THE SIOUX CITY ART CENTER IS AUCTIONING OFF A SERIES OF ART QUILTS THIS WEEKEND. DIRECTOR AL HARRIS-FERNANDEZ SAYS THE QUILT PAINTINGS WERE A COMMUNITY ART PROJECT SPONSORED AND DISPLAYED BY LOCAL BUSINESSES:
THERE'S ABOUT 30 QUILT PAINTINGS AVAILABLE, RANGING IN SIZE FROM 12 BY 12 INCHES TO 4 FEET BY 4 FEET ON BOARDS MEANT FOR OUTDOOR DISPLAY. THE BIDDING ENDS SUNDAY AT 3PM.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is sending signals he expects to seek re-election in 2014.
The Republican says in an Associated Press interview that "I love what I'm doing. So that should be an indication."
Branstad also raised about $600,000 this month for his campaign at an event headlined by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
But Branstad said he plans to keep his options open until 2014.
Branstad is Iowa's longest-serving governor, having served four consecutive terms in the 1980s and 1990s. He came out of political retirement to run and win in 2010.
The names of several Democrats have circulated as potential candidates, including former Governor Chet Culver and state Senator Jack Hatch of Des Moines, although no one has publicly announced plans to run.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says the so-called "fiscal cliff" does not exist. The Democratic Senator says there's a "slope," but no daunting financial precipice upon which our national economy is teetering.
He compares the predictions about our country's looming fiscal issues to the Y-2-K scare of a dozen years ago, something that proved completely harmless.
The basis for the "cliff" is that around the first day of January, a series of 500-billion dollars in tax increases and 200-billion in budget cuts will automatically take effect. Harkin disputes reports that forecast a national economic collapse if lawmakers aren't able to prevent those actions from taking place.
If the "cliff" isn't avoided, Harkin remains unconvinced we're headed for another near-immediate recession.
A report from the Congressional Budget Office says the combined 700-billion dollars in tax cuts and budget cuts represents about four-percent of the gross domestic product, which could be a large enough leap to prompt a recession.