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Johnson County Fair Mock Election Final Results - Wonder Woman, Clinton, Trump Winners

From the Johnson County Auditor's Office

The Johnson County Fair Mock Election saw its second highest turnout ever this year, with 1303 voters of all ages participating.

The County Fair Mock Election has been an Auditor’s Office tradition since 1999. Children, guests  from outside the county, and even grownups are able to vote on real voting machines.

Next year, we plan to include the presidential election and another fun question. We’re taking suggestions, because superheroes will be hard to top.

Final results as of 8:00 Thursday:

Superheroes

Wonder Woman

270

22.0%

Batman

194

15.8%

Captain America

163

13.3%

Spiderman

124

10.1%

Flash

116

9.4%

Superman

105

8.5%

Iron Man

104

8.5%

Batgirl

90

7.3%

Supergirl

63

5.1%

     
     

Democratic  Presidential Candidates

Hillary Clinton

289

46.5%

Bernie Sanders

168

27.0%

Uncommitted Dem.

72

11.6%

Martin O'Malley

39

6.3%

Lincoln Chafee

33

5.3%

Jim Webb

21

3.4%

     

Republican  Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump

87

18.6%

Scott Walker

50

10.7%

Jeb Bush

45

9.6%

Bobby Jindal

38

8.1%

Ben Carson

35

7.5%

Uncommitted Rep.

33

7.1%

Ted Cruz

29

6.2%

Carly Fiorina

21

4.5%

Mike Huckabee

21

4.5%

Rand Paul

21

4.5%

Marco Rubio

18

3.9%

Lindsey Graham

15

3.2%

John Kasich

14

3.0%

Rick Perry

14

3.0%

Rick Santorum

12

2.6%

Chris Christie

11

2.4%

George Pataki

3

0.6%

 


Iowa House speaker predicts GOP gains in 2016

An Iowa legislative leader is predicting that excitement being created by the Republican presidential nominating contest will help fuel gains in the state legislature, including winning control of the Senate now controlled by Democrats 26-24.

“We have an exciting year underway and I think next year is even going to be a greater year,” Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said Thursday during a conference call from the Republican State Leadership Committee national meeting in Boston.

Paulsen, who chairs the group’s legislative caucus, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, conceded that the conventional wisdom is that Democratic turnout is better in presidential election years, he’s not sure that will hold true in 2016.

The 17-way race for the GOP presidential nomination “is quite possibly the most exciting nomination process in recent history,” Paulsen said. “On the Democratic side, you have a coronation.”

via globegazette.com


Iowa hits jackpot with $325 million in lottery sales | TheGazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — For the fourth year in a row, Iowa lottery sales totaled nearly $325 million, the Iowa Lottery announced Thursday.

The lottery also gave $74.5 million of those proceeds to state causes such as the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and Vision Iowa, a program that creates tourism destinations in the state and builds and repairs schools.

via thegazette.com


Developmental Iowa | TheGazette

CHICAGO — During his opening thoughts on the big stage at Big Ten media days, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz used the word “development” or some form of it seven times.

Here’s a sample: “What we do in the next month is going to be really important for our development as a football team and kind of representative of our development of a football team, how some of these younger players come on,” Ferentz said. “Offensively, our focus right now would be to develop a starting offensive line and develop depth at that position. We need to develop depth at the cornerback position, receiver position as well.”

via thegazette.com


Donald Trump promises Iowa fair kids helicopter rides - CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN) Donald Trump's poll numbers may be soaring, but if he has his way next month at the Iowa State Fair, his campaign will be taking off in a different way.

The billionaire real estate mogul told The Daily Mail on Thursday that he is planning to bring his $7 million helicopter to the event so he can give free rides to children.

"We're going to fly it out to Iowa and I'm going to have it there," he told the outlet in his Manhattan office.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky that is one of three that he owns, seats 12 people comfortably, including the pilot, the Mail reported.

via www.cnn.com


Man shoots down drone hovering over house

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We need to talk anti-aircraft weaponry.

More and more so-called enthusiasts are sending drones into the sky. This means that more and more normal humans are becoming enthusiastic about shooting them out of the sky.

Especially, as in the case of William H. Merideth, the drone is hovering over your house.

Merideth, 47, lives in Hillview, Kentucky. As WDRB-TV reports, a neighbor heard gunshots and called the police. Merideth allegedly told the police that a drone was hovering over his house, where his teen daughter (he has two) was sunbathing. So he pulled out his gun and gave it a merry death.

via yahoo.com


Grilling Good Eats

By Mike Thayer

Some people call it grilling, others call it BBQ (we’ll talk about the difference later),  but to borrow a snippet from the United States Postal Service creed, rain or shine, snow or sleet… you can deliver great grilled eats on any given day!  It’s true, sunny days are optional.  Anytime is grilling season, even if there’s a foot of snow on the ground where you live!   Any day is a great day to light the charcoal, fire up the gas grill, load up the smoker, take the lid off the portable Weber, heck, rub two sticks together - it doesn’t matter how - put some meat on the fire!

Don’t forget the tongs…..

via www.grillinggoodeats.com