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Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Friday in observance of Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags on the Capitol Complex to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, in observance of the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony which is to be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate wins national award for voter education

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is the winner of the National State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education. Pate was rewarded for his efforts in conducting two statewide Iowa Youth Straw Polls and the Iowa Youth Caucus, which included hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of […]

Iowa Delegation Applauds Decision for RC-26 Aircraft to Remain in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with the full Iowa delegation, received notice from the U.S. Air National Guard that the RC-26 aircraft will remain based in Iowa at this time. The RC-26 aircraft is designed to counter drug trafficking and assist in counterterrorism efforts, and plays an important role in the […]


Groups promoting fruits and vegetables, nuts and flowers encouraged to comment on program priorities, consider applying for funds DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today reminded Iowans that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are […]

Branstad, Reynolds, Northey applaud Executive Order that begins overhaul of Waters of the U.S. Rule

(DES MOINES) –Today, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey applauded the Trump Administration’s Executive Order to begin the process of rescinding the harmful Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds both recently had direct conversations with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Scott Pruitt […]

U.S. News & World Report Names Iowa #6 Best State

(DES MOINES) –Today, U.S. News & World Report released their 2017 “Best States” ranking and ranked Iowa as the 6th “Best State” in the country. “Best States” is a unique rankings and news analysis platform designed to inform citizens, business leaders and policymakers alike about what’s working and what needs improvement across the country. The […]

Gov. Branstad signs House File 291 into law

Press Release – Iowa Governors Office (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following bill into law: House File 291: an Act relating to employment matters involving public employees including collective bargaining, educator employment matters, personnel records and settlement agreements, city civil service requirements, and health insurance matters, making penalties applicable, and including […]

First-generation Americans in Iowa caught in the middle

By Krista Johnson, You’re becoming too Americanized, Nickie Nguyen’s parents told her when she didn’t speak Vietnamese as well as the other Vietnamese children around her in Des Moines. You’re not Dominican enough, University of Iowa student Geordano Liriano was told by older people when he couldn’t say a certain Spanish phrase correctly when […]

Loebsack Statement on Being Sworn in at the Beginning of the 115th Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today on the gaveling in of the new 115th Congress. Loebsack also comments on the House Republicans’ efforts to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in their first act of the new Congress. “I am once again honored to represent the people of […]


Iowa Ag Secretary also notes economic challenges, progress on water quality, expanded renewable fuel retail options DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today highlighted some of the top ag issues in Iowa in 2016. “Iowa farmers saw record production for both corn and soybeans again in 2016, however low prices are making […]


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