Democrat Governor Tom Vilsack today criticized the national Republican Party for using computer data about a voter’s income and credit card purchases to tailor personal messages to voters.The governor says Iowans should be notified if their financial data is being sold to a political party or a business.For example, in Missouri the Republican Party is using computer software which writes letters to voters on specific issues they’re interested in, and it’s all based on voters’ financial data and their responses to polls. Vilsack says the information is being used in a way the he thinks a lot of people would find it offensive.Iowa Republican Party executive director Dee Stewart says Vilsack’s trying to create a smoke screen for campaign tactics used by his fellow democrats. He says the democrats will likely be doing what Vilsack has accused republicans of doing.Stewart says the Iowa Republican Party is not using financial and purchasing data from credit card companies and other computerized businesses.Vilsack has a 32-member privacy task force examining how to ensure Iowans’ medical records and financial data are kept as private as possible.
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Iowa State visits Kansas State this weekend in the Big-12. Iowa State coach Dan McCarney says despite clinching a winning season the goals they set before the season have not been met. He doesn’t want to reveal all those goals, but says they haven’t accomplished all of them yet.McCarney does not believe there will be a sense of satisfaction after gaining a winning season. He says the team has been focused win or lose on doing what they need to do each week.McCarney says the kicking game showed progress but remains inconsistent.
Two nightclub bouncers accused of choking a black Des Moines man to death in February were found “not guilty” of involuntary manslaughter this afternoon. Tom Dueber and Jeff Portman were bouncers at the Graffiti’s nightclub in Des Moines last February when they got involved in a fracas with Charles Lovelady. Prosecutors charged the two men caused Lovelady’s death that night by using a chokehold. Iowa’s former medical examiner took the stand as a defense witness and said Lovelady died of a heart attack caused by the exertion of the scuffle and alcohol consumption. After the jury’s not-guilty verdict was read, Lovelady’s family members broke out in tears and some ran from the courthouse. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the now-closed nightclub. L-A lawyer Johnny Cochran who gained nationwide fame in O-J Simpson’s trial has signed on to try that case.
President Herbert Hoover may be bumping into the McCaughey Septuplets at a Halloween bash in Des Moines tonight. The State Historical Society’s Third Annual Famous Iowans Costume Party and Dance is gathering what one organizer says is a “bewildering array” of people from John Wayne to Simon Estes.The Historical Society’s Roger Munns says partygoers don’t have to dress as people to attend — they just need to be a little creative.Munns says the event promises to be very entertaining and those who attend will likely learn a little about Iowa history as they mingle.For more information, surf to “www.iowahistory.org” or call (515) 242-5194.
Green party presidential candidate Ralph Nader says the Europeans are right: there are too many unanswered questions about genetically modified crops.Nader made his comments Friday on a campaign swing through Iowa, where farmers have embraced genetically altered seeds. According to U-S-D-A statistics, 59 percent of soybeans planted in Iowa this season were genetically modified and 30 percent of Iowa’s corn crop is a genetically modified variety.Europeans have refused to accept U-S meat due to complaints about growth hormones and they’ve refused genetically modified grain. Nader says those who support genetically altered seeds are “arrogant.”Nader is critical of U-S corporations who are pushing farmers to plant genetically modified seeds. Nader made his comments during Friday’s taping of the Iowa Public t-v show “Iowa Press.” He also held rallies in Des Moines and Iowa City.
The Iowa Utilities Board voted Friday to split the 3-1-9 area code in eastern Iowa into two. Board spokesman Chuck Seel says the I-380/Highway 218 corridor that runs from Waterloo to Cedar Rapids and south to Keokuk, will stay with 3-1-9. Cities to the east will get a new area code.Callers would start using the new code in March and it will become mandatory in September of next year. Seel says the new area code number probably won’t be know until January.Seel says they needed to split the 3-1-9 area code to meet the growing demand for new telephone numbers.This is the second Iowa area code to undergo a split. The 5-1-5 area code in central Iowa was split up earlier this year.
The City of Davenport won’t go nationwide to find a new police chief after finding someone in their own back yard. Scott County Sheriff Mike Bladel has decided to take the job.The initial search fell apart and the city was getting ready for another search when Bladel decided he would take the job.Mayor Phil Yerrington says while Bladel was a good choice, he wishes city administrator Joe Pierce would have contacted him about the decision so he could have informed the city council.
A group of 20 elementary school science teachers from South America is at the University of Northern Iowa, learning new innovations in teaching. Carmen Montecinos is a U-N-I professor of education who is helping the teachers from Chile learn new techniques.Professor Montecinos is particularly enthused about the six-week project since she is a native of Chile who’s been in Iowa about ten years.Montecinos says the teachers from Chile are also learning a lot of unexpected lessons about Iowa and America. She says the image they get of America comes from violent tv programs, and she says they’re surprised to find everyone is so nice.The Chilean group arrived October 1st and leaves Iowa November 11th.
Wondering what to do with the extra hour you’ll get when daylight savings time ends Sunday? A Minnesota charity suggests using the time to look around your community to find places where a donation can make a difference. Nearly 16-hundred non-profit groups in Minnesota are co-sponsoring the state’s first-ever “Give Back” Day. It’s all organized by members of the One Percent Club who all pledge to donate at least one percent of their net worth or five percent of their income to charity. Jack Kelly of the “One Percent Club” is organizing Minnesota’s “Give Back” Day.Kelly is urging Minnesotans AND Iowans to use their extra hour for introspection.
A man sent to prison for petty theft died in the Clarinda Correctional Facility this week. 27-year-old Cleve Wynn the Third was sentenced to prison in late July but was given probation for his third-degree burglary conviction in Woodbury County. He was sent to Clarinda September 20th after violating the terms of his parole. Wynn was lying in his bunk when found unconscious Wednesday night. He was transferred to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta doesn’t know when autopsy results will be available.