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Saturday News, June 27

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Visits Pierson

(Pierson) -- Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz made a stop in Pierson, Iowa, Friday evening, and spoke to about 200 fellow republicans.  The Texas Senator told the gathering the U-S Supreme Court is wrong with its two most recent rulings dealing with the Affordable Care Act and with the same-sex marriage.

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He says he has introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow the people the chance to elect judges to the Supreme Court, and determine the length of service.

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Cruz says people need to "re-ignite the promise of America".

 

 

 

State Senator Anderson Endorses Cruz

(Pierson) -- Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson hosted Texas Senator, Ted Cruz at a B-B-Q picnic that featured grilled pork loin sandwiches. About 200 people attended the political rally that was held at the Pierson city park and ball field.  While introducing the presidential candidate to the crowd, Anderson made an announcement that many had wondered if it would happen.  Anderson proudly proclaimed his support of the Texas Senator, and in front of his supporters, publicly gave his endorsement to Cruz.  Anderson says he likes what Cruz stands for on the issues.

 

 

Cruz Says U-S Should Trade With Cuba

(Pierson) -- Senator Cruz is the son of a Cuban immigrant who was a political prisoner who fled Cuba and settled in the United States.  KLEM radio asked the Texas Senator his thoughts about the U-S establishing diplomatic ties with the Caribbean Communist nation.  Cruz says the U-S should establish trade relations with Cuba, because he believes it would provide great potential for the U-S.  However, he says President Obama is going about it the wrong way.

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Cruz says oppression is still a common place in Cuba.

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The republican presidential candidate says the U-S should instead show strength against Cuba and reform the nation.  He says he is fortunate to have a father who escaped from Cuba.

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Cruz recently reversed his position on Trade Promotion Authority now being negotiated by the Obama administration.  Once a supporter, now, he is a dissenter of the proposed trade programs.  Cruz explains why he changed his mind and his position.

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Cruz says the second reason for his reversal of position is because the deal got away from trade, and instead was a "mesh of Washington back-room deal making".

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King Disappointed In Supreme Court Rulings

(Pierson) -- Also attending the picnic was Iowa's 4th District Congressman Steve King.  King says the Supreme Court's decision allowing for same-sex marriages to occur in every state, ranks as one of the worst decisions in the top court's history.  King says it rivals the Wade vs. Roe decision that allowed for abortions to be legal.  The Iowa Congressman believes two of the justices should have excused themselves from the case.

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King says the people should not respect the ruling, and nor should they accept the ruling.

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When the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state's constitution's description of a marriage consisting of only one-man and one-woman was deemed unconstitutional six years ago, many voters took out their frustration at election time and did not renew three of the state' supreme court's justices terms.  However, justices that serve on the U-S Supreme Court are appointed for life.  So, what can people do who oppose the ruling?

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King says he is considering another option, which would be to eliminate any language of marriage from the federal government.

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Hibbit Sports Coming To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- A sporting goods store is coming to Le Mars.  The Hibbit Sports store is scheduled to open in late July at 1319 Holton Drive, near the Walmart Supercenter.  Hibbitt Sports and its subsidiaries operate more than 1,000 premium athletic retail stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the South, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.  The company's primary retail format is a 5,000 square foot store in strip center and enclosed malls.  Founded in 1945, Hibbett offers a large selection of athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel, with an expansive selection of brand name merchandise.

 

 

 

 

Vander Platts Comments On Supreme Court's Same-sex Marriage Ruling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Christian conservative Bob Vander Plaats, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, says the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion creates a constitutional crisis.
Vander Plaats says the Constitution "was trampled on by activist judges who went way outside of their scope of jurisdiction and defied the laws of nature and nature's God and it's going to have severe ripple effects throughout this country."
He says he's more optimistic about the institution of marriage today than ever before because he believes the court's decision will serve as a wakeup call for the church. He says the country knows right from wrong and "what this court did today was exceptionally wrong and they know that marriage simply means the institution of one man and one woman."
He says it's a matter of time before "we right the ship."

 

 

 

 

Drake Law Professor Comments On Supreme Court Ruling On Same-sex Marriage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drake University constitutional law professor Mark Kende says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision is broad in finding same-sex marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause and due process rights of citizens.
Kende says Friday the majority ruling of the court in the 5-4 decision "emphasizes the strength with which the majority wants to send the signal that this is to be taken very seriously and has some historic significance."
Kende says the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, similar to the national high court's, was a catalyst for the nation "and opened the door to the idea that this could be mainstream America."
He says the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion vindicates the Iowa court's foresight. The unanimous ruling by the seven-member Iowa court in 2009 made Iowa the third state to legalize same-sex marriage.

