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June 2016

Donald Trump pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points in latest Rasmussen poll

Donald Trump has jumped ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 percentage points, the first time he has led her in a national poll since 38 days ago.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters from Rasmussen Reports found that 43 per cent would vote for Trump if the November election were held today, compared with 39 per cent for Clinton.

That represents a 9-point swing in just the last week: Seven days ago the same pollsters reported that Clinton was leading the presidential race by 5 points.


Pentagon ends transgender military ban -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This paves the way for taxpayer funded sex change operations.... NOT a proper role of government, doling out other people's money for elective surgeries.

Washington (CNN) The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.

The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year.
The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.
It drew some criticism from Republicans and conservatives, including Rep. Mac Thornberry, Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who charged the White House was "prioritizing politics over policy."


Poll: Clinton Leads Trump By 14 Points In Swing State Of Iowa

The survey, which was the first conducted in the state since Trump and Clinton became their respective party's presumptive nominees, shows Clinton polling at 48 percent and Trump at 34 percent.

When put up against libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton still comes out on top. Clinton polled at 44 percent in that scenario, compared to Trump at 31 percent, Johnson at six percent and Stein at two percent.

This survey also comes after a string of bad polls for Trump, both in swing states and nationally. A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month found Clinton 8 points ahead in Florida and a Ballotpedia survey released Wednesday found Clinton ahead in seven swing states.

But both candidates also had low favorability ratings in Iowa, although Trump's was much lower at a net unfavorability of 41 to Clinton's net unfavorability of 12, the poll found.

“With these kind of unfavorable ratings and levels of dissatisfaction, I think many Iowa voters may be holding their noses as they fill out their ballots in November,” Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Loras College Poll Christopher Budzisz said in a release.

That attitude was echoed when the poll asked about voters' satisfaction with the choices for president in general. Only 17.5 percent said they were very satisfied with their options, 18.7 percent said they were somewhat satisfied, 32.7 percent said they were very dissatisfied and 27.7 percent said they were somewhat dissatisfied.

The Loras College poll was conducted by telephone among 600 likely voters between June 24-28. The margin of error was four percentage points.


Hawkeye back anxious for his final run

IOWA CITY — Time flies.

Ask LeShun Daniels.

Preparing for his senior season in the Iowa backfield, the Hawkeye running back said it seems like it was only yesterday that as a wide-eyed freshman from Warren, Ohio, he took a handoff from Jake Rudock and ran seven yards for a first down late in the first quarter of a win over Missouri State on a hot early September day in 2013.

“I remember the older guys saying it when I got here, but it has gone by so fast,’’ Daniels said. “That does make the time I have left that much more meaningful. I don’t want to take anything for granted.’’


The NFL reveals the three Chicago Bears games that will be on YouTube - Windy City Gridiron

A few weeks ago we brought you guys the news that the NFL plans to upload three games from each team on to YouTube in their entirety. Then we passed along the information on how to vote for the three Chicago Bears' games. Now the NFL has revealed which three games won the vote for each team.

From, "The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason." To check out the full slate of games for the 32 teams, be sure to click on that link.

Here are the three Chicago Bears games that will appear on YouTube.

Super Bowl XX - Bears vs. Patriots (39% of the vote) Bears win their only Super Bowl.

2006 Week #6 - Bears vs. Cardinals (28%) Bears' comeback to win Monday Night Football thanks to great individual performances by Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester. Plus I think the Dennis Green news conference will be part of the upload.

1985 Week #11 - Bears vs. Cowboys (16%) Bears destroy the Cowboys, 44-0 and prove to the football world that they are serious contenders for the Super Bowl.


Stop work order issued for Kinnick Stadium-style house in Iowa City | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Work on a home designed to look like the Iowa Hawkeyes’ Kinnick Stadium cannot proceed after residents in the Iowa City neighborhood where the home would be built filed an appeal Wednesday with the city’s Board of Adjustments.

Residents in the Manville Heights neighborhood claim city officials made errors in approving the site plan and issuing a building permit to Frederic Reed Carlson, who proposes to build the Kinnick-style, single-family home at 101 Lusk Ave.


Most of Cedar Rapids Offices Closed July 4

The City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4. Most City offices will be closed on that day. The following City services will continue to operate as indicated below:

CR Transit -- No bus service

Fire Department -- Administration and Fire Marshal’s offices closed; Responding to emergencies

Golf Department -- Office Closed; All Courses Open

Library -- Both Library locations closed Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4

Police Department -- Administrative Offices closed. Non-emergency calls can be directed to 286-5491.

Solid Waste & Recycling -- Garbage, yard waste and recycling will be collected as normal; office closed

Water Pollution Control -- Operating as usual

The Solid Waste & Recycling Department will be collecting garbage, yard waste and recycling on July 4. The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910. Public Works’ Sewer and Street Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286- 5826.

Iowa City Police Department Applying for FY2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant

The Iowa City Police Department, in partnership with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, is making application for the FY2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

The Departments were notified that they are eligible for $28,453. It has been agreed that the Iowa City Police Department will take responsibility for application and management of this grant. In return, Iowa City will receive 52 percent of the funds ($14,795.56) and Johnson County will receive 48 percent ($13,657.44).

If funding is approved, the Iowa City Police Department would allocate funding towards the purchase of a speed/message display trailer.  In the past the Iowa City Police Department had two speed display trailers that were deployed on a regular basis.  Currently the Iowa City Police Department has no operable speed/message display trailers.  The City Council approved the purchase of one speed/message display trailer in FY17 for the Iowa City Police Department.  If the Department is awarded this grant the Iowa City Police Department would again be able to deploy two speed/message display trailers.  Objectives for the utilization of speed/message display trailers are to reduce the speed of vehicles traveling through work, school and residential zones; encourage speed limit compliance; increase safety and disseminate travel or other useful information to community motorists.

In accordance with the Justice Assistance Grant application, the public is invited to make comment on the grant application and the intended expenditures of the funding if awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, either through the Iowa City Council, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors or the Iowa City Police Department. To comment, or for more information, contact Capt. Bill Campbell at 319-356-5286 or

ROLL CALL: Patty Judge not “a credible candidate”

(DES MOINES) – Roll Call this morning released a refreshed version of its Senate challenger rankings, and in case you did not take the time to scroll allllllllllll the way down to #14, we’ve got you covered:
14            Democratic Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (Running against Sen. Charles E. Grassley)
Judge entered the race late, faced criticism from fellow Democrats and newspaper editorial boards, and struggled more than she should have in a primary. In a massive wave election, she might give Democrats a chance to win a race rated Safe Republican . But for now, she’s not yet a credible candidate.

“Patty Judge has ducked, dodged and skipped town halls, debates and forums, but she cannot escape the fact that her campaign is not viewed as credible,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann. “This is a rude awakening for her D.C. base of support.”