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Official Results Yet to Be Certified DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced the passage of the referendum to reinstate the $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff that was held November 30th. The preliminary results show a positive vote of 56 percent to 44 percent in favor of reinstating […]

China Calls Iowa’s Branstad ‘Old Friend’ After Report He Picked As Ambassador

By Dominique Patton and John Ruwitch BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an “old friend” after a report that he had accepted an offer from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. “We welcome him to play a […]

Harvest Halts, Processors Close As Rains Swamp Upper Midwest

By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) – Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday. Farmers’ concerns grew that standing water in fields could damage […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, Sept. 15, to honor the life of Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson. Gen. Lawson passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the age of 83. Gen. Lawson’s visitation will be held on […]

Gov. Branstad joins letter from 7 Midwestern Governors in sending letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy

Governors of ethanol-producing states collectively join together urging elimination of regulatory hurdle to expand opportunities for E15 and mid-level ethanol blends (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, along with Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN), Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND), Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) today […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff for the weekend to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunset today, September 9, 2016 until sunrise, September 12, 2016, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. […]

Vander Linden Named House Ways and Means Chairman

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) named Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Vander Linden will replace Rep. Tom Sands, who announced in June that he would not seek re-election this fall. “Over the last six years, House Republicans have championed efforts to […]

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

(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

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

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 […]


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