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  • Reynolds heads to Washington to pitch stopgap, renewable fuels to VP:  QCTIMES
  • Reynolds to personally lobby Pence and Pruitt on RFS ruling:  RADIOIOWA
  • Grassley: EPA nominees could be at stake over biofuels issue:  QCTIMES
  • Reynolds calls workforce development ‘top priority’ for her administration:  REGISTER
  • ‘Last Dollar’ scholarships, grants proposed by ‘Future Ready’ group:  RADIOIOWA
  • Airbnb to collect Iowa hotel tax:GAZETTE
  • Woodbury County now seeking regional mental health agency dissolution:  SCJOURNAL
  • U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal reviving Obamacare subsidies; direction backed by Trump:  REUTERS
  • Police chief: nursing home robbery sign of Iowa’s growing opioid problem:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Iowa employment review not started, five months after announcement: GAZETTE
  • Sign of stronger economy, SBA sees drop in Iowa loan numbers, amounts:  RADIOIOWA
  • Nestle cutting nearly 60 jobs at Waverly plant:  AP
  • Linn County considers $227,000 in voting equipment upgrades:  GAZETTE
  • Study: Iowa ranks well in terms of ‘functionally obsolete’ bridges:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa growers could see broader markets under FARMS Act:  RADIOIOWA
  • Linn County Attorney, supervisor at odds over implicit bias training:  GAZETTE
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  • Legislators open two-day hearing on opioid crisis: RADIOIOWA
  • Opioid painkiller prescriptions are falling in Iowa, to about 90 pills per person annually: REGISTER
  • Voting rights advocates applaud possible change to Iowa voter ID law: SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa Governor Reynolds ‘concerned’ with proposed Renewable Fuel Standard changes: GAZETTE
  • Five rural counties to be targeted in an effort to reduce accidents: RADIOIOWA
  • Nebraska-Western Iowa VA kept secret waiting list for some mental health appointments:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Should U.S. bar buying soda with food stamps? 5 former ag secretaries discuss a new farm bill: REGISTER
  • Acclaimed AIDS researcher to lead sprawling UI Health Care:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa universities cite evidence they’re economic engines:  GAZETTE
  • Lawsuits seek changes to U. of Iowa sexual assault policies:  AP
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Johanns: 2020 voters may want more than disruption:  WCFCOURIER
  • Election 2018!  Fundraising fight begins in competitive 1st District primary:  REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Loebsack continues fundraising lead:  QCTIMES
  • Election 2018!  Democratic Secretary of State candidate plans listening tour:  GAZETTE
  • Rain has delayed Iowa, Nebraska corn and soybean harvest:  AP
  • Thieves take drugs from Newton nursing home:  RADIOIOWA
  • Bettendorf to vote Tuesday on ordinance limiting fireworks use:  QCTIMES
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  • Iowa health insurance market still in flux, just weeks before open enrollment:REGISTER
  • Federal official: Trump’s Iowa request ‘a lot of Washington gossip’:  QCTIMES
  • New state website to be used if feds grant ObamaCare waiver:  RADIOIOWA
  • Friction showing in some Iowa mental health regions:  SCJOURNAL
  • Despite hefty hikes, tuition income falls short: GAZETTE
  • Iowa soldiers remain on security duty in Puerto Rico:  RADIOIOWA
  • Candidate: Iowa State can lead the way on ending hunger:  GAZETTE
  • University of Iowa hopes to launch college-in-prison program:  GAZETTE
  • Drainage district chief sees little authority to mitigate nitrate pollution:  WCFCOURIER
  • Steve King says ‘Dreamers’ would lift up birth countries:  SCJOURNAL
  • Election 2018!  Time in trenches paying off for McGuire:  QCTIMES
  • Loebsack diabetes legislation on way to president:  QCTIMES
  • Rain slows the harvest progress in some areas of state:  RADIOIOWA
  • Event security continues to increase at Des Moines-area venues:  REGISTER
  • Linn County redistricting committee sends Plan 2 on to supervisors:  GAZETTE
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  • Governor asked for a conversation with Trump about stop-gap insurance plan: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa regents won’t consider tuition next week as planned: GAZETTE
  • No timetable for decision on tuition increases for Iowa universities: REGISTER
  • Coalition challenges Iowa ‘ag gag’ law: SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa State agricultural dean is finalist for university’s president’s job: REGISTER
  • ISU finalist for president Pamela Whitten says school needs to improve: GAZETTE
  • Iowa Regents expect to name new executive director next week: GAZETTE
  • GOP leaders: There’s progress under Trump: QCTIMES
  • Iowa struggles to fill high-tech jobs with below-average STEM pay: REGISTER
  • Senator Grassley says ‘bump stocks’ were made legal in Obama administration: RADIOIOWA
  • Report: Ernst says Trump, Corker should ‘just stop’ with feud: REGISTER
  • Sean Spicer to speak at Republican Party of Iowa’s Reagan Dinner: REGISTER
  • Report: Iowa drainage districts key to reducing nitrate pollution: SCJOURNAL
  • Trump promises on biofuels focus of industry pushback: QCTIMES
  • All but 19 emergency call centers have text-to-911 service: RADIOIOWA
  • Reynolds touts apprenticeships in Hiawatha: GAZETTE
  • Advocates: Des Moines’ immigration proclamation is ’empty promise’: REGISTER
  • Iowa businesses paying more state fees for failing to register: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa ranked as fourth best state for aging: GAZETTE
  • Iowa A.D. Gary Barta on leave to battle prostate cancer:  AP
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  • Thousands begin voting on AFSCME, ISEA unions: GAZETTE
  • Third finalist named for Iowa State University presidency: AP
  • First ISU presidential hopeful pledges transparency: GAZETTE
  • Iowa State president’s job finalist: Four-year graduation rates are too low: REGISTER
  • Grassley to feuding Trump and Corker: ‘Cool it.’: RADIOIOWA
  • Ernst tours Mason City’s Aaron’s, talks taxes, gun control, other issues: GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Donald Trump Jr. will join Steve King hunting event in Siouxland: SCJOURNAL
  • Three Iowa Emergency Management staffers deployed for FEMA operations: RADIOIOWA
  • Hurricanes slow flood recovery in Butler County: WCFCOURIER
  • Will Iowa continue adopting wind, solar without federal mandate?: REGISTER
  • U-I Hospitals saw increase in fireworks injuries after they were legalized: RADIOIOWA
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Actor, Trump portrayer Alec Baldwin to headline Iowa Democratic dinner: QCTIMES
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  For eager Democrats, campaign already underway in Iowa: WASHPOST
  • Election 2018!  Cedar Falls’ Heckroth encouraged by U.S. House fundraising: WCFCOURIER
  • After criticism, TAG changes ordered by Sioux City School District: SCJOURNAL
  • Centerville’s mental health crisis center to close:  RADIOIOWA
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  • Iowa’s union elections a major test after bargaining law: AP
  • After Apple deal, tax incentives face scrutiny: QCTIMES
  • USDA official in running to lead Iowa State University: GAZETTE
  • Second Iowa State finalist Pamela Whitten brings first female in three searches: GAZETTE
  • Young says it’s time to act on Iowa’s ObamaCare waiver: RADIOIOWA
  • Young, Ernst seek ATF review of ‘bump stocks’: RADIOIOWA
  • Siouxland gun shops say ‘bump stock’ prices jump after Las Vegas shooting: SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa school districts compete for home school students: GAZETTE
  • Iowa governments vulnerable to Johnston-like cyber attacks: REGISTER
  • Groups expect to see fewer refugees come to Iowa as cap changes: RADIOIOWA
  • Federal tax deduction for nothing? Companies write off millions; taxpayers reap little benefit: REGISTER
  • Can Democrats be pro jobs?: MURPHY
  • Cedar Rapids company expanding, adding 800 jobs: GAZETTE
  • Steven Leath lures his chief of staff at Iowa State University to Auburn: REGISTER
  • Iowa mimics national reality of old age in America: WASHPOST
  • Huffington Post team will visit Des Moines Monday to learn Iowans’ stories: REGISTER
  • Linn County redistricting committee continues to debate rural representation: GAZETTE
  • Cedar Rapids Seminar helps disabled be part of politics: GAZETTE
  • Iowa City, Coralville have hotel room boom in their future:  GAZETTE
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Reynolds defends her decisions on Iowa budget:               GAZETTE
Iowa’s three-day wait for abortions is legal, judge says:  REGISTER
Iowa Senate harassment deal comes with an apology:  GAZETTE
Governor answers criticism on Senate sexual harassment case:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa lawmakers to discuss opioids, though policy unclear:  AP
Iowa governor orders flags to half-staff in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Governor Reynolds reacts to Las Vegas shooting:  RADIOIOWA
Loebsack: It’s ‘past time for action’ after mass shooting:  GAZETTE
‘It was just raining:’ Iowa high school principal describes gunfire at Las Vegas concert:  GAZETTE
A primer on Iowa’s gun possession laws:  GAZETTE
Iowa Events Center increases security measures at all arena events:  REGISTER
Nomination hearing for Iowa Ag Secretary set for Thursday:  RADIOIOWA
Funding for children’s health insurance program at risk:  QCTIMES
Capitol Digest – State Revenue:  WCFCOURIER
Report released on STEM progress in Iowa:  RADIOIOWA
John Carethers named as one of two candidates to replace UI’s Robillard:  PRESSCITIZEN
Scott County governments opt for stricter fireworks use:  QCTIMES
Cedar Falls revives fireworks ban:  WCFCOURIER
Flexsteel breaks ground for new furniture plant:  RADIOIOWA

