Rod Boshart

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Iowa coalition pushes again for ‘personhood’ bill

URBANDALE - Members of a coalition opposed to abortion rights said Wednesday they plan to push the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds next session to approve a measure declaring that life begins at conception as part of a broad effort to overturn th ... »

Past Iowa Senate leader asked to give workplace advice

DES MOINES - The Republican leader of the Iowa Senate announced plans Tuesday to publicly release an internal review conducted in the wake of a $1.75 million sexual harassment settlement and to enlist a former GOP senator to advise him on workplace cult ... »

Iowa governor pardons turkeys in Thanksgiving tradition

DES MOINES - As if on cue, tom turkeys #x201c;Spuds#x201d; and #x201c;Gravy#x201d; gobbled in unison the moment Gov. Kim Reynolds declared Tuesday she had pardoned them from becoming somebody's Thanksgiving feast.

Reynolds and acting Lt. Gov. Adam ... »

Iowa Sen. Dix asks former ambassador to help with Statehouse work culture

DES MOINES - The Republican leader of the Iowa Senate announced plans Tuesday to release an internal review conducted in the wake of a $1.75 million sexual harassment settlement and to enlist a former GOP senator to advise him on workplace culture.

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Governor Reynolds hears more spending requests

DES MOINES - More money for state park maintenance, environmental upgrades, highway traffic and weight enforcement and legal services were among the state agency wish lists Monday as Gov. Kim Reynolds continued to solicit recommendations as she assemble ... »

Reynolds ‘wouldn’t say no’ to campaign help from Trump

DES MOINES - Media reports from last week's Republican governors' meeting in Texas indicated some angst among GOP chief executives facing election in 2018 over inviting President Donald Trump to campaign for them.

Don't include Iowa Gov. Kim Reyno ... »

Valor award honors four Marion firefighters

DES MOINES - Four firefighters from Marion and a state trooper were presented the annual Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor on Monday for heroic efforts in saving lives of Iowans.

Firefighters Jeff Hoover, Peter Lammer, Jeremy Smith and Zachary Bru ... »

Former Kansas Medicaid leader hired in Iowa

DES MOINES - Michael Randol, who led the Kansas privately managed Medicaid program for five years, has been appointed to direct Iowa's Medicaid Enterprise, officials with the state Department of Human Services announced Friday.

Randol is set to st ... »

Top Democrat in Iowa Senate wants sex harassment review released

DES MOINES - The top Democrat in the Iowa Senate called on her GOP counterparts Thursday to make public the findings of their internal review of sexual harassment allegations made by a former employee who was awarded $1.75 million in damages.

Sena ... »

Gov. Kim Reynolds packs "Free Bill" T-shirt for Texas trip

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will be sporting a #x201c;Free Bill#x201d; T-shirt when she meets this week with other members of the Republican Governors Association in Texas - home to a U.S. senator who has blocked Iowa Agriculture Sec ... »