DES MOINES | Paul Ryan, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin who made a name for himself as a budget guru and as the Republican Party’s nominee for vice president in 2012, is the featured guest at Gov. Terry Branstad’s Birthday Bash fundraiser on Nov. 16.
“Congressman Ryan has been a leader in Washington advocating for balancing our budget while fostering a healthier economy, expanding opportunities for America’s young people, paying down America’s nearly $17 trillion national debt, securing retirement for seniors and repairing the safety net for those in need,” Branstad said in an news release announcing Ryan’s visit. “I’m pleased to welcome him back to Iowa to share his conservative, common sense approach to budgeting.”
Tickets for the governor’s birthday party at Adventureland Park in Altoona go for $65 each and are on sale through the Branstad campaign website at https://branstadreynolds.com.
One Iowa, the state’s largest gay rights advocacy group, responded Tuesday to news of a lawsuit filed against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in support of the owners of the Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes.
The owners, Richard and Betty Odgaard, refused the host a same-sex wedding at their facility in August. The suit filed Monday by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty wants the commission to determine the Odgaard’s were within their rights to refuse service to the couple since same-sex marriage conflicts with their Mennonite beliefs.
In a statement released Tuesday, One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing said the religious exemption doesn’t apply to the Gortz Haus because it is a public, and not a religious, institution.
"One Iowa absolutely respects the faith traditions and the deeply held convictions of Mr. and Mrs. Odgaard,” Red Wing said. “However, the Gortz Haus is a public accommodation, not a religious institution.”
Officials from the Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it received a $440,000 dollar grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to be distributed over three years for suicide prevention.
The grant will be used to screen and assess suicide risk at IDPH-funded substance abuse treatment programs and certain public middle and high schools; to reach youth through a social media campaign; and to increase referrals to services for substance use and co-occurring mental health problems.
About 150 middle-school students and teachers from across the state were to learn how eating right and staying active bring out the super powers inside them at the annual Super Power Summit today at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. As part of the summit, students will take part in the Healthiest State Walk with Iowa Department of Public Health Director Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Jared DeVries, an NFL alumnus from Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is reminding Iowans of an upcoming Nov. 1 application deadline for the Iowa Arts Council’s Rural Arts Development Grant program. The Rural Arts Development Grant provides $1,000 to $5,000 to support arts projects that positively impact the quality of life in rural Iowa. Grant program guidelines and application forms, including a list of eligible counties, can be found at www.iowaartscouncil.org.