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Report: Your local taxes are too low and need to be raised immediately

Report: Your local taxes are too low and need to be raised immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A report from a nonpartisan research and policy institute claims local property tax payers across the nation have it too easy and should be paying much more…

Opinion: Revitalizing the U.S. steel and aluminum industry will keep America safe

Opinion: Revitalizing the U.S. steel and aluminum industry will keep America safe

The following is an Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Revitalizing the U.S. steel and aluminum industry will keep America safe: Last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated investigations…

Gov. Reynolds creates ‘Empower Rural Iowa Initiative’

Gov. Reynolds creates ‘Empower Rural Iowa Initiative’

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order No. 3 Wednesday, creating the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. The governor also announced the initiative’s co-chairs: Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg…

Gov. Reynolds testifies before EPA on behalf of RFS

Gov. Reynolds testifies before EPA on behalf of RFS

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday afternoon on behalf of Iowa farmers and a robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Watch the governor’s…

Senator Amanda Ragan complains that tariffs are hitting Iowa job and economy “from all sides”

Senator Amanda Ragan complains that tariffs are hitting Iowa job and economy “from all sides”

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: Iowa workers, farmers, businesses and our entire state economy are facing the fallout from an international trade…

Grassley Statement on U.S.-Russia Helsinki Summit

Grassley Statement on U.S.-Russia Helsinki Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa weighed in Helsinki this week at which President Trump said there was no Russian meddling in American elections. “The indictment from…

Gov. Reynolds announces staff additions

Gov. Reynolds announces staff additions

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday that she has named Paige Thorson as Deputy Chief of Staff and Sam Langholz as Senior Legal Counsel and Special Advisor. Paige…

Iowa Senator Boulton, who bowed out of race for Governor after scandal, refuses to quit Legislature

Iowa Senator Boulton, who bowed out of race for Governor after scandal, refuses to quit Legislature

DES MOINES – An Iowa Senator who was at one time a front-runner for the Democratic nod for governor in this year’s election but quit the race after a sex…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, July 10, 2018

Cerro Gordo county expense report, July 10, 2018

Cerro Gordo county expense report, May 29, 2018: Download the PDF file .…

Iowa Democrats report on “trade war,” cannabis manufacturing, more

Iowa Democrats report on “trade war,” cannabis manufacturing, more

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Trade War Begins; Iowa Products Hit Hard A trade war between the United States began last week after the Trump administration…

City of Mason City expense report, July 12, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, July 12, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/12/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 624.60 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 28.50 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 85.00…

Republican Party of Iowa announces Mason City’s Barb Hovland added to State Central Committee

Republican Party of Iowa announces Mason City’s Barb Hovland added to State Central Committee

DES MOINES – The Republican Party of Iowa announced the new members of its State Central Committee today. The committee held its first joint meeting following the 2018 RPI State…

USDA applauds housing eligibility for temporary farm workers

USDA applauds housing eligibility for temporary farm workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released internal guidance on changes made to farm labor housing eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 amended a section…

President Donald J. Trump nominates Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

President Donald J. Trump nominates Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday night, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit…

Gov. Reynolds issues statement on EPA Administrator Pruitt’s resignation

Gov. Reynolds issues statement on EPA Administrator Pruitt’s resignation

DES MOINES – Controversial Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt has resigned, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds wants his replacement to promote renewable fuels. Thursday, President Donald J. Tump tweeted…

City of Mason City expense report, June 28, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, June 28, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/28/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADAMS SHARPENING MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 9.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 126.24 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,220.50 ALL…

USDA report highlights benefits of tax cuts and jobs act for farmers

USDA report highlights benefits of tax cuts and jobs act for farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week highlighted a new report showing the positive impacts of President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on American…

Iowa awards over $19 million is state tax credits to various projects; none in North Iowa on list

Iowa awards over $19 million is state tax credits to various projects; none in North Iowa on list

DES MOINES – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced last week it registered 11 projects in seven communities to receive State Historic Preservation Tax credits totaling $19.1 million. None…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer touts improvements in Iowa’s education system

Rep. Linda Upmeyer touts improvements in Iowa’s education system

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Happy Independence Day! As always, I’m looking forward to the Clear Lake Fourth of July parade and…

Gov. Reynolds announces appointment of Jim Lindenmayer to Board of Regents

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that former Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) president Jim Lindenmayer of Ottumwa will serve as the newest member of the Iowa Board…

North Iowans appointed to boards and commissions by Governor Reynolds

North Iowans appointed to boards and commissions by Governor Reynolds

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced appointments Friday to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions, with several North Iowans making the grade. The following appointees are unpaid and are not…

