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U.S. State Department press briefing for November 23, 2021: Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics boycott, more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 23, 2021: Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics boycott, more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 23, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from the Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics…

Fowl record earns Gov. Kim Reynolds ‘Turkey of the Year’ Award

Fowl record earns Gov. Kim Reynolds ‘Turkey of the Year’ Award

DES MOINES – Citing her ‘fowl’ record of mismanagement and policy failures, Progress Iowa today declared Governor Kim Reynolds as the ‘Turkey of the Year’ in advance of the Thanksgiving…

President Biden takes action to cut gas prices

President Biden takes action to cut gas prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is taking action to cut gas prices for beleaguered Americans complaining about high fuel costs for their energy-guzzling vehicles. “Today I’m announcing action to lower…

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 16, 2021

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 16, 2021

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Iowans can rest easier knowing there will finally be investments in our future with the Infrastructure bill that was signed into…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 15, 2021: Russia anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 15, 2021: Russia anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 15, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Russia’s anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more.…

Biden Administration requests millions in extra funding for more cops

Biden Administration requests millions in extra funding for more cops

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).…

Theresa Greenfield has been appointed RD State Director for Iowa

Theresa Greenfield has been appointed RD State Director for Iowa

DES MOINES – President Joe Biden this week announced his intent to appoint six U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including four Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors…

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen says Build Back Better Act is great for America as House passes the legislation

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen says Build Back Better Act is great for America as House passes the legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representaties passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen released a statement todayon the impact of…

Treasury and IRS disburse fifth month of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

Treasury and IRS disburse fifth month of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that more than $15 billion in payments were made to families that include roughly 61…

Three nominees chosen for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

Three nominees chosen for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

DES MOINES – Three nominees have been chosen for a Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy. Seven Iowans applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa…

Feds announce fee exemptions, streamlined processing for Afghan Nationals as they resettle in the U.S.

Feds announce fee exemptions, streamlined processing for Afghan Nationals as they resettle in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 9, 2021: President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in Africa, support for two-state solution in Israel, possible food shortages in China, Ukraine crisis

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 9, 2021: President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in Africa, support for two-state solution in Israel, possible food shortages in China, Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 9, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in…

Feds take action to prevent another foreclosure crisis

Feds take action to prevent another foreclosure crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), jointly with other government agencies, announced a return to enforcement of critical protections for families and homeowners. Those protections,…

Senator Amanda Ragan lists bills enacted by Iowa Legislature last session that benefit veterans

Senator Amanda Ragan lists bills enacted by Iowa Legislature last session that benefit veterans

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: THANK YOU, VETERANS November 11 is Veterans Day, a time…

even Iowans apply to fill vacancy on Iowa Court of Appeals

even Iowans apply to fill vacancy on Iowa Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – Seven Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Judge Michael R.…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 8, 2021: War in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed hunter strike, Belarus/Poland border, international travelers to U.S., REvil ransomware, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 8, 2021: War in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed hunter strike, Belarus/Poland border, international travelers to U.S., REvil ransomware, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 8, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed…

Iowa Republican Congresswoman Miller-Meeks will move to a new home and new district in attempt to stay in Congress

Iowa Republican Congresswoman Miller-Meeks will move to a new home and new district in attempt to stay in Congress

DAVENPORT – Republican U.S. Representative for Iowa’s current 2nd District, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, has announced she will move to a new home and new district in an attempt to stay in…

Biden wins, again: Congress passes massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

Biden wins, again: Congress passes massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden secured another major victory for the American people Friday when Congress passed his massive $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill. Just as the latest national…

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 4, 2021

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 4, 2021

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Redistricting Maps Set for the Next Decade After delays and much anticipation, redistricting maps in Iowa are now set for the…

Gov. Reynolds sets date for Iowa Senate District 1 special election

Gov. Reynolds sets date for Iowa Senate District 1 special election

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation today setting Tuesday, December 14, 2021, as the date for a special election in Iowa Senate District 1 following the resignation…

Gov. Reynolds leads Multi-Governor letter to EPA laying groundwork for Midwest E-15 solution

Gov. Reynolds leads Multi-Governor letter to EPA laying groundwork for Midwest E-15 solution

