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Senator Amanda Ragan says funding is critical for schools as students prepare to head back to class

Senator Amanda Ragan says funding is critical for schools as students prepare to head back to class

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowa students are preparing to head back to school. I hope each…

City of Mason City expense report for August 8, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for August 8, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/8/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 293.99 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 16.50 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 66.95 AHLERS AND…

Mason City councilman John Lee to run for third term

Mason City councilman John Lee to run for third term

MASON CITY – Ward 1 Councilman of Mason City John Lee announced this weekend he will seek a third term on the city council. Lee, a history teacher, made the…

Steve King to hold town hall meetings in Cerro Gordo and Hardin counties

Steve King to hold town hall meetings in Cerro Gordo and Hardin counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King announces that he will be hosting two town hall meetings on Wednesday, August 14. Both town halls are open to the public and to…

Hillary Clinton calls for gun control in America

Hillary Clinton calls for gun control in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hillary Clinton called for gun control in America after two mass-shootings rocked the nation. “With two mass shootings in America in less than 24 hours, thoughts and…

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa

DES MOINES — Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to Iowa for stops next Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Clear Lake, Williams, Carroll, Adel, Avon and Orient. Sen. Sanders last visited…

Steve King faces familiar Democratic foe in Scholten

Steve King faces familiar Democratic foe in Scholten

SIOUX CITY — A 5th generation Iowan, J.D. Scholten today launched his bid for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, currently held by Steve King, by debuting an announcement video narrated by…

City of Mason City expense report for August 1, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for August 1, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/1/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 610.00 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 1,036.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 51.80 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES…

Governor Reynolds makes statement on resignation of DHS administrator after he files lawsuit against state

Governor Reynolds makes statement on resignation of DHS administrator after he files lawsuit against state

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds released the following statement on the resignation of former Director Jerry Foxhoven, who is now suing the state of Iowa: “As I have…

Mason City councilman Paul Adams to seek re-election

Mason City councilman Paul Adams to seek re-election

MASON CITY – At-Large City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, Paul Adams, has announced he will seek a second term on the City Council in Mason City. “Serving on the…

Congress passes Grassley legislation to help children with special health care needs

Congress passes Grassley legislation to help children with special health care needs

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statement on the House passage of the reauthorization of the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Program. The reauthorization extends…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Annette Dunn as Chief Information Officer

Gov. Reynolds appoints Annette Dunn as Chief Information Officer

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Annette Dunn as Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), effective Monday, August 5,…

Gov. Reynolds highlights employment opportunities in Iowa, 80,000+ job opportunities

Gov. Reynolds highlights employment opportunities in Iowa, 80,000+ job opportunities

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced more than 80,000 jobs available on IowaWORKS.gov during a press conference at the Kelley Conference Room at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Gov.…

State Farm awards Iowa State Patrol $40,000 to advance auto safety efforts

State Farm awards Iowa State Patrol $40,000 to advance auto safety efforts

DES MOINES – The Iowa State Patrol has received a $40,000 grant from State Farm for two Seatbelt Convincers which will be used statewide. The seatbelt convincers simulate roughly a…

Gov. Reynolds announces upcoming Future Ready Iowa Events

Gov. Reynolds announces upcoming Future Ready Iowa Events

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds announced 27 collaborative, public-private partnership events will be taking place to help Iowa build a skilled workforce for the future. From Sept. 4 to…

Rep. Upmeyer: Strong management leads to healthy state budget

Rep. Upmeyer: Strong management leads to healthy state budget

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: Hot summer weather means it’s county fair season! Congratulations to all…

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan re-elected

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan re-elected

DES MOINES, IA – Yesterday, at the 21st Biennial Convention of AFSCME Council 61, Danny Homan was re-elected as President of AFSCME Council 61 by acclamation. “I am honored by…

City of Mason City expense report for July 25, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 25, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/25/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ———— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 100.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 37,733.17 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 6,663.12 ARAMARK UNIFORM…

