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Robert Bates Posts his First Youtube Video



Former City Council Candidate, Robert Bates, is continuing his battle to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He made a Youtube video of a phone call he made to the New York Associated Press on May 3, 2013 that became available to the public on May 5, 2013.

Robert Bates

False Memorandum

Fifteen years after he stumbled upon a memorandum with his name on it claiming he was violent and under a doctors care Robert Bates has made it his life mission to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Bates told CRSmells, Ajai Dittmar that he wants to clear his name. “I want to clear my name I am not a violent person” he says “I feel like the media has portrayed me as a mentally ill person who wasn’t on my medication but I am not on any medications at the time of the memorandum I wasn’t even under a doctors care.”

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

Robert Bates Robert Bates was charged with two felony counts of threats and an aggravated misdemeanor of first-degree harassment in 2009. He paid a $10,000 surety bond to get out of jail.Trish Mehaffey a journalist with the Gazette covered this case in 2011. Mehaffy wrote three articles in 2011 about Robert Bates but never once called him to ask him his side of the story. News reports aired over and over reminding everyone that “Robert Bates, 43, was charged with two felony counts of threats and one count of first-degree harassment.” Saying “he threatened to blow up the courthouse”.
I asked Bates if he’d ever been interviewed by Trish Mehaffey from the Gazette. He said “no, I’ve been trying to tell my side of the story but they won’t report it”.
On October 4, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “An assistant prosecutor told a judge Tuesday neither he nor the Linn County Attorney’s Office had any bias against a carnival business owner, who is accused of threatening to blow up the courthouse in 2009, and the case is being

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

handled fairly.”  Robert Bates asked for a change of venue based on the nature of the allegations to ensure he had a chance at a fair trial and he was denied.
In an article two days later on October 8, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Sosalla denies both motions based on lack of evidence presented by Bates. “Bates presented no evidence that any district judges had any personal knowledge of the disputed facts or that they were even aware of the alleged threats, Sosalla stated. He also failed to show any member of the Linn County Attorney or the Linn County Public Defender’s offices showed any bias or prejudice against him.”

I asked Bates why he made that request and he told me that he did it because if he did in fact make a threat to blow up the courthouse then everyone there

would have been a potential victim therefore it would be a conflict of interest. “I didn’t get a fair trial because the case didn’t even go to court”. Bates said. I asked him if he was relieved the charges were dropped and he told me “no I wanted my day in court to settle this matter once and for all but the case was dismissed”.

Robert Bates

One sided story

Mehaffy – March 2, 2012 “Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler said he requested medical records from Bates, which were provided last week. It was determined Bates was making “idle talk” and didn’t intend to present a “real” threat. Instead, Bates’ behavior stemmed from a medical condition, which means he wasn’t responsible for statements made.”

Mehaffy never mentions what this so called medical condition is. Bates says “it’s because it doesn’t exist”.

Bates speaking at a council meeting in 2009


All Aboard!


Outside Investors Locomotive Throttles Up

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Will Cedar Rapids Gambling Station’s Smaller Local Investors Be Left Hanging?

How Heavily Leveraged is Cedar Rapids Gambling Station?

When Does the Outside Buy out Come?

Tickets Please” for

Linn County Gambling

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Come On In and Gamble


Come On In and Gamble

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Local governments have taken the bait

A 20 year monopoly on casino gambling in Linn County

A 3% minimum required by law return to the community

City owned real estate for their casino at an undetermined amount

Steve Gray and the Casino Gang say it is all about jobs, fun and entertainment

“A Cedar Rapids attorney was disbarred this week for taking $800,000 from client accounts that was used for her “gambling addiction,” according to disbarment documents filed Wednesday with the Iowa Supreme Court.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/02/22/cedar-rapids-attorney-disbarred-admits-to-taking-800000-out-of-client-acounts-for-gambling/

If tragedy is the entertainment you crave, you will get it with

Linn County Gambling


Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling


Is This Everyone in the Game?

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How Much Did Each Ante Up?

“On Monday, Vote Yes Linn County released a list of 58 investors, including the group’s leader, Steve Gray.”

“In recent days, the Vote Yes Linn County campaign had said the investor group was larger, but Marcia Rogers, the campaign communications director, on Monday said she had misspoken.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/02/04/vote-yes-linn-county-releases-list-of-58-investors-in-casino-project/

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, 58<100+. Is this a spinning of all stock investors in the casino? The numbers just don’t add up.

$100million/58=$1.724million each.  Are these 58 admitted “local” investors up to capitalizing the $100 million it will take to get a casino up and running?

State gambling regulators will want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Iowa’s gambling regulators will want to know all involved and their stake in the game. Linn County voters should know the same.

Considering the casino gang’s reluctance to initially release any investors involved and the conflicting stories, we must resort to speculation:

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If you are willing to invest based on conflicting and incomplete information, place your bets.

Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling

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Casino or CasiNO


Do you gamble?  Do you drive out-of-town to gamble?  Would you continue to drive out of town to gamble if there was a casino in your hometown? On March 5, 2013 Linn County voters will be deciding just that in a special election.  I circled Cedar Rapids in red on the map of the casinos in Iowa below for people to see how saturated Eastern Iowa already is with casinos.  casino mapWhat would happen if the people of Linn County vote in favor of a casino?  Other casinos worry they could go bankrupt. Make no mistake the casinos in other communities want to keep your business!

Already this casino is generating jobs but not from the side you’d expect. While  a commercial airs over and over on the television advertising jobs the opposition is taking applications and searching for volunteers.  One of their arguments was that this won’t be a county owned casino and that the private investors and their non-profit are the ones calling the shots.When I questioned the “vote no” office workers about who was funding the “no vote” initiative  at their office yesterday they told me that some of the money was invested by outside casinos.  Here is their argument in a flier that I obtained from their office at 1134 9th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403  (parking in the rear). vote no The investors  are the  same old people who always find ways to make a quick buck or profit from public money.  Where will the money from Cedar Rapids casino go if people vote in favor of it? I obtained this information from the Vote Yes Linn County website: http://voteyeslinncounty.com/community-improvement

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Will this election mirror the last special election? Many of the people who signed the petition to extend the Local Option Sales Tax didn’t even vote in the election. Like other special elections that have taken place in Linn County over the last two years it boils down to trust.

Playing the same commercial  over and over on TV will wear on the public.  Where is the “vote yes” office located?  Where is the public face for the vote yes group and exactly who are they going to reach out to in the community for grassroots support? The labor unions were in support of the Local Option Sales Tax measure that failed not once but twice!

Where are the young local enthusiastic people who worked for the  “vote yes” campaign back in 2003 when this issue was on the ballot?  Those people were energized and were able to get people out to vote in favor of the casino because they were planning to work there when/if it opened. Would a casino improve Cedar Rapids?  Maybe. Would a casino with this set of investors be the wisest decision?  Probably not.

Office: 1134 9th Street SE (parking in rear)


A Casino? Yes or No


Just Say No Casino, the group opposed to a Cedar Rapids casino

Vote Yes Linn County, the pro-casino campaign
One has to wonder if the investors of this casino did any research and exactly who these investors are!  After doing my own research I found the casino that Mr. Gray would like to emulate is losing money.

“Gray also singled out the Rivers Casino, a downtown casino in Pittsburgh, Pa., adding that he envisioned that a Cedar Rapids casino will be “”urban, metro and upscale” not unlike the Pittsburgh one.”
“Ira Schulman is one unhappy property owner.  A principal in the ownership of Rivers Casino, he has dubbed the North Shore gambling palace a “bad investment,” claiming it has lost $200 million in equity since it opened in August 2009.”  Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/key-owner-says-rivers-casino-is-terrible-investment-633146/#ixzz2Ij9KULYs

Agenda 21 is being Implemented by the City of Cedar Rapids


Meanwhile in Linn County Iowa… Third Consideration on amendments to the Linn County Code of Ordinances as follows:

Chapter 3 2012 International Building & Residential Code

Chapter 4 2012 International Mechanical Code

Chapter 5 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code

Chapter 6 2011 National Electrical Code

Chapter 30 2012 International Property Maintenance Code

Chapter 32 2012 International Fire Code

http://www.linncounty.org/events_details.asp?Event_Id=2986

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Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America! What will you do about it? Did you even know about it?  Agenda 21 is not something a lot of people talk about or even believe is happening in America.  But it is happening in America and it’s happening right here in our own city! Don’t believe me!  Please do your own research! You can see my sources by clicking on the links (by clicking on the words themselves) that I’ve hooked to each of these chapters listed above.
So how is this being done? Well, after Agenda 21 was adopted, an international organization known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI) was established to help implement the goals of Agenda 21.

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At 1:11 Governor Branstad acknowledges Agenda 21.  Even though he says he doesn’t support it and claims that he has tried to stop it at the state level he hasn’t and likely won’t!  If he was truly trying to stop this from happening he would be more aggressive about it! If he was truly trying to stop Agenda 21 at the state level he could easily do it simply by talking about it– in more than one video!

So, when you hear the word “sustainable” don’t be fooled it doesn’t mean sustainability for America it literally means sustainability for the United Nations and the “One World Government”.

Relocating the Ellis Boat Harbor


What is going on here? Why is there even talk about relocating the Harbor? Wasn’t Governor Culver’s signature enough to keep it safe from the City Council? It doesn’t seem that anything is sacred in Cedar Rapids!

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Look at this image! Where would people park? What else does the east side of Cedar Rapids want to take? Most importantly HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?

What about looking at the train bridges and the feasibility of keeping rail-cars filled with tons and tons of rocks on them during floods to stop the water from backing up into the Harbor in the first place! This is ridiculous! We need to vote these people out in November!


The Delegate Count… Who’s keeping track anyway?



