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Braley’s Fight to Prevent Social Security Cuts Gains Bipartisan Momentum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:13

Republican co-sponsor, prominent national organization declare support for Seniors’ Access to Social Security Act

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley’s (IA-01) continued push to prevent impending Social Security service cuts got a bipartisan boost, as Rep. Don Young (R-AK) signed on to the Seniors’ Access to Social Security Act. The bill has also received the support of the Alliance for Retired Americans—a group with millions of members focusing on issues affecting seniors. The bill now includes nearly two dozen sponsors from over a dozen states and the support of multiple national organizations.

“Protecting services that eleven million Americans use every year isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue—it’s an issue of commonsense,” Braley said. “They’re gutting services Iowa’s seniors rely on and there’s absolutely no evidence the cuts will save a penny. The bottom line is that the cuts need to be delayed until savings are shown and the administration can clearly illustrate how the cuts won’t harm the Iowans that depend on them.”

 

Last week Braley called on Iowans to visit braley.house.gov and share their experiences with Iowa Social Security Administration offices as he continues his push to delay the cuts to the essential services that 11 million Americans—including many Iowa seniors—used just last year. Braley will share the comments he receives with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Beginning August 2014, SSA will no longer issue Social Security number printouts in its field offices.  In addition, beginning October 2014, SSA field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations.  Many seniors rely on these verification letters for a variety of services. Those requesting this information would be able to do so only online or over the phone. Last year alone, 11 million Americans used SSA offices to request this information.

Iowa’s 19 SSA field offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Burlington, Coralville, Davenport, Ottumwa, Council Bluffs, Creston, Des Moines, Ames, Carroll, Ft. Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City, Spencer, and Storm Lake.

Over 450,000 Iowa seniors received Social Security benefits in 2013.

Braley’s Seniors’ Access to Social Security Act would prevent those cuts for one year, during which time Braley will seek verification that the proposed service cuts will not adversely affect Iowa’s seniors and will save taxpayers money.

Braley recently wrote a letter to SSA Commissioner Carolyn Colvin asking her to provide a series of answers about the proposed cuts, including whether an analysis of cost savings has been done and if public input was solicited prior to the proposed cuts. Braley also sought information from Colvin on how Iowans seeking these services would be informed of cuts.

In June, Braley joined a Congressional push to prevent the elimination of the SSA services in a letter to the head of the SSA, noting that it’s vital that seniors be able to receive these services in person especially given that telephone wait times for SSA services have risen drastically in the last year, and that many seniors lack internet access.

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Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 14 July 2014 11:53

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray:

“Ken Gray was a gentleman and statesman who never tired of advocating for his beloved state and region.

“Congressman Gray was the people's voice.

“A grateful state fondly remembers what the Congressman did for Illinois. I join my fellow citizens in keeping Congressman Gray's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers."

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Governor Quinn Fights for Stronger Gun Laws Across Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 14 July 2014 09:28

Congresswoman Kelly Joins Governor to Urge General Assembly to Pass Illinois Public Safety Act and Take a Stand Against the Violence

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, today visited the site a recent fatal shooting in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood to urge legislators to stand with families and communities and take action against gun violence. The Governor pushed passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act, legislation that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois and require background checks for the transfer of guns. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois neighborhoods safer.

“The recent epidemic of violence in Chicago is unacceptable and we must join together to fight back,” Governor Quinn said. “Public safety is government's foremost mission and Illinois should not wait any longer to act. There are too many victims of a war being waged on our streets, a war fueled in part by the availability of deadly, military-style assault weapons that have no purpose other than killing.

“We must work together to protect the lives of those we love and stop what's happening in our communities. I urge the Illinois General Assembly to take a stand and pass this legislation that will save lives and protect communities."

The Governor today was joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly who recently released the Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis.

Senate Bill 3659 – the Illinois Public Safety Act – was introduced during the recent spring Legislative session by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and supported by Governor Quinn. It bans the possession, delivery, sale and purchase of assault weapons, large capacity ammunition feeding devices such as magazines or clips, and .50 caliber rifles and cartridges in Illinois. Valid Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) holders who possess any of these devices at the time the law is enacted would be allowed to keep them, but could not transfer or sell them except to a family member. The legislation also requires background checks for the transfer of firearms except to a family member or at a gun show.

A review of mass shootings between January 2009 and January 2013 by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that incidents where assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines were used resulted in 135% more people shot and 57% more killed, compared to other mass shootings.

“This is a common-sense solution to preventing gun violence and keeping our children and families safe,” Senator Kotowski said. “This measure will protect our communities by ensuring that military-style assault weapons are off the streets and out of hands of criminals.”

Governor Quinn has long fought to protect Illinois neighborhoods from gun violence. He signed legislation in 2013 that increases penalties on gun owners who don’t report the theft or loss of a weapon. This major legislation was a key priority in the Governor’s 2013 State of the State address. He also signed a law in 2011 to increase penalties for convicted felons who are found carrying guns – this helps fight gun crime in Illinois by ensuring that felons who are convicted of new weapons offenses will be sent to prison and not allowed to walk the streets of Illinois. Governor Quinn also signed a law in 2009 establishing mandatory prison time for gang members convicted of possessing a loaded gun in a public area.

Seven states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning assault weapons: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. In addition, Minnesota and Virginia regulate assault weapons.

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Entries Sought for July 26 Wiener Dog Dash at Rock Island Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 11 July 2014 14:22

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer.

Register for the Wiener Dog Dash at Rock Island Library

Rock Island, IL: July is National Hot Dog Month, and to celebrate, the Rock Island Public Library will offer a "dog days of summer" celebration on July 26  -  complete with a "wiener dog dash" race for dachshunds. The event kicks off the final week of the library's "Paws to Read" summer program of reading contests, events and education.

The Dog Days Celebration on Saturday, July 26 is open to dogs and owners of all ages, and also includes stories, games and crafts for children and families. Events start at 11:00 am in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street. Activities include the dachshund dash, balloon rocket races for kids who do not have a dog to race, a bean bag toss into Rocket the dog, and dog crafts. Free Oscar Mayer wiener whistles have been provided by Kraft Foods.

Suggested ages for kids activities are preschool through second grades. The dachshund dog dash is open to all ages. Advance registration is requested for entrants in the wiener dog dash. Leashes will be required. To enter your pup in the dash, call the library's Children's Room at 309-732-7360. The event is free.

Additional events for the final week of Rock Island Library Paws to Read include children's storytimes at 10:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (see website for locations), a Native Mammals education program with Nahant Marsh director Brian Ritter at 6:30 pm on Tuesday July 29 at the Main Library, and the final Read with a Dog program at 10:30 am Wednesday, July 30-at the Rock Island Southwest Branch. The library's summer reading contest for children, teens and adults ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, Aug. 2.

For more information about Rock Island Summer Reading, visit any Rock Island Main, 30/31 or Southwest Branches, go to www.rockislandlibrary.org call 309-732-READ (7323.) A downloadable events calendar is available on the library website at the newsletters and calendars link.

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Iowa Supreme Court Opinions July 11, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 11 July 2014 13:15
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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No. 12–0596

THERESA HUCK vs. WYETH, INC. d/b/a WYETH; SCHWARZ PHARMA, INC.; and PLIVA, INC.

No. 12–0827

IOWA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, IOWA RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION, and IOWA WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION

No. 13–0642

SZ ENTERPRISES, LLC d/b/a EAGLE POINT SOLAR vs. IOWA UTILITIES BOARD, A DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, STATE OF IOWA

 
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