Gov. Kim Reynolds

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 […]

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 […]

Iowa elections 2022: Who’s running for governor and for Congress?

BY: - July 30, 2021

With more than a year to go before the 2022 election, the field is already filling up in Iowa. Several candidates, including some familiar faces from past campaigns, have announced their plans to seek higher office. Both Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sen. Chuck Grassley are up for reelection in 2022, although neither has officially announced […]

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National Guard Bureau used its budget to pay for the […]

State officials silent on agency-head departures and purged text messages

BY: - July 29, 2021

State officials are not answering questions about this year’s unexpected departure of the director of homeland security and they refused for weeks to address the departure of the head of the Iowa Veterans Home. On May 7, Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri had been “relieved of his duties,” but […]

Auditor: Iowa Veterans Home leader knew he collected $105k in excess pay

BY: - July 29, 2021

The former head of the Iowa Veterans Home collected $105,413 in improper, excess wages since 2019, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand said Thursday. A new report from the auditor’s office says former IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri collected $90,027 in questionable gross wages and $15,386 in related payroll costs. The excess pay and benefits were […]

Iowa spent roughly $300K on state troopers’ trip to southern border

BY: - July 28, 2021

Nearly 30 Iowa State Patrol troopers have returned from a state-funded mission to the U.S.-Mexico border that cost an estimated $300,000, state officials announced Wednesday. A total of 28 officers — 12 road troopers, 12 tactical agents, a bilingual agent and three command leaders — volunteered to assist the Texas State Patrol with traffic stops, […]

Reynolds says CDC is sending ‘mixed messages’ with new mask guidance

BY: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on mask-wearing is sending “mixed messages” to Iowans.  The CDC said Tuesday that all people, vaccinated or unvaccinated, should wear masks indoors in areas with “high” or “substantial” rates of transmission of COVID-19. Iowa has a “substantial” rate of transmission. Reynolds […]

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 […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections, including parts of Iowa, to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in […]

Iowa law on gender-affirming surgery generates more litigation

BY: - July 27, 2021

This story has been updated from the original version to correct Mika Covington’s first name. The state of Iowa is facing yet another round of litigation over efforts to ban Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery. In 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that said state regulations denying Medicaid coverage for […]

Reynolds raises concerns about unvaccinated immigrants coming to U.S.

BY: - July 27, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Tuesday that immigration at the southern border is “part of the problem” as COVID-19 cases rise again through the U.S. and Iowa. In response to a question about the state’s COVID-19 data reporting, Reynolds said she received daily updates on the pandemic and would “adjust as necessary” to the delta […]