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Branstad Denies Influencing Hiring Decision

DES MOINES – The outgoing leader of Iowa’s Public Employee Relations Board alleged Thursday he was pressured by Gov. Terry Branstad’s top aides to hire an administrative judge who would be pro-employer... Read More »

Governor Branstad Signs Radon Bill into Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education must gather information from schools about whether they are testing for radon gas under a bill Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law. Branstad... Read More »

Iowa Board Boss Cites Hiring Pressure from Administration

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board says aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration. The Des Moines Register... Read More »

Iowa to Keep Barring Voters Convicted of Felonies

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Elections officials will continue to bar felons from voting despite an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that suggests not all of them have lost their voting rights. Three justices ruled... Read More »

Fort Madison Rejects Golf Carts on City Streets

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — The Fort Madison City Council has decided that golf carts aren't suitable for city streets. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports the council voted 5 to 2 on Tuesday night against... Read More »

Regents Considering Branstad's Settlement Order

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than three weeks later, the Iowa Board of Regents is still figuring out how to comply with Gov. Terry Branstad's order to post employee settlement agreements online. In an... Read More »

Branstad Tax Return Shows Income Just Over $234,000

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite a continuing loss on a bank investment, Gov. Terry Branstad and his wife reported an income of approaching a quarter million dollars in 2013. The Branstads, according to tax... Read More »

Father Joins Effort To Change Iowa Handgun Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Johnston father of two young daughters is joining with gun-rights advocates in seeking a change to an Iowa law that makes it illegal for children young than 14 to fire handguns. Nathan... Read More »

Iowa House Committee Approves Broadband Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A legislative panel has backed a plan meant to extend broadband access to rural Iowans, though an agreement hasn't been reached on language about the placement of new cell towers. The... Read More »

Iowa Senate Approves Disabled Veterans Tax Credit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill meant to further relieve the financial stress of disabled veterans in the state has won the unanimous support of the Iowa Senate. The Senate voted 50-0 Tuesday to expand... Read More »

Branstad Scandal Ensnares Key Iowa Link to China

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Chinese Association of Iowa executive director Swallow Yan has helped connect Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with two Chinese presidents, boosting relations between the farming state and... Read More »

Branstad: Action Needed to Protect Iowa Students

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a... Read More »

Senate Approves Preschool Expansion Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A plan to enroll more 4-year-olds in preschool and incentivize the creation or expansion of programs has won the Iowa Senate's approval. The Senate voted 28-22 Monday in favor... Read More »

Legislative Democrats Try to Widen Investigation of Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa — House Democrats on Monday called for expanding the Legislature’s probe into alleged improprieties by the Branstad administration, including the authorization to call witnesses, administer... Read More »

Senator Wants Review of Iowa Veterans Home

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A lawmaker is demanding an investigation to determine why so many workers at the Iowa Veterans Home have been fired and disqualified from future state employment. Democratic Sen.... Read More »

Branstad Administration May Appeal Ruling on Pins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's administration may appeal a judge's ruling allowing state workers to wear pins critical of the governor. The Des Moines Register reports that administrative... Read More »

Paul Ryan Brings Fiscal Conservatism Message to Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Hundreds of Republicans in Cedar Rapids turned out Friday night to hear former vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan speak. The Wisconsin Congressman spoke at this year's Lincoln Dinner... Read More »

Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee Calls In Two State Officials

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate Government Oversight Committee has set another hearing to ask more questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other issues they believe could... Read More »

Investigation Restores Voting for 12 Iowans

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A review has found that nine more Iowans wrongly had their votes thrown out in the 2012 election because of inaccuracies in the state's list of ineligible felons. Secretary of... Read More »

State Legislators Signal Action Likely on Medical Marijuana This Year

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate will move a medical marijuana bill before the end of the 2014 session, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said Thursday. Gronstal has agreed to... Read More »

Senate Sends Underage Drinking Bill to Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill making it illegal for landowners to allow drinking by minors on their property has won the final approval of the Iowa Senate. The Senate voted 47-0 Thursday to send the... Read More »

Branstad Confident in Interim DAS Director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he's confident his interim Iowa Department of Administrative Services director will protect records and will thoroughly review the staff to ensure... Read More »

Huckabee Headlining Conservative Event in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled to headline a conservative event in suburban Des Moines on Tuesday evening. The winner of the 2008 Republican presidential caucuses... Read More »

Iowa Senate Sends School Radon Bill to Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate is sending to Gov. Terry Bransad a bill that will survey schools in Iowa to determine whether they're testing for the presence of radon gas. The bill requires districts... Read More »

House Approves Bill Forbidding Secret Settlements

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill that would open state employee records to the public and put into law Gov. Terry Branstad's executive order prohibiting confidential settlement agreements has won the support... Read More »

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