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Feds take action to prevent another foreclosure crisis

Feds take action to prevent another foreclosure crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), jointly with other government agencies, announced a return to enforcement of critical protections for families and homeowners. Those protections,…

Senator Amanda Ragan lists bills enacted by Iowa Legislature last session that benefit veterans

Senator Amanda Ragan lists bills enacted by Iowa Legislature last session that benefit veterans

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: THANK YOU, VETERANS November 11 is Veterans Day, a time…

even Iowans apply to fill vacancy on Iowa Court of Appeals

even Iowans apply to fill vacancy on Iowa Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – Seven Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Judge Michael R.…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 8, 2021: War in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed hunter strike, Belarus/Poland border, international travelers to U.S., REvil ransomware, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 8, 2021: War in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed hunter strike, Belarus/Poland border, international travelers to U.S., REvil ransomware, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 8, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed…

Iowa Republican Congresswoman Miller-Meeks will move to a new home and new district in attempt to stay in Congress

Iowa Republican Congresswoman Miller-Meeks will move to a new home and new district in attempt to stay in Congress

DAVENPORT – Republican U.S. Representative for Iowa’s current 2nd District, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, has announced she will move to a new home and new district in an attempt to stay in…

Biden wins, again: Congress passes massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

Biden wins, again: Congress passes massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden secured another major victory for the American people Friday when Congress passed his massive $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill. Just as the latest national…

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 4, 2021

News update from Iowa Democrats, November 4, 2021

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Redistricting Maps Set for the Next Decade After delays and much anticipation, redistricting maps in Iowa are now set for the…

Gov. Reynolds sets date for Iowa Senate District 1 special election

Gov. Reynolds sets date for Iowa Senate District 1 special election

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation today setting Tuesday, December 14, 2021, as the date for a special election in Iowa Senate District 1 following the resignation…

Gov. Reynolds leads Multi-Governor letter to EPA laying groundwork for Midwest E-15 solution

Gov. Reynolds leads Multi-Governor letter to EPA laying groundwork for Midwest E-15 solution

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds and six other Midwest Governors sent a joint letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan requesting immediate guidance on how Iowa and other states can…

State of Iowa joins lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates for workers employed by a federal contract

State of Iowa joins lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates for workers employed by a federal contract

DES MOINES –  Governor Reynolds announced Friday that the State of Iowa has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for all workers employed by…

Iowa lib’s ecstatic: Iowans win after pushing GOP politicians to back fair maps

Iowa lib’s ecstatic: Iowans win after pushing GOP politicians to back fair maps

DES MOINS – Today, Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic released the following statement in response to the Iowa legislature approving the second non-partisan map submitted by the Legislative Services…

Iowa Legislature approves political map for state elections

Iowa Legislature approves political map for state elections

DES MOINES – The Iowa Legislature has approved redistricting maps for the state. This was the second set of maps submitted to the Legislature, after a previous set of maps…

Governor Reynolds signs bipartisan vaccine mandate bill into law

Governor Reynolds signs bipartisan vaccine mandate bill into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement Friday after signing the bipartisan vaccine mandate bill, HF902: “I am proud to sign this bipartisan piece of legislation today.…

President Biden announces the Build Back Better Framework

President Biden announces the Build Back Better Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, President Biden announced the Build Back Better Framework to benefit American society, saying “nobody earning less than $400,000 per year will pay a penny more in taxes”…

News update from Iowa Democrats, October 22, 2021

News update from Iowa Democrats, October 22, 2021

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: We Support Iowa Workers and Value Their Work With the cost of healthcare, food, and childcare rising, many Iowa workers are…

State Department announces first U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker

State Department announces first U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For all you persons who are not men and not women, you can now get yourself a U.S. passport that denote an “X” for your gender, the…

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 25, 2021: Military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy, and China-Russia joint naval exercise

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 25, 2021: Military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy, and China-Russia joint naval exercise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 25, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy,…

Troy Levenhagen, Mason City’s only challenger for City Council, continues to campaign

Troy Levenhagen, Mason City’s only challenger for City Council, continues to campaign

MASON CITY – It’s somewhat of an a-typical, dull election season in Mason City with only one challenger for a seat on Mason City’s City Council, but Troy Levenhagen continues…

USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

USDA to make up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet

GENESEO, Ill. – Iowa has a big budget surplus but also the second-slowest internet speed in the country, and a new federal program could help the lagging state catch up…

Rep. Axne, Rob Sand to speak at Progress Iowa 7th Annual Corn Feed

Rep. Axne, Rob Sand to speak at Progress Iowa 7th Annual Corn Feed

DES MOINES – Progress Iowa announced this week that their seventh annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed will be held on Tuesday, October 26th with Rep. Cindy Axne, State Auditor Rob…

