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President Trump asks for financial contributions in “sweepstakes” to meet him at rally

President Trump asks for financial contributions in “sweepstakes” to meet him at rally

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Billionaire President Donald J. Trump this weekend asked for as little as $3 from each of his supporters to enter a “sweepstakes” with the winner getting a chance…

City of Mason City expense report, August 17, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, August 17, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/17/2017 Payee Description Amount ——————————————————— ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 24.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 336.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 50.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE IOWA EDUCATION & GROW OUR ECONOMY? Iowa continues to lead the nation with a high school graduation rate that has increased five years in a row.…

Members of President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities resign

Members of President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities resign

Letter of resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities, sent to President Donald J. Trump Saturday: THE PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES August…

Mason City candidate for school board gets labor union endorsement

Mason City candidate for school board gets labor union endorsement

DES MOINES – A Mason City firefighter running for school board has received the endorsement of a labor union. The Hawkeye Area Labor Council (HALC), AFL-CIO, and its Chapters have…

Congressman to introduce Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump after comments on Charlottesville

Congressman to introduce Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump after comments on Charlottesville

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today announced that he will be introducing articles of impeachment…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Iowa Students Head Back to School Most of Iowa’s preK-12 students will head back to school beginning August 23rd.  Unfortunately, many of the students will be feeling the impact from…

Bennett Smith launches campaign for second ward city council seat in Clear Lake

Bennett Smith launches campaign for second ward city council seat in Clear Lake

The following is an announcement from Bennett Smith of Clear Lake for his candidacy for the second ward city council seat in Clear Lake: I wanted to take this opportunity to…

Todd Prichard suspends campaign for Governor

Todd Prichard suspends campaign for Governor

CHARLES CITY – Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City has suspended his campaign for Governor. In a statement released this afternoon, Prichard, who announced his candidacy in May, explained his…

Pelosi renews call for firing Steve Bannon after Charlottesville violence

Pelosi renews call for firing Steve Bannon after Charlottesville violence

SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump’s latest comments on the Charlottesville violence perpetrated by white supremacist groups: “The President’s statement on Saturday…

City of Mason City expense report, August 10, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, August 10, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/10/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ————————– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 863.69 ACCO CONCESSION SUPPLIES 939.60 ACTION TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 265.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS…

Senator Joni Ernst to visit North Iowa counties

Senator Joni Ernst to visit North Iowa counties

GARNER – United States Senator Joni Ernst will visit three North Iowa counties on August 16 for events not open to the public. The details are as follows: Senator Ernst…

DCA Director Mary Cownie announces departure

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Director Mary Cownie announced her departure Monday afternoon. Her last day at the department will be Thursday, August 17, 2017. “We…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg call on EPA to raise biodiesel requirements in RFS

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg call on EPA to raise biodiesel requirements in RFS

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise the 2019 biodiesel volume requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard…

Reynolds campaign announces Rep. Rod Blum joins US Senators Ernst and Grassley, and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey as Co-Chair

Reynolds campaign announces Rep. Rod Blum joins US Senators Ernst and Grassley, and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey as Co-Chair

DES MOINES – The 2018 election is on the horizon, and Governor Kim Reynolds is stacking her campaign team with big names. On Friday, the Reynolds-Gregg team announced that Congressman…

City of Mason City expense report, August 3, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, August 3, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/3/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 114.88 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AG POWER M/E SUPPLIES203.37 AHLERS…

U.S employers added 209,000 jobs in July

U.S employers added 209,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON – U.S employers added 209,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate was down to just 4.3%, the latest jobs report shows. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued…

U.S. tells United Nations it is getting out of Paris climate agreement

U.S. tells United Nations it is getting out of Paris climate agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from…

Global War on Terrorism War Memorial bill passes Senate

Global War on Terrorism War Memorial bill passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), known as the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, passed the Senate…

Incarcerated aliens in federal prisons tops 42,000

Incarcerated aliens in federal prisons tops 42,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Data released this week shows that federal prisons are holding more that 42,000 aliens, but most could be on their way out of the United States. President…

Attorney General Sessions announces opioid fraud and abuse detection unit

Attorney General Sessions announces opioid fraud and abuse detection unit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a new Department of Justice pilot program to utilize data to help…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City – Annual Sales Tax Holiday Weekend August 4-5 Iowa’s annual sales tax holiday is the first weekend…