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds and six other Midwest Governors sent a joint letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan requesting immediate guidance on how Iowa and other states can…

State of Iowa joins lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates for workers employed by a federal contract

State of Iowa joins lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates for workers employed by a federal contract

DES MOINES –  Governor Reynolds announced Friday that the State of Iowa has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for all workers employed by…

Iowa lib’s ecstatic: Iowans win after pushing GOP politicians to back fair maps

Iowa lib’s ecstatic: Iowans win after pushing GOP politicians to back fair maps

DES MOINS – Today, Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic released the following statement in response to the Iowa legislature approving the second non-partisan map submitted by the Legislative Services…

Iowa Legislature approves political map for state elections

Iowa Legislature approves political map for state elections

DES MOINES – The Iowa Legislature has approved redistricting maps for the state. This was the second set of maps submitted to the Legislature, after a previous set of maps…

Governor Reynolds signs bipartisan vaccine mandate bill into law

Governor Reynolds signs bipartisan vaccine mandate bill into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement Friday after signing the bipartisan vaccine mandate bill, HF902: “I am proud to sign this bipartisan piece of legislation today.…

President Biden announces the Build Back Better Framework

President Biden announces the Build Back Better Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, President Biden announced the Build Back Better Framework to benefit American society, saying “nobody earning less than $400,000 per year will pay a penny more in taxes”…

News update from Iowa Democrats, October 22, 2021

News update from Iowa Democrats, October 22, 2021

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: We Support Iowa Workers and Value Their Work With the cost of healthcare, food, and childcare rising, many Iowa workers are…

State Department announces first U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker

State Department announces first U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For all you persons who are not men and not women, you can now get yourself a U.S. passport that denote an “X” for your gender, the…

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 25, 2021: Military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy, and China-Russia joint naval exercise

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 25, 2021: Military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy, and China-Russia joint naval exercise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 25, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy,…

Troy Levenhagen, Mason City’s only challenger for City Council, continues to campaign

Troy Levenhagen, Mason City’s only challenger for City Council, continues to campaign

MASON CITY – It’s somewhat of an a-typical, dull election season in Mason City with only one challenger for a seat on Mason City’s City Council, but Troy Levenhagen continues…

USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

GENESEO, Ill. – Iowa has a big budget surplus but also the second-slowest internet speed in the country, and a new federal program could help the lagging state catch up…

Rep. Axne, Rob Sand to speak at Progress Iowa 7th Annual Corn Feed

Rep. Axne, Rob Sand to speak at Progress Iowa 7th Annual Corn Feed

DES MOINES – Progress Iowa announced this week that their seventh annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed will be held on Tuesday, October 26th with Rep. Cindy Axne, State Auditor Rob…

Iowa attempts to combat workforce shortages, make it harder for folks to collect unemployment benefits

Iowa attempts to combat workforce shortages, make it harder for folks to collect unemployment benefits

DES MOINES – Two new programs to help combat Iowa’s workforce shortage were announced this week – a new grant program to promote workforce innovation in the manufacturing sector and…

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney lectures Republicans on danger of following Donald Trump’s lead

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney lectures Republicans on danger of following Donald Trump’s lead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the The January 6 Committee continues to unravel the twisted, diabolical madness behind the evil-doers who invaded our nation’s hallowed Capitol building that day to kill,…

Mason City City Council candidate Troy Levenhagen says he represents citizens no matter what political party they belong to

Mason City City Council candidate Troy Levenhagen says he represents citizens no matter what political party they belong to

MASON CITY – Mason City City Council candidate Troy Levenhagen says he represents citizens no matter what political party they belong to. Party politics usually are supposed to play no…

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 18, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile,…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to host Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to host Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa

WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for bilateral meetings with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and…

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who made provocative statements prior to the deadly insurrection attack on the U.S Capitol, is in the January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for…

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States is sending many millions of dollars in additional assistance for an on-going humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia, where people there are facing brutal conditions.…

John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

WATERLOO – John Deere workers in Waterloo launched a strike today. UAW John Deere members struck at midnight October 14, after the company failed to present an agreement that met…

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