Category: Politics

Legislative update: Sen. Zach Whiting highlights E-Verify, religious liberty bills
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Legislative update: Sen. Zach Whiting highlights E-Verify, religious liberty bills

District 1 State Senator Zach Whiting has had a busy session up to this point of his first term. Whiting (R-Spirit Lake) sponsored and co-sponsored numerous bills and other pieces of legislation. Several of those survived last week’s legislative funnel that requires measures be reported out of committee if they are to be voted on...

Legislative update: Rep. Megan Jones’ bills on non-ag animal businesses, educational weighting funding survive funnel
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Legislative update: Rep. Megan Jones’ bills on non-ag animal businesses, educational weighting funding survive funnel

After giving birth a month ago to her third child, Rep. Megan Jones is back in Des Moines. She returned just in time for the first legislative deadline, known as the funnel, which requires all bills be reported out of committee if they are to be discussed on the House floor. Jones (R-Clay County) spoke...

Jones supports $90 million funding increase for Iowa schools
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Jones supports $90 million funding increase for Iowa schools

Last Monday, Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids) voted to provide Iowa school districts with an additional $89.3 million in new funding for the 2019-20 school year.  The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday. Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to sign the education funding bill on Tuesday. The approved legislation included a significant increase in general state...

Art Hamrick wins Clay County Board of Supervisors special election
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Art Hamrick wins Clay County Board of Supervisors special election

Art Hamrick has won Tuesday’s special election for the open Clay County Board of Supervisors seat. Unofficial results from the Clay County Auditor’s Office show Hamrick won convincingly with 57.8 percent of the votes cast by county residents. The special election was held Tuesday to fill a vacancy created by Joe Skow’s resignation. Hamrick received...

Clay County Board of Supervisors election today
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Clay County Board of Supervisors election today

Residents head to the polls today for a Clay County Board of Supervisors special election. On today’s ballot are three candidates looking to take over for resigning supervisor Joe Skow, who announced a move to Florida.   Who’s running: The three candidates are: Kevin Brown (Republican) Art Hamrick (Independent) Bill Zinn (Independent)   How and...

Rep. Megan Jones named chair of Administrative Rules Review Committee
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Rep. Megan Jones named chair of Administrative Rules Review Committee

Rep. Megan Jones has been appointed by House Speaker Linda Upmeyer to serve as chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee in the upcoming legislative session. The committee is a bipartisan, joint body with representatives and senators that meets once a month during and in between sessions. It reviews administrative rules put forth by the...

Steve King wins close race for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District
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Steve King wins close race for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

Steve King encountered his toughest opponent of his congressional career, but emerged Tuesday night with a victory and a ninth term representing Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District. King, the Republican from Kiron, defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten of Sioux City by just more than three points last night. The GOP Congressman received 50.33 percent of the vote,...

Reynolds earns full term as first woman elected governor of Iowa
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Reynolds earns full term as first woman elected governor of Iowa

Kim Reynolds made history Tuesday night, becoming the first woman to be elected governor of Iowa. The Republican incumbent defeated Democrat Fred Hubbell to earn her first full four-year term as governor. She became governor in May 2017 when then-Gov. Terry Branstad was appointed to U.S. Ambassador to China. “I am proud to say I...

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