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Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is an update from Iowa Democrats: TOPICS: Identity Theft Consumer Tips Tuition Increases at State Universities on Hold State Recreational Trails Receive Grants Time for Students and Parents…

City of Mason City expense report, October 12, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, October 12, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/12/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 871.40 AGVANTAGE FS INCMATERIAL 1,605.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 1,572.50 ALL STAR…

Wilder column: Hey Democrats: Where’s Our Leadership?

Wilder column: Hey Democrats: Where’s Our Leadership?

“I don’t think people want a new direction, our values unify us and our values are about supporting America’s working families.” Those are the words of Democratic house minority leader…

Iowa Republicans defend commercial property tax cut

Iowa Republicans defend commercial property tax cut

DES MOINES – Iowa Republicans this week are defending a property tax relief bill approved by lawmakers and signed into law in 2013 by former Governor Terry Branstad, saying the…

President Trump signs Executive Order to “improve access, increase choices, and lower costs for healthcare”

President Trump signs Executive Order to “improve access, increase choices, and lower costs for healthcare”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Using an Executive Order today, President Donald Trump says he is trying to open up ways for Americans to buy health insurance coverage from insurance companies across state lines.…

King reminds U.S. Trade Representative: NAFTA can’t change immigration laws

King reminds U.S. Trade Representative: NAFTA can’t change immigration laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations start in Washington, D.C., Congressman Steve King is releasing a copy of a letter he sent to United States Trade…

President Donald J. Trump supports tax reform

President Donald J. Trump supports tax reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump supports a new tax plan for Americans, he says, that focuses on several key areas including the corporate tax and a bigger standard…

Senator Ragan says steps being taken to prep Iowans for manufacturing jobs

Senator Ragan says steps being taken to prep Iowans for manufacturing jobs

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – PREPARING IOWANS FOR TODAY’S MANUFACTURING JOBS Manufacturing is one of the largest employers in our state.…

Grassley says no-bid contract awarded to Equifax is a head-scratcher

Grassley says no-bid contract awarded to Equifax is a head-scratcher

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The IRS has awarded a no-bid contract to Equifax worth millions, and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says that it just doesn’t add up after the credit company…

Steve King votes to protect the lives of unborn children; women and doctors could be prosecuted for violating proposed law

Steve King votes to protect the lives of unborn children; women and doctors could be prosecuted for violating proposed law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King celebrated the House passage of a pro-life bill he cosponsored that would protect the unborn and impose possible prison terms and other penalties for…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release annual Iowa STEM evaluation

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release annual Iowa STEM evaluation

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg released the results of the annual Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council independent evaluation. The…

Democrats release updates on various programs

Democrats release updates on various programs

The following is a list of updates to state programs from the Iowa Democratic Party: New Medicare Cards Coming The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be…

City of Mason City expense report, September 28, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, September 28, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/28/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 356.66 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL…

Council candidate Tom Thoma plans events to meet public

Council candidate Tom Thoma plans events to meet public

MASON CITY — Tom Thoma, candidate for the at-large seat on the Mason City Council, has scheduled a series of “Tailgate Town Halls” meet-and-greets in Mason City parks and two…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Crystal Cronk as district court judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Crystal Cronk on Sept. 6 as district court judge in the Judicial District 8A. Cronk will fill the judicial seat formerly held by…

President Trump blasted for calling for NFL owners to fire players who kneel during National Anthem

President Trump blasted for calling for NFL owners to fire players who kneel during National Anthem

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA – President Donald J. Trump Friday called for NFL owners to fire players who kneel during the National Anthem, and is taking some blowback for his remarks. At…

Senator John McCain won’t support latest GOP attempt at health care reform

Senator John McCain won’t support latest GOP attempt at health care reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on health care reform: “As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product…

Attorney General Sessions: “Thugs on notice” and nation faces “deadliest drug crisis in American history”

Attorney General Sessions: “Thugs on notice” and nation faces “deadliest drug crisis in American history”

HARRISBURG, PA – Attorney General Jeff Sessions today told a law enforcement audience that “thugs” are “on notice” and said the U.S. is facing the “deadliest drug crisis in American…

Matthew E. Marquardt is candidate for Fourth Ward City Council

Matthew E. Marquardt is candidate for Fourth Ward City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Matthew E. Marquardt for Fourth Ward City Council Offering truth, transparency, and responsive representation to Ward 4 residents. MarquardtforMasonCity.us facebook.com/marquardtformasoncity   I’m a candidate for fourth ward…

Gov. Reynolds: No special session needed for budget shortfall; Dem’s hit back

Gov. Reynolds: No special session needed for budget shortfall; Dem’s hit back

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that no special session is needed for Fiscal Year 2017. The expected shortfall for Iowa’s FY 2017 budget is $14.6 million. Gov.…

