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Fact Check: Rizer claims Lundby voted for free health care

Introduction

(State Rep. Daniel) Lundby sponsored zero bills in the last two years that have been signed into law. Zero ... Lundby voted to add $1 billion to the budget - costing average taxpayers over $400 a year [screen text] ... Lundby vo [...]

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Iowa City Council takes steps toward offering TIF money for Lucky’s Market

IOWA CITY — The city council has approved the first step in providing tax increment finance assistance to a Colorado-based grocery store.

The Iowa City Council approved the first step in potentially offering $1.75 million in tax incre [...]

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Iowa officials debut Alert Iowa mass notification system

DES MOINES — Officials with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Tuesday announced the development of an Alert Iowa statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system.

The new alert system can b [...]

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Iowa City Council terminates The Wedge’s downtown lease

IOWA CITY — After six years of serving up pizza by the slice, the Wedge Downtown has closed its doors.

The Iowa City Council approved Tuesday 6-0, with council member Rick Dobyns absent, to terminate the lease for The Wedge, after off [...]

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New rec center in NW Cedar Rapids is on the way

CEDAR RAPIDS — No flood-recovery project in the city has had more twists and turns than replacing the flood-ruined and now-demolished Time Check Recreation Center.

Tuesday night the City Council unanimously agreed to steer another $1 [...]

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State lawmakers debate university funding model

CORALVILLE -- The intended and unintended consequences of a new proposal for funding Iowa's public universities came under review by lawmakers this week during a legislative fiscal committee meeting.

Some lawmak [...]

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Cedar Rapids plans to spend $1.5 million more in LOST funds for northwest rec center

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week is slated to approve the spending of an additional $1.5 million in revenue from an earlier 1-percent local-option sales tax to help replace the flood-ruined and now-demolished Time Check Recreation [...]

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GOP official: videos violated campaign laws

CEDAR RAPIDS — A candidate for Iowa secretary of state is adding a disclaimer to his YouTube videos that is required on political advertising.

Democrat Brad Anderson’s campaign isn’t conceding his videos are ads, but a s [...]

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Former Cedar Rapids council member’s comments go on trial this week

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Ron Corbett and members of the City Council are among a long list of people slated to testify this week in what will be a rare event in Iowa: A slander trial against an elected official.

Eight Linn County jurors w [...]

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Warren: Don’t let the billionaires decide Iowa’s next senator

IOWA CITY — Sixteen days away from the midterm election, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told Iowa voters they need to vote and “fight back” against policies that favor America’s wealthy and do not focus on strengthenin [...]

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FACT CHECK: Ad claims Braley follows party line

Introduction

“Braley has voted lockstep with his party 96% of the time”

Source of Claim

American Crossroads TV ad

Analysis

While the ad highlights some of Rep. Bruce Braley’s more di [...]

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FACT CHECK: Senate Candidates Spar on ISIS

Introduction

“’I recently had the opportunity to vote to give the President limited authority to begin strikes against terrorists.’ PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact checker, says Braley’s comment is false. The tru [...]

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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks Senate debate, midterm election polls, and national figures visiting Iowa

This week the group discusses the recent debates between Gov. Terry Branstad and his challenger State Sen. Jack Hatch, as well as the debate between Rep. Bruce Braley and State Sen. Joni Ernst. They also talk about the most recent polling numbers [...]

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Fact Checker: Ernst on Affordable Care Act rate increases

Introduction

“Just this past week the insurance commissioner announced plans through the exchange will go up an estimated 19 percent.”

Source of claim

State Sen. Joni Ernst, a Red Oak Republican running for U.S. Se [...]

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Fact Checker: Braley on campaign finance reform

Introduction

“I supported the DISCLOSE Act to require transparency and accountability for these secret donors.”

Source of claim

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat running for U.S. Senate in an Oct. 11 debat [...]

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