Q: Lindsey McCune, the lobbyist caught kissing Bill Dix, served as Bernie Sanders’ scheduling director in his campaign. Has this been reported in the news?
A: It was reported in Des Moines media. McCune, 39, had worked for the Iowa League of Cities since July 2016, but resigned after the Dix incident. She was a legislative secretary to Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, in 2015.
Q: Who pays for President Trump’s legal team?
A: The Republican National Committee and Trump’s campaign paid the legal bills during 2017 for Trump family members under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees probing whether the Trump campaign played any role in Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election. Trump said in November he has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation. The president’s private lawyers are also suing porn star Stormy Daniels for violating a hush agreement about her alleged affair with the president, and defending Trump in a defamation lawsuit for calling former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos a liar after she accused Trump of sexual assault.
Q: Why are the names of some stocks listed in bold print?
A: The name of each mutual fund company is listed in bold, with individual funds in the company family listed in lightface.
Q: Is the Century Link building at Sycamore and Third Street now vacant?
A: No. But it’s privately owned so we can’t tell you how much of the building is used, and Century Link’s corporate headquarters did not respond to our question.
Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the frontage road between Younkers and LensCrafters in Cedar Falls?
A: Cedar Falls Community Development Director Stephanie Houk Sheetz replies: “That access road is owned by College Square Realty LLC. They are responsible for maintenance.”
Q: In Cedar Falls where do the items that need to be approved through the council come from, such as the new hotel, Kwik Trip, roundabouts? Is it with the city development department, with administrator or what department?
A: Cedar Falls City Administrator Ron Gaines replies: “Items such as rezoning requests, plats and site plans are submitted by a private developer to the City’s Planning Division. The items are then reviewed for technical content by staff, it is then placed on the agenda to be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission for a recommendation to the City Council. Once a recommendation is obtained from the Planning and Zoning Commission the item is placed on the City Council agenda for consideration. Street projects are typically reviewed by the City Council.”
Q: What is the cost to get into the John Deere Museum and the Grout Museum in Waterloo?
A: Admission to the Deere Museum is free. According to the Grout, regular admission is $10 for adults, $5 for veterans and children 4-13; children 3 and under and museum members are free. Explorer passes are available for multiple museum sites starting at $8 for children and $13 for adults.
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