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July 2009

Senator Dodd has prostate cancer

Dodd Senator Chris Dodd (Liberal - Connecticut), one of the leading advocates of total U.S. health care reform, revealed today that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

According to reports the prostate cancer was caught early and he will be fine.  That's good news.  His surgery is scheduled for early August.

One of the biggest critics of health care in this country, Dodd has pushed hard for the *public option,* a.k.a. Obamacare, a government-run insurance program.  He has also pushed for an "employer mandate" requiring the public option. 

Question:  So given how critical Dodd has been about health care in the U.S., about how our health care is sooooooooo bad and in *crisis*, will Senator Dodd be getting his prostate cancer surgery done in England or Canada? 

Hey Dodd - The kind of socialized medicine program you and your ilk are trying to push on us (members of congress not participating by the way) would NOT have allowed for the early detection of prostate cancer!


GDP continues to shrink

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- decreased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the second quarter of 2009, (that is, from the first quarter to the second), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at

College Republican Leadership Summit to Begin this Weekend

DES MOINES, IA. -- The Iowa Federation of College Republicans executive board is proud to partner with the Wisconsin College Republicans to host the first annual Leadership Summit this weekend at the Maquoketa Caves in Iowa.

The summit is aimed to help College Republicans throughout the Midwest by focusing on many relevant topics to successfully lead campus chapters. CR's nationwide have created successful organizations by establishing creative and efficient plans that revolve around recruitment, chapter maintenance, fundraising, and the use of technology.

With that in mind, organizers of the event have decided to hold workshops and have College Republican leaders from the past and present serve as speakers throughout the weekend. Each individual will share their unique tactics that led to success in their experiences as leaders in the CR movement. Participants will also get an update from the Republican Party of Iowa and Wisconsin.

Iowa CR Chairman Dane Nealson predicts nearly 50 College Republicans will be in attendance. He also emphasized that CR's from at least three other states in the Midwest will also be joining participants from Iowa and Wisconsin.

Below is the most up-to-date schedule for the weekend:

Friday, July 31st

6:00. Welcome

6:30. Dinner Starts

7:30. Shenanigans

Saturday, August 1st

9:00. Welcome/ Breakfast

9:30. Iowa Federation of College Republicans…1

Dane Nealson: Iowa Federation of College Republicans, Chairman

9:40. Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans…2

Lora Rae Anderson: Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, Chairman

9:50. College Republican National Committee…3

Zach Howell: College Republican National Committee, Chairman

10:10. Conservative Student Government…4

Dane Nealson: Iowa Federation of College Republicans *On Behalf of William Penn College Republicans

10:30. CR’s role in campaigning and how it can benefit your club and your career …5

Alex Hansen: Marquette University College Republicans, Chairman

11:00. Republican Party of Iowa…6

Jason Hutcheson: Republican Party of Iowa

11:10: Republican Party of Wisconsin…7

Kristen Wall: Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, Vice Chairman

11:20. Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans Business…8

11:50: Lunch

1:40. Chapter Fundraising …9

Jeremy Hagen: College Republican National Committee, Co- Chairman

2:10. Event Fundraising…10

Lora Rae Anderson: Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, Chairman

Ingrid Bisenius: Iowa Federation of College Republicans, Events Coordinator

2:40. Chapter Recruitment …11

Greg Baker: Iowa Federation of College Republicans, Former Chairman

3:00. Chapter Maintenance…12

Bobby Hamill: UW- Eau Claire College Republicans, Chairman

3:20. Question and Answer Session with Bobby and Greg

3:30. Internship Panel…13

Bobby Hamill: UW- Eau Claire College Republicans, Chairman

Ingrid Bisenius: Iowa Federation of College Republicans, Events Coordinator

Dane Nealson: Iowa Federation of College Republicans, Chairman

Alex Hansen: Marquette University College Republicans, Chairman

Kristen Wall: Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, Vice Chairman

Matt Sexton: Iowa Federation of College Republicans, Vice Chairman

4:00. Fun and Exploring

Road Construction - Riverside Drive

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Today, Friday, July 31, 2009, and on Monday, August 3, 2009 and Tuesday, August 4, 2009, southbound traffic on Riverside Drive will be reduced to a single of traffic just north of Burlington Street during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate the removal of deck forms from the Burlington Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to allow extra travel time as delays may be possible. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Please take the time to look at the Health Bill, HR 3200

This is Government intrusion on privacy and choice.

