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Six months ago, the Davenport school district got a jolt.

The Iowa Department of Education issued a report outlining how the district had run afoul, in several places, of the federal law governing the education of kids with disabilities.

One of the most troubling parts of the state\u2019s examination of the district is how minorities, especially black students, are dealt with \u2013 how often they\u2019re identified for special education services, how frequently they\u2019re suspended or expelled, how much they\u2019re put into restraints or secluded from other students.

In each case, black students are over-represented when compared to their share of the overall student population.

Six months on, we were curious how the district was doing in remedying these problems.

So far, there isn't the data available that would give a clear answer.

\"The district is doing the things that we have asked of them,\" said Amy Williamson, chief of the Iowa Department of Education\u2019s bureau of school improvement.

However, she said, some in the district leadership aren't fully on board with the changes the state says are needed.

Notably, she cited the district\u2019s practice of sending students with behavior problems to Keystone Academy, the facility on West Kimberly Road. A disproportionate amount of the kids who attend Keystone are students of color.

\"I\u2019m not sure everyone at the district understands there is a significant issue here,\u201d she said.

Williamson said sending these kids to Keystone was tantamount to a suspension -- that they were going to a place where they didn\u2019t have access to the same curricular support as they would get in their regular schools.

The state says it told the district in May there needed to be changes.

A talk with Superintendent Art Tate reveals a clear difference with how he and the state see Keystone\u2019s role with respect to kids with behavioral problems.

Tate says kids weren't just sent there and forgotten. \u201cWe were fairly successful at turning them around, but now I don\u2019t have that option,\u201d he said the other day.

The state describes a setting where placement was more permanent.

There isn't even agreement on what the state directed the district to do with respect to Keystone. Tate said he was told to \"disband\" it. Williamson said the state only told the district it had to change the way it was using the facility.

Bottom line: The district is making changes. It's sending general education students, along with staffers, to their home schools by the end of this month.

We\u2019ve been told by people who know Keystone that the transition is happening quickly \u2013 and that it\u2019s not been easy on staff or students. Which strikes us, if true, as just the opposite of what kids with these issues need in their lives.

Still, if there's a way to get those students back to their home schools and help them be successful, that's a win.

It won't be easy.

The district and state are moving ahead with enlisting the help of national experts to deal with the cultural disconnect the state says has contributed to Davenport\u2019s problem with minorities.

We\u2019re encouraged to hear that, but we cringe when we hear Sandy Schmitz, the state\u2019s adviser overseeing corrective action, say that fixing the problems in Davenport will at times require going back to \u201cSpecial Education 101.\u201d

Both the district and the state tell us fixing the problem isn\u2019t something that happens overnight, that experts will be needed to provide ongoing training.

The district says it is taking this seriously. Board President Ralph Johanson told us last week he's headed to Des Moines next month to deliver that message personally.

We hope, going forward, these problems get ironed out.

The data clearly show the Davenport school district treats its minority students differently. And on this there seems to be universal agreement: These problems will require hard work over a period of years.

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If you're into flowers, you may have had the experience of seeing a certain bloom, or smelling a certain fragrance, that immediately connected you to a place, or a person, or a special memory.

You know that flowers can serve as a mental prompt.

For Sherri Harris, of Davenport, a rose that she bought at a big box store is a connection to her mother, Jerilyn Jean \"J.J.\" Werthman, who died in 2013 at the age of 56.

Harris doesn't know the name of the rose, but she bought it because it blooms orange-red, her mother's favorite color. This summer Harris \"pruned it way down\" after it was heavily damaged by the foraging of Japanese beetles, and since then, one stem has come roaring back until it reaches the gutters of her home.

Not only is the stem more than 9 feet in height, but it has produced a flower.

Husband Martin has contacted Guinness World Records to see if the stem might qualify for listing.

But for Sherri, what is special about the rose is less about records and more about her mom.

This year, 2018, has been a tough one for Sherri and her family. Lots of loss, lots of challenges. She feels the runaway rose is her mother's way of telling her to hang in there, to keep fighting.

\"This type of rose bush shouldn't be doing this,\" Sherri said. \"It's not a climbing rose. But it's like Jack and the Beanstalk, and it has been an inspiration for me.

\"I think she's trying to tell us, 'Don't give up,'\" Sherri said. \"This is her way of saying, 'Just keep climbing, don't give up. You can always get back up. No matter who knocks you down, no matter what it is, never give up.'

\"That's the way I look at it, anyway. I can't explain it other than my mom. This is how my mom taught me.\"

Sherri, who works as a floral designer at Coleman Florist in the Village of East Davenport, is among the legion of people who find gardening therapeutic. She can sit out in her backyard, or work with the plants, and feel as though she is in tune with her mother.

Meanwhile, Martin is going to pursue the record listing, a process that may take several months, he said. According to the Guinness website, the list of records is not fixed and can be added to, or subtracted from, for various reasons. The public is invited to submit applications for records which can be the bettering of existing records or the creating of a new record.

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It seems like every time I decide to spend money on a big purchase, unexpected expenses immediately come up.

This month, for example, I dug into my savings account to purchase a plane ticket, hotel rooms and some other items for an upcoming vacation. While I set money aside to do this, it emptied my pockets more than I'd like.\u00a0

And almost immediately, I got a flat tire. My phone broke. I had to switch to a pricier medication. Now I'm scrambling to make ends meet.

Financial emergencies can pop up at any time. They can range from simple annoyances, like my flat tire, to serious threats to financial security, such as losing a job.\u00a0

If you're not prepared for the unexpected, you run the risk of damaging your credit score, racking up debt and jeopardizing your lifestyle. Because it's hard to think about what-ifs, I asked financial advisers the best practices for dealing with financial emergencies.\u00a0

Create a financial cushion

The experts all say the same thing: The first step to financial security is building an emergency fund.\u00a0

That's a buffer between unexpected expenses and affording everyday life. Davenport financial coaches Ron and Meg Knapper said an emergency fund should be separate from other savings accounts.\u00a0

\"Savings is generally, you have a purpose in mind for that money, whether that's retirement, a car, a vacation or a shopping trip,\" Ron Knapper said in our first coaching session. \"Emergency fund is there because everybody at some point has something happen to them that impacts them in a negative way. The emergency fund is insurance. You don't want to have to use it, but if you wake up at 1 a.m. and end up in the emergency room, you're going to need it.\"\u00a0

Most financial advisers recommend saving between three and six months' of expenses to be a cushion in case of a job loss or long-term medical expenses.\u00a0

But according to Bankrate's financial security index survey, only 39 percent of people surveyed could cover a $1,000 emergency using their savings. So we've all got to start somewhere.

The Knappers call a $1,000 emergency fund a \"baby\" emergency fund, and said that is the best way to start building a financial cushion.\u00a0

Reduce unnecessary expenses

One of the most important, yet challenging, ways to be prepared for emergencies is to maintain a budget. That means living within your means, or below your means, to ensure you have extra funds.\u00a0

Some financial planners, including the Knappers, recommend zero-based budgeting. That means planning and justifying monthly expenses, plus setting aside money for emergencies, savings and debt repayments. Any leftover cash goes toward savings.\u00a0

If you're spending more from your accounts than you're putting into them, cut unnecessary costs. For me, that's reducing shopping, eating out and online subscriptions. It also means being mindful of spending and tracking every dollar spent.

Give your credit score a check-up

Financial advisers say maintaining good credit is one of the best ways to be prepared for what life throws at you. Paying bills on time, plus paying down credit cards and debt, can help raise your credit score.\u00a0

While using a credit card to cover emergencies is not ideal, having a good credit score can allow you to pay with a credit card or line of credit, if all else fails. But, using credit or taking out a loan to cover expenses today often prolongs the problem, the Knappers said.\u00a0

Find ways to free up cash

While it's great to be prepared for what could happen tomorrow, many of us need cash to cover emergencies today. There are several ways to free up some cash.

Instead of pulling money from funds designated for everyday expenses or bills, redirect your spending. Taking money from savings accounts dedicated to unnecessary expenses, such as a vacation or new phone, could be a short-term line of defense. But, it's important to replenish those accounts once you can.\u00a0

Selling old and unused items shouldn't be the first step to deal with an emergency, but it can help. Selling old electronics, clothes and other items can bring in quick cash.\u00a0

Financial planners also suggest a temporary side gig to make ends meet. With Uber and other app-based jobs available at the click of a button, it's not too difficult to find a flexible side job.\u00a0

It's hard to make sacrifices to plan for something that may never happen, but maintaining a cash reserve specifically for emergencies is the best way to deal with financial hiccups and bumps down the road.\u00a0

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Davenport police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting incident that took place in the 1400 block of Gaines Street at 7:52 p.m. on April 26 in which a victim suffered a minor gunshot wound.

Dynayus Deangaman Owens, 22, of 1420 Gaines St., was arrested Friday and is charged with one count each of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. The other two charges are Class D felonies that carry prison sentences of up to five years.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport police with the department\u2019s Tactical Operations Bureau, Owens fired two shots at a group of people from a car, a Chevrolet Malibu, in which he was riding. One person suffered a minor gunshot wound.

During a search of the vehicle investigators found one shell casing from an R-P 9mm handgun lying in the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

In 2014, Owens was convicted of two felonies, resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property. He also was convicted in 2015 of aggravated robbery. Those cases were in Rock Island County.

Federal authorities could take over the weapons charges against Owens under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice initiative instituted in 2001 to reduce gun violence.

It is a federal offense for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Using a firearm in commission of a crime of violence also carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Owens was being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on $20,000 bond, cash or surety

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IOWA CITY \u2014 It was hard to tell who was enjoying themselves more Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium, a clock-chewing Iowa offense or a defense that pitched the Hawkeyes\u2019 first shutout in a Big Ten home game since 1997.

Iowa played keep away against Maryland\u2019s big-play offense, running the ball 52 times for a season-high 224 yards while building a 2-to-1 edge in time of possession, leading the 19th-rated Hawkeyes to a 23-0 victory over the Terrapins.

\"The best way to not let their big-play guys make big plays is to keep them off the field, and our offense did a great job of that,\" Iowa defensive end Parker Hesse said. \"To watch them work the clock, run the ball the way they did, that was great.\"

The Hawkeyes\u2019 defense did its part as well, limiting a rushing attack that entered the game averaging 245.5 yards per game to 68 yards on the ground, 115 total yards and seven first downs.

\"We couldn\u2019t get off the field,\" Maryland linebacker Tre Watson said. \"You\u2019re supposed to get off the field on third down. \u2026 Those plays, they just wear on you.\"

Watson, a graduate transfer from Illinois, ended Iowa\u2019s first drive of the game with an interception, but that about as good as it got for Maryland.

The Terrapins ran just five plays in the first quarter, unable to chase the Hawkeye offense off the field.

A 17-play, 72-yard drive that included nine handoffs to Ivory Kelly-Martin took 9 minutes, 4 seconds off the clock before Miguel Recinos hit the first of his career-high three field goals from 23 yards to spot Iowa a 3-0 lead with three seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

\"We knew we were going to emphasize the run early and often, that it was going to be a big part of what we were going to do,\" Kelly-Martin said.

A wind gusting over 40 miles per hour that arrived about the time the sellout crowd of 69,250 settled into its seats only played into the game plan Iowa developed in the days leading up to the homecoming victory.

\"We knew there was a chance the wind was going to be a factor, and on days like this, you have to find different ways to win,\" quarterback Nate Stanley said. \"We have confidence that we can move the ball a lot of different ways. Sometimes it might be the pass, sometimes the run. Today, it started on the ground.\"

It ended there as well.

Kelly-Martin ran for a career-high 98 yards as Iowa methodically piled up its 224 yards on the ground.

