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Applications now available for Aid to Agencies funding

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTEAs well intended as this is, it's not a proper role of government.  Such money should come voluntarily and directly from residents as they see fit, not from government via a hoop jumping, competitive, 'awardence' of taxpayer money.  Many folks have been convinced by government officials that this is a proper role for government, but it really isn't.  Government is supposed to stay out of such matters, not get involved in them.

Applications are now available for the City of Iowa City’s Aid to Agencies funding, which provides support for Iowa City nonprofits, organizations, and agencies to help cover the operational costs of their organizations. Fundraising often doesn’t provide for rent, utilities, and other operational costs, so this program helps agencies cover those gaps.

The minimum award is $15,000. Agencies whose projects address a high priority need in the Iowa City community will be considered first for funding. Priorities are outlined at www.icgov.org/aidtoagencies.  

After reviewing applications, the Iowa City Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) will forward a recommendation to the City Council for final review and funding approval.

Applications are available at www.unitedwayjc.org/content/fy17-joint-funding-application and are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 for FY17 funds, which will begin to be distributed July 1, 2016. Access to the agency log-in page is available at https://agency.e-cimpact.com/login.aspx?org=17300U.

United Way has scheduled two training workshops to provide more instruction on the application process. Agencies and organizations that are applying for Iowa City funds are encouraged to attend one of the following:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Johnson County Health & Human Services Building, 913 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Room 203
  • Thursday, Aug. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the United Way office, 1150 5th Street in Coralville, Ste. 290

For questions about the application process, contact Patti Fields, United Way, at patti.fields@unitedwayjwc.org  or 319-338-7823. Questions about Iowa City’s funding priorities may be directed to Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Services, at marcia-bollinger@iowa-city.org  or 319-356-5230.


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


Fact Checker: Huckabee says a year at University of Iowa cheaper than incarcerating prisoner for a year | TheGazette

Introduction

“It costs more to incarcerate someone for one year than it would to send them to the University of Iowa.”

Source of claim

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, seeking the GOP presidential nomination, at a July 17 event at the Hamburg Inn in Iowa City

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