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Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program will continue. The state has signed contracts with…

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/18/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 4IMPRINT COMMUNITY POLICING 354.19 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 124.90 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 300.00 AMES…

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced a total of 23 Iowa school districts – including Clear Lake and Mason City – will be able to bolster their computer science teacher…

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Administration announced new restrictions on illegal aliens traveling to the Southern border of the United States, and liberal Senator Nancy Pelosi is furious over the…

Gov. Reynolds appoints David Nelmark as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints David Nelmark as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of David Nelmark as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 5C. Nelmark, of Urbandale, Iowa, currently practices law with…

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

NEWTON – A gay, former state official who sued former Governor Terry Branstad in court for discrimination after Branstad slashed his salary has won $1.5 million from a jury in…

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa this month

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa this month

DES MOINES — Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to Iowa for stops next Saturday and Sunday in Council Bluffs, Afton, Nevada, Ottumwa, Fort Madison, and Davenport. Earlier this month, Sanders…

Congressman Steve King to hold town halls in Ames and Harlan

Congressman Steve King to hold town halls in Ames and Harlan

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King announces that he will be hosting two town hall meetings on Friday, July 19. Both town halls are open to the public and to the…

House passes King Amendment targeting China’s abusive surveillance state

House passes King Amendment targeting China’s abusive surveillance state

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King releases these remarks following House passage of an amendment he offered to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires the Department of Defense…

Tennessee Governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

Tennessee Governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee this week signed a proclamation declaring today “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” honoring the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Reportedly, Lee…

City of Mason City expense report for July 11, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 11, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/11/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CONCESSION SUPPLIES 576.05 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 861.70 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 155.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

Gov. Reynolds announces additional Boards and Commissions appointments

Gov. Reynolds announces additional Boards and Commissions appointments

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds announced her additional appointments to Iowa’s Boards and Commissions. The following appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation: Agricultural Education Council Breanne Harms, Eldridge…

President Trump gives up census question on citizenship

President Trump gives up census question on citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump gave up on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. President Trump and the Justice Department lost in court in their quest to…

Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

DES MOINES – A wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise, as described by Iowa union leaders, was undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines. According to AFSCME 61, Des Moines…

Chief Advisor Catherine Huggins returns to Huggins Consulting Group

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that Catherine A. Huggins, her chief advisor, is returning to her previous role as executive vice president at Huggins Consulting Group on…

Grassley-led bipartisan IRS reform bill becomes law

Grassley-led bipartisan IRS reform bill becomes law

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statement on the Taxpayer First Act becoming law. “This bipartisan, bicameral bill represents years of hard work and…

City of Mason City expense report for July 3, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 3, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/3/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 210.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 1,098.09 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 2,428.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Christopher Polking as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Christopher Polking as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Christopher Polking as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 2B. Polking, of Carroll, Iowa, received his undergraduate degree…

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship receives $1.15 million grant from EPA to fund Middle Cedar River wetland project

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship receives $1.15 million grant from EPA to fund Middle Cedar River wetland project

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 2, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has been selected for a $1.15 million…

Rep. Steckman reminds citizens of new Iowa laws now in effect as of July 1

Rep. Steckman reminds citizens of new Iowa laws now in effect as of July 1

DES MOINES – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City this week reminded Iowans about several new laws that will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s…

Hickenlooper returns to Iowa July 7 and 8

Hickenlooper returns to Iowa July 7 and 8

IOWA — Former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper will return to Iowa July 7 and 8. Details below, more events to be announced. SUNDAY, JULY 7 WHAT:…

FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities

FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds on Tuesday received word that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made additional assistance available to public entities and nonprofits impacted by severe weather…

Bernie 2020 reports $24 million in Q2

Bernie 2020 reports $24 million in Q2

WASHINGTON – Bernie 2020 today announced a record grassroots fundraising haul with nearly one million donations in the second fundraising quarter. Overall the campaign booked $24 million in the second…

Legislative leaders in Iowa announce next steps in the fight for Iowa medical cannabis reforms

Legislative leaders in Iowa announce next steps in the fight for Iowa medical cannabis reforms

