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Republican: I'll vote to end Iowa’s privatized Medicaid

desmoinesregister.com — An influential Republican says he will vote Monday in favor of a Democrat-led bill that would terminate all contracts related to Gov. Terry Branstad's controversial plan to privatize management of Iowa's Medicaid program. Sen.

Audit: Unemployment scam cost Iowa $910,000

desmoinesregister.com — People claiming to work for fictitious companies siphoned more than $900,000 from Iowa's unemployment insurance program and the scam went unreported until a Senate Oversight committee revealed fraud, according to a state audit released Wednesday. The scheme, carried out between January 2013 and January 2015, resulted in benefits paid to people who filed bogus claims against fictitious employers.
Feb 04, 2016

Sounds like a lot of Iowans applied at Vandelay Industries @jasonclayworth dmreg.co/1SYrzqr via @DMRegister

Iowa caucus coin flip count unknown

usatoday.com — A Hillary Clinton precinct captain hangs a poster at a Democratic Party caucus at Jackson Township Fire Station on Feb. 1, 2016, in Keokuk, Iowa. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas, AFP/Getty Images) In an unknown number of Iowa Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a county delegate was awarded after the flip of a coin.
Feb 03, 2016

How many Iowa primary delegates were decided by a coin flip? Still unknown. usat.ly/1X3g0xw #Caucuses

Iowa caucus coin flip count unknown

desmoinesregister.com — In an unknown number of Iowa Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a county delegate was awarded after the flip of a coin. Why is the number unknown? Because officials who reported county delegate totals without using the party's smartphone app weren't required to signify if the win was the result of a coin toss, said Sam Lau, a spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party.
Feb 02, 2016

RT @jasonnobleDMR: Here's what we know about the Iowa caucus coin flip situation: dmreg.co/1X1d7Nu

Feb 02, 2016

We called in @JasonClayworth to explain the coin flips and how they figure into calculating statewide caucus results dmreg.co/1X1d7Nu

Feb 02, 2016

Here's what we know about the Iowa caucus coin flip situation: dmreg.co/1X1d7Nu

Feb 02, 2016

RT @AnnahBackstrom: New post on the coin-flip sitch in Iowa: State party says of 7 flips they can confirm, 6 went to Sanders. dmreg.co/20F9Vtj

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Caucus turnout: Robust, record-setting and surprising

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa's 2016 caucus attendance was a doozy. Republicans counted more than 180,000 caucusgoers, topping their 2012 attendance record of 121,503 by an estimated 60,000 people. And while Democratic numbers weren't completely tallied at the time of this publication, all indications pointed to a robust performance, although not likely to top the roughly 240,000 total who showed up in 2008 to vote for a Democratic rock-star field led by Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.

Medicaid communications constitutionally protected?

desmoinesregister.com — A corporation ejected from managing Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid after being accused of improper communications with Gov. Terry Branstad's staff argued Monday that those talks are constitutionally protected. Iowa in December terminated the lucrative contract with WellCare to work as one of the companies behind a controversial plan from Gov.

Iowa nice: Blizzard won't start until after caucuses

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa caucusgoers should be fine, but Mother Nature just might hold presidential candidates and swarms of national media captive. A blizzard is expected, but not until after Iowa's politicking is completed. That's right, Iowa, you won't be able to blame the weather if you shrug off your civic duty.
Jan 31, 2016

Iowa nice: Blizzard won't start until after caucuses -- in which I opine abt my desire to see blizzard & love of DSM dmreg.co/1WVUydD

Jan 31, 2016

Iowa nice: Blizzard won't start until after caucuses. via @jasonclayworth dmreg.co/1WVUydD

Jan 31, 2016

RT @JenniferJJacobs: Iowa nice: Blizzard won't start until after caucuses. via @jasonclayworth dmreg.co/1WVUydD

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Police seek potential Blunck death witnesses

desmoinesregister.com — Des Moines police released photos Sunday of two people they say may be potential witnesses into the death of Des Moines architect Kirk Blunck. Blunck, 62, was found dead at the bottom of stairs of the Teachout Building, 500 E. Locust St., on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Jan 31, 2016

Famous architect collected big debt just before his "suspicious" death. dmreg.co/1WVxqfq via @JasonClayworth pic.twitter.com/BDUphNAFnY

Jan 31, 2016

Kirk Blunck death revelation: 'He said he had to meet someone that owed him a lot of money' dmreg.co/1WVxqfq via @DMRegister

Jan 31, 2016

Wow: Blunck collecting large debt before his death, his dad says dmreg.co/1WVxqfq via @JasonClayworth #Iowa #architecture

Feb 03, 2016

Iowa architect Kirk Blunck has died: he was collecting large debt before his death, his dad says desmoinesregister.com/story/news/cri…

Iowa agrees to review man's $5,000 tax refund request

desmoinesregister.com — The Iowa Department of Revenue says it will review the case of an 83-year-old Cedar Rapids man whose employment status was misclassified and who believes he wrongfully paid $5,000 in taxes. "Good Lord, the whole situation is opened up to the public and I'm not alone anymore," James Robertson said about his case after at least two lawmakers intervened on his behalf.

Democrats to Obama: Sink Medicaid privatization plan

desmoinesregister.com — Every Democratic member of the Iowa Senate signed a letter sent to President Obama Wednesday asking that a plan to privatize the state's Medicaid management be denied. Gov. Terry Branstad's plan will pay three private companies up to $504 million in the first year to manage the program that provides health care for 560,000 poor or disabled Iowans.
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Feb 02, 2016

RT @DMRegister: In an unknown number of Iowa Democratic caucus sites, delegates were awarded after the flip of a coin dmreg.co/1QFDLsP #IAcaucus

Feb 02, 2016

RT @jasonnobleDMR: We called in @JasonClayworth to explain the coin flips and how they figure into calculating statewide caucus results dmreg.co/1X1d7Nu


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