News Briefing

  • Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s first woman governor, sets vision for her tenure:  SCJOURNAL
  • Reynolds pledges that her story will go beyond being first woman to serve as Iowa’s governor:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Branstad resigns governorship, takes office as U.S. Ambassador to China:  REGISTER
  • No better job,’ Branstad says at resignation:  QCTIMES
  • Report: Reynolds to name a new lieutenant, possibly this week:  GAZETTE
  • Gov. Reynolds makes key staff appointments as Branstad departs:  REGISTER
  • Democratic leader seizing on Reynolds’ remark on ‘party labels’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa senator calls for Reynolds to reverse collective bargaining, workers’ compensation legislation:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Democrats seek to hang Branstad record on Reynolds:  RADIOIOWA
  • Trump returning to Iowa in June:  REGISTER
  • Corbett pushes for Iowa tax reform:  GAZETTE
  • Rural Mainstreet Index shows increasing confidence:  RADIOIOWA
  • Water Works plans $15 million for expanded nitrate facility:  REGISTER
  • Board of Regents to take 30 minutes of public comment at meetings:  GAZETTE
  • Audit: Iowa athletics IT director submitted false invoices:  AP
  • UI Alumni Association chairwoman resigns amid organization’s change:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa officials warn of fake food inspectors at restaurants:  AP
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Upmeyer Issues Statement on Gubernational Transition

(DES MOINES) – Today House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement regarding the gubernatorial transition:

“I’d like to thank Governor Branstad for his decades of public service to the people of Iowa and congratulate him on his appointment as Ambassador to China.  The future of our state is on a bright path thanks in part to the hard work and dedication of Terry Branstad.  The people of Iowa are thankful for all that he has done as we look forward to his next endeavor working for all Americans.

“While Iowans are losing a tenacious champion for our state, we’re getting someone that’s equal in Terry Branstad’s passion and enthusiasm with Kim Reynolds.

“Kim Reynolds has the knowledge and experience to take on the role of Governor and move Iowa forward.   Few rival her passion and dedication to improve  our state and the people of Iowa’s lives.

“Congratulations to Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds.  I look forward to working with her next session to make Iowa a great place to raise a family or grow a business.”

 

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News Briefing

  • Branstad confirmed as Ambassador to China by the United States Senate:  GAZETTE
  • Gov. Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID, anti-union laws:  AP
  • Iowa GOP plans Reynolds celebration:  QCTIMES
  • House panel dismisses ethics complaint against gun group’s leader:  RADIOIOWA
  • $14 million later, Iowa schools drop troublesome testing software:  REGISTER
  • Des Moines Police get almost $50,000 in donations for unsolved homicide cases:  REGISTER
  • Sioux City Council legalizes fireworks for Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve:  SCJOURNAL
  • Des Moines OKs Fourth of July fireworks, but with restrictions:  REGISTER
  • Waterloo limits fireworks use to five days:  WCFCOURIER
  • 2 more leaks found along Dakota Access pipeline:  AP
  • Iowa company Farner-Bocken to be purchased for $190 million:  REGISTER
  • Top Iowa court says company owner called worker racist names:  AP
  • Two Rivers Insurance to return $1.3M in settlement:  SCJOURNAL
  • Eastern Iowa Airport Commission approves $30.8 million terminal renovation contract:  GAZETTE
  • Waterloo council clashes over plan to change voting rules:  WCFCOURIER
  • Linn-Mar school board approves $80 million modified grade restructuring plan:  GAZETTE
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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – May 18, 2017

A new version of the May 2017 Newsletter is available for viewing: 

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 5-18-17

In this edition:

  • Worker’s Compensation Update
  • Providing Flexibility and Local Control for School Districts
  • An Overview of Iowa’s New Collective Bargaining Law
  • Medical Cannabidiol will be Grown, Produced, and Sold in Iowa

All House Republican newsletters are available at www.iowahouserepublicans.com.  Follow us twitter @IAHouseGOP.

