Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum chats with a caucus goer at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington.

Down in the Polls, Santorum Courts West Burlington Voters

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited caucus goers to pitch the ideas that he hopes will set him apart of the 15 other candidates vying for the Republican Nomination. The 2012 winner of the Iowa Caucus met with about 15 residents at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington as part of a trip around Southeast Iowa. Santorum says that it’s an emphasis on manufacturing and economic growth that sets him apart. “The focus of this campaign, from the very beginning, is about trying to provide opportunities for those in America who haven’t really seen either political party on their side to create jobs and opportunities,” Santorum said, “That are going to be supportive of families today.” Santorum elaborated his stance on the more hot-button issues of the campaign, calling himself the candidate with the toughest and best stance on immigration and criticizing his Republican opponents for “tough rhetoric” but what he called “weak stances”. Continue Reading

Police Investigating Shooting in Chattanooga, TN

A woman who says she witnessed the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee says she heard a barrage of gunfire near one of the shooting sites. “It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew there were police cars coming from every direction,” said Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at a Binswanger Glass. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said at a brief news conference that police were pursuing an active shooter and there was an officer down. Hutcheson says she ran inside, where she remains with other employees and a customer. Continue Reading

Congressional Delegation Weighs in on Iran Deal

Iowa’s congressional delegation is starting to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal. Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both say they’re skeptical of Iran and worry the proposed end of economic sanctions will mean Iran has more money to send to terrorists around the globe. Grassley suggests the deal is “a lot more carrot than stick” and Ernst says the deal needs “stronger” inspection requirements because Iran cannot be trusted to comply with limits on its nuclear ambitions. Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City is the only Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation. Loebsack says he’ll carefully review the deal, but Loebsack isn’t saying whether he’s inclined to back it or oppose it. Continue Reading

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Presidential Candidate, Former Senator Rick Santorum to Tour Southeast Iowa

Another Presidential Candidate is heading to Southeast Iowa this week. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will be stopping in West Burlington, Weaver, Keokuk, and Wapello on a multi-day tour of Southeastern Iowa. His first local stop will be in Keosauqua, where he’ll “walk down Main Street” with Van Buren County GOP Chairman Ron Davenport and State Senator Mark Chelgren, concluding with a retail town hall meeting at First Street Bar and Grill in Keosauqua on Thursday at 3:00pm. He’ll then head to Keokuk for a town hall meeting with voters at the Hawkeye Restaurant at 5:00. Afterwards, he’ll attend a discussion on faith and religious liberty and evening prayer at Grace Bible Church in Wever. Continue Reading

Federal Judge Revokes Washington Redskins Trademark

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins’ trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board. In his 70-page ruling, Lee emphasized that the organization is still free to use the name if it wishes — the team would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark. The team had sued to overturn a ruling against it by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Continue Reading