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Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Monday, June 1, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF2454: A bill for an act relating to qualifications for community college career and technical…

Statement from President Bill Clinton on the death of George Floyd

Statement from President Bill Clinton on the death of George Floyd

In the days since George Floyd’s death, it is impossible not to feel grief for his family—and anger, revulsion, and frustration that his death is the latest in a long…

Pres. Trump protected from protesters in White House bunker Friday before being serenaded by song “Macho Man” during rocket launch

Pres. Trump protected from protesters in White House bunker Friday before being serenaded by song “Macho Man” during rocket launch

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump hid in a White House bunker Friday night as emboldended protesters tormented him from Penn Avenue, then the next day he was serenaded by the…

Iowa’s largest county – Polk – under curfew after violent protests

Iowa’s largest county – Polk – under curfew after violent protests

DES MOINES – Iowa’s largest county – Polk – is under curfew after violent protests this weekend, and Governor Kim Reynolds supports the move. Due to the violent outbreak of…

Attorney General William Barr comments on death of George Floyd, promises prosecution for rioters

Attorney General William Barr comments on death of George Floyd, promises prosecution for rioters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The police brutality in Minneapolis that caused the death of George Floyd and then riots across the country has brought a promise of justice the nation’s Attorney…

Gov. Reynolds and Des Moines Mayor Cownie release statement on Des Moines protest and violence

Gov. Reynolds and Des Moines Mayor Cownie release statement on Des Moines protest and violence

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie released the following statements on last night’s protests and violence that occurred in downtown Des Moines: Governor Kim…

President Trump signs Executive Order on “preventing online censorship”

President Trump signs Executive Order on “preventing online censorship”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump, apparently miffed after Twitter placed a “fact check” disclaimer on one of his countless “tweets” has issued an executive order Thursday that he claims…

Iowa among states to receive funds from USDA for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

Iowa among states to receive funds from USDA for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

WASHINGTON – The USDA announced this week that Iowa is among states to receive federal funds for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under…

Businessman Steve Minert announces candidacy for County Recorder

Businessman Steve Minert announces candidacy for County Recorder

MASON CITY – Steve Minert, a well-known Mason City Harley-Davidson dealer and Cerro Gordo county public official, announced today that he’s a candidate for the GOP nomination for the office…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020. As previously announced, the proclamation permits bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries,…

263 additional cases and 5 deaths confirmed in Iowa due to coronavirus

263 additional cases and 5 deaths confirmed in Iowa due to coronavirus

DES MOINES – Today, the state of Iowa has been notified of 263 additional positive cases for a total of 17,213  positive cases. There have been additional 2,841 negative tests…

Tara Reade’s attorney quits case against Joe Biden as questions mount

Tara Reade’s attorney quits case against Joe Biden as questions mount

NEW YORK – The lawyer who represented Tara Reade in her sex assault case against Joe Biden has abruptly quit the case as the accuser faces mounting scrutiny. Numerous reports…

Iowa Supreme Court orders new timeline to safely resume face-to-face court proceedings

Iowa Supreme Court orders new timeline to safely resume face-to-face court proceedings

DES MOINES – Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a supervisory order stating face-to-face court proceedings will commence July 13, 2020, and jury trials will commence September 14, 2020.  Some…

City of Mason City expense report for May 21, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 21, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/21/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADAMS SHARPENING M/E REPAIRS 42.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 58,721.86 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL 862.01 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E…

Iowa Attorney General announces settlement with nation’s largest subprime auto financing company

Iowa Attorney General announces settlement with nation’s largest subprime auto financing company

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller and 33 other attorneys general announced a settlement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers, with…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation opening movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation opening movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues in Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June…

U.S. Department of Labor adopts revised enforcement policies for coronavirus

U.S. Department of Labor adopts revised enforcement policies for coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in…

Federal officials claim USDA, FDA strengthen U.S. food supply chain protections during COVID-19 pandemic

Federal officials claim USDA, FDA strengthen U.S. food supply chain protections during COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Federal officials claim today that USDA and FDA have strengthened the U.S. food supply chain protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following statement is attributed to Mindy Brashears,…

USDA announces socialist program to dole out resources to those in farming business

USDA announces socialist program to dole out resources to those in farming business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to…

Top Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate cancels appearance due to Des Moines hate crimes

Top Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate cancels appearance due to Des Moines hate crimes

DES MOINES – The top Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate has canceled an appearance due to a rash of alleged hate crimes in Des Moines. Admiral Mike Franken was…

Rep. Upmeyer: “Better Days Are Just Ahead!”

Rep. Upmeyer: “Better Days Are Just Ahead!”

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: Greetings! It has been a couple weeks since I’ve written, although…

Democrats say more widespread testing, government oversight is needed in Iowa

Democrats say more widespread testing, government oversight is needed in Iowa

DES MOINES – State Senator Claire Celsi is calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to expand testing in cooperation with other entities in order to provide a larger testing footprint in…

Trump rakes in nearly $1 million from taxpayers for hotel rentals

Trump rakes in nearly $1 million from taxpayers for hotel rentals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Post reports today that taxpayers are shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for hotel stays at President Donald Trump’s hotels. David Fahrenthold of the…

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds, House Speaker Pat Grassley, and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver announced their request for the Revenue Estimating Conference to convene a meeting prior…

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/14/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 505.29 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 612.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS…

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This…

Iowa watchdog group slams Ernst and Grassley for offering “false choice” between letting Iowa go bankrupt and giving corporations legal immunity from sick employees 

Iowa watchdog group slams Ernst and Grassley for offering “false choice” between letting Iowa go bankrupt and giving corporations legal immunity from sick employees 

DES MOINES, IA — As the U.S. Department of Labor this morning reported that nearly 3 million Americans, including 16,735 Iowans, have filed new jobless claims in the last week,…

Admiral Mike Franken, candidate for U.S. Senate, reacts to Governor Reynolds decision to further open Iowa 

Admiral Mike Franken, candidate for U.S. Senate, reacts to Governor Reynolds decision to further open Iowa 

DES MOINES – On Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she is lifting further restrictions across Iowa. The Des Moines Register reported: “Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she is…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa…

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor EDC began distributing awards from the Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund this week to 118 local businesses totaling $414,495. The fund, created…

Transcript of Nancy Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

Transcript of Nancy Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on efforts to…

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

SEATTLE – As some states continue to ease social distancing mandates and new data are acquired on people’s movements, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University…

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

WASHINGTON – With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged people to use Get My Payment by noon…

Des Moines Register endorses Franken for U.S. Senate

Des Moines Register endorses Franken for U.S. Senate

DES MOINES – Thursday evening, The Des Moines Register announced their endorsement of Admiral Mike Franken for U.S. Senate. “The retired three-star admiral is the candidate who is the most…

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan…

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary Perdue this week applauded the decision made by the District Court of Western Missouri which ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits dental services to resume in compliance with guidelines adopted by the…

Iowa PBS to hold Democratic Senate debate

Iowa PBS to hold Democratic Senate debate

DES MOINES – Tuesday, May 5, Iowa PBS announced that they will host a U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate on Monday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Iowa PBS will hold…

Ag Secretary Perdue issues letters to meat packers and governors on production expectations

Ag Secretary Perdue issues letters to meat packers and governors on production  expectations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last night sent letters to Governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These two letters establish the…

293 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

293 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an…

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