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Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: “Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: “Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again”

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs after sending School Start Date compromise (SF 227) to the Governor’s desk: “When it comes to the school start date, Governor…

Indiana University: Religious Freedom Restoration Act is “unnecessary”

Indiana University: Religious Freedom Restoration Act is “unnecessary”

NIT – In the wake of the Indiana state government passing a law that allows businesses to turn away LGBT customers, the state’s largest university issued a statement urging the…

Community baby shower to assist at-risk mothers, babies

Community baby shower to assist at-risk mothers, babies

From Ozzie Ohl, the “One Man Think Tank”: Each year in north Iowa, many babies are born into poverty. Some are born to women receiving late or no prenatal care…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire Medicaid system to managed care. If Iowa moves…

View hundreds of emails sent to city hall on sanitation department quandary

View hundreds of emails sent to city hall on sanitation department quandary

MASON CITY – Mason City’s mayor and city council were unable during this year’s budget cycle to provide the leadership necessary to make a decision on their own on whether…

Yavorski didn’t get trash-to-energy plant in Colorado, either

Yavorski didn’t get trash-to-energy plant in Colorado, either

NIT – As it turns out, Joe Yavorski never got his trash-to-energy plant built in Colorado, just as it never got built here in Mason City. You remember Joe Yavorski.…

Mason City once again passed over by Winnebago

Mason City once again passed over by Winnebago

NIT Opinion – Winnebago passed over Mason City once again, announcing today it has purchased a building in Waverly, Iowa – 50 miles further down the Avenue of the Saints…

Public sector employees belong to unions at a rate 5 times larger than private sector

Public sector employees belong to unions at a rate 5 times larger than private sector

WASHINGTON – The union membership rate of wage and salary workers was 11.1 percent in 2014, down from 20.1 percent in 1983, the U.S. Census bureau said this week. The…

Gone too far? Indiana to allow businesses to shun LGBT customers

Gone too far? Indiana to allow businesses to shun LGBT customers

NIT – Has the government of the state of Indiana gone too far, or is what this red state is about to do an “it’s about time” moment that more…

Tornquist blows his stack at Mason City bar

Tornquist blows his stack at Mason City bar

NIT opinion – Scott Tornquist blew his stack Monday night at a Mason City business – something he has done before – after he became furious that a citizen called…

Grassley backs bill to repeal death tax

Grassley backs bill to repeal death tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee and backed by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, today reintroduced legislation to permanently repeal the…

Senate leader calls on Democrats to pass GOP budget

Senate leader calls on Democrats to pass GOP budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Republican budget that focuses on helping the Middle Class: “This…

Atheist: “When a God appears in front of me, I’ll believe it”

Atheist: “When a God appears in front of me, I’ll believe it”

NIT – What does it take to prove to those pesky Atheists out there that God really exists? How convincing was David Silverman, the president of the American Atheists, when…

County taxes due in a week

County taxes due in a week

MASON CITY – Treasurer Patricia Wright reminds all taxpayers that 2nd half assessment year 2013 real estate taxes and assessment year 2015 mobile home taxes are due in the Treasurer’s…

Ted Cruz announces his run for the Presidency (video)

Ted Cruz announces his run for the Presidency (video)

NIT – Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced early this morning his intention to run for President in the 2016 election. In a video posted to his Twitter account, the right-wing 44-year-old…

Iowa City pastor deported after fierce battle to keep him in America

Iowa City pastor deported after fierce battle to keep him in America

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City pastor whom thousands backed via petition and demonstrations to stay in America was deported Thursday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the man’s lawyer…

Republicans rip Democrats on school collective bargaining

Republicans rip Democrats on school collective bargaining

DES MOINES – Republicans say that teachers and administrators in Iowa school districts have to good enough already – if not too good – and are working to set back…

Iowa Republicans claim Dem’s lied about education spending

Iowa Republicans claim Dem’s lied about education spending

DES MOINES – Republicans claim Democrats have lied in statements published in the Des Moines Register about education funding in Iowa. According to an Iowa GOP newsletter: Democrat’s Statements on…

Popular ESPN sports commentator says blacks should vote Republican (video)

Popular ESPN sports commentator says blacks should vote Republican (video)

“…what I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican.” ESPN Sports commentator, Stephen A. Smith, on why he thinks black Americans should…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Human trafficking is happening here in the heartland. This week, the Iowa Senate passed SF 450 to battle human trafficking, which is the trade of humans, most…

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