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Government

  • Axne making southwest Iowa swing Sunday

    This Sunday, July 21, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne will complete her 16-county tour for July with seven stops in Madison, Adair, Pottawattamie, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Cass counties.
     
    Rep. Axne will start the day by visiting county fairs in Madison, Adair, Pottawattamie and Fremont Counties. She will then tour a local brewery in Mills County, followed by a “Connect with Your Congresswoman” (CWYC) in rural Montgomery County. Axne will end the day visiting with RAGBRAI riders as they complete their first day of riding in Cass County.  

  • Reynolds launches 211 flood hotline and one-stop flood wedbsite

    Effective immediately, Iowans can call 211 with questions or concerns about the massive flooding and what steps they can take toward recovery. The Flood Hotline is open 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. In addition, Governor Kim Reynolds also launched an easy-to-navigate website at floods2019.iowa.gov.

  • Iowa young farmers seek legislative change

    A new state law would enable the state’s agricultural exemption to apply to all farms regardless of size. HSB 239, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, is a response to the current needs of beginning farmers in Iowa.

  • Reynolds announces new application for felons to have voting rights returned

    Today at her weekly press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new application for felons to have their voting rights restored. The governor also reiterated her support for a constitutional amendment to permanently restore the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentence.
     
    The new application can be viewed online here. Iowans looking to restore their voting rights can go to governor.iowa.gov/services/voting-rights-restoration.
     

  • Axne to be at Stanton's Farmer's Telephone Saturday

    Tomorrow, Saturday, March 9, Congresswoman Cindy Axne will continue her March ‘Shot at Success’ tour with stops in Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont and Montgomery Counties. The Congresswoman will tour skills training and apprenticeship programs and hear from constituents about how she can work in Washington to ensure every Iowan has the skills they need for a good-paying job.  
     

  • Reynolds statement on House Judiciary vote on felon voting right

    Gov. Reynolds released the following statement after the Iowa House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed, House Study Bill 68, a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Iowa Constitution to restore the voting rights of felons:
     
    “Today’s unanimous vote by the House Judiciary Committee sends a strong message in favor of second chances and forgiveness for felons. It highlights the broad commitment of supporters for a constitutional amendment and another step forward to give Iowans a vote on this issue.”
     

  • Iowa adds 5,600 jobs in June, unemployment remains at 2.4 percent

    Iowa Adds 5,600 Jobs in June, Unemployment Remains at 2.4 Percent

    Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate was 2.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.7 percent in June.

  • Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018

    Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018 according to a recent survey conducted by Responsive Management, compared to 8.30 million days in 2007.

    A randomly selected group of more than 1,600 licensed anglers were asked how often they go fishing and where, what species they fish for and their opinions on DNR fisheries management efforts.

  • Eli Slusher Wildlife Area near Hamburg is an 'awesome' spot

    Hamburg, Iowa –Eli Slusher Wildlife Area, south of Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County, offers a wild and rugged get-away-from-it-all kind of experience.

    “It’s pretty much the most awesome spot in my six county area,” said Matt Dollison, wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in southwest Iowa’s Nishnabotna Unit.

    If it’s possible, Dollison may be underselling it.

  • Black license plate available in Iowa

     

    An all-black license plate with white lettering is now available to Iowa drivers. During the last legislative session, members of the legislature approved the new “blackout” design of specialty license plates.

    The new plate will cost $35 for a standard alpha-numeric plate. A personalized plate will cost an additional $25, or $60 total. Funds generated from the blackout plate will go toward the Road Use Tax Fund, which funds road and bridge projects within the state.