Government

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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Fact Checker: Ernst on campaign spending

Introduction

“I’m being outspent by $2 million from these very organizations that are supporting Congressman Braley. So here he is calling for reform and yet we are being tremendously outspent on the airwaves by these outside o [...]

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Mountain bike trail at Squaw Creek among recreational trail grant recipients

The Iowa Department of Transportation has approved $5.5 million in grants for recreational trail projects across Iowa, including a mountain bike trail at Squaw Creek Park in Linn County.

The Red Cedar Loop and Connector at Squaw Creek will c [...]

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Second nurse with Ebola should not have traveled by plane, CDC says

DALLAS — A second Texas nurse who tested positive for Ebola after caring for a patient with the virus had traveled by plane a day before she reported symptoms, U.S. health and airline officials said on Wednesday, adding that she should not [...]

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Opponents call on Branstad to reject pipeline in Iowa

DES MOINES — A coalition of environmental groups submitted 2,300 petitions to Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday asking him to oppose a crude oil pipeline proposed to cut diagonally across Iowa and affect properties in 17 to 19 counties.

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Rules approved for cannabis oil

DES MOINES — A legislative panel on Tuesday cleared state rules on registration cards that will allow possession of marijuana-derived cannabis oil for medical treatment of intractable epilepsy.

The new rules take effect Jan. 30.

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Iowa City diner’s popularity as political venue grew out of marketing ploy

IOWA CITY — Combine one part Norman Rockwell, one part family diner, one part neighborhood coffee shop and one part greasy spoon — in the best sense of the term — and you have Hamburg Inn No. 2.

Mix liberally with politi [...]

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City Circle Acting Company merging with Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

CORALVILLE — A City Council vote Tuesday cleared the way for a local acting company to merge with Coralville’s 3-year-old performing arts center.

The Coralville City Council unanimously approved the deal uniting the Coralville [...]

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Fact Checker: Braley’s pay for female staffers

Introduction

“Records show (Rep. Bruce) Braley paid women on his staff 59 cents for every dollar he paid men.”

Source of claim

Priorities for Iowa Fund TV ad running in Iowa

Analysis

The ad used [...]

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North Liberty moving forward with special census

NORTH LIBERTY — The City Council has approved a special census that, when completed, could add hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to the city’s streets budget.

The council unanimously approved Tuesday plans to embark on [...]

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Indian Creek Nature Center wants 78 acres of city-owned land

CEDAR RAPIDS — Indian Creek nature center wants to acquire 78 acres of city land for free that it currently leases for $1 a year and has managed for the city since 1973.

John Myers, the center’s executive director, said Monday [...]

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