Eastern Iowa lawmaker switches from GOP to Democratic Party (AUDIO)

first_imgDES MOINES — The longest-serving Republican currently in the Iowa legislature is leaving the GOP and joining the Democratic Party. Representative Andy McKean, a retired attorney, is in his 29th year as a member of the Iowa legislator.“This has been a very difficult decision for me and has only come after considerable reflection, much prayer and many restless nights,” McKean said Tuesday.AUDIO of McKean’s news conferenceMcKean described himself a moderate who’s felt uncomfortable in today’s GOP. McKean is unwilling to support President Donald Trump’s reelection and he said that was a factor in his exit from the Republican Party“I believe that his actions have coarsened political discourse, have resulted in unprecedented divisiveness, and have created an atmosphere that is a breeding ground for hateful rhetoric and actions,” McKean said. “Some would excuse this behavior as telling it like it is and the new normal.”McKean intends to seek reelection to the Iowa House, as a Democrat, in 2020.“The legislature is considerably more partisan and regimented than it used to be. I have found that difficult to adjust to and believe it often stands in the way of good legislation,” McKean said. “…In addition, I have found a very changed Republican Caucus. I have found myself increasingly uncomfortable with my party on the vast majority of high-profile issues.”McKean was first elected to the legislature in 1978 and served seven terms in the House, then three terms in the senate before retiring from the legislature in 2002. In 2016, McKean sought and won a seat in the Iowa House and was just reelected in 2018.Speaker Linda Upmeyer, the top Republican in the House, said McKean’s exit from the Republican ranks “will not distract” the GOP “from moving forward with the conservative agenda that Iowans have tasked us with.” The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party said McKean had no problem riding President Trump’s “coattails” to victory in 2016 and Jeff Kaufmann, a former member of the Iowa House, accused McKean of violating the trust of voters in the Anamosa area.The top Democrat in the Iowa House said McKean has a long history of bipartisanship and will be a “pragmatic leader and strong voice” for voters in his district while serving as a Democrat.last_img read more

Friday June 14th “The Midday Report”

Buttigieg’s 20-office-openings-in-20-days sprint began on Labor Day

first_imgButtigieg autographs his book for Neil Anderson“I voted for Trump. I’m kind of for Trump, but I like him,” Tapken said of Biden, adding again for emphasis: “I like him.”Biden also snapped a photo with Frank King of Atkins, who was wearing a blue “Make America Trump Free Again” cap.“Right now, I’m certainly leaning toward Biden,” King said. “I can’t imagine he will do anything that will turn me away from him, but I’d say we have so many candidates that we have to watch. I’m looking forward to this next debate and then I’ll make my final decision.”Larry Nelson of Cedar Rapids hasn’t settled on a candidate. He’s looking for someone with “a bit of charisma.”“More important than that, someone that will ultimately be electable,” Nelson said, “and I’m not sure what those qualities are at the moment.”Nelson was in the crowd for a Buttigieg event on Monday morning. Neil Anderson of Cedar Rapids, a Biden delegate in 2008, also attended the discussion on climate change“I saw Mayor Pete here in Cedar Rapids in like in about February and I have to say I was kind of skeptical from of his background., but I’m sold on him,” Anderson said. “He’s smart and he has practical solutions. He’s not too far left. He’s electable.”Anderson’s wife, Dee Anderson, is still considering her voting options, but her “dream team” at this point would be Elizabeth Warren and Buttigieg. But if Biden’s the nominee, the couple said they’ll gladly support him.Four other candidates — Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard — also campaigned in Iowa yesterday. Gabbard is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Mason City tonight from 6:00-8:00 at Lorado’s. CEDAR RAPIDS South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced he’ll open 20 campaign offices in Iowa over the first 20 days of September and his paid staff in the state will swell to 100 by the end of this week.“We want to continue to consolidate our position in the top tier and then work our plan to make it to the top of the heap,” Buttigieg said during a recent Radio Iowa interview.Buttigieg held a midday office opening in Cedar Rapids. More than 800 attended his office opening in Iowa City Monday afternoon.Buttigieg and most of the candidates in the state yesterday stopped by the Hawkeye Labor Council picnic in Cedar Rapids, which attracted a crowd of hundreds. Many got a glimpse of perceived front-runner Joe Biden and he posed for dozens of photos. Chris Tapken of Cedar Rapids explained to her young son that they took a photo with a former vice president — who she admires.last_img read more