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News Briefing

  • Half-Empty School Buses On Gravel Roads, Transportation Costs Are Consuming Rural School Budgets:  IOWAPUBLICRADIO
  • 1 killed near Parkersburg as severe thunderstorms sweep Iowa:  REGISTER
  • Grassley asks for Comey memos and, if it exists, White House ‘audio’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Grassley: Special counsel has “a strong reputation for independence”:  QCTIMES
  • Judge rejects request to issue traffic camera tickets during appeal:  GAZETTE
  • Chief: ‘Alarming’ spike in speeding on I-380 without camera tickets:  GAZETTE
  • Stepfather’s killing could be first test of Iowa’s new ‘stand your ground’ law:  REGISTER
  • The Branstad record on business, property and gas taxes:  RADIOIOWA
  • After victorious legislative session, small businesses hope for successful tax reform:  IOWAVIEW
  • PCI could cut ties with two of Iowa’s private Medicaid insurers:  GAZETTE
  • Report: income growth in Iowa 0.3 percent in Q4 of 2016:  RADIOIOWA
  • Better funding needed to close Iowa skills gap, Hogg says at Kirkwood:  GAZETTE
  • Davenport fireworks ordinance draws skepticism:  QCTIMES
  • Sioux City Council looking to limit fireworks discharge dates:  SCJOURNAL
  • Investigators: Arson cause of deadly central Iowa house fire:  AP
  • Linn County prepares to redistrict before Board of Supervisors shrinks to three:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Reynolds ‘ready to go’ as Branstad confirmation nears, lieutenant governor speculation swirls:  REGISTER
  • Senate floor votes likely this week on Branstad’s ambassador nomination:  REGISTER
  • Reynolds says she’s decided on whether to choose No. 2:  AP
  • Iowa ag secretary Northey interested in federal post:  QCTIMES
  • Amid USDA speculation, Northey says he’ll be around Iowa ‘quite a while’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Branstad defends defunding of Leopold Center:  REGISTER
  • State of Iowa urging driver safety as traffic picks up:  GAZETTE
  • Special election to be held for open District 22 seat:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Documents: Iowa gets $20,000 invoice on 2nd union lawsuit:  AP
  • Iowa teacher asks to intervene in union lawsuit over collective bargaining:  REGISTER
  • Branstad hopes to play role in calming North Korea’s nuclear threats:  REGISTER
  • Branstad celebrates ‘big deal’ of U.S. beef shipments into China:  RADIOIOWA
  • Many of Branstad’s goals remain unfinished as he heads out:  AP
  • Grassley, Chaffetz Send Fiery Response To HHS Memo They Say Chills Whistleblowing:  KAISER
  • Advocates for special needs students fret Medicaid’s future:  QCTIMES
  • Election 2018!  Charles City legislator Prichard to run for governor:  GAZETTE
  • Election 2018!  Todd Prichard, Democratic candidate for governor, makes free community college promise: RADIOIOWA
  • DNR may have no option left but to close some state parks:  RADIOIOWA
  • Fireworks law baffles Cedar Valley cities:  WCFCOURIER
  • Waterloo fire chief pushes shorter fireworks time frame:  WCFCOURIER
  • Sioux City drafts fireworks ordinance; vote set for next week:  SCJOURNAL
  • Flexsteel plans to keep factory in Dubuque:  GAZETTE
  • Waterloo security camera ordinance draws some objections:  WCFCOURIER
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News Briefing

  • Branstad signs medical cannabis expansion into law:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana:  AP
  • Branstad signs $7.2B budget:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Branstad keeps open longtime research center without funding:  AP
  • Report: Iowa’s Northey headed to job with USDA:  GAZETTE
  • Will Iowa lose its ag secretary? Northey says nothing firm yet:  REGISTER
  • Iowa schools struggle to keep non-English speakers on path to graduation:  REGISTER
  • Iowa faces shortage of ELL teachers:  REGISTER
  • Eager fireworks retailers await permits but some cities say not so fast:  GAZETTE
  • Johnson County passes 90-day moratorium on fireworks sales:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Fewer paying Cedar Rapids traffic camera tickets:  GAZETTE
  • No additional patrols planned for dangerous S-curve:  GAZETTE
  • Ernst says FBI can’t rush Russia investigation:  RADIOIOWA
  • Ernst: arming Kurds in Syria ‘an immense milestone’:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Northern Iowa president OK with costing less:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa’s craft beer industry continues to grow, industry experts weigh in on the potential ‘brewery bubble’:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Utilities Board sent 5 employees to Portland conference:  AP
  • Election 2018!  Ten union groups back Democrat Nate Boulton’s bid for governor:  RADIOIOWA
  • Women short on sports opportunities at University of Iowa, Northern Iowa:  GAZETTE
  • Study funded by Pork Producers Association shows industry impact:  RADIOIOWA
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News Briefing

