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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces his run for the Presidency

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces his run for the Presidency

SOUTH BEND, IN — Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana has announced his run for the presidency. His remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Remarks of Mayor Pete…

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar feels threatened by Trump tweet, raises $830,000 for re-election

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar feels threatened by Trump tweet, raises $830,000 for re-election

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar said this weekend she was threatened by a Trump tweet as she raised $830,000 for her re-election. “Since the President’s tweet Friday evening, I have…

Congress members concerned Israel will annex West Bank

Congress members concerned Israel will annex West Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A hard-liner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won re-election in Israel, and U.S. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have a hawkish view on the Jewish…

Treasury Secretary says Americans benefit from GOP tax cut on tax day

Treasury Secretary says Americans benefit from GOP tax cut on tax day

Via U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: Today marks the first Tax Day under the new President Trump Tax Code, this massive tax cut benefits everyday working families and supports…

Joni Ernst raising millions for 2020 re-election war chest

Joni Ernst raising millions for 2020 re-election war chest

DES MOINES – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is in a strong position as she closes out the first quarter of 2019, announcing more than $2.8 million cash on hand…

Iowa Congressman announces retirement at end of 116th Congress

Iowa Congressman announces retirement at end of 116th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s 2nd District released the following statement after announcing that he will be retiring at the end of the 116th Congress. Loebsack…

Iowans encouraged to remain diligent with ongoing flooding concerns

Iowans encouraged to remain diligent with ongoing flooding concerns

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds is encouraging Iowans be aware of, and prepared for, the potential for severe weather and flooding over the next several days. “Our partners at…

Legislators work together on bipartisan bills, Senator Ragan says

Legislators work together on bipartisan bills, Senator Ragan says

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The Iowa House and Senate have worked together in a bipartisan manner…

$2.9 million in catalyst funding awarded to rejuvenate downtowns across Iowa

$2.9 million in catalyst funding awarded to rejuvenate downtowns across Iowa

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced today that $2.9 million in Catalyst Grant funding will be awarded to 29 communities across the state. The…

City of Mason City expense report, April 11, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, April 11, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/11/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 6,000.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CONCESSION SUPPLIES 241.44 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS…

Liberals complain of lack of “key voices and perspective” on Iowa political talk shows

Liberals complain of lack of “key voices and perspective” on Iowa political talk shows

DES MOINES – With caucus season underway, Iowa’s political talk shows have failed to give voice to the diverse perspectives in our state, according to an analysis released today by…

Workers, elected officials, business, faith, law enforcement, civil rights and community groups gather in Des Moines to lobby for immigration reform

Workers, elected officials, business, faith, law enforcement, civil rights and community groups gather in Des Moines to lobby for immigration reform

DES MOINES – Wednesday morning at the state capitol, a broad coalition including workers, elected officials, business, faith, law enforcement, civil rights and community groups gathered to tell Congress: “Time…

Gov. Reynolds signs 4 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 4 bills into law

DES MOINES – On Tuesday, Gov. Reynolds signed the following 4 bills into law: HF264: an act relating to the division of domestic stock insurers. SF558: an act relating to…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, April 2, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report, April 2, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report, April 2, 2019: Ainger, Stephen, legal 30.90  1 Airgas USA LLC, repair 295.35  1 All Star Pest Contro, extermin 90.00  1 Alliant Energy, utilities 23279.69…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Medicaid Mess Leaves 425,000 Iowans with Healthcare Disruption On Friday, Governor Reynolds announced UnitedHealthcare was leaving Iowa’s managed care program. Not…

Rep. Steckman draws attention to Alliant rate hike, public comment meeting

Rep. Steckman draws attention to Alliant rate hike, public comment meeting

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: It was announced earlier this year that Alliant…

USDA invests in rural electric infrastructure and smart grid improvements in Iowa, 12 other states

USDA invests in rural electric infrastructure and smart grid improvements in Iowa, 12 other states

WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is investing $485 million to upgrade rural electric systems (PDF, 102 KB) and reduce energy…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard declared a terrorist organization

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard declared a terrorist organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Secretary of State announced his intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under…

Gov. Reynolds signs 6 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 6 bills into law

DES MOINES – On Monday, Gov. Reynolds signed the following 6 bills into law: SJR17: a joint resolution authorizing the temporary sale of merchandise at a toy benefit for Iowa…

Senator Ragan: More Medicaid problems for Iowans

Senator Ragan: More Medicaid problems for Iowans

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Loss of MCO means more Medicaid problems for Iowans Privatized, for-profit Medicaid…

