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Limited road construction awaits football fans, Hawkeye Express is an option

Football fans traveling to home games of the nationally ranked University of Iowa Hawkeye football team should experience few game-day traffic delays triggered by road construction on their way to historic Kinnick Stadium this fall. There are just two routes into the UI campus that will be affected by continuing construction.

Motorists who routinely exit Interstate 80 at Hayden Fry Way (First Avenue) in Coralville should note that construction of a new bridge over Clear Creek just two blocks north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Hayden Fry Way -– the corner that includes the UI Softball Complex -– will likely result in some delay to traffic both before and after games throughout the season.

Drivers entering the Iowa City area should also note that construction on Interstate 80 near Exit 244 (Dubuque Street) has limited the width of eastbound and westbound lanes. The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) indicates that there is occasional nighttime work that reduces traffic to one lane in either direction. This project is expected to be completed in late October.

Additional information and greater detail on highway construction in eastern Iowa is available at, IDOT’s official website.

Individuals who do not have season parking placards are reminded that the overwhelming majority of parking spaces available in University parking lots adjacent to or near historic Kinnick Stadium are reserved. They are urged to consult
for a comprehensive review of game-day parking options.

Football fans are also reminded that they can eliminate all the hassles of game-day parking by riding the Hawkeye Express to and from Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeye Express is a train that will begin service to Kinnick three hours before Iowa’s 11 a.m. games, and four hours before the Hawkeyes’ 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. games this season. Post-game service begins at the start of the fourth quarter and continues for two hours after the end of each game.

Hawkeye Express riders board the train at the depot near the Comfort Suites on U.S. Highway 6 near Coral Ridge Mall. Round-trip tickets are $10 for adults, while children 12 and under ride for free. Free parking is available in lots near the Comfort Suites, IHOP restaurant and Coral Ridge Mall.

Chez Grace announces updated Dinner menu information on website

CORALVILLE, IA. -- Chez Grace is pleased to announce an updated Dinner menu feature on the Chez Grace website.  The menu will change at least once a week and the prices will vary. 

Our menu selection highlights fresh fish from Seattle that’s shipped in weekly, we have fresh Foie Gras and Magret De Canard (Duck Breast) shipped in from New York.  We also feature locally raised Elk, Lamb and AMANA Beef.

Dinner scheduled for Friday, October 8th is full (seating 16 people), I can take one more reservation for a table of four, but on the waiting list.

All events and special dinners will be posted on our website and don’t forget to bookmark our Dinner menu page!

Thank you,

Chef David Zaghloul
Chez Grace
89 2nd st
Coralville, IA

ObamaCare about to tax country

"Obamacare is about to hit the country and I don't think a lot of people are fully aware of it, and it certainly hasn't been reflected yet in media coverage.  I'm not saying every company is going to end up passing on higher costs to their employees and I'm not saying that everyone's coverage is going to get worse, but I will predict that it's at least half." - Mark Belling

Gallup: GOP Has Largest Poll Lead Ever

A new Gallup poll shows Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the "generic ballot" test, the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate.


The 51-41 percent lead is the largest GOP polling edge at this stage in the 68 years of the generic ballot poll, which was first conducted in the 1942 election cycle.

Alaska Senator Murkowski concedes to newcomer Joe Miller

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (RINO, AK.) has conceded the GOP Senate primary to political newcomer and Tea Party endorsed Joe Miller.

Officials with Alaska's Division of Elections spent all day Tuesday counting thousands of absentee ballots and reviewing others that might present potential challenges.

As of this writing, Miller’s lead is just under 1,300 votes, a lead that didn’t look to be trending toward a victory for Murkowski, hence the towel.  

The people of America deserve the truth

By Steve Rathje


Steve_rathje I have no doubt that regardless of political affiliation; folks all across America are more than deeply concerned about the economic state of our nation. In situations such as these, where ‘hope’ appears slim, jobs are waning and families struggling to make ends meet, entire communities are responding with outcries of ‘No More!’

