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City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 7, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 7, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/7/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- ACCO SITE IMPROVEMENTS 34,594.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 510.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 10,528.65 ALL STAR PEST…

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appoints Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Al Franken as United States Senator

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appoints Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Al Franken as United States Senator

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today announced that he will appoint Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to serve as United States Senator for Minnesota. Smith will be appointed to…

Democrat Doug Jones wins Senate seat in deep red Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones wins Senate seat in deep red Alabama

ALABAMA – A bare-knuckle U.S. Senate election in Alabama between an accused child-molester and a Democrat narrowly went the liberal’s way, “On a very personal level, I want to thank…

Democrats: 2018 session poses threat to Iowa retirees

Democrats: 2018 session poses threat to Iowa retirees

DES MOINES – Today two Iowa Statehouse leaders today expressed concern that the 2018 legislative session could bring sudden, unnecessary changes to Iowa’s pension system.  The two said the changes…

Iowa Republican Representative says there is “no threat to IPERS”

Iowa Republican Representative says there is “no threat to IPERS”

DES MOINES – Monday, Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mount Auburn), Co-Chair of the House-Senate Public Retirement Systems Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation related to IPERS and other public retirement…

Report: Grassley cashes in on over $360K in farm subsidies

Report: Grassley cashes in on over $360K in farm subsidies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, who helps shape farm subsidies flowing out of the federal government, has himself cashed in in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the…

Minnesota Senator Al Franken to resign after accusations of misconduct from women

Minnesota Senator Al Franken to resign after accusations of misconduct from women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota Senator Al Franken will resign after accusations of misconduct from women. Franzen gave a speech Thursday on the Senate floor, which can be read below. In…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Samantha Gronewald as district court judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Samantha Gronewald on Friday as district court judge in the Judicial District 5C. Gronewald will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge…

Democratic Congressman Conyers to resign amid sexual harassment allegations

Democratic Congressman Conyers to resign amid sexual harassment allegations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A long-time Democratic Congressman from Michigan says he will quit his post amid scathing sexual harassment claims. On a radio talk show Tuesday morning, Congressman John Conyers,…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Thomas Murphy as district court judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Thomas Murphy on Monday as district court judge in the Judicial District 5A. Murphy will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge…

Senator Charles Grassley says working Iowans spend their extra money on “booze or women or movies”

Senator Charles Grassley says working Iowans spend their extra money on “booze or women or movies”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a puzzling statement to the Des Moines Register, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley said rich investors deserve tax breaks ahead of working people who “spend every darn…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Patrick McElyea as district court judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Patrick McElyea on Friday as district court judge in the Seventh Judicial District. McElyea will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge…

Gov. Reynolds completes 99 county tour in under 200 days

Gov. Reynolds completes 99 county tour in under 200 days

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds completed her 99 county tour for 2017 on Thursday, Nov. 30, at Carver’s Ridge in Corning in Adams County. Gov. Reynolds restarted her 99…

Governor Kim Reynolds “disappointed” that the EPA has chosen not to raise the biodiesel volume

Governor Kim Reynolds “disappointed” that the EPA has chosen not to raise the biodiesel volume

DES MOINES – On November 30, 2017, EPA finalized volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2018 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel,…

King Votes to “protect” Iowans’ Second Amendment rights

King Votes to “protect” Iowans’ Second Amendment rights

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement following House Judiciary Committee passage of important legislation he cosponsored that protects Iowans’ ability to legally carry concealed firearms. King, a…

Ernst applauds progress on tax reform

Ernst applauds progress on tax reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is ecstatic that a so-called tax cut bill is making its way through Congress on a part-line vote, and is offering the…

Clear Lake Council approves “merit-based” pay system for City Administrator

Clear Lake Council approves “merit-based” pay system for City Administrator

CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake city council approved a measure that allows the city administrator to earn more pay through achievement. According to Clear Lake council meeting minutes, Mayor…

Legislation to address military sexual assault introduced by Grassley and other Senators

Legislation to address military sexual assault introduced by Grassley and other Senators

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined a bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in reintroducing the Military Justice Improvement Act. Despite years of effort and small…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 16, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 16, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/16/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 175.79 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 397.50 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE…

Grassley: Tax relief on the way for Iowans

Grassley: Tax relief on the way for Iowans

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, voted for landmark tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Steve Lukan as Iowa VA executive director

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Steve Lukan Monday as Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director. Most recently, Lukan served as director of the Governor’s…

Matt Marquardt answers John Skipper’s erroneous third question, offers him internship to learn business

Matt Marquardt answers John Skipper’s erroneous third question, offers him internship to learn business

BACKGROUND ON THIS MATTER FROM MATT MARQUARDT WITH ANSWER TO QUESTION 3: The Globe Gazette employs John Skipper as a reporter who writes opinion and so-called “factual” stories. Sometimes, the…

