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Iowan David Kochel goes all in for Jeb Bush

desmoinesregister.com — Jeb Bush has successfully recruited a key political strategist into his inner circle: Iowa's David Kochel, who has been a close adviser to Mitt Romney since Romney's earliest days on the presidential campaign trail. After three months of soul-searching and election forecasting, Kochel decided this week to join Team Bush, he told The Des Moines Register today in an exclusive interview.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @DanielStrauss4: Important point to note about Davic Kochel: he's been an advocate for same-sex marriage desmoinesregister.com/story/news/ele…

Jan 29, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

RT @carolhunter: Iowa's Kochel had inquiries from Romney, Paul, Rubio, Christie, Portman, but chose Bush, @JenniferJJacobs reports. desmoinesregister.com/story/news/ele…

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Grassley: Jeb Bush called to convey interest in presidency

desmoinesregister.com — Jeb Bush called U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday to "tell me personally of his interest in the presidency," the Iowa Republican said Thursday. "He asked some questions about what he ought to be doing in Iowa," Grassley told The Des Moines Register during his weekly Iowa press conference call.

Pastor, church resolve to talk more on same-sex marriage

desmoinesregister.com — The Rev. Larry Sonner, a United Methodist pastor from Urbandale, won't face sanctions for marrying a lesbian couple despite violating church doctrine to do so. Sonner, 78, whom I first wrote about in December, faced punishment - including losing his pastoral credentials - for marrying a lesbian couple in October.
Jan 29, 2015

Pastor, church resolve to talk more on same-sex marriage dmreg.co/1CABFEs via @DMRegister

Jan 29, 2015

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Miller: 'Mr. Cub' and thanks to the Register's stars

desmoinesregister.com — A little about a lot ... It was tough not to feel a touch of additional sadness that "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks is gone before he can see what Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo and the Core Four stir up in Chicago ...

Finney: City skyline a hint of lights' bright future

desmoinesregister.com — The Financial Center at 666 Walnut St. is glowing a bright teal these days. The illumination is courtesy of improvements ordered by the building's new Canadian owner, Lawmark Capital, which wanted to spruce up the tower.

Young Designers Prepare For Bubble Ball

desmoinesregister.com — Students in the fashion design and merchandising class at Central Campus are working on their bubble wrap creations as they get ready for the 5th annual ChildServe Bubble Ball on March 28. Visit www.childserve.org/bubbleball for more information.

Gronstal: No gas tax hike without GOP majority votes

desmoinesregister.com — The Iowa Legislature won't approve a proposed 10-cent increase in the state's gas tax unless a majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate join Democrats in voting for the plan, Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal warned Thursday.

AIB athletes frustrated by uncertain future

desmoinesregister.com — Student-athletes at AIB College of Business are growing frustrated by the uncertainty surrounding their programs in the wake of Monday's merger announcement with the University of Iowa. Some draped a "Save Our Athletics" banner over their bleachers and raised supportive signs at Wednesday's home basketball doubleheader against Ashford University.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @DMRegister: AIB athletes frustrated by uncertain future after merger with University of Iowa dmreg.co/1BzAdRt pic.twitter.com/be4rlWyEWK

Jan 29, 2015

Does next season exist at AIB? Student-athletes frustrated by uncertainty following merger with Iowa: dmreg.co/1zf0OlU

Scott Walker signs on for Ernst fundraiser

desmoinesregister.com — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the first GOP presidential hopeful to sign on to Iowa for Joni Ernst's "Roast and Ride" fundraiser. The June 6 event will likely gather a throng of Republican candidates gathering to see and be seen with Ernst, the newly elected senator and rising star of her party.

Peterson: Big 12 is very good, but the best in college basketball?

desmoinesregister.com — AMES, Ia. - I've heard every coach in the conference proclaim the Big 12 as the best thing going this winter. It started back when everyone hung out together on an October day in Kansas City, and it's continuing right through the meat of the schedule. Best RPI, the statistical people say.
Jan 29, 2015

Peterson: Big 12 is very good, but the best in college basketball? dmreg.co/1Kd1ZoN #cyclones

Monte Morris on TCU: 'We've got our hands full.'

Naz Long on why this is a big stretch for Iowa State

Jan 29, 2015

VIDEO: Naz Long on the importance of Iowa State's next few games including Saturday's showdown with TCU. dmreg.co/1JQthDa #Cyclones

ISU faces federal inquiry on sexual violence cases

desmoinesregister.com — A federal agency is investigating the adequacy of Iowa State University's response to reports of sexual violence against students, including a woman who says she was raped last year, the school confirmed Thursday. Iowa State officials have turned over thousands of documents to the U.S.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @DMRegister: A federal agency is investigating Iowa State University's response to reports of sexual violence: dmreg.co/1EsScwt

Perry High boys, girls are fueled by star power

desmoinesregister.com — There are still enough shots to go around in Perry. But what about seats? Bluejay fans have been spoiled with stars this season, watching victories, milestones and the top two scorers in the Raccoon River Conference. Claire Marburger (22.2 points per game) leads a 12-4 girls' team while junior Shammond Ivory (23.3) sets the pace for the 11-4 boys.
Jan 29, 2015

Tomorrow's @DMRsports Fast Break: dmreg.co/1JQitVI Perry's star power, best games, top defenses & more. #iahsbkb

Iowa Fertilizer plant to open late 2015, company says

desmoinesregister.com — A $1.9 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa is scheduled to start production later this year. Iowa Fertilizer Co., which is constructing the plant, said the plant is on track for mechanical completion by August in a project update released this week. Operations are expected to start during the last three months of the year.
Jan 29, 2015

Iowa's economic ups, downs: Deere, IBM cutting; Iowa Fertilizer Co. opening in late 2015 @mattpatane dmreg.co/1CDtwix via @DMRegister

IBM cutting 202 workers in Dubuque

desmoinesregister.com — DUBUQUE, Ia. - State officials say 202 employees at IBM's Dubuque facility will lose their jobs next month as part of the company's worldwide layoff. IBM informed employees Wednesday of a "permanent mass layoff event." An Iowa Workforce Development statement says the layoffs would become effective Feb. 27.

Jimmy Kimmel on Chris Soules inability to speak

desmoinesregister.com — On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel broke down only ONE of Chris' awful speeches from that night's episode. In my review of this week's "Bachelor," I compared Chris Soules to Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen South Carolina 2007 who gave a rambling answer about how American children don't know where the U.S.

Georges Niang gives his Super Bowl pick and previews TCU game

Jan 29, 2015

VIDEO: Georges Niang gives his Super Bowl pick and previews TCU game dmreg.co/1zFvUqf #Cyclones

Lawmakers: 10-cent Iowa gas tax hike likely

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa motorists could soon be facing a 10 cents per gallon tax increase for gasoline and diesel fuel under bills being drafted that key lawmakers believe have a strong chance of winning approval.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @MichaelSymons_: Maybe we (and Christie) will get a peek at how gas-tax politics play out in Iowa, where a 10-cent hike is likely dmreg.co/1K52hy9

Jan 29, 2015

Maybe we (and Christie) will get a peek at how gas-tax politics play out in Iowa, where a 10-cent hike is likely dmreg.co/1K52hy9

Jan 28, 2015

RT @scfehr1: Iowa lawmakers are nearing a bipartisan accord on a 10-cents-a-gallon gas tax increase. desmoinesregister.com/story/news/pol…

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