\"I think we\u2019re showing we can be a balanced offense,\" Stanley said. \"We did what we wanted to do with the run game, and that\u2019s a step forward for us as a team.\"

As a follow-up to setting season superlatives with its drive of 17 plays and the more than nine minutes it took to collect the only points it needed, Iowa extended its lead with marches of 11 and 10 plays to open a 13-0 advantage at halftime.

Recinos connected from 25 yards midway through the second quarter, and Stanley, who endured an 11-of-22 passing performance that covered just 86 yards, did find Brandon Smith open for a one-handed 10-yard touchdown receptions with eight seconds left in the opening half.

\"I just reached out to get it, and Nate put it out there for me to do that. The first of many, I hope,\" Smith said, referencing his first collegiate touchdown.

Smith was Iowa\u2019s only offensive player to reach the end zone against Maryland, his score coming on a drive set up by an Amani Hooker interception.

The Hawkeyes scored their final 10 points in the third quarter, capping another 10-play drive with a 36-yard field goal by Recinos before Anthony Nelson recovered a fumble by Terrapins quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone with 3:31 left in the quarter.

\"Easiest touchdown I\u2019ve ever scored. The ball was just out there, waiting,\" Nelson said. \"It was one of those days when a lot of things went right. Getting the shutout is big. They don\u2019t happen very often. We were able to get the stops we needed to get the ball back to the offense.\"

The Hawkeye defensive effort limited Maryland to 39 offensive plays, the fewest by an opponent in the 20 seasons Kirk Ferentz has coached the Iowa program.

The Terrapins\u2019 115 total yards were the fewest by a Big Ten opponent against the Ferentz-coached Hawkeyes, and the shutout was the first for Iowa since a 28-0 win at Illinois in 2016 and its first at home in league play since a 62-0 win over Indiana 21 years ago.

\"We did a good job of doing the things we had to do today, and that included all three phases,\" Ferentz said. \"The defense obviously played a tremendous game, the offense did a great job of possessing the ball and keeping it on the ground, and I can\u2019t say enough about our special teams in dealing with the conditions.\"

It all combined for Iowa\u2019s sixth win in seven games and a 3-1 start as Big Ten play reaches its midpoint next Saturday at Penn State.

\"We\u2019re going to find out where we are at,\" free safety Jake Gervase said. \"We\u2019ve continued to move forward each week as a team and offense, defense, special teams, we\u2019re going to need to keep growing. This was another step in that process.\"

Photos: Maryland at Iowa Football
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The U.S. economy, though strong, continues to face sizable challenges. America\u2019s ongoing trade disputes, rising interest rates and a softening global economy all threaten to prematurely halt our robust pace of economic growth.

For investors, these concerns were painfully manifested in the recent and punishing sell-off in the stock market. On Oct. 3, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished a three-day rally to close at 26,828.39 \u2013 an all-time high. Six trading days later, the Dow had fallen more than 1,700 points, losing almost 7 percent of its value. The tech-heavy NASDAQ stock market lost almost 9 percent of its value.

Despite these challenges, expectations still remain high for the latest corporate earnings season, which began just over a week ago. Earnings season is a roughly four-week time period when the majority of corporations release their results for the prior quarter. For most companies, this will be the July-September third quarter. Each company\u2019s earnings (profits) and sales revenues, among other data, will be dissected by the markets to justify the current price of the company\u2019s stock.

In the third quarter, corporate earnings are expected to have increased by 19.3 percent over the prior year. This would be the third highest earnings growth rate since the first quarter of 2011, but below the second quarter\u2019s growth rate of 24.9 percent. For perspective, corporate earnings increased by just 1.3 percent in 2016 and 12.7 percent in 2017.

A strong third quarter earnings season would continue the stellar earnings data U.S. corporations have reported so far this year. More importantly, for investors, it would convey the U.S. economy and corporations continue to absorb the impact of rising interest rates and escalating trade disputes.

Equally important to the actual third quarter earnings results will be corporate America\u2019s future projections for earnings growth. Many in the financial community, including policymakers at the U.S. Federal Reserve, expect U.S. economic growth to begin tapering some time next year. According to data provided by Thomson Reuters, the growth rate for corporate earnings is expected to fall from 19.3 percent in the third quarter to 17 percent in the fourth quarter. For all of 2019, the earnings growth rate is expected to fall to just 10.5 percent.

So far, the initial burst of third quarter corporate earnings has been positive and encouraging. However, we\u2019ve yet to see key results from America\u2019s manufacturing sector \u2013 which has faced the brunt of our ongoing trade disputes. In the following weeks, industry heavyweights such as General Motors, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, John Deere and Caterpillar should provide some clarity on the current and projected state of America\u2019s economic health.

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Q: We have moved to a condo after raising 3 dogs and 4 cats in our old house over the course of 23 years. We think we want a kitten but do not want litter box issues. If we decide to adopt one, how do make sure it always uses the litter box?

A: While most cats are perfectly happy to use a litter box regularly their entire lives, a few don\u2019t for many reasons that primarily revolve around stress. Dirty litter boxes, noisy locations, multiple pets and physical ailments can all contribute.

Starting out on the right paw is important and can establish a routine that your cat can follow its entire life. Here are some tips to get your new friend on the right path.

\u2022 Don\u2019t play hide and seek with the litter box! Kittens need to be able to find the box easily and get in it without difficulty. In multiple-floor houses, having a box on each level may be desirable.

\u2022 Keep it clean! No matter the age of your feline friend, clean out the solids every day and clean and change the litter weekly or more often if needed. Cats will preferentially select a clean litter box over a soiled one.

\u2022 Location is extremely important. Stairs, a clanging furnace and your nephew\u2019s noisy Schnauzer can all interfere with a kitten\u2019s ability and desire to get to the litter box.

\u2022 Make sure your kitten is healthy and has been appropriately treated for intestinal parasites. Any disease that can cause gastrointestinal issues can prevent a kitten from making it to the litter box. Getting multiple stool checks and treatments for worms is standard care for kittens.

\u2022 Don\u2019t let your new kitten wander too far from your new litter boxes (bigger is better) and make sure it\u2019s using the boxes regularly before you are satisfied that training is over! Congratulations!

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The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to prune oaks during the dormant season, and that time has now arrived, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

\u201cThere have been several days in a row that were at or near freezing and the risk of oak wilt is very minimal,\u201d Tivon Feeley, DNR forest health program leader, said.

For that reason, the DNR suggests that you start pruning your oak tree now until late winter.

Oak wilt is caused by a fungus and has been present in the Midwest for many years. The disease is most commonly found in red, black and pin oak trees, but it can also be found in white and bur oak.

On most occasions, if red, black, or pin oak are affected by the fungus, they usually die within the same summer they become infected. But, white and bur oak can often take several years before they perish.

A healthy tree can be infected by the fungus two different ways: First, the fungus can be carried by a small beetle to an open wound of a healthy tree. Second, a healthy oak can get the fungus through root grafts if it is located near an infected tree.

A common symptom of oak wilt includes leaves turning a bronzed brown along the outer margins of the leaves. The best way to avoid the spread of oak wilt is to prevent any wounding to oak trees during the growing season.

If a tree is wounded from storm damage or pruning is required during the growing season, treat the wounds immediately with a wound dressing such as acrylic paint. The DNR does not recommend pruning paints or sealants as they tend to slow the tree\u2019s ability to heal the wound.

For more information on oak wilt prevention and control follow the link below: http://na.fs.fed.us/pubs/howtos/ht_oakwilt/identify_prevent_and_control_oak_wilt_print.pdf

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Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois-Henry County recently installed a sensory garden at the non-profit Liberty Village of Geneseo retirement community.

\u00a0\u201cThere are so many benefits from being outside in the fresh air and sunshine,\" director Lynn Lenz said.

Building the garden was in keeping with the Master Gardener goal of working on community projects.

Extension horticulture educator Martha Smith drew up the design, selecting plants with features that specifically target all five senses.

Plants with a variety of texture were placed near the garden edge where they are easy to touch. Roses and other fragrant flowers were added to stimulate smell, and a water fountain was installed for sound and visual interest. Liberty Village purchased the plants from local growers, and on Oct. 4, several Master Gardeners did the installation.

It is the first of three gardens envisioned for the center. The next will be a \"pizza\" garden with tomatoes, basil, green peppers, onions and other pizza ingredients and then a memory garden that will feature stones with the names of residents.

The latter \u201cwill be a nice way to remember all of our Liberty Village family members now and into the future,\u201d Lenz said.

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Matisse is disussion topic

A free presentation on the artist Henri Matisse, one of the most important Imressionist painters of the 20th century, will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline.

Carol Ehlers, volunteer for Arts Insight of the Chicago Institute of Art, will cover the six decades of the artist's life and the many forms of media in which he worked, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass and cut paper.

A friend (as well as competitor) with Picasso, despite their different styles, Matisse also enjoyed many friendships and collaborations with other important artists of the era. His use of bright, bold colors makes his works instantly recognizable, and popular to this day.

The talk coincides with the Figge Art Museum\u2019s impressive exhibit \u201cFrench Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950\u201d, featuring 59 works from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

For more information, call 309-743-2701.

Talk looks at art, Nazi party

A presentation titled \"Art and the Nazi Party\" will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

Visual art was important to the Nazi party, and Katherine Kunau, of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will discuss the systematic looting of art from Jewish families and occupied territory and contrast that with the distinctive artistic style the Nazis pushed on the German people.

The program is free with admission, which is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children.

For more information call 563-322-8844 or go to gahc.org.

ISU calendar is available now

The 2019 garden calendar published by Iowa State University Extension is now available for $7 from the online extension store (extension.iastate.edu) or at a county office.

Known for its colorful photos and month-by-month garden tips, the calendar's theme this year is seasons, showcasing \"something going on in the garden throughout the whole year,\" Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist, said.

The tips cover fruits, vegetables, lawn care, trees, shrubs, flowers and turfgrass.

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In a re-match contest for Iowa\u2019s 2nd Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack again faces Republican challenger Chris Peters, a Coralville surgeon who is seeking to unseat the longtime Iowa congressman for a second time.\u00a0

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The district, which spans the southeastern portion of the state, covers the Iowa side of the Quad-Cities metro and Iowa City, reaching as far west as the state\u2019s midsection, and has remained in Democratic control since the 2006 election.

The race is largely a throwback to 2016, with Peters running on a platform to reform health care, promote free market trade, and fix a Congress he says is \u201cbroken.\u201d Meanwhile, Loebsack has presented himself as the experienced candidate who understands the policy making process of Congress and has joined with the state\u2019s mostly Republican congressional delegation to make progress for the district.

The Republican candidate faces a high hurdle to unseat Loebsack, who defeated Peters by 8 percentage points in the last election even as the district went for President Donald Trump. And the most recent polls show Loebsack ahead of Peters by wide margins.

In an Sept. 7 survey conducted by Emerson College, Loebseck led Peters by 23 percentage points. A later poll showed a closing gap, with Peters trailing by 6 percentage points, but that survey stated Republicans may have been oversampled. The margins of error for the studies were 3 and 5 percentage points respectively.

In terms of campaign finance, Loebsack also retains an advantage with more than $1.5 million raised this election cycle, financial backing that comes with a mix of individual donors and from political, labor, advocacy and business groups. By comparison, Peters had raised roughly $520,000, about 20 percent of which came from loans Peters took to self-finance the bid.

Peters remains optimistic about his prospects. He says Congress is a dysfunctional body that has failed to legislate, and cites his medical background as an advantage to craft better health care policy at the federal level, something he says will also move the country toward a better financial standing. With another term in office, Loebsack says he would build on past efforts to address environmental concerns, promote economic growth regionally and nationally, and improve the Affordable Care Act while keeping it intact.

