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Pentagon to address little-noticed measures tucked into defense bill

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Will Jewish American World War I heroes be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor? Can the remains of American sailors killed in Tripoli…

Congress approves $662 billion defense spending bill

Congress approves $662 billion defense spending bill

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Ending a weeks-long tangle with the White House, Congress approved a sweeping defense bill Thursday that includes controversial provisions on handling detainees…

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds complete visit to all 99 of Iowa’s counties

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds complete visit to all 99 of Iowa’s counties

Pair has held 730 public events since taking office on Jan. 14, 2011; launches new Web page for Iowans to track 99 county tour progress (DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad…

Study: Gingrich tax plan would give lion’s share to the rich

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers DES MOINES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich’s proposed overhaul of the tax code would cut taxes for all American taxpayers, particularly the wealthy, according to an…

Ron Paul is striking chords with Iowa GOP voters

Ron Paul is striking chords with Iowa GOP voters

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers WAVERLY, Iowa — Iowa Republican voters are taking Ron Paul very seriously. (PHOTO: Congressman Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Waverly, Iowa, on…

Gingrich hits Romney hard over personal profits; debate with Huntsman is polite

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times MANCHESTER, N.H. —Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney exchanged furious personal criticisms Monday, each accusing the other of gaining financially at the expense of Americans—criticisms…

Vietnam veteran, Romney engage in exchange over gay marriage

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times MANCHESTER, N.H. — Vietnam veteran Bob Garon waited more than two hours at a Manchester diner Monday to get Mitt Romney’s views on the…

Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Sec. Northey to co-chair effort to provide homes, help and hope for Haitians

(DES MOINES) – When a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, 2010, Ken DeYoung watched in disbelief from the safety and comfort of his farmhouse near Laurens. “I could send…

Oops again? Rick Perry reportedly brain-freezes on Supreme Court

Oops again? Rick Perry reportedly brain-freezes on Supreme Court

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Numbers. They’re the darnedest things. Just ask Rick Perry. The GOP presidential contender, whose misfires have become part of the story line…

Gingrich’s record is no more conservative than Romney’s

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — For months, many Republicans have cast about for an alternative to Mitt Romney, decrying him as insufficiently conservative. Now they appear to…

Romney faces uphill climb in wooing Iowa voters

Romney faces uphill climb in wooing Iowa voters

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mitt Romney faces daunting challenges in this, the first state to vote for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Foremost is the…

Romney, an active man of faith

Romney, an active man of faith

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times BELMONT, Mass. — In a closely knit Mormon congregation, Ronnie Catalano was a problem Mitt Romney wanted to solve. As bishop — a position…

Mitchell County receives disaster declaration from USDA

DES MOINES – The Office of Gov. Branstad has received notification that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted Gov. Branstad’s request for a disaster declaration for Mitchell…

Rep. King introduces legislation to place duties on Chinese merchandise for violations of United States intellectual property rights

Rep. King introduces legislation to place duties on Chinese merchandise for violations of United States intellectual property rights

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA) released the following statement after introducing legislation that punishes the People’s Republic of China for its failure to protect the holders of United States…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer – November 4, 2011

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer – November 4, 2011

From State Rep. Linda Upmeyer November 4 — I spend a great deal of time going back and forth between Des Moines and North Iowa. Whether I’m in my car…

Rep. Upmeyer recognizes Hampton-Dumont students

Rep. Upmeyer recognizes Hampton-Dumont students

From State Rep. Linda Upmeyer: I wanted to take a moment to highlight the Hampton-Dumont Community School District. The State Board of Education recently awarded H-D schools with the “Breaking…

State ends fiscal year with $1 billion surplus

State ends fiscal year with $1 billion surplus

From State Rep. Sharon Steckman The fiscal year 2011 budget ended on June 30, 2011, but it took several months to settle accounts and finally close the books for the…

Iowa Revenue Department sets 2012 interest rate

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Revenue announces that the annual interest rate in 2012 will be 5.0 percent. The monthly interest rate will be 0.4 percent. The 2012…

Branstad, Reynolds announce creation of IPEP board

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that Gov. Branstad will sign Executive Order Number Seventy-Five to create the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress…

State officials increase revenue estimate for FY 2012

State officials increase revenue estimate for FY 2012

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) held their meeting last week. They set their revenue projection for FY 2012 at $5.975 billion. This represents a 1.3%…

Branstad-Reynolds administration launches new, more user-friendly Iowa.gov

DES MOINES – Gov. Branstad today unveiled the new, more user-friendly Iowa.gov. The new look and feel follows Gov. Branstad’s signing of Executive Order 73, which called for the state…

Council OK’s pursuit of becoming a “Blue Zone Pilot Community”

