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Florida Governor Rick Scott: FBI Director needs to resign

Florida Governor Rick Scott: FBI Director needs to resign

PARKLAND, FLORIDA – Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the FBI’s admission that they failed to take action after receiving information on January 5, 2018, regarding “[Nikolas]…

Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is ‘desperate’ after Mueller’s indictment of Russians

Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is ‘desperate’ after Mueller’s indictment of Russians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Saying President Donald Trump is ‘desperate’ in calling a special investigation a hoax, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Special Counsel Mueller released new…

Grand jury indicts thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for scheme to interfere in the United States political system

Grand jury indicts thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for scheme to interfere in the United States political system

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia today returned an indictment presented by the Special Counsel’s Office. The indictment charges…

Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer will serve as the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Caucus’s first Chairwoman

Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer will serve as the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Caucus’s first Chairwoman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), a caucus of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), announced that Iowa’s Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer will serve as…

What they’re saying: Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping tax reform proposal

What they’re saying: Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping tax reform proposal

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled her sweeping tax reform proposal on Tuesday. The plan would provide immediate relief to middle class workers, small business owners, farmers, families and…

Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping new tax policy

Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping new tax policy

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg unveiled the most significant tax reform package in decades on Tuesday, allegedly providing immediate relief to middle class workers,…

Homeland Security responds to NBC news coverage of Russian election hacking

Homeland Security responds to NBC news coverage of Russian election hacking

WASHINGTON – NBC News recently reported that a top U.S. official told them that Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, and now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says NBC “has…

Feds propose new rule that would allow restaurants to keep tips earned by servers, to cover minimum wages

Feds propose new rule that would allow restaurants to keep tips earned by servers, to cover minimum wages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would allow restaurants to keep tips earned by servers, to cover minimum wages. The new regulation, provides…

Rep. Upmeyer: Opioid legislation will save lives

Rep. Upmeyer: Opioid legislation will save lives

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Winter in Iowa means snow and ice on the roads and extra caution is necessary. We are…

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 8, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 8, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/8/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————– ADVANCED SYSTEMS CEMETERY EQUIPMENT 4,500.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 6,280.18 AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION DUES & PUBLICATIONS 324.00…

Democratic challenger for Iowa house seat 51 to hold meet and greet event in Fertile

Democratic challenger for Iowa house seat 51 to hold meet and greet event in Fertile

FERTILE – A Democratic challenger for an Iowa House seat will hold a public event on the afternoon of Saturday, February 24 in Fertile. Tim Knutson, Democratic candidate for State Representative…

Sen. Ragan: Not enough money for school kids in Iowa budget

Sen. Ragan: Not enough money for school kids in Iowa budget

The following is a legislative update from Senate Amanda Ragan of Mason City – Iowa’s route to a high-skill, high-wage economy depends on great local schools that prepare students for…

Steckman battles for more school funding

Steckman battles for more school funding

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: This week we took another disappointing vote on funding for our public schools.  What used to be…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES – The following information is from Iowa Democrats: Home Foreclosure Timelines Could Be Shortened Iowans who are facing foreclosure may soon have less time to save to stay…

Democratic lawmakers complain of rejection of budget bill amendment to ease school funding cuts

Democratic lawmakers complain of rejection of budget bill amendment to ease school funding cuts

DES MOINES – Democratic lawmakers complained Thursday after Republican lawmakers rejected a budget bill amendment that would have eased school funding cuts in an amount that mirrors payouts for sexual…

Iowa Legislature considers bill that would help police end alleged racial profiling

Iowa Legislature considers bill that would help police end alleged racial profiling

DES MOINES – A bill is advancing in the Iowa Legislature that would help train police to not commit racial profiling when investigating possible crimes. Senate Study Bill 1177 is…

Steve King blasts pro-life organization for not supporting his ‘heartbeat’ bill

Steve King blasts pro-life organization for not supporting his ‘heartbeat’ bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Congressman Steve King, a known champion for the unborn, this week blasted an alleged pro-life organization for failing to support his bill that proclaims a fetus…

Glasson’s movement shows up to demand bold progressive change at Iowa Democratic Caucus

Glasson’s  movement shows up to demand bold progressive change at Iowa Democratic Caucus

DES MOINES – Despite a snowstorm and orchestrated establishment attempts to stop Iowans from expressing their early gubernatorial preference in precinct caucuses, Cathy Glasson’s progressive campaign for Governor surged to…

Political parties to caucus Monday night

Political parties to caucus Monday night

MASON CITY – Caucuses will be held in Iowa on Monday evening for the top three political parties. The caucuses determine party platforms, delegates and precinct reps. Democrats will caucus…

GOP plan for Iowa schools: More funding, more infrastructure, more flexibility, more innovation

GOP plan for Iowa schools: More funding, more infrastructure, more flexibility, more innovation

The following is a legislative update from House Republican leader Linda Upmeyer: Over the last several years, we have consistently made schools our top priority. Nearly 45% of the state’s…

