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Senator Grassley to be on WOC Talk Radio 1420 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 16 July 2012 14:09
Monday, July 16, 2012

Here is information about Senator Grassley’s schedule this week.  The Senate is in session.

Senator Grassley will meet with Iowans from the Conservation Districts of Iowa, Cedar Valley Hospice, Christians United for Israel, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the National Downs Syndrome Congress, and  the National Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals.

He also will meet with Iowa students from Waverly, Spirit Lake, and Carroll.

Senator Grassley will meet with Iowa families visiting Washington from Ankeny, Treynor, Pella, Nevada, Cedar Rapids, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Pella, Randalia, Auburn, Waukon, Goose Lake, Altoona, Waterloo, and West Des Moines.

Senator Grassley will be a guest this week on public affairs programs hosted by Mike Savage on KBUR Radio in Burlington, Jim Fischer on WOC Radio in Davenport, and Fred Hoffman of KCPS Radio in Burlington.

On Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in an Agriculture Committee oversight hearing regarding the Dodd-Frank financial reform enacted two years ago.  Gary Gensler, the Chairman of the Commodities Future Trading Commission is scheduled to testify.  Senator Grassley will question the Chairman about the CFTC’s oversight of Peregrine Financial in Cedar Falls, which has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, with $215 million in customer funds missing.  The CFTC is responsible for regulating commodity markets, and the Agriculture Committee has legislative and oversight responsibility for the CFTC.

On Wednesday, July 18, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in a Judiciary Committee hearing on Improving Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System.  Senator Grassley is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.  In 1997, Senator Grassley took on the cause of Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, a whistleblower who exposed problems with the FBI crime lab, which had lost accreditation due to its shortcomings in forensic science and led to landmark reform recommendations from the Inspector General for the Department of Justice.  Today, Senator Grassley is questioning the FBI and the Justice Department to obtain more information about what has led to the present-day largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI due to flawed forensic work in federal and local cases nationwide.

On Wednesday, July 18, at 10 a.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in a mark-up by the Finance Committee of international trade legislation, including the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion (ENFORCE) Act; Citrus, Cotton and Wool Trust Funds; amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), technical corrections to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) ; Burma Sanctions; and Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Russia and Moldova.

On Wednesday, July 18, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), Senator Grassley will participate in a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control about Responding to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic.  Senator Grassley is co-chair of the drug caucus.  According to a recent survey by Monitoring the Future, a University of Michigan study of U.S. students and young adults funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana.

On Thursday, July 19, at 10 a.m. (ET), in Dirksen 226, Senator Grassley will participate in the Judiciary Committee’s weekly executive business meeting.  The nomination of Frank Paul Geraci Jr. to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York, Fernando M. Olguin to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, Malachy Edward Mannion to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Matthew W. Brann to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Charles R. Breyer to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission may be considered.  In addition, S.285, a bill for the relief of Sopuruchi Chukwueke, and S.3276, the Federal Aviation Administration Sunsets Extension Act of 2012 may be considered by committee members.

Iowa wins! State notches top spot with #TopStatesIA in CNBC’s “Top States Twitter Battle” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:23

(DES MOINES) – Iowa is the victor in CNBC’s “Top States Twitter Battle,” garnering more than 35% of the vote using #TopStatesIA.

Tweets using the #TopStatesIA were sent from a broad spectrum of businesses, individuals, news organizations, public officials, associations, schools, and other interested parties. The #TopStatesIA Twitter stream was displayed multiple times this week on CNBC as part of their coverage.

“This week was a great exercise in Iowans coming together for a common cause and is a really positive way to showcase Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad. “We saw thousands of Tweets from all across the state promoting Iowa, and it’s clear that Iowans are proud of their state. The lieutenant governor and I are happy that we won this Twitter battle, and the credit goes to all Iowans who took part.”

CNBC made the announcement immediately following today’s closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

In addition to engaging on Twitter, CNBC offered each governor the opportunity to record an “elevator pitch” video and submit it as part of the campaign.

As of the stock market’s closing bell today, Gov. Branstad’s video was the most-viewed of any video submitted in the contest.

Produced in the Iowa governor’s office, the brief video explains why Iowa is a top state for business. The video is found here:

The Twitter battle and video were a part of the CNBC “Top States for Doing Business” annual rankings show. This high-profile, yearly ranking of all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness was developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness.

