Proposed redistricting maps reshape Iowa’s political landscape

BY: - September 16, 2021

Iowa’s first round of redistricting maps would create significant changes in the state’s congressional and legislative districts and potentially reset some 2022 campaigns. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency presented new congressional and legislative maps to lawmakers Thursday, setting the ball rolling on a long-delayed redistricting process. Iowa won’t lose any House seats in this round […]

Business leader: ‘Acute’ workforce shortage means recruiting high school students more vigorously

BY: - September 15, 2021

A crucial workforce shortage in Iowa makes it more important for businesses to meet with high-school students through an existing program, a business leader told the Iowa Rural Development Council Wednesday. Joe Murphy, executive director of the Iowa Business Council, which represents 22 of Iowa’s largest employers, said the council is urging businesses to use […]

Dr. Jill Biden visits DMACC to promote child tax credit and education spending proposals

BY: - September 15, 2021

ANKENY, Ia. — First lady Dr. Jill Biden spoke about the importance of child care and education in an Iowa event Wednesday, touting federal aid programs for students and families. “[President Joe Biden’s] administration is fighting every day to get rid of all the obstacles that you face so that you can focus on really […]

Dairy farmer: Fix ‘broken’ milk pricing system

BY: - September 15, 2021

A Granville, Iowa, dairy farmer appealed to a Senate subcommittee Wednesday to help fix a “broken” milk-pricing system she said has worsened conditions in an era of financial uncertainty. Christina Zuiderveen, managing partner of Black Soil Dairy LLC and an industry leader, said the federal milk marketing orders system “promised dairy producers that if their […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and Texas on that list for […]

U.S. House Democrats add more mass transit, high-speed rail in second shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 15, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan infrastructure […]

Republican Michael Bousselot wins Ankeny special election

BY: - September 14, 2021

Ankeny voters have elected Republican Michael Bousselot to the Iowa House. Bousselot, the former director of Iowa’s Department of Management, received 51.58% of the vote according to unofficial results from the Polk County Auditor’s Office. Democratic opponent Andrea Phillips received 48.30% of the vote, falling 377 votes behind Bousselot. The Polk County Board of Supervisors […]

Iowa redistricting: Everything you need to know as the process begins

BY: - September 14, 2021

The 2020 redistricting process has been abnormal from the start, and we’re just getting to the good stuff. This week, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency will propose a new set of state legislative and congressional maps, setting off Iowa’s redistricting process months after it would usually happen. Here’s everything you need to know about how […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

Report: Iowa state pensions among the nation’s best-funded

BY: - September 14, 2021

Iowa’s state government pension funds are among the best-funded in the nation even as other states have improved their position, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows.  Pew found that nationally, state retirement systems are in the best shape they’ve achieved since the Great Recession of 2007-09. As a group, U.S. state retirement systems together […]