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  • Dubuque and HUD settle housing discrimination case
    The City of Dubuque has settled with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, following allegations that the city discriminated against African Americans applying for rental assistance. The City of Dubuque denies they violated fair housing laws, but through a voluntary compliance agreement, will be required to change the rules that gave preference to […]

  • Senate confirms ex-GOP lawmaker as state utility regulator
    The Iowa Senate has narrowly confirmed Governor Branstad’s nominee for an opening on the Iowa Utilities Board. Former State Representative Nick Wagner of Marion needed 34 votes to win confirmation to the post. He got 35.  Fifteen Democratic senators voted against Wagner who had been a point-man for House Republicans on budget matters until he […]

  • Court rules aggravated misdemeanor convictions don’t make Iowans ineligible to vote, serve in public office
    The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a Des Moines Democrat’s second drunken driving conviction does not disqualify him from seeking a seat in the Iowa Senate. Former State Senator Tony Bisignano is the man who has the second offense “Operating While Intoxicated” conviction on his record. Bisignano’s opponent in June’s Democratic Primary for a Des […]

  • DNR director: weather service not at fault for Benton County fire
    The director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the National Weather Service was not in any way to blame for a fire that got out of control last week in eastern Iowa’s Benton County. A prescribed burn was started by DNR staff near Vinton last Friday and was extinguished as the wind shifted, […]

  • Hatch releases information about his personal finances & his health
    The Democrat who is running for governor of Iowa has released the state and federal tax returns he and his wife have filed, revealing taxable income of nearly $469,000 during 2013. State Senator Jack Hatch of Des Moines — the only Democrat running for governor — is a property developer.  Hatch allowed reporters to view […]

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