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April 2010

More evidence Janelle Rettig misled voters about being a fiscal conservative

“It is our No. 1 trails project and I think we should finish it,” Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig said in reference to completing phase two of the Dubuque Street Trail despite having a budget shortfall of $43,000.

U.S. Sen. Grassley: Nearly $7.6 million loan guarantee to Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Chuck Grassley said today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development is awarding a $7,568,000 loan guarantee to Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative in Albia through the Electric Guaranteed Loan program.

“This investment in rural America’s utilities and cooperatives should help improve service to rural customers,” Grassley said.

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative will use the loan guarantee to help serve 320 new consumers, build 30 miles of new distribution lines, make improvements to 41 miles of distribution lines, and make other system improvements.

The Electric Guaranteed Loan program assists rural areas in the financing of construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service, as well as demand side management, energy conservation programs and on-grid renewable energy systems.

Each year, thousands of local Iowa organizations, colleges and universities, individuals and state agencies apply for competitive grants and loans from the federal government. The funding is then awarded based on each local organization or individual’s ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity.

Editor's Note:  Apparently none of the incumbent/career politicians in Washington get it, being in the loan business is not a proper role of government and this country simply cannot afford anymore of this kind of spending and 'government will provide' mentality.  It's unsustainable!  The Department of Agriculture should NOT be handing out competitive grant awards like a knight giving table scraps to a serf!  Cities and states should NOT be spending taxpayer money, time and resources on developing proposals to ask for money that should be staying in the communities it came from!  This country is going bankrupt and Grassley is proudly announcing handouts!  That's a liberal thing to do!  Bringing home the bacon is a PROBLEM, not a solution.................  And what do you bet that this Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative outfit promised it's users that it would be self-sufficient?  Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.

Branstad campaign: Branstad to host campus rally, barnstorm district conventions and attend second GOP gubernatorial debate

URBANDALE, IA. -- Former Gov. Terry Branstad will attend the following events on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1:

Friday, April 30, 2010

9:30 a.m. Governor Branstad holds Students for Branstad Cyclone Rally
Iowa State University Campus
Scheman Building, Room 179
Ames, IA

6:30 p.m. Governor Branstad attends Scott County Republican Meet the Candidates Rally with Michael Reagan
Starlight Ballroom
Mississippi Valley Fairgounds
2815 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA
(NOTE: Doors open 5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 1, 2020
9:30 a.m. Governor Branstad address 1st District GOP Convention
Grand River Center
500 Bell Ave.
Dubuque, IA

11:45 p.m. Governor Branstad addresses 4th District GOP Convention
Alden Community High School
1903 N. Taylor Ave.
Iowa Falls, IA

3:30 p.m. Governor Branstad participates in the Iowa Broadcast News Association’s GOP
Gubernatorial Primary Debate
Cedar Rapids Marriott
1200 Collins Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA

For more information on the Governor Branstad 2010 campaign, please visit

Branstad Campaign: Branstad to be honored by veterans group, host veterans BBQ on Monday

URBANDALE, IA. -- Former Gov. Terry Branstad will be honored during a press conference Monday by members of the Veterans Outreach Program, a group that assists veterans in finding employment in the Quad Cities area. Joining them will be members of the Branstad 2010 Veterans Coalition.

Following the press conference, the governor is inviting all Iowa military veterans, active duty personnel, and soldiers' families to a BBQ at campaign headquarters in Urbandale. The BBQ is free of charge. Branstad is the only veteran in the race for Iowa governor (U.S. Army, ’69-’71). Event details are as follows:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gov. Terry Branstad honored by Veterans Outreach Program
Branstad 2010 Campaign Headquarters
3590 109th St.
Urbandale, IA

Noon Branstad BBQ with Iowa Veterans
Branstad 2010 Campaign Headquarters
3590 109th St.
Urbandale, IA

For more information on the Governor Branstad 2010 campaign, please visit

I-JOBS Contract With Frew Nations Group Needs Review

Management contract with Governor Culver’s outgoing Chief-of Staff, John Frew, needs review

MUSCATINE, IA. -- Ed Failor, Jr., President of Iowans for Tax Relief, delivered the letter below today to W. Charles Smithson, Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, to request a review of Governor Culver’s Chief-of-Staff Mr. John Frew and his company Frew Nations Group.

“Deals like this do not pass the smell test. The Iowans who foot the bill for government do not like even the appearance of cronyism. Actions like this cause Iowans to not trust their government. Today I sent this letter to W. Charles Smithson to stand up for taxpayers who need answers,” said Ed Failor, Jr., President of Iowans for Tax Relief.