Pg 22 of the HC Bill mandates the Government will audit books of all employers that self insure.

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - A Government committee will decide what treatments/benefits a person may receive.

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE WILL BE RATIONED!

Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you.

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

Pg 58 HC Bill - Government will have real-time access to individual's finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 - Government will have direct access to your bank accounts for election funds transfer.

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations (read: ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 - Government will create an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example � Translation for illegal aliens.

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 - The Government will use groups, i.e. ACORN & Americorps, to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specifics of Benefit Levels for Plans. AARP members your Health care WILL be rationed.

PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

pg 124 lines 24-25 HC - No company can sue Government on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Government Monopoly.

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/AMA � The Government will tell YOU what you can earn.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 - An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE.

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 - Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill - Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.)

Pg 195 HC Bill - Officers & employees of HC Admin (the GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans' finances and personal records.

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that.

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill - Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors - doesn't matter what specialty - will all be paid the same.

PG 253 Line 10-18 - Government sets value of Doctor's time, professional judgment, etc. Literally, value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131 - Government mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.

Pg 317 L 13-20 - OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Government tells Doctors what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 - PROHIBITION on expansion. Government will mandate hospitals cannot expand.

Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!

PG 425 Lines 4-12 - Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations.  Think Senior Citizens end of life prodding.

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 - Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in how to die.

PG 427 Lines 15-24 - Government mandates program for orders for end of life.  The Government has a say in how your life ends.

PG 429 Lines 10-12 - "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from the Government to end a life!

Page 472 Lines 14-17 - PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization. (Like ACORN?)

This bill would drive unemployment, taxes, and the deficit through the stratosphere. It would turn hospitals into the DMV, dramatically reduce our access to healthcare, let bureaucratic slime decide when it's time for us to die, and guarantee that no one in his right mind goes to medical school.  As for the damage this would do to individual liberty - let's just say that WE DON'T NEED SOCIALISM!

Thanks for taking the time on this important issue.

Call your elected officials!

Senator Grassley:  202-224-3744  
Senator Harking: 202-224-3254
Congressman Loebsack:  202-225-6576

~ Debra Derksen, Iowa City

Road Construction - Gilbert / Burlington Intersection

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Beginning early Tuesday, August 4, 2009, the intersection of Gilbert Street and Burlington Street will have various lane reductions. These lane reductions are necessary to facilitate the removal and replacement of the brick crosswalks. This work will be completed during early morning hours, and should be no later than 8:00 a.m. each day. It is anticipated the work will be completed by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2009.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to seek another route during this time period. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Party in the Park: Hunter's Run and North Market Square Parks

IOWA CITY, IA. -- The City's "Party in the Park" summer fun series wraps up next week with events at Hunter's Run Park and North Market Square Park.

On Tuesday, August 4, the party will be held at Hunter's Run Park on Duck Creek Drive in southwest Iowa City. Live music will be provided by the Mad River Duo, with performances of original jazz-influenced folk/blues with clarinet, guitars and vocals.

On Thursday, August 6, the party moves to North Market Square Park, at the intersection of Fairchild and Johnson Streets. The Clover Ridge Trio, an eclectic blend of violin, cello, guitar and voices, will perform. In addition to live music, there will be games, arts and crafts, and ice cream. Both events are free of charge.

The parties are sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Services Division. For more information, contact Joyce Carroll at Parks & Recreation at 356-5223 or Marcia Bollinger at Neighborhood Services at 356-5237.

