Monday, October 29, 2012
About 500 enthusiastic supporters gathered to cheer First Lady Michelle Obama in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom.
Michelle Obama clearly has some fans in Iowa City. As she was rounding up her speech, a man in the audience felt inspired enough to shout out a question as she was speaking Monday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 500 supporters at the Sheraton Hotel Ball Room. "Michelle, will you marry me?" "Sorry," the first lady replied with a smile. "I'm already taken." She did, however, share some love right back to Iowa City. Noting that it was in this city and this state where their ascendancy to the White House began, and that it was emotional to come full circle. "I'm not going to cry right here in front of all these cameras, but just let me tell you, we love you so much." The First Lady spent a little over a half an hour on …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A Waukee woman was arrested Saturday during the Iowa/Iowa State game in Iowa City.
The University of Iowa police force was awfully busy Saturday before, during and after the Iowa/Iowa State match up in Iowa City. Police reportedly issued more than 150 citations Saturday including several for alcohol-related offenses - 117 for open containers in public, 22 for possession of alcohol under legal age and one for an open container in a vehicle. There were also 15 arrests made resulting in jail transport. One of those arrested was Erin Shawn Rollenhagen, 42, of Waukee. Rollenhagen was arrested and charged with public intoxication at Kinnick Stadium around 6 p.m. Saturday. Rollenhagen was allegedly being carried on a friend’s back when she vomited. Police say she blew a .212 on the breathalyzer, more than two and a half times …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Fresh off the Democratic National Convention, President and Michelle Obama, and the Bidens traveled to Iowa City on Friday.
President Barack Obama laid out his plans for a second term during a stop Friday afternoon at the University of Iowa in a speech that lifted many of the talking points from Thursday night's acceptance address at the Democratic National Convention. If re-elected, the president said his goals include: creating one million manufacturing jobs; reducing the deficit by $4 trillion, and encouraging the development of cars that go twice as far on a gallon of gas. "You'll save money, and it's good for the environment," he told the supportive crowd in Iowa City during the speech, which lasted about 30 minutes. The president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke outdoors on the UI Pentacrest lawn -- …
Monday, September 3, 2012
There is no word yet on the location for President Barack Obama's second visit to Iowa City this year.
Iowa continues to benefit from being one of the true swing states left in what could be a very close election. The Obama campaign has confirmed that this Friday, following the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden will all be in Iowa City for a campaign event. This will follow a trip by all four to New Hampshire. No word yet on where the event will be and when. As this Press-Citizen article notes, however, the visit by the president's entourage will also compete with what is looking to be a very busy Friday and following weekend in the Iowa City area. This will be Obama's eighth trip to Iowa this year. Just last week he made stops in Ames and …
Monday, August 13, 2012
ISU wrestler and coach Cael Sanderson show that Iowa still holds sway.
The Olympic Wrestling Trials started in Iowa City this year, and with the state's rich history as a wrestling hotbed, it's not surprising that there would be Iowa ties for the winner of Olympic gold. Yesterday, Jake Varner, a Bakersfield, CA, native and former Iowa State wrestler, defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle. Varner's win gave the United States a rare second gold in Olympic wrestling in an olympic games. Watching nearby was Cael Sanderson, himself an Olympic gold winner, who had a dominant career at Iowa State and recently coached Penn State University to another National Title, edging out such perennial favorites as the University of Iowa and Oklahoma State, much to the …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Olympics in London are well under way and there are some athletes with Iowa ties still alive. Here is a schedule if you want to watch Lolo Jones, Diane Nukuri-Johnson, Kineke Alexander.
The Olympics has been a mixed bag for Iowan competitors so far. Gabby Douglas, who has lived and trained in West Des Moines the last two years, recently secured a gold with the United States gymnastics team. She is prepared to compete for individual gold on Thursday. Two University of Iowa Hawkeye swimmers -- Heather Arseth, a current swimmer, and Dragos Agache, an alumni -- failed to medal after swimming for their respective countries. Another former Hawkeye swimmer who later transfered to the University of Florida, won a gold medal along with Michael Phelps and other teammates on the 4X200-meter relay. But what remains beyond that is the track and field events:
Friday, June 29, 2012
Traders on the Iowa Electronic Markets view Obama's reelection as slightly more likely following the supreme court decision yesterday.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Tom Snee Iowa Now Traders on the Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) see President Barack Obama as the big political winner in the June 28 decision by the Supreme Court to uphold most of the health care law. Before the decision was handed down mid-morning Thursday, Obama’s contract was selling for 55.4 cents on the IEM’s Winner Take All market, which means that traders believed he had a 55.4 percent probability of re-election in November. Romney’s contract was trading for 46 cents. But by Thursday afternoon—after the decision had been handed down—the price of Obama’s contract had jumped more than 2 cents, to 57.5 cents. The price of Romney’s contract, meanwhile, fell more than 3 cents to 42.5 cents. A real money futures market operated by the …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Santorum, along with Bob Vander Plaats, plan to speak on ethical stem cell research at an Oakdale Research Park location in Coralville. He will also have a "thank you" dinner in Iowa City the day before.
Rick Santorum is making yet another visit to Iowa. The former Pennsylvania senator bowed out of the Republican presidential race after narrowly losing, then later narrowly winning in Iowa. Santorum has promised to stay active in politics, however, even campaigning for several Republicans in Iowa, including first district candidate Ben Lange. Santorum's rise to prominence in Iowa came in no small part to his grass roots support after 99-county tour of the state. On July 10, Santorum will be in Iowa City to have a "thank you" lunch at Bella Scala, with a event at Windsor Heights in the Des Moines area on July 11. Santorum will also be in Coralville on July 11 to speak on stem cell research according to the Gazette: The former Pennsylvania …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Have some books you're gearing up to read this summer? Have some great books you've read past summers that you'd want to recommend? Tell us about them in our Patch book club discussion.
It might be because my mother is a librarian, but I've always associated summer with reading. Even now that I have grown into adulthood from that wee lad who would read novel after novel to acquire King Size Snicker Bars, I am still getting excited to do some summer reading. I want to catch up on some books that I've been meaning to finish, such as George R. R. Martin's cult classic "Game of Thrones" novels. You may have heard of them. But what about you? Do you have books you're looking forward to read this summer? Do you have suggestions for summer reading for readers young and old? Let us know in Comments!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Check out this photo gallery from President Barack Obama's visit to Iowa City this afternoon.
President Barack Obama visited Iowa City again this afternoon at the University of Iowa Field House to lobby for student loan legislation. Patch was on the scene to capture photos of the event. Check out our earlier coverage from the Obama visit here. And here is our report from a Republican protest outside the event.