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Thursday, November 12, 2020 Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov U. S. Economy Shows Record Growth The Wall Street Journal and many other news outlets have reported that the US. economy grew at a record pace in the third quarter of 2020. The WSJ reported “The economy grew at a record pace in the third quarter — increasing 7.4% over the prior quarter and at a 33.1% annual rate — recovering about two-thirds of the ground it lost earlier in the coronavirus pandemic.” This is so different from the doom and gloom predictions last spring and summer of a depression. Something that I have noticed in the last few years is that the so-called experts have often been very wrong in their economic predictions. For example, Nicholas A. Bloom, a Stanford University economist, was quoted in an April 8, 2020 article as saying: “People may end up calling this the Greater Depression,” Bloom says. “I think the drop will be comparable to the Depression. The only question is about the rate of recovery.” The article goes on to state that “Indeed, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have warned that 47 million people could be thrown out of work and that the unemployment rate could hit 32% by this summer or fall.” In fact, the national unemployment rate was 7.9% in September. Iowa’s unemployment rate was 4.7%. Republicans Win in Iowa Iowa Republicans did very well in the election last week. President Trump carried Iowa by just over 8 points. In 2016 he won by about 9'points. Joni Ernst won the US. Senate seat by just over 6 points. President Trump carried Warren County by nearly 17 points, compared to 15 points in 2016. He carried Madison County by 34%. Democrat Cindy Axne won the our congressional seat over David Young in district 33, by about 1% pOints. A Libertarian candidate iwon about 3 1/2 percent of the vote. It could be that David Young would have won if the Libertarian candidate was not in the race. Of course, we cannot be sure of that, however. Republicans won the 1st and 4th districts. As of this writing Republican Marianette Miller- Meeks leads Rita Hart, in district 2, by a razor thin margin. ‘ We maintained our margin of 32 Republicans compared to 18 Democrats in the Iowa Senate. In the House the we picked up a net of 6 seats for a total of 59, compared to 41 for the Democrats. One of the new Representatives is Brooke Boden who will represent District 26 in Warren County. Of course, Stan Gustafson handily won re-election in District 25 that includes all of Madison County and most of western Warren County. The old ratio was 53 Republicans to 47 Democratsi’This should make L it easier to pass some legislation, because with only- 53 Republicans, if the Democrats oppose afbill, 3 or . 4 Republican House members can block it.’ Republican Joe Carico was elected ihe new Warren» County Sheriff. ' ‘ Registered Voters ‘ g ‘ . There were'1,697,102 ballots .ca‘st here .in'Iov’va out of 2,243,758 registered voters fora turnout‘rate 'of 75.64%. This was the most voters ever for an Iowa election according to Secretary of State Paul Pate. Registered voters include 719,591 Republicans, 699,001 Democrats and 659,488 No Barty voters and 17,501 Other. i- . In Warren County there are 13,567 Republicans, ' 11,169 Democrats, 11,088 No Party and 301 Other. . In Madison County there are 4,912 Republicans, 2,874 Democrats, 3,587 No Party and 90 Other. The party registrations of office holders in both Warren and Madison County have changed a lot over the‘ years. After the 2020 election, next year-there will be only 1 Democrat office holder in Warren County,” and 1 Democrat office holder in Madison County. The rest are all Republicans. Polling We should all take note of the poor job most of the polling organizations did when it came to polling for the presidential election. Many polls purported to show Biden winning by double digits. They did the same thing 4 years ago. How do they maintain any credibility? The Economist, Quinnipiac and CNBC had Biden winning by 10 or 1 1 points in polls released the day before the election. Give credit to the Register’s Iowa poll for being very close to the actual outcome for the Presidential race and the US. Senate race in Iowa. They also did very well on the congressionalraces. As always. please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. N/Warren Town and County News Page Five Quilts of Valor Presented Submitted by Rena King Quilts of Valor began in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, whose son was deployed to Iraq. Since that time, over 260,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded nationwide. The mission of Quilts of Valor is to honor service members and veterans with comforting and healing quilts. They honor service members for leaving all they held dear to serve, whether in time of crisis or in time of peace. These Quilts of Valor unequivocally say, thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor in serving our nation. A Quilt of Valor presentation was held on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at the Cumming American Legion Post #562, to honor the following two gentlemen, and to thank them for their service. Thomas Hansen Staff Sergeant E5 Thomas Hansen enlisted in the Air Force 1968, serving 4 years. Basic training was at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, then schooling in Chanute AFB, Illinois. Thomas was stationed at Castle NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES ~News From Our College Students~ Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce its August 2020 graduates. The honored students include Kourtne Klocko, Master of Business Admin degree in Corporate Financial Mgmt Empha'sis‘,f of Norwalk. ***** I More than 240 University of Iowa ‘students are . members of the 2020 Hawkeye Marchiiig Band this fall. Grace Hart of Norwalk is a member of the ensemble. Degrees were conferred by Mercy College of Health Sciences on August 29, 2020. Local students include Bailey Duncan, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, andKristin Turk, with an Associate of Science in Nursing, both of Norwalk.; 1'1 IOWA LUMBERa CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE HOME EXTERIOR SERVICE Receiver Complete FREE in-hOme Estimates V, -Siding & Windows oAttic Insulation oDecks °Gutters ~Roofs oEntry Doors We have been in business since 1983 and have many satisfied customers. Chances are we have already done work in your area. Please give us the chance to prove to you that we are the best value for your home renovations. 104 FIRST STREET WEST DES MOINES, IA 255-1200 e-mail us at iowalumber@mchsi.com AFB, California in Strategic Air Command training B52’s and KC 135’s. Thomas served at Utapao AFB, Thailand 13 months on B52 launch crew. He returned stateside to Offutt AFB, Nebraska, Strategic Air Command Headquarters, working on Looking Glass Airborne Command Post and Reconnaissance Aircraft. Thomas also had a temporary mission to Alaska. He was selected as Airman of the Quarter at Offutt AFB, being discharged in October 1972. Gary Marker Sp5 Gary Marker entered the United States Army in May 1966. His basic training was at Ft. Lewis, Washington, then serving in Vietnam in 1967-68. Gary received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and also the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged in 1968. Do You Have A New Address?ii Are you a snowbird? Have you recently moved? Be sure to let us know your new mailing address so we can ensure our * newspaper still gets to you: You can call us at'_ 7' 981-0406, email us at news@n0rwalknewspaper.com, or mail a note to us at _‘ , PO Box 325 i ,7 Norwalk, IA 50211 and we will get your address updated. s. 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