Gov. Reynolds declares Day of Prayer this Sunday for flood recovery

Gov. Reynolds declares Day of Prayer this Sunday for flood recovery

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation declaring this Sunday, April 7th a Day of Prayer for the state of Iowa, encouraging individuals to pray on their…

Presidential candidate Hickenlooper calls for presidential apology on slavery

Presidential candidate Hickenlooper calls for presidential apology on slavery

NEW YORK – Today, in a speech at the National Action Network’s annual conference, former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper called for a presidential apology for slavery.…

City of Mason City expense report: April 4, 2019

City of  Mason City expense report: April 4, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/4/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE OTHER SUPPLIES 1,367.54 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 293.99 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 21,680.61…

Rep. Upmeyer: Work on the budget, policy and tax bills continues in Legislature

Rep. Upmeyer: Work on the budget, policy and tax bills continues in Legislature

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: It’s crazy to believe that we have already reached April. That…

State Senators propose disaster relief and recovery plan in response to 2019 flood

State Senators propose disaster relief and recovery plan in response to 2019 flood

DES MOINES – Senator Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) and Senator Jackie Smith (D-Sioux City) this week proposed a $50 million disaster relief and recovery plan to help Iowans following the…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg issue Give Back Iowa Challenge

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg issue Give Back Iowa Challenge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced the start of the fifth annual Give Back Iowa Challenge on Monday. The challenge is issued to employers and…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, March 26, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report, March 26, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for March 26, 2019: Best Buddies Iowa, contribution 500.00  1 C G Co Conservation, contribution 30000.00  1 C G Co Emergency Man, contribution 7125.25  1…

Democratic Presidential candidate Hickenlooper condemns loss of health insurance for 500,000 Iowans

Democratic Presidential candidate Hickenlooper condemns loss of health insurance for 500,000 Iowans

DENVER, CO – Following reports that UnitedHeathcare will no longer serve as a program manager for Iowa’s Medicaid population, due in large part to Governor Reynolds’ decision to privatize the…

UnitedHealthcare leaves Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program

UnitedHealthcare leaves Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program

DES MOINES – UnitedHealthcare is leaving Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program after negotiations broke down over performance standards. Gov. Reynolds released the following statement following the breakdown of negotiations: “Today…

Commission names nominees for Iowa Court of Appeals

Commission names nominees for Iowa Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – The State Judicial Nominating Commission has selected a slate of six nominees to fill the two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals. Public interviews of 30…

Gov. Reynolds testifies in favor of E15 in Michigan

Gov. Reynolds testifies in favor of E15 in Michigan

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds traveled to Ypsilanti, Michigan this morning to testify in favor of E15 at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform…

Iowa House approves measure giving felons right to vote

Iowa House approves measure giving felons right to vote

DES MOINES – The Iowa House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill restoring voting rights to felons, but these convicted crooks won’t be in the voting booth anytime soon. Gov.…

Gov. Reynolds issues public health disaster proclamation

Gov. Reynolds issues public health disaster proclamation

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation of public health disaster emergency for the state of Iowa as a result of the widespread flooding and flash flooding…

City of Mason City expense report, March 28, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, March 28, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/28/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 1,480.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 4,295.50 ALL…

Gov. Reynolds signs campus free speech legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs campus free speech legislation into law

DES MOINES –Today, Gov. Reynolds signed S.F. 274 into law, which recently passed the Iowa Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill strengthens protections for the freedom of speech and expression…

Puerto Rico Governor blasts President Trump for “insults” and demands statehood

Puerto Rico Governor blasts President Trump for “insults” and demands statehood

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Puerto Rico’s Governor blasted President Trump this week for alleged “insults” and demanded statehood instead of “colony” status. Reportedly, President Donald Trump said at a recent…

Grassley on the Green New Deal: “I voted no”

Grassley on the Green New Deal: “I voted no”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa explained to Congress on Tuesday why he voted “no” on the Green New Deal legislation, which was aimed at turning…

Presidential candidate Hickenlooper shuns Green New Deal

Presidential candidate Hickenlooper shuns Green New Deal

DENVER, CO – In a Washington Post op-ed, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to oppose the resolution introduced by Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey outlining…

Cerro Gordo county expense report: March 19, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report: March 19, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for March 12, 2019: CLAIMS: March 19, 2019 Cerro Gordo County Absolute Waste Remov, sanit disp 1157.45  3 Accent Ceilings Inc, repair 385.00  1 Accent Ceilings…

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for three more Northern Iowa counties

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for three more Northern Iowa counties

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to…