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Iowa Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg saw an \u201cincredible contrast\u201d between Gov. Kim Reynolds and her Democratic challenger, Fred Hubbell, in the first of their three scheduled debates.

\u201cIf nothing else, it showed that Governor Reynolds has a very positive, optimistic vision for where things are at and where things are going,\u201d he said. \u201cFred Hubbell could only talk about negativity. He was trying to spin things in a way to make Iowa look bad. I don\u2019t think Iowans want to get behind that.\u201d

Gregg expects the Reynolds to continue to tell Iowans about the progress the state is making in upcoming debates.

She\u2019ll continue \u201cmaking the case to Iowans why our leadership is the right leadership for the next four years,\u201d he said.

Gregg also expects a different Hubbell to show up.

\u201cI think she needs to be prepared for a Fred Hubbell who will be on the attack,\u201d Gregg said. \u201cHe clearly did not come across as prepared, so I suspect his handlers will tell him he has to really come after her.\u201d

\u201cAs the governor has consistently shown to even her own party\u2019s criticism, she is fully committed to a negative mudslinging campaign chock-full of personal attacks,\u201d Hubbell spokeswoman Remi Yamamoto said.

Hubbell will continue \u201cto articulate a clear, positive vision of how he will bring needed change on the issues Iowans care most \u2014 from reversing Medicaid privatization to investing in quality education,\u201d Yamamoto said.

\u201cWhile Governor Reynolds puts wasteful corporate tax giveaways first, Fred Hubbell will restore fiscal responsibility and put the budget behind the people-first priorities Iowans deserve,\u201d she said. \u201cHe is in favor of a middle-class tax break. In contrast, Governor Reynolds and the acting lieutenant governor's misguided priorities overwhelmingly skewed their tax reform toward the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the middle class.\u201d

Gregg responded that Iowa is on the right track because of Reynolds\u2019 leadership.

\u201cFolks don\u2019t have to take my word for that. It\u2019s true by any measure you can possibly think of,\u201d he said. \u201cThe budget is balanced. We closed fiscal 2018 with a $127 million surplus. We have over $600 million in our cash reserves. Unemployment stands at 2.5 percent. We\u2019re sixth in income growth.

\u201cTo sum up, Iowans are working. Incomes are going up, taxes are going down,\u201d he said.

Hubbell would undo that, Gregg continued, by raising taxes \u201cto a level Iowans can\u2019t afford. Fred Hubbell wants to throw all that progress away.\u201d

A final gubernatorial debate is scheduled at 8 a.m. Oct. 21 in Davenport. A partnership of the Quad-City Times, KWQC-TV 6 and KCRG, the debate is not open to the public, but broadcast live on KWQC-TV 6.

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DES MOINES \u2014 The close campaign for Iowa governor has garnered plenty of attention.

But the other statewide offices also offer some intriguing races and choices for voters.

Elections to become the next Iowa auditor, agriculture secretary and Secretary of State promise to be competitive and offer candidates with varied backgrounds.

SECRETARY OF STATE

Republican Paul Pate is running for re-election after returning to the office in 2015. He previously served one term as Secretary of State from 1995 to 1999.

\"Jules
Jules Ofenbakh
\"DEIDRE

DeJear

\"Paul

Pate

During this most recent term in the office, Pate oversaw the passage and implementation of a new law that requires voters to show state-approved identification when casting a ballot.

Voter ID laws across the country have been contentious \u2014 supporters say they are needed to ensure election integrity, and opponents say they discourage from voting people who do not have approved identification \u2014 and the laws often wind up facing court challenges, as did Iowa\u2019s.

Iowa\u2019s law is undergoing a soft rollout: voters in this fall\u2019s elections will be asked to produce a state-approved ID. If voters do not have an ID, they can still vote by signing a form that confirms their identity.

Democratic candidate Deidre DeJear owns a small marketing business, and served as vote director for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. In addition to disagreeing with the new voter ID law, DeJear says she wants to increase voter participation and streamline the state system for registering businesses.

The Libertarian candidate is Jules Ofenbakh.

AUDITOR

\"Mary

Mary Mosiman, Iowa state auditor

\"Rob

Rob Sand

Republican Mary Mosiman is running for re-election after being appointed to the office in 2013 and elected in 2014. She is Iowa\u2019s first female auditor.

The Democratic challenger is Rob Sand, who most recently worked in the state attorney general\u2019s office.

At the heart of this campaign has been a disagreement over the auditor\u2019s role as described in state law. Mosiman contends the law suggests the auditor should be a certified public accountant, which she is and Sand is not.

Sand, an attorney, says Mosiman is misreading the law and that a non-accountant can execute the duties of the office the same as an accountant.

Mosiman touts her experience and likes to tell supporters and voters, \u201cIn God we trust. Everyone else we audit.\u201d

Sand notes his work in the attorney general\u2019s office on cases involving a man who attempted to scam the Iowa Lottery and abuse of a state tax credit for movie projects.

The Libertarian candidate is Fred Perryman.

SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

\"Tim

Tim Gannon candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

\"Mike

Naig

\"Rick
Rick Stewart

Republican Mike Naig is running for election after being appointed to the job earlier this year. Naig, who grew up on a farm in Palo Alto County, has worked in the Iowa state agriculture department since 2013.

The Democratic challenger is Tim Gannon, a Jasper County farmer who worked under Tom Vilsack when the latter was Iowa governor and U.S. ag secretary.

The Libertarian candidate is Rick Stewart.

OTHER RACES

\"Marco
Marco Battaglia
\"Tom

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller\u00a0

\"Jeremy
Jeremy Davis
\"Iowa

Iowa Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald

State attorney general Tom Miller and treasurer Mike Fitzgerald, are both Democrats who have held their respective offices for decades.

Fitzgerald is being challenged by Republican Jeremy Davis and Libertarian Timothy Hird. Miller faces Libertarian Marco Battaglia.

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DES MOINES \u2014 Kim Reynolds made Iowa history.

Now she hopes to win an election and remain on the job.

Reynolds became Iowa\u2019s first female governor in 2017 when former Gov. Terry Branstad became U.S. ambassador to China.

Now Reynolds, a Republican, is running in the November election for a full four-year term.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds answers question from members of the media after speaking at the Future Ready Iowa Regional Summit held at the Putnam Museum and Science Center in Davenport, Iowa Tuesday, October 02, 2018.

Her main challenger is Democrat Fred Hubbell, a retired business executive and former director of the state\u2019s economic development and renewable energy boards.

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Hubbell

Libertarian Jake Porter also will appear on the ballot after the party earned official party status with its showing in the 2016 elections.

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The race is expected to be close: a recent Iowa Poll showed Hubbell with a slim lead over Reynolds, within the poll\u2019s margin for error.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting in Iowa is underway.

Reynolds claims the state is in good shape \u2014 she cites low unemployment, confidence from business leaders, and high rankings from national publications \u2014 but says there is more work to be done. She touts state tax cuts and a restructuring of the state\u2019s mental health care system.

Reynolds portrays herself as a small-town Iowa girl who grew up waiting tables and checking groceries.

\u201cI\u2019m a fifth-generation Iowan who chose to live, work and raise her family in a state I love, a state where if you work hard and dream big anything is possible,\u201d Reynolds said this week during the first of three debates between her and Hubbell. \u201cMy story is the Iowa story, and it\u2019s reflective of the opportunities that exist here.\u201d

Hubbell says the state needs a new direction \u2014 he is especially critical of private companies\u2019 management of the state\u2019s $5 billion health insurance program for disabled and low-income Iowans \u2014 and cites his experience as a leader in both business and state government.

Hubbell was CEO of Younkers in the 1980s, was director of a state board dedicated to funding renewable energy projects, and was brought in as interim director of the state economic development board to help clean up after reports revealed wasteful use of a state tax credit for movie projects.

\u201cI\u2019m a fifth-generation Iowan, I love our state and I\u2019m running for governor to change its direction by putting people first,\u201d Hubbell said during the debate. \u201cLet\u2019s work together to put people first. For Gov. Reynolds, it\u2019s more of the same. But for all Iowans, it\u2019s time for a change.\u201d

Porter describes his Libertarianism as taking the best of the Democrats and Republicans and getting rid of the worst. Reducing government spending and sentences for non-violent crimes are among Porter\u2019s top priorities.

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Happy Birthday! You are an awesome brother that saved my life. Thanks so much for everything. Love Your, Brother Vic

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Harold (Pete) and Sandra Gradert of Geneseo will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary Friday, October 26, 2018. Sandra Harris and Harold Gradert were married Saturday, October 26, 1968 at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo by Rev. Harold Dagley. They have three children and five Har grandchildren.

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Why wait till 90! Start the party at 88! Happy Birthday Mom!

Love, Wanda Marie (Lopez) Saldivar

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Daniel B. Kaufman will be celebrating his 90th Birthday on October 22, 2018. A family dinner is being held in his honor. Daniel was born October 22, 1928 to Burton & Tillie Kaufman. Daniel married Joan Niemann in Atlanta, Georgia on August 4, 1951. Joan passed away on January 19, 2018. Daniel is a retired rural postal carrier, farmer and service manager at Bob Ripple Ford. His children are: Roger (Cheryl) Kaufman and Connie (Roger) Burzlaff. His grandchildren are: Karna (Chris) Reicks, Kerry (Amber) Burzlaff and Kendra (BJ) Yaddof. His great-grandchildren are: Ella Reicks, Kade, Kallie and Keaton Burzalaff, Adian and Owen Yaddof. Cards may be sent to 615 \u2013 6th Avenue South, DeWitt, IA 52722

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Heinz Hehlke of Camanche, Iowa, will Celebrate his 85th Birthday with an open house on Oct. 28, 2018 from 1-3 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Camanche, Iowa. Heinz is retired from Alcoa. He has three children, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren (with one more on the way in Dec.) Please join us and help celebrate with cake and coffee. He requests no gifts, your presence is his gift!

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Monica Kurth

Age: 68

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Current legislator; retired community college instructor

Qualifications: Active involvement in politics and community organizations: Quad Cities Interfaith, Scott County Democratic Party, Progressive Action for the Common Good, 35 years work with at-risk youth, education, counseling.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

No, Iowa is not providing adequate funding at any level. Over the last eight years, although in a growing economy, education funding has remained relatively flat. If this continues, even growing school districts at maximum per student funding will face underfunding. Davenport schools are facing increased class sizes, possible building closures, and under-staffing.

Community colleges and regents universities have faced mid-year budget cuts and rising tuition costs as public funding has decreased. Tuition increases are making it prohibitive for many students.

There is also the need for highly educated workers, but the funding required to get those degrees is so high many students are seeking jobs outside of Iowa, with higher pay, in order to repay loans.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or why not?

The privatization of Medicaid in Iowa has not worked. There are unacceptable service denials, service decreases, and late repayments to providers. Many report repayments as late as nine to 12 months. Providers have had to increase staff just to deal with added paperwork because of late pays and denials. Meanwhile, people who need services have suffered. Anecdotal evidence addresses these concerns.

The idea that privatization would save money was unbelievable. To go from public administration costs of 3 percent to private administration costs of 12 percent means the loss of millions in service dollars.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

I believe the Governor\u2019s 2018 tax cut needs to be reevaluated. When 40 percent of the benefit goes to those in the highest 4 percent income, it\u2019s hard to make the point that this tax cut benefits the middle class. In addition, the entire tax credit system needs to be examined. Certainly, some tax credits are doing as intended. The Earned Income Tax Credit is important to those at the bottom levels of income. The Historic Renovation tax credits help provide jobs and improve conditions throughout the state. Davenport has benefited from this credit with restoration of significant buildings. But when the state of Iowa writes direct checks to organizations who exist outside of the state and pay no Iowa taxes, it\u2019s difficult to call them tax credits. We don\u2019t need\u00a0 more revenue; we need to look at how current revenue is allocated.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

Our current medical cannabis law is not adequate. We need to lift the cap on the THC percentage as well as adding more health conditions for which medical cannabis can be prescribed. States with more vigorous laws have found that when medical cannabis prescriptions increase, opioid prescriptions decrease. That is research we certainly need to keep an eye on.

