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The Coralville Courier Endorses Reed for U.S. Senate

In watching the latter half of the GOP Primary Senate debate last night on IPTV, it was obvious - George Eichhorn is a politician, and Chrisopher Reed is not.  If Steve Rathje had bothered to show up, there would be a comment about him as well.

Eichhorn gave answers a politician gives, Reed did not.  That's a slam on career politician mentality, not on Reed's intellect.  Both men are capable, but if you were to put a wager on who would best represent the interests of Iowans, put your money and your vote on Reed.

Christopher_reedThat's what's appealing in this primary race, Iowans have a chance to send new blood to Washington, as our founding fathers intended.  Career politicians are exactly what's wrong with Washington, they no longer listen to people and sadly they're out of touch.  We need more farmers and common sense in Washington, not more lawyers and legalese angle approaches to issues. 

Here's another appeal:  Eichhorn waves his list of legislator endorsements as a banner to show us he's capable of dealing and negotiating with liberals.  Reed doesn't want to negotiate, he wants to DEFEAT liberals and their ways.  He rejects their premises, and that's the kind of leader we need in Washington.


Teahen fails to address charges issued against him

Opting for personal attack instead of substance, Peter Teahen issued a press release on Thursday in an attempt to quell charges issued against him by David Tredrea.

BACKGROUND:  David Tredrea, from the United Kingdom is an experienced front-line disaster response professional.  He and Peter Teahen worked in Darfur together.  Tredrea has called into question Teahen's professional profile, to include Mr. Teahen's claims of experience and credentials.

It's interesting to note that Peter Teahen has gone on the attack of Tredrea, instead of directly addressing the charges issued against him and nipping this whole thing in the proverbial butt.  That would be the wisest and most expedient course of action would it not?

Where's your M.A. degree Teahen?  Show us your credentials.  You've also claimed you were a deputy medical examiner during the Oklahoma City bombing, where's the proof there?  You have to be a licensed physician in the state of Oklahoma to be an examiner, where are your credentials?  You claim to have looked down the barrel of a 50 caliber machine gun aimed at you by bandits in Darfur.  Why haven't any response team members corroborated your story?

In his press release, Teahen attempted a complete redirect by bringing in a letter that Martin McCann CEO of RedR-UK provided that "sets the record straight."  It does nothing of the sort.  Nobody has said that Teahen hasn't done some good work in his disaster response efforts.   The RedR letter commends Peter for some work he did.  OK, fine.  But the letter does absolutely nothing to address the specific charges levied against Teahen, the questions of resume embellishment, of story telling, of outright fabrication.  Teahen has some serious ethics charges hanging over his head and he has completely failed to provide of any substance whatsoever to support his own claims.

Teahen, his very questionable history (which by the way has been independently researched), and the political game of dodgeball he has chosen to play is the very kind of stuff voters are just sick and tired of.

We don't want to send somebody with questionable character to Washington.  We don't want to send somebody who won't give us straight up answers to Washington.  We don't want to send someone, who uses a rather liberal approach in rhetoric, to Washington.  Republicans in the Second District deserve much better.

We're not the only ones asking questions and finding Teahan's "answers" unsatisfactory either:

Krusty Konservative

Battleground Iowa


National Kidney Foundation of Iowa gives $775,000 for UI research

The National Kidney Foundation of Iowa recently made a gift of $775,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation to advance kidney research in the UI Division of Nephrology.

John B. Stokes, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Nephrology, a unit of the Department of Internal Medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, said the endowment established by the gift will greatly enhance the division's laboratory and clinical research.

"This gift will help us in our efforts to discover the causes of kidney disease and to search for treatments and cures," Stokes said. "We are very grateful and honored that the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa chose to direct this important gift to the University of Iowa."

The National Kidney Foundation of Iowa is one of 51 affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, national voluntary health agency serving all of Iowa and Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois.

The gift establishes the Battles Kidney Disease Research Fund. The gift, named in memory of the late Vivian Battles of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, was presented at Community Health Charities Iowa's "Celebrating Partnerships" event April 18 in Coralville, Iowa. UI Health Care and the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa are among the 19 health-related charities represented by Community Health Charities Iowa.

