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Police and labor unions call for NW Iowa county supervisor to resign


December 6th, 2023 by Blake Burris

More community leaders are calling for action surrounding a Woodbury County supervisor whose wife was convicted last month of voter fraud. At last (Tuesday) night’s county board meeting, two unions representing law enforcement and labor called for the resignation of Jeremy Taylor, who was first elected to the all-Republican board in 2014. Taylor wasn’t swayed.

“I wanted to just make a statement in response to some of the statements that have been made tonight,” Taylor says. “I was elected by the people of this county to do a job, and I take that very seriously and work hard to do the absolute best job I can. They hold us accountable every four years.” Board Chairman Matthew Ung says having Taylor in office is a distraction to the work that needs to be done by local government.

“It’s a sad situation and it’s something that the board shouldn’t have to get into,” Ung says, “but we’re forced into it by the position that he’s in.” The board decided not to vote on a resolution brought forward by the county auditor to call on the state attorney general to investigate the Taylors as a way to remove him from office. They said the public can file a petition through district court instead. Ung was one of three board members who previously called on Taylor to resign.

“Almost the whole meeting was about him,” Ung says. “Most people attending were here to see if he would say anything and address the elephant in the room, which is the fact that he was labeled a co-conspirator by the government during the trial of his wife.” The board accepted the resignation of Taylor as vice chair, a move that was mainly symbolic, since there are only two more meetings left this year. New leadership gets picked in January. Taylor’s wife, Kim, was convicted on November 21st on 52 counts of voter fraud connected to elections in 2020 when her husband’s name was on the ballot.

Cass County Engineer says the current warm weather is perfect for some bridge/road projects.


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – Warm weather continues to allow work to proceed on various road and bridge projects in Cass County (IA). County Engineer Trent Wolken said Tuesday, that a culvert located on 720th south of Tucson Road is now open. During a meeting of the County Board of Supervisors, Wolken said 720th opened-up on Monday. Work continues, meanwhile, on other road projects, thanks to a few days of warmer than normal temperatures.

Wolken said crews were expected to begin pouring 290-yards of concrete for Bridge #319 deck over Indian Creek on G30, today (Wednesday).

Once the deck is cured, Wolken said that should get them into the final stretch of construction, which includes finishing the rails along the road.

Union County S/O releases details on Dec. 4th injury accident


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Creston, Iowa) – The Union County Sheriff’s Office today (Wednesday) reports three people were injured during a collision that occurred Monday evening on Highway 34 East. Authorities say at around 6:25-p.m., Deputies were dispatched to an accident at the intersection of Highways 34 East and 169 South. An investigation determined a 2004 Ford pickup driven by 38-year-old Jason Vernon Mullen, of Johnston, was traveling east on Highway 34. A 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van driven by 96-year-old Leroy Dale Manship, of Afton, was turning left (westbound) from Highway 169 South, when he turned into the eastbound lane of traffic on Highway 34.

Mullen tried to move his vehicle out of the way, but was unable to do so. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lane of travel. All occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Mullen and his passengers, 65-year-old Marilea Elizabeth Mullen, of Corning, and 14-year-old Chayten Pope, were injured and transported by EMS ambulance to the hospital in Creston. Manship was also injured in the crash. He was treated and released to his residence by EMS crews.

Both vehicles were a total loss. There were no citations mentioned in the Sheriff’s report.

Eastern Iowa woman charged in connection w/a fatal crash that occurred last May


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

MARSHALL COUNTY, Iowa (WHO-TV) — In an update to a previous report, authorities say woman from eastern Iowa faces several charges in connection to a crash that occurred May 20th, near Albion, and that caused the death of an 86-year-old man. The crash between a car and a tractor happened on Highway 330. When first responders arrived on scene they found a tractor overturned in a ditch and another vehicle with heavy front-end damage in the middle of the road.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, the tractor had pulled just out of a private drive onto the highway, when it was rear ended by a vehicle. The impact caused the tractor to crash into the ditch and roll onto its top. The driver of the tractor, 86-year-old Clarence Borton, died from his injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Morgan Weigelt, from Albion, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of  non-life threatening injuries.

On Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2023), Weigelt was charged with failure to stop in assured and clear distance, use of an electronic communication device – over the age of 18, homicide by vehicle, and failure to provide proof of financial liability. She was being held at the Marshall County Jail on a $10,900 bond.

