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Senate health care law leaves millions uninsured but slashes federal deficit by hundreds of billions

Senate health care law leaves millions uninsured but slashes federal deficit by hundreds of billions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the…

American Medical Association strongly opposes Senate’s health-reform proposal

American Medical Association strongly opposes Senate’s health-reform proposal

From David O. Barbe, MD, MHA President, American Medical Association A lot of big numbers have been tossed around in the days since Senate leaders unveiled a “discussion draft” of…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds and Illinois Gov. Rauner break ground on I-74 bridge reconstruction project

Iowa Gov. Reynolds and Illinois Gov. Rauner break ground on I-74 bridge reconstruction project

BETTENDORF, IOWA – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner broke ground Monday afternoon launching a three-and-a-half year construction project to build a new Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge.…

Supreme Court backs Trump’s travel ban from Muslim nations

Supreme Court backs Trump’s travel ban from Muslim nations

WASHINGTON– The Supreme Court today, by a 9-0 vote, has allowed the Department of Homeland Security to largely implement the President’s Executive Order of a travel ban to several Muslin…

Ernst partners with Rubio on bill to lift families out of poverty

Ernst partners with Rubio on bill to lift families out of poverty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), members of the Senate Opportunity Coalition, announced they will introduce the Economic Mobility, Prosperity, and Opportunities with Waivers that…

Democratic Senator invites Governor Reynolds to support bipartisan energy reforms

Democratic Senator invites Governor Reynolds to support bipartisan energy reforms

DES MOINES – Senator Chaz Allen of Newton, a member of the Senate’s Commerce Committee and the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, has written a letter in response to Governor Kim…

Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand and support teacher leadership opportunities

Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand and support teacher leadership opportunities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Jack Reed (D-RI) recently introduced the Teachers Are Leaders Act, which would create partnerships between colleges…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – INNOVATIVE ENERGY PROVIDES JOBS FOR IOWANS Creating more jobs for Iowans is a priority we all can get behind. Improving and developing…

Nursing home resident abuse on social media gains increased reporting, preventive measures

Nursing home resident abuse on social media gains increased reporting, preventive measures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Chuck Grassley continues to investigate abuses of nursing home residents by workers involving humiliating photos on social media such as Snapchat. As a result of his…

City of Mason City expense report, June 22, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, June 22, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication ReportCity 6/22/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— 1ST INSURANCE OFFICE EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 24,704.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 611.69 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 3,583.13 ADAMS, MARK…

Former President Barack Obama says GOP health bill “will do you harm”

Former President Barack Obama says GOP health bill “will do you harm”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate introduced a new health care bill to potentially replace the beleaguered Obamacare law, former President Barack Obama warned Americans today that the…

Candidate for Iowa governor blasts Trump for perceived attack on wind energy

Candidate for Iowa governor blasts Trump for perceived attack on wind energy

DES MOINES – Yesterday, at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, President Donald Trump allegedly attacked a key source of Iowa’s energy and economic growth, saying, “I don’t want to…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City – New Laws Hit the Books July 1 With the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, a host of new laws will take…

Mason City council approves use of fireworks in town during two holidays only

Mason City council approves use of fireworks in town during two holidays only

MASON CITY – The Mason City council this week approved the exploding of fireworks in town during the Fourth of July and New Year’s Holidays, with some exceptions. The new…

Iowa Senator to Governor Reynolds: GOP legislation “will devastate Iowa families”

Iowa Senator to Governor Reynolds: GOP legislation “will devastate Iowa families”

CEDAR RAPIDS – Just before Governor Kim Reynolds was to meet with President Donald Trump In Cedar Rapids Wednesday, a Democratic Iowa Senator warned her that GOP health care legislation…

Iowa Supreme Court bans guns in Iowa courthouses

Iowa Supreme Court bans guns in Iowa courthouses

DES MOINES – In a uniform policy for courthouses across the state, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a gun ban. Here is the ruling: Each county in Iowa maintains a…

Gov. Reynolds issues statement after meeting with President Trump at Kirkwood Community College

Gov. Reynolds issues statement after meeting with President Trump at Kirkwood Community College

CEDAR RAPIDS – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement tonight after meeting with President Donald Trump at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Kirkwood Community College is home to…

Legislators to host discussion about “Medicaid for All” proposal for Iowa health insurance Wednesday evening

Legislators to host discussion about “Medicaid for All” proposal for Iowa health insurance Wednesday evening

DES MOINES – State Senator Matt McCoy and State Representative John Forbes have invited citizens to a public discussion of their “Medicaid for All” solution to Iowa’s health insurance situation.…

Grassley claims assault on the First Amendment on college campuses due to “political correctness”

Grassley claims assault on the First Amendment on college campuses due to “political correctness”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa says college campuses are allowing “political correctness” to usurp the First Amendment and damage free speech rights. In a statement…

Ragan: Deep budget cuts will hurt Iowa families

Ragan: Deep budget cuts will hurt Iowa families

MASON CITY – Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, ranking member of the Health and Human Services Budget Committee, said Tuesday that deep budget cuts will hurt Iowa families. In…

