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Harkin Congratulates Newton and Johnson County Fire Departments on Grant Awards

Harkin Congratulates Newton and Johnson County Fire Departments on Grant Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Johnson County Fire Department has been awarded $84,228 and the Newton Fire Departments has been awarded $10,450 by the…

Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 21, 2011 – Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation designating December as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Iowa. In the proclamation, the governor notes that…

Four House members got Countrywide VIP loans, lawmaker says

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Four current members of the House of Representatives received special VIP loans from Countrywide Financial Corp., according to the chairman of…

House Republicans wrestle with next step in fight over tax-cut deal

House Republicans wrestle with next step in fight over tax-cut deal

By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Faced with criticism from within the party, House Republicans wrestled Monday night with the next step in their politically risky…

House vote leaves fate of payroll tax break unclear

House vote leaves fate of payroll tax break unclear

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The House rejected a Senate-brokered compromise to extend a tax cut for working Americans and sent the measure to a conference…

Obama plans conference call to Iowa supporters caucus night

Obama plans conference call to Iowa supporters caucus night

UPDATED with comments from Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman The 2012 Iowa precinct caucuses won’t have quite the same feel for Democrats as they did four years ago. However, President Obama’s…

OPINION: First in the nation

Dale Alison, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Next Monday will be the day after Christmas; the Monday after that will be the eve of the Iowa caucuses. Democrats will…

Grassley Law Recovers Another $2.8 Billion of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Lost to Fraud

Grassley Law Recovers Another $2.8 Billion of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Lost to Fraud

More than $30 billion has been recovered thanks to federal False Claims Act WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley today said that the federal False Claims Law…

Romney, Gingrich ease up on each other, bash Obama

By Maeve Reston CHARLESTON, S.C. — With dueling appearances on Sunday news shows, Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich sought to rebut attacks on their private sector experience but…

With 16 days to decide, Iowa ‘hungry for a champion’

Jim Ragsdale – Star Tribune, Minneapolis – DES MOINES – Last week, it was Newt Gingrich. This week it’s Ron Paul. Next week, who knows? Heading into its final stretch,…

Gingrich would ignore court rulings

Gingrich would ignore court rulings

By David Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich says as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions that conflict with his powers as commander in chief, and he…

Senate OKs payroll tax cut extension, spending package

Senate OKs payroll tax cut extension, spending package

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The Senate on Saturday approved a measure to assure 160 million people that they’ll get a Social Security tax break for two more months.…

Congress passes spending package, but bigger money issues still loom

By David Lightman And William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Friday approved a $915 billion spending package that will keep the government running through Sept.…

Iowa GOP race is wide open, and anyone might win

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Hold on to your hats. The Republican presidential campaign in Iowa heads into its final two weeks with a wild race…

New Data: Thanks to Health Reform, 2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Health Insurance

Historically, young adults making the transition from school to work have been substantially more likely than any other demographic group to go without health insurance. In today’s labor market, it…

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Lifting of Sanctions in Libya

Today, after careful consultation with the new Libyan government, the United States rolled back most U.S. sanctions on the Government of Libya to keep our commitment to the Libyan people.…

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen won confirmation to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, ending a…

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.…