Ernst Unveils Naughty List of No-Show Federal Agencies


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Washington, D-C) – The office of Iowa Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, from Red Oak, Tuesday, says the Senator has exposed that, almost four years after COVID-19 temporarily closed federal buildings, not a single government agency is occupying even half their office space and called on Biden’s bureaucrats to deck the agency halls with federal workers or sell off unused facilities.

As taxpayers are picking up the cost of vacant offices, Ernst unveiled a naughty list of these no-show federal agencies topped by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Social Security Administration, both of which are using just 7% of their space.

In August, Ernst demanded investigations into 24 federal departments and agencies to determine the impact of telework on the delivery and response times of services. Following her advocacy, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Inspector General responded to her request and is currently considering an audit to examine whether GSA has appropriately evaluated its physical space needs and utilization. A few months later, the GSA announced it would downsize 3.5 million square feet of federal buildings, which would save taxpayers over $1 billion.

Ernst also increased accountability for federal telework abuse by passing an amendment to hold the Biden administration accountable for the cost to taxpayers and the impact on services from continued remote work by Washington bureaucrats.

Harlan Student Visits Washington, D.C. for Legislative Meetings and National Leadership Conference


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (December 5, 2023) – Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG), Tuesday, announced that a Harlan student visited Washington, D.C. for legislative meetings and a national leadership conference. Zeke Christensen begins his inaugural duties as President-elect for the Iowa State Career Association this past weekend in the nation’s capital.
Christensen and seven other Iowa students kicked off their trip in D.C. on Thursday with a tour of the White House and special meet-and-greets with six Iowa legislators:
● Senator Chuck Grassley
● Senator Joni Ernst and staffers
● Congressman Zach Nunn
● Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Iowa’s 1st District
● Representative Ashley Hinson, Iowa’s 2nd District
● Representative Randy Feenstra, Iowa’s 4th District

iJAG and Representative Randy Feenstra: Zeke Christensen is pictured visiting with Representative Randy Feenstra who oversees Iowa’s 4th Congressional District which includes Harlan and and surrounding counties.

Iowa State Career Association Elects-Capitol Hill: Christensen, pictured left, joined fellow Iowa State Career Association elects and other students part of the iJAG programs across the state for a four-day trip to Washington, D.C.

iJAG and Senator Chuck Grassley: Eight iJAG students, including Christensen, met with six Iowa legislators on Capitol Hill last Thursday to discuss the future of Iowa and the impact of iJAG on youth. Pictured is Senator Grassley with iJAG students and staff.

Zeke Christensen: Elected to serve as one of four officers for the Iowa State Career Association for the 2024 school year.

Following a day at the White House, Christensen attended NSLA for three days of skill-building, advanced leadership training, professional networking and activities related to effective communications. The annual event is exclusive for top student leaders across 39 state affiliates of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) organization. Approximately 350 of 45,000 JAG students are invited to attend each year. Just last month, Christensen was named as the President-elect for the Iowa SCA whose term will begin in the 2024 school year. He was voted to the position by nearly 1,100 of his peers during Iowa’s Leadership Development Conference (LDC). The Iowa SCA is a four-chair student leadership team led and managed by iJAG, a statewide nonprofit organization who partners with Iowa schools to deliver in-class career development programming. (Photos & info. courtesy Rachael Tiby w/iJAG)

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) is a statewide nonprofit organization who partners with Iowa schools to deliver in-class career development programming for youth grades 6-12. The organization serves more than 7,200 students in 155 programs across 62 school districts and 44 Iowa counties. Students participate in year-round leadership training, skill-building, civic projects and employer engagement experiences that help them discover, plan and prepare for the future. iJAG graduates 97% of its students as compared to the 91% Iowa graduation rate. Additionally, iJAG students are more likely to experience successful transitions to postsecondary education, full-time work and/or military. Learn more by visiting iJAG.org.

Nunn Passes Bipartisan Legislation Named for Adel Veteran to Reduce Veterans Suicide


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Zach Nunn from Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, Tuesday, passed bipartisan legislation through the House Veterans Affairs to help prevent veteran suicide. The Daniel J. Harvey and Adam Lambert Improving Servicemember Transition to Reduce Veteran Suicide Act is named in memory of two Marines who served together in Afghanistan, Iowa’s Corporal Adam Lambert from Adel and Rhode Island’s Lance Corporal Daniel J. Harvey of Johnston. Both men tragically lost their lives to suicide within a year of leaving the military.  In making the announcement, Representative Nunn said “Adam was a brave servicemember who raised his right hand to serve our country. We are the land of the free and home of the brave because of people like Adam and Daniel. I want to thank the Lamberts for their leadership in the face of tragedy as they fight to help every veteran smoothly transition to civilian life. I look forward to passing this legislation on the House Floor soon.”