Overall legalization of marijuana needs to wait. We will benefit from studying other states and Canada to see how public safety and public health are affected by legalization.

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Norlin Mommsen

Age: 60

Residence: DeWitt

Occupation: Farmer raising corn, soybeans and cattle

Qualifications: Chair of the House Ag and Natural Resources Appropriations Committee. Member of the House Agriculture Committee, Education Committee, Natural Resources Committee and House Appropriations Committee.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

Education has always been a priority of mine. Since 2011 education funding has increased 30% bringing the total spent to$3.2 billion per year. This has allowed our schools to hire over 2,300 teachers, far out pacing the increase in enrollment across the state. Along with the increase in funding we have given our districts much more flexibility. This increase in \"local control\" along with the increase in funding will help keep Iowa number one when it comes to graduation rates.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

Over the last few years the Medicaid budget has gone from a small line item to a major part of the budget. This increase in costs has begun to put pressure on other priorities of the state like public safety, K-12 education and courts. This rapid increase and unpredictability of costs is why Governor Branstad made the change from a reactive approach to Medicaid to a proactive approach.

I agree with this approach but believe we must continue to make improvements. This past year we passed legislation that will hold the managed care organizations more accountable to patients, providers and taxpayers. We must continue to evaluate this program constantly to ensure that vulnerable Iowans get the care they need and deserve.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

It is important to remember the majority of the state's revenue comes from Iowans. With this in mind I believe the legislature has a duty to collect only what it needs to fund the states priorities. This allows Iowans decide how they want to spend their own money. I think we are doing just fine right now.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

The legislature recently passed a medical cannabis law. It included rules on the growing, distribution and use of the CBD oil. The law contained a limited list of conditions for which Iowans can obtain the oil. A board made up of medical professionals was set up to determine dosages and if any additional conditions should be added to the list. This largely removes politics from the issue and puts experts in charge. The program is in the beginning stages and we must allow the process to continue before we try and make any dramatic changes.

With all the negative and unintended consequences associated with recreational marijuana use I can not support it.

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Mindy Ortiz Carpenter

Age: 59

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Real Estate Specialist, Scott County Recorder's Office

Qualifications: Thirty-nine years experience in real estate, vital, and conservation records; Certified Passport Agent; knowledgeable in all aspects of office administration; currently managing real estate staff.

Please assess the level of services provided by the Recorder\u2019s office and how could it improve?

Current staff does a great job with little to no supervision. Dedicated staff has identified areas of improvement which could be implemented. Improvements I would like to see are increasing the days of passport application processing from 3-5 days and moving staff back to their intended jobs now that cross training is complete to improve efficiency in the office. These improvements would better serve the public.

What steps have, or should, the office take to improve transparency and access to public documents?

Better identification of plats and covenants to cross index images and information to make them easier for the public to access; put this information online. Properties and property information should be cross referenced with a property address, not just a legal description, to make it more readily available and accessible to the public. Online registration renewals of boats, ATVs and snowmobiles would be an additional improvement. Promotion of electronic filing of real estate records by the attorneys handling real estate closings would speed up the recording process, from up to three days to within 24 hours.

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Gary Mohr

Age: 66

Residence: Bettendorf

Occupation: Retired 2015 after 41 years in Higher Education Administration

Qualifications: I am completing my first two-year term in the Iowa House representing District 94. I served three years as alderman for the city of Bettendorf.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

I would prefer that we spend more for education in Iowa as long as we live within our budget. Independent studies show Iowa is a leader in the nation for increasing funding for education over the past several years. I would prefer funding any growth out of increased growth to the budget to fund increases to K-12 education and workforce preparation for industries. Currently, $4 billion out of our $7.5 billion budget goes to fund education. It is a priority when 53 percent of our entire budget goes to fund education.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

The ongoing increases from the old state-managed Medicaid were simply unsustainable. In fiscal year 1990, Medicaid accounted for 7 percent of our state budget. By 2005, it accounted for 9 percent of the budget and by 2015 it was 19 percent of our state budget. Just like every family in Iowa has had to do, we needed to live within our budget. Changes needed to be made because Medicaid increases were consuming money that could have been spent on education, law enforcement, etc. With time these issues will get worked out and services will improve. While we work out these problems, I want to help be part of the solution. We simply couldn\u2019t afford to remain on the same financial path.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

I am not in favor of raising taxes on Iowans. Government only needs to collect what\u2019s truly necessary to fund the priority needs of Iowa. Everything else should be returned to the taxpayers. I\u2019m in favor of bringing in about what we do now as it is enough to fund state government. There is no limit to what some people want to spend in government.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

Last session we passed a medical marijuana bill through the Iowa Legislature. I want to see how well it works and would be open to making changes, over-time, based on our experience with it and on the advice of medical providers. I am not in favor of legalizing marijuana. There are too many negatives consequences we see from other states that have legalized it.

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Patti Robinson

Age: 55

Residence: Clinton

Occupation: Case manager

Qualifications: Lifelong resident of Iowa. I have worked in the school system and I was the Director of Case Management for Clinton County for over 25 years in the Medicaid system.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

No, I do not. I feel we could be taking some of the corporate tax credit refund money and put it toward our children\u2019s education versus giving million dollar corporations a refund when they don\u2019t need the hand out.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

I do not support the privatization of Medicaid. I worked in the system when the state ran Medicaid. It was a system that worked. I\u2019m not saying it was perfect but it was working. Now the private insurance companies are making profit off of denying and reducing services to our most vulnerable people, our elderly and disabled.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

I would hope we could keep it as it is however, the budget needs to be looked at closely to see where the money is being spent. I need to see a break down of how and where our state dollars are spent before I can make an informed decision.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

I am supportive of expanding the medical cannabis law. It has been proven by the medical profession that the use of cannabis oil does relieve symptoms for many different diseases. I am on the fence regarding legalizing recreational marijuana. My work with persons with mental health and substance abuse issues, I have seen too many individuals with drug addictions who started out experimenting with marijuana and moved on to using more addictive drugs. I am more than willing to be at the table for a discussion though.

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Chris Cournoyer

Age: 48

Residence: LeClaire

Occupation: Self-Employed Website Designer

Qualifications: I have always been an active member of my community who works well with others to create a positive impact for everyone.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

I ran for the Pleasant Valley School Board because public education is a passion of mine. My education priorities are to ensure timely and sustainable funding and to close the per pupil funding gap. Mid-year budget cuts and delayed funding levels from the legislature make the job of school boards and administration much more difficult. The per pupil funding inequity plaguing many schools districts, especially in eastern Iowa, must continue to be addressed and I believe my experience in education and understanding of school funding will help me continue to eliminate that funding gap. I support giving locally elected school boards more flexibility in how they spend their funding to best support the needs of the students in their district.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

The massive spending growth in Medicaid is crowding out funding for other priorities like education and public safety. I believe we need to continue to evaluate the Medicaid managed care process, ensure participants are receiving the care they need and providers are being reimbursed in an appropriate and timely manner. The oversight of the legislative branch is important to continue to monitor the program and to make any necessary changes.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

I will advocate for pro-growth policies like tax relief and regulatory reform. These policies will continue the growth the Iowa economy has been experiencing. When the economy is growing more career opportunities exist, businesses can grow and wages rise. Another benefit of a growing economy is increased revenues to the state and local municipalities, providing more resources for education, public safety, mental health and health care.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

As a mother of four, I sympathize with families struggling to find medicine to properly treat chronic illness. I support medical cannabis for individuals suffering from legitimate medical issues who have struggled to find other forms of medicine to treat their problems. I am strongly opposed to recreational use of marijuana.

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Joan Marttila

Age: 68

Residence: Bettendorf

Occupation: Audiologist/administrator (retired)

Qualifications: Past President, Iowa Speech Language Hearing Association, Past President, Iowa Speech Language Hearing Foundation, Audiology Doctorate, community volunteer

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education?

No. Public education is underfunded at all levels. This has resulted in increased class size, decreasing course options, and program elimination. It has caused educators to settle for salaries that do not even keep up with inflation. At the same time, Iowa needs a diverse workforce that can meet the job needs in an increasingly technological age. Iowa is currently unable to provide educational opportunities to upgrade skills of existing workers. We cannot plan for the future needs of Iowa if the Legislature is unwilling to even fund its present needs.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

No. The move to privatized Medicaid has affected individuals with severe disabilities, the poor, and the elderly. Privatization has resulted in decreased consumer services, an astronomical increase in consumer complaints, and consumer service denial. Service providers are not being reimbursed for their services at a reasonable rate or are not being reimbursed at all. This has forced them to obtain private loans, reduce services, or close their doors. Families are faced with increasingly worrisome financial burdens as they try to maintain the health services their loved ones need. It\u2019s time to end Medicaid privatization.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

The state budget has been mismanaged for the last several years. Iowa\u2019s budget should align with its priorities. Politicians have underfunded schools and our mental health system while corporate tax credits have grown significantly. The tax bill just passed last session included another $483 million in corporate tax cuts. The budget should be reexamined to determine if these are a) giving taxpayers a good return on our investment; and b) benefiting the majority of Iowans. We should not balance the budget on the backs of hard-working Iowans.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law?

The 2017 legislature passed a bill to improve access to cannabidiol (non-intoxicating medicinal oil) and establish a Medical Cannabidiol Board to establish policies and procedures regarding sale and use of CBD. It would make sense to have the Board study the issue and make a recommendation regarding changing CBD access and legalization of marijuana. The Iowa Legislature should not be in the business of practicing medicine. Legalize marijuana? I would listen to the recommendation of the Board as well as the federal government\u2019s current policy regarding marijuana production, sale, and banking practices. These factors would determine my vote on expansion of CBD and cannabis use.

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Jim Lykam

Age: 68

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Retired small business owner

Qualifications: 16 years in the Iowa House, 2nd year in the Iowa Senate. Committees: Transportation, Commerce, Natural Resources, Administration and Regulation Budget Subcommittee.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

No. Iowa schools, parents and educators are screaming a warning: \"We need adequate funding or our students will continue to suffer.\"

New investment in public schools has been the lowest in Iowa history for eight of the last nine years and has not kept up with inflation. We need to make education a top priority in our state to ensure that Iowa children can compete for 21st century jobs.

Strong public schools mean strong communities. We need to make sure our schools get their fair share of funding.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

Privatized, for-profit Medicaid continues to be a disaster for Iowa families, health care providers and taxpayers.

For more than two years now, we've battled the mess created when the governor and Republican legislators privatized the health care of 600,000 Iowans. No matter how bad things get, supporters stick their heads in the sand and claim it is working, while a $5 billion health care system crumbles.

The best option would be for Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans to reverse course and join legislative Democrats in supporting a return to a more efficient, publicly managed system.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

The Governor and Legislature should develop a budget that is based on the priorities of their constituents in terms of critical services and the ability of individuals and businesses to pay taxes to ensure a balanced budget.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

Yes. The Legislature needs to approve an expanded, comprehensive medical cannabis program to properly treat more Iowans with debilitating conditions.

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Roby Smith

Age: 40

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Iowa State Senator, Co-owner of the Quad-Cities River Bandits

Qualifications: I am a husband, father of four, business owner, serve on the Scott Community College Foundation Board, and teach junior achievement. I am a two-term incumbent state senator and I have never missed a vote (2,637 or 2,637).