Iowa attempts to combat workforce shortages, make it harder for folks to collect unemployment benefits

Iowa attempts to combat workforce shortages, make it harder for folks to collect unemployment benefits

DES MOINES – Two new programs to help combat Iowa’s workforce shortage were announced this week – a new grant program to promote workforce innovation in the manufacturing sector and…

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney lectures Republicans on danger of following Donald Trump’s lead

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney lectures Republicans on danger of following Donald Trump’s lead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the The January 6 Committee continues to unravel the twisted, diabolical madness behind the evil-doers who invaded our nation’s hallowed Capitol building that day to kill,…

Mason City City Council candidate Troy Levenhagen says he represents citizens no matter what political party they belong to

Mason City City Council candidate Troy Levenhagen says he represents citizens no matter what political party they belong to

MASON CITY – Mason City City Council candidate Troy Levenhagen says he represents citizens no matter what political party they belong to. Party politics usually are supposed to play no…

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 18, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile,…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to host Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to host Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa

WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for bilateral meetings with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and…

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who made provocative statements prior to the deadly insurrection attack on the U.S Capitol, is in the January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for…

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States is sending many millions of dollars in additional assistance for an on-going humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia, where people there are facing brutal conditions.…

John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

WATERLOO – John Deere workers in Waterloo launched a strike today. UAW John Deere members struck at midnight October 14, after the company failed to present an agreement that met…

Senator Amanda Ragan says gerrymandering is concern after GOP rejects redistricting map

Senator Amanda Ragan says gerrymandering is concern after GOP rejects redistricting map

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: REDISTRICTING UPDATE First redistricting plan voted down Last week, legislators…

Park Board Chairman Troy Levenhagen announces candidacy for Mason City At-Large city council seat

Park Board Chairman Troy Levenhagen announces candidacy for Mason City At-Large city council seat

MASON CITY – Park Board Chairman Troy Levenhagen has announced his candidacy for the Mason City At-Large city council seat up for grabs this November. Levenhagen is a long-time Mason…

Democratic challenger for Iowa’s first district seat in Congress Liz Mathis reports over $640,000 in first campaign filing

Democratic challenger for Iowa’s first district seat in Congress Liz Mathis reports over $640,000 in first campaign filing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Liz Mathis, lowa State Senator and candidate for Congress in lowa’s 1st Congressional District, announced that her campaign will report raising over $640,000 on her third quarter…

Gov. Reynolds announces funds available to support rural communities 

Gov. Reynolds announces funds available to support rural communities 

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced four competitive funds available for rural communities with a population under 20,000. Specifically, funding of up to $500,000 has been…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Kraig Paulsen to head Department of Management

Gov. Reynolds appoints Kraig Paulsen to head Department of Management

DES MOINES – Today Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Kraig Paulsen, currently director of the Iowa Department of Revenue, to serve as interim director of the Department of…

Welfare-taker Charles Grassley announces bid for eighth term in Congress

Welfare-taker Charles Grassley announces bid for eighth term in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C – Charles Grassley, who has gotten rich off farm subsidies and government paychecks over many decades in office, isn’t about to quit, as he announces yet another campaign…

Audit of Presidential election in Arizona conducted by partisan GOP outfit confirms Biden beat Trump – by a bigger margin

Audit of Presidential election in Arizona conducted by partisan GOP outfit confirms Biden beat Trump – by a bigger margin

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – A shady audit of the 2020 Presidential election in Arizona conducted by a partisan GOP outfit now confirms Joe Biden beat Donald Trump – by a bigger…

Trump henchmen to be subpoenaed in treacherous attack on nation’s Capital

Trump henchmen to be subpoenaed in treacherous attack on nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Bennie G. Thompson this week announced that he has issued a round of subpoenas for documents and testimony to four individuals with close ties to the…

Iowa Department of Corrections Director Beth Skinner names new spokesman

Iowa Department of Corrections Director Beth Skinner names new spokesman

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Corrections Director Dr. Beth Skinner announced that Nick Crawford will serve as Communications Director for the Iowa Department of Corrections. Crawford succeeds Cord…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Valerie Clay as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Valerie Clay as District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Valerie Clay as a district court judge in Judicial District 6. Clay, of Marion, Iowa, currently serves as an…

Mason City school board decides to mandate masks if illness rate hits 7%

Mason City school board decides to mandate masks if illness rate hits 7%

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board decided on Monday night to mandate masks if the illness rate of a building hits 7%. Dave Versteeg, Mason City schools superintendent,…

Governor Reynolds signs Harvest Proclamation 

Governor Reynolds signs Harvest Proclamation 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation relating to the weight limits and transportation of grain. The proclamation is effective immediately and continues through October 17, 2021. The proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay,…