Thursday Afternoon News, August 27
Fiorina Campaigns In Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina made a campaign stop in Le Mars this morning. More than 100 people were interested in hearing from the former Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard computer company. Fiorina answered questions from the gathering about veterans affairs, small businesses remaining competitive against larger corporations, immigration and securing our borders, education issues, and ISIS. Fiorina says every problem that is facing America is self-inflicted, and it can be solved. She advocates for a smaller government bureaucracies. Fiorina says she has been having great discussions with potential Iowa voters.
China was brought up during the discussion with the gathering at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, and Fiorina offered an expanded explanation to reporters as to how this nation should treat the Chinese.
Dennis Baldwin Named To Iowa 4-H Hall Of Fame
(Des Moines) -- A Plymouth County 4-H Volunteer was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a recognition ceremony held during the Iowa State Fair.
For more than 25 years Dennis Baldwin has assisted with the Plymouth County 4-H sheep show. In July of 1988,
Dennis’s son Chad showed lambs in his first sheep show. This began a long association with
the Plymouth County Fair and the sheep department. Within a few years, Baldwin was asked
to join the sheep committee and the rest is history.
In 1999, Dennis was nominated to a term on the 4-H & Youth Committee and ended up serving 9
years. He also took part in the Food Stand Sub-committee and helped renovate it in 2005 to
give it a new look and make it more efficient. Baldwin was also instrumental in
fundraising to erect the Clock Tower that sits on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. A 4-H
Family cookbook was published and sold to raise the funds and then construct the tower.
Baldwin was elected to the Plymouth County Fair board. He enjoyed his six years of service
and received the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2004 and “Fairman of the Year” award in 2005.
In February of 2011, Baldwin took over the duties of sheep superintendent. He led the
sheep committee for the past four years. In the late 1990’s – early 2000’s, the sheep show
reached its peak with over 300 lambs and 50 exhibitors.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H
members and the overall 4-H program, said Ann Schoenrock, County Program and Youth
Coordinator. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or
fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth
council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and
Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement,
commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
University Of Iowa To Interview Second Finalist Candidate For President's Position
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says an administrator at Tulane University
is the second finalist being considered to become president of the school.
The UI announced Thursday that Michael Bernstein, senior vice president for academic
affairs at the private New Orleans university, was among four finalists and would visit the
Iowa City campus Friday.
Earlier, the university announced Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College in
Ohio, was a finalist.
Two other finalists will be named soon, and the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to
choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week.
Bernstein has a doctorate in economics from Yale University, where he also received
masters and bachelor's degrees.
He has held his current position since 2007 and for 20 years worked at the University
of California-San Diego.
Former Lawmaker Accused Of Providing Inside Information To Insurance Company
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former lawmaker is accused of providing inside information to one
company seeking Iowa Medicaid business before helping another develop a winning bid.
Renee Schulte's actions are being cited by two companies who claim the high-stakes
bidding process was unfair.
Schulte said Thursday she acted "above board," denying she provided anyone with
confidential information or that she had an ethical conflict.
The Department of Human Services selected four companies to manage the $4.2 billion
Medicaid program. Three losing bidders are challenging that decision.
Centene alleges Schulte told its lobbyists in 2014 that a DHS official who later
evaluated the proposals felt negatively toward the company. At the time, Schulte was a DHS
Aetna claims Schulte's subsequent consulting work for winning vendor WellCare is a
conflict. WellCare denies that.