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Surge puts Romney nine points down
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Huckabee, Obama widen leads
Clinton, Edwards tied in second place
By CHARLOTTE EBY Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau

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while Romney, the former governor of MassRepublican presidential hopeful achusetts, came in secMike Huckabee holds a nine-point ond at 22 percent, the lead over rival Mitt Romney in Iowa poll said. with less than three weeks to go Four candidates before the Jan. 3 caucuses, according were tightly bunched Huckabee to a new poll conducted for Lee Enter- behind them. prises newspapers. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Huckabee, who has surged in Giuliani and ex-senator Fred Thomprecent weeks, led with 31 percent, See HUCKABEE, A2

A new Lee Enterprises poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers shows U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D- Ill., extending his lead in Iowa to nine points with less than three weeks to go before the state’s leadoff presidential caucuses. The poll of 500 likely Democratic caucus voters conducted by Research 2000 had Obama leading with sup-

port from 33 percent of those surveyed. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who have both held the Obama lead in Iowa polls at various times this year, are tied for second place with 24 percent each. See OBAMA, A2

Bush approval rating at 27 percent among Iowans, but Congress gets even lower mark. Story, A2

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Mom files suit to halt gossip
Parent alleges discussion of sexual abuse investigation in Hampton-Dumont district violates her daughter’s privacy
By DEB NICKLAY
deb.nicklay@globegazette.com

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HAMPTON — A Hampton-Dumont mother is seeking an injunction against the school district, a School Board member and a district employee to prevent discussion of sensitive information about an alleged sexual abuse case involving her daughter. The hearing on the civil petition for a temporary and permanent injunction will be heard in Franklin County District Court at 2:30 p.m. Monday. The hearing may be closed. Judge Bryan McKinley will preside. The petition, filed Nov. 8 by a woman identified only as “V.H.,” alleges that Superintendent of Schools Todd Lettow informed all School Board members of “known circumstances surrounding an ongoing sexual assault investigation involving a male faculty member and the minor daughter of the plaintiff.” The plaintiff further alleges in her petition that School Board member Scott Sackville discussed details of the case

with his wife and that Sackville’s wife told school employee Liz Carr who in turn told a neighbor. That neighbor, the petition says, alerted the plaintiff. The petition charges the sharing of information violated Iowa Code 22.7, which protects student privacy, and a federal law known as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. “Due to the irresponsible dissemination of this information, the minor child has suffered socially, mentally and educationally,” the petition says. The plaintiff is seeking payment for attorney and court fees as well as damages as determined by the judge of between $100 and $500 from each of the defendants. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Brian D. Miller of Hampton. The school district is represented by Waterloo attorney Beth E. Hanson. Carr is represented by Mason City attorney Joel Yunek and Sackville is represented by Fort Dodge attorney Stephen Kersten.

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THE POLITICAL DAY Obama, Edwards both in North Iowa
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will be at Charles City Middle School at 5:45 p.m. and at Roosevelt Middle School in Mason City at 8:30 p.m. today. Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards will be accompanied by actor Kevin Bacon at The Music Man Square in Mason City at 7:30 p.m. At 11 a.m. today , Madeleine Albright will be the Surf Ballroom on behalf of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. At noon and at 2 p.m., Beau Biden, son of U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, will be in the Mason City Room of the Mason City Public Library.
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Jalissa Kroneman, 5, plays with Legos at Sunset Elementary School at Clear Lake.

Parents advised to check, then shop
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Businesses add to Cheer Fund total
By LAURA ANDREWS laura.andrews@globegazette.com

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MASON CITY — Meghan and David Haas of Mason City, parents of a 1-year-old, buy toys for their son, Thomas, from a company, Melissa & Doug, that monitors its suppliers closely. “The toys that we typically buy for him are from a company that we know is safe,” Meghan said. Shopping for toys for children like Thomas this holiday season is more problematic than in years past as recalls have shoppers worried about making the right choices for the little ones. In November alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 16 varieties of toys containing dangerous levels of lead, toxic

chemicals or dangerous parts. Brian Hanft of the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health said lead can be found in paint on toys as well as in some plastic toys. If parents question the safety of toys, he recommends checking the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site for the latest information. “Do some research before you go shopping,” Hanft said. Tips for shopping smartly and safely for toys this year include buy American when you can. Kari Nelson of Home Sweet Home in St. Ansgar, which carries the Melissa & Doug line, said shoppers are looking for toys they know won’t pose hazards.

“People feel safe buying them.” Nelson said they’ve carried the line for more than 10 years because most of the toys are made in the Untied States and the ones that aren’t bear labels stating that the toys meet or exceed all U.S. standards. Parents also should buy age-appropriate toys to reduce the risk of choking. All toys are clearly marked for age appropriateness. Hanft said all children between the ages of 1 and 5 years should be tested for lead exposure. For more information in Cerro Gordo County, call 641421-9324 or 888-264-2581. In Hancock County, call 800775-6180 or in Worth County call 800-765-1388.

MASON CITY — Individuals and families aren’t the only ones donating to the Christmas Cheer Fund. Businesses and organizations are helping out, too. Metalcraft Inc., Mason City, has donated to the Cheer Fund for about 10 years, said Julie Taylor, co-chair of its Cheer Fund drive. Each year Metalcraft holds a bake sale, potluck and treats day with a goal of $500 for the Cheer Fund. This year, $521 was raised. Taylor said MetalCraft donates because of a company value, citizenship. Under citizenship, giving back to the community is important. AARP Chapter No. 2054, Mason City York Rite Masonic Bodies, the Sacred Heart Guild of Rockwell, Thornton

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Lions Club and other busineses and organizations donated on Friday as well. Donations on Friday brought the fund total to $59,588.80. This year’s goal is $100,000. Applications for Cheer Fund assistance may be picked up and donations left at the Globe Gazette between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations also may be sent to Christmas Cheer Fund, Box 271, Mason City, IA 50402-0271.

Huckabee: Preacher who defies stereotypes
By DAN GEARINO Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau

Michael Dale Huckabee
Born: Aug. 24, 1955, in Hope, Ark. Career: Arkansas governor, 1996-2007; lieutenant governor, 1993-96; pastor, 1980-91. Education: B.A. degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Family: Married to Janet Huckabee; two sons and a daughter. Religion: Southern Baptist.

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URBANDALE — Almost two years ago, a little-known governor from Arkansas introduced himself to a packed hall. He began with a story that would become familiar to Iowa ears. Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, told about a speech he once gave in his home state. He said the people in the

back of the room were cupping their ears as if they couldn’t hear. “I said, ‘Can you folks in the back hear OK?’ Some guy yelled out, ‘No sir, and we sure appreciate it,’ ” he said and the crowd laughed. Huckabee had just laid the ground rules. No matter how serious his speech was going to be, he

wasn’t going to take himself too seriously. The audience, at a dinner in Urbandale for the Iowa Christian Alliance, was happy to be along for the ride. At the time, he was the longest of longshots. But he was showing the qualities that would eventually make him a top contender: humor, policy expertise and a knack for winning over an audience. See PROFILE, A2


								
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