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Statewide independent review of Iowa’s prison system completed

Statewide independent review of Iowa’s prison system completed

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) announced today that the statewide, independent external review of its prison system is complete. Following the tragic events of March 23,…

USA recognizes International Migrants Day and their rights

USA recognizes International Migrants Day and their rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States this week recognized International Migrants Day and their rights. From Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State: On December 18, International Migrants Day, we recognize…

Mason City school board to meet Monday, take input from public on “Mohawk” monicker

Mason City school board to meet Monday, take input from public on “Mohawk” monicker

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board is set to meet Monday, and will take input from the public on the “Mohawk” monicker. The meeting is scheduled for Monday,…

Florida man who attacked U.S. Capital for Donald Trump handed stiff prison sentence

Florida man who attacked U.S. Capital for Donald Trump handed stiff prison sentence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Florida man who relentlessly attacked cops during his maniacal assault on the Capitol of the United States at the behest of Donald Trump on January 6,…

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 17, 2021: Diplomatic meetings, returned hostages, Russia, Poland, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 17, 2021: Diplomatic meetings, returned hostages, Russia, Poland, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on December 17, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from diplomatic meetings, returned hostages, Russia, Poland, and more. Jalina Porter,…

State Department offers update on Afghanistan relocation and resettlement

State Department offers update on Afghanistan relocation and resettlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department offered an update this week on Afghanistan relocation and resettlement. 12/13/2021 10:03 AM EST Office of the Spokesperson Since August 31, the State…

January 6 Committee subpoenas 11 Republican Congress members’ records as damning text messages are revealed

January 6 Committee subpoenas 11 Republican Congress members’ records as damning text messages are revealed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The January 6 Committee, investigating the traitorous attack on Democracy instigated by Donald Trump, has issued subpoenas for 11 shady Republican Congress members’ records as damning text…

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 9, 2021: Anticorruption Day, Iran’s nuclear activities, Coronavirus, African wars, Ukraine, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 9, 2021: Anticorruption Day, Iran’s nuclear activities, Coronavirus, African wars, Ukraine, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on December 9, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Anticorruption Day, Iran’s nuclear activities, Coronavirus, African wars, Ukraine, and…

Swearing-in Ceremony to be held for elected officials in Mason City

Swearing-in Ceremony to be held for elected officials in Mason City

MASON CITY – Mayor-Elect Bill Schickel and the newly elected City Council will host an Oath of Office reception from 3:00-4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 22 in the second floor…

Congresswoman Liz Cheney warns traitors: Jan. 6 Commission is coming for you

Congresswoman Liz Cheney warns traitors: Jan. 6 Commission is coming for you

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming this week warned the traitors who stormed and murdered people at the Capitol earlier this year, the Jan. 6 Commission is coming…

Iowa awards $4 million in career academy grants to prepare more students for high-demand fields

Iowa awards $4 million in career academy grants to prepare more students for high-demand fields

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Education awarded four $1 million competitive grants through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college,…

Kim Reynolds announces appointments to Iowa’s boards & commissions

Kim Reynolds announces appointments to Iowa’s boards & commissions

DES MOINES – Kim Reynolds announced appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions. The following appointments are subject to Senate confirmation: Board of Chiropractic Kirby Connell, Polk Board of Nursing Ryan…

Kim Reynolds to spend $100 million of Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan – which she opposed – on Iowa’s water quality

Kim Reynolds to spend $100 million of Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan – which she opposed – on Iowa’s water quality

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she is ready to spend tens-of-millions of dollars President Joe Biden and Democrats made possible (that she didn’t want), to make Iowa’s notoriously…

Feds to request public input on how the U.S. government can prevent family separations at the Southern border

Feds to request public input on how the U.S. government can prevent family separations at the Southern border

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced its request that the public provide recommendations on how to permanently protect against the prior administration’s practice (Donald Trump) of…

Justice Department finds state of Iowa unnecessarily segregates disabled people in state resource centers

Justice Department finds state of Iowa unnecessarily segregates disabled people in state resource centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced today that it has concluded an investigation into whether the State of Iowa subjects residents of Glenwood and…

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 8, 2021: NATO relationship with Russia, China Forced Labor Act, war relief for Africa, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 8, 2021: NATO relationship with Russia, China Forced Labor Act, war relief for Africa, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on December 8, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from NATO relationship with Russia, China Forced Labor Act, war relief…

Mason City receives $50,000 grant from T-Mobile for “beautification project” of riverwalk in downtown

Mason City receives $50,000 grant from T-Mobile for “beautification project” of riverwalk in downtown

MASON CITY – Mason City received a $50,000 grant from T-Mobile for its planned “beautification project” of a riverwalk in downtown. T-Mobile revealed the names of 25 American small towns…