Three presumptive positive cases of Covid-19 in Iowa (AUDIO)

first_imgDES MOINES — State officials have announced the first three presumptive positive cases of Covid-19 — the novel coronavirus — in Iowa.According to a news release from the governor’s office, all three are from Johnson County and had recently been on a cruise to Egypt. None require hospital care and they are in self-isolation at home. Governor Kim Reynolds held a news conference Sunday evening to make the announcement.“While this news is concerning, it’s not cause for alarm. The most important thing that we can do right now is remain calm, understand the situation and stay informed in the days and weeks ahead,” Reynolds said at the start. “We are committed to transparency and keeping the public informed.”Public health officials say the three tests are considered presumptive positive until confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. State officials say two of the individuals are older adults, between the ages of 61 and 80. The other is described as middle aged. The governor says it’s not known if other Iowans were on the same cruise or who the three Iowans currently in isolation may have had contact with after they returned to Iowa on March 3rd.“As we are here with you now, many more people are hard at work gathering the information that we need about the current cases to develop the best strategy moving forward,” Reynolds said. “We don’t have all the answers, but I can tell you that we are committed to keeping you updated as more information is available.”Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state medical director, said Covid-19 has demonstrated person-to-person spread.“We think that this virus is spread through droplets which means an infected person who might cough or sneeze and then liquid droplets would land in the eyes, mouth or nose or even be inhaled by somebody nearby,” Pedati said. “And so that’s why we give a lot of the public health advice that we continue to offer when we talk about things like washing hands and staying home when you’re sick.”AUDIO of Reynolds’ news conference, 26:00Last Wednesday, Governor Reynolds ordered the state emergency operations center be opened, for face-to-face meetings among key state officials. Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Benjamin Corell said he’s talked with Guard units in other states which have been dealing with multiple Covid-19 cases.“They have shared with me their best practices,” Corell said. “They have learned over the past weeks and I have now provided those to other departments across the state of Iowa as we move forward to take on this virus.”Some Iowa churches discouraged hand-shaking during the passing of the peace at services Sunday. Governor Reynolds said her church discontinued the practice of “intinction” — dipping the bread in wine — and used individual communion cups. The governor said those are reasonable steps to take and there’s no reason to let fear take over.“We need to be reasonable. We need to do the right thing,” Reynolds said. “And we just need to be conscientious not only of our own health, but different things that we’re participating in.”The first cases of this new strain of the coronavirus were identified in China in December. The outbreak has infected more than 100-thousand worldwide. Iowa public health officials say they have more than 450 test kits at the State Hygienic Lab in Iowa City and health care providers have been given the protocol for when to recommend a patient be tested.last_img read more

KCCA 1 Sundowns 1: South Africans deny Ugandan champs

first_imgKCCA striker Sserunkuma scored their goal2017 Total CAF Champions LeagueKCCA FC 1 (2) Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (3)March 18th 2017: Platinum Stars 3 Vipers 1 (Platinum advance 3-2)Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) were held 1-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns and knocked out of the Total CAF Champions League 3-2 on aggregate.match at Phillip Omondi stadium, Kampala.Victory for the Uganda champions over the two legs would have made them the country’s first club to qualify for the lucrative Group Stages of the African Champions League. It would have guaranteed the club a minimum of $550,000. #KCCAvsSUN Tweets Share on: WhatsApplast_img