The UI Division of Nephrology provides clinical, teaching and research programs that serve individuals and families throughout the Midwest as well as nationally and internationally.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation visit http://www.uiowafoundation.org.

Editor's Note:  This is outstanding news and donations such as this are not uncommon folks.  You just don't see enough of these kinds of stories in the mainstream media.  You're more likely to see a story about some government-handout-loving-college-department-egghead whining about a need for more taxpayer money for pet educational programs than a story such as you've just read.  So the next time you hear some legislator or college legislator beating the drum for taxpayer money, ask them if they've knocked on private organization and non-profits doors first.


How well do voters know Peter Teahen?

Peter_teahenA Cedar Rapids, Iowa, funeral home director is running for Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District.

Peter Teahen, 54, is facing off against two other Republican hopefuls to unseat U.S. Representatuve Dave Loebsack, a liberal Democrat from Mount Vernon.  The GOP primary is June 3rd.

Teahen is recognized for his work in the Cedar Rapids community, as well as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.  Sporting an eight page resume filled with involvement in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, Teahen has appeared on national and international television as a spokesman for the Red Cross.

While his list of accomplishments and experiences look impressive on paper, how well do voters really know Peter Teahen?

Peter_teahen_julie_thomasNot on Peter's resume is the fact that he was a registered Democrat until December of 2007 when he decided to run for Congress.  In 2002 he supported liberal Democrat Julie Thomas, in her bid to unseat Republican Jim Leach.  According to OpenSecrets.org donor records, Teahen contributed $250 to her campaign.  Teahen also supported Democrat Mike Blouin in his 2006 primary run for Governor.

One of Teahen's campaign ads currently running on television makes the claim that he is a conservative Republican.  But many area Republicans are finding it difficult to see how Teahen developed core conservative values when considering Teahen's support for the pro-abortion Julie Thomas and the pro-union Blouin.  Coupled with Teahen's recent registration switch to the Republican party in December 2007, it's understandable then why Teahen's conservative credentials are questioned by area Republican voters.

In a review of the Congressional hopeful's professional profile, some of his claims are something else voters might find to be suspect.  Resume embellishment, while perhaps more common in the business world than not, is something that some folks resort to in attempting to land a job.  But we're not talking about the business world in this case.  Teahen is applying for the job of representing Iowans and the core values of duty, honor, and family.  Voters will have to determine if Mr. Teahen is all he says he is in stump speeches and has done all that he has put to paper.

One example open to scrutiny is on his resume under the heading of Education.  Mr. Teahen lists Liberty University, Lychburg, VA.  M.A., Human Services Management.  Postgraduate studies. According to Transcript Verification Officer Deborah Stone at Liberty, "Peter Teahen has not received his MA degree and has not met his requirements for graduation at this time.  He is not currently enrolled." Despite not having earned his MA degree, Teahen lists it as a credential as a member of an academic board at the University of Iowa.

In another example, Teahen listed himself as the Deputy Medical Examiner in the Oklahoma City bombing, April, 1995.  http://peterteahenforcongress.com/personal.pdf

Not so according to Oklahoma authority.  There is no record of Peter Teahen being employed by the Medical Examiners office during that time frame.  Further, medical examiners in Oklahoma are by law required to be a physician licensed to practice medicine in that state.  In conducting a records research, Peter Teahen is not a licensed physician in Oklahoma.  Members of the medical examiners agency have indicated that Peter Teahen was in the Oklahoma City area at the time of the incident, but did not have any role in any capacity with the agency.

In yet another example, Teahen claims to have looked into a machine gun and being physically close to Janjaweed bandits (the bad guys) in Darfur. From the Teahen campaign website: '"When this campaign gets heated this fall, staring into the eyes of a liberal PAC-funded professor-congressman will be a breeze compared to the time I stared into that 50-caliber machine gun in Darfur," he said.'

Is such supposed heroism nothing more than a Hillary Clinton sniper fire in Bosnia moment? One would think that if Mr. Teahen had indeed come face-to-face with Janjaweed bandits and found himself staring down the barrel of a 50 caliber machine gun, that someone on his team could corroborate his story.  No one has.  Surely nobody else on his team could keep such a story quiet for 12 months right?  Surely such a story would have been featured somewhere before now.

