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Democrats report schools get “record low funding” and “significant increase in crime” in Iowa

Democrats report schools get “record low funding” and “significant increase in crime” in Iowa

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats released in recent days: Schools Get Record Low Funding, Again This week, there was bi-partisan opposition to the PreK-12 school aid…

Rep. Todd Prichard explains his non-support of one education bill, support of another

Rep. Todd Prichard explains his non-support of one education bill, support of another

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City: It was an interesting week in the Iowa Legislature. One, the weather continues to wreak havoc on…

Gov. Reynolds signs historic education funding bills, adding nearly $90 million in spending

Gov. Reynolds signs historic education funding bills, adding nearly $90 million in spending

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed HF 306 and HF 307, historic preK-12 education funding at the Iowa State Capitol surrounded by education advocates and students from North…

Bernie Sanders announces Presidential run for 2020

Bernie Sanders announces Presidential run for 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Bernie Sanders announced today his run for President for the 2020 election. “I’m running for president,” the 77-year-old said in a released statement. “I am asking…

Governor Reynolds encourages Iowa high school and college students to join Innovative Cybersecurity Competition

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds is pleased to announce that Iowa is partnering with SANS to offer the Girls Go CyberStart competition again this year.  Iowa first participated in…

Gov. Reynolds won’t fight judge’s decision striking down Fetal Heartbeat Law

Gov. Reynolds won’t fight judge’s decision striking down Fetal Heartbeat Law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement on her decision not to appeal the ruling of Iowa District Court Judge Michael Huppert that Iowa Code chapter 146C…

Gov. Reynolds set special election in Iowa State Senate

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds issued a proclamation on Monday setting the date for a special election following the resignation of State Senator Jeff Danielson for Tuesday, March 19, 2019.…

City Administrator update for Mason City

City Administrator update for Mason City

Remarks prepared for February 19, 2019 city council meeting for City Administrator Aaron Burnett: The city crews have been working diligently plowing and hauling snow through January and February. This…

City of Mason City expense report, February 14, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, February 14, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/14/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ACTIVE911 INC RADIO MAINTENANCE 625.00 AMERICAN WATERWORKS REFUND 152.90 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES OTHER SUPPLIES 978.09 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E…

President Trump declares national emergency for border wall funding

President Trump declares national emergency for border wall funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s a national emergency in America as President Donald J. Trump made the declaration Friday so that billions of dollars can be rounded up and spent to…

Steve King euphoric that President Trump will declare national emergency to build border wall

Steve King euphoric that President Trump will declare national emergency to build border wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House said today that President Trump will sign a government funding bill passed by Congress to avert another shutdown and he will also take other executive…

Gov. Reynolds releases statement on education funding legislation

Gov. Reynolds releases statement on education funding legislation

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds released the following statement after the Iowa Senate voted to advance preK-12 education funding: “With the Iowa Legislature’s approval of historic preK-12 school funding, we…

Grassley claims Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is successful

Grassley claims Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is successful

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been a huge success. The following are…

CERRO GORDO COUNTY CALENDAR YEAR 2018 SALARY LIST

CERRO GORDO COUNTY CALENDAR YEAR 2018 SALARY LIST

CERRO GORDO COUNTY CALENDAR YEAR 2018 SALARY LIST James E Aberg 67,448.26 Wendy Renae Alcorn 60,507.20 Carrie A. Allen 40,176.41 Gary L Allen 47,761.72 Jeremy M Ames 50,122.37 Amber M…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, February 5, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report, February 5, 2019

CLAIMS February 5, 2019 Cerro Gordo County Aberg, Jim, meals/mileage 553.18 1 Aberg, Jim, repair 81.43 1 Aberg, Jim, telephone 35.00 1 Accurate Analytical, lab tests 510.00 2 Airgas USA…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, January 29, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report, January 29, 2019

CLAIMS January 29, 2019 Cerro Gordo County Alliant Energy, utilities 9718.30  2 Cardmember Service, meals/mileage 256.49  1 Cardmember Service, purch serv 29.66  1 Cardmember Service, supplies 40.33  1 Clear Lake…

Rep. Sharon Steckman: Bill “falls short” of funding needed for schools

Rep. Sharon Steckman: Bill “falls short” of funding needed for schools

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: House Study Bill 109 passed out of sub-committee and the Education committee on Wednesday of this week.…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer says schools to get funding boost

Rep. Linda Upmeyer says schools to get funding boost

The following is a legislative update from Senator Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: We’ve wrapped up another week at the Statehouse and it was great to see many people from…

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 7, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 7, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/7/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 293.99 ACTIVE911 INC COMPUTER EXPENSE 546.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 23.30 ADVANCED…

