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Grassley, Feinstein bill combats candy- and fruit-flavored drugs marketed to children

Grassley, Feinstein bill combats candy- and fruit-flavored drugs marketed to children

WASHINGTON — Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  this week re-introduced the Protecting Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs Act to increase the criminal penalties for marketing candy-flavored drugs to…

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed a bill that puts a cap on the damages livestock producers would face in nuisance lawsuits. Iowa lawmakers passed Senate File…

Cerro Gordo supervisors OK levy reduction for property tax payers (video)

Cerro Gordo supervisors OK levy reduction for property tax payers (video)

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county supervisors OK’d a levy reduction of 3.38% for property tax payers Tuesday morning at the board’s regular meeting. The County Social Services Board…

Governor Branstad announces appointments to STEM Advisory Council

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to Iowa’s STEM Advisory Council. The following individuals’ appointments were effective Monday, March 27, are unpaid and are not subject…

City of Mason City expense report, March 23, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, March 23, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/23/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 60.00 AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS DUES & PUBLICATIONS 500.00 ANDERSON, JAYLINREFUND 25.00 APPLIED…

Trump’s approval rating drops to new low of 36%

Trump’s approval rating drops to new low of 36%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s job approval rating fell to 36% over the weekend after Republicans’ failed effort Friday to repeal and replace Obamacare. Gallup reports Trump’s new approval…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks announcing Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks announcing Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Monday, March 27, 2017 Good afternoon. The Department of Justice has a duty to enforce our nation’s laws, including our immigration laws. Those laws require us to promptly remove aliens…

Ernst, other legislators introduce legislation to support young people in agriculture

Ernst, other legislators introduce legislation to support young people in agriculture

WASHINGTON – A bill designed to encourage the next generation of agriculture producers was introduced last week in Washington. U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and U.S.…

Apology demanded from Iowa Representative for using gay slur

Apology demanded from Iowa Representative for using gay slur

DES MOINES – An allegedly dismissive response from an Iowa state Representative about his previous use of the gay slur term “red rider” has brought calls for an apology. On…

Ernst questions USDA nominee Perdue at confirmation hearing

Ernst questions USDA nominee Perdue at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, today questioned President…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer says GOP’s work this session “will allow schools to thrive and provide our kids with a world class education”

Rep. Linda Upmeyer says GOP’s work this session “will allow schools to thrive and provide our kids with a world class education”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – Broadening the Conversation Only about three weeks remain for this year’s session so our focus will soon turn to the state budget.…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City – One of the things that has been striking about this week has been the huge number of emails that I have received…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – WEEK 11 AT THE STATEHOUSE Education & Job Training Can Turn Iowa Economy Around In trying to understand why Iowa’s economy has…

Keystone pipeline approved by Trump administration

Keystone pipeline approved by Trump administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The controversial Keystone Pipeline is one step closer to moving crude oil from Canada through the United States today after the State Department OK’d a permit. The…

Governor Branstad signs 7 bills into law

Governor Branstad signs 7 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following 7 bills into law: House File 303:  an Act relating to notifications made by the commissioner of insurance of the…

Iowa Senate bans cameras in government bathrooms

Iowa Senate bans cameras in government bathrooms

DES MOINES – After a complaint by the Iowa ACLU, a bill was passed in the Iowa Senate banning cameras in state-owned bathrooms. Senate Study Bill 1184 prohibits the state…

Floyd county Democratic legislator Todd Pritchard forms committee for possible run for Governor

Floyd county Democratic legislator Todd Pritchard forms committee for possible run for Governor

CHARLES CITY – Todd Prichard, Democratic Iowa State Representative for District 52, announced today another step in his possible quest to become Governor of Iowa. “Today I announced the formation…

House Speaker Paul Ryan brags about “Prong Three Health Care Legislation” that passed this week

House Speaker Paul Ryan brags about “Prong Three Health Care Legislation” that passed this week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1101 on a vote of 416-7, the Small Business Health Fairness Act and…

Bernie Sanders rejects Trump’s SEC nominee

Bernie Sanders rejects Trump’s SEC nominee

WASHINGTON – At a rally Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for the defeat of the Wall Street lawyer whom President Donald Trump wants to regulate…