Religious exemption bill introduced in Iowa Senate

Religious exemption bill introduced in Iowa Senate

DES MOINES – A bill that would allow a range of religious exemptions to the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other state laws was introduced this week in the Iowa…

Bill in Iowa Legislature could lengthen bus rides for public school students

Bill in Iowa Legislature could lengthen bus rides for public school students

DES MOINES – A bill working through the Iowa Legislature could lengthen bus rides for public school students. Senate File 2137 authorizes local school districts to extend one-way ride times…

Memo, declassified by President Trump, claims bias against Republicans

Memo, declassified by President Trump, claims bias against Republicans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans in Congress today released a controversial memo, declassified by President Donald Trump, that claims the FBI was biased and abused surveillance powers in its investigations of…

Lt. Gov. Gregg attends White House Conference on Rural Prosperity

Lt. Gov. Gregg attends White House Conference on Rural Prosperity

DES MOINES – Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp, attended the White House Conference on…

Gov. Reynolds signs water bill into law

Gov. Reynolds signs water bill into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following bill into law on Wednesday: Senate File 512: an Act relating to water quality by amending the wastewater  treatment financial assistance…

Praise Jesus: Bible bill for public schools moves forward in Iowa Legislature

Praise Jesus: Bible bill for public schools moves forward in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES – A bill in the Iowa Legislature that would require public schools to set standards for classes on teaching about the Bible has moved ahead. The bill, which…

Legislative update from Rep. Todd Prichard

Legislative update from Rep. Todd Prichard

The following is a Legislative update from Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City: I have a personality flaw. I cry over spilled milk. I would attribute this to my mother’s…

Gov. Reynolds signs Executive Order No. 1, establishes Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

Gov. Reynolds signs Executive Order No. 1, establishes Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds, joined by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and state business and education leaders, signed Executive Order No. 1 on Monday establishing the Iowa Clearinghouse for…

Rep. Sharon Steckman explains her “no” vote on water quality bill

Rep. Sharon Steckman explains her “no” vote on water quality bill

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City – This week, the House voted on SF 512 which dealt with water quality. I wanted to…

Rep. Upmeyer points out education accomplishments due to higher funding from Legislature

Rep. Upmeyer points out education accomplishments due to higher funding from Legislature

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – We had many visitors from the community colleges at the Capitol this week for their annual…

Senator Amanda Ragan says solar energy can create more good jobs in Iowa

Senator Amanda Ragan says solar energy can create more good jobs in Iowa

MASON CITY – Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City says solar energy can create more good jobs in Iowa. Senator Ragan, in a legislative update, said this week that “Iowa…

Pelosi calls on Republicans to join Dem’s “to do what’s right” on Trump

Pelosi calls on Republicans to join Dem’s “to do what’s right” on Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following new reports that President Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last June, but was stymied when…

Statement from Iowa Board of Regents Executive Director Mark Braun on Senate proposed budget reductions

Statement from Iowa Board of Regents Executive Director Mark Braun on Senate proposed budget reductions

January 25, 2018 While the Board understands the state’s current fiscal situation, we are hopeful that the General Assembly and Governor will continue to work with the Board and public…

City of Mason City expense report, January 25, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, January 25, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/25/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———— ADVANCED SYSTEMS COPY CHARGE 433.72 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 725.00 ALL STAR…

Democratic Iowa Senators introduce bill to make state employees responsible for egregious and illegal workplace behavior

Democratic Iowa Senators introduce bill to make state employees responsible for egregious and illegal workplace behavior

DES MOINES — A group of Senators introduced legislation today to ensure that state employees – not all Iowa taxpayers – would be financially responsible for egregious and illegal workplace…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Trump promised to end ‘American carnage.’ Promise delivered.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Trump promised to end ‘American carnage.’ Promise delivered.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions USA Today January 23, 2018 When President Trump was inaugurated, he made the American people a promise: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right…

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association to host Democratic Gubernatorial candidate forum

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association to host Democratic Gubernatorial candidate forum

ALTOONA, IOWA – This November, Iowans will once again head to the ballot box to select Iowa’s next governor. But first, the Iowa Democratic Party will select a nominee during…

Gov. Reynolds praises Iowa House, Senate on bipartisan passage of water quality legislation

Gov. Reynolds praises Iowa House, Senate on bipartisan passage of water quality legislation

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds praised the Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate on Tuesday following the House’s bipartisan passage of Senate File 512 in a 59-41 vote.…

Grassley and Ernst issue statements after Congress votes to re-open federal government

Grassley and Ernst issue statements after Congress votes to re-open federal government

WASHINGTON – Congress passed a bill today to fund the government through February 8. A 17-day extension of federal government operation passed the Senate 81-18 (60 votes required) and the…

Gov. Reynolds claims to work toward better water quality in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds claims to work toward better water quality in Iowa

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with agriculture and conservation leaders, described an approach being used across the state to address water quality challenges.…

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