DES MOINES – Legislative advocates for reforming Iowa’s “worst in the nation” medical cannabis program say they will keep fighting for much needed reforms vetoed by Governor Reynolds. “Representative Forbes…

Grassley statement on new threats to Renewable Fuel Standard

Grassley statement on new threats to Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released the following statement in response to recent media reports on new threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “For years, Big Oil…

City of Mason City expense report, June 27, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, June 27, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/27/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 83.56 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,334.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 51,876.92 ARAMARK UNIFORM…

Rep. Steve King introduces bill to add citizenship question to census

Rep. Steve King introduces bill to add citizenship question to census

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King introduced a bill this week that would add a question to the 2020 census form asking people if they are U.S. citizens. The move comes…

Senate passes bill to spend billions on border crisis

Senate passes bill to spend billions on border crisis

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed an emergency spending bill on a vote of 84-8 to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Kayla Lyon new DNR Director

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Kayla Lyon to Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, effective July 8. Lyon will replace Bruce Trautman,…

Cerro Gordo attorney’s office announces no criminal charges to be brought after $2.2 million of improper disbursements identified in Mason City School District under former Superintendents Anita Micich and Mike Penca

Cerro Gordo attorney’s office announces no criminal charges to be brought after $2.2 million of improper disbursements identified in Mason City School District under former Superintendents Anita Micich and Mike Penca

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo attorney’s office announced today that no criminal charges are to be brought after $2.2 million of improper disbursements were identified in Mason City School…

In response to watchdog report on seclusion and restraint in schools, Ernst, Grassley call for immediate action to ensure the safety of Iowa’s children

In response to watchdog report on seclusion and restraint in schools, Ernst, Grassley call for immediate action to ensure the safety of Iowa’s children

WASHINGTON — In response to a non-partisan government report confirming systemic problems in the reporting of seclusion and restraint in schools, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA)…

Sen. Amanda Ragan says shakeup at Department of Human Services concerns Iowans

Sen. Amanda Ragan says shakeup at Department of Human Services concerns Iowans

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowans were stunned June 17 when the head of the Iowa Department…

Medical cannabis veto override in Iowa is more than halfway to goal

Medical cannabis veto override in Iowa is more than halfway to goal

DES MOINES – Iowans pushing to overturn Governor Reynold’s veto of medical cannabis reforms are more than halfway towards their goal of calling for a special session. House File 732…

Homes for Iowa hosts groundbreaking ceremony at Newton Correctional Facility

Homes for Iowa hosts groundbreaking ceremony at Newton Correctional Facility

NEWTON – This week, the Iowa Dept. of Corrections and Iowa Prison Industries held the official groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the future Homes for Iowa Inc. project.…

City of mason City expense report for June 20, 2019

City of mason City expense report for June 20, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/20/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADAMS SHARPENING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES 28.50 AIRGAS USA LLC TOOLS AND SUPPLIES 14.94 ANDERSEN’S MARKET OTHER SUPPLIES 8.10 ANIMAL…

Corrections director announces new head of institutions

Corrections director announces new head of institutions

DES MOINES – Department of Corrections Director Beth Skinner announced today that she has selected the next Deputy Director of Institutions. Dir. Skinner has selected current warden of the Anamosa…

Secretary Pate honors Iowa county IT organization for election security assistance

Secretary Pate honors Iowa county IT organization for election security assistance

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate honored the Iowa County Information Technology organization (ICIT) with a prestigious award for its assistance with improving election cybersecurity across the…

ICE: Cooperation with local law enforcement to remove dangerous criminals makes for safer communities

ICE: Cooperation with local law enforcement to remove dangerous criminals makes for safer communities

The following is a statement released this week from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), explaining how cooperation with local law enforcement agencies to remove dangerous criminals makes communities…

Rep. Upmeyer touts new laws going into effect

Rep. Upmeyer touts new laws going into effect

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: New Laws Going Into Effect We are soon approaching one of…

Democratic candidate for President Pete Buttigieg adds 30 staff in Iowa

Democratic candidate for President Pete Buttigieg adds 30 staff in Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Pete for America announced major staff hires on the ground in Iowa –– including hiring a political director, organizing director, data director, operations director, and two…

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