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Senator Amanda Ragan believes “Democrats and Republicans can find common ground on many of these issues” facing Iowa

Senator Amanda Ragan believes “Democrats and Republicans can find common ground on many of these issues” facing Iowa

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: READY TO BUILD BACK BETTER IN IOWA We kicked off the 2021…

President-Elect Joe Biden proposes massive stimulus for struggling Americans

President-Elect Joe Biden proposes massive stimulus for struggling Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President-Elect Joe Biden proposed a massive stimulus for struggling Americans, including $1,400 checks, unemployment benefits, dollars to re-open schools and the Covid-19 fight. Joe Biden, who will…

Gov. Reynolds names new Chief Operating Officer, Trombino appointed to HSEMD

Gov. Reynolds names new Chief Operating Officer, Trombino appointed to HSEMD

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds announced the hiring of Taryn Frideres to serve as her new Chief Operating Officer. Taryn is an Iowa native who is joining the Governor’s…

Gov. Reynolds announces Employer Innovation Fund and Child Care Challenge funding opportunities 

Gov. Reynolds announces Employer Innovation Fund and Child Care Challenge funding opportunities 

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds announced two Future Ready Iowa grant opportunities for totaling $1.2 million. The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund is designed to expand opportunities for…

Trump visits Mexican border wall, threatens Biden, brags of arrest of 500,000 illegal aliens; Latino caucus in Congress furious

Trump visits Mexican border wall, threatens Biden, brags of arrest of 500,000 illegal aliens; Latino caucus in Congress furious

REYNOSA-MCALLEN, TX – Donald Trump visited the Mexican border wall this week and threatened incoming-president Joe Biden, called his impeachment a hoax and bragged of the arrest of 500,000 illegal…

Senator Amanda Ragan says she “will work to rebuild Iowa, boost education, and invest in rural Iowa”

Senator Amanda Ragan says she “will work to rebuild Iowa, boost education, and invest in rural Iowa”

MASON CITY – State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City says she “will work to rebuild Iowa, boost education, and invest in rural Iowa.” According to a statement from senator…

Trump impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors after leading and inspiring deadly insurrection

Trump impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors after leading and inspiring deadly insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald John Trump, President of the United States, has been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for high crimes and misdemeanors following the deadly insurrection on…

Iowa Supreme Court reselects Justice Susan Christensen, Harlan, as chief justice

Iowa Supreme Court reselects Justice Susan Christensen, Harlan, as chief justice

DES MOINES – The Iowa Supreme Court reselected Justice Susan Christensen, Harlan, as chief justice. At the first meeting in each odd-numbered year, the justices of the supreme court by…

Gov. Reynolds Delivers 2021 Condition of the State 

Gov. Reynolds Delivers 2021 Condition of the State 

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds delivers her 2021 Condition of the State Address. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lieutenant Governor, legislative leaders and…

Iowa DOM Director Dave Roederer to retire

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Management Director Dave Roederer has announced his retirement effective January 31st, 2021, ending his 38-year career in state government. Governor Reynolds will announce an…

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley explains why Electoral College is important

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley explains why Electoral College is important

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, gleefully collecting paychecks and farm subsidies from the citizens since taking elected office in A.D. 1959, this week explained why the hallowed Electoral…

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 7, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 7, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/7/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 ACTIVE NETWORK LLC OTHER SUPPLIES 97.50 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES136.00…

Donald Trump permanently banned from Twitter as possible future violence foments on social media

Donald Trump permanently banned from Twitter as possible future violence foments on social media

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Twitter has banned Donald Trump from its platform in the wake of a deadly insurrection this week, saying Trump’s latest “statements can be mobilized by different audiences,…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 31, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 31, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/31/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————– ANDERSON, DILLON CHAUFFEURS LICENSE 112.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL 460.91 BLACK HAWK ROOF CO INC CAPITAL OUTLAY 77,779.80…

Gov. Reynolds lifts restrictions for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events

Gov. Reynolds lifts restrictions for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation continues to…

United States Attorney for Southern Iowa Marc Krickbaum announces resignation

United States Attorney for Southern Iowa Marc Krickbaum announces resignation

DES MOINES – Marc Krickbaum, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, announced he is resigning today. “Serving as United States Attorney has been the privilege of…

Trump now banned from Facebook indefinitely, Zuck says President too risky to humankind

Trump now banned from Facebook indefinitely, Zuck says President too risky to humankind

MENLO PARK, CA – Facebook, possibly America’s most-used social media platform, has banned Donald Trump indefinitely for fear of him inciting more violence and mayhem. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 24, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 24, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/24/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL LABORATORY SUPPLIES 110.00 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 300.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update released Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: 2021 Legislative Survey…

Former President Barack Obama: Trump is a liar and incited insurrectionists

Former President Barack Obama: Trump is a liar and incited insurrectionists

CHICAGO – Former President Barack Obama joined the chorus of Americans holding Donald Trump and his sycophants accountable for the violence and seditious behavior committed at the United States capitol…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 17, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 17, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/17/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCE ALARM SERVICES LLC BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 167.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 325.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL…

Violent seditionists attack U.S. Capitol, chasing cozy lawmakers from their perches; Iowa’s delegation safe

