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White House again blasts Obamacare, cites report showing huge increase in health insurance premiums

White House again blasts Obamacare, cites report showing huge increase in health insurance premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House reported today that Obamacare is a “disaster” and health insurance premiums have increased an average of 105% since 2013. Since Obamacare was implemented, premiums…

Michael Bousselot departing as Branstad-Reynolds Chief of Staff

DES MOINES – Michael Bousselot, Gov. Terry E. Branstad’s and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Chief of Staff since July 2015, announced today he is departing the governor’s office and pursuing…

Kim Reynolds sworn in as 43rd governor of Iowa

Kim Reynolds sworn in as 43rd governor of Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds took the oath of office to become Iowa’s 43rd governor. She officially became governor of Iowa at 10:06 a.m. Below are her first…

Terry Branstad has resigned as governor of Iowa

Terry Branstad has resigned as governor of Iowa

DES MOINES – At 10:06 a.m. today, Gov. Terry Branstad resigned as governor of Iowa, marking his 8,169th day in office. To view that resignation letter, please click here. For…

Branstad to resign, be sworn in as ambassador to China; Reynolds to be sworn in as governor on Wednesday

Branstad to resign, be sworn in as ambassador to China; Reynolds to be sworn in as governor on Wednesday

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad’s office formally announced Tuesday morning that he will resign as governor of Iowa on Wednesday, May 24, at 10 a.m. and immediately be sworn…

Branstad approved by U.S. Senate as ambassador to China, will resign Wednesday

Branstad approved by U.S. Senate as ambassador to China, will resign Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate today voted to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China. Governor Branstad will resign as governor of Iowa on Wednesday,…

Ernst leads bipartisan, bicameral legislation to assist family caregivers

Ernst leads bipartisan, bicameral legislation to assist family caregivers

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as well as U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Linda Sánchez…

President Donald J. Trump speech in Saudi Arabia: “This is a battle between Good and Evil”

President Donald J. Trump speech in Saudi Arabia: “This is a battle between Good and Evil”

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – The following is the speech President Donald J. Trump gave in Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017: I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary…

Rep. Upmeyer ruminates on a “truly a historic” legislative session

Rep. Upmeyer ruminates on a “truly a historic” legislative session

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – With Memorial Day right around the corner, I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifices that…

Senators introduce bill to help rural hospitals stay open

Senators introduce bill to help rural hospitals stay open

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado this week re-introduced legislation to help rural hospitals stay open while meeting…

City of Mason City expense report, May 18, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, May 18, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/18/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 165.95 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 71.06 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 210.00…

Judiciary Committee leaders seek copies of reported Comey memos and possible Trump tapes

Judiciary Committee leaders seek copies of reported Comey memos and possible Trump tapes

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein along with Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse today called on…

Grassley cautions administration on NAFTA renegotiation: Ag exports a bright spot in rural economy

Grassley cautions administration on NAFTA renegotiation: Ag exports a bright spot in rural economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a lifelong family…

Three-point plan to end string of Iowa child deaths put forth by Senate Oversight Committee members

Three-point plan to end string of Iowa child deaths put forth by Senate Oversight Committee members

DES MOINES – A three-point reform plan to prevent another Iowa child from being injured or killed by abuse has been put forth by two members of the Iowa Senate Government…

Iowan Rachel Brand confirmed by U.S. Senate as Associate Attorney General

Iowan Rachel Brand confirmed by U.S. Senate as Associate Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rachel L. Brand of Pella, Iowa had been confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 52-46 to be Associate Attorney General of the United…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City – Health Insurance for 72,000 Iowans in Jeopardy Nearly 72,000 Iowans who purchased insurance through the federal Marketplace could lose the insurance coverage…

Poll: GOP handling of health care puts House up for grabs in next election

Poll: GOP handling of health care puts House up for grabs in next election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new poll is showing Republicans may be in danger of losing the House of Representatives in the next election, and many favor impeaching President Trump. The…

City of Mason City expense report, May 11, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, May 11, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 05/11/2017 Payee Description Amount ————————————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 264.50 ADAMS SHARPENINGMAINTENANCE MATERIAL 4.50 ADVANTAGE ADMINISTRATOR SERVICE EXPENSES 72.69 AHLERS AND COONEY…

Ernst joins Senators in resolution commemorating Police Week

Ernst joins Senators in resolution commemorating Police Week

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein along with 61 bipartisan colleagues in introducing a resolution to commemorate National…

