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Iowans Gather Across the State to Urge Sen. Grassley to Support Gun Violence Prevention Legislation, DAVENPORT/DES MOINES, MARCH 5&6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lauren Weiner   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:47

Victims of Gun Violence, Law Enforcement, Elected Officials and Concerned Citizens Gather in Davenport, Des Moines to Urge Sen. Grassley to Support Gun Violence Prevention Legislation  

Davenport/Des Moines, IA – Across Iowa, residents who are victims of gun violence, members of law enforcement who witness this violence all too often, elected officials and concerned citizens will gather outside the Davenport Police Department and outside the Federal Building to press Sen. Chuck Grassley to support gun violence prevention legislation. Sen. Grassley is a key vote on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee which will be considering this legislation, including universal background checks, this week.


Who: Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Police Chief Frank Donchez and other concerned citizens


What: Quad City effort to reduce gun violence.  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering legislation to require Universal Background Checks for all gun sales, and ban hundreds of military-style assault weapons and parts on Thursday, March 7th. Sen. Chuck Grassley is on the Judiciary committee and considered a key vote and Iowans are asking him to stand with the 88% of Iowans who feel stronger background checks are necessary by voting in favor of the pending legislation.

Where: Davenport Police Department, corner of 4th and Harrison, Davenport, IA
First Floor Community Room

When:             Tuesday, March 5 at 6 PM


Who:               Former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson

Carmen Lampe Zeitler, Children and Families Urban Ministries

Pat Peterson, concerned grandmother


Where:            721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA

When:             Wednesday, March 6 at 4pm

A person is killed by guns in Iowa almost every day.

  • In Iowa, a person is killed by guns every forty hours. There were over 200 people were killed in gun-related violence in 2010.
  • In the last ten years (2001-2010), 1,976 people were killed by guns in Iowa. That’s almost 20 percent more the number of US combat deaths during the entire war in Afghanistan.

Iowa is not immune to daily acts of gun violence and serious gun crime.

  • There were almost 600 reported aggravated assaults in the state in 2011 alone, or one roughly every 15 hours.

Women and Children are regularly victims on gun violence.

  • In 2010, Iowa’s rate of gun homicides among women was 22nd highest in the country.
  • There have been 177 children under age nineteen killed by guns in the last ten years (2001-2010).

Iowa’s gun safety ratings are weak.

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave Iowa 7 out of 100 possible points on their 2011 state scorecard.
  • Iowa received a ‘C-’ from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which called its gun violence prevention laws “modest.”
  • While Iowa requires that all handgun purchasers get a background check, “long” guns like rifles and shotguns do not require similar measures. The state also does not prohibit high-capacity magazines.
  • Iowa’s rate of submitting mental health records to the federal database—records that are used in background checks to deny dangerous people from getting guns—is more than five and a half times lower than the national average.

Polls show that Iowans strongly support key gun violence prevention measures.

  • Iowans overwhelming support universal background checks: Almost nine in ten (88 percent) support a provision to require “background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and by private sellers.” Only 11 percent oppose.
  • By a 23-point margin (60-37), Iowans favor a ban on “military-style weapons, commonly known as assault weapons.”
  • By a 23-point margin (59-36), Iowans far a ban on ammunition magazine with more than 10 rounds.
  • In the poll, 54 percent of Iowans also said in the poll that the “easy availability of guns” was a “major factor” in contributing to gun violence.



March 7th. 2013 " Living and Working in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota" by Michael Grady.ISE. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:32
March 7 2013 "Living and Working in the Bakken  oil fields of North Dakota"  7.00 p.m. Independent Scholars' Evenings.

Independent Scholar Michael Grady, visiting us from North Dakota, will give a presentation on the  living and working environment in North Dakota.

North Dakota is the fastest growing state in the United States, due to the explosion of  high paying job and career possibilities attracting people from all over the country. Most of these jobs exist in the oilfield, mining and heavy equipment operator job sectors, including: welding, commercial truck driving, diesel mechanics, electrical, HVAC, machinist, process plant, GIS and more.

Mike Grady, will discuss the new developments in the Dakotas.