April 29, 2010

Mr. W. Charles Smithson
Executive Director and Legal Counsel
Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board
510 East 12th Street, Suite 1A
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
    Re: John Frew Contract

Dear Mr. Smithson:

I am writing this letter in response to recent reports in the Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette regarding the contract between Frew Nations Group and the City of Cedar Rapids to manage the downtown convention facility.

John Frew was hired to serve as Chief of Staff to the Governor in July 2009, and began his position in September 2009. As the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Frew was responsible for managing the day to day business within the Governor’s office, as well as advising the Governor on various policy matters. A centerpiece of the Governor’s legislative package in 2009 was the I-JOBS program. The I-JOBS program was developed by the Governor’s office and, presumably, Mr. Frew had an active role in its implementation and oversight.

The City of Cedar Rapids applied for I-JOBS funding in August 2009 and received approval for $15 million dollars to partially fund a convention center. The funds were distributed to the City in March 2010. Shortly after the City of Cedar Rapids received I-JOBS funding, Mr. Frew announced his resignation from state government, citing a desire to “return to the private sector.” Days later, the City signed a contract with Frew Nations Group for the management of the downtown facility. Mr. Frew is a principal and owner of Frew Nations Group.

While I will not suggest to know the specific details of the transaction or how it was negotiated, I believe this situation warrants further investigation to ensure various ethical rules and statutes were not violated. Specifically, the contract awarded to Frew Nations Group may fall within the prohibitions of Iowa Code Section 68B.7, as Mr. Frew is now receiving compensation for activities for which he had a direct responsibility, namely the I-JOBS program. Additionally, given the unusual timeline of the transaction, the taxpayers should be assured that this contract was not negotiated during Mr. Frew’s working hours or using other state resources in violation of Iowa Code chapter 68B.2A.

Again, I want to reiterate that I am not suggesting any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Frew or Frew Nations Group. However, Mr. Frew’s position as Chief of Staff, combined with the unusual timing of the contract with Frew Nations Group, warrants further review to ensure that not only the letter of the law was followed, but the spirit and intent as well.


Ed Failor, Jr.
Iowans for Tax Relief

Click here to see the actual letter.

Gettemy Announces His Staunch Support of Second Amendment

Highlights he “not only believes in the Second Amendment, but lives the Second Amendment”
Points out that high crime areas restrict rights of gun owners

Rob_gettemy In a new web video released today, Rob Gettemy, Republican candidate for US Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District talks at the Hawkeye Downs gun show about strong support for the Second Amendment—the right to keep and bear arms.

Gettemy, an avid hunter and handgun enthusiast, holds concealed carry permits in Iowa, Utah, and Florida.

"A lot of people talk about how important the second amendment is...or they pose for a quick picture. I don't just believe in the Second Amendment, I carry it with me every day."

The video is available online at, and also at

You can also click here for to download, email, or embed the video to share.

Check back for more video releases on a wide range of issues facing the 2nd District.
Rob Gettemy lives in Marion, IA with his wife and two teenaged sons.  He is a successful entrepreneur who teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa.  Rob was recently designated as being a Young Gun ‘on the radar’ by the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).

It's a Big Lie! The Amnesty Debate Won't Help Obama and Democrats

"Professor Kris Kobach, the primary author of the Arizona law, pointed out the law only kicks in when a police officer already has made a lawful contact with the person such as stopping him for breaking another law.  The cops can't randomly stop people because of their race or ethnicity and say, 'Give me your papers.'  Anyone who reports that is lying through their teeth." - Rush Limbaugh

County supervisors committed to spending money they don't have to complete a bike trail

Wish list item (not a true need):  Dubuque Street Trail

Estimated cost for phase two of trail construction according to the county:  $470,000

Money the county has on hand in its trails fund: $427,000 (Did you know the county has taken that much taxpayer money - your money - for trails?)

Budget shortfall:  $43,000

This isn't the only trails project on the books folks, and you have been giving the county your hard-earned money for trails since fiscal year 2008.  Did you know you so much money was being dedicated to trails and at the sacrifice of true needs?  Meanwhile, they raise your taxes for pay raises and government land grabs!  Isn't that nice?  

Instead of making some real budget cuts during lean economic times and dwindling pools of state/federal funding due to fiscal mismanagement, county officials have identified the Dubuque Street Trail as the county’s No. 1 priority for trails projects.  Apparently they'll tax you even more to get it done by this fall.

Damn the true needs, we want that bike trail!

Current liberal leadership lacks common sense

"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823