Todd Prichard‏ makes it official: He’s running for governor “to fight for every Iowan”

Todd Prichard‏ makes it official: He’s running for governor “to fight for every Iowan”

CHARLES CITY – Charles City lawyer and Democratic state legislator Todd Prichard officially announced today that he is running for governor after weeks of exploring the venture. Prichard, 43, won…

Republican Senators stress economic benefits of NAFTA to new U.S. Trade Rep

Republican Senators stress economic benefits of NAFTA to new U.S. Trade Rep

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican U.S. Senators from Iowa Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley today joined a letter along with several GOP Senate colleagues to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressing…

Q&A with Senator Charles Grassley: Foster Youth

Q&A with Senator Charles Grassley: Foster Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May is National Foster Care Month, and Senator Charles Grassley is the founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. He posted a question and…

President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’ then gets sued

President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’ then gets sued

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump on Thursday launched a commission on ‘election integrity’ using an Executive Order. Here is the order: Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of…

Gov. Branstad takes action on 10 bills; 2017 legislative action completed

Gov. Branstad takes action on 10 bills; 2017 legislative action completed

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad took action on 10 bills. The action taken represents the conclusion of bill action resulting from the 2017 legislative session.  The action…

Gov. Branstad signs 37 bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs 37 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed below 37 bills into law.  This does not conclude the total amount of bills in the 2017 legislative session. Senate File 1:  an Act requiring jobs impact statements…

Gov. Branstad appoints Mason City woman to Iowa’s Board of Nursing

Gov. Branstad appoints Mason City woman to Iowa’s Board of Nursing

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions, including a Mason City woman to the Board of Nursing. The following appointees are…

Trump’s top trade rep confirmed by Senate today

Trump’s top trade rep confirmed by Senate today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today confirmed Robert Lighthizer, who worked under President Ronald Reagan as a trade official, as the President Donald Trump’s U.S. Trade Representative. U.S. Senator Joni…

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statements on passing of Rep. Greg Forristall

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statements on passing of Rep. Greg Forristall

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the following statements after learning of the passing of Iowa State Representative Greg Forristall: “I was…

Ernst emphasizes importance of Cedar Rapids economy and need for flood infrastructure

Ernst emphasizes importance of Cedar Rapids economy and need for flood infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, emphasized to the Commanding General and Chief of Engineers of the U.S.…

Grassley Statement on the termination of FBI Director James Comey

Grassley Statement on the termination of FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today made the following statement regarding the termination of FBI Director James Comey: “Over the course of the last several months, Director…

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds announce appointments to the Iowa Board of Medicine

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds announced two appointments to the Iowa Board of Medicine. These appointments are effective today, are unpaid and are subject to…

Gov. Branstad signs 6 bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs 6 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following 6 bills into law: Senate File 399:  an Act relating to the conduct of elections, including general election ballot vacancies, voter registration, elections administration, absentee…

JoAnn Johnson announces retirement as superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions

DES MOINES – Today, superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions (IDCU) JoAnn Johnson announced that she would be retiring effective May 30.  The Iowa Division of Credit Unions…

City of Mason City expense report, May 4, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, May 4, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/4/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- ACTIVE911 INC PHONE EXPENSE 423.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 ADVANTAGE ADMINISTRATOR SERVICE EXPENSES 76.69 AFFORDABLE TOWING…

Gov. Branstad signs 9 bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs 9 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following 9 bills into law: Senate File 32:  an Act relating to private sector employee drug testing.  This bill passed the Iowa House on April 3,…

Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office. President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations…

Senators urge IRS and Treasury to clarify rules that would allow more lenders to refinance student loans

Senators urge IRS and Treasury to clarify rules that would allow more lenders to refinance student loans

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 14 fellow senators are urging the IRS and Treasury Department to make technical clarifications to rules on refinancing options for student debt amid…

Grassley, Chaffetz blast HHS memo instructing employees to disclose when they communicate with Congress

WASHINGTON – After obtaining an internal memo sent from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instructing employees to inform the agency before communicating independently with Congress, congressional leaders…

Branstad’s appointment as Ambassador to China wins approval by Foreign Relations Committee

Branstad’s appointment as Ambassador to China wins approval by Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in support of President Trump’s nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the…

Department of Justice releases data on incarcerated aliens

Department of Justice releases data on incarcerated aliens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump’s Executive Order on Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports…

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