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Republicans irked that Shannon Latham puts up good fight versus Amanda Ragan but predictably lost

Republicans irked that Shannon Latham puts up good fight versus Amanda Ragan but predictably lost

MASON CITY – State Senator Amanda Ragan’s closest brush with defeat has left many north Iowans shocked, with more than a few Republicans irked at the defeated GOP nominee –…

Report says U.S. is losing military advantage over Russia and China and could be beaten in war

Report says U.S. is losing military advantage over Russia and China and could be beaten in war

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s arch-rivals Russia and China are closing the military gap and could challenge or even defeat the U.S. in a war, a new report for Congress warns.…

Grassley will be Senate Pro Tempore for 116th Congress – third in line for Presidency

Grassley will be Senate Pro Tempore for 116th Congress – third in line for Presidency

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate Republican majority of the upcoming 116th Congress unanimously nominated Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who was first elected to serve Iowans in the U.S. Senate…

Ragan re-elected Whip for Senate Democrats in Legislature

Ragan re-elected Whip for Senate Democrats in Legislature

DES MOINES – State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City will continue to help lead the Iowa Legislature over the next two years. Senator Ragan was re-elected Whip by the…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 1, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 1, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/1/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 315.42 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 745.00 AHLERS…

Home Base Iowa businesses receive national recognition from U.S. Dept. of Labor

Home Base Iowa businesses receive national recognition from U.S. Dept. of Labor

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds congratulated two Home Base Iowa businesses on Friday after they were selected to receive 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration awards. The U.S. Department…

Senator Amanda Ragan recognizes anniversary of end of World War 1

Senator Amanda Ragan recognizes anniversary of end of World War 1

MASON CITY – Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, fresh off an election victory over Republican Shannon Latham, issued a statement today on the anniversary of the end of one…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Angela Doyle as district court judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Angela Doyle as district court judge

DES MOINES – Gov.  Kim Reynolds on Friday announced her appointment of Angela Doyle as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 2B. Doyle, of Fort Dodge, received her…

Former Iowa football player Matt Whitaker installed as acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigns

Former Iowa football player Matt Whitaker installed as acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former football player for the University of Iowa has been installed by the White House as the acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigned. Matthew G.…

Iowa Democrats say healthcare issues continue and ACT scores falling

Iowa Democrats say healthcare issues continue and ACT scores falling

The following is a new update released by Iowa Democrats: Healthcare Issues Continue in Iowa Every Iowan deserves access to affordable health care. Unfortunately, over the last few years Iowa’s…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 8, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 8, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/8/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 210.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 940.18 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES M/E…

Worth county gets new Supervisor after Stone defeats Bartz

Worth county gets new Supervisor after Stone defeats Bartz

NORTHWOOD – Worth county has a new Supervisor after A.J. Stone defeated incumbent Merlin Bartz in Tuesday’s election. Republican Merlin Bartz was defeated by A.J. Stone 669-430 in the District…

Steve King re-elected to Congress over J.D. Scholten

Steve King re-elected to Congress over J.D. Scholten

SIOUX CITY – Steve King was re-elected to Congress Tuesday night over an upstart Democrat and a negative national spotlight. Steve King beat J.D. Scholten 157,221 to 146,698 to begin…

Election turnout an all-time high for Iowa mid-term election; Post-election audit process begins

Election turnout an all-time high for Iowa mid-term election; Post-election audit process begins

DES MOINES – Iowans turned out in record numbers for the November 2018 general election. More than 1,320,000 votes have been tallied as of Wednesday morning. That is the highest…

Cerro Gordo County claims for Ocober 30, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for Ocober 30, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for October 30, 2018: Download the PDF file .…

Porn star’s lawyer chastises Senator Grassley for promise of investigation

Porn star’s lawyer chastises Senator Grassley for promise of investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The lawyer gaining fame for representing a porn star who had relations with President Trump and a woman who made claims against Brett Kavanaugh is striking back…

Grassley says Republican agenda takes credit for “booming U.S. economy”

Grassley says Republican agenda takes credit for “booming U.S. economy”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley of Iowa released the following statement on the alleged booming U.S. economy and wage growth. “For years, Washington talking heads said Americans should just get…

President Trump makes announcement on America’s “border crisis” 

President Trump makes announcement on America’s “border crisis” 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump made an announcement on America’s “border crisis” Thursday evening via a bulletin from the White House: Silence can speak volumes. As a caravan with thousands…

NC & MN Dem workers ratify union contracts; MN workers get overtime pay

NORTH CAROLINA & MINNESOTA — Workers for two statewide coordinated campaigns have negotiated collective bargaining agreements with their respective state parties. “We are proud to have come together with overwhelming…

King’s effort to end “Birthright Citizenship” for illegals advanced by President Trump

King’s effort to end “Birthright Citizenship” for illegals advanced by President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, releases the following statement in the wake of news reports that President Trump intends to restore the…

Steve King says poll showing his Democratic challenger just 1 point behind “fake news”

