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Report: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene may attend Iowa State Fair

BY: - August 4, 2021

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right congresswoman from Georgia, plans to attend the Iowa State Fair, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Greene has not publicly announced if she will be attending or speaking at the event, which begins Aug. 12. Her campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Iowa State Fair is a […]

Des Moines doctor sanctioned for sex with nurse, marijuana use

BY: - August 3, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has sanctioned a central Iowa doctor accused of using marijuana and entering into a sexual relationship with a nurse. Dr. Christopher F. Stalvey, a 52-year-old physician who practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Des Moines, has entered into a settlement agreement with the board. The board had alleged Stalvey engaged […]

Broadband grant applicants request nearly $300 million

BY: - August 3, 2021

The state has received nearly $300 million in grant applications for the $100 million the Iowa Legislature passed to expand broadband services. A total of 178 applicants requested more than $292 million from the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. Applications were submitted between July 1 and July 28. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that […]

Miller, 21 AGs tell congressional leaders to guard against voter suppression, possibly reform the filibuster

BY: - August 3, 2021

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, along with 21 other attorneys general, on Monday sent a letter to bipartisan congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation protecting against both voter suppression and election subversion and possibly reform the filibuster. “Following the 2020 presidential election, we witnessed something many of us considered unthinkable: an attempt by the then-sitting President […]

Report: Adm. Michael Franken plans to run for U.S. Senate seat

BY: - August 2, 2021

Former Admiral Michael Franken plans to run for the U.S. Senate set currently held by Republican Chuck Grassley, the Carroll Times Herald reported Monday. Franken, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2020. He lost the primary election to Theresa Greenfield, who then lost to Sen. Joni Ernst in November. Franken is a native of […]

Reynolds fills vacancies on State Board of Health

BY: - July 30, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed seven new members to the Iowa State Board of Health on Friday, two weeks after the panel cancelled a meeting due to vacancies. The Iowa State Board of Health is an 11-member advisory group for the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Code of Iowa  states the board must include substance […]

‘It’s a tinderbox situation’: Western governors ask Biden for better wildfire prevention

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states on Friday to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said. “We’re in for a long fight this year, and […]

Iowa Republicans call for Supreme Court to overturn abortion decisions, including Roe

BY: - July 30, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds and 11 other Republican governors are calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn several decisions on abortions, giving states more power to regulate the procedure. An amicus brief filed Thursday argues that allowing states to decide abortion laws would deescalate tensions on the controversial issue and permit the states “to serve […]

‘Trusted, genuine, caring’: Ankeny Rep. John Landon dies at 71

BY: - July 30, 2021

Rep. John Landon, R-Ankeny, passed away Thursday afternoon. The 71-year-old legislator was serving his fifth term in office. Landon’s wife, Marvis, posted about his death on Facebook. She did not specify a cause of death but said the lawmaker had passed away “surrounded by the love of his family.” “With great faith we know that […]

New Veterans Home commandant appointed after predecessor’s abrupt removal

BY: - July 27, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed a new commandant to the Iowa Veterans Home following the sudden departure of the previous commandant earlier this year. Major Matthew Peterson, a Marine Corps Veteran from Red Oak, will assume the position, subject to confirmation by the Iowa Senate, Reynolds announced Monday. After 20 years and seven deployments in […]

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 […]