Latest Iowa state government News

Waterloo Democrat first to launch campaign for Iowa governor

Jun. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic state representative from eastern Iowa who chaired the Legislative Black Caucus and advocated for the safety of meatpacking plant workers early during the pandemic became the first person to announce a run for governor next year. ...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jun. 14, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 11, 2021. Editorial: Stop messing around with congressional bipartisanship and move on infrastructure The U.S. Senate is controlled by Democrats. But Democrats are apparently controlled by Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. ...

Former Iowa officials sues Reynolds over ouster in 2019

Jun. 12, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The former head of the Iowa Department of Human Services alleges in a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds that he was ousted because he raised concerns that one of her aides was being paid with federal Medicaid money. Jerry Foxhoven contends in a...

Iowa Senate official warned of payback over COVID-19 inquiry

Jun. 11, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The top administrator in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate threatened retribution against a GOP appointee who oversees workplace safety after inspectors said they would make public their concerns about COVID-19 hazards at the Capitol, records show. ...

Iowa governor questions migrant flights into Des Moines

Jun. 10, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds complained in a letter sent Thursday that the federal government didn't notify her before flying migrant children into the Des Moines airport in April, then shuttling them to other cities as part of an effort to join them with relatives. ...

Reynolds signs bills limiting voting, 'divisive' teaching

Jun. 08, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed into law a change to state election regulations that sets strict limits on who can assist voters in delivering ballots. Republican legislators approved the restrictions in a party-line vote last month,...

Iowa prisons to resume visitation for vaccinated inmates

Jun. 07, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Corrections has announced it will resume in-person visitation in early July for those prisoners who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The department announced the decision Friday, The Gazette reported, as more...

Court rejects private lawyer phone consult prior to charges

Jun. 04, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans have no right to a confidential telephone conversation with a lawyer prior to charges being filed, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, dealing a blow to attorney-client privilege. The decision came in a case involving a Milford man...

Iowa auditor questions governor's spending for COVID-19 ads

Jun. 03, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic auditor accused the state's Republican governor Thursday of violating a 2018 state law that prohibits statewide elected officials from using public funds for self promotion, arguing she broke the law by making ads promoting coronavirus public safety...

Iowa woman convicted of killing husband sentenced to life

Jun. 03, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A northeastern Iowa woman convicted of killing her husband a decade ago has been sentenced to life in prison — a significant increase from the previous 40 years she had been handed before her appeal in the case. Revette Sauser, 52, of Ryan, was...