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Posted August 27, 2014in Civic Skinny

Catching up: Fair’s sidewalk evangelist appeals. Tirrells file for bankruptcy. Gortz Haus update.

Jason Powell, who was told by Iowa State Fair officials and then by Federal Judge Robert Pratt that his sidewalk preaching interfered with traffic, last week appealed Pratt’s ruling to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Powell, a “professing Christian who is compelled to share his faith with others in

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Posted August 20, 2014in Civic Skinny

Tirrell seeks bankruptcy. New Polk County salaries. Dennis Parker is out. A new foe for Bisignano.

Marty Tirrell filed for bankruptcy on Monday. The sports-radio talker and serial-defendant said he and his wife, Stephanie, have assets of zero to $50,000 and estimated liabilities of $500,000 to $1 million. The petition listed more than a dozen creditors, including several credit-card companies, three banks, and two of the

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Posted August 13, 2014in Civic Skinny

Remembering Dick Olson. Another (yawn) Tirrell suit. Hispanics assail the Register, staff awaits changes.

Dick Olson, a good mayor, a good guy and a good neighbor, died last week in a car crash in Maine. He was 85. This is from Jim Duncan: “Dick Olson was a tough guy. He defined the term. He grew up without parents, raised by grandparents who spoke no

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Posted August 06, 2014in Civic Skinny

Court throws out Tirrell case against Gabus; Heitshusen, Wheater trials set. Divorce news.

Marty Tirrell’s lawsuit against Charles Gabus Motors has been thrown out of court. Tirrell, the radio broadcaster with a long list of judgments against him, had said he had an employment contract with Gabus’ Toyota dealership. As “proof,” he cited two bizarre “to whom it may concern” letters. Not good

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Posted July 30, 2014in Civic Skinny

Trump helps Branstad. Family helps Adam Gregg. Gannett might sell papers. No sweat for chicken.

Gleanings from the latest campaign-finance reports: Eldon Roth, the Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, founder of Beef Products Inc. — maker of the beef product unfortunately known as “pink slime” — has given the Terry Branstad campaign $110,000 since the last election. Bruce Rastetter, the ag entrepreneur who is head of

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Posted July 23, 2014in Civic Skinny

Tony Bisignano’s case: Anatomy of an OWI, a messy and odd detour on way to election.

What do you do if you’re a politician picked up for drunken driving? How does it all play out? Here’s how it played out — sometimes minute by minute — when Tony Bisignano was stopped for driving erratically in the early hours of Monday, Sept. 30, last year. It’s a

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Posted July 16, 2014in Civic Skinny

Sheriff sells Tirrell house; his trial is delayed. That $40 million buyers’ club refund explained.

Marty Tirrell Update: The Tirrell homestead in West Des Moines was sold last month at a sheriff’s sale. The sale followed a lawsuit filed against the sports-radio talker and serial defendant by Great Western Bank, alleging the Tirrells took out a $168,000 mortgage on April 1, 2011, and three years

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Posted July 09, 2014in Civic Skinny

Huh? Party of Branstad, Grassley wants term limits. New platform would ban gay marriage, kill Obamacare

Terry Branstad has been governor of Iowa for nearly 20 years. He was elected to four terms, sat out for a bit, was re-elected in 2010 and now is seeking his sixth term. Chuck Grassley has been in the United States Senate for nearly 34 years. He has been elected

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Posted July 02, 2014in Civic Skinny

Beleaguered Blunck sued by his own lawyers. Who backed the winner in GOP’s face-off?

The state of Iowa isn’t the only one having trouble collecting from wealthy architect but careless — if that’s the right word — landlord and businessman Kirk Blunck. His own lawyers have sued him. The Finley law firm went to district court last month saying that from 2006 through 2009

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Posted June 25, 2014in Civic Skinny

Don’t ask Partnership what Byers earns. (It’s $280,000.) Tony Bisignano’s foes are still looking for a candidate.

“As a community focused non-profit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors, we value transparency,” Susan Ramsey of the Greater Des Moines Partnership told Cityview the other day. That, of course, meant she’s wasn’t going to answer the question. Sure enough, she didn’t. The question was: How much do

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