Category: State Government

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...

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...

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...

Election results: Federal, state and local
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Election results: Federal, state and local

Here’s how Election Day panned out for federal, state and local races affecting Clay County, along with a look at how Clay County voted in each race. Note: Vote totals are unofficial, but all precincts have reported. Bolded candidates have been declared winners.   Federal United States Representative District 4 Read: Steve King wins close race...

Iowa House District 2: Jones, Odor enter Election Day
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Iowa House District 2: Jones, Odor enter Election Day

Iowa House District 2 voters will decide today between a veteran incumbent Republican and a Democratic challenger running for elected office for the first time. Megan Jones, the 31-year-old Republican from Sioux Rapids, has represented the district since 2013. Her focus, she told the Signal, is to keep the state heading forward on the path...

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