Mason City councilman Brett Schoneman resigns from council

Mason City councilman Brett Schoneman resigns from council

MASON CITY – Mason City Third Ward Councilman Brett Schoneman tells NIT Monday morning that he is resigning from the city council. This is Mr. Schoneman’s resignation letter: To be…

City of Mason City expense report, June 15, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, June 15, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/15/2017 Payee Description Amount ————————————————————- ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 264.50 ADAMS SHARPENING M/E SUPPLIES 12.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 2,383.50 ALL…

Ernst: Terrorism Is on the Rise in Southeast Asia

Ernst: Terrorism Is on the Rise in Southeast Asia

By Sen. Joni Ernst June 15, 2017 Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She retired as a lieutenant colonel in…

Current and former Iowa legislators back Prichard for Governor

Current and former Iowa legislators back Prichard for Governor

DES MOINES – Current and former Iowa legislators say in a letter released Thursday that they back Charles City’s Todd Prichard for governor. According to the letter, released Thursday via…

Gallagher, Erickson selected on final day of MLB Draft

Gallagher, Erickson selected on final day of MLB Draft

IOWA CITY – Two University of Iowa pitchers — junior Nick Gallagher and senior Ryan Erickson — were selected Wednesday on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball…

Ernst, Warren seek to rectify unequal pay for servicemembers

Ernst, Warren seek to rectify unequal pay for servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced the bipartisan Leadership Recognition Act to ensure appropriate compensation…

Bernie Sanders “sickened by” shooting by madman connected to his campaign

Bernie Sanders “sickened by” shooting by madman connected to his campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An Illinois man shot at least four people today just outside Washington, D.C., and it has been learned he previously worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign and…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Jerry Foxhoven as director of Iowa Department of Human Services

Gov. Reynolds appoints Jerry Foxhoven as director of Iowa Department of Human Services

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she will appoint Jerry Foxhoven, a well-known and highly respected leader in child protection and family law, to serve as director…

President Trump says Hillary got “a free pass” by former Attorney General Lynch

President Trump says Hillary got “a free pass” by former Attorney General Lynch

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump said Tuesday that his rival Hillary Clinton got a “free pass” on her email server debacle from a former attorney general. President Trump…

Attorney General Sessions sounds off on court’s decision to uphold ruling against Trump’s travel ban

Attorney General Sessions sounds off on court’s decision to uphold ruling against Trump’s travel ban

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday released the following statement on the Ninth Circuit’s decision to uphold a ruling against President Trump’s Executive Order that called for a travel ban…

City of Mason City expense report, June 8, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, June 8, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/8/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———————– ABC LOCK SERVICEMISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 65.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 165.95 ADAMS SHARPENING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES 18.00 ALLIANT…

President Trump taps Wray to be Director of the FBI

President Trump taps Wray to be Director of the FBI

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump announced Wednesday he will nominate Christopher Asher Wray as the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the White House,…

James Comey Statement for the Record to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

James Comey Statement for the Record to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – James B. Comey, former FBI Director,  opening statement before the Senate Intel Committee, set for Thursday, June 8, 2017, regarding his interactions with President Donald J. Trump, who…

Iowa football loses 3 players

Iowa football loses 3 players

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Wednesday the following departures from the Hawkeye roster. Kicker Mick Ellis and receiver Ronald Nash will continue their…

Kids in Iowa not safe enough, LGBTQ group leader says

Kids in Iowa not safe enough, LGBTQ group leader says

DES MOINES – The joint Government Oversight Committee held a hearing Monday, June 5 on the current state of Department of Human Services (DHS) in Iowa. After two separate, highly publicized…

Iowa Senator McCoy asks oversight committee: “How many more Iowa children are living in a hellish nightmare of abuse right now?”

Iowa Senator McCoy asks oversight committee: “How many more Iowa children are living in a hellish nightmare of abuse right now?”

DES MOINES – A state legislator pointed to child abuse cases that Democrats feel are slipping through the cracks and demanded answers from a Government Oversight Committee at hearings this…

Former psychic Kim Weaver gives up bid to beat Steve King

Former psychic Kim Weaver gives up bid to beat Steve King

DES MOINES – A Democratic challenger to Republican Congressman Steve King who came up short the first time she challenged the Iowa lawmaker and later announced she would take him…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg kick off Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger today

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg kicked off the ninth annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger today by announcing this year’s goal of 50,000 meals…

Bill to help families of fallen officers becomes law

Bill to help families of fallen officers becomes law

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation aimed at helping families of fallen first responders receive the survivor benefits they’d been promised was signed into law Friday, June 2.  The Public Safety Officers…

City of Mason City expense report, June 1, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, June 1, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/1/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————– ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 3,442.52 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AERIAL SERVICES INC OTHER IMPROVEMENTS 14,617.50 AFFORDABLE TOWING…

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