 

 

 

 

Iowa Still Ranks Number 1 In Hog Production

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest report on the status of the Iowa hog industry shows the state with 21 million hogs on Iowa farms as of June 1. 
That's the second highest number ever since records began in 1870. The highest figure was December 2014 when the state had 21.3 million hogs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released the report Friday, says the latest figure is a 10 percent increase over the inventory of a year ago.
Iowa is the nation's leading pork producer by far. The figures show Minnesota is second with just over 8 million hogs and North Carolina is right at 8 million. Illinois had 4.6 million, Nebraska 3.2 million and Missouri 2.9 million.
The national inventory is 66.9 million head.




 




   

Friday Afternoon News, June 26

Plymouth Energy Chairman Testifies At EPA Hearing On Renewable Fuels

(Kansas City) -- The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing on Thursday regarding the renewable fuels standard.  The E-P-A has proposed lowering the amount of ethanol and biodiesel to be produced annually, and going against the level that was stipulated by Congress.  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey both testified at that hearing on behalf of the renewable fuels industry.

Another person that testified was John Becker. Becker is a former manager of the Farmers Cooperative in Craig, and now the current chairman of the board for Plymouth Energy, the ethanol manufacturer based at Merrill.  Becker says the attending audience at the hearing was by far in favor of the renewable fuels industry.

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Becker says the attending EPA officials were listening and attentative to the comments of the witnesses.  He wonders though, if those messages shared on Thursday will reach the top decision makers within the Environmental Protection Agency. Becker is complimentary of Governor Branstad and Secretary Northey for their positive stance on renewable fuels.

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Becker says when he testified before the EPA officials, he told them how the rural lifestyle has changed for the better because of the ethanol and biodiesel industries.

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The former grain elevator manager says the ethanol industry is responsible for the growth of the livestock production increase for this area.  Because of the growth, a new feed mill has been constructed.  In terms of the argument that corn should be used for food and not fuel, Becker says because of improvements with seed genetics there is now enough corn for both food and fuel.

 

 

Several Hundred People Visit Dairy Farm's Open House Farm Tour

(Maurice) -- Several hundred people attended an open house farm tour last evening at the Dykstra Dairy of Maurice.  Darin Dykstra is a co-owner of the dairy farm.  He says he allows the tour to let people know what happens on a dairy farm.

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Dykstra milks 3000 head of cows three times daily totaling 31,000 gallons of milk, or five tankers that travel each day from his farm to Le Mars with all his milk delivered to Wells Enterprises to make Blue Bunny ice cream.

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He says people are becoming generations removed from agriculture and specifically a dairy operation, and he says people are interested in seeing a modern farm operation.

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The dairy producer says it is important for those making a living off the farm to tell their story.

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Catholic Bishops Express Disappointment On Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Same Sex Marriages

(Des Moines) -- Iowa's four Catholic bishops say they are saddened by a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country.
In a statement released Friday soon after the court issued its decision, the bishops expressed sadness and noted, "To make something legal does not mean that it is true or good. Take, for example, the ruling that legalized abortion."
The bishops say they will lead people to live under the gospels and quoted the passage: "One man and one woman who freely give themselves to each other in a permanent and exclusive partnership, to be helpmates for each other, and to be open to conceiving and bringing up children."
The statement was signed by the archbishop of Dubuque and the bishops of Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City.

 

 

 

Former Iowa Supreme Court Judge Not Surprised By Same-Sex Ruling

(Des Moines) -- Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Baker says he's not surprised the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed same-sex marriage on constitutional equal protection grounds.
Baker was among the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices to rule unanimously in 2009 that an Iowa law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. He lost his job along with Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justice Michael Streit the following year when they failed to get enough votes in a judicial retention election. It was the result of an effort to defeat them by gay marriage opponents who spent millions of dollars on advertising.
The Iowa court's decision made Iowa only the third state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Baker says the decision raised awareness of the issue because Iowa, not viewed as a strong liberal state, found gay marriage to be constitutionally guaranteed.
He says with the change in public opinion - 37 states have declared same-sex marriage legal - the court has ratified what was eventually going to happen anyway.

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