United lift Mourinho, Liverpool leave it late

first_imgStoke manager Mark Hughes faced calls for his sacking after a 1-0 home defeat against Newcastle.Stoke’s latest lacklustre display piled pressure on Hughes, whose gamble of fielding a weakened team in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea proved an unwise move.Newcastle took a deserved lead in the 73rd minute when Ayoze Perez stabbed past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland from close-range.That triggered chants for Hughes’s dismissal from Stoke fans, with a ‘Hughes out’ banner held aloft in the stands.Stoke have won once in their last six games and sit two points above the relegation zone.– High standards –Asked if he feared the sack, a defiant Hughes said: “Who else is going to do it?“In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I’m the best person to do it.”Algeria duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani inspired Leicester’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield.Claude Puel’s side took the lead through Mahrez in the 53rd minute, the winger meeting Marc Albrighton’s cross with a well-taken volley for his eighth goal of the season.With Leicester striker Jamie Vardy sidelined by a groin injury, Islam Slimani who marked only his second league start this season with his first league goal since April — a chipped finish in the 60th minute.Leicester’s Adrien Silva came on late in the second half for his long-awaited first appearance.FIFA rejected the Portugal midfielder’s move from Sporting Lisbon in August when the paperwork arrived 14 seconds too late, but he finally completed his move on MondayAlbrighton’s 90th minute goal capped a good afternoon for Leicester, who ended a four-match winless run.Callum Wilson’s second goal in three games earned Bournemouth a 2-2 draw at south coast rivals Brighton.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United put a smile back on Jose Mourinho’s face as fine goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed a 2-0 win over Everton, while Liverpool left it late to snatch a 2-1 victory at Burnley on Monday.Martial started in the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and the United forward broke the deadlock in the 57th minute at Goodison Park.Paul Pogba teed up Martial on the edge of the area and he stroked a sublime finish into the top corner for his ninth goal of the season.Having struggled towards the end of 2017, United were more commanding in their first match of the new year and Lingard wrapped up the points with a superb solo strike in the 81st minute.The winger beat several Everton players before curling home from 20 yards for his fourth goal in his last five appearances.It was a welcome tonic for Mourinho amid reports the United manager is beginning to lose the support of his players after branding them “childish” and “immature” and admitting the squad needs major investment to catch City.United moved back into second place in the Premier League after ending a frustrating run of three successive draws.United are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, who host Watford on Tuesday, and two points ahead of third placed Chelsea, who play Arsenal on Wednesday.With Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah missing due to thigh and groin injuries respectively and Roberto Firmino left on the bench, Sadio Mane was the lone member of Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ to start at rain-lashed Turf Moor.Senegal winger Mane showed Liverpool can thrive without his star team-mates as he opened the scoring in the 61st minute, hammering home from the edge of the area for his eighth club goal this season.Burnley equalised with just three minutes left as Sam Vokes flicked on and Johann Gudmundsson pounced to slot home.But Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren headed on a free-kick four minutes into stoppage-time and Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan poked home from close-range.Liverpool’s third successive win extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games as they cemented their place in the top four.“A very difficult game, the weather made it so hard, windy, rainy,” Klopp said.“This is one of the toughest places to play all season. Did we deserve to win? I don’t care. We got the three points.”last_img read more

Parliament to honour Commonwealth games team

first_imgBesides Cheptegei who won medals in the 5,000 and 10,000m respectively, Stella Chesang bagged the women’s 10,000m gold medal and Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the same race. Solomon Munyo Mutai picked a silver medal in marathon and boxer Juma Miiro won bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.Uganda sent a team of 69 athletes who participated in track and field events, Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Swimming, Boxing, Weightlifting, Shooting and Cycling.However five athletes Regan Ssimbwa, Nasir Bashir (Boxing), Halima Nambozo (Table Tennis) and two weightlifters Irene Kasubo and Kalidi Batuusa disappeared in Australia during the Games.Share on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Parliament of Uganda will on Tuesday honour Team Uganda that finished 15th at the just ended 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.Chris Obore, the director of Communication at Parliament confirmed the development to URN on Monday. ” The Ugandan team members will first have a luncheon in our canteen before they are ushered into the house where a motion will be moved to honour them,” added Obore.Double gold medalist at the Games Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will lead the team which has not rested since return last Thursday from Gold Coast. On return the team was received by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni after which they were hosted to a luncheon at the Imperial Hotel in Kampala. On Sunday President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Janet Kataaka Museveni hosted the team at State House Entebbe.last_img read more

