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Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds, House Speaker Pat Grassley, and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver announced their request for the Revenue Estimating Conference to convene a meeting prior…

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/14/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 505.29 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 612.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS…

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This…

Iowa watchdog group slams Ernst and Grassley for offering “false choice” between letting Iowa go bankrupt and giving corporations legal immunity from sick employees 

Iowa watchdog group slams Ernst and Grassley for offering “false choice” between letting Iowa go bankrupt and giving corporations legal immunity from sick employees 

DES MOINES, IA — As the U.S. Department of Labor this morning reported that nearly 3 million Americans, including 16,735 Iowans, have filed new jobless claims in the last week,…

Admiral Mike Franken, candidate for U.S. Senate, reacts to Governor Reynolds decision to further open Iowa 

Admiral Mike Franken, candidate for U.S. Senate, reacts to Governor Reynolds decision to further open Iowa 

DES MOINES – On Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she is lifting further restrictions across Iowa. The Des Moines Register reported: “Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she is…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa…

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor EDC began distributing awards from the Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund this week to 118 local businesses totaling $414,495. The fund, created…

Transcript of Nancy Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

Transcript of Nancy Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on efforts to…

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

SEATTLE – As some states continue to ease social distancing mandates and new data are acquired on people’s movements, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University…

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

WASHINGTON – With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged people to use Get My Payment by noon…

Des Moines Register endorses Franken for U.S. Senate

Des Moines Register endorses Franken for U.S. Senate

DES MOINES – Thursday evening, The Des Moines Register announced their endorsement of Admiral Mike Franken for U.S. Senate. “The retired three-star admiral is the candidate who is the most…

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan…

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary Perdue this week applauded the decision made by the District Court of Western Missouri which ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has…

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, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits dental services to resume in compliance with guidelines adopted by the…

Iowa PBS to hold Democratic Senate debate

Iowa PBS to hold Democratic Senate debate

DES MOINES – Tuesday, May 5, Iowa PBS announced that they will host a U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate on Monday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Iowa PBS will hold…

Ag Secretary Perdue issues letters to meat packers and governors on production expectations

Ag Secretary Perdue issues letters to meat packers and governors on production  expectations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last night sent letters to Governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These two letters establish the…

293 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

293 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an…

State attorneys general urge federal investigation of meatpacking practices

State attorneys general urge federal investigation of meatpacking practices

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller and a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 10 other states urge the Department of Justice to pursue a federal investigation into suspected…

Iowa Auditor Rob Sands applauds decision to release meat packing plant positive covid test numbers

Iowa Auditor Rob Sands applauds decision to release meat packing plant positive covid test numbers

DES MOINES – This morning the State of Iowa confirmed the following statistics regarding COVID-19 outbreaks at several of Iowa’s meat packing facilities: -Tyson, Columbus Junction: 221 cases, 26% of…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with a gallbladder infection. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, according to…

408 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 19 additional deaths confirmed

408 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 19 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 408 additional positive cases for a total of 10,111 positive cases. There have been an…

California Senator Feinstein praises Canada for banning assault weapons, touts similar outcome for America

California Senator Feinstein praises Canada for banning assault weapons, touts similar outcome for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after Canada imposed a ban on military-style assault weapons: “Canada made the right decision…

534 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

534 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 534 additional positive cases for a total of 9,703 positive cases. There have been an…

U.S. Department of Labor announces all 50 states paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits

U.S. Department of Labor announces all 50 states paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’s (FPUC) weekly unemployment compensation boost is now being paid to eligible individuals in all…

528 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

528 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 528 additional positive cases for a total of 9,169 positive cases. There have been an…

Ken Sagar retiring as President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; Charlie Wishman to take over

Ken Sagar retiring as President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; Charlie Wishman to take over

DES MOINES – Ken Sagar is retiring as the President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Charlie Wishman is taking over the job, it was announced today. Ken first…

Minnesota joins Iowa in accepting SNAP benefits online

Minnesota joins Iowa in accepting SNAP benefits online

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Minnesota to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This…

739 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 8 additional deaths confirmed

739 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 8 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 739 additional positive cases for a total of 7,884 positive cases. There have been an…

Joni Ernst Senate election opponents Admiral Mike Franken and Theresa Greenfield blast Ernst’s alleged hiding of campaign financial information

Joni Ernst Senate election opponents Admiral Mike Franken and Theresa Greenfield blast Ernst’s alleged hiding of campaign financial information

DES MOINES – A report from The Daily Beast launched allegations that Republican Iowa Senator Joni Ernst’s “campaign has shielded a key bit of financial information from voters and the…

City of Mason City expense report for April 30, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 30, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/30/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 749.00 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 6,000.00 AETNA SERVICE EXPENSES…

Victims of sexual harassment in housing in Iowa encouraged to report wrongdoing

Victims of sexual harassment in housing in Iowa encouraged to report wrongdoing

CEDAR RAPIDS – This week, Peter E. Deegan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, announced that he will be using all available tools to combat sexual…

467 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

467 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 467 additional positive cases for a total of 6,843 positive cases. There have been an…

508 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

508 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 508 additional positive cases for a total of 6,376 positive cases. There have been an…

Iowa leaders urge ‘immediate assistance’ from administration to support pork producers

Iowa leaders urge ‘immediate assistance’ from administration to support pork producers

DES MOINES – In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence – the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force – Governor Kim Reynolds, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and…

Mitch McConnell to reconvene Senate next week, push bill to curb lawsuits against business owners over coronavirus

Mitch McConnell to reconvene Senate next week, push bill to curb lawsuits against business owners over coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming Senate schedule: “Senators will return to Washington D.C. one week from today.…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation re-opening many restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, retail, race tracks and more in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation re-opening many restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, retail, race tracks and more in Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa…

349 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

349 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 9 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 349 additional positive cases for a total of 5,868 positive cases. There have been an…

State Department explains President Trump’s directive to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats” if they harass American vessels

State Department explains President Trump’s directive to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats” if they harass American vessels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump made headlines this week when he proclaimed he has “instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats…

Feds resume Paycheck Protection Program

Feds resume Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON – Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection…

USA: “Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful”

USA: “Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A top U.S. diplomat is warning that Iran’s space program is dangerous, not peaceful, after launch of “military satellite.” According to a statement today form Michael R.…