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Iowa attorney general announces re-election bid

BY: - September 18, 2021

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Saturday that he will run for re-election in 2022. Miller has served in the office for nearly 40 years, making him the longest-serving attorney general in the U.S. “We have unfinished business, at least in my view,” Miller said, speaking about plans to use settlement payments from opioid manufacturers […]

Democrats set sights on tough 2022 election at annual Steak Fry

BY: - September 18, 2021

With 416 days left before the 2022 midterm elections, Democratic leaders at the Polk County Democrats’ Steak Fry urged Iowans to start organizing now, predicting a challenging road ahead in the Republican-controlled state. Sean Bagniewski, chair of the Polk County Democrats, warned a few hundred Democrats at Saturday’s event against the “anti-vaxx, insurrectionist Republican Party,” […]

Biden administration to move BLM headquarters back to D.C. from Colorado

BY: - September 18, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration has announced it will return the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Washington, D.C., reversing a controversial decision by the Trump administration — with the support of a bipartisan array of Colorado political leaders — to relocate the office to Grand Junction. The BLM’s Grand Junction office will instead […]

Economist: Climate change, hunger, food scarcity demand ‘transformation’

BY: - September 18, 2021

A challenging combination of food scarcity and climate change-related threats to agriculture are driving calls for a “transformation” in food systems, an economist told environmental journalists this week.  Those issues are expected to be discussed by world leaders at a special United Nations food systems conference Sept. 23 in New York. Channing Arndt, a development economist […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot campaign […]

Iowa sees sharp jump in COVID-19 cases statewide, outbreaks at nursing homes

BY: - September 17, 2021

Iowa has seen a sharp increase in the average number of new COVID-19 cases and in outbreaks at nursing homes this week.  In just four days, the two-week increase in cases surged to 44%, the New York Times reported. The Monday figure was 27%. The previous Friday, Sept. 10, it was 23%. As of Friday, […]

Crawford County to change records policy after violation of state law

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors is the latest group of Iowa elected officials to run afoul of the state open records law by restricting how members of the public can ask for records. The board erroneously told a citizen she had to submit an information request in writing, according to the Iowa Public Information […]

D.C. Dispatch: House Dems draft spending bill, Republicans fight back

BY: - September 17, 2021

Welcome to the D.C. Dispatch, our weekly roundup of Iowa news from the nation’s capital. This week, fights continued over the budget reconciliation package and Iowa’s Republican representatives pushed back against vaccine mandates and foreign policy in Afghanistan. House Democrats spent this week drafting specifics for the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. House and Senate […]

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two dozen Republican state attorneys general are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would affect nearly 80 million Americans […]

State board: Reporter’s complaint against Iowa Workforce Development ‘has merit’

BY: - September 16, 2021

Iowa Capital Dispatch’s claim that Iowa Workforce Development violated the state’s open records law while failing to turn over its director’s text messages has “merit,” a state panel decided Thursday. The Iowa Public Information Board ruled that the news organization’s formal complaint against the state agency is “legally sufficient” and “has merit,” in addition to […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

Regents vote to ask lawmakers for $15M increase for state universities

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday approved a request to increase state aid by $15 million for the three state universities. The proposal would provide a $7 million increase for general education to Iowa State University and $4 million each to University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The proposal would take […]