Senator Ragan: Training and apprenticeships lead to good jobs

Senator Ragan: Training and apprenticeships lead to good jobs

The following is a submitted column from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: We must do more to expand apprenticeships and vocational-technical training that put Iowans on the path to…

Twenty-two Iowans apply for Iowa Supreme Court vacancy

Twenty-two Iowans apply for Iowa Supreme Court vacancy

DES MOINES – Twenty-two Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court that will occur when Justice Bruce Zager retires September…

Trump’s so-called “travel ban” against persons from volatile nations upheld by Supreme Court

Trump’s so-called “travel ban” against persons from volatile nations upheld by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump doesn’t want persons from volatile, rogue nations coming to America and imposed a travel ban, and that ban was approved by the U.S. Supreme…

Gov. Reynolds encourages applications to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

Gov. Reynolds encourages applications to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds encouraged organizations Wednesday to apply to receive funding to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa. Organizations are invited to submit proposals to Iowa Workforce…

City of Mason City expense report, June 21, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, June 21, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 06/21/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 336.71 AIRVAC BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 3,854.00 AMSTERDAM PRINTING AND LITHO OFFICE SUPPLIES…

Homeland Security announces zero-tolerance prosecution of illegals with family reunification

Homeland Security announces zero-tolerance prosecution of illegals with family reunification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this weekend a zero-tolerance prosecution of illegal aliens trying to enter the country, but with a softer touch: Family reunification.…

Gov. Reynolds calls special meeting of state response agencies, tours flood damaged areas

Gov. Reynolds calls special meeting of state response agencies, tours flood damaged areas

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special meeting of the state’s response agencies at the State of Iowa’s Emergency Operations Center at Camp Dodge in Johnston late Friday…

Grassley, Brown protection for U.S. jobs as Treasury investigates Chinese investments

Grassley, Brown protection for U.S. jobs as Treasury investigates Chinese investments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) penned a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin urging the Administration to take action to review all Chinese investments…

Farm Bill advances in Congress; Steve king says will help rural economy

Farm Bill advances in Congress; Steve king says will help rural economy

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Iowa Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement…

Grassley, Ernst meet with Ambassador to China Branstad

Grassley, Ernst meet with Ambassador to China Branstad

WASHINGTON – Iowa’s U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst met with U.S. Ambassador to China and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad yesterday in Washington, D.C. The discussion included issues…

President Trump signs Executive Order, giving Congress a chance to address alien family separation

President Trump signs Executive Order, giving Congress a chance to address alien family separation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump responded to the growing public scrutiny of a policy of separating adult aliens and their children after they are captured trying to illegally cross into…

Miller and 20 attorneys general urge Sessions to end separation of children and parents after illegal border crossings

Miller and 20 attorneys general urge Sessions to end separation of children and parents after illegal border crossings

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and 20 other attorneys general called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to end the cruel…

Steve King: Stop Paul Ryan’s DACA before it delivers amnesty to criminal aliens

Steve King: Stop Paul Ryan’s DACA before it delivers amnesty to criminal aliens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King releases the following statement in the wake of news reports revealing the extent to which the unconstitutional Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, June 12, 2018

Cerro Gordo county expense report, June 12, 2018

Cerro Gordo county expense report, May 29, 2018: Download the PDF file .…

Senator Amanda Ragan announces “exciting opportunities to revitalize rural Iowa”

Senator Amanda Ragan announces “exciting opportunities to revitalize rural Iowa”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowa has great rural communities with rich histories, natural beauty and hard-working…

President Trump, his children and foundation sued for alleged federal law violations

President Trump, his children and foundation sued for alleged federal law violations

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and its directors, Donald J. Trump (“Mr. Trump”), Donald…

Rep. Upmeyer reflects on Republican efforts to improve Iowa schools

Rep. Upmeyer reflects on Republican efforts to improve Iowa schools

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Investing in Education Barbecues, days at the lake, and parade season. What’s not to love about summers…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Bethany Currie and Charles Borth as district court judges

Gov. Reynolds appoints Bethany Currie and Charles Borth as district court judges

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Bethany Currie as district court judge in Judicial District 2B.  Gov. Reynolds also appointed Charles Borth as district court judge in Judicial District 3A Currie, of Marshalltown,…

Update from Iowa Democrats

Update from Iowa Democrats

The following is an update from Iowa Democrats on issues impacting the state: State Auditor to Review Failing Iowa Medicaid Program The State Auditor has launched a new investigation into…

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