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Former DHS director, Jerry Foxhoven, said he was forced out because he questioned spending DHS money to pay a staffer for Governor Kim Reynolds.
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Former Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven is filing a whistleblower claim against Gov. Kim Reynolds in the first step toward a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. Foxhoven claims he was fired for objecting to continue paying part of the salary of Reynolds' deputy chief of staff, Paige Thorson, from the DHS budget.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday there were “a lot of factors” that went into her decision to pressure a health agency director to resign two years after she appointed him.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is creating a new public relations job in her office. The public relations manager will write speeches for the governor and make sure messages about the governor’s goals are consistent across state agencies. The office is also adding to her policy team with new funding from the legislature.

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The ACLU of Iowa has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a law that denies transgender Iowans on Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as the first woman elected governor of Iowa. She won a four-year term in November, after serving out the remainder of Terry Branstad’s term.

During her speech Friday morning, Reynolds said too often people look to government to solve their problems and focus more on what everyone else is doing wrong. She says social media can be an accelerant for this way of thinking.

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Illinois is poised to become the most expensive gubernatorial race in U.S. history, and controversial incumbent Governor Scott Walker could be on the outs in Wisconsin.

 

In this segment of River to River, we take a look at two races for the governor in our neighboring states. Host Ben Kieffer is joined by Brian Mackey, Statehouse Reporter for NPR Illinois and Shawn Johnson, Capitol Bureau Chief at Wisconsin Public Radio.

 

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Ben Kieffer co-hosts this "Pints and Politics" edition of River to River with Gazette investigative reporter Erin Jordan. They ask panelists to discuss the latest in national and state politics, including the upcoming miderm elections and the latest in the Reynolds-Hubbell gubernatorial race.

Panelists joining the discussion include Gazette columnists Todd Dorman, Lynda Waddington, Adam Sullivan, and Gazette reporter James Lynch.

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Jake Porter was not invited to participate in the three debates between Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell. Porter says it’s too bad because he would’ve added to the conversation.

“We would talk about things that may get ignored now like criminal justice reform (and) things that often aren’t talked about,” Porter says. “Also, different ideas for the budget."