Saturday News, August 29
State Board Of Medicine Will Not Appeal Court's Decision To Allow Telemedicine Abortions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A medical board says it will not appeal an Iowa Supreme Court's decision that allows doctors to dispense abortion-inducing pills remotely via a teleconferencing system.
Iowa Board of Medicine Chairman Hamed Tewfik tells the Des Moines Register that the group will not appeal the June 19 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The board had 90 days to consider the option.
Tewfik tells the newspaper that board members consulted with attorneys and decided an appeal would have been a complicated process.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland sued the board over a 2013 decision to require a doctor to be in the room with a patient when dispensing abortion-inducing medication. The Iowa Supreme Court agreed with Planned Parenthood's argument that the rule would have placed an undue burden on women.
Branstad Forms Working Group To Study Criminal Policies
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says a working group will review Iowa's criminal justice practices to make recommendations for reform.
Branstad announced the group's formation Friday during a summit in Ankeny that addressed racial disproportionality in Iowa's criminal justice system.
The group will be given access to state agencies and other resources, and they will be expected to present a report with recommendations by November. Branstad says the deadline allows lawmakers to consider suggestions for the next legislative session.
The working group will include experts on justice policies, including a representative from the Iowa Attorney General's Office.
The summit Friday was organized by the Iowa-Nebraska State Area Conference of Branches for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Judge Allows Prosecutors To Obtain Emails From Republican Consultant
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge is allowing federal prosecutors to obtain emails of a once-powerful Republican consultant from Google Inc.
U.S. District Judge John Jarvey rejected a request Friday to quash a warrant ordering Google to give prosecutors the contents of Jesse Benton's Gmail account, which he used to work on Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign and Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election.
Benton and two others face charges in Iowa stemming from the 2012 campaign. Benton led presidential candidate Rand Paul's super PAC until his indictment this month.
Google told Benton last year it would comply with the warrant unless challenged. Benton did, arguing it was overly broad.
A magistrate upheld the warrant this month. Google didn't produce the records, giving Benton time to appeal. A Google attorney said Friday it would comply.
O'Malley Critical Of Decision To Hold Only Four Democratic Debates Before Iowa Caucus
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is slamming the Democratic National Committee's decision to hold only four debates before the Iowa caucuses next February.
O'Malley says the move is "totally unprecedented" in the Democratic party and says "this sort of rigged process has never been attempted before."
As the party's chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, sat a few feet away from him, O'Malley asked: "Whose decree is it exactly? Where did it come from?"
His speech generated some applause in the ballroom but was a direct rebuke to DNC leaders, including Wasserman Schultz, who came up with the plan for six debates beginning in October and ending in February or March.
O'Malley says when Republicans can draw more than 20 million people to watch their first debate this month, it's important for the party to offer its own ideas.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Claims To Be The Standard Bearer For The Election
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is insisting she is the party's standard-bearer in next year's election, even as Vice President Joe Biden considers challenging her and Senator Bernie Sanders draws big crowds.
Pointing to big losses in the 2010 mid-term elections, Clinton says the party can't allow that to happen again and must rebuild "from the ground up."
Clinton says GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is now the de facto leader of the Republican party. She says "the party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump."
Sanders Says Excitement At Rallies Will Be Instrumental At Election Time
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says the excitement of rallies will be critical to electing Democrats in 2016.
Sanders is warning party leaders at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis that the party will not retain the White House and recapture the House or Senate "unless we generate excitement and momentum and produce a huge voter turnout."
He tells DNC members he doesn't "mean to insult anyone here," but that type of turnout "will not happen with politics as usual. The same old, same old will not be successful."
That was apparently a reference to former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the presumptive front-runner in the party's presidential nominating contest. Clinton has been dogged by questions about her emails and a private server she used as secretary of state.
Sanders says people understand that the nation doesn't need "more establishment politics or establishment economics."
Trump Holds A $100 A Plate Dinner, But Says It Is Not A Fundraiser
NORWOOD, Massachusetts (AP) - Republican Donald Trump held a $100-per-person campaign event - which he repeatedly insisted wasn't a fundraiser - outside of Boston on Friday evening as he backpedaled on his previous pledge not to accept contributions for his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump said the money raised was only being used to offset the costs of the event and said people attending could choose to pay whatever they wanted.
That's despite multiple signs that were posted at the property's entrance telling those arriving, "Please have cash ready or make checks payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc." and "Entry Fee $100 Per Person."
"This Is not a fundraiser tonight, just so you understand," Trump told reporters at the sprawling Norwood property owned by local car dealership owner Ernie Boch Junior.