Make no mistake, Peter Teahen's business experience is a plus and he's done some great things in his work with the Red Cross.  But do we need our representative in Congress to have a questionable past?  One has to wonder what the Democrat opposition will do with such cannon fodder.

It looks like the Democrats have already started their attack.  Peter Teahen has been charged by Democrats to be in violation of advertising/election law, for massaging a Teahen Funeral Home ad, into a political campaign piece:  HEADLINE:  Republican accused of election violation

Is this the kind of 'leader' Republicans want on the ballot in November?



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Commonwealth Fund report: Iowa leads nation in children's health care

A "scorecard" issued today by the Commonwealth Fund shows that Iowa ranks first in the United States in health care for children.

The top five ranked states are Iowa, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The authors of the report say millions more American children would be covered by health insurance, have better access to health care services, and avoid developmental delays if all states performed as well as the leading states.

"All Iowans can be proud of this remarkable accomplishment," said Jean Robillard, M.D., University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs. "This achievement is the result of the commitment, dedication and collaboration of many partners across the state, and we are proud of the contribution of the University of Iowa and our partners across the state to this outstanding ranking."

The report, "U.S. Variations In Child Health System Performance: A State Scorecard," ranked states on 13 indicators for children grouped in categories that include access, quality, costs, equity and healthy outcomes. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation supporting independent research on health policy reform and a high-performance health system.


Barta, Ferentz issue statements on action by Johnson County Attorney's Office

Director of Athletics Gary Barta:

Barta"This has been a difficult situation for everyone involved. From the day we learned about the incident, I have been deeply concerned and we have taken it seriously.

"Our first concern was for the young woman. As part of the process, all staff involved worked to follow university procedures and protocol. I am very confident that happened. Last fall, everything was turned over to the proper authorities in full cooperation of the legal process.

"I look forward to being able to explain the handling of this matter more completely in the near future."

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Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz:

Ferentz"This situation has always been serious and significant. I am concerned for everyone involved.

"Abe and Cedric left the football program last fall after several meetings with me. Because this is still a legal matter and the information is sensitive, I cannot discuss the specifics of those conversations at this time.

"From the beginning, I have worked directly with Gary Barta and University officials to make certain that procedures and protocol were followed."


UI obtains warrants in sexual assault case

IOWA CITY -- The University of Iowa Police Department, in concert with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has obtained warrants for the arrest of Cedric D Everson III for Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Abeberell "Abe" Bradford Satterfield for Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. The arrest warrants are for incidents that occurred on Oct. 14, 2007 on the UI campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The Johnson County Attorney has authorized extradition from out of state for these warrants.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa City Police Department and the Johnson County Attorney's Office assisted the UI Police Department in the investigation.

Everson and Satterfield no longer live in Iowa City. The victim no longer resides in Iowa City.

The UI became aware of the incident on Oct. 14, 2007. The victim later contacted law enforcement and a criminal investigation began in November 2007. The investigation continued into 2008.

The Johnson County Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the safety and wellbeing of the reported victim was paramount in the decision about when to file the charges.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Mercer Park Aquatic Center turns 20!

Everyone is invited to the 20th birthday party of the Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Wednesday May 28, 2008 from 6-8pm. There will be free open swimming, water games bubbles, party hat crafts, Cake and more. There will also be live music by Mike Havercamp. Please plan on attending this festive event! Kids 5th grade and under must be accompanied by a caregiver at least 16 years of age! For more information please call the Iowa City Recreation Division at 356-5100.


The Coralville Courier Endorses Miller-Meeks for U.S. Congress

MillermeeksThe story of Mariannette Miller-Meeks is All-American.  Her background as the 4th child of eight, a soldier, a nurse-turned-medical-doctor is a good old fashioned heartfelt American story of hard work and determination leading to success.

Miller-Meeks represents Iowa core values and she's the best that the Republican Party has to offer for service to Iowa and the Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She has the judgement, training, and experience to tackle the tough issues of health care, national defense, and economic development.