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Iowa infectious disease doctors question state’s ‘handcuffing’ of local governments

BY: - May 24, 2021

An Iowa infectious disease physician said the state’s ban on local government mask mandates is “very concerning” and leaves local experts “handcuffed” in the battle against COVID-19. Iowa lawmakers approved a bill banning schools, cities or counties from issuing mask mandates more stringent than the state rules. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill in a […]

Grassley sizes up infrastructure bill, prescription prices, re-election plans

BY: - May 7, 2021

Basic elements of Democratic President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan could find bipartisan support, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Friday. “I think there is a good prospect,” Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “not on the $2.6 trillion (proposal) but what is traditionally infrastructure — roads, bridges, broadband, municipal infrastructure. That is 25% of the $2.6 trillion.” Grassley, […]

Whitver: Senate Republicans will approve more money for Iowa prisons

BY: - April 9, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, said Friday the Senate will “absolutely” include more money for Iowa prisons in its budget. Senate Republicans’ initial budget outline, released March 24, included an additional $4 million to Iowa’s Department of Corrections. The department came into the spotlight the day before when two inmates at the Anamosa State […]

Feenstra declines to call Biden president-elect, eyes debt reduction to save Social Security

BY: - December 18, 2020

Congressman-elect Randy Feenstra declined to refer to Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect during a public-television appearance. Feenstra is a Republican who will represent the 4th Congressional District in northwest Iowa. He said he looks forward to Jan. 6, when the House of Representatives will consider what in the past has been a largely ceremonial confirmation […]

Miller-Meeks says she was denied votes, mulls changes in state recount laws

BY: - December 4, 2020

Iowa Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who leads a contested race for the 2nd Congressional District seat, on Friday said election officials didn’t count all legal votes for her and suggested state voting laws may need to be changed. Miller-Meeks made the comments in response to reporters’ questions on “Iowa Press,” recorded Friday morning at Iowa PBS.  […]

Axne, Young spar over COVID-19 response shortly after President Trump leaves hospital

BY: - October 5, 2020

A couple of hours after COVID-positive President Trump returned to the White House, the candidates for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District got in a heated debate over the federal government’s handling of the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat, and her opponent, former GOP Congressman David Young, squared off in an “Iowa Press” debate moderated […]

Hart, Miller-Meeks split on federal mask mandate

BY: - September 24, 2020

The candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat in southeastern Iowa on Thursday split on the idea of a federal mask mandate, but agreed more federal stimulus aid is needed to address the pandemic. Democrat Rita Hart and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks, locked in a battle to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack, answered questions from […]

Reynolds offers condolences on death of Dean Borg, ‘a real icon’

BY: - March 23, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds offered her condolences Monday to the family of longtime Iowa journalist Dean Borg, who died Sunday in Iowa City of complications of pancreatic cancer. Reynolds called Borg, who had worked at Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Public Television, “a real icon.” Borg hosted “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television from its first […]

Governor vows to keep Invest in Iowa Act intact

BY: - February 21, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to continue pushing for her Invest in Iowa Act rather than split it into pieces amid comments from key lawmakers that the combination of a sales tax increase and property tax cuts will be hard to pass.  In an interview with Iowa Capital Dispatch Friday following her appearance at the […]