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Iowa Congressmen Young & Blum to skip Republican National Convention this week

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

At least two prominent Iowa Republicans won’t be in Cleveland this week for the party’s national convention. Iowa Congressmen Rod Blum and David Young says they’ll be skipping the big event. Young says he’ll bypass the convention in order to get some work done back in Iowa. “When we are not voting and we’re on our work periods and on weekends, I go home,” Young says. “Home is where I want to be. It’s a lot better than going to Cleveland. Nothing against Cleveland, personally, but I want to be home. So, I’ll be watching like other folks are and listening to some news bites.”

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is expected to speak at the convention tonight (Monday) during prime time. Ernst, of Red Oak, said she withdrew her name from consideration as Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate in order to continue working for Iowa in the Senate. Young says Ernst will shine tonight.

“I am excited to hear her speech at the convention and I’m glad she’s talking about national security issues,” Young says. “She has credibility on that issue and she’s eloquent in talking about it and personalizing it and letting people know what the real threats are out there. I’m anxiously awaiting her speech and I’m proud of her.” Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann says Young has made a “good decision” to skip the convention.

“I’d rather have David Young down in southern Iowa doing five coffees, than listening to the 17th speech in Cleveland,” Kaufmann says. According to Kaufmann, a candidate has two basic jobs: “knock on doors and raise money.” Among the other Republicans in the Iowa delegation, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley does plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, while Congressman Steve King will also attend as a delegate.

(Radio Iowa)

Vilsack back in Mount Pleasant as speculation swirls about his VP chances

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack was in his adopted hometown of Mount Pleasant this weekend, just as speculation is rising about the possibility Hillary Clinton might choose him as her running mate. “I can’t comment on any of this,” Vilsack said. “I would say that this is an incredibly important time for the country and I’m confident that whoever Hillary chooses, that that person will compliment her and I think we’re going to have a very interesting time in the next couple of months.”

Vilsack and his wife, Christie, have a long relationship with Clinton. Tom Bell — Christie Vilsack’s late brother — worked with Clinton in the 1970s. The Vilsacks endorsed Clinton in the spring of 2007 after the governor governor ended his own presidential campaign. Vilsack endorsed Barack Obama in the summer of 2008 and has been Obama’s first and only Secretary of Agriculture.

On Saturday, Vilsack spoke to a huge crowd in Mount Pleasant for the re dedication of a monument. The memorial fountain is named for former Mount Pleasant Mayor Edd King. King was shot to death by an angry resident during a city council meeting in 1986. King’s father recruited Vilsack to be the town’s next mayor.

(Radio Iowa)

Ernst says she’ll ‘come out swinging’ in tonight’s convention speech

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The theme for the first evening at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is “Make America Safe Again” and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, the former commander of an Iowa National Guard battalion, will be speaking in “prime time.” Ernst is scheduled to step on stage at 9:36 p.m. Iowa time. She’ll speak for about 10 minutes. Ernst describes it as a “big deal” — even bigger than delivering the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“I think this will probably be more intimidating,” Ernst said, “because we will be in a convention center with people out there and then also knowing that a lot of people across the United States are going to be watching.” Ernst says her FAMILY will be watching from southwest Iowa. “My mother said she would make sure to go down to my house in Red Oak and watch it with my husband and my daughter. Her TV has been cutting a little in and out lately, so she wanted to know what time, so she could be sure to watch it,” Ernst said, laughing.

Ernst is the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate. The Iowa National Guard battalion Ernst once lead in Kuwait and iraq has been on active duty in Afghanistan for about a month. “I think about those people when I’m putting together talks or discussions like this,” Ernst said, “so I’ll come out swinging.” Ernst may have given a little preview last (Sunday) night when she spoke briefly to the Iowa delegates in Cleveland. “Our world is virtually imploding if we look around us,” Ernst said. “And why is it doing that? It’s because we have a lack of leadership coming out of the White House right now.”

Ernst said Republicans across the country “are counting on” Republicans “to do the right thing…pull together” and nominate a “strong leader”  “We’re going to make those Democrats squeal, that’s for certain,” Ernst said, laughing. That, as you may know, is a clear reference to Ernst’s 2014 campaign ad. She talked about castrating pigs on the farm and promised to cut pork in Washington. Ernst said last night that she’s looking forward to her big speech.

“I’m not so nervous,” Ernst told reporters Sunday evening. “I am really excited about it.” Ernst has been practicing the speech and will be in the convention hall for a run-through later this (Monday) morning. Ernst has never been to a national political convention. “This is my first one and I get to speak,” Ernst said, with a laugh. “It’s ‘go big or go home.'” Ernst will be wearing a borrowed jacket and her footwear might be familiar.