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Clearfly Communications, Inc. and Midland Communications Announce Strategic Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Dufour   
Friday, 29 June 2012 10:24
Companies Team Up to Deliver World-Class SIP Solution

DAVENPORT, IA - June 28, 2012 - Clearfly Communications, the premier carrier and leading national provider of  SIP trunking, announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Midland Communications, a leading unified communications provider. The companies have aligned in order to provide small and medium size businesses in under-serviced suburban markets with "large business" like voice, data, and mobile services at a cost that is affordable and in a package that is manageable.
SIP is an IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), internet based protocol originally designed for call set-up and control.  According to the SIP RFC, the protocol defines how two or more end-points can negotiate to set up and control a communications connection that suits the capabilities of the devices and the needs of its users.  In simple terms, SIP supports any form of real-time communication regardless of whether the content is voice, video, instant messaging, or a collaboration application.  Additionally, SIP enables users to inform others of their status, their availability, and how they can be contacted before a communication is even initiated.
SIP trunking may deliver a myriad of benefits, yet the driving factor behind its widespread adoption is the substantial cost savings which it provides to entrepreneurs and enterprises alike. Several smaller organizations can leverage SIP trunks in order to gain access to new features and functionality, such as Caller ID, Local DIDs, etc., which were previously excessively expensive or reserved exclusively for large companies. SIP is leveling the playing field and has successfully brought enterprise-class solutions to small to mid-sized business (SMB) looking to compete with larger companies in their industry.
Many larger enterprise sized companies have taken note and are also taking a hard look at SIP trunks. With many large organizations looking for new ways to increase profitability and secure a strong foothold in their industry, SIP is coming under the microscope quite often. SIP improves efficiency and consolidates cost across all areas of an organization's network which makes it much easier for companies to focus on mission-critical areas of the business, rather than funneling money to business communications systems.  In fact, many enterprises are harnessing the power of SIP in order to edge out their competitors and secure their spot at the forefront of their industry.
"Midland Communications is an outstanding match," said Chris Hunter, North American Sales Director for Clearfly Communications.  "Midland Communications is an exemplary organization and we're proud to be working with them. They understand how important it is to provide their customers with quality service and we believe that's why they've been so successful over the past several years."
As a leading provider of Unified Communications solutions, Midland Communications offers an array of technology that helps their customers achieve their strategic business objectives. Now an authorized dealer for Clearfly Communications products, Midland Communications will drive SIP IP PBX sales in the region.

Midland Communications began more than 60 years ago in 1946 as the Worldwide Marketing Arm of Victor-Animagraph Projectors. In 1977 a communications division was formed due to a partnership with NEC America. Today, As a distributor of NEC America, for 33 years, Midland Communications has a customer base of more than 3,000 satisfied customers that include general businesses, government agencies, Universities, colleges, hospitals, and hotels.
Midland provides a wide range of communication services including VOIP, PBX and key systems, Wide Area and Local Area networking, computers, Computer integration, voice mail, CCIS, and video conferencing and paging systems. Our philosophy is simple, provide quality products at a fair price, backed by an average emergency response time of twenty minutes, and the best service in the industry. For more information on Midland Communications, call (563) 326-1237 or visit

Utilizing the most advanced voice services technology, Clearfly provides SMB (small-medium business) customers with communications service packages that include local, long-distance, toll-free, fax-to-email and Internet access. We also provide our customers with easy to manage services, simple to understand bills, and low flat rate pricing for predictability. For more information please visit or call (406) 794-0223.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:35

internship pic.jpg MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT is delighted to announce that Kristy Anne Phillipson has been awarded the 2012 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship.  “Every year it is our pleasure to present this award to a student pursuing a career in broadcasting.  Ms. Phillipson  is not only studying broadcasting but has been involved as an intern at a commercial broadcaster and involved in Westerns on air programming” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.

Ms Phillipson has been an intern at KWQC, a reporter for Black Hawk Colleges’ student newspaper, a reporter for university television programming at Western Illinois University and a reporter for the Courier Reporter.

Upon hearing about the award Ms. Phillipson said “As a senior in the broadcasting department at Western Illinois University in Macomb. I am honored and deeply grateful that I was chosen for this scholarship. It will help me pay for my final year at Western.  It will definitely take some of the stress off. Thanks so much for choosing me as the recipient of the WQPT Broadcast scholarship.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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Author David Dorris Book Signing Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Miler   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:32

WHEN: 6/30/12

TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: David R. Collins Writers' Conference Book Fair, Rogalski Center Ground Floor, St Ambroase University, 518 W Locust St Davenport, IA 52803

WHAT: Dorris, a resident of Davenport, IA, will be available to sign copies of his book, Life is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It.

Fear not, for in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, author David Dorris shows you how to approach life's problems and that making the right choices is easier than you think.
Life is like a baseball game where the pitcher is constantly throwing you curveballs. As this is the case, do you want to simply be a spectator, or do you want to get in the game and face life head-on? Although it may sound simple sometimes, life is not an easy game to play. There are many challenges to overcome and many choices you have to make.
None of you have a choice as to how you come into the world; however, you do have a choice as to the kind of life you live. Follow David in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, and find out for yourself how you too can knock life's curveballs out of the park.

For more information, contact Jim Miller at 888-361-9473 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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