suitable solutions are uncovered and then applied for the client’s benefit.”

About Stephen F. Lovell, MBA, ChFC®, CLU®, CFP®

Stephen F. Lovell is a thoroughly credentialed, nationally recognized financial professional. Since 1990, he has been gathering various licenses — in insurance, securities, real estate, commodities and as a registered principle — to offer his clients a thoroughly comprehensive perspective on their wealth. He is president of Lovell Wealth Legacy, (, and a branch manager at LPL Financial. Lovell has earned several professional honors and memberships. Since walking with his mother as a child for the March of Dimes in San Francisco, he has been active in local and national charities. More recently, Lovell has taken to the airwaves as a radio host at KDOW, where he hosts a weekly show about pursuing financial success and, of course, enjoying the fruits of that financial success.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds to address American Legion Summit in Washington, D.C. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:13

(DES MOINES)  - The American Legion is hosting its National Credentialing Summit in Washington at the Mayflower Hotel on Feb. 17-18. The invitation-only event will bring together more than 200 key executives, thought leaders and lawmakers from across America to focus on best practices for helping veterans and transitioning service members get credentials for civilian jobs.


The summit will showcase panels of experts from the private sector, nonprofits, the military, federal agencies and other organizations, and feature guest speakers including Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Teamsters President James Hoffa, Jr., Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, and Gen. David Perkins, head of the U.S. Army’s training and doctrine command.


Reynolds, Iowa’s Lt. Governor, has played a key role in leading the state’s innovative Home Base Iowa initiative. The Home Base Iowa Act, signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in 2014, aims to recruit veterans leaving the service to Iowa to be matched with the high-quality careers available in the state.

“In Iowa, we believe in welcoming our nation’s veterans and their families into our state and communities, and helping them find high-quality careers when leaving the service,” said Reynolds. “Iowa’s Home Base Iowa initiative continues to attract veterans to our great state and match their unique skill sets with 21st century careers.”

Verna Jones, the Legion’s executive director in Washington, said much progress has been made since the country’s largest organization of wartime veterans held its first credentialing summit in 2012, cosponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


“This summit will be a real learning experience for individuals who are committed to our military community, but may not know what specific steps need to be taken to provide veterans and their spouses with the credentials they need for the civilian work force,” Jones said.


“We want this event to have a ripple effect, so that each person who attends will go back to his or her company, college, legislature or association and effect real changes to help veterans get jobs.”


Panel topics include credentialing best practices in health care and in transportation, assessing the quality and value of credentials, credentialing of spouses, and tracking the outcomes of credentialing.


Jones said the upcoming summit is The American Legion’s latest effort in its longstanding involvement with credentialing for the military community. “We’ve been testifying before Congress on this particular issue since 1997.”

The summit will be held in the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW in Washington.



Governor Terry Branstad's Condition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jimmy Centers   
Monday, 26 January 2015 16:28

Governor’s Office provides update regarding Gov. Branstad
Gov. Branstad is alert and resting comfortably; will be kept overnight out of an abundance of caution

(DES MOINES) -  Governor’s Office spokesman Jimmy Centers today provided the following update to the governor’s condition after he fell ill at an event earlier in the day:

“Gov. Branstad is currently alert and resting comfortably at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. He is being observed and hydrated after having flu-like symptoms. The governor did have a flu shot this season. The governor has been admitted and will be kept overnight out of an abundance of caution.”

More information will be released as it becomes available. The governor and lt. governor have canceled their public events for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, to rest and recover from seasonal illnesses.


(DES MOINES)  -  Iowa Governor’s Office spokesman Jimmy Centers today released the following statement after Gov. Terry Branstad fell ill at an event at DuPont Pioneer:

“Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer. An ambulance was called and he was transported to Methodist hospital in Des Moines. The governor is conscious and alert and was so during the transport to the hospital. During the transport, paramedics took the governor’s vitals and initial tests indicate that the spell was caused by a seasonal illness. The governor had been suffering from the effects of a cold.”

More details will be provided as they become available.



Free Speech Victory: Federal Court Orders Illinois College to Cease Censorship, Allow Social Activists to Pass Out ‘Politically Incorrect’ Flyers on Campus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John W. Whitehead   
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:59

CHICAGO, Ill. — At the urging of attorneys for The Rutherford Institute, a federal court has ordered a community college to cease its censorship and allow two social activists to hand out what might be perceived as “politically incorrect” informational flyers on campus. In granting the Institute’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing Waubonsee Community College (WCC) from excluding Wayne Lela and John McCartney from campus, the court found that WCC discriminated against the activists on the basis of the content of their speech when it prohibited them from handing out leaflets for the organization Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment because the speech was not “consistent with the philosophy, goals and mission of the college.” In holding that WCC’s actions inflicted irreparable harm upon the activists, U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Gettleman noted, “provocative speech is entitled to the same protection as speech promoting popular notions.” As an attorney, Judge Gettleman successfully defended the Nazis’ right to march in their landmark free speech case against the Village of Skokie.

The U.S. District Court’s opinion in Lela v. Waubonsee Community College is available at

“University campuses once served as the breeding ground for much of the protests that gave rise to needed change in the 1960s—protests that altered the conscience of our nation and created a legacy for future dissenters,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: the Emerging American Police State. “We are pleased that the district court recognized the value of free speech, provocative or not, in our society. If college administrators today were allowed to have their way, college campuses would be little more than breeding grounds for compliant citizens content to speak only when spoken to, on politically correct topics guaranteed not to cause disruption or disagreement, and in Orwellian areas designated as free speech zones.”

Waubonsee Community College is a two-year public institution located in Sugar Grove, Illinois. In January 2014, Wayne Lela contacted WCC officials about his desire to distribute informational leaflets on the WCC campus. He was asked to provide copies of the leaflets he proposed to hand out and provided copies of flyers from Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (HOME). The flyers reflect HOME’s views about heterosexuality and homosexuality, their concerns about the impact the political climate has had on religious liberty and free speech rights, and their response to what they perceived as propaganda used to discredit those opposed to same-sex marriage. Lela subsequently received a letter denying his request to pass out flyers based on the fact that WCC “limits campus activities to events that are not disruptive of the college’s education mission.” Later correspondence justified the denial of access because the flyers violate WCC’s policies on solicitation, use of college facilities, and ethics.

In the lawsuit against WCC and the subsequent motion for a preliminary injunction, Rutherford Institute attorneys argued the policy making the campus available for use by non-college groups provided the use is “consistent with the philosophy, goals and mission of the college” constitutes impermissible viewpoint discrimination on its face. Additionally, Institute attorneys asserted that WCC discriminated against Lela and McCartney because it forbade them from passing out flyers on the campus because of the viewpoints expressed in the flyers. The complaint also alleged that WCC’s policies are unconstitutionally vague by giving unfettered discretion to college officials to determine who may or may not speak on the campus.

Affiliate attorneys Whitman H. Briksy and Noel W. Sterett of Mauck & Baker, LLC, are assisting The Rutherford Institute in its defense of Lela and McCartney’s constitutional rights.

This press release is also available at

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