Senators demand fair pricing on drugs developed with taxpayer funds

Senators demand fair pricing on drugs developed with taxpayer funds

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) proposed a rule that would end price gouging on prescription drugs and other health care products developed…

Colleen Niedermayer running for Mayor of Mason City

Colleen Niedermayer running for Mayor of Mason City

Colleen Niedermayer is running for Mayor of Mason City. Here is her announcement as provided to NIT: I’m running for Mayor of Mason City. I want to listen to all…

Public sounding off on Iowa’s “Health Insurance Stopgap Measure”

Public sounding off on Iowa’s “Health Insurance Stopgap Measure”

DES MOINES – The Iowa Insurance Commissioner announced public hearings for the Iowa Stopgap Measure, the so-called “innovative solution” to address problems in the state with the Affordable Care Act…

Ernst refuses to quit on effort to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare

Ernst refuses to quit on effort to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for him to press ahead on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.…

Republicans vow to pursue tax reform

Republicans vow to pursue tax reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, House Ways and Means Committee…

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agrees with FDA’s plan to slash tobacco in cig’s

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agrees with FDA’s plan to slash tobacco in cig’s

DES MOINES –  Attorney General Tom Miller today issued the following statement about the FDA’s announcement of a new comprehensive plan to shift the trajectory of tobacco-related disease and death:…

City of Mason City expense report, July 27, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, July 27, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/27/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 411.72 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 2,382.50 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 60.00 ANDERSON, KAREN…

Ernst, Grassley, Franken introduce Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act of 2017

Ernst, Grassley, Franken introduce Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act of 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Sen. Al Franken introduced bipartisan legislation last week to increase the amount of information students receive about federal student loans,…

AFSCME Council 61 announces their endorsement of Nate Boulton for Governor

AFSCME Council 61 announces their endorsement of Nate Boulton for Governor

DES MOINES – Today in a joint statement from AFSCME Council 61 and the Boulton for Iowa campaign, AFSCME Council 61 announced its endorsement of Nate Boulton for Governor. In…

Former Mason City resident Dr. Amy Shriver urges Gov. Reynolds to back plan to let parents affected by health insurance crisis to buy hawk-i children’s health insurance

Former Mason City resident Dr. Amy Shriver urges Gov. Reynolds to back plan to let parents affected by health insurance crisis to buy hawk-i children’s health insurance

DES MOINES – Today at the Iowa Statehouse, a state senator and an Iowa pediatrician proposed a plan to protect more than 11,000 Iowa children from losing health insurance on January…

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan re-elected

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan re-elected

DES MOINES – Yesterday, at the 20th Biennial Convention of AFSCME Council 61, Danny Homan was re-elected as President of AFSCME Council 61 by acclamation. The membership also approved a…

FDA plans to slash amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes

FDA plans to slash amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation that will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better…

Masson announces candidacy for Mason City’s third ward council seat

Masson announces candidacy for Mason City’s third ward council seat

MASON CITY – Joshua Masson is pleased to formally announce his candidacy for the vacant 3rd Ward seat on the Mason City Council. Masson, 46, has been employed at Curries…

Meeting to discuss Avenue of the Saints Lake water quality improvement plan

WAVERLY – Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in Avenue of the Saints Lake in Bremer County can attend a meeting Aug. 9.…

Iowa Public Information Board selects Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Chair; Renee Twedt, Vice-Chair; and appoints Margaret Johnson as Executive Director

DES MOINES – The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) met on Thursday, July 20;20.17. At the meeting, the Board elected Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Dyersville, Iowa as Chair for the 2017-2018 fiscal…

Iowa conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats says President Trump should wash Anthony Scaramucci’s “mouth with a bar of soap”

Iowa conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats says President Trump should wash Anthony Scaramucci’s “mouth with a bar of soap”

URBANDALE, IOWA – Former legislator and outspoken Iowa right-wing Christian leader Bob Vanderplaats gave President Donald Trump and his toady Anthony Scaramucci a vicious tongue-lashing after Scaramucci this week unloaded…

Steve King seeks to root out illegal aliens with “Census Accuracy Act”

Steve King seeks to root out illegal aliens with “Census Accuracy Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the “Census Accuracy Act of 2017.” King’s legislation seeks to improve the quality of data collected by the…

Three Republicans shoot down repeal and replace effort on Obamacare

Three Republicans shoot down repeal and replace effort on Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain, battling brain cancer, stepped forward and joined fellow Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in shooting down a GOP bill that allegedly…

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