This is not the change the American people were promised, nor does it reflect the answers sought for the change proposed. For this administration and the majority in Congress it reflects nothing more than a blatant disregard for the Constitution and an attempt to redistribute the wealth as a means to equalize the social fabric of America. For this administration, it all began with “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”.

”The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”, according to the President and supported by Congress, was designed to provide relief and provide jobs that would stave off an economic collapse. As you now know that simply isn’t true, because it was designed to expand Government and your dependence upon it. It is nothing more than a socialist agenda that reduces civil liberties while introducing new layers of controls that literally permeate every area of our American way of life.

I agree that millions of jobs have been lost since the financial crisis exploded leaving millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet. But what Congress doesn’t seem to grasp is that the problems folks have are their “fixed monthly expenses” and no matter how much money you throw at them, they will still remain long after the money is gone. This bill does nothing to address that problem, because if it did, it would reflect long term sustainable jobs that would provide the much needed capital to pay our bills, grow our families and provide for a safer, stronger Iowa and America.

Democrat Congressmen all across America supported that bill, which includes Iowa’s Congressman Dave Loebsack. He has admitted never reading it, yet supports it nonetheless, proven by a statement he made on March 9, 2009, to ‘the where he estimated 37,000 jobs would be saved and/or created with 7,000 of them being in his district alone. This statement is not only irresponsible, it’s unsubstantiated. First of all, where and how did he come up with those numbers and what kind of jobs will be saved and/or created? What industries will do the hiring and how long will it take? Anyone can make a statement like that, and because we all want it to happen so badly we tend to believe it’s the truth. If someone is going to promise that kind of employment they should have more then mere rhetoric to substantiate their claims. To be factual about it, unemployment according to state statistics has increased from 7% to more than 7.5% since the statement was even made, which doesn’t include the 7% to 8% that are underemployed, fallen off the roles, or just stopped looking for work.

Congress boasts that “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, HR1, contains $550 billion dollars in investment and $282 billion in tax cuts. Making a statement like that obviously proves they never read the Bill nor do they understand its contents. If they had, they wouldn’t make such a ridiculous claim. The Democrats, lead by President Obama and Speaker of the House Pelosi, rammed more than 1,000 pages of spending through the House of Representatives in twelve hours. Every single Congressman would have had to read more than 600 words per minute non stop during that entire time, without taking a break, to complete the Bill within that period of time. So as for their statements, they are either out right lies, or simply Democrat spin (one in the same). First of all the tax cuts they speak of aren’t enough to buy a loaf of bread for the average family. They will add no more than $13 to your weekly paycheck (that is if you have a job), and raise the price you pay for the goods you need due to the Obama tax increases on businesses that will be required to pay for the ‘so called’ tax cut you get. Businesses will simply pass that increase on to you, which will erase the $13 pay increase and will most likely put you into a higher tax bracket as well. So for the sake of mere pop machine money promised by the Democrats, you will more than likely end up owing the IRS at the end of the year.

As for greater investment, I agree it is needed, but the government’s responsibility begins and ends with infrastructure and defense. Everything else should be provided by the free market. Regardless of how you look at it, everything except infrastructure and defense is an earmark and more than 9,000 of them were in Earmark_spending this Bill. In fact, our Senator Tom Harkin had an earmark for $1.7 million just to study a cure for hog odor. There was another for $200 million to re-sod the National Mall after the Obama inauguration destroyed it, and millions more to pay for abortions in foreign countries. It’s outrageous, and if you don’t believe me go to: and read the Bill for yourself. Some may believe that a portion of the earmarks have merit, and if they do, they will have no problem passing in the House and Senate after honest and open debate. Those that don’t however, will fall to the way side. What Congress fails to understand is that we’re in a crisis that requires clear thinking, business minded, constitutionally based common sense solutions.

As for provisions to ensure that the money is being spent appropriately, I disagree, as the website the administration speaks of in no way gives any specifics as to how the money is spent or where it is going. The Obama Administration and the majority in Congress simply want us to believe that they know what’s best, that they can be trusted, and all your hard earned tax dollars will be ‘spent’ appropriately without being wasted. Complete transparency, I think not!