Masson elected to third ward council seat in Mason City

Masson elected to third ward council seat in Mason City

MASON CITY – Joshua Masson has won the special election held Tuesday night to fill the third ward council seat in Mason City. Joshua Masson topped Max Weaver, 667 to…

Gov. Reynolds announces new initiative to fight sex trafficking at hotels, motels

Gov. Reynolds announces new initiative to fight sex trafficking at hotels, motels

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced a new statewide initiative Tuesday to fight the growing number of sex trafficking cases taking place in Iowa’s…

City of Mason City expense report, September 14, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, September 14, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/14/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 863.69 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 1,911.00 ALEXIS FIRE EQUIPMENT CO M/E REPAIRS…

Sen. Ragan: Let’s continue children’s health insurance

Sen. Ragan: Let’s continue children’s health insurance

MASON CITY – Democratic Iowa Senator Amanda Ragan is calling on citizens to demand that their federal legislators continue a children’s insurance program. Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance…

Democrats say 16,000 Iowans lose wages in overtime pay changes

Democrats say 16,000 Iowans lose wages in overtime pay changes

DES MOINES – An estimated 16,000 Iowans will lose wages this year after Republican lawmakers and Governor Reynolds made significant changes to overtime pay last session. According to a bulletin…

Steve King “persuades” Taiwan to buy $2.8 billion of corn, soybeans, wheat

Steve King “persuades” Taiwan to buy $2.8 billion of corn, soybeans, wheat

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement after joining with representatives of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at a ceremony to sign “Letters of Intent” announcing Taiwan’s decision…

Steve King livid after Trump crosses aisle to work with Dem’s on Dreamers issue

Steve King livid after Trump crosses aisle to work with Dem’s on Dreamers issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa’s ultraconservative representative Steve King erupted in anger Thursday after reports were released saying President Trump is striking a deal with Democrats and others to deal with…

Congress to combat brutal gang violence, Speaker of the House says

Congress to combat brutal gang violence, Speaker of the House says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker Paul Ryan said today that Congress plans to battle what he calls “brutal gang violence” directed out of Central America. In a statement today, Wisconsin…

City of Mason City expense report, September 7, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, September 7, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/7/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 5,503.86 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 150.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS…

Draper cruises to re-election to Mason City school board

Draper cruises to re-election to Mason City school board

MASON CITY – Jodi Draper is the top vote-getter in the Mason City school board election, while Alan Steckman and Jacob Lee Schweitzer also take seats. Board President Janna Arndt…

Grassley re-introduces Comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights Enhancement Act

Grassley re-introduces Comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota today re-introduced comprehensive legislation to improve customer service at the IRS, create new taxpayer protections, and…

United Nations Security Council approves toughest resolution yet against DPR Korea

United Nations Security Council approves toughest resolution yet against DPR Korea

NEW YORK – The Security Council today unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), imposing limits on oil exports, banning the country’s textile…

Ernst continues fight to cut costly Presidential perks

Ernst continues fight to cut costly Presidential perks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to cut spending and safeguard taxpayer dollars, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today re-introduced the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017. This legislation reforms the…

Gov. Reynolds issues statement after new report shows Iowa leads in wind energy jobs

Gov. Reynolds issues statement after new report shows Iowa leads in wind energy jobs

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement late last week after the Clean Jobs Midwest report showed Iowa leading in wind energy jobs. “The newly released Clean…

King Introduces bill to return land wrongly taken from Winnebago Tribe

King Introduces bill to return land wrongly taken from Winnebago Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King announced today that he has introduced H.R. 3688, the “Winnebago Land Transfer Act of 2017”. King’s legislation seeks to restore several tracts of land…

Mason City school board candidate forum held Thursday evening (video)

Mason City school board candidate forum held Thursday evening (video)

MASON CITY – A forum was held Thursday evening featuring the five candidates for Mason City school board. The event was held Thursday evening, September 7 at 6 PM in…

Ernst supports relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims, votes no on debt limit increase

Ernst supports relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims, votes no on debt limit increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting in favor of relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey, but against raising the debt limit:…

Mason City school board candidate forum set for Thursday evening

Mason City school board candidate forum set for Thursday evening

MASON CITY – A forum is scheduled for Thursday evening featuring the five candidates for Mason City school board. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening, September 7 at 6…

Obama: “Wrong” of Trump to target “Dreamers” by trashing DACA law

Obama: “Wrong” of Trump to target “Dreamers” by trashing DACA law

Former President Barack Obama today said is “wrong” to target people who were children when they illegally entered the country, even as President Trump and the Executive Branch declare the…

Department of Homeland Security sets forth on enforcing end of DACA

Department of Homeland Security sets forth on enforcing end of DACA

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly wind down of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “This Administration’s decision to terminate…

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