Government + Politics

Early voting begins for Iowa primaries

BY: - May 18, 2022

Absentee voting for Iowa’s June 7 primary elections started Wednesday, and residents who wish to vote by mail must get those requests to their county auditors by Monday. The early voting time frame has been shortened from 40 to 20 days prior to elections by successive state legislation in the past five years. Also, mailed […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates abortion in advance of landmark court ruling

BY: - May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — The national debate over abortion rights raged in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as Democrats warned of the dangers of a potential end to the constitutional right and Republicans argued that legislatures should determine abortion laws. The hearing came just weeks after a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito […]

U.S. House passes bill requiring report on federal cyberattack response

BY: - May 17, 2022

The U.S. House has easily passed a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its cybersecurity capability. The House voted 313-105 Monday to approve the bill, sponsored by Nebraska Republican Don Bacon. The vote escaped the typical partisan divide in Congress. Majorities of both parties supported the measure, with dozens of each […]

Governor signs mobile home protections bill

BY: - May 17, 2022

Mobile home park tenants will get an additional month’s notice before evictions or increases to their rent and utility fees under a new state law that was signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. House File 2562, which got final approval from state legislators in April, also creates protections for tenants of parks that do not […]

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

New ethanol law could spark regional trend, biofuels exec says

BY: - May 17, 2022

A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2128, aimed at boosting […]

Lawmakers resume public consideration of state budget

BY: - May 17, 2022

Iowa lawmakers will resume public discussion on the state budget Wednesday, just over four weeks past the 100th day of the 2022 session. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning and begin preparing budget bills for floor debate. For the past several weeks, discussion has been behind closed doors as legislative leaders […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

Here’s what to do if a public official blocks you on social media

BY: - May 16, 2022

What should you do if a public official blocks you on social media? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has created new tools to help people recognize censorship by public officials and take steps to address it.  Censorship by public officials “has been a point of concern in that we have heard of government officials […]

COMMENTARY

When will our ‘pro-life’ leaders do something about gun deaths?

BY: - May 16, 2022

Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the shortcake she and her sister were eager to enjoy. But their plans went awry Saturday afternoon. Salter’s work shift ended sooner than he expected. […]

U.S. House vote to expand federal firefighters benefits seen as step toward parity

BY: - May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – Years after firefighters extinguish a blaze, after the smoke has lifted and ashes have cooled, the people who risked their lives to contain the fire face another danger: cancer and cardiovascular disease resulting from exposure to smoke and heat. Government and academic studies have shown firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer and 14% […]

Election officials make their voices heard as battleground states debate voting laws

BY: - May 14, 2022

When Georgia legislators pushed through a restrictive voting bill during the 2021 session, Bartow County election supervisor Joseph Kirk said he felt frustrated and sidelined. Lawmakers largely didn’t take election officials’ views into account, he said, and what resulted was a law that included a number of provisions that he said election officials believe are “to the […]