About the presenter:

Michael Grady has been an Independent Scholar at the Institute since 2004. He lives in Davenport with his wife Lina Grady, and three teenage girls. He has extensive experience in business.
He has been an export consultant for American food products exporting American wild caught fish to Asia and Eastern Europe. Mike has spent some time in Denmark, and is a recent grandfather to Ingrid, 8 months old living in Copenhagn with his son Christian Norgaard Larsen and Stina.
Currently, Mike is in North Dakota where he has established a work residency and staffing company to supply the staffing demand for the Bracken oil fields.
His wife , Lina is an expert and a consultant in Traditional Feng Shui.

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Free and open to the public.
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Elevators are located through the 16th Street entrance. Please call. The doors are closed after 7.00 p.m. for security reasons.
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Gov. Branstad denies application for commutation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 01 March 2013 15:00

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad denied the following application for commutation:

Harry Sisco, age 78, committed his crime on April 2, 1991, in Scott County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.


Jurisdiction of Thomson prison to federal government passes Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Shaw   
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:58

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) is pleased to announce the sale of Thomson Correctional Center is one-step closer to being reality.

“Unfortunately, this process has taken years. However, we are finally to a point where we are handing over control of the facility to the federal government,” Jacobs said. “This process must be approved by the legislature and the governor to be official.  This is the next step in that process.”

Senate Bill 30, which passed the Senate today, allows the state to grant jurisdiction of the prison to the federal government.

The Thomson correctional facility, built in 2001, cost the state $140 million dollars to construct; however, it has never been operational because the state lacked the funds to open the facility. The Justice Department agreed to purchase Thomson in October of 2012 for $165 million. Once operational, the facility should provide over 1,000 jobs in Northwestern Illinois.

Senate Snapshot:

What: SB 30 passed Senate

The Vote: 49-5-0

Lead Senate Sponsor: Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline)

Next: Goes to the House of Representatives


Gov. Branstad announces appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:49

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today announced appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions.

The following appointees’ term begins on May 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted.


Iowa Banking Division

James Schipper, Superintendent, Osceola


Iowa Board of Parole

Jim Felker, Hiawatha

Shelia Wilson, West Des Moines


Iowa Board of Regents

Robert Cramer, Grimes

Dr. Subhash Sahai, Webster City

Craig Lang, Brooklyn


Iowa Lottery Authority

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Urbandale


Iowa National Guard

Major General Timothy Orr, Adjutant General, Johnston


Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

Richard Arnold, Russell


Iowa Utilities Board

Libby Jacobs, West Des Moines

Nick Wagner, Marion


Transportation Commission

Loree Miles, Dallas Center

Tom Rielly, Oskaloosa


Accountancy Examining Board

David Loy, Cedar Falls

Ying Sa, Des Moines

Laura Walker, Newhall


Commission on the Status of African Americans

Rita Davenport, Boone


Commission on Aging

Quentin Hart, Waterloo

G. Willard Jenkins, Waterloo

Neil Wubbena, Osage


Alcoholic Beverages Commission

Jason Wilson, Johnston


Architectural Examining Board

Kolby DeWitt, Sioux City

Emily Forquer, Afton


Commission of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Steve Hou, Des Moines (term begins March 1st)