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

Education is Iowa\u2019s number one priority and approximately 55 percent of the state budget is spent on education. Since I have been in the Iowa Senate we have increased funding for pre-K-12 education by $765 million. Iowa is ranked the fourth best state in the nation for school funding with a 20.6 percent increase in total state funding per student since 2008. I led the fight and passed the first phase to eliminate school inequity funding. I look forward to funding the next several phases of this effort until we completely eliminate this inequity. This will bring additional funds to Davenport, Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley schools.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

The move to privately manage Medicaid was decided by former Governor Branstad without any consultation or vote from the legislature. I want to make sure people have the coverage and care needed. No matter what system of care is in Iowa, it is important that vulnerable Iowans receive the care they deserve. It is also important that providers are being reimbursed appropriately and timely for the care they are providing.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

We need to make sure we have the revenues necessary to fund essential government services in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Doing so allows us to control the cost of government, which in turn allows Iowans to keep more of their hard-earned money. Last year, we provided an increase of close to $50 million for Pre-K-12 education, including funding to address school inequity. We fully funded necessary increases in health care, public safety, and at the same time, cut taxes for hard working Iowa families. In the end, these income tax cuts will provide Iowans with more disposable income, leading to greater spending, job creation, higher wages, and additional state revenues. Iowa has a budget surplus and the state reserve funds are full.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

I voted for the current medical cannabis law and I am open to improvements, changes and expansion to our current law. I am against the legalization of marijuana.

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John Maxwell

Age: 57

Residence: Donahue

Qualifications: I own and operate my own business, Cinnamon Ridge Farms. I have served on many boards, including the North Scott School Board as president.

Does the county provide enough funding for mental health services? Explain.

Nationwide, there is a great need for more mental health funding. Over the last few years, local resources have seen growth and great accomplishments. In order to build on that success, continued collaboration among vital people and organizations is necessary. If elected, I pledge to continue working with the other counties in our region, the legislators, and Scott County key players to build, expand and emphasize mental health systems in the area. With that cooperation, we can increase funding for mental health services.

How should the county board balance the need to preserve rural farm ground with the needs of economic development?

I\u2019m a strong advocate for preserving agricultural farm land and I agree with the county\u2019s land use policy, which allows for development in designated locations. Economic development is necessary for the county to create jobs, which then make for great school growth and a vibrant community.

Are county property taxes too high, too low, or just right? Explain.

Currently, Scott County has the lowest tax rate of the eight largest counties in Iowa and is one of the lowest of all 99 counties. That makes Scott County an attractive place for people and businesses to locate. Having more people and business come to Scott County will increase revenues thus enabling increased support in the many services that Scott County provides. Currently, I feel taxes are just right.

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Rogers Kirk

Age: 67

Residence: Bettendorf

Occupation: Pastor

Qualifications: Proven leadership skills include various boards with extensive budgetary experience while serving as a Federal Express executive and Vice President of the National Baptist Convention.

Does the county provide enough funding for mental health services? Explain.

No. Funding local mental health and substance use disorder programs and services is an ongoing challenge. Like many other counties in the country, in order to increase mental health funding, they have adopted a 1/10 of 1 percent sale tax to support mental health and substance use disorder services.

These funds can be used to support a wide range of direct and wraparound services for targeted populations such as youth, families and children, veterans and their families, the aging population, the one who utilize the services the most.

How should the county board balance the need to preserve rural farm ground with the needs of economic development?\u00a0

By focusing on three central goals:

Are county property taxes too high, too low, or just right? Explain.

I feel that Scott County property taxes are adequate for the services that are provided. If we are going to improve our service to mental health, substance abuse addiction, and affordable housing, we need these increases in order to provide a better quality of living for the residents of Scott County. There\u2019s a possibility that we may need to take a more serious look at a possible increase in the future.

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Brinson L. Kinzer

Age: 58

Residence: Blue Grass

Occupation: Journeyman Electrician (32 Year IBEW L.U. 145 Member); full-time safety director for Davenport Electric Contract Company

Qualifications: Blue Grass city council member for three consecutive four-year terms. Mayor for five years. One term, Scott County Board of Supervisors.

Does the county provide enough funding for mental health services?

Yes, Scott County does, and no, the State of Iowa does not. Scott County belongs to a region of five counties, as mandated, but not funded by, by the state. The region provides core services mandated by the state, but long-term sustainability depends on state funding. Senate File 504 capped the maximum amount counties could levee. If all five counties leveed at the maximum, the region would generate $9.2 million for a budget of $15 million. The difference is made up from a fund balance. But excess fund balance must be drawn down to 20 percent by 2020. The state must either fund 100 percent or allow the region the mechanism to do so. It is our obligation to help and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

How should the county board balance the need to preserve rural farm ground with the needs of economic development?

Leave rural farms alone, and repurpose or rebuild existing facilities that have ceased operation. We have sites with proper zoning, infrastructure, access, already available, like the existing Kraft plant. Why not work with the city to encourage a developer to establish a business there? Help with incentives, not giveaways! Farming has a rich tradition and is valuable to maintain. In the late 70s and early 80s a land use policy was created, with the input of citizens and civic organizations, thus agriculture preservation ground came to be. That land is voluntarily annexed into a nearby city, and the county has no jurisdiction to protect. Why do we spend our energy forcing a company to leave the river front to create green space, yet we create an \u201cIndustrial Floating Zone\u201d in farm ground in the name of economic development? Folks, we feed the world. I stand with Scott County farmers.

Are county property taxes too high, too low, or just right?

I don\u2019t like paying taxes. But, the amount of services are driven by taxes taken in. Scott County has a tradition of being a low-taxed county. In fiscal year 2019 Scott County\u2019s urban property tax rate ranked the second lowest among the eight largest urban counties, even though we rank third in population.The County\u2019s tax base has increased at an average rate of 3.09 percent annually over the past 10 years. In the last few years, we have increased services, constructed a new Sheriff\u2019s Patrol Facility, purchased patrol cars, body cameras, relocated Planning and Development, remodeled the Juvenile Detention Facility (which makes me sad. We need programs to help our youth and keep that building empty) and much more. Staff has seen small increases in wages and benefits, with no layoffs, and actually adding staff. All of the above mentioned were paid for while maintaining a balanced budget with no borrowing. We are very proud to have an Aa1 bond rating.

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Cindy Winckler

Age: 68

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Retired from Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency as a Quality Learning Consultant, working with 26 school districts to provide quality instruction and implement strategies for meaningful student success; taught Family and Consumer Science in area schools.

Qualifications: I currently serve as State Representative for House District 90, continuing my advocacy for civil rights, and access to health care, quality education and safe communities.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

No. Per pupil K-12 increases are the lowest in history, forcing schools to cut necessary programs for our students. The per pupil funding inequity needs to be permanently resolved. The disparity in transportation costs also need to be addressed. Changing the funding timelines have placed schools in a precarious situation as they struggle to balance their budget. Inadequate higher education funding at the state level forces students and families to cover costs through rising tuition \u2014 at the same time Iowa is struggling to meet workforce needs. Affordable access to education at all levels strengthen Iowa\u2019s economy because families and communities benefit.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

No. Services previously provided to Iowans have been greatly diminished. Service providers are not receiving timely payments and are not receiving agreed upon reimbursement. At the same time, costs are rising. There is no oversight of the managed care organizations. The decision was made solely by the governor, removing the legislative branch from any checks and balances in this important program.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

Our current revenue is adequate and our revenue has been increasing steadily since the Great Recession, but last year\u2019s changes in tax policy will greatly reduce the current revenue when it is fully implemented. Iowans will continue to see problems with adequately funding our programs and services, if the policy remains. The escalation of tax credits and new tax policy will continue to cause problems in meeting the needs of Iowans. The state budget should adequately fund the important programs first, not force them to fight over the remaining revenue.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

Yes, I would change the law by replacing the 3 percent THC cap with 90 grams over 90 days and change the code language to include \u201cchronic or severe pain.\u201d The Medical Cannabidoil Board should review current issues and recommend changes. Patients are waiting for relief.

The legalization of marijuana should be under consideration. I will continue to review this issue.

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David Melchert Jr. did not respond.

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Scott Webster

Age: 38

Residence: Bettendorf

Occupation: Homebuilder - premier custom homes

Qualifications: I have served as an alderman in Bettendorf for four years. We serve citizens well by efficiently providing critical services at reasonable tax levels.

Does the county provide enough funding for mental health services? Explain.

Funding for mental health services is a difficult balance between state, county, and private insurance funding. It's imperative to keep the highest level of service possible by having multiple providers competing on service, outreach, depth, breadth and price level. As a supervisor, it's critical we understand how the system works best versus a simple one-supplier model. Frankly, there will most likely never be enough money for mental health services, so like all services, we have to be judicious and prudent with every dollar to maximize the benefit to the citizens; that's our job.

How should the county board balance the need to preserve rural farm ground with the needs of economic development?

Coordination and communication rule the day. Nobody lives in a bubble insulated from a neighbor. If we foster great communication with all parties, we reduce tension and help to produce the best result. Land use maps, zoning plans, development plans and the like all need to be coordinated, communicated and thought through with ample discussion prior to any adoption. Each case is unique, yet each case affects citizens and it's the supervisor's job to understand and foster an environment of trust.

Are county property taxes too high, too low, or just right? Explain.

Taxes are always a function of level of service. Scott County has a long history of keeping taxes as low as possible and I intend to be fiscally prudent and maximize efficiencies wherever possible. Regardless of what anyone says, there has never been a \"free lunch\" at any time, nor has there been a \"free chicken\" in every pot. During this campaign I've heard some say the county should do all sorts of things that are both outside of the scope of this government and/or prohibited based on regulations. Keeping the county focused, functional, within its bounds, and at the highest level of service is why I'm running and I hope the citizens of the county stay true to their roots and want to continue a well-run government. I hope I can continue to improve on a great legacy; that's why I'm hoping to serve the county.

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Mike Fennelly

Age: 57

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Self-employed businessman

Qualifications: My 32-plus years of successful business and leadership experience in Scott County proves my ability to effectively lead and manage people, programs and resources.

What is in your background that qualifies and makes you best suited for the treasurer\u2019s office?

With over 32 years of experience as owner and operator of several successful small businesses in Scott County, I have extensive background in important areas, such as managing people, finances, properties, vehicles and equipment. Through these experiences, I have come to know and value the importance of integrity, hard work, clear and effective communication, motivating and empowering employees, being fiscally sound, and having a customer-first mentality. I bring these qualities to the position of Scott County Treasurer. My work in the real estate, construction, and food service industries required extensive interaction with the Treasurer's Office which allowed me, as a customer, to know and understand the intricacies of the office. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the people as Treasurer of Scott County.

How would you assess, and if needed, improve services in the county treasurer\u2019s office?

I will continue to run the office as a high-performing entity known for providing quality customer service. Through effective two-way communication and soliciting feedback from staff members and customers, I will make a difference by identifying ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the office through technology and other means.

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Phyllis Thede

Age: 64

Residence: Bettendorf

Occupation: State Legislator House 93

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

The funding for education has not been funded at a level that is sustainable.

Closing of schools, programs cuts have occurred. For six years the Majority party refused to set the SSA (School Supplement Aid) in the timely manner. This forced districts to assume a zero balance.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

The Medicaid system is the responsibility of the state. We are a service organization that helps provide for our most vulnerable citizens. For profit institutions are what they are, FOR PROFIT!

