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Have you read the Constitution lately?

Constitution How familiar are you with the Constitution?  Have you really ever read it?  If you haven't, why not? 

Reading the Constitution is something you should do at least once a year.  It only takes about 20 minutes and being familiar with it will serve you well in helping us sound the alarm on some of the shenanigans goverment is getting away with.


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Jack Whitver Wins Republican Nomination for Senate District 35

Election scheduled for Tuesday, January 18

DES MOINES, IA. -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn announced that Jack Whitver, Ankeny, won the GOP nomination tonight for the special election in Senate District 35. The seat, covering northern Polk County, was vacated by Larry Noble (R-Ankeny), who resigned to become Iowa’s Public Safety commissioner.

Whitver will face the Democratic nominee, to be chosen next week, in a special election on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said, “Iowa Republicans intend to hold this seat, and as a resident of Senate District 35, I enthusiastically look forward to casting my vote for Jack. I’m confident Iowans will elect Jack Whitver to be a conservative voice in the Iowa Senate.”

Whitver said, “I’m honored to be the Party’s nominee and I intend to keep the seat in the Republican column. I promise to keep promoting conservative values in the state of Iowa.”

Whitver is the owner of three local fitness facilities and is attending law school at Drake University. Jack and his wife, Rachel, live in Ankeny with their newborn daughter.

Branstad names Michael Mauro as Iowa’s next Labor Commissioner

Service will begin May 1, 2011 at the expiration of the current Labor Commissioner’s term

Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad today announced that he intends to nominate Secretary of State Michael Mauro as Iowa Labor Commissioner for a term beginning May 1, 2011.

“Michael Mauro has been a dedicated and effective public servant for many years,” said Branstad. “As Labor Commissioner Michael will be responsible for programs designed to protect the safety, health, and security of Iowa’s workforce. I am proud to nominate him for this important role and he has my full confidence. I was impressed with the fair and even way he administered election laws and how he effectively managed the Iowa secretary of state’s office.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to work for the Branstad Administration and appreciate the confidence he has shown in me,” said Mauro. “This new challenge is a great opportunity to further serve Iowans and I look forward to beginning that work.”

Branstad further announced that Mauro will begin employment on January 3, 2011, as deputy director at Iowa Workforce Development, where he will manage special projects and also work with current Iowa Labor Commissioner David Neil, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition when his term begins on May 1.

For more information on the Branstad/Reynolds transition please visit

Coralville Police Department - Daily Bulletin - 12/30/2010

Coralville Police Department - Daily Bulletin Thursday, December 30, 2010

Case# Date Time Incident Location Summary

10026845 12/29/20 12:30 PM Theft 720 11 Ave Arrest: Mary Smith. Age: 51. 720 1/2 11th

Ave. Charged with Theft.

C10033996 12/15/20 4 :55 AM Property Found 737 20 Ave Found wallet and contents.

C10034018 12/16/20 12:15 PM Personal Injury 1400 Blk Hwy 965 Damage $500.00.


C10034039 12/18/20 2 :16 AM Medical 803 19 Ave Patient not transported.

C10034069 12/21/20 10:00 AM Hit and Run 320 2 St Damage $1,000.00.

C10034100 12/24/20 10:25 AM Property Damage I-80/1 Ave Damage $3,000.00.


C10034150 12/28/20 10:54 PM Medical 302 6 St Patient transported.

C10034152 12/29/20 3 :00 AM Hit and Run 12 Ave/Railroad Tracks Damage $6,000.00.

C10034152 12/29/20 8 :00 AM Theft 1445 Westview Dr Custody: Malik Buckner. Age: 14. 1445

Westview Dr. Charged with Operating Without

Owner's Consent.

C10034155 12/28/20 10:32 AM Medical 400 1 Ave Patient transported.

C10034156 12/29/20 12:00 PM Property Found 21 Ave Pl Found purse and contents.

C10034158 12/29/20 2 :52 PM Property Damage 2400 Blk 2 St Damage $3,500.00.


C10034159 12/29/20 2 :30 PM Warrant Served 2501 Holiday Rd Arrest: Scott Baughman. Age: 23. 203

Washington St, Marne. Picked up on a warrant.

C10034162 12/29/20 4 :23 PM Medical 1437 Eastview Patient transported.

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Branstad, Reynolds to hold budget briefing on school aid

URBANDALE, IA. -- The transition office of Gov.-elect Terry Branstad today announced their fourth issue briefing scheduled for Monday, January 3, 2011, with a budget briefing that focuses on school aid.

Each briefing allows policy experts to provide important information to the incoming administration. In the interest of openness and transparency, the Branstad/Reynolds transition team is making these issue briefings open to the media. For those unable to attend, the incoming administration is making the briefings available on its web site,

Monday, January 3, 2011

2 p.m.: The Branstad/Reynolds Budget Briefing: School Aid Official Transition Office
603 East 12th St.
Des Moines, IA

For more information on the Branstad/Reynolds transition, please visit

Foreign influence is a foe of Republican Government

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government." -- George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

Durham to lead Office of Energy Independence as part of economic development overhaul

URBANDALE, IA. -- Debi Durham, Gov. Branstad’s choice to lead Iowa’s economic development efforts in his new administration, was today named by Governor Branstad to oversee the Office of Energy Independence as part of her efforts to overhaul Iowa’s economic development programs.

“It is my intention to do a thorough cost-benefit analysis of every economic development tool currently used by the state, including those provided through the Office of Energy Independence,” said Branstad. “While no final decisions have been made regarding the long-term fate of this office, it is appropriate to have Debi Durham over see the Office of Energy Independence as a function of her larger role to create a new economic development engine for the state of Iowa.” For more information on the Branstad/Reynolds transition please visit

North Coralville Residents Asked to Limit Wastewater Discharge

The City of Coralville is asking residents in the Altanna Estates, Auburn Hills, Brown Deer, Dovetail, East Auburn Hills, Forest Edge Estates, Glenn Oaks, Highland Park, Nor Cor, Ollinger, Pine Hills, Pine Valley, Terra Ridge, Terra Woods, and Timber subdivisions to limit wastewater discharge until further notice due to a sewer line break on the north side of Coralville, which is causing a discharge of untreated wastewater into Muddy Creek.  

The area requested to limit wastewater discharge is generally bounded by Forevergreen Road on the north to Dubuque Street on the east, Oakdale Road on the west, and Holiday Road east of 12th Avenue on the south.  See the attached map at

Coralville’s water quality is unaffected and remains safe to drink and use.  The conservation effort is focused on limiting the amount of wastewater sent into sewer lines through toilets and drains.  Residents in the affected area are asked to limit dish and laundry washing, take shorter showers, and reduce toilet flushing when possible. 

Crews are assessing damage to the lift station to determine the extent and timing of repairs.  

For more information, call 319.248.1713.

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