EPA Awards $12.3 million to state of Iowa for critical water projects

EPA Awards $12.3 million to state of Iowa for critical water projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has awarded $12,326,000 to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program funds to help finance improvements to water projects that…

Matt Marquardt answers John Skipper’s erroneous second question, expects “positive, constructive” relationship with new mayor

Matt Marquardt answers John Skipper’s erroneous second question, expects “positive, constructive” relationship with new mayor

BACKGROUND ON THIS MATTER FROM MATT MARQUARDT WITH ANSWER TO QUESTION 2: The Globe Gazette employs John Skipper as a reporter who writes opinion and so-called “factual” stories. Sometimes, the…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is an update on possible legislative topics from Iowa Democrats: State Budget Out of Balance Again For the fourth time in a year, the state budget is out…

Globe’s Skipper sends questions to Matt Marquardt by mistake – but he will be answered

Globe’s Skipper sends questions to Matt Marquardt by mistake – but he will be answered

BACKGROUND ON THIS MATTER FROM MATT MARQUARDT WITH ANSWER TO QUESTION 1: The Globe Gazette employs John Skipper as a reporter who writes opinion and so-called “factual” stories. Sometimes, the…

Candidate for Iowa Governor Cathy Glasson stops in Mason City, says “Clean water should be the birthright of every Iowan”

Candidate for Iowa Governor Cathy Glasson stops in Mason City, says “Clean water should be the birthright of every Iowan”

MASON CITY – Democratic Candidate for Governor Cathy Glasson headlined a town hall sponsored by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement PAC Thursday night in Mason City. The ICU nurse and…

King Introduces “Freedom from Union Violence Act”

King Introduces “Freedom from Union Violence Act”

KING: Legislation Closes Loophole Allowing Extortion, Violence, Sabotage by Union Members WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King announces that he has introduced H.R. 4422, the “Freedom from Union Violence Act of 2017”…

Minnesota Senator Al Franken apologizes for groping woman

Minnesota Senator Al Franken apologizes for groping woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota Senator Al Franken has issued an apology for groping a sleeping woman and laughing about – all as a picture was snapped. A radio talk host…

Steve King votes for big tax cut bill

Steve King votes for big tax cut bill

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of tax reform legislation that he says will provide a tax cut to Iowans while also…

Marquardt Campaign shifts to next phase of election

Marquardt Campaign shifts to next phase of election

STATEMENT FROM MATT MARQUARDT, CANDIDATE FOR MASON CITY CITY COUNCIL: We are now going to begin IN EARNEST the next phase of this campaign for City Council culminating in the…

Embattled Judge Roy Moore says he is now investigating the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct

Embattled Judge Roy Moore says he is now investigating the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct

ALABAMA – Embattled Judge Roy Moore – accused of sexual assault, misconduct and allegedly once banned from a mall for chasing teenage girls – says he is now investigating the…

Democratic candidate for Governor Cathy Glasson to visit Mason City

Democratic candidate for Governor Cathy Glasson to visit Mason City

MASON CITY – Democratic candidate for Governor Cathy Glasson will be holding a town hall in Mason City on Thursday, November 16th, at 6:30 pm. The town hall will be…

Ragan, Steckman invite public to share ideas and concerns about Iowa jobs at Mason City meeting

Ragan, Steckman invite public to share ideas and concerns about Iowa jobs at Mason City meeting

MASON CITY – State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman are organizing a town hall meeting on jobs at the Mason City Public Library in the Elizabeth Muse…

John McCain says President Trump’s belief in Russia’s Putin “places our national security at risk”

John McCain says President Trump’s belief in Russia’s Putin “places our national security at risk”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump while in Vietnam met up with and believed Russian President Vlad Putin as he again denied meddling in American elections, but a top Republican…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 2, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 2, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/2/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONING BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 307.81 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 12.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PAVING REPAIR…

Mason City Fire Department Captain named to board by Governor Reynolds

Mason City Fire Department Captain named to board by Governor Reynolds

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions Thursday, including a Mason City fire captain. The following appointments are unpaid and are subject to Senate…

GOP Senate contender calls teen sex allegation “baseless” amid call for him to drop out

GOP Senate contender calls teen sex allegation “baseless” amid call for him to drop out

MOBILE, ALABAMA – A Republican former judge embroiled in an election to the U.S. Senate says a teen sex encounter allegation against him is “baseless” amid calls for hi to…

Steve King: No more tax deductions for businesses who claim expenses for illegal aliens

Steve King: No more tax deductions for businesses who claim expenses for illegal aliens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Employers of illegal aliens deduct as a business expense the wages and benefits paid to illegal alien workers – but not for long, if Iowa Congressman Steve King…

ACLU rejoices: Children no longer routinely shackled in court

ACLU rejoices: Children no longer routinely shackled in court

DES MOINES – The ACLU rejoiced this week at a rule change that bars the routine shackling of children in Iowa courts. According to the ACLU, “Thousands of Iowa children…

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