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ACT Shakes Up Security Unit, Plans Audit After Cheating Reports

Thousands of tables are seen inside a hall at Asia-World Expo near Hong Kong Airport in Hong Kong, China October 2, 2015, one day before SAT examinations to be taken place. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

By Steve Stecklow and Alexandra Harney LONDON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – ACT Inc, maker of America’s most popular university entrance exam, is laying off its head of test security and plans to audit nearly 200 education centers after Reuters detailed widespread cheating in an ACT-owned college-prep program for international students. Rachel Schoenig, who oversees a 14-person team […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor the victims of the attack in Dallas, Texas

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset, Tuesday, July 12, to honor police officers in Dallas, Texas, who were killed in the line of duty on Thursday, July 7. This directive follows a presidential proclamation that was released by the White House […]

Secretary Pate Applauds Iowa Senate on Passage of Voting Age Bill, Encourages House Members to Support

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate supports the Iowa Senate bill that would allow 17-year-olds to participate in primary elections, if they will be 18 by the date of that year’s general election. Pate, Iowa’s Commissioner of Elections, proposed an amendment to Senate File 2142 that altered the present age of voter […]

State and Federal Candidate Filing Period Underway

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How to find which candidates have successfully filed DES MOINES – The filing period for Iowa’s state and federal office seekers began Monday morning, February 29, at 8 am and runs through 5 pm on March 18. Candidates must file their paperwork with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. The petition requirements for each office […]

State Parties Receive Large Boost from Caucus Night Registrations

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that both the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party saw substantial gains in their voter registration numbers as a result of the February 1 Iowa Caucuses. Additionally, Iowa gained almost 12,000 new registrations between February 1-February 22, most of which are directly […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 until sunset, on the day of internment, to honor former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. “Chris and I wish to extend our deepest condolences […]

It’s About the Ideal Candidate, Not the Party

Views from the Fellowship Bible Church Activity Building as caucus-goers cast their secret ballots.

by Esther Lwakabamba The Iowa Caucus has come to an end. Last night saw a record number of new and experienced caucus participants. Undeniably, caucus-goers this election cycle had a number of options with the pool of candidates on both sides. Some say they were looking for the ideal candidate, regardless of party lines. “Personally, […]

Spoils shared for Democrats

Clinton and Sanders supporters try to convince O'Malley supporters to come to their side.

by Sergio Carro Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton neck and neck after Iowa Caucuses 103 people turned out to caucus at Oskaloosa High School to vote, with results split almost entirely down the middle of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Three voters came to support Martin O’Malley but were soon disbanded once caucusing began, convinced […]

Iowa Caucus Enjoys Record Turnout

Volunteers count ballots on Monday night.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – People across Iowa met in small meeting rooms, county shops and school lunch rooms in order to make the nation’s first official vote in the race for the White House in 2016. Surrogates for each candidate took the opportunity to talk about their candidate of choice. Neighbors spoke about their choices in […]

Statement from Secretary of State Paul Pate Regarding Misleading Mailer from Cruz for President Campaign

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DES MOINES – “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law. Accusing citizens of Iowa of a “voting violation” based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is […]


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