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Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

BY: - July 22, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

U.S. Senate panel schedules vote on Stone-Manning to head public lands agency

BY: - July 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, a step forward for her confirmation after weeks of aggressive Republican opposition. Committee Chairman Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat, and ranking Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming on […]

Biden nominates former Iowa Gov. Culver for federal agriculture mortgage board

BY: - July 15, 2021

President Joe Biden has nominated former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to the board of directors for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, also known as Farmer Mac. Culver is a Democrat who served as Iowa’s governor from 2007 to 2011. Biden touted Culver’s record as governor in announcing his nomination: “Under his leadership, Iowa successfully managed […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

After rains, D.M. Water Works suspends voluntary lawn-watering restrictions

BY: - July 15, 2021

Des Moines Water Works has suspended its call for voluntary cutbacks on lawn-watering after rains eased local drought conditions. Utility officials said the request that property owners reduce lawn watering by 25% is not needed now, but could be repeated if conditions deteriorate later. Demand had exceeded 90% of capacity during a recent period of […]

New president seeks to raise University of Iowa’s national profile

BY: - July 15, 2021

The University of Iowa’s new president, who started Thursday, said she wants to raise the university’s national profile. Barbara Wilson is the 22nd person and the third woman to hold the position. In a video from the University of Iowa, she said she sees the most important role as president to facilitate people’s goals, dreams, […]

Biden meets with mayors and governors on infrastructure package

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON —  President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress. The local officials joining Biden in the Oval Office included Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Kate Gallego of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Hancock, […]

McConnell blasts nomination of Stone-Manning as public lands chief

BY: - July 13, 2021

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday joined the ranks of GOP senators opposing the confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning, the president’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, possibly signaling the confirmation could soon move beyond the Energy Committee. The strongly critical statement from McConnell, of Kentucky, was not a surprise, but the timing […]

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign announced Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the People Act,” […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national […]

Des Moines Rep. Bruce Hunter won’t seek re-election in 2022

BY: - June 30, 2021

Des Moines Democrat Bruce Hunter will not seek re-election in 2022, he announced Wednesday. “It’s been a privilege serving the public in the Iowa House, but I believe now is the time to step aside and make room for others to serve,” Hunter said in a news release. Hunter was first elected to the House […]

U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. The legislation passed on a […]

Reynolds orders Iowa State Patrol to the U.S.-Mexico border

BY: - June 24, 2021

Iowa State Patrol officers will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday. “My first responsibility is to the health and safety of Iowans and the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border is affecting all 50 states,” Reynolds said in a news release. “The rise in drugs, human trafficking, and violent […]