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March 2016

In a bold move, Trump announces a national minimum wage


Donald TrumpAnnouncing a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Donald Trump has made yet another bold move, putting him at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country.  But will it lead to a bump in the polls?

Pundits and talking heads from both parties are at odds with how Trump's announcement will play out in what remains of the primary season.   

Republican leadership is up in arms.  Having already plotted out a course for a contested convention should Trump not win the required 1,237 delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination via primary contests, party leaders now have more ammo to thwart Trump's ability to win the nomination on the convention floor.

In contrast, Democrats are embracing Trump's proposal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is throwing her weight behind the $15 minimum wage proposal.  Pelosi said Thursday  afternoon that she supports a national standard, even while suggesting it’s a long shot issue in a battle for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Lawmakers of both parties however, exhorted their colleagues to think of the difficulties of working families in a nation with large income inequality and high housing costs.  “This is an argument about economic justice,” said Bernie Sanders.

Fast Food workers are the ones most impacted by a lack of what's been termed a "living wage."  Earnings in that sector have been largely stagnant, with wages and salaries rising a record-low 0.2% in the first quarter according to Labor Department statistics. 

Over the course of the remaining primary season, Trump thinks this will deliver the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright.  "No other candidate has been able to reduce my percentage of the vote and this issue will put me over the top," he said.

Other data suggests this will be a bold move gone bad for Trump, failing to get him the nomination he seeks.  Studies show employment numbers won't grow with an increase in the minimum wage.  Labor economist David Neumark for the San Francisco Fed, wrote that among studies that find an effect, a reasonable estimate is that employment falls 0.1 to 0.2 percent for every 1 percent increase in the wage floor. That comes out to about 100,000 to 200,000 jobs lost nationally from wage hikes since just before the Great Recession.  

Largely missing from Trump's proposal however, were specifics.  A detailed time frame for implementation of a national $15 minimum wage was not provided.  Gradual increases in wage earnings peaking at the $15 an hour mark are estimated to be between the years 2020 and 2023.

Statistics and additional information regarding the Trump national minimum wage proposal can be found at the following link:


Iowa City pilot Mike Hull joins county supervisor race | The Gazette

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Hull’s entry into the race makes it six Democrats vying for three seats on the board.  And where is the Johnson County Republican Central Committee touting GOP ideas and candidate recruits?.........  Crickets from the local GOP.......  It's like they're not party proud at all.  The leaders of the organization needs to resign, they're not doing their jobs.  SIX Democrat candidates to ZERO Republican.  Two of those Democrat candidates are incumbents, so that means four Democrats think they can do a better job than those already sitting on the board.  Talk about OPPORTUNITY for Republicans!  But what are they doing about it?  Squandering it.  No promotion, no party hyping whatsoever.

Tim Hull, a lifelong Iowa City resident, has announced his candidacy for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Hull, 51, is an emergency Medical Services helicopter pilot and spent 10 years as a U.S. Army Military Policeman and pilot, which included deployment in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, according to a Wednesday news release.


News and notes from the City of Coralville - March 31, 2016

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (April 6), Planning and Zoning Commission (April 6), City Council (April 12)
  • Friday Night Lights (April 8)
  • Babysitter Course (April 9)
  • Family Night at the Library (April 11)

View all upcoming events


Seasonal Yard Waste Collection Schedule Begins

Your regular garbage day is your yard waste day

For the past few weeks as spring slowly arrived, yard waste has been picked up on Wednesdays. But beginning April 4, the seasonal yard waste collection schedule resumes with yard waste pickup on your regular garbage day. Annual yard waste stickers and biodegradable Coralville yard waste bags are available for purchase. Learn more


4thFest Basket Auction

Saturday, April 2 | 4:30 pm

Raise funds for Coralville’s 4thFest, bid on a variety of items donated by area businesses and individuals, and be among the first to hear the official band announcement for this summer’s free 4thFest concert!

The event is at Brown Deer Golf Club; free and open to the public. Learn more


Putt Fore the Library

Mini golf for all ages inside the Library

Sunday, April 3 | 11:00 am-4:00 pm

The book stacks become “caddystacks” at this 18 hole mini-golf course inside the Library, plus a toddler course, photo booth, popcorn, and raffle! Admission is $5; ages five and under play for free with a paying adult.

The Library will be closed for regular business during this event, but will resume normal hours on Monday, April 4. Learn more


Fire Hydrant Flushing Begins Soon

Beginning in mid-April, the City will begin its annual flushing of fire hydrants. After nearby hydrants are flushed, residents may notice a temporary discoloration of the water which does not affect water safety; in the event of discolored water, run cold water from a faucet until the water clears. 