Steve King says poll showing his Democratic challenger just 1 point behind “fake news”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican Congressman Steve King says a poll showing his Democratic challenger just 1 point behind is “fake news” then asks for donations to “fight back against his…

President Trump endorses Republican Congressman Rod Blum

President Trump endorses Republican Congressman Rod Blum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Monday gave an endorsement to Iowa Republican Congressman Rod Blum, who is locked in a tense re-election campaign with his Democratic rival. Rod…

States demand U.S. Department of Education forgive student loans of borrowers who attended “predatory for-profit schools”

States demand U.S. Department of Education forgive student loans of borrowers who attended “predatory for-profit schools”

BOSTON — A coalition of 21 states demanded today that the U.S. Department of Education immediately discharge the student loans of eligible borrowers who attended predatory for-profit schools that closed…

Rep. Upmeyer: Protecting IPERS and retirement security

Rep. Upmeyer: Protecting IPERS and retirement security

The following is an update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Don’t forget that Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 6. You still have the opportunity to…

Swetnick, Avenatti referred for criminal investigation by Grassley

Swetnick, Avenatti referred for criminal investigation by Grassley

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today referred Julie Swetnick and her attorney Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for criminal investigation relating to a potential conspiracy to…

White House: Medicaid enrollment declines for the first time in more than a decade as strong US economy boosts income for poor Americans

White House: Medicaid enrollment declines for the first time in more than a decade as strong US economy boosts income for poor Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a news release today from the White House, officials there say Medicaid enrollment has declined for the first time in more than a decade due to more income…

Gov. Reynolds announces new, real-world professional learning opportunities for students

Gov. Reynolds announces new, real-world professional learning opportunities for students

DES MOINES – The Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council has awarded 13 new STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) projects across Iowa for a…

Democrats attack Reynolds and Upmeyer for perceived assault on IPERS

Democrats attack Reynolds and Upmeyer for perceived assault on IPERS

DES MOINES – Democrats this week unleashed an attack Governor on Kim Reynolds and Rep. Linda Upmeyer for a perceived assault on IPERS, the cushy retirement plan public workers feast…

USDA issues safety-net and conservation payments to Iowa farmers

USDA issues safety-net and conservation payments to Iowa farmers

DES MOINES – USDA Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Amanda De Jong, recently announced that nearly $43 million will be paid to Iowa farms that enrolled in Agriculture…

U.S. government announces proposal to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage

U.S. government announces proposal to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor today issued a proposed regulation that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). HRAs…

Mason City council to meet Tuesday to consider terminating agreement with developer on downtown hotel

Mason City council to meet Tuesday to consider terminating agreement with developer on downtown hotel

MASON CITY – Five years after a hotel was announced for downtown Mason City but has yet to materialize, the saga continues as the city council will consider terminating an…

Cerro Gordo County claims for October 16, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for October 16, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for October 16, 2018 Download the PDF file .…

U.S. closely monitoring migrant caravan out of Central America

U.S. closely monitoring migrant caravan out of Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. is closely monitoring a migrant caravan out of Central America headed north to U.S. According to a statement Sunday evening from Secretary of State Mike…

Grassley questions Air Force on $1,280 cups

Grassley questions Air Force on $1,280 cups

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa received a letter from Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson regarding an October 2, 2018 letter he sent seeking answers…

President Trump trashes 144-year-old delivery treaty that gives China unfair advantage, ability to flood U.S. with cheap products

President Trump trashes 144-year-old delivery treaty that gives China unfair advantage, ability to flood U.S. with cheap products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Taking another shot at America’s rival, China, President Trump this week announced the U.S. is leaving a 144-year-old global delivery treaty that gives China an unfair advantage…

Iowa Senator says completion of Highway 20 shows the promise of rural Iowa investments

Iowa Senator says completion of Highway 20 shows the promise of rural Iowa investments

DES MOINES – The U.S. 20 construction project in Iowa is complete, officials announced. The road opened Oct. 17, 2018. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, October 19 in…

City of Mason City expense report, Oct. 18, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Oct. 18, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/18/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———- 3SI SECURITY SYSTEMS INC INVESTIGATION FUND 216.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 182.83 ACTION TOWING MISCELLANEOUS…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES – The following information was released this week by Iowa Democrats: Early Voting Begins in Iowa While Election Day is still a few weeks away, thousands of Iowans…

Secretary Pate reacts to Iowa voter lists being sold on the internet

Secretary Pate reacts to Iowa voter lists being sold on the internet

DES MOINES – According to reports, Iowa is one of several states whose voter registration lists are being sold on the internet. These same lists are publicly available through the…

Treasurer Pat Wright says “desperate” opponent Natasha Lewerke “aimed low … hit target”

Treasurer Pat Wright says “desperate” opponent Natasha Lewerke “aimed low … hit target”

MASON CITY – The two ladies vying for Treasurer in Cerro Gordo county won’t likely be sitting down to share tea and strumpets anytime soon, as incumbent Pat Wright issued…

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