Sixteen Iowans apply for vacancy on Court of Appeals

Sixteen Iowans apply for vacancy on Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – Sixteen Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Judge Gayle Vogel retired…

Booker slams Joe Biden’s new criminal justice plan

Booker slams Joe Biden’s new criminal justice plan

NEWARK, NJ — In response to Joe Biden releasing his new policy plan on criminal justice, Cory Booker issued the following statement: “Joe Biden had more than 40 years to…

Gov. Reynolds announces appointments for Children’s Behavioral Health System Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced her appointments to Iowa’s Children’s Behavioral Health System Board. The board will facilitate the coordination of Iowa’s recently created Children’s Mental Health system, ensuring…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Cheryl Arnold to Chair the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced her appointment of Cheryl Arnold to chair the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, effective immediately. The term will end April 30, 2022. “I am…

Lt. Gov. Gregg selected to leadership role for the National Lieutenant Governors Association

Lt. Gov. Gregg selected to leadership role for the National Lieutenant Governors Association

DES MOINES – Lt. Governor Adam Gregg has been selected to chair the Midwest Region on the National Lieutenant Governors Association’s (NLGA) Executive Committee, becoming one of four regional chairs…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Elisabeth Reynoldson as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Elisabeth Reynoldson as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Elisabeth Reynoldson as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 5B. Reynoldson, of Osceola, Iowa, practices law with Reynoldson…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Republican Leaders Block Action on Medical Cannabis After Governor Reynolds vetoed a bi-partisan bill to fix Iowa’s medical cannabis law to…

Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program will continue. The state has signed contracts with…

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/18/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 4IMPRINT COMMUNITY POLICING 354.19 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 124.90 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 300.00 AMES…

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced a total of 23 Iowa school districts – including Clear Lake and Mason City – will be able to bolster their computer science teacher…

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Administration announced new restrictions on illegal aliens traveling to the Southern border of the United States, and liberal Senator Nancy Pelosi is furious over the…

Gov. Reynolds appoints David Nelmark as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints David Nelmark as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of David Nelmark as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 5C. Nelmark, of Urbandale, Iowa, currently practices law with…

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

NEWTON – A gay, former state official who sued former Governor Terry Branstad in court for discrimination after Branstad slashed his salary has won $1.5 million from a jury in…

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa this month

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa this month

DES MOINES — Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to Iowa for stops next Saturday and Sunday in Council Bluffs, Afton, Nevada, Ottumwa, Fort Madison, and Davenport. Earlier this month, Sanders…

Congressman Steve King to hold town halls in Ames and Harlan

Congressman Steve King to hold town halls in Ames and Harlan

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King announces that he will be hosting two town hall meetings on Friday, July 19. Both town halls are open to the public and to the…

House passes King Amendment targeting China’s abusive surveillance state

House passes King Amendment targeting China’s abusive surveillance state

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King releases these remarks following House passage of an amendment he offered to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires the Department of Defense…

Tennessee Governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

Tennessee Governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee this week signed a proclamation declaring today “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” honoring the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Reportedly, Lee…

City of Mason City expense report for July 11, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 11, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/11/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CONCESSION SUPPLIES 576.05 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 861.70 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 155.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

Gov. Reynolds announces additional Boards and Commissions appointments

Gov. Reynolds announces additional Boards and Commissions appointments

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds announced her additional appointments to Iowa’s Boards and Commissions. The following appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation: Agricultural Education Council Breanne Harms, Eldridge…

President Trump gives up census question on citizenship

President Trump gives up census question on citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump gave up on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. President Trump and the Justice Department lost in court in their quest to…

Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

DES MOINES – A wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise, as described by Iowa union leaders, was undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines. According to AFSCME 61, Des Moines…

Chief Advisor Catherine Huggins returns to Huggins Consulting Group

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that Catherine A. Huggins, her chief advisor, is returning to her previous role as executive vice president at Huggins Consulting Group on…