Liverpool open up six-point lead as Man City lose again at Leicester

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “It is one thing to be a point above them, but Manchester City are the reigning champions and Liverpool are doing fantastic. We are between them and there is still a lot of work to do.”Fresh from a 6-2 hammering of Everton, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura put Tottenham 3-0 up before half-time at Wembley.Kane then got his goal just after the hour mark before Son recorded his second double in as many games.Pogba was again to the fore as Solskjaer’s dream start continued unabated in his first outing in charge at Old Trafford.Nemanja Matic tapped home from close range to give the hosts a half-time advantage.Pogba provided three assists on his return to the starting line-up in a 5-1 win at Cardiff at the weekend after being benched towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign.And the French World Cup winner showed the goalscoring threat he also poses from midfield by striking twice in 14 minutes as United moved back to within five points of the top four.“This is Manchester United. When you score a first, you want a second. When you score a second, you want a third,” said Solskjaer, who wants United to take advantage of upcoming games with Bournemouth and Newcastle.“You need momentum. The next two games will be massive for us. Coming into those games with confidence is great.”Everton bounced back from their Tottenham thrashing by inflicting similar punishment on Burnley with a 5-1 victory at Turf Moor.At the bottom Cardiff moved three points clear of the relegation zone by holding out for a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.But Fulham remain rooted in the bottom three as Wolves struck late to secure a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League as the leaders eased past Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield and Manchester City were beaten for the second time in five days, 2-1 at Leicester.Tottenham leapfrog City into second after thrashing Bournemouth 5-0, while Manchester United’s perfect start under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued with Paul Pogba scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tried in recent days to stress that it is still far too early for his side to be talking of ending a near three-decade wait to win the title in December.However, another routine win and a 12th clean sheet in 19 Premier League games will do little to dampen expectations ahead of a huge week for Liverpool with Arsenal visiting Anfield on Saturday before a visit to City on January 3.“We play City soon – if I was them I would think there is only four points because we still have to play them, then we play Arsenal before then as well,” said Klopp.“The only thing that matters to us is the performance and keeping that level of performance. It’s good but that’s all. Tottenham are flying – they had a difficult summer but they are doing brilliant.”After a slow start Liverpool went in front through an unlikely source when Dejan Lovren volleyed home after 12 minutes.It was a far more familiar marksman who made the game safe when Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half to briefly move into a three-way lead as the league’s top scorer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane.Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho’s first Liverpool goal rounded off the scoring.– ‘Fantastic’ Pereira goal –City boss Pep Guardiola made three changes from the side that lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace on Saturday with Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne returning, but even they couldn’t prevent a third defeat in four Premier League games.“We have to accept it, we have to realise that we have to work harder and try to get immediately one good result and get our confidence back,” said Guardiola.Aguero set up Bernardo Silva to give the champions a perfect start, but Marc Albrighton levelled just five minutes later.City dominated possession throughout, but after Andros Townsend’s incredible volley for Palace on Saturday they were hit by another wonder strike when Ricardo Pereira fired home nine minutes from time.“It was another fantastic goal against us. There are games when your opponents have clear chances and don’t score and games when they score goals like this,” added Guardiola.A terrible afternoon for City was compounded late on by a red card for Fabian Delph.– Spurs run riot again –As City flounder, Spurs are firing back into the title race as Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now scored 11 goals in four days.“We are in a very good position, but Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders,” insisted a cautious Pochettino.last_img read more