Editor's Note:  Budget cuts anyone?

Gun Reported at Los Cocos - Shots Fired in Southeast-side Neighborhood

IOWA CITY, IA. -- A report of a man displaying a handgun at Los Cocos began an apparent chain-reaction of related events that culminated with numerous shots fired in a neighborhood on the southeast side of Iowa City.

At 1:58am today, police received a report from a female complainant that a man had just "pulled a gun" on her while she was at Los Cocos, 1921 Keokuk St. The caller further reported that the suspect was leaving in a tan Buick LeSabre and provided a license plate number. Responding officers stopped the suspect vehicle at the Suburban Amoco, 1905 Keokuk St. The vehicle was occupied by two persons. Another person, not from the vehicle, fled from police.

Dorrell anthony lyle The person fled across Highway 6 into a residential neighborhood. Officers pursued and apprehended him in the 1400 block of Plum St where he had fallen after breaking his ankle. The suspect had an active warrant for his arrest. Additionally, police seized three bags of marijuana with a total weight of 74 grams. Dorrell Anthony Lyle (date of birth: June 16, 1979) of 203 Myrtle Av #118 was arrested on the outstanding warrant. He was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for treatment of his fractured ankle and then to the Johnson County Jail. Iowa City Police filed the following additional charges:
• Controlled Substance Violation- Marijuana ("D" felony) per Iowa Criminal Code 124.401(1)(d);
Interference with Official Acts (simple misdemeanor) per Iowa Criminal Code 719.1;
• Intoxication/Consumption (simple misdemeanor) per Iowa Criminal Code 123.46.

Lyle apparently was not involved in the incident at Los Cocos or the stop of the suspect vehicle nearby. It seems he fled because police were saturating the area, he was wanted by police, and he was holding illegal drugs.

At the same time officers were pursuing and arresting Lyle, other officers were dealing with the occupants of the suspect vehicle. The two occupants of the vehicle were cooperative. No gun was located on their persons or in the vehicle. The complainant never presented herself to officers and calls to her cell phone went unanswered. Los Cocos staff was unable to assist. Police eventually allowed the two persons being detained to leave.

At 2:51am, police received a report from a female complainant at Town & Campus Apartments, 1100 Arthur St. The caller reported she had just been assaulted ("slapped") by a male known to her and that the suspect had just left in a gray car. The complainant said the suspect was a 29-year-old black male, short, medium build, and was wearing a blue and white baseball cap, a white t-shirt, and jeans. The complainant said she did not need an ambulance and was waiting near the driveway for officers. Responding officers did not locate the complainant and were told she had left. Police were unable to locate anyone who would provide any additional information.

At 3:58am, police responded to a report of shots being fired at 2650 Whispering Prairie Av. A caller reported that two suspects had approached from Nevada Av on foot and started shooting. Afterward, the suspects ran back toward Nevada Av. They were described as a dark-skinned black male with a goatee, and a second black male wearing a black shirt and shorts. Responding officers spoke with four persons at 2650 Whispering Prairie Av and were told the following:

The 33-year-old female resident of the home was the same complainant from the prior call at 1100 Arthur St. She reported she had been assaulted and threatened ("I'm going to kill you and your baby's daddy!") outside of Town & Campus Apartments by one of the two men who had been stopped by police earlier in the night. The men were upset about being stopped. Rather than speak with police who were responding to Arthur St, she had returned to her home on Whispering Prairie Av. She had been sitting outside in the driveway with friends when the same two men approached on foot. At least one of the men began firing a handgun toward the complainant and her guests. The complainant and her associates scrambled for safety and no one was shot. The suspects ran toward Nevada and were picked up by a female waiting for them in a car.

Officers recovered shell casings and bullet fragments. Four bullet strikes were also identified; two on a vehicle parked in the driveway and two on the house.

This is an active investigation and police are pursuing leads. Any witnesses to any part of the incident, or any persons with any information they believe may be useful to the investigation, are asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of either of these suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.