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  • Reynolds says 2017 legislature ‘most pro-jobs…in two decades’: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa regulators reject new rules for livestock operations: SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa regents asking for $12 million solely for resident, undergrad aid, $16 million total: GAZETTE
  • Regents to discuss state funding request at next meeting: WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa sends Every Student Succeeds Act plan to U.S. Department of Education: GAZETTE
  • Iowa plan sets higher growth rate, lower goals for minority students:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • New Obamacare replacement plan eyed in Iowa: QCTIMES
  • Rep. Blum: ‘We’ll be watching’ Rockwell Collins acquisition: GAZETTE
  • Commission recommends status quo budget for Iowa DNR: RADIOIOWA
  • Searches for Iowa State, Board of Regents leadership advance: GAZETTE
  • New option moving forward for getting your high school diploma: RADIOIOWA
  • In Johnson County, more than 140 businesses pledge $10.10 minimum wage: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Election 2018!  Glasson calls for restoring Iowa union rights, higher school funding: GAZETTE
  • Election 2018!  Byaaah!  McGuire gets endorsement from former Democratic National Committee chairman: QCTIMES
  • China’s ethanol use could have positive impact for U.S producers: RADIOIOWA
  • Hancock County board approves CAFO despite residents’ opposition: GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Layoffs expected at Mercy Iowa City: GAZETTE
  • Iowa ranks in top 10 of 2017’s happiest states:  WCFCOURIER
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  • Today is school board election day in Iowa: RADIOIOWA
  • Johnson County supervisor asks ‘what’s in a name?’: GAZETTE
  • Iowa Army National Guard responding to Hurricane Irma: QCTIMES
  • Red Cross seeing surge in volunteer applications, including in Iowa: GAZETTE
  • Iowa line workers head south to help restore power after Irma: GAZETTE
  • Ernst thankful Trump shifting more authority to military: RADIOIOWA
  • Mom of starved West Des Moines teen to use ‘diminished responsibility’ defense:REGISTER
  • Sabrina Ray trial likely won’t happen until 2018: REGISTER
  • $50 million gift makes it the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State: GAZETTE
  • Iowa pays $1.6 million to settle sexism, racism, disability and medical negligence lawsuits: REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Steve King’s 2016 opponent launches PAC for POWER: RADIOIOWA
  • Immigrant allies plea for ‘welcoming city’ label in D.M.: ‘We know promises can be broken’: REGISTER
  • Davenport School Board approves superintendent contract without salary increase: QCTIMES
  • Sioux City Fire Rescue recommends absorbing EMS services: SCJOURNAL
  • Northwood City Council advances fireworks ordinance, hears residents talk golf carts: GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Iowa farmers make record number of pesticide misuse claims:  REGISTER
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  • Treasurer: Iowa may need to borrow to pay bills: GAZETTE
  • State Treasurer urges cash-flow borrowing to ease Iowa’s budget crunch:  REGISTER
  • Speaker Upmeyer’s statement:

