Big crowds flood caucus locations to support their candidates

Dave Brady makes his pitch to undecided voters in an  attempt to sway them  during the caucus held  Monday night in Iowa.
Dave Brady makes his pitch to undecided voters in an attempt to sway them during the caucus held Monday night in Iowa.

 By NANCY MAYFIELD and KELLY GERLACH

Joseph Lyon proved that every vote counts – although not always as one expects.

Lyon held firm. He opposed his senior government class, the only student to stand up for Hillary Clinton.

The 18-year-old gained confidence going into his first caucus Monday night, sitting in a desk in his Maquoketa Community High School science lab waiting for the caucus to begin.

“I took government first semester and really got interested in it. I liked all the candidates on the Democratic side, and Bernie [Sanders] has good ideas, but they’re not as plausible as they could be,” Lyon said before the 7 p.m. start time.

The Democrat stayed in the Clinton camp through the first count in Precinct 16, sitting on the opposite side of the room as his mother in the Martin O’Malley camp.

But his sense of fairness won... 

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Mental health programs to  offer ‘the right level of care’

Lynnn Bopes, Jackson County Coordinator of Disability Services
Lynnn Bopes, Jackson County Coordinator of Disability Services

By NANCY MAYFIELD

Residents in Clinton and Jackson counties will have access to additional mental health services under a $3.1 million contract announced Monday between UnityPoint Health – Robert Young Center and the Eastern Iowa Mental Health/Disability Services Region. The five-county region also includes Cedar, Muscatine and Scott counties. 

The bottom line is to improve access and provide better coordination of services for people who have mental health issues so they can get the most appropriate care, said Lynn Bopes, coordinator of disability services in Jackson County.

The most immediate impact will be access to a 24-hour crisis hotline staffed by licensed mental health counselors and additional crisis evaluation services, Bopes said. 

 

That line should be up and running as soon 

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2016 cake auction spurs local bakers to whip into action

Sue Mayberry smoothens out the crinkled edges from the yellow fondant the rolled onto a freshly frosted cake. She made the fondant from scratch this year and colored it to match the bright yellow of Buzz Lightyear’s shirt from “Toy Story.”
Sue Mayberry smoothens out the crinkled edges from the yellow fondant the rolled onto a freshly frosted cake. She made the fondant from scratch this year and colored it to match the bright yellow of Buzz Lightyear’s shirt from “Toy Story.”

By KELLY GERLACH

With at least three cakes to decorate before Friday’s auction, Sue Mayberry of Maquoketa remains nonplussed. She’ll get it all done because she’s helping her son’s wrestling team and because she’s indulging in a new creative passion.

Metal cake pans, princess figurines, glitter dust, multicolored sprinkles and hand-drawn cake designs cover Mayberry’s kitchen table. Three round cakes – two frosted and one covered in blue fondant with yellow stars – await further design on her countertop. 

Nearby, pieces of wax paper cradle fondant cutouts of yellow, white and blue stars, flowers and buttons. Those embellishments will complete her “Toy Story” cake. She’s also planning a Disney princess cake and multi-tiered wrestling cake.

 

The Title I reading teacher calls herself something of a novice in the kitchen, but when she discovers a new creative outlet, she submerges herself in it.

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Medicaid changes 'a mess'; legislators hear criticism from county

Rep. Brian Moore
Rep. Brian Moore

By DOUGLAS MELVOLD

Criticism of the state’s Medicaid privatization plan and a request for financial assistance for courthouse security topped the Jackson County Supervisors’ messages to their state legislators as the legislators prepared to head to Des Moines for the annual legislative session.

Supervisors held separate work sessions last month with state Rep. Brian Moore, R-Bellevue, who represents House District 58, and state Sen. Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa, who represents Senate District 29, before the Jan. 11 start of the 2016 session in Des Moines.

Calling the Medicaid privatization plan “a real mess,” Supervisors Chairman Larry “Buck” Koos said the plan “is a bad thing for the citizens in Jackson County that depend on that service.”

 

Supervisor Jack Willey said his biggest complaint about the Medicaid privatization is the amount of power that Gov. Terry Branstad and Charles Palmer, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, have to make that change without legislative action, and the lack of legislative oversight.

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