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GOP senators block debate on Dems election reform, voting rights bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate...

Ernst, Minnesota colleagues push for biofuels support, end of waivers

GOP U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst joined Democratic colleague Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota on Tuesday to push for stronger support of biofuels.  They were joined...

Iowa Republican leaders oppose federal election bill

An election bill working through the U.S. Congress is “expensive, unnecessary (and) a huge federal overreach,” according to two Iowa Republican leaders. The bill, S.1,...

Iowa district court blocks 24-hour wait period, additional appointment for abortions

A Johnson County district judge has found unconstitutional a state law enacted in 2020 that requires a mandatory 24-hour waiting period and a second...

Des Moines seeks $23M federal grant for MLK Parkway extension

Des Moines is seeking a $23 million federal grant for a $60 million eastern extension of Martin Luther King Parkway officials consider essential to...

D.M. fire chief warns of fireworks risks during drought; countywide burn...

The current drought will make fireworks an even bigger fire threat, Des Moines' fire chief told the Des Moines City Council Monday. “We’re always very...

D.C. Dispatch: Republicans object to oncoming water regulations

Welcome to the D.C. Dispatch, a weekly roundup of news about Iowa's congressional delegation. Here's what Iowa's senators and representatives did in D.C. last...

Reynolds turns her back on criminal justice reform

Gov. Kim Reynolds turned her back on criminal justice reform last week. What brought it home wasn’t just her decision to sign a knee-jerk “Back...

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S....

Wisconsin congressman tries to ban ‘critical race theory’ in District of...

WASHINGTON — A Republican member of the U.S. House from Wisconsin wants to restrict how District of Columbia public school teachers talk about racism and...
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