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

Yes, I believe it is important that we bring more revenue into Iowa\u2019s state government. It is important that we sustain a level of revenue growth to help fund our programs.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

I would like to expand the current medical cannabis law. We need to up the THC levels for patients who are in severe pain and for a child with debilitating seizures. The idea of the legalizing marijuana has not been brought up for serious consideration, we will have to wait and see on that particular topic.

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Rita Vargas

Age: 60

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Scott County Recorder, 2003-present

Qualifications:

Please assess the level of services provided by the Recorder\u2019s office and how could it improve.

Crediting the exemplary staff I have the privilege to work alongside, this office is thanked daily for the prompt, efficient and friendly services. I have worked diligently to ensure the office stays on the cutting-edge in the Recorder\u2019s field by participating in association/state committees advocating for taxpayers. Together, the ILR Payment Committee was successful in negotiating a significant lower convenience fee for our customers who use a debit/credit card, from $2 to 53 cents for a vital record. Because I have embraced technology many services can be accessed safely/conveniently from your home/office. I continue to look for the latest innovations by consulting with my staff/peers/customer.

What steps have, or should, the office take to improve transparency and access to public documents?

Records in this office are accessible to the public. Where we need improvement is convenience. In conjunction with the IT Department we are currently seeking proposals to scan and digitize the microfilm/aperture cards back to 1972. The Digital Conversion Project is a multi-phase project and will include land books as resources are budgeted. Not only will this make access more convenient, we are creating a secure environment that will safeguard your records and allow us to continue to conduct business in the event of a disaster.

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Jean Simpson

Age: 62

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Retired Social Worker

Qualifications: Active listener, assess needs, prioritize goals, advocate for vulnerable populations, allocate and develop resources, communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

No, education is not adequately funded. To attract and retain great teachers, meet the growing needs of students from preschool to post-, create equity in funding formulas, ensure every student leaves with the skills to acquire a job with living wages/benefits, or attend post-secondary school without overwhelming debt, and create the highly skilled workforce needed to make our economy thrive, we need to fully fund our education investment. States with the highest brain power, solid work ethic, proficient social skills and skilled workers will be the ones who will be prepared to sustain the best quality of life in the 21st century.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

No. Their past records of penalties for poor performance were a red flag they would not perform well here in Iowa. I haven\u2019t seen evidence of significant savings with better outcomes. Private business excels in a competitive market, when developing the best products or services. However, people aren\u2019t products. People require best practice within a reasonable budget to reach best outcomes. Privatized medicine driven by profit, have left patients without basic care and providers with unpaid bills.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

Every budget is a value statement. We need to look at the many exemptions and credits along with its true cost-benefit to our state to see if those dollars are being given away to out-of-state companies or spent and promoting Iowan\u2019s best interests. I would want to be certain that we are supporting Iowa small business interest first to enhance both our rural and urban needs and culture. I am a fiscal hawk, so any raise in revenue needs to show for every nickel we spend, it brings us a dime value over time. Look at any gaps in infrastructure, health care, or opportunities that may be keeping us from retaining or attracting people to our beautiful state. We also need a vision that looks at the future cost of not funding something significant.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

We must be committed to creating an environment that shows we respond to the basic needs of all Iowans, in all areas including jobs, education and health care. If cannabis is contributing to wellness, then we need to work toward removing barriers for patients to get the help they need. If medicinal cannabis contributes to an individual\u2019s ability to function better at work, in school, with family or overall wellness then legalizing it would be beneficial to Iowans and provide an additional tax revenue.

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Tim McClimon

Age: 65

Residence: DeWitt

Tim McClimon (D)\u00a0Probation and Parole Officer, retired

Qualifications: I have a lifetime of experience solving complicated problems by listening to people from all backgrounds, gathering facts and making difficult decisions under pressure.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

No. New investment in public schools has been the lowest in Iowa history for eight of the last nine years. Deep cuts to our university budgets are resulting in higher costs and less aid for students. Class size reduction and early intervention programs were eliminated. These decisions are having real-world consequences for working families and making it harder for Iowa to build the highly skilled workforce necessary to help businesses grow and get incomes rising. If elected, I will work to make education a priority again.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

While I do not support the privatization of Medicaid as it was done, I realize it may not be possible to simply return to the system as it existed. There are serious problems with the current system that must be addressed. Iowans are getting worse care, providers aren\u2019t being paid, and taxpayers have not seen any proven savings. These are the unintended consequences of rushing complicated policy change. I will listen to health care professionals, patients, caregivers and all stakeholders to find solutions to the Medicaid mess we find ourselves in.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

Given the recent federal and state tax cuts, I think it is too early to tell what the immediate and long-term effects will be on the state\u2019s budget. My preference would have been to ensure a greater share of the tax relief went to low- and middle-income households. Going forward, I will prioritize using the revenue available for investments that will strengthen our economy and benefit all Iowans \u2014 infrastructure improvements, strong schools, a skilled workforce, and encouraging small business and entrepreneurs.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

I support access to medicinal cannabidiol at 3 percent THC and continued monitoring to see if patients are able to access the medicine as currently allowed, or if the law is too restrictive. I am open to exploring increasing the list of eligible debilitating diseases beyond the current nine as recommended by medical experts and within federal law. I believe this is a policy decision best made with guidance from health care professionals using evidence-based research and I will use that approach to inform my decisions.

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Carla S. Williams

Age: 64

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Social Worker and Mental Health Therapist

Does the county provide enough funding for mental health services? Explain.

Over the last 10 years the percentage of the county budget allocated to mental health services has increased. We are now spending 6.4 percent of the county budget on mental health services. With a master's degree in mental health, I have spent the last 23 years working in the mental health field, including counseling at Vera French Community Mental Health Center, Robert Young Community Mental Health Center, and operating my own counseling agency. There are currently state and local program changes that will affect the mental health budget for Scott County as well as all Iowa regions in the future. I believe my background would provide insight to the board regarding methods and ways to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs funded by the mental health budget.

How should the county board balance the need to preserve rural farm ground with the needs of economic development?

Rural farm ground is a precious and irreplaceable resource. However, economic growth is the key to increasing the countywide total tax base which helps pay for the programs the county supports. At the same time, we must respect the right of a farmland owner to sell his/her property to the highest bidder. The county board should support economic growth which is well coordinated with the planning and zoning commission and which is sustainable. I will listen to the experts in this area and support a common sense reasonable balance.

Are county property taxes to high, too low, or just right? Explain.

The Scott County Board of Supervisors has done an excellent job of keeping taxes under control. Scott County property tax per capita is among the lowest in the state of Iowa. The challenge comes as the need for county services grows. During the budgeting process, I will keep a watchful eye on county expenditures to make sure they do not exceed the incoming revenue. I will be a voice of restraint when considering tax increases.

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Illinois Governor

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, faces Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker in the Nov. 6 election.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner talks about his opponent with the Quad-City Times Editorial Board Monday, September 17, 2018. \"The two priorities I have is corruption and taxes, and my opponent is the poster boy for corruption and taxes,\" he said.

\"101218-J-B-Pritzker-004\"

Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker - Democratic candidate for the Governor of Illinois., Friday, October 12, 2018, in the Quad-City Times boardroom.

Rauner, who was a successful businessman before his election in 2014, criticizes Pritzker's plan to replace the state's flat-rate income tax with a graduated plan, making wealthier taxpayers pay more.

Rauner has labeled it a plan to raise taxes statewide and claims that Pritzker and powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Chicago Democrat who has served as foil to Rauner's conservative agenda since 2015, have a plan to increase spending by $11 billion. That would be an increase in state spending of nearly 30 percent.

Pritzker, the heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, criticizes Rauner's claims to have created 211,000 jobs and cut red tape for businesses, and his promise to create the largest capital-construction plan in state history. Pritzker has argued Rauner presided over a two-year state budget stalemate with Democrats who control the Legislature, negatively impacting social services, higher education and other areas of the economy.

Pritzker has contributed nearly $150 million of his own money with hopes of becoming the third Democratic governor in Illinois in 16 years. Rauner also has self-financed, but after nearly single-handedly keeping the state's Republican Party afloat financially since before his 2014 election, he hasn't chipped in on his own behalf since a $50 million contribution in late 2016.

--Associated Press

Illinois Attorney General

Illinois Secretary of State

Illinois Comptroller

Illinois Treasurer

U.S. Congress - 17th District

Illinois Statehouse

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House District 71

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Rock Island County

County Clerk

County Sherff

County Treasurer

For a full list of candidates, including County Board and Regional Superintendents, visit rockislandcounty.org/Elections/Home/.

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United States Representative District 2

(Vote for no more than one)

Dave Loebsack (Democratic) (i)

PO Box 3013 \u2022 Iowa City, IA 52244

(319) 804-9218 • info@loebsackforcongress.org

Christopher Peters (Republican)

1995 Ashlynd Dr. \u2022 Coralville, IA 52241

(319) 400-3051 • drchristopherpeters@gmail.com

Mark David Strauss (Libertarian)

3497 Spencer Dr. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 549-9271 • mark@straussforhouse.com

Daniel Clark

2806 Clayton Ave. \u2022 Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

(319) 217-8413 • clarkforcongressiowa2018@gmail.com

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

(Vote for no more than one)

Fred Hubbell/Rita R. Hart (Democratic)

3721 Lincoln Place Dr. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 664-2351 • info@fredhubbell.com

Kim Reynolds/Adam Gregg (Republican) (i)

PO Box 1775 \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50305

(515) 361-5430 • kim@reynoldsgregg.com

Jake Porter/Lynne Gentry (Libertarian)

North Ave. #11 \u2022 Council Bluffs, IA 51503

(319) 214-0335 • jake@jakeporter.org

Gary Siegwarth/Natalia Blaskovich (Clear Water Party of Iowa)

16212 Big Spring Rd \u2022 Elkader, IA 52043

(563) 329-0371 • garysiegwarth@gmail.com

Secretary of State

(Vote for no more than one)

Deidre DeJear (Democratic)

5431 SE 27th St. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50320

(918) 260-4264 • deidre@dejearforiowa.com

Paul D. Pate (Republican) (i)

300 Walnut St. #79 \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50309

(319) 310-0215 • info@pateforiowa.com

Jules Ofenbakh (Libertarian)

4470 Westwood Dr. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50265

(515) 559-4697 • julesforiowa@gmail.com

Auditor of State

(Vote for no more than one)

Rob Sand (Democratic)

330 29th St. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 441-6748 • rob@robsand.com

Mary Mosiman (Republican) (i)

PO Box 188 \u2022 Ames, IA 50014

(515) 203-0058 • marymosiman2014@gmail.com

Fred Perryman (Libertarian)

2003 College St. #12 \u2022 Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(217) 454-7792 • bludgeonyjr@gmail.com

Treasurer of State

(Vote for no more than one)

Michael L. Fitzgerald (Democratic) (i)

1850 SE Ashleaf Cir. \u2022 Waukee, IA 50263

(515) 281-5368 • iowansforfitzgerald@gmail.com

Jeremy N. Davis (Republican)

Po Box 1935 \u2022 Ames, IA 50010

(515) 291-7016 • jeremyndavis@gmail.com

Timothy Hird (Libertarian)

3119 E. Diehl Ave \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50320

(515) 285-7942 • kird.timothy@peoplepc.com

Secretary of Agriculture

(Vote for no more than one)

Tim Gannon (Democratic)

4019 Ovid Ave. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 249-6765 • info@gannonforiowa.com

Mike Naig (Republican) (i)

PO Box 93851 \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50393

(515) 802-2420 • naig.mike@gmail.com

Rick Stewart (Libertarian)

855 Camburn Ct. SE \u2022 Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

(319) 362-9736 • rick@rickstewart.com

Attorney General

(Vote for no more than one)

Tom Miller (Democratic) (i)

