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Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – Veterans from across Iowa came to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and enjoy a full schedule of activities, including a…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor a great American that dedicated his life to fighting against discrimination. …

Highly-paid school administrators complain about state “underfunding”

Highly-paid school administrators complain about state “underfunding”

DES MOINES – A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities for students…

Opinion: Gov. Branstad’s $7.7 million cut to Iowa courts will be “devastating”

Opinion: Gov. Branstad’s $7.7 million cut to Iowa courts will be “devastating”

In December 2016, the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) lowered its projection for the current fiscal year (FY 2017), which means the current state budget is no longer in compliance…

Ernst questions Trump’s appointee for EPA Administrator

Ernst questions Trump’s appointee for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today questioned President-elect Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),…

Guest Editorial: Mitchell county supervisor pursues “inequity” for taxpayers

Guest Editorial: Mitchell county supervisor pursues “inequity” for taxpayers

Guest Editorial: Iowa Sales Tax: Not everyone plays by the same rules. When rules are manipulated to benefit a select group or individual, others are placed at a disadvantage, both…

President Barack Obama, one more time: Yes, we can

President Barack Obama, one more time: Yes, we can

My fellow Americans, It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take…

Opinion: The Sad Disappearance of Unbiased Journalism

Opinion: The Sad Disappearance of Unbiased Journalism

I miss Walter Cronkite, and you should too. It was not a fluke that he was coveted as the “most trusted man in America” for decades. Americans knew that when…

City of Mason City expense report, January 12, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, January 12, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/12/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 285.46 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 6,648.86 ANDERSON, SCOTTY MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 25.00 ARAMARK…

Walmart pledges to add thousands of American jobs in next year

Walmart pledges to add thousands of American jobs in next year

WASHINGTON, DC – Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer with nearly 1.5 million associates in the U.S., today announced company plans to create American jobs and invest in local communities across the…

Trump should release tax returns, 74% of Americans say

Trump should release tax returns, 74% of Americans say

NEW YORK – Americans divide evenly on whether the incoming Trump administration is complying with ethics laws. And while a bare majority in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll accepts…

Possible big announcement on the horizon for RAGBRAI in Clear Lake

Possible big announcement on the horizon for RAGBRAI in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – Is RAGBRAI coming to Clear Lake this summer? Sources say yes. NIT is told a big announcement is on the horizon for Clear Lake as a coveted…

Ernst: Military must do more to end sexual assault

Ernst: Military must do more to end sexual assault

By Senator Joni Ernst, guest columnist When I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a company commander, I had to follow orders to travel in a buddy pair…

Ringing Brothers circus calling it quits

Ringing Brothers circus calling it quits

A message from Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer greets legislators in the Iowa House with opening statement

Rep. Linda Upmeyer greets legislators in the Iowa House with opening statement

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R)  of  Clear Lake: Excitement and optimism filled the air this week in Des Moines as we called the 87thGeneral Assembly to order.  The week was…

Steve King introduces bill that would make sure doctors don’t get paid to discuss end of life with patients

Steve King introduces bill that would make sure doctors don’t get paid to discuss end of life with patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the End-of-Life Counseling Bill: “A year ago this month, the government increased control over one of the most…

Mason City doles out nearly $400,000 for parking ramp that may never be built

Mason City doles out nearly $400,000 for parking ramp that may never be built

MASON CITY – Times are tough at city hall in Mason City as budgets are tight, property assessments are on the rise, and a new tax levy is being introduced,…

King introduces “The Heartbeat Bill” – no abortions for “baby with a beating heart”

King introduces “The Heartbeat Bill” – no abortions for “baby with a beating heart”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King today introduced “The Heartbeat Bill,” legislation that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating…

Liberal Senator Feinstein blames Backpage.com for sex trafficking before she gets pacemaker

Liberal Senator Feinstein blames Backpage.com for sex trafficking before she gets pacemaker

WASHINGTON — Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, got a pacemaker installed in her body after she blamed the popular classifieds website Backpage.com for “knowingly facilitat(ing) the sale of young girls for…

Senator Ragan ready to make “sure all communities get their share of state resources”

Senator Ragan ready to make “sure all communities get their share of state resources”

DES MOINES – Senator Amanda Ragan says she is set to revitalize communities in North Iowa by making sure they get their share of state resources this year. “I’m proud…

Iowa Senate Democrats applaud Chief Justice’s speech

Iowa Senate Democrats applaud Chief Justice’s speech

DES MOINES – Leaders of the Iowa Senate on Wednesday responded positively to Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady’s annual State of the Judiciary address. “Chief Justice Cady delivered…

Ivanka Trump says she will leave father’s business and move to Washington with husband

Ivanka Trump says she will leave father’s business and move to Washington with husband

NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka says she is leaving her father’s business and moving to Washington as her husband Jared becomes his senior advisor. In a statement released…

Senators take different sides in nomination of Sessions as Attorney General

Senators take different sides in nomination of Sessions as Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles Grassley and Cory Booker took different sides in the confirmation of Donald Trump appointee Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, as others testified this week,…

Senate takes step toward ObamaCare repeal

Senate takes step toward ObamaCare repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate on Wednesday took a step toward repealing ObamaCare. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Senate Committee on Finance will…

Gov. Branstad delivers the 2017 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

Gov. Branstad delivers the 2017 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today delivered the 2017 Condition of the State address, entitled “Smaller and Smarter Government,” to the Iowa General Assembly and the people of…

Branstad and Reynolds propose major cuts to state budget

Branstad and Reynolds propose major cuts to state budget

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Brasntad and his successor Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are proposing major cuts to the state budget. Democrats say that have received the Program &…

City council likely to seek March 7 election for new tax levy (video)

City council likely to seek March 7 election for new tax levy (video)

MASON CITY – At a work session held Monday night at City Hall where no formal action was taken, the Mason City council agreed in principle to seek an election…

Campaign promise fulfilled: Cerro Gordo Supervisors freeze their pay (video)

Campaign promise fulfilled: Cerro Gordo Supervisors freeze their pay (video)

MASON CITY – Campaign promises were fulfilled Tuesday at the Cerro Gordo county courthouse as the board of supervisors voted to skip a pay cut and freeze their salaries. While…

City of Mason City expense report, December 29, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, December 29, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/29/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————– ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 184.30 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 5,900.82 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 1,178.80 ARNOLD…

Iowa union leader warns of Republican attempts to erode worker rights

Iowa union leader warns of Republican attempts to erode worker rights

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan spoke at a Capitol press conference for the first day of the 2017 legislative session with many progressive partners. The…

Rep. Steckman says she plans to focus on education, jobs and working families in 2017 legislative session

Rep. Steckman says she plans to focus on education, jobs and working families in 2017 legislative session

DES MOINES – The 2017 Iowa Legislature officially opened on Monday, January 9th at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Representative Sharon Steckman (D – Mason City) says her top…

Iowa beef slaughterhouse bars press from Ernst tour

Iowa beef slaughterhouse bars press from Ernst tour

TAMA, IOWA – United States Senator Joni Ernst will tour a beef slaughterhouse next week, but the company won’t allow the press to accompany her. Ernst, a Republican U.S. Senator…

Donald Trump beams as Fiat-Chrysler confirms $1 Billion in new investment and 2,000 new jobs in Ohio and Michigan

Donald Trump beams as Fiat-Chrysler confirms $1 Billion in new investment and 2,000 new jobs in Ohio and Michigan

AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN – Fiat-Chrysler today confirmed the next phase of its industrialization plan by announcing a total $1 billion investment in plants in Michigan and Ohio, and the addition…

ACLU hits back at Iowa Secretary of State’s voter ID proposal

ACLU hits back at Iowa Secretary of State’s voter ID proposal

DES MOINES – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa released a “fact sheet” on how requiring voters to show ID when casting a ballot is unfair. Iowa Secretary…

Elizabeth Warren wants to fight Donald Trump and his team

Elizabeth Warren wants to fight Donald Trump and his team

January 6, 2017 | By Elizabeth Warren (U.S. Senator from Massachusetts) Nobody expected 2017 to start this way. This isn’t the fight we were expecting to fight. But this is…

Iowa Secretary of State unveils voter ID legislation; Dem’s furious

Iowa Secretary of State unveils voter ID legislation; Dem’s furious

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced his proposed legislation to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s elections during a news conference at the State Capitol on Thursday.…

Mason City man starts New Year with $50,000 lottery prize

Mason City man starts New Year with $50,000 lottery prize

CLIVE, Iowa – A Mason City man said he was excited to find out that he won $5,000 on a holiday scratch ticket. However, after a friend double-checked his work…

Grassley, Ernst, other Senators bring back “Sarah’s Law”, an act that would be tough on illegals who commit crimes

Grassley, Ernst, other Senators bring back “Sarah’s Law”, an act that would be tough on illegals who commit crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A law has been re-introduced in the U.S. Congress by a group of senators that would make it tougher on illegals who commit crimes once they get…

Opinion: Bookmeyer’s Gift would be complete with total and immediate resignation

Opinion: Bookmeyer’s Gift would be complete with total and immediate resignation

I personally want to approach this revelation from Bookmeyer as a gift to this city. His admission he won’t seek office again is long overdue but still a gesture of…

Republican Senators introduce Constitutional amendment for term limits in Congress

Republican Senators introduce Constitutional amendment for term limits in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) today proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress.…

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