Gov. Reynolds appoints John Sullivan as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints John Sullivan as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of John Sullivan as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 1B. Sullivan, of Oelwein, Iowa, currently serves as a…

NIACC receives a $1 million grant to help build a new regional center in Charles City

NIACC receives a $1 million grant to help build a new regional center in Charles City

DES MOINES — The state of Iowa awarded four $1 million competitive grants through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college, postsecondary…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Mary Chicchelly to the Court of Appeals

Gov. Reynolds appoints Mary Chicchelly to the Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her appointment of Mary Chicchelly as a judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals. Chicchelly, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, currently serves as a…

Iowa Supreme Court updates procedures in courts regarding Covid protocols

Iowa Supreme Court updates procedures in courts regarding Covid protocols

DES MOINES – Monday, the Iowa Supreme Court released updates to procedures in the state’s courts regarding Covid protocols. From the Iowa Supreme Court: In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for…

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 6, 2021: Air travel testing requirements, boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in China, Russian agggression, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for December 6, 2021: Air travel testing requirements, boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in China, Russian agggression, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on December 6, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from air travel testing requirements, boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in…

Department of Homeland Security begins implementation of immigration enforcement priorities

Department of Homeland Security begins implementation of immigration enforcement priorities

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security announced last week it will begin implementation of the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law signed by Secretary of Homeland Security…

Mason City School Board to meet Monday night, discuss permanent banishment of Mohawk monicker and logo

Mason City School Board to meet Monday night, discuss permanent banishment of Mohawk monicker and logo

MASON CITY – The Board of Education will meet in a Committee of the Whole work/study session to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021, in the…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 29, 2021: Travel restrictions for African countries, Iran uranium enrichment, East China Sea hijinks

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 29, 2021: Travel restrictions for African countries, Iran uranium enrichment, East China Sea hijinks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 29, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Travel restrictions for African countries, Iran uranium enrichment, East China…

USDA invests $633 million in climate-smart and resilient infrastructure for people in rural communities

USDA invests $633 million in climate-smart and resilient infrastructure for people in rural communities

SHREWSBURY, Pa., Dec. 03, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Clinton Boddicker as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Clinton Boddicker as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Clinton Boddicker as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 8B. Boddicker, of Keokuk, Iowa, currently serves as a…

Whacko Washington Politics: Omar and Boebert phone spat leads to more hate and a hang up

Whacko Washington Politics: Omar and Boebert phone spat leads to more hate and a hang up

MINNEAPOLIS – In a possible publicity stunt, Rep. Lauren Boebert, who’s been arrested multiple times in her checkered past, claimed she wanted to apologize to a Minnesota Congresswoman for hateful…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 23, 2021: Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics boycott, more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 23, 2021: Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics boycott, more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 23, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from the Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics…

Fowl record earns Gov. Kim Reynolds ‘Turkey of the Year’ Award

Fowl record earns Gov. Kim Reynolds ‘Turkey of the Year’ Award

DES MOINES – Citing her ‘fowl’ record of mismanagement and policy failures, Progress Iowa today declared Governor Kim Reynolds as the ‘Turkey of the Year’ in advance of the Thanksgiving…

President Biden takes action to cut gas prices

President Biden takes action to cut gas prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is taking action to cut gas prices for beleaguered Americans complaining about high fuel costs for their energy-guzzling vehicles. “Today I’m announcing action to lower…

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 16, 2021

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 16, 2021

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Iowans can rest easier knowing there will finally be investments in our future with the Infrastructure bill that was signed into…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 15, 2021: Russia anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 15, 2021: Russia anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 15, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Russia’s anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more.…

Biden Administration requests millions in extra funding for more cops

Biden Administration requests millions in extra funding for more cops

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).…

Theresa Greenfield has been appointed RD State Director for Iowa

Theresa Greenfield has been appointed RD State Director for Iowa

DES MOINES – President Joe Biden this week announced his intent to appoint six U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including four Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors…

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen says Build Back Better Act is great for America as House passes the legislation

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen says Build Back Better Act is great for America as House passes the legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representaties passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen released a statement todayon the impact of…

Treasury and IRS disburse fifth month of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

Treasury and IRS disburse fifth month of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that more than $15 billion in payments were made to families that include roughly 61…

Three nominees chosen for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

Three nominees chosen for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

DES MOINES – Three nominees have been chosen for a Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy. Seven Iowans applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa…

Feds announce fee exemptions, streamlined processing for Afghan Nationals as they resettle in the U.S.

Feds announce fee exemptions, streamlined processing for Afghan Nationals as they resettle in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 9, 2021: President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in Africa, support for two-state solution in Israel, possible food shortages in China, Ukraine crisis

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 9, 2021: President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in Africa, support for two-state solution in Israel, possible food shortages in China, Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 9, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in…