Violent seditionists attack U.S. Capitol, chasing cozy lawmakers from their perches; Iowa’s delegation safe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The World looked on in awe and shock as violent seditionists and rioters taking direction from Donald Trump set upon the United States Capitol building Wednesday, taking…

Nancy Pelosi ecstatic after Democratic candidates flip Georgia blue, seize Senate and Congress from GOP

Nancy Pelosi ecstatic after Democratic candidates flip Georgia blue, seize Senate and Congress from GOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement following the election victories of Senator-elect Reverend Raphael Warnock and Senator-elect Jon Ossoff: “In the election, the people…

Iowa elected officials to discuss regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in Wednesday press conference

Iowa elected officials to discuss regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in Wednesday press conference

DES MOINES – Iowa elected officials will discuss regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Iowa elected officials will take part in a statewide Zoom news…

Mason City awarded $150,000 for Riverwalk improvements

Mason City awarded $150,000 for Riverwalk improvements

DES MOINES – A state agency this week announced Mason City will receive grant fund to help renovate the downtown area of Willow Creek. Nine communities across Iowa were awarded…

Top Trump official celebrates 450 miles of border wall built during administration

Top Trump official celebrates 450 miles of border wall built during administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced the completion of 450 miles of new border wall during the Trump administration. “President Trump took office with the promise to build…

Critical Senate elections in Georgia tipping towards Democrats

Critical Senate elections in Georgia tipping towards Democrats

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Control of Congress is on the line and Democrats seem poised to assume the federal mantle of power as a critical election for two U.S. Senate seats…

Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas objects to seating rogue lawmakers from states with contested election results

Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas objects to seating rogue lawmakers from states with contested election results

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) issued the following statement Sunday evening after objecting to the seating of members-elect from states where the results of the 2020 election results have…

Sane Republican Mitt Romney blasts rogue Senators bragging about objecting to certification of Presidential election

Sane Republican Mitt Romney blasts rogue Senators bragging about objecting to certification of Presidential election

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statement in response to an announcement that a group of rogue, seditious Republican senators plan to oppose…

Steckman tapped to serve as leader of Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee and rural member of new IT Committee

Steckman tapped to serve as leader of Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee and rural member of new IT Committee

DES MOINES – Iowa House Minority Leader Todd Prichard announced Wednesday the appointment of State Representative Sharon Steckman as the Ranking Member on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee.…

Gov. Reynolds sets date for Iowa State Senate District 41 special election

Gov. Reynolds sets date for Iowa State Senate District 41 special election

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation Wednesday setting a special election date in Iowa State Senate District 41 for Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The proclamation follows the…

Trump signs Coronavirus relief and omnibus funding bill

Trump signs Coronavirus relief and omnibus funding bill

MAR-A-LAGO, FLORIDA – Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law a Coronavirus relief and omnibus funding bill that was handed to him days ago. The White House press secretary confirmed…

Trump pardons various criminals, son-in-law’s dad, political pals, murderers

Trump pardons various criminals, son-in-law’s dad, political pals, murderers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Donald J. Trump granted Full Pardons to dozens of criminals, his son-in-law’s dad, political pals, and murderers of innocent civilians. James Kassouf — President Trump…

Nancy Pelosi angry after House GOP “cruelly deprive” Americans of $2,000 stimulus checks on Christmas Eve

Nancy Pelosi angry after House GOP “cruelly deprive” Americans of $2,000 stimulus checks on Christmas Eve

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans in the U.S. House refused to support the CASH Act this morning brought by Democrats which would issue $2,000 stimulus checks to eligible Americans, and the…

Department of Justice files nationwide lawsuit against Walmart for controlled substances act violations

Department of Justice files nationwide lawsuit against Walmart for controlled substances act violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a civil complaint filed Tuesday, the Department of Justice has alleged that Walmart Inc. unlawfully dispensed controlled substances from pharmacies it operated across the country and…

Justice Department says Iowa subjects disabled residents in Glenwood to “uncontrolled and unsupervised experimentation,” other abuses; Reynolds, Grassley and Ernst respond

Justice Department says Iowa subjects disabled residents in Glenwood to “uncontrolled and unsupervised experimentation,” other abuses; Reynolds, Grassley and Ernst respond

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement on the completed Justice Department investigation into Glenwood Resource Center, where residents are allegedly experimented upon and abused: “What…

Rita Hart claims 22 votes not counted in election would give her the win over Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd District election for Congress

Rita Hart claims 22 votes not counted in election would give her the win over Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd District election for Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rita Hart today claims 22 votes not counted in election would give her the win over Marionette Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd District election for Congress. The Hart…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds optimistic after FDA approval of Moderna vaccine   

Iowa Gov. Reynolds optimistic after FDA approval of Moderna vaccine   

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds released the following statement on FDA emergency approval of the Moderna vaccine:    “Following FDA approval for the Moderna vaccine, the state of Iowa can vastly…

Minert re-elected as Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board Chairman; officials get raise

Minert re-elected as Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board Chairman; officials get raise

MASON CITY – The members of the Cerro Gordo county Compensation Board have re-elected businessman Steve Minert as its chairman for 2021, and approved a salary increase for county elected…

Governor Reynolds receives 2021 Empower Rural Iowa recommendations  

Governor Reynolds receives 2021 Empower Rural Iowa recommendations  

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds received the latest recommendations from the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative task forces at the Iowa Rural Development Council quarterly meeting. These recommendations came…

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