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Governor Chet Culver to hold town meetings on Medicaid

DES MOINES – Former Iowa Governor Chet Culver will hold a series of town meetings, beginning on Tuesday, February 9th, to meet with people affected by the proposed Medicaid privatization,…

Cops: Clear snow off your roof before you cause an accident

Cops: Clear snow off your roof before you cause an accident

MASON CITY – Police say it’s just a wise thing to do when you clear the snow off the roof of your vehicle, plus, it keeps yourself and other drivers…

Legislators attempting to make sale of fireworks legal in Iowa

Legislators attempting to make sale of fireworks legal in Iowa

DES MOINES – Despite serious risk of injury to consumers, the Iowa Legislature is trying to advance a bill legalizing the sale of consumer fireworks to the public. This week,…

Branstad strikes back at Dem’s, says thousands of contracts signed with Iowa doctors to care for Medicaid patients

Branstad strikes back at Dem’s, says thousands of contracts signed with Iowa doctors to care for Medicaid patients

DES MOINES – As Democrats introduced legislation to call off his Medicaid privatization today, Gov. Terry Branstad announced over 87,000 provider contracts have been signed since November 1st with managed…

Barb Hovland to challenge Sharon Steckman for seat in Iowa House

Barb Hovland to challenge Sharon Steckman for seat in Iowa House

MASON CITY – There has been no official announcement, but sources within the Republican Party tell NIT that local GOP leader Barbara Hovland plans to challenge Rep. Sharon Steckman for…

Martin O’Malley drops out of race for Presidency

Martin O’Malley drops out of race for Presidency

DES MOINES – Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is out of the presidential race after gathering less than 1% of the vote in the Iowa caucus. His statement: I wanted you…

Republicans punish Hillary for not beating Bernie

Republicans punish Hillary for not beating Bernie

WASHINGTON — After Hillary Clinton all but tied Bernie Sanders in Monday’s Iowa Caucus, the Republican Party wasted no time issuing a scathing summary of their view on the outcome…

Caucus tonight in Iowa

Caucus tonight in Iowa

MASON CITY – Today is the day. All the hot air, promises, appearances, town halls, interviews, commercials, mailers and effort from the candidates culminate tonight in Iowa when citizens head…

City of Mason City expense report, January 28, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, January 28, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/28/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————- ADAMS SHARPENING MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 30.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 208.59 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 640.46…

Trump says he raised $6 million for veterans as GOP rivals bickered at debate

Trump says he raised $6 million for veterans as GOP rivals bickered at debate

DES MOINES – Donald Trump upstaged the Fox News Republican presidential debate Thursday night, saying he raised millions at his own event while his adversaries fought it out. As the GOP…

Ragan: “Iowa is not ready for Medicaid transition”

Ragan: “Iowa is not ready for Medicaid transition”

From Senator Amanda Ragan – This week, I was part of a group that submitted a letter to President Obama and other federal officials about our growing, heartfelt concerns over…

City of Mason City expense report, January 21, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, January 21, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/21/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ACTION TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 150.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OTHER SUPPLIES 268.91 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY…

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls for “revolt” over poisoned Flint water

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls for “revolt” over poisoned Flint water

“Do Not Send Us Bottles Of Water. Instead, Join Us In A Revolt.” A Letter From Michael Moore (as published to social media) Many of you have contacted me wanting…

Obama announces enhancements to federal programs so lower-income kids have access to food

Obama announces enhancements to federal programs so lower-income kids have access to food

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama today announced new federal actions and enhancements to programs already in place to help kids in lower-income families have more access to food. The…

Trump chooses to raise money for veterans instead of participate in Fox News debate

Trump chooses to raise money for veterans instead of participate in Fox News debate

NEW YORK – Donald Trump, leading in most polls leading up to next week’s Republican caucuses in Iowa, had told Fox News he will not be participating in their next…

Iowa students choose Sanders and Trump:

Iowa students choose Sanders and Trump:

DES MOINES – Students across Iowa participated in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll and chose Bernie Sanders from the Democrats and Donald Trump from the Republicans. Over 50,000 votes were…

Rep. Upmeyer: $81 million in new funding for schools

Rep. Upmeyer: $81 million in new funding for schools

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – The second week of session is in the books and work within policy committees is underway. I am happy to report that this week the…

Susan Sarandon to Join Bernie Sanders in Mason City next week

Susan Sarandon to Join Bernie Sanders in Mason City next week

CLINTON, IOWA – Actress, activist, and humanitarian, Susan Sarandon on Wednesday will join U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Mason City for a town meeting. The pair will discuss important issues…

DONALD TRUMP OP-ED: MY VISION FOR A CULTURE OF LIFE

DONALD TRUMP OP-ED: MY VISION FOR A CULTURE OF LIFE

(As published in The Washington Examiner) Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother…