Athletic Training Board

Shaun McCarthy, Iowa City

Christopher Wiedmann, Des Moines


Iowa Autism Council

Alyson Beytien, Dubuque

James Curry, Des Moines

Steve Johnson, West Des Moines

Matthew O’Brien, Davenport


Board of Barbering

Charles Wubbena, Waterloo


Board of Behavioral Science

Erik Oostenink, Des Moines

Jill Struyk, Des Moines

Sarah Thomas, Nevada


Commission for the Blind

Joseph Van Lent, Des Moines


Iowa Boiler and Pressure Vessel Board

Robert Brecke, Cedar Rapids

Timothy Fehr, Iowa City

Amy Iles, Hastings


Iowa Capital Investment Board

Natalie Lischer, Des Moines


Child Advocacy Board

Elaine Sanders, Sioux City

Wayne Schellhammer, Urbandale

Jeanne Sorenson, Lake View

Shannon Unternahrer, Washington


Board of Chiropractic

Jason Wall, Dyersville


Iowa State Civil Rights Commission

Tom Conley, Urbandale

Lawrence Cunningham, Urbandale

Lily Lijun Hou, Urbandale

Douglas Oelschlaeger, Cedar Rapids


Commission of Community Action Agencies

John Johnson, Marshalltown

Brian Lauterbach, Alden

Robyn Ormsby, Ankeny


Board of Corrections

Richard LaMere Jr., Anamosa

Rebecca Williams, Cedar Rapids


Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Board

Richard Sheriff, Des Moines


County Finance Committee

Janine Sulzner, Anamosa

Patricia Wright, Mason City


Credit Union Review Board

Jeffrey Hayes, Cherokee

Tahira Hira, Ames

Scott Zahnle, Ames


Commission of Deaf Services

Mark Hersch, Dallas Center

Robert Vizzini, Cedar Rapids


Board of Dentistry

Steven Bradley, Cascade

Thomas Jeneary, LeMars

Kaaren Vargas, North Liberty


Board of Dietetics

Janet Johnson, Cedar Rapids


Drug Policy Advisory Council

Jennifer Miller, Marshalltown

Early Childhood Iowa State Board

David Arens, Windsor Heights (term begins March 1st)

Alice Atkinson, Iowa City

Richard Clewell, Davenport

Tracy Erlandson, Onawa


Economic Development Authority

Theodore Crosbie, Earlham

Larry Den Herder, Sioux Center

Delia Meier, Eldridge


Board of Educational Examiners

Dan Dutcher, Waukee (term begins March 1st)

Ann Lebo, Grundy Center

Mary Overholtzer, Tingley

Andrew Pattee, Charles City

Jay Prescott, Urbandale

Anne Sullivan, Cedar Falls

Richard Wortmann, Bloomfield


Electrical Examining Board

Kyle Barnhart, Atalissa

Theodore Meiners, Cedar Rapids

Kathryn Kunert, Des Moines

Lisa Petersen, Oto


Elevator Safety Board

Siobhan Harman, Des Moines

Kristine Kesterson, Williamsburg

Wayne Sims, Des Moines


Iowa Emergency Response Commission

Christopher Enyeart, DeWitt


Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board

Bryan Myers, West Des Moines

Howard Stewart, Marshalltown


Environmental Protection Commission

Cynthia Greiman, Garner

Alan Koch, Johnston

Robert Sinclair, Williamsburg

Joanne Stockdale, Okoboji

Eugene Ver Steeg, Inwood


Iowa Finance Authority

Jeffrey Heil, Haverhill

Joan Johnson, West Des Moines

Shaner Magalhaes, Coralville


Flood Mitigation Board

Lorraine Glover, Waterloo

Arnold Honkamp, Dubuque

Amy Kaleita, Ames

John Torbert, West Des Moines


Iowa Grain Indemnity Fund Board

Duane Madoerin, Webster City

Curtis Sindergard, Rolfe


Iowa Great Places Advisory Board

Barbara Determann, Early

Greg Fisher, West Des Moines

Emily Meyer, Cedar Rapids

Linda Washburn, Hastings


Health Facilities Council

Roberta Chambers, Corydon

Connie Schmett, Clive


Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I) Board

Ruth Evans, Muscatine

Bob Skow, Dallas Center


Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers

Jaime Secory, Urbandale

Jerry Smith, Boone


Higher Education Loan Authority

Edward Rogalski, Davenport (term begins March 1st)


Council on Human Services

Arnold Honkamp, Dubuque

Guy Richardson, Jefferson (term begins March 1st)

