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Iowa legislature unanimously passes police reform bill

Iowa legislature unanimously passes police reform bill

DES MOINES – Proving that lawmakers could actually take decisive, fast action, the Iowa legislature has unanimously passed a sweeping police reform bill. The bipartisan effort (98-0 in the House…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release statements after legislative priority passes unanimously

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release statements after legislative priority passes unanimously

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg released the following statements after the Iowa House and Senate voted unanimously to pass S.F. 2400, legislation derived from recommendations of…

Iowa State Fair canceled for first time in 75 years

Iowa State Fair canceled for first time in 75 years

DES MOINES – The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another victim, this time the Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair, a family and political tradition for decades, has been called off…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – Wednesday, Gov. Reynolds signed SF2413, legislation related to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. S.F. 2413: an Act relating to agriculture and food, including the…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration; lifts 50% capacity limit

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration; lifts 50% capacity limit

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020, continues to ease…

America’s meatpacking facilities operating more than 95% of capacity compared to 2019

America’s meatpacking facilities operating more than 95% of capacity compared to 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. As of this morning, across the cattle,…

Iowa receives $26.2 million in emergency education relief to expand broadband access

Iowa receives $26.2 million in emergency education relief to expand broadband access

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced the state has received $26.2 million in federal relief to ensure education continues for students of all…

Over half a million government jobs lost in May

Over half a million government jobs lost in May

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in May, half a million government jobs in the United States were lost. In May, employment continued to decline…

State of Iowa announces five new Test Iowa sites

State of Iowa announces five new Test Iowa sites

DES MOINES – Test Iowa will further expand access to COVID-19 testing with new sites opening this week, including one in Dallas County to better serve the Des Moines metro…

Sen. Ragan gives update on reconvened Iowa Legislature’s activities

Sen. Ragan gives update on reconvened Iowa Legislature’s activities

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The Iowa Legislature resumed our 2020 session at 9 a.m. Wednesday. We…

Iowa Ag Secretary Naig requests guidance from EPA on Ninth Circuit Court’s pesticide ruling

Iowa Ag Secretary Naig requests guidance from EPA on Ninth Circuit Court’s pesticide ruling

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting guidance on what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth…

U.S. Marines ban Confederate battle flag

U.S. Marines ban Confederate battle flag

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The traitorous Confederate battle flag has been banned by the United States Marines. A directive was released by U.S. Marines leadership in recent days that outlines how…

Gov. Reynolds signs “compromise legislation” to push felon voting constitutional amendment forward; crooks still have to complete sentences and pay restitution

Gov. Reynolds signs “compromise legislation” to push felon voting constitutional amendment forward; crooks still have to complete sentences and pay restitution

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2348, implementing legislation for HJR 14, a constitutional amendment that would restore felon voting rights upon discharge after completion of their…

Attorney General William Barr says America is now “confronting two serious threats to the rule of law” – bad police and anarchists

Attorney General William Barr says America is now “confronting two serious threats to the rule of law” – bad police and anarchists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General William Barr held a press conference Thursday and said America is now “confronting two serious threats to the rule of law” – bad police and…

Tempers flare, tears flow, resignations fly in heated Cerro Gordo Republican meeting

Tempers flare, tears flow, resignations fly in heated Cerro Gordo Republican meeting

MASON CITY – Things nearly got out of hand at a recent Cerro Gordo County Republican Committee meeting and a couple attendees left the political pow-wow with hurt feelings and…

Iowa Legislature back in session Wednesday, will debate abortion ban amendment Thursday

Iowa Legislature back in session Wednesday, will debate abortion ban amendment Thursday

DES MOINES – The Iowa Legislature was back in session Wednesday after a hiatus since March and party lines were immediately visible on protections from the Coronavirus and a quickly-scheduled…

Theresa Greenfield wins Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Iowa, will face Joni Ernst

Theresa Greenfield wins Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Iowa, will face Joni Ernst

DES MOINES – Theresa Greenfield, the pick of the Democratic Washington establishment, defeated the field in Tuesday night’s primary election and will face off against Republican Joni Ernst for the…

Iowa surpasses 500,000 voters in June primary, shattering turnout records

Iowa surpasses 500,000 voters in June primary, shattering turnout records

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the state shattered turnout records for a June primary Tuesday night after more than 500,000 voters cast ballots. “The credit…

Trump supporter Randy Feenstra defeats Steve King in primary

Trump supporter Randy Feenstra defeats Steve King in primary

DES MOINES – Steve King will have to start packing up in Washington, as he was defeated by Randy Feenstra in a primary election Tuesday night for Iowa’s Fourth District…

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…