Senator Ragan warns of larger class sizes if school funding falls short

Senator Ragan warns of larger class sizes if school funding falls short

MASON CITY – Senator Amanda Ragan warned again that if the state doesn’t adequately fund schools, class sizes will grow. Here is her statement: Another year of inadequate state funding…

Eric Bookmeyer presents mayor’s “state of the city” report

Eric Bookmeyer presents mayor’s “state of the city” report

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer provided the following State of the City Report on January 19, 2016: “Well citizens of Mason City, Honorable Council and North Iowa. I’m honored again to come…

City administrator’s report

City administrator’s report

City administrator Brent Trout’s report to the council: The department directors working with the Deputy Clerk are going through the City Code and making changes that are necessary to clean…

Hawkeyes prepare to face Rutgers, not taking them lightly

Hawkeyes prepare to face Rutgers, not taking them lightly

IOWA CITY – As the #9 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for a road game against conference foe Rutgers, head coach Fran McCaffery held a press conference Tuesday. University of Iowa…

Ben Carson suspends campaign after Iowa auto accident injures three staff; one dies

Ben Carson suspends campaign after Iowa auto accident injures three staff; one dies

ATLANTIC, IOWA – The Ben Carson presidential campaign reported today that an auto accident injured three staff members and he is suspending his campaign for the day. It was later…

Branstad wants Cruz defeated in Iowa

Branstad wants Cruz defeated in Iowa

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad wants Ted Cruz beaten in Iowa. At a press conference Tuesday connected to Iowa renewable fuels – a huge part of the Iowa economy…

Opinion: In response to Joni Erst’s “GMO’s are vital for food production”

Opinion: In response to Joni Erst’s “GMO’s are vital for food production”

The Science on GMOs – Iowa Senator Joni Ernst claims GMO foods are nutritious, safe, and result in higher food production. But evidence shows GMO foods lack nutrients, put human…

Steckman complains of school funding on first day back in Des Moines

Steckman complains of school funding on first day back in Des Moines

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – With many thanks to my constituents, I am back at the Statehouse this week for the second year of the 86th Assembly. My greatest hope…

Rep. Upmeyer: “A special personal moment” to be sworn in as Speaker

Rep. Upmeyer: “A special personal moment” to be sworn in as Speaker

From House Speaker Linda Upmeyer – This week was very special for me. As the second session of the 86th General Assembly gaveled in on Monday, my colleagues gave me…

More Blue Zones payouts in latest city expense report

More Blue Zones payouts in latest city expense report

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/14/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 574.93 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E SUPPLIES 12.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 390.31…

Grassley concerned with attempts to weaken Visa applicant interview rules

Grassley concerned with attempts to weaken Visa applicant interview rules

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is pressing the Obama administration to explain proposals that further weaken the law regarding interviews for foreign nationals applying for visas to…

Latest poll: Bernie surges past Hillary to take Iowa lead

Latest poll: Bernie surges past Hillary to take Iowa lead

HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT – Hillary is slipping fast in Iowa, the latest poll numbers indicate. The Iowa Democratic Caucus is going down to the wire as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wins…

City of Mason City expense report, 12-31-2015

City of Mason City expense report, 12-31-2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/31/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————– ACCO SITE IMPROVEMENTS 2,320.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING M/E REPAIRS 50.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 720.11 ARKANSAS SURGICAL…

City of Mason City expense report, December 24, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, December 24, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/24/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 24.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 70,527.49 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 1,289.38 ARNOLD…

Gov. Branstad delivers the 2016 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

Gov. Branstad delivers the 2016 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today delivered the 2016 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly and the people of Iowa. In his address, Gov. Branstad…

State of the Union address: Steve King skips it, Grassley and Ernst criticize

State of the Union address: Steve King skips it, Grassley and Ernst criticize

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, sending a positive message about his time in office, and Iowa’s major Congressional leaders responded…

Iowa prepares to face Michigan State

Iowa prepares to face Michigan State

University of Iowa Basketball Media Conference Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Fran McCaffery Men’s Basketball Q. You’ve played Michigan State quite a few times over the years, before his injury, Valentine…

Rep. Steckman reports on first day back in Des Moines

Rep. Steckman reports on first day back in Des Moines

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – Today the 2016 session of the Iowa Legislature opened at the State Capitol in Des Moines. I’m honored to serve the people of Cerro Gordo…

Trump and Cruz in tight race

Trump and Cruz in tight race

HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT – Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are locking in their lead among Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with Trump at 31 percent and Cruz at 29…

Ragan says she remains committed to her constituents

Ragan says she remains committed to her constituents

From Senator Amanda Ragan – With the 2016 legislative session getting under way, I remain committed to my constituents in Butler, Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties. My primary job is…

Kirk Ferentz press conference, January 7, 2015

Kirk Ferentz press conference, January 7, 2015

University of Iowa Football Media Conference Thursday, January 7, 2016 Kirk Ferentz COACH FERENTZ: Welcome to everybody, and Happy New Year. Just start out by expressing our condolences; everybody in…

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