Treasurer Fitzgerald continues his attention-seeking ways of running to the press to sound false alarms and scare the public rather than speaking with Governor Reynolds or legislative leaders.  If he had serious concerns about the budget, then he would have brought it up while the Legislature was in session or reached out over the summer.

The Department of Management has assured legislative leaders that the reserve accounts have enough funds to cash flow the state this fiscal year.

What’s interesting is that Treasurer Fitzgerald didn’t sound these same alarms in 2009 before former Governor Culver enacted a 10% across-the-board cut.  Instead he pointed to our AAA credit rating, which we still have today, as evidence that we would be able to pay the bills.  He’s creating a fake issue to score political points, plain and simple.

  • Motorist alert: Iowa’s anti-texting crackdown yielding more tickets: REGISTER
  • Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest: AP
  • Hurricane Harvey: Iowa Guard helicopters and crews heading to Houston to help with response: REGISTER
  • Few legislative victories in Trump’s first year frustrates Grassley: SCJOURNAL
  • Coalition asks U.S. Rep. Rod Blum to stop voting for health care repeal: WCFCOURIER
  • Election 2018!  Reynolds-Corbett governor race developing nasty edge: QCTIMES
  • Iowa City joins lawsuit against Justice Department over immigration enforcement: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Did public board meet illegally? Iowa ombudsman seeks answers: REGISTER
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Bernie Sanders slams Trump in front of packed Hancher crowd: GAZETTE
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Sanders: ‘fundamental reforms’ needed in Democratic Party: RADIOIOWA
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Possible 2020 POTUS candidate Klobuchar offers advice to women candidates: RADIOIOWA
  • Cybersecurity firm to review Linn County election system: GAZETTE
  • Increasing number of Siouxland schools choosing turf over grass:  SCJOURNAL
  • Study ranks Iowa 13th in number of residents who are obese:  RADIOIOWA
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