  • State Rep. Greg Forristall of Macedonia dies at 67:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Branstad signs 37 bills into law:  GAZETTE
  • Democratic objections to delay Branstad confirmation:  GAZETTE
  • ‘Non-licensed’ school workers may now be charged with sexual exploitation of students:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa City library’s bathroom cameras removed to comply with new state law:  GAZETTE
  • Critical audit another blow for University of Iowa athletics:  AP
  • State government association appoints Paul Pate:  GAZETTE
  • Grassley: Briefing did not contradict Trump on investigation:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Grassley calls on FBI to reveal whether it’s investigating Trump:  RADIOIOWA
  • Another rowdy crowd greets Blum at Marshalltown town hall:  REGISTER
  • GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare ‘tweak’:  WCFCOURIER
  • More price hikes likely for government insurance markets:  AP
  • Iowa’s Tom Miller 1 of 20 attorneys general calling for independent probe into Russia:  AP
  • Head of Iowa credit unions retiring:  GAZETTE
  • Filmmaker acquitted on fraud charge in tax credit scandal:  REGISTER
  • Mason City Council approves hotel agreement:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Muscatine Council ousts mayor, appeal planned:  QCTIMES
  • Consolidation among Iowa banks to continue, bankers association president says:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Pence coming to Iowa for Ernst’s ride and roast event:  QCTIMES
  • CEO of Iowa-based Brownells elected NRA president:  GAZETTE
  • Iowan says his election as president of the NRA is a ‘generation change’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Branstad steps up criticism of Iowa attorney general:  SCJOURNAL
  • ‘I’ve done what I believe is right,’ Attorney General Miller says:  RADIOIOWA
  • Branstad signs sentencing reforms:  GAZETTE
  • Northwest Iowa cities mull local fireworks rules:  SCJOURNAL
  • Johnston law spurs state change on massage parlor regulations:  REGISTER
  • New transportation improvement plan includes focus on bridge repair:  RADIOIOWA
  • Election 2018!  Interest in Iowa governor’s race is growing:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Blum once again faces tough crowd at Cedar Falls town hall:  WCFCOURIER
  • Grassley says Congress can handle Russia investigation:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Loebsack: Comey firing was ‘an abuse of power’:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Kellyanne Conway to speak at Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines:  REGISTER
  • Two new Iowa medical board members named:  GAZETTE
  • Spokeswoman: U. Iowa president made error on disclosure form:  AP
  • Tuition gap causes more to look at South Dakota campuses:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa school lunch leader likes changes in federal regulations:  RADIOIOWA
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News Briefing

  • Branstad signs bill to legalize fireworks in Iowa:  WCFCOURIER
  • New Iowa fireworks law likely to create jumble of local rules:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa abortion law requiring 72-hour waiting period sent back to District Court:  GAZETTE
  • Craft distilleries toast new Iowa law:  QCTIMES
  • Civil asset forfeiture limits signed into law:  WCFCOURIER
  • Grassley says Comey no longer had public’s ‘trust and confidence’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Senator Grassley: questions remain about national security leaks:  RADIOIOWA
  • Blum faces hostile crowd in Cedar Rapids:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad breezes through Senate committee on China post:  REGISTER
  • Branstad says committee vote on his ambassadorship ‘encouraging’:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Iowa seeks delay in trial over field hockey coach’s firing:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Complaints about Iowa’s privatized Medicaid are spiking:  REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Businessman Fred Hubbell to explore run for Iowa governor:  REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Iowa women lining up to run for office:  QCTIMES
  • Attorneys ask Iowa courts to unshackle juvenile defendants:  REGISTER
  • Cedar Rapids City Council votes to appeal traffic camera ruling:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa prison captain fired over ammunition buys:  AP
  • Florida man arrested for threatening to kill Branstad, other Iowa officials:  REGISTER
  • Unsuspecting Iowans fall prey to cyberattacks:  IOWAWATCH
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