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council OK’d an initiative to become a “Blue Zone Pilot Community” Tuesday night. A presentation was made by Mercy Medical Center CEO Jim…

Coffee with Sandra Servantez to be held Friday, October 21st

SMASON CITY – Sandra Servantez, a candidate for City Council At-Large, will hold “Community Meeting and Coffee” at Hardees Restaurant on Friday, October 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.…

Latham hears frustrations from Iowans on Washington

Latham hears frustrations from Iowans on Washington

From Congressman Tom Latham – In my listening town hall meetings throughout September, Iowan after Iowan explained to me the sense of frustration they feel with the partisanship and poisonous…

Mayor Bookmeyer invites public to celebrate conclusion of Vision Iowa project

Mayor Bookmeyer invites public to celebrate conclusion of Vision Iowa project

From Mayor Eric Bookmeyer: I would like to extend a special invitation to each of you in celebration of the conclusion of the Vision Iowa Project. This event will be…

Branstad-Reynolds administration’s blueprint unveils vision for Iowa’s education remodel

Branstad-Reynolds administration’s blueprint unveils vision for Iowa’s education remodel

DES MOINES- Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today unveiled their blueprint for transforming Iowa’s education system. The blueprint states that Iowa must become more selective and supportive…

Steckman appointed to top post on Education Committee

Steckman appointed to top post on Education Committee

DES MOINES – Iowa House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy has appointed State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City to the top post on the House Education Committee for the 2012…

Marsters weighs in on Bookmeyer’s first two years as Mayor

Marsters weighs in on Bookmeyer’s first two years as Mayor

From Mason City Council Member Jeff Marsters, when asked to assess Mayor Eric Bookmeyer’s first two years in office: Mayor Bookmeyer’s campaign theme was DILIGENCE, DISCIPLINE & DECORUM! Should always…

Bookmeyer, Urdahl mum on whether they are recruiting candidates

MASON CITY – A citizen asked NorthIowaToday.com to follow up on a rumor that Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and County Supervisor Jay Urdahl are recruiting citizens to run as candidates in…

Kuhn, candidate for City Council, meets the public

Kuhn, candidate for City Council, meets the public

MASON CITY – At-large City Council candidate Alex Kuhn met the public for coffee at Jitters Coffee Bar on Friday afternoon. About 40-50 people attended, and he spoke for about…

Mason City schools update from T.J. Jumper, Director of Secondary Programs

From T.J. Jumper, Director of Secondary Programs This last school year was a turbulent whirl wind in Mason City. There were so many highs and too many emotional lows for…

Alex Kuhn announces his candidacy for City Council

Alex Kuhn announces his candidacy for City Council

MASON CITY – Alex Kuhn has announced to the media that he will be a candidate for the at-large seat in this fall’s city council election. Max Weaver currently holds…

Gov. Branstad brings his budget message to Mason City

MASON CITY – Governor Terry Branstad brought his message on the state budget impasse to Mason City Thursday afternoon. Branstad, on the final stop of forty-three throughout the state, said…

Bookmeyer makes appointments to boards and commissions

MASON CITY – At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the Council approved the following appointments to boards and commissions from Mayor Eric Bookmeyer: Jennifer Raemaker to the Housing Authority Board;…

Bookmeyer “regrettably” makes new appointee to Human Rights Commission

Bookmeyer “regrettably” makes new appointee to Human Rights Commission

MASON CITY – Today Mayor Eric Bookmeyer moved to fill a vacancy on the Human Rights Commission, this time nominating Stephen Palmer of Mason City. The commission did not approve…

Human Rights Commission, Bookmeyer duel over appointment

Human Rights Commission, Bookmeyer duel over appointment

MASON CITY – The Human Rights Commission voted unanimously on Thursday April 7, 2011, not to consent to the appointment of Mr. Brian McNamara as recommended by Mayor Bookmeyer. This…

Nelson wants Tornquist investigated

Nelson wants Tornquist investigated

MASON CITY – City Council member Don Nelson is asking for an investigation of fellow Council member Scott Tornquist. The request stems from what Nelson calls a “possible conflict of…

Nelson hopes Bookmeyer makes appointments, ends controversy

MASON CITY – City Council member Don Nelson has asked Mayor Eric Bookmeyer to end the Human Rights controversy and appoint the three candidates that have been submitted. The Human…

Age factor (by Don Nelson)

Age factor (by Don Nelson)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Don Nelson; letter is regarding Mayor Bookmeyer’s appointments to boards and commissions) If age is a factor, and I repeat, if, in your consideration to nominate…

Bookmeyer sets council workshop meetings

MASON CITY – After some City Council members voiced a desire for better communication amongst themselves, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer has scheduled non-mandatory council workshops that will occur on the 2nd…