Attorney General Whitaker testifies before House Judiciary Committee

Attorney General Whitaker testifies before House Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Matt Whitaker – formerly of Iowa – is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Friday. He was not subpoenaed and will not answer questions pertaining…

Senator Ragan: “Practical measures can improve Iowa Medicaid”

Senator Ragan: “Practical measures can improve Iowa Medicaid”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin counties: Privatized, for-profit Medicaid continues to cause chaos and uncertainty for Iowa families,…

Livestock master matrix adopted in 89 Iowa counties

Livestock master matrix adopted in 89 Iowa counties

DES MOINES – In January 89 of Iowa’s 99 counties notified DNR that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed animal confinement locations by using the master matrix.…

President Trump addresses nation in State of the Union speech

President Trump addresses nation in State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump finally gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night. President Trump addressed abortion, illegal immigration, investigations, the economy, and much more.  Here is the…

Attorney General and Homeland Security chief report to President Trump that foreign influence had no “material impact” on integrity of elections

Attorney General and Homeland Security chief report to President Trump that foreign influence had no “material impact” on integrity of elections

WASHINGTON – Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen yesterday submitted a joint report to President Donald J. Trump evaluating the impact of…

Iowa legislator says state should regulate Marijuana like alcohol

Iowa legislator says state should regulate Marijuana like alcohol

DES MOINES – State Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City today announced he is preparing legislation to end marijuana prohibition in Iowa. “Marijuana prohibition in Iowa has failed and we…

Winnebago announces manufacturing shift to Forest City to improve efficiencies; 175 jobs possible

Winnebago announces manufacturing shift to Forest City to improve efficiencies; 175 jobs possible

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading outdoor lifestyle products manufacturer, announced plans today to shift Winnebago-branded Class A diesel motorhome manufacturing from its Junction City, Oregon plant to…

Iowa Republicans say backfilling TIF and property tax abatements continue to grow

Iowa Republicans say backfilling TIF and property tax abatements continue to grow

The following is a an update on the status of education in the state of Iowa from Republicans: As discussions about state school aid heat up at the State Capitol,…

European Commission approves U.S. soybean use

European Commission approves U.S. soybean use

DES MOINES – The European Commission recently announced that conservation practices required for U.S. soybean production meet EU sustainability standards, and biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used…

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker announces run for President, trip to Mason City

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker announces run for President, trip to Mason City

DES MOINEs – Today, following the announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States of America, Senator Cory Booker released the following details about his first trip to…

City of Mason City expense report, Jan. 31, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, Jan. 31, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/31/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 8,899.04 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES M/E SUPPLIES 865.33 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E SUPPLIES 5.05…

Senator Ragan aims to build on  “Iowa’s great graduation rate”

Senator Ragan aims to build on  “Iowa’s great graduation rate”

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin counties: New figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show Iowa’s high school…

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig to participate in Trade Mission to Colombia, Panama

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig to participate in Trade Mission to Colombia, Panama

DES MOINES – Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be participating in an international trade mission to South America, led by Iowa Economic Development…

On third anniversary of her death, Senator Ernst re-introduces Sarah’s Law

WASHINGTON – On January 31, 2016, the night of her graduation, Sarah Root, a twenty-one year-old Iowan from Council Bluffs, was struck and killed in Omaha, Neb., by Edwin Mejia,…

Governor Reynolds to visit Mason City on Friday

Governor Reynolds to visit Mason City on Friday

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg are continuing their Condition of the State Tour this week and plan to visit Mason City on Friday, February…

Former Cerro Gordo supervisor Jay Urdahl charged with harassment of elderly woman

Former Cerro Gordo supervisor Jay Urdahl charged with harassment of elderly woman

MASON CITY – Former Cerro Gordo supervisor Jay Urdahl has been charged with harassment and cited by Mason City police after leaving a rat at an elderly woman’s door. According…

Former Cerro Gordo county auditor Ken Kline given award before retirement

Former Cerro Gordo county auditor Ken Kline given award before retirement

DES MOINES – Tuesday, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented Deputy Commissioner of Elections Ken Kline with a National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)Medallion Award. “Ken was the…

Cerro Gordo County claims for January 22, 2019

Cerro Gordo County claims for January 22, 2019

Cerro Gordo County claims for January 22, 2019: Download the PDF file .…

Blumenthal & Grassley introduce Special Counsel Transparency Act

Blumenthal & Grassley introduce Special Counsel Transparency Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced transparency legislation today to ensure that the work of Justice Department Special…

Senator Ragan says Democrats are “committed to improving life for everyday Iowans”

Senator Ragan says Democrats are “committed to improving life for everyday Iowans”

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, who serves Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin counties: Survey: How can everyday Iowans get ahead? Senate Democrats…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a new update from Iowa Democrats: Veterans Day on the Hill; Condition of the Iowa National Guard This week, veterans and their families traveled to Des Moines…