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A rose to Richard O. Jacobson for a gift premium  to the University of Northern Iowa that will keep on giving for decades to come. UNI and state leaders unveiled Jacobson’s $15 million gift to the Cedar Falls university, which will be devoted to enriching the university’s College of Education through student scholarships, hiring new faculty and researchers and hosting an annual summit on teacher education. Jacobson obviously did well in the warehousing industry, and he has made a second career of sharing his wealth with gifts that amount to tens of millions to the three state universities, as well as the Iowa State Fair and other fortunate recipients. Jacobson’s latest gift will have an important impact at UNI’s role in producing future generations of Iowa teachers.

A thistle to Sen. Chuck Grassley for going along with the Senate’s regrettable slide back to its bad, old ways of the filibuster. Last week we gave Grassley a rose for his bipartisan effort with Sen. Tom Harkin to move the president’s nomination of Jane Kelly of Cedar corporate premium Rapids to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Then, on Wednesday, Grassley voted to sustain the filibuster of another federal circuit court nominee who has been targeted by the NRA. Her sin: Representing her boss (then the New York attorney general) in a liability suit against gun manufacturers. We thought it had gone out of fashion to hold lawyers responsible for their clients’ views. Then again, we thought Republicans believed judicial nominees deserve an up-or-down vote. So, another election has come and gone in which voters say they are fed up with Washington gridlock, and yet nothing changes.



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