Tag Archives: Kim Reynolds

Iowa Gov To Deliver GOP Rebuttal To Biden’s SOTU

The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will deliver the Republican Party’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy made the announcement in a release Tuesday morning. “While Washington Democrats fail working Americans, Republican governors are fighting and winning for families,” McConnell …

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GOP Iowa Gov Spent COVID Funds On Staff Salaries

The Des Moines Register reports: A state audit report on government spending released Monday accused Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds of using nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries for 21 staff members for three months last year and concealing the spending by passing it through the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. State Auditor Rob …

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Iowa: Fired Vaccine Refusers Can Get Unemployment

The Washington Post reports: The Iowa state legislature passed a bill Thursday that allows residents fired for noncompliance with vaccine mandates to receive unemployment benefits, while also broadening religious and medical exemptions from immunization. The bill was passed with overwhelming support in both chambers, which Republicans control. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said she plans to sign the legislation into law, …

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GOP Iowa Gov Blames Migrants For COVID Surge

The Des Moines Register reports: Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that “part of the problem” with rising COVID-19 cases in the United States is unvaccinated immigrants entering the country via the southern border. “Part of the problem is the southern border is open and we’ve got 88 countries that are coming across the border and they don’t have vaccines so …

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Iowa Supreme Court Overturns $1.5M Judgment Won In Anti-Gay Bias Suit Against Republican Former Governor

ABC News reports: Overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that former Gov. Terry Branstad [photo] did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official. The court found no evidence that Branstad had knowledge that then-Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey was gay when his administration tried to push Godfrey out of …

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Iowa Bans Schools And Cities From Mandating Masks

The Des Moines Register reports: Leaders of Iowa school districts cannot require students or staff to wear masks and Iowa cities and counties cannot impose mask mandates under a law Gov. Kim Reynolds signed early Thursday. The law, which goes into effect immediately, passed the House by a 53-35 vote and passed the Senate by a 29-17 vote in the …

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New IA Law Lets Landlords Refuse Section 8 Vouchers

The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law ensuring landlords can turn away renters who receive assistance through the federal housing choice voucher program. The new law will remove cities’ and counties’ ability to prevent landlords from taking such action. Reynolds’ signature, which her office announced Friday without comment, comes after new U.S. Secretary of …

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Iowa Gov Rejects Migrant Kids: That’s Biden’s Problem

Des Moines’s CBS News affiliate: Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday during a radio interview that she declined a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to take in immigrant children being held at the U.S. border with Mexico. The governor talked about the request during an interview with Jeff Angelo on WHO Radio. “We will not do that,” …

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IA Gov Signs Bill For Permitless Open Carry, Gun Buys

The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law allowing people to buy and carry handguns in Iowa without a permit, fulfilling a longtime goal of gun rights advocates. The law, which some advocates call “constitutional carry,” will take effect July 1. Democrats and gun violence prevention groups say the law will roll back background checks …

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GOP Iowa Gov Signs Voter Suppression Bills Into Law

The Des Moines Register reports: Four months after Iowans voted in record numbers, Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state’s early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day. The Iowa Legislature approved the measure and sent it to Reynolds’ desk late last month. Every Republican present for debate in the House and Senate …

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GOP Iowa Gov Drops Almost All COVID Restrictions

Des Moines’ CBS News affiliate reports: Gov. Kim Reynolds has eliminated most of her COVID-19 restrictions in the latest health proclamation. The proclamation removes indoor mask requirements in public spaces, gathering limits and restrictions on businesses starting 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. This comes the same week Iowa was ranked No. 47 in the country for its vaccine distribution, according …

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GOP Iowa Gov Finally Issues Face Mask Mandate

The Des Moines Register reports: After months of rebuffing calls for a broad mask mandate to fight COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday evening that all people ages 2 and older must wear a face covering when in an indoor space that is open to the public. Her order applies when people who are not members of the same household …

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Iowa Gov In Quarantine After Meeting At White House

Des Moines’ ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday revealed she is adopting a “modified quarantine plan” following a visit last week to the White House where staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Reynolds and Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state medical director and epidemiologist, visited the the White House Wednesday for an Oval office meeting with President Trump …

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GOP Iowa Governor Declares Day Of Prayer Against Virus Because US Is Founded On “Biblical Principles”

Via press release from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds: WHEREAS, our nation and world are suffering from a pandemic which has profoundly affected the well-being and livelihoods of millions of Americans; and WHEREAS, this health emergency has created fear and anxiety in the minds of thousands of fellow Iowans during this uncertain time; and WHEREAS, our nation’s motto is “In God …

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GOP Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Rejects Fauci’s Lockdown Advice: “Maybe He Doesn’t Have All The Information”

The Des Moines Register reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s key figures in its coronavirus response, “maybe doesn’t have all the information” about Iowa’s mitigation efforts, Gov. Kim Reynolds said at Friday’s news conference. Asked about state-ordered shelter-in-place orders, Fauci said “I don’t understand why that’s not happening” nationwide. Reynolds argues Iowa has already instituted measures — requesting …

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Former Iowa Official Fired In Tupac Flap To Sue State

The Associated Press reports: The ousted Iowa Department of Human Services director will pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit, alleging he was let go after objecting to a pay arrangement for the governor’s deputy chief of staff, his lawyer said Wednesday. Jerry Foxhoven, a 67-year-old legal scholar known for his frequent workplace praise of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, will file …

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IOWA: Top State Official Ousted In Bizarre Tupac Flap

The Associated Press reports: The director of Iowa’s social services agency was a huge fan of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and he frequently let his subordinates know it. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven routinely sent messages to employees lauding Shakur’s music and lyrics even after at least one …

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