Former Davenport City Administrator Jim Pierce appears to be the top candidate for his old job in Ohio, a prospect that raises questions about the work of an executive-search firm he hired.
One day after he submitted his resignation to the City of Davenport, Pierce was in Huber Heights, Ohio, as one of four finalists for its city-manager position.

Although he won't be lounging in an open convertible with Eric Clapton at the wheel like on the cover of his new album, the legendary B.B. King will be riding into Davenport in his custom bus next week. The elder statesman of the blues is returning to the Adler Theater on Monday for a 7:30 pm stop on his 75th birthday tour.

Tired of piles of credit-card offers in the mail? Wondering who is checking on your credit and why? Four of the national credit-information bureaus - Experian, Innovus, Equifax, and Trans Union - have joined to offer a toll-free service allowing consumers to have their names blocked from unwanted credit inquires for two years.

While we're waiting for the votes to be tabulated in Florida, maybe we can cast ballots on this: Is Internet voting the panacea for what ails us?
Ever since interactive Web sites became a reality, Internet voting has been like the early days of the laser beam - a solution looking for a problem.

Even with the ultimate result still unclear, last week's election showed some contradictory things about the state of progressive politics in the United States: They still matter, and there's a lot of work to do if the movement is going to overcome its fragmentation.

Nearly two-thirds of Scott County voters decided the fate and direction their country, state, and county will take in the future. Of 112,075 registered voters in Scott County, 63 percent cast ballots. A mere 56 percent of voters (24,530 out of 13,729) in Bettendorf and a disheartening 49 percent (32,588 out of 66,685) in Davenport could be bothered to vote.

Mike Bladel's short, strange trip from Scott County sheriff (and unopposed candidate for re-election) to Davenport police chief ended November 1 with a unanimous stamp of approval from the city council. But the ease of confirmation didn't wipe away lingering questions about the failure of a nationwide search, the actions of the city administrator, and the motivation for Bladel's move east down Fourth Street.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Evans: I would use the budget surplus to ensure the future of Social Security and Medicare, as well as provide a prescription-drug benefit under Medicare.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Moroney: Teacher-pay legis lation should not dilute local control; parents need more options for their children, not fewer.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Ryan: Taxes - property, pension, Social Security benefits, federal deductability.

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