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Governor Branstad orders halt to Syrian refugee resettlements by state agencies

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Governor calls for improved intelligence community review of process to ensure Iowans protected (DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad ordered all state agencies to halt any work on Syrian refugee resettlements immediately in order to ensure the security and safety of Iowans. In light of the Paris attacks, resettlement of Syrian refugees in Iowa […]

Gov. Branstad meets with Chinese President Xi

Gov Branstad and President Xi (submitted photo)

Purchasing contracts to be signed on Thursday in Iowa (SEATTLE, Wash.) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad yesterday met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese governors from the provinces of Sichuan, Chongqing, Zhejiang, Shandong, and Shaanxi in Seattle, Wash. Their conversations were during the Third Annual U.S.–China Governors Forum and Dialogue, which was arranged […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate Celebrates September 22 as National Voter Registration Day

Osky News

DES MOINES– Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate today joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in reminding citizens that today, September 22, 2015, is National Voter Registration Day. Secretary Pate is working with Iowa’s elected officials, the presidential campaigns and both state parties to encourage participation in elections and […]

Obama Goes To Iowa In Early Test Of His 2016 Campaign Trail Clout

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a town hall to discuss college access and affordability in Des Moines, Iowa September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heads to Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, a trip his administration says is about education and not about the 2016 presidential campaign that has candidates from both parties crisscrossing the state. But the visit will serve as an early test of how much clout the president, […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Friday in remembrance of those killed on 9/11

State of Iowa Seal

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today ordered flags be flown at half-staff Friday, September 11, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in remembrance of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol […]

Upmeyer Elected Iowa House Speaker

Under Iowa's Golden Dome.

Branstad, Reynolds congratulate new Iowa House Speaker-select Linda Upmeyer, Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, Majority Whip Joel Fry and Assistant Majority Leader Zach Nunn (DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today congratulated new Iowa House Speaker-select Linda Upmeyer, new House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, new House Majority whip Joel […]

WING-DING-DING, We Have Ourselves a Winner

Hillary Clinton at the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame Dinner in July, 2015. (photo by Ken Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

by Bob Leonard An expected 1500 people turned out this evening for the 2015 Iowa Wing Ding Democratic fundraiser. The record breaking crowd showed up anxious, excited, and divided about the 2016 Caucus. Approaching the venue from afar, you could begin to hear the faint chants of pumped-up volunteers battling to voice their candidate louder […]

HIllary Clinton Sets Renewable Energy Goals To Spur More Wind, Solar Power

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at an organizing event at the Reiman Ballroom at the Iowa State University Alumni Center in Ames, Iowa July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

By Alana Wise AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within a decade after she takes office. Clinton, the front-runner for her party’s […]


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey talks about the future of Iowa agriculture on Friday at the first annual KIIC regional ag show.

  DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. “In general, much of the crop remains in good to excellent condition across the state. Unfortunately, there are some […]

Clinton Pitches To Working Americans At Presidential Campaign Rally

Hillary Clinton delivers her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised on Saturday to fight for a fairer society for ordinary Americans, staking out a place on the left to cut off any budding challenge for the Democratic nomination. In the first major rally of her campaign for the November 2016 presidential election, Clinton […]


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