The suicide rate triples for veterans in the first 12 months following their separation from the military.  According to the 2021 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report, the veteran suicide rate in Iowa is double the national suicide average. Often, veterans are unaware of the support offered to them through Department of Veteran Affairs.  Adam Lambert’s parents, Dean and Jill Adams, said they are “grateful to Rep. Nunn for continuing to fight for Adam’s legacy,” adding “This is great progress in the fight to save veteran lives.”

The bipartisan legislation—co-led by Representatives Seth Magaziner (RI-02), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), Don Davis (NC-01), and Jen Kiggans (VA-02)— reforms the existing Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to provide transitioning veterans with tools to better their mental health, resolve service-related mental health issues, and get the help they need. Specifically, the bill:

  • Adds provisions to TAP to combat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse, loneliness, and other mental health related conditions.
  • Strengthens the existing Solid Start Program to increase education for veterans about mental health programs that are available to them.

The legislation will now be considered by the House of Representatives. The full text of the bill can be read here.

Town Hall in Davenport featured Fox News host & former President Trump; DeSantis to hold Council Bluffs meet & greet Thursday


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC via KCRG) – Sean Hannity hosted a town hall with former president Donald Trump at the RiverCenter in Davenport Tuesday afternoon. Reports say hundreds, if not a thousand, of potential voters lined up outside the Davenport RiverCenter hours before a recorded town hall that started at 4 p.m. but aired at 8 p.m. on the Fox News Channel. Several potential voters, waiting in line, said Florida governor Ron DeSantis would be their second choice if Trump were not the nominee. However, for now, Donald Trump remains number one.

Not everyone near the RiverCenter Tuesday was there to show their support for the former president. Some attendees who proclaimed support for the former president say there are areas they believe he can improve in. The press was not allowed inside the town hall, so it is unclear what Hannity and Trump discussed with potential voters during the event. After the event, the former president stopped at Front Street Brewery in downtown Davenport. The next Republican debate will be held tonight (Wednesday night), but Donald Trump is not expected to participate.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis will head to two Iowa cities this Thursday. DeSantis will head to Union Station Sports Bar and Grill in Cedar Rapids in the afternoon before traveling west to Lincoln’s Pub in Council Bluffs. Details follow, below.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m. CST

Cedar Rapids Meet and Greet with Special Guest Gov. Ron DeSantis.

  • VENUE – Union Station Sports Bar & Grill (1724 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404)
  • DOORS OPEN – 11:30 a.m. CST
  • EVENT BEGINS – 12:00 p.m. CST

Thursday, December 7, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. CST

Council Bluffs Meet and Greet with Special Guest Gov. Ron DeSantis

  • VENUE – Lincoln’s Pub (157 W Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503)
  • DOORS OPEN – 5:00 p.m. CST
  • EVENT BEGINS – 5:30 p.m. CST

Anyone interested in reserving tickets can find them at the link here.

Iowa U.S. Rep. Hinson: Fingerprint migrant kids at border


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Washington, D-C/KCCI) – Iowa U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson is proposing a bill that would require agents at the southern border to start fingerprinting migrant children younger than 14. Currently, border patrol agents aren’t allowed to fingerprint kids under the age of 14. Hinson, a Republican, represents Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

If passed, she says her bill can help immigration officials keep track of non-citizen children and protect them from getting caught in the trafficking system.

Woodbury County Supervisors resigns Vice-chair position but stays on the Board


December 6th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor resigned Tuesday from his position as vice-chair of the county Board of Supervisors while remaining as a county supervisor. Jeremy Taylor’s resignation was approved unanimously. Supervisor Mark Nelson was voted unanimously as the vice-chair for the rest of the 2023 session.

Calls for Jeremy Taylor to resign came after his wife, Kim Taylor, was found guilty on Nov. 21 of more than 50 counts of federal election fraud charges. The fraud charges stem from when Jeremy Taylor was a candidate for U.S. Representative of Iowa’s 4th District in June 2020 and again during the 2020 general election when he successfully ran for Woodbury County Supervisor, the seat he now holds. A trial brief in Kim Taylor’s case identified Jeremy Taylor as an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

In the Nov. 28 Supervisor meeting, County Auditor Patrick Gill asked supervisors to approve a request of the Iowa Attorney General to investigate Jeremy Taylor’s actions. However, on Tuesday night, the board decided to not take any action on that resolution.