213 28th St. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50312

Marco Battaglia (Libertarian)

521 Leland Ave. \u2022 Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 681-2040 • marcobattaglia@protonmail.com

State Senator District 45

(Vote for no more than one)

Jim Lykam (Democratic) (i)

2906 W. 35th St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52806

(563) 391-1919

State Senator District 47

(Vote for no more than one)

Marie Gleason (Democratic)

3055 Belmont Pl. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 271-7411 • gleasonforsenate@gmail.com

Roby Smith (Republican) (i)

2036 E. 48th St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52807

(563) 286-0179 • roby@robysmith.com

State Senator District 49

(Vote for no more than one)

Patti Robinson (Democratic) (i)

4581 180th St. \u2022 Clinton, IA 52732

(563) 212-8764 • pattirobinsonforiowa@gmail.com

Chris Cournoyer (Republican)

27633 Blackhawk Ct. \u2022 LeClaire, IA 52753

(563) 505-6703 • chris@ccx.net

State Representative District 89

(Vote for no more than one)

Monica Kurth (Democratic) (i)

1933 N. Marquette St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52804

(563) 271-9332 • mkurth10@gmail.com

State Representative District 90

(Vote for no more than one)

Cindy Winckler (Democratic) (i)

6 Thode Ct. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52802

(563) 324-7927 • cindywinckler@mchsi.com

State Representative District 92

(Vote for no more than one)

Jean Simpson (Democratic)

714 Westerfield Rd. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52806

(563) 508-9535 • jean4state.rep92@gmail.com

Ross Paustian (Republican) (i)

PO Box 63 \u2022 Walcott, IA 52773

(563) 320-2874 • rosspaustian@hotmail.com

State Representative District 93

(Vote for no more than one)

Phyllis Thede (Democratic) (i)

2343 Hawthorne Ct. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 639-9211 • pthede@gmail.com

State Representative District 94

(Vote for no more than one)

Joan Marttila (Democratic)

PO Box 1432 \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 355-5037 • joanmarttilaforiowa@gmail.com

Gary Mohr (Republican) (i)

4577 School House Rd. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 271-7111 • garymohr1951@gmail.com

State Representative District 97

(Vote for no more than one)

Tim McClimon (Democratic)

1200 Springbrook Ln. \u2022 DeWitt, IA 52742

(563) 357-1652 • mcclimontim@gmail.com

Norlin Mommsen (Republican) (i)

2308 15th St. Ct. \u2022 DeWitt, IA 52742

(563) 357-9826 • norlinmommsen@yahoo.com

David Melchert Jr. (Libertarian)

402 Smith St. \u2022 Grand Mound, IA 52751

(563) 468-1318 • davemelchertjr@gmail.com

Board of Supervisors

(Vote for no more than three)

Ken Croken (Democratic)

29 Hillcrest Ave. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 940-8439 • kencrokenforsupervisor@gmail.com

Brinson Kinzer (Democratic) (i)

304 E. Lotte St. \u2022 Blue Grass, IA 52726

(563) 381-2803 • brinsonkinzer@gmail.com

Rogers Kirk Jr. (Democratic)

1730 Elmwood Ct. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 650-4493 • pastor4668@gmail.com

John D. Maxwell (Republican)

10600 275th St. \u2022 Donahue, IA 52746

(563) 505-1652 • tourmyfarm@gmail.com

Scott Webster (Republican)

5745 California Dr. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 529-3755

Carla Williams (Republican)

4048 E. 61st St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52807

(563) 343-4192 • cbatch@mchsi.com

Treasurer

(Vote for no more than one)

Jane I. Duax (Democratic)

2111 E. Lombard St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 322-7272 • janeiduaxforscottcounty@gmail.com

Mike Fennelly (Republican)

1103 Garfield Ct. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52804

(563) 528-5542 • murfenn@aol.com

Recorder

(Vote for no more than one)

Rita Vargas (Democratic) (i)

3820 Windsor Pines Ct. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52807

(563) 508-5858 • rva115@aol.com

Mindy Ortiz Carpenter (Republican)

7 Columbia Ct. N.W. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52804

(563) 723-1586 • mindycarpenter1@gmail.com

Attorney

(Vote for no more than one)

Mike Walton (Democratic) (i)

4715 Spring St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52807

(563) 441-9449 • mwalton@mchsi.com

Allen's Grove Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

David Madden (i)

27204 Allens Grove Rd. \u2022 Donahue, IA 52746

(563) 349-7036

Allen's Grove Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Steven A. Von Muenster

11020 285th St. \u2022 Donahue, IA 52746

(563) 357-0791

Blue Grass Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Kenneth Freund (i)

17721 90th Ave. \u2022 Walcott, IA 52773

(563) 343-1280

Blue Grass Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Erika Platt (i)

6914 W. 11th St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52804

(563) 449-2685

Buffalo Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

Buffalo Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

Buffalo Township Trustee

To Fill a Vacancy - To end of term

(Vote for no more than one)

David Tunis (i)

6443 116th St. \u2022 Blue Grass, IA 52726

(563) 676-8870

Butler Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Meg Flenker (i)

29476 240th Ave. \u2022 Long Grove, IA 52756

(563) 370-3236

Butler Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Dale Baetke (i)

23308 260th St. \u2022 Princeton, IA 52768

(563) 343-4870

Cleona Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Leo Rathjen (i)

1924 220th St. \u2022 Durant, IA 52747

(563) 284-6548

Cleona Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

Hickory Grove Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Terry Ralfs (i)

23415 92nd Ave. \u2022 Maysville, IA 52773

(563) 349-0761

Hickory Grove Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

LeClaire Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

LeClaire Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Carol A. Sorensen

27116 Territorial Rd. \u2022 LeClaire, IA 52753

(563) 349-3188

Liberty Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Gary Pingel (i)

2937 310th St. \u2022 New Liberty, IA 52765

(563) 320-0234

Liberty Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Sally J. Howell (i)

85 312th St. \u2022 New Liberty, IA 52765

(563) 89-2163

Lincoln Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

Lincoln Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Thomas Knapper (i)

22850 Utica Ridge Rd. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52807

(563) 676-6762

Pleasant Valley Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Michael VenHorst (i)

19821 Wells Ferry Rd. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 271-8221

Pleasant Valley Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Joy Peterson (i)

18182 247th Ave. Po Box 134 \u2022 Pleasant Valley, IA 52767

(563) 449-4431

Princeton Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Norman W. Sawyer (i)

26960 264th St. \u2022 Princeton, IA 52768

(563) 320-5752

Princeton Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Terry ONeill (i)

25815 Bluff Rd. \u2022 Princeton, IA 52768

(563) 289-5472

Sheridan Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Glen L. Keppy (i)

926 Sawgrass Ct. \u2022 Eldridge, IA 52748

(563) 529-4544

Sheridan Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Ann Mohr (i)

23785 130th Ave. \u2022 Eldridge, IA 52748

(563) 285-4370

Winfield Township Trustee

(Vote for no more than one)

Keith Krambeck (i)

29329 172nd Ave. \u2022 Long Grove, IA 52756

(563) 285-8731

Winfield Township Clerk

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner

(Vote for no more than two)

Christine Bolte

8621 180th St. \u2022 Walcott, IA 52773

(563) 210-8407

Chad Dexter (i)

3726 N. Wisconsin Ave. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 349-7750

Scott L. Scarbrough

2230 Ripley St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 508-4714

County Agricultural Extension Council Member

(Vote for no more than five)

Augustus Newell

28605 162nd Ave. \u2022 Long Grove,

Joni Paaske

1109 Hall St. \u2022 Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 529-5325

John Conley

705 N. Meadows Ct. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52806

(563) 323-0700

Gale D. Kraft

20940 80th Ave. \u2022 Walcott, IA 52773

(563) 391-5939

Scott L. Scarbrough

2230 Ripley St. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 508-4714

Tom Monroe

2117 N. Zenith Ave. \u2022 Davenport, IA 52804

(563) 340-1548

Parkview Water and Sanitary District Trustee

(Vote for no more than three)

Myron Scheibe

27015 Glynns Creek Ct. \u2022 Eldridge, IA 52748

(563) 285-4557

Valerie Van Ee

116 Park Lane Cir. \u2022 Eldridge, IA 52748

(563) 209-8644

W. Joseph McKeown

58 Park View Dr. \u2022 Eldridge, IA 52748

(563) 529-6606

Parkview Water and Sanitary District Trustee

To Fill a Vacancy - To end of term

(Vote for no more than one)

Write-In

Court of Appeals Judge - Standing for Retention

Michael R. Mullins

Mary EllenTabor

Anuradha Vaitheswaran

District Judge - Standing for Retention

Mark D. Cleve

Thomas Reidel

Nancy S. Tabor

John D. Telleen

District Associate Judge - Standing for Retention

Gary P. Strausser

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The new law

During the 2018 General Election, Iowa voters will be asked to show an ID before voting at the polls. If you don't have one, you will be asked to sign an oath verifying your identity before being allowed to cast a regular ballot.

Beginning Jan. 1, voters must show a valid form of ID at the polls to vote. Without one, they will be given a provisional ballot and can provide an ID up until the county canvass of votes, or the Monday after Election Day for the Primary and General elections.

What forms of ID are acceptable?

Does this law change voter registration?

No. You can still register to vote several ways, including at the polls on Election Day, and online. Voters registering on Election Day should bring a picture ID and proof of residency in the precinct, like a utility bill.

Voter registration deadlines

Your voter registration must be received by mail or in-person by Saturday, Oct. 27.

You can register to vote in the General Election on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Your request for an absentee ballot must be received by Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.

Your absentee ballot must be returned by Tuesday, Nov 6 at 9 p.m.

Do I qualify to register?

You must be:

But not:

Some ways to register

Online at sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html

By mail: sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/voteapp.pdf

At the DMV:\u00a0dmv.org/ia-iowa/voter-registration.php

For more information

Secretary of State's office: sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx

Scott County Auditor's office: scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/voter-registration

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Michael Joseph Gimbel, out of Davenport, IA, and wife, Margaret Mary Gimbel (maiden name Glancy) were honored at a Family Dinner to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Please omit gifts. They were married on October 14, 1943 at St. Marys Church in Davenport, IA. Mr. Gimbel was employed at Davenport Post Office as Director of Separation & Delivery, retiring in 1978 after 37 years. Mrs.Gimbel is a wife, mother, and full time homemaker. Their children and spouses are Mary Irene Pitcher (George), Bettendorf, IA; Michael Joseph Gimbel II MD. (Mary Anne deceased), Bettendorf, IA; Kathleen Ann Ott (Richard), Bloomington, IL; James Thomas Gimbel D.D.S (Sandy), Davenport, IA; Patricia Marie Tunink (Paul), Urbandale, IA. They have 18 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. The couple are members of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport, IA.

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Low-income MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa can apply for the seasonal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, to help pay for heating bills.

Elderly or disabled low-income Iowans can apply now, while other qualified residents can apply starting Nov. 1, according to a news release. The program, LIHEAP, is federally funded and designed to help families afford heating bills during the winter.\u00a0

Household income and size, type of primary heating fuel, housing type and other factors will be considered as grants are awarded to residents, according to the release.

\"If you are a low-income Iowan and worry about paying your energy bills this winter, or know of someone who does, consider if LIHEAP might be an option,\" Mike Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican Energy, said. \"Even if you don\u2019t qualify for LIHEAP, and you\u2019re having difficulty paying your energy bills, we encourage you to discuss payment options with us.\"

Last year, nearly 42,000 households in Iowa were approved for LIHEAP assistance, with the average grant per household around $420, according to the release.\u00a0

For more information, customers can call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632.