“I might be wearing some camo shoes,” Ernst said. Ernst wore that pair of dress shoes with a camoflage pattern when she delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union message in 2015. Ernst noticed as she was making some stops in southeast Iowa on Saturday that she was getting a head cold. Ernst flew to Cleveland Sunday and a few hours later Ernst still couldn’t hear out of one ear. She intends to “drink a lot of hot fluids” today (Monday), plus spend the day “getting in the groove” by practicing her remarks.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowan says GOP drafts ‘most conservative platform in recent history’

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two Iowans were among the 112 Republicans from around the country who’ve drafted the G-O-P’s national platform. Ben Barringer, of Northwood, spent last week in Cleveland as a member of the G-O-P’s national platform committee. “I’ve been told by multiple people they think it’s the most conservative platform in recent history,” Barringer says. The platform calls for “better negotiated trade deals that put America first.” Those are words presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s words uses. But Barringer says Trump’s campaign did not “strong arm” the platform-writing group.

Tamara Scott of Ankeny, the Republican National Committeewoman from Iowa, also served on the national platform committee. “I think it’s a very positive, strong statement for America,” Scott says. The proposed document encourages teaching the Bible in public schools, to help develop “an educated citizenry.” It also calls for repealing a federal law that prevents churches from endorsing political candidates or engaging in political activities.

Scott is a lobbyist for The Family Leader, a Christian conservative group, and she credits Trump for championing that move earlier this year. “He’s taking steps that are stronger than many of what we called our ‘conservative’ candidates ever have because we’re at a time and a place where we have to. We now see the left is relentless,” Scott says. “It’s not just that they want to silence you. They want to remove you from the debate, period.” Scott and Barringer expect the platform to be ratified by convention delegates later today (Monday).

As for whether Republican candidates, including Trump, support all the items in the document, Barringer says there is no legal consequence for candidates who fail to do so. And He says it’s up to voters to hold the candidates accountable.  “I’d rather just call them whenever they do something that’s not in it,” Barringer says. “…If every one of my neighbors would do that, we wouldn’t have to worry about pledges.” Democrats have criticized the proposed G-O-P platform, arguing that by failing to embrace same-sex marriage and gay rights, the Republican Party is going backwards on social issues.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/18/2016

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested on drug and weapon charges

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested a local man in drug and other charges, Friday. Authorities say 35-year old Joey Gene Baxter, of Creston, was arrested in the 200 block of N. Oak Street, on charges of Solicitation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Baxter was being held in the Union County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Public Intox arrest Monday morning in Red Oak

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a man was arrested early this (Monday) morning, for Public Intoxication. 23-year old Timothy John Jennings, of Glenwood, was arrested in the 2300 block of N. Eastern Avenue, at around 4:15-a.m.  Jennings was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

Atlantic Fire & Rescue dispatched to I-80 for an accident

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue personnel have been called (5:40-a.m.) to a reported accident this morning on I-80 eastbound at mile marker 60. A motorist reported a vehicle had entered the ditch at that location. No injuries were reported (Update 5:51-a.m.) .

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, July 18th 2016

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Weekend thunderstorms and at least two tornadoes that rolled through the Midwest are expected to give way to a blistering hot and sticky week. Temperatures in Chicago and stretching into Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and up into Wisconsin are expected to reach 90 degrees by Thursday or Friday, with the same story _ though perhaps warmer _ anticipated in Minnesota. And in all these areas, the humidity is going to make the temperatures feel like they have reached and even passed 100 degrees.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — National Weather Service confirms at least two tornadoes in storms that caused damage across eastern Iowa Sunday morning. The storms damaged homes and businesses and knocked down trees across the area. At least one home collapsed from the damage in Walford, Iowa, and tore the roof off an apartment complex in Vinton, Iowa.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 34-year-old city councilman from Mason City, Iowa, has died. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2alnri8) Alex Kuhn died Friday in Floyd County where he grew up. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department did not release any details of his death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa correctional officials are revamping their procedure for issuing a little-known certificate aimed at helping inmates secure jobs once they leave prison. The Iowa Board of Parole and the Iowa Department of Corrections began a formal process this summer to propose new language in state code on how a certificate of employability is issued to an inmate who completes certain skills training in prison.

 

Traffic stop leads to pursuit in Fremont County Sunday night

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Fremont County late Sunday night resulted in a pursuit and arrest. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says a deputy tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle, driven by 33-year old Brandon Buckner, of Hamburg, was reportedly involved in an previous incident Sunday evening. Buckner refused to stop for the deputies, and led them on a chase through the city limits of Hamburg.

He was arrested when the pursuit ended in the 500 block of Main Street, in Hamburg. Buckner was brought to the Fremont County Jail, where he faces multiple traffic violations, and was awaiting an appearance before a magistrate.

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Authorities say alcohol was believed to be a factor in the chase, but their investigation was on-going.No damage or injuries were reported in connection with the incident.