The best way to dig ourselves out of this mess is through hard work and old fashioned tried and true methods that include personal responsibility. Don’t forget, Capitalism works, in fact 5 % of the world’s population lives in the United States and…that 5% creates 70 % of the world’s wealth. What’s the connection? Our system works, and it has worked for more than 200 years. We’ve hit a huge bump in the road, but it’s a bump that we created by the mistakes an overreaching, oversized government has made. Reduce the size of government; put the money and the power into the hands of the American people where it belongs, and we’ll work our way out of this. No more Bailouts and no more “SPENDING BILLS!”

I believe the people of the America deserve the truth. So I encourage the President and Congress to step up, be honest, and explain the real facts regarding the economy, unemployment and a Bill that has saddled our children and grandchildren with insurmountable debt for generations to come.

The wisdom of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

"Some talked, some wrote, and some fought to promote and establish it, but you and Mr. Jefferson thought for us all. I never take a retrospect of the years 1775 and 1776 without associating your opinions and speeches and conversations with all the great political, moral, and intellectual achievements of the Congress of those memorable years." -- Benjamin Rush, to John Adams, 1812

Team Iowa PAC: Newt Gingrich to speak at Team Iowa PAC luncheon Sept. 9

Newt_gingrich DES MOINES, IA. -- Former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich will deliver an address at a Team Iowa PAC Luncheon at the Jack Trice Club Thursday, September 9, in Ames. The luncheon is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Jack Trice Club is located on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium.

Newt Gingrich is well known as the former Speaker of the U.S. House. He is the architect of the Contract with America, which led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years. He has also published twenty-one books. His most recent release is entitled, To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular Socialist Machine.

Team Iowa PAC Chair Nick Ryan said, “We are honored to have Speaker Gingrich come to Iowa to help our PAC have the funds necessary to elect our slate of outstanding conservative candidates.”

Team Iowa PAC is one of the state’s largest and most influential political action committee. The PAC is not affiliated with any special interest group and does not pursue any particular agenda other than electing candidates who believe in limited government. Our mission is to make an impact on the type of campaigns that the candidates we support can run.

Team Iowa PAC’s goal is to help provide resources necessary to elect Republican candidates in November. Candidates currently endorsed by Team Iowa PAC include: Bill Dix, State Senate District 9; Brenna Findley, Attorney General; Sandy Greiner, State Senate District 45; Dave Jamison, State Treasurer; and Matt Schultz, Secretary of State.

Republican Party of Iowa: Gov. Sarah Palin to headline Iowa GOP's Ronald Reagan Dinner

“Salute to Freedom” Event, Friday, September 17

Sarah_palin DES MOINES, IA. -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today announced Governor Sarah Palin will be the Party’s special guest at the upcoming Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom.

“The Iowa GOP is pleased that Gov. Palin is traveling to Iowa to join the battle to return principled, conservative leadership to Iowa,” said Chairman Strawn. “Our economic and personal freedoms are under attack in Washington, DC and Des Moines. I know Iowa Republicans will be energized and motivated by Gov. Palin to stand up and fight for these principles all the way to Election Day and beyond.”

The Reagan Dinner: A Salute to Freedom will take place the evening of Friday, September 17 in Des Moines. The exact time and location will be announced closer to the event. Tickets for the Reagan Dinner are $100 each, or $1,000 for a table of eight.

Strawn noted that while the former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee is popular among Iowans, the current economy is challenging for many Iowa families who may wish to attend. That is why the Iowa GOP is offering Iowans an opportunity to volunteer through any of its ten statewide Victory Centers in exchange for a ticket to the Ronald Reagan “Salute to Freedom” Dinner. For additional details regarding volunteer opportunities, Iowans should contact their local Iowa GOP Victory Center in: Ames, Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Urbandale.

Tickets can be reserved by emailing or by calling 515-282-8105.

Media requesting credentials should email Danielle Plogmann at