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 331 into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following bill into law: Senate File 331:  an Act relating to energy efficiency reporting requirements applicable to certain gas and electric…

Ernst helps relaunch Senate Albanian Issues Caucus

Ernst helps relaunch Senate Albanian Issues Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today announced they are relaunching the Senate Albanian Issues Caucus. Peters and Ernst, who will serve as co-Chairs…

Ernst expresses support for U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch (video)

Ernst expresses support for U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch (video)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst today spoke on the floor of the Senate about United States Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. The following is the full…

Trump signs bill pumping $19.5 billion into NASA

Trump signs bill pumping $19.5 billion into NASA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. will try to get to Mars as President Donald Trump signed a bill pumping over $19 billion into NASA. President Trump‏ said Tuesday afternoon he…

President Trump to Nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar for the U.S. Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If…

Encouraging the Next Generation of American Farmers

Encouraging the Next Generation of American Farmers

By U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) As published in Agri-Pulse According to the latest agricultural census, the average age…

Branstad and Reynold propose use of state reserves to cover latest budget crunch

Branstad and Reynold propose use of state reserves to cover latest budget crunch

DES MOINES – Iowa faces a $131 million budget crunch according to the latest state revenue projects, and Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds say reserves can cover the…

Gov. Branstad signs 3 bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs 3 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad signed the following 3 bills into law Friday: House File 217:  an Act relating to disciplinary actions taken against a licensed school employee required…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – SENATE VOTES TO MAKE SCHOOL FUNDING FAIRER Iowa’s approach to school funding has provided a strong…

Republicans unable to revive Death penalty in Iowa this year

Republicans unable to revive Death penalty in Iowa this year

DES MOINES – Republicans passed numerous reforms this legislative session in Iowa, but were unable to revive the death penalty. Senate File 335 was introduced by Republican lawmakers Behn, Zaun,…

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statements on dismissal of Des Moines Water Works lawsuit

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statements on dismissal of Des Moines Water Works lawsuit

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statements in regards to the dismissal of the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit: Gov.…

Legislative update from Iowa Republicans

Legislative update from Iowa Republicans

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Republicans: Opportunities and Challenges Our work to enact policies that move Iowa forward continued this week as we spent many hours on…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – Last week, I mentioned a couple bills that were in the process of being brought to the floor for debate. The bill which calls for…

City of Mason City expense report: March 16, 2017

City of Mason City expense report: March 16, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/16/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———————– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 35.84 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E SUPPLIES 23.50 ALLIED ELECTRONICS INC TRAFFIC SIGNALS 166.29 ANDERSON, LAURA…

Bookmeyer’s “Renaissance” deal likely dead if it faces voters

Bookmeyer’s “Renaissance” deal likely dead if it faces voters

MASON CITY – Reportedly, Mason City mayor Eric Bookmeyer will go begging to the people of Mason City to approve a deal for a hotel in the downtown area. As…

President Trump releases budget request for huge military spending increase to boost “urgent war fighting readiness”

President Trump releases budget request for huge military spending increase to boost “urgent war fighting readiness”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint which provides an overview of the Administration’s overarching priorities for discretionary spending which includes big increases for military…

Livestock nuisance lawsuits curtailed under Iowa Senate bill approved this week

Livestock nuisance lawsuits curtailed under Iowa Senate bill approved this week

DES MOINES – To promote economic growth in the state, the Iowa Senate has OK’d a bill that puts a cap on the damages livestock producers would face in nuisance…

Branstad, Reynolds point to latest Medicaid Modernization report as proof of “improved patient outcomes”

Branstad, Reynolds point to latest Medicaid Modernization report as proof of “improved patient outcomes”

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds commend the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) for releasing the third Medicaid Modernization Quarterly Report demonstrating improved patient outcomes, strong consumer protections,…

Iowa Senate approves 20-week abortion ban

Iowa Senate approves 20-week abortion ban

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate, led by Republicans, has approved a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. SF 471 passed the Iowa Senate 32-17. The act, “being deemed of…

Gov. Branstad signs 2 bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs 2 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad signed the following 2 bills into law: House File 293:  an Act concerning state purchasing from prison industries for products manufactured in this state.…

Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws…

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