Sen. Joni Ernst

Iowa group that backed Ernst fights to block donor disclosure

BY: - July 21, 2021

A group that supported U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s 2020 re-election bid is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit it says would give “the wolf the keys to the henhouse” and allow others to “rifle through” records pertaining to its donors. The Clive-based group Iowa Values allegedly spent close to $1.5 million supporting the […]


Americans deserve answers about the Capitol attack, not more politics

BY: - June 1, 2021

Plenty of stray thoughts have been swirling through my noggin lately. Thoughts like: What would Americans and members of Congress think today if the federal government decided against creating the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John Kennedy? What would we think today if the House and Senate two decades ago rejected an […]

Senate GOP filibuster blocks commission to probe U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Legislation to form an investigatory panel into that attack passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, with 35 House Republicans joining Democrats in […]

Florida advocate picked to oversee U.S. parks and wildlife pledges commitment to conservation

BY: - May 12, 2021

Florida’s Shannon Estenoz, tapped by President Joe Biden to oversee management of U.S. wildlife and parks, on Wednesday repeated the administration’s promises to increase access to outdoor recreation, use conservation for job creation and collaborate with states and private landowners. Asked by members of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at her confirmation […]

Grassley urges federal probe of drug middlemen

BY: - May 10, 2021

After years of accusations around the country, a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate wants federal regulators to investigate whether drug middlemen and their parent companies are rigging the system to raise prices and pad their pockets. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., last month filed legislation that would require the federal trade […]


Growing Climate Solutions Act supports farmers and carbon offset

BY: - May 1, 2021

As a conservationist in a state like Iowa where agriculture is so important, I often come to a crossroads with farmers and landowners: balancing profitability with environmental sustainability. While many farmers care greatly about the land, and want to incorporate environmentally friendly farming practices, financial hurdles often cut these dreams short. Many green practices require […]

Special report: Dozens of members of Congress are vaccinated against COVID-19, but some still hesitate

BY: - March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December. Three months later, a States Newsroom survey across 22 states—making up a large swath of Congress— found at least 155 members of the U.S. House and […]

U.S. Senate confirms Regan as EPA chief

BY: - March 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the new EPA administrator Wednesday evening by a vote of 66-34. Regan, the outgoing Secretary of the Environment in North Carolina, is the first Black man to serve in the EPA’s top leadership role. “It’s a profound responsibility,” Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, said, a few hours […]

Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and local governments, […]

Granholm is sworn in as secretary of Energy

BY: - February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed in a 64-35 vote the nomination of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to run the Department of Energy.She’ll be the second woman to lead the $35 billion agency. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Granholm several hours after the Senate confirmation vote. Her husband, daughter and son-in-law […]

Unusual lawsuit alleges campaign violations against group that backed Ernst

BY: - February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Iowa Values group that pumped nearly $1.5 million into supporting Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s successful re-election campaign would be required to reveal its donors and possibly face fines for violating federal campaign finance laws, under an unusual lawsuit filed against the group late last week. The lawsuit was filed in federal […]

Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial; 7 GOP senators vote to convict

BY: - February 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding his second impeachment trial with the same verdict as his first impeachment. In the 57-43 vote, seven Republicans joined every Senate Democrat and independent in […]