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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.

via www.dailymail.co.uk


Pentagon ends transgender military ban - CNNPolitics.com

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."

via www.cnn.com


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.

via talkingpointsmemo.com


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.’’

via qctimes.com


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 NFL.com, "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.

via www.windycitygridiron.com


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.

via www.thegazette.com


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.


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.”


Celebrating Our Rights!

By Jennifer L. Crull

One has to wonder what our Forefathers were up against in the year 1775.  Never in the course of history had a colony ever successfully broken ties with its Mother Country.  Everything was leading up to a point of explosion, with the citizens of the colonies being over taxed, no representation in Parliament, their homes entered without warrant, and British troops ruling every aspects of their lives.  While the first shot was fired in 1775, it took until June 7, 1776 for our Continental Congress to finally vote and approve the debate of American Independence.
 
While many delegates to the Continental Congress knew we would never reconcile with England, they were not eager to pursue the idea of independence. In order for the colonies to unite and display one vision for independence, a committee was formed to draft a declaration of independence for the American Colonies.  This declaration was submitted on June 28, 1776.  Finally, after many hours and days of debate, independence was voted on and approved on July 2, 1776 and then on July 4, 1776 our Declaration of Independence, as we know it, was approved and signed by every member present, except one.

Why have you just received this brief review of a history lesson that we all learned in our eighth grade history class?  One word comes to mind:  PATRIOTISM.  Webster’s dictionary defines patriotism as love of and devotion to one’s own country.  Our Forefathers did not secure every right we have today, but without their enormous accomplishments we would not have the rights we know today, such as the end of slavery, freedom of religion, and the right for women to vote.
 
As we like to complain about all that is wrong in our country, let’s remember all that is right and why we love this country.  Being able to complain about what we feel is wrong is a right our Forefathers gave to us.  We need to issue a challenge to each and every person in this country to remember their rights, respect their rights, and practice their rights.  As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently phrased it in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the rights Jefferson wanted for us.  We have gone to war and into conflict many times to defend these rights for ourselves and other countries.  Therefore as citizens we have a responsibility to our country to exercise these rights.  Voting and civic involvement are the two most important responsibilities.
 
Voting is a right that few people had as our country was developing, but now everyone over the age of 18 can vote.  Countries all over the world are still fighting today for a right that Americans take for granted and don’t usually exercise.  But that vote is your say in government, the same government our Forefathers wanted for this great nation.  For we have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Civic involvement is another important responsibility that many people shy away from, saying they are too busy or they don’t have the funds to donate.  Whether your town has 200 or 200,000 people, you need to be involved.  Civic involvement can take many forms such as running for office, serving on selected committees or boards, or just volunteering your time to a local organization.  Communities don’t thrive on a few over-involved people; it takes everyone.  Being involved from the local to the national level is one of the great things about our country.  The only requirement is the desire to be involved.
 
Please remember to celebrate our freedom, our independence, and our rights as citizens of the United States of America!

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Public Interest Institute.  They are brought to you in the interest of a better informed citizenry. 
 
Jennifer L. Crull, IT Specialist, Public Interest Institute, 600 North Jackson Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641-1328. Ph: 319-385-3462, Web site: www.LimitedGovernment.org.  Contact her at Public.Interest.Institute@LimitedGovernment.org.


Double Up Food Bucks comes to Iowa City Farmers Market

Double Up Food Bucks, Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program, is coming to Iowa City – starting July 2. The Double Up program matches the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at participating farmers markets, helping people bring home healthier, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Double Up matches the value of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) purchases made at participating sites with additional dollars to spend on fresh, locally grown produce. For instance, a family that spends $10 in SNAP benefits at a participating farmers market receives an additional $10 in Double Up Food Bucks to purchase Iowa-grown fruits and vegetables.

“We’re very excited to offer local families the opportunity to bring home even more delicious, healthy food, while supporting our local growers” said Tammy Neumann, who manages the Farmers Market for Iowa City Parks and Recreation.

The wins are three-fold: Low-income families eat healthier food, local farmers gain new customers and make more income, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Each has a ripple effect of benefits.

“Double Up Food Bucks creates the kind of win/win solutions Iowa needs: more nutritious food for low-income families and more revenue for local famers. This results in healthy people, as well as resilient rural and urban communities,” said Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Healthiest State Initiative, coordinators of the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Since its launch in 2009, Double Up has grown from five farmers markets in Detroit, MI to a nationwide success story with more than 150 sites including 142 farmer markets and direct marketing farms. To date, it has benefited more than 300,000 low-income families.

Locally, the program is funded through money designated by the Iowa City Council Sustainable/Locally Grown Agriculture initiative, with support from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Healthiest State Initiative.

Hours for the Iowa City Farmers Markets are: Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mercer Park, 1317 Dover Street; Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chauncey Swan Ramp in the 400-block of Washington St.; and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Chauncey Swan Ramp. The Mercer Park Market operates through August 30, and the Chauncey Swan Market operates through the last week in October.

For more information about the Double Up Food Bucks program, visit www.DoubleUpFoodBucks.org, email info@doubleupfoodbucks.org or call 866-586-2796. Additional information about Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative is available at www.iowahealthieststate.com.