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Social media was buzzing Tuesday night (June 16) as a roving bear captured the fancy of rural Scott County residents. more
Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor and president of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, appeared on national TV last week where she answered questions from Ali Velshi on the Rachel Maddow Show about the 30-page absentee voter bill that Sen. Roby Smith of Davenport introduced as an amendment to a non-controversial two-page bill about county seals. more
June 21, 1995: In a surprise announcement, Petersen Properties LLC of Rock Island agreed to purchase the abandoned Caterpillar factory building in Mt. Joy. Two Petersen companies, Petersen Tire Mounting Inc. and Petersen Warehousing Corp. would be moving from the Quad Cities Industrial Center in Rock Island and would now be operating out of the plant. more
The coronavirus legislative session of 2020 ended like a slow-moving train derailment, as legislators wrapped up the session with emotional, partisan debates over abortion and absentee voting. But along the way, there have been some golden moments of harmony, of such genuine bipartisan cooperation and responsiveness to Iowans that it could almost restore one’s faith in government. more
Iowans are amazing. The level of civic engagement among our citizens is unrivaled. We proved that once again when voters turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the June primary election. Despite an ongoing pandemic and civil unrest across the state, Iowans were determined to make their voices heard the best way possible: by voting. more
As a sixth-generation pig farmer, I thought I had seen, or at least heard, it all. From the challenges my family and other pig farmers have weathered over the years, such as disease outbreaks and trade barriers to volatile markets that impact our bottom lines. Yet, the food supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19 is unlike anything we have experienced. Certainly, the virus spread has made planning for food production, and the things we all do as Americans, a challenge everywhere. more
The Senate continued to debate policy bills this week as we were in the home stretch toward adjournment of the 2020 session. Bills of note this week included: more
In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of state legislatures are facing revenue declines of up to 33 percent, thus forcing them to enact budgets with significant spending reductions when compared to the previous fiscal year. more
The Senate continued to debate a number of bills this week as we moved closer to adjournment for the year. more
"There are a lot of reasons why I endorse Jennifer Kakert for House District 92 ..." more
"Page 7A of The North Scott Press is a great tribute to a leader! Thanks, Phil Roberts, for the nice tribute ..." more
"After more than a decade, both the Iowa Senate on a 44-4 vote, and the Iowa House on a 97-0 vote, passed HF 737, the Companion Animal Neglect and Cruelty bill ..." more
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