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I am a delegate from Linn County Iowa. I am a Ron Paul supporter and I feel like my candidate has been ignored since coming second in the Iowa Straw Poll on August 13, 2011.

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/04/21/winners-of-the-iowa-gop-state-central-committee-elections/

I have seen Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul in person. Of all the candidates, Ron Paul is the one that resonated with me. He made so much sense! He touched on almost all the issues that really matter to the average American.

I wonder if only radical pro-life people participate in the grueling platform process? Perhaps the average Republican is really pro-choice? All I know is the people that attended the platform committee I was at were people who are totally against abortion. They spent hours and hours debating life issues on March 10, 2012. I have a difficult time believing any true ‘pro-life’ person is comfortable with the establishments pick, pro-choice advocate, Mitt Romney.

During the platform committee it was made clear that the presidential nominee needed to be pro-life and support the pro-life agenda ‘from cradle to grave‘.

Are American’s shallow? Mitt Romney is probably the prettiest candidate in the running on the republican ticket but is he even a republican? I wonder if he’s even read the Constitution!

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Our troops are Ron Paul’s top contributors!

The only true pro-American, pro-life, pro-liberty, conservative candidate in the running is Congressman Ron Paul. Ron Paul has rock star status! Ron Paul’s campaign has energized the youth vote. He relates to the average American. His support is swelling on the ground and the republican’s are still stuck on the frontrunner picked by the mainstream media!

While the mainstream media touts Mitt Romney as the “front runner”, Ron Paul supporters all over the country are taking over the Republican Party from within. Will there be a brokered convention? Chances of that happening are high.

The mainstream media is stuck in the rut with Romney.

If the true goal was to “beat Obama” than why are the establishment Republican’s running with someone who is parallel to Obama?

Democrats know Romney will be easy to beat.

Anyone paying attention knows that there is something fishy about this presidential nomination!

In Alabama ballot machines were unplugged and reset.

In Alaska the new GOP Chair prevailed victory for Ron Paul.

In Iowa, the GOP Chair, Matt Strawn, quit and AJ Spiker, a Ron Paul supporter, replaced him. Ron Paul supporters took positions of power within the states central committees.

In Louisiana, Ron Paul won the caucus but there isn’t any real media coverage.

Then there is Maine, need I say more?

The gig is up.

Romney is no different than Obama. If the Republican Party really wants to “beat Obama” then we need to elect Ron Paul.

The media has picked enough presidents. It’s the people’s turn to pick our president!

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Randi Shannon Launches Iowa Senate Campaign


March 13, 2012 | For Immediate Release

Contact: Randi Shannon, 305-491-4597

Randi Shannon Launches Iowa Senate Campaign

Linn County small businesswoman and entrepreneur seeks to bring real world experience to Senate

MARION – Randi Shannon, a Marion entrepreneur and small businesswoman, formally launched her Iowa Senate campaign today by filing her nomination petitions and statement of candidacy with Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz. Shannon, a Republican, will run as to represent Senate District 34, a seat which includes the communities of Robins, Marion, Hiawatha, Bertram, Ely and portions of Cedar Rapids all in Linn County.

The co-owner of Iowa Glass and Iowa Auto Glass based in Cedar Rapids and several Internet based companies, Shannon, 44, is running to be a strong advocate for growing our economy, provide entrepreneurs the tools they need to realize their dreams, give Iowans more of their freedoms back and allow parents and children greater choice in education.

“I have spent the last 15 years in the business world both in Iowa and in other states and know very well what it takes to thrive, especially in a down economy. I am so glad to be back home in Iowa but I know there is a lot more we can do to make our state more competitive and to grow our communities,” said Shannon, a native of Iowa City, whose previous business ventures have taken her from coast to coast over the past several years as a Regional Vice President with ACN Communications in Florida and prior to that as a Senior Director with Excel Communications located in Dallas, Texas. “I am committed to fighting for lower taxes, responsible spending and the best education choices for our children.”

Besides her focus on growing Iowa’s economy, reducing taxes and getting more Iowans back into jobs, Shannon is passionate about providing educational choice and protecting our Second Amendment rights.

A proud mother of four boys ranging in age from 12 to 23, Shannon is a former home school mom who comes from a family who has proudly served in the United States Military. She believes choice in education is of high importance to Iowans she is passionate about the preservation of the Second Amendment because it is critical to our nation’s freedom and essential to protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our property.

An avid bike rider, who has completed two full RAGBRAI weeks, Shannon also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and rooting on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“I am a hard-working, dedicated entrepreneur and not a career politician. My entrance into politics is indicative of my life’s work – a desire to tackle problems and provide practical solutions,” said Shannon. Whether Independent, Libertarian, Republican or Democrat, I am asking for your vote and in return, I will fight so Iowans can live a more free and prosperous life,” she concluded.

For more information on Shannon’s campaign and vision for Iowa, visit her website at www.ShannonforSenate.com

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