Kim Spading, Coralville


Interior Design Examining Board

Kevin Clark, Des Moines

Julie Ann Quebe, Cedar Rapids


Investment Board of the IPERS

Wayne Walter, Decorah

Dennis Young, Waukee


Commission on Judicial Qualifications

Sandra Blodgett, Clear Lake


Landscape Architectural Examining Board

Erica Andersen, West Des Moines

Christopher Seeger, Boone


Law Enforcement Academy Council

Brian Gardner, Cedar Rapids

Randy Krukow, Spencer

Melinda Ruopp, Marshalltown

Megan Weiss, Des Moines


Massage Therapy Board

Christina Michael, Earlham

Rhonda Reif, Burlington


Board of Medicine

Dr. Robert Bender, Clive

Dr. Julie Carmody, Clive

Ann Gales, Bode

Dr. Allison Schoenfelder, Akron


Mental Health and Disability Services Commission

Richard Crouch, Malvern

Betty King, Cedar Rapids

Sharon Lambert, Buffalo

Gary Lippe, Dubuque

Brett McLain, Ames

Rebecca Peterson, Clive

Marilyn Seemann, Woodward


Mental Health Risk Pool Board

Eugene Meiners, Templeton

Marjorie Pitts, Spencer


Board of Mortuary Science

Kimberly Doehrmann, Williamsburg

Barbara Teahen, Cedar Rapids


Commission of Native American Affairs

D. Suzanne Buffalo, Tama

Joe Coulter, Iowa City

Larry Lasley, Tama

Karen Mackey, Sioux City

Kelly Montijo Fink, Hiawatha (term begins March 1st)

Dirk Whitebreast, Tama


Natural Resources Commission

Marcus Branstad, West Des Moines

Phyllis Reimer, Crescent


Board of Nursing Home Administrators

Karol Dammann, Manning

Patricia Hoffman-Simanek, Cedar Rapids (term begins March 1st)

Michael “Jay” Jenison, Ankeny (term begins March 1st)

Lanny Ward, Indianola


Board of Nursing

Nancy Kramer, Independence

James Seymour, Woodbine

Chad Ware, Walker


Board of Optometry

Thomas Hayden, Newton

Tamie Stahl, Cedar Falls


Commission of Persons with Disabilities

Matt Connolly, Des Moines (term begins March 1st)


Iowa Comprehensive Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Fund Board

Timothy Gartin, Ames


Board of Pharmacy

Sharon Meyer, Urbandale

Judith Trumpy, Ames


Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Denise Behrends, West Des Moines

Todd Bradley, Oelwein

Erin Hytrek, Moville


Board of Physician Assistants

Melissa Gentry, Ollie

Keith Guess, Keokuk

Susan Koehler, Des Moines

Joseph Molnar, Charles City


Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Examining Board

Michele Chalfant, Webster City


Board of Podiatry

Tara Decker-Brock, Dubuque

Gregory Lantz, Cedar Falls

Denise Mandi, Winterset


Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council

Craig Cretsinger, Spencer (term beings March 1st)

Scott Lindgren, Solon

Maggie Tinsman, Bettendorf

Steven Wolfe, Coralville


Board of Psychology

Melinda Green, Solon

Joan Skogstrom, Urbandale


Real Estate Appraisal Examining Board

Vernon “Fred” Greder Jr., Mason City

Greg Harms, Grundy Center


Real Estate Commission

Dennis Stolk, Riverdale


Board of Respiratory Care

Lawrence Lilla, Ames


School Budget Review Committee

Gina Primmer, Council Bluffs

Leland Tack, Johnston


Board of Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators

Bill Ainsley, Des Moines

Susan Tyrrell, Hiawatha


Board of Social Work

Amy Courneya, Ames

Valerie Huntley, Saint Charles

Jody Weigel, Cedar Rapids


State Soil Conservation Committee

Paula Ellis, Donnellson

Susan Vance Hjelm, Lake Park


Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Diana Hanson, Johnston

Kent Weaver, Clive


State Board of Tax Review

Jill Sanchez, LeClaire


Technology Advisory Council

Timothy Peterson, Des Moines


Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission

Richard Bruner, Ventura


Title Guaranty Division Board

Patricia Schneider, Des Moines

Daniel Sueufferlein, North Liberty


Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

Robbyn Graves, Dyersville

David Vander Horst, Pella


Board of Veterinary Medicine

Dewayne Rahe, Dyersville


Vision Iowa Board

James Davidson, Burlington

Mark Murphy, Cherokee

Carrie Tedore, Dubuque



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