Mediacom offering $55,000 in scholarships

Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to pursue advanced education.\u00a0

In its 18th year, Mediacom's program will award $1,000 in scholarships to 55 high school seniors, according to a news release. Recipients may use the award to support educational expenses for higher education or vocational training from any accredited post-secondary institution starting in the fall of 2019.\u00a0

\"As a company, Mediacom makes it a priority to give back to communities in which we do business, and one of the best ways is to invest in promising students who are our future leaders,\" Regional Vice President Steve Purcell said in the release.

The deadline to apply for Mediacom's scholarships is Feb. 15, 2019. Applications are available online at mediacomworldclass.com.\u00a0

Linwood Mining celebrates 100 years

Linwood Mining, which began operation in 1918 as an open pit quarry, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The company made the move to underground mining in the 1960s, and today, sells calcium carbonate, lime products and aggregates.\u00a0

\"We are proud to have been a source of high quality limestone for industrial, commercial and agricultural uses for 100 years,\" President Jonathan Wilmhurst said in a news release. \"The rock we mine is 400 million years old and was made from the shells and skeletons of ancient sea creatures, so we are part of the great circle of life. We have plans to continue to add new products, make process improvements and provide good jobs for generations to come.\"\u00a0

The McCarthy-Bush Corporation's subsidiaries operate in the construction, mining, real estate development and steel fabrication sectors.\u00a0

\u2014Sarah Ritter

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Ross Paustian

Age: 62

Residence: Walcott

Occupation: Farmer

Qualifications: Lifetime Scott County resident. Past president Scott County Farm Bureau and Scott County Pork Producers. Former Vera French Community Mental Health Center board member.

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

Independent studies show Iowa is a national leader in terms of education funding and has increased spending on K-12 education. Annual investment in our schools is at an all-time high of $3.2 billion, an increase of 30 percent ($765 million) since 2011. This has led to an additional 2,300 full-time teachers being hired for Iowa classrooms and a lower student-to-teacher ratio each year. I will continue to make education a top priority as a State Representative.

We have also given schools more flexibility over their resources. This allows school boards to meet local needs and spend their dollars the best way they see fit, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all solution from bureaucrats in Des Moines.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

Spending on the state\u2019s government-managed Medicaid program had become unsustainable and was difficult to budget for each year due to the unpredictability in cost. The growth in the Medicaid budget was beginning to crowd out other priorities that Iowans value like K-12 education, courts, and public safety. We couldn\u2019t continue down this path which is why Governor Branstad made the change.

While I still believe this is the right approach, I know we can do better. We need to make sure that our patients and providers are being taken care of, so I am open to making changes to the program to ensure vulnerable Iowans get the medical care they need.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

Government should only collect what is truly necessary to fund the priorities of Iowans and no more. Anything additional should be returned to the taxpayers. I think we are doing a fine job now.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

We just recently expanded the state\u2019s medical cannabis law and the new program isn\u2019t even up and running quite yet. This new program has entrusted medical professionals with the power to determine what conditions should be included, dosage levels, etc. We need to wait and see how this new program actually works before we go making dramatic changes to it.

I do not support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. There are too many negative and unintended consequences.

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Marie Gleason

Age: 54

Residence: Bettendorf

Occupation: Project Manager, John Deere

Qualifications:

\u2022 Over 20 years of business experience

\u2022 Board of Directors for Dress for Success Quad Cities

\u2022 Parliamentary Assistant, European Parliament; Intern with U.S. Representative

\u2022 Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Indiana University, Bloomington

\u2022 Masters in Organizational Management from Tusculum College

Do you believe Iowa is adequately funding education? Explain.

In the past, Iowans had great pride in our public schools. However, the actions of the current Legislature have put our students, educators and schools at risk.

In 2017, Iowa ranked 34th nationally in the percent of expenditures dedicated to K-12 education. For the 2018-19 school year, the budget only increased approximately 1 percent. The state\u2019s investment in education is not even keeping up with inflation. This needs to change.

Because we need to build a highly skilled workforce to help grow our economy, Iowa families need access to affordable job training and other higher education too. Tuition at Iowa\u2019s community colleges is the third highest in the Midwest and higher than the national average. From 2010 to 2018, tuition and fees at Iowa\u2019s community colleges have increased 37 percent.

State budget cuts have also led to significant tuition and mandatory fees increases at Iowa\u2019s state universities. This means education is not accessible and not affordable for many students from working families. Because of the bad budgeting by the current Legislature, students and their families are once again facing higher tuition and fees, which have already rose by 25 percent at the University of Iowa and by 28 percent at both Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa over the last eight years.

Do you support Iowa\u2019s move to a privately managed Medicaid system? Why or not?

No. The privatization of Medicaid, which is still supported by Governor Reynolds and Sen. Roby Smith has been a disaster for Iowa taxpayers, for Medicaid members, and for the providers.

Do you believe Iowa\u2019s state government should bring in less revenue, more revenue, or about what it does now? Explain.

It is very important to have fiscal responsibility. This means allocating our budget to our priorities and having a budget that supports our priorities. It is irresponsible and ineffective to not have a budget that supports investments in Iowans with education, health care, and economic opportunity.

Would you vote to expand Iowa\u2019s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

I support expanding the medical cannabis law to help Iowans with debilitating diseases and conditions. I am currently undecided on legalizing marijuana and need to study this further.

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Ken Croken

Age: 68

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Marketing/Public Relations Business Development

Qualifications: Education, experience and expertise as a business leader, healthcare advocate, communications strategist, market development specialist, government relations officer, legal aid attorney and engaged community volunteer.

Does the county provide enough funding for mental health services? Explain.

Misguided focus on incarceration and commitment has confused the funding issue, mixing public safety with public health. Moreover, it has exacerbated the mental health crisis. Indeed, this \u201crevolving door\u201d approach IS the crisis. Not enough get the help needed, only repeated, expensive interventions without lasting benefit. Mental illness is a chronic condition that cannot be \u201ccured\u201d by involuntary commitment or \u201crehabilitated\u201d by jail time. We must re-focus on detection and prevention; school-based services; out-patient therapies; medication maintenance; and, court diversion and other community-based services that sustain mental well-being. Funding for appropriate care is inadequate. Funding for inappropriate care is unnecessary.

How should the county board balance the need to preserve rural farm ground with the needs of economic development?

Food security is a global concern and a local responsibility. Because we are blessed with some of the world\u2019s most productive farmland; we have a unique obligation and opportunity to preserve it. But beyond zoning, the County must support our local farmers, proactively, by focusing on farm-to-market transportation; increasing domestic consumption through market development; and, creating the public-private partnerships driving innovation and alternative uses. These are three ways we can contribute to the success of farmers and, in turn, preserve farmland. In short, nurturing agriculture IS economic development. It would be short-sighted to view this as an \u201ceither-or\u201d issue, exclusively.

Are county property taxes too high, too low, or just right? Explain.

Scott County taxes are now the lowest among large Iowa counties, 20 percent less than Polk County. Indeed, our levy rate is equivalent to Monona County, population 9,000. Nonetheless, we also have the highest unemployment; slowest wage growth; and, lowest incomes among those same large Iowa counties. We suffer the highest poverty rate; highest crime rate; and, slowest population growth. Our economy contracts at the same rate Polk County\u2019s economy expands. Either we are not investing wisely or not enough. We should focus first on operational efficiency, including regional collaboration. Next, we re-consider tax rates based on specific, measurable economic objectives.

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Jane I. Duax

Age: 61

Residence: Davenport

Occupation: Currently providing in home care for senior citizens

Qualifications: My career has included extensive work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. I have worked as a classroom teacher, owned a small business, worked for a major corporation, served as Assistant VP of Community Impact for United Way of the Quad-Cities, and worked in the New York State Assembly. I hold a master\u2019s degree with an emphasis in public administration and public policy from the SUNY-Albany and a bachelor\u2019s eegree in education from Saint Ambrose University.

What is in your background that qualifies and makes you best suited for the treasurer\u2019s office?

The Treasurer\u2019s office calls for a diverse set of skills: efficient operation, effective administration and a keen eye toward customer service. My work in private and not-for-profit sector has provided me with insights into each of these. My time as a business consultant allowed me to explore not just one or two businesses but literally dozens of businesses. I learned from my clients as they carefully balanced efficiencies against customer service. My background in the public sector helps me understand the differences and similarities in running a business and managing for the public trust.

How would you assess, and if needed, improve services in the county treasurer\u2019s office?

My first task will be discussing with staff ways to make Treasurer\u2019s office more efficient and customer friendly. A visit to the Treasurer\u2019s office needs to be user friendly and more like a stop at your favorite bank or grocery store. Additionally, I believe there are ways to handle our \u201ccounty business\u201d in a cost-effective manner. Most people agree customer-friendly and efficient business are mutually inclusive and so should be the County Treasurer office.

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Electric. Fiery. Loud.

And that was just the opening ceremonies.

The Quad-City Storm kicked off their franchise in rousing fashion, battling back and forth with the Peoria Rivermen, scoring two goals in the final nine minutes to force overtime.

In something of poetic fashion, Vladimir Nikiforov, the former member of the now defunct Quad-City Mallards, scored on a penalty shot at the 3-minute, 32-second mark of the overtime to give the Storm a 4-3 win, their first in franchise history.

It\u2019s the first time a Quad-Cities hockey franchise has won its home opener since 2008, when the Quad-City Flames were members of the American Hockey League.

After the Rivermen took a 3-1 lead midway through the third period, the Storm found a way to answer.

Dalton Mills cut the lead to 3-2 with a shorthanded goal at 11:57, then Taylor McCloy tied the game with a power play goal at 17:34.

The Rivermen had a chance to end the game at 2:28 in overtime when Alec Hagaman was awarded a penalty shot after getting behind Ludlow Harris for a breakaway, forcing Harris to take Hagaman down.

But goaltender Peter Di Salvo turned Hagaman away, setting up Nikiforov\u2019s game-winner.

Throughout the game, the Storm generated plenty of excitement from the crowd of 6,508 in attendance at the TaxSlayer Center.

SPHL president Jim Combs was in attendance, impressed with the efforts from the ownership and front office to get the team in place in four short months.

\u201cAmazing,\u201d Combs said. \u201cUsually, a small short selling period, it\u2019s tough and you\u2019re not sure if the city\u2019s going to accept it right away, but obviously they have and I appreciate the city here accepting the Quad-City Storm. The job that (team president Gwen Tombergs) has done and her staff, putting this together is no easy task.\u201d

On the ice, the Storm weathered an early push from the Rivermen, relying on a strong penalty kill and solid goaltending by Di Salvo, who made 31 saves on the night.

Joe McKeown scored the first goal in Storm history, burying a low slot pass from Phil Bronner into an open net at the 18-minute, 16-second mark of the second period, tying the game after the Rivermen took an early lead.

Peoria struck first after a miscue from Di Salvo, who tried to cover the puck. After failing, he was harassed by Kalisz but couldn\u2019t get up in time to stop an easy rebound goal from Alec Hagaman.

Things got chippy later in the period after Hagaman leveled Vincent Caligiuri in the neutral zone.

Jake Schultz answered by going after Hagaman, and instead of the Storm getting a power play, Schultz was given a game misconduct for being an aggressor along with a five-minute major, forcing the Storm to face a five-minute penalty kill.

The Storm proved up to the task, holding the Rivermen to just one shot during the five minutes.

After McKeown tied the game in the second period, Ben Blasko gave the Rivermen the lead back, capitalizing on a breakaway at 7:52 in the third period.

The Storm and Rivermen play 15 more times this season, Saturday night just the first in what should be a budding rivalry.

\u201cVery proud of this market and every market that we\u2019re in,\u201d Combs said. \u201cVery proud of everything the SPHL and all the owners and everybody else has done. The league\u2019s going to continue to get better and better.\u201d

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