News from Our Neighbor

Road closure: North Liberty Road south of Dubuque Street

Beginning Monday, April 4, a stretch of North Liberty Road south of Dubuque Street will close to begin work on intersection improvements. Southbound North Liberty Road traffic will detour to Rustic Ridge Road. The work is part of a larger project in North Liberty to upgrade roads adjacent to Liberty High School. Learn more


Sign up for Emergency Alerts 

Johnson County residents can sign up for the Johnson County Emergency Notification System (JCENS), which relays local emergency alerts via phone, text, or email. The opt-in system can notify the entire county or specific areas of an evacuation, missing person, public safety threat, or National Weather Service warnings. Learn more


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

A Portrait of Puccini: Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

April 8-10

Presented by the University of Iowa School of Music. Join us for comedy of deceit and pure fun, and a drama of redemptive love; Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica promise a night of deep emotion and uproarious laughter! Learn more


What’s Happening at the Library

Putt Fore the Library

Sunday, April 3 | 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Practice putting at the Library before hitting the greens at this annual 18-hole, putt-putt golf fundraiser. Where else can you find a combination of indoor mini-golf, a photo booth, popcorn, and a raffle...all while surrounded by thousands of books? Join us! Learn more

LitFlicks Free Movie: Into the Woods

Wednesday, April 13 | 6:00 pm

A modern musical twist on fairy tales finds the fates of Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood intertwined with a baker and his wife who want, more than anything, a baby. Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.
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It’s a Mystery Book Group: Hardball by Sara Paretsky

Wednesday, April 13 | 10:00 am

In 1967, Lamont left home and never returned. Forty years later, V. I. Warshawski’s investigation leads her back to the tumultuous Chicago civil rights movements of the 1960s. See how that past shapes the present in Paretsky’s 13th Warshawski novel.
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23rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show at the Coralville Marriott

Arts Crafts ShowMake plans now to attend the 23rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show on Sunday, April 17th at the Marriott Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.

This is the area's largest show, with over 125 talented exhibitors presenting and selling the Midwest's finest handcrafts.
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.  Among the various products presented at the show are oak furniture, paintings and prints, gourd art, bird houses, bird feeders, ceramics, jewelry, metal art sculptures, pet products, yard and garden art, stained, etched, and fused glass, quilts, photography, pottery, candles, clothing, floral wreaths, dolls & doll clothes, rugs, baskets, aprons, placemats, table runners, purses, wood and metal signs, wall hangings and many more original products.  Exhibitors will also be selling homemade salsa, wines, breads, fudge, coffee cakes, barbeque sauce, jams,  dried soup and food mixes.
The Marriott Conference Center is connected to the Marriott Hotel and is located at 300 East 9th Street in Coralville, just off of I-80 at Exit 242.
Admission to the show is $5, with anyone 10 and under free.  Parking is always free.  Show hours are Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  For additional information, call 563-652-4529.

Trump reverses statement on women, abortion after outcry -

Appleton, Wisconsin (CNN) Donald Trump scrambled to clarify his position on abortion Wednesday after he said women who undergo the procedure should face "some form of punishment" should the practice be outlawed.

Several hours later -- after widespread condemnation from Trump's presidential rivals and even leading anti-abortion groups -- he walked back his remarks, releasing a statement in which he said that women who obtain abortions are victims and that doctors who perform the service are the ones who should be punished.


Apple and Google devices have been target of fed demands for years - San Jose Mercury News

Google and Apple have been targeted for years in dozens of federal investigations seeking orders to unlock mobile devices, amplifying concerns among civil liberties advocates that law enforcement's efforts pose an ongoing threat to privacy rights, according to court documents assembled by the American Civil Liberties Union.


In revealing that Google, like Apple, has been the target of such government demands, ACLU privacy advocates argue that court records demonstrate the recent showdown between the iPhone giant and the FBI in the San Bernardino terror probe was not an isolated example. The U.S. Justice Department this week abandoned its fight with Apple to force the company to unlock the iPhone of one of the attackers after securing outside help to access the data, but the ACLU maintains the government has been exploiting a 1789 law -- the All Writs Act -- to seek similar federal court orders for at least the past eight years.


John Kasich: Obamacare repeal was "a stupid promise" by GOP - CBS News

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is deriding his party's 2014 pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul, as a "big joke" and a "stupid promise."

"You've been supporting conservative candidates," Kasich said Tuesday in comments on a Wisconsin radio talk show, first reported by BuzzFeed News. "They told you in 2014 that they were going to repeal Obamacare. Do you realize, that's just--that's a big joke?"

On "The Jay Weber Show," the talk show host agreed, saying that he believed at the time that it was a Republican "fallacy."

"It got all these conservatives all stirred up and angry because they didn't keep their word," Kasich said. "I mean, what a stupid promise."