The Marion County Democrats hosted the sixth annual 7-County Democratic Rally and Fundraiser on August 18 at the Cordova Pavilion.

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KNOXVILLE — Karen Brown wants Knoxville to hit the brakes on a plan to take the limits off the number of commercial garbage haulers operating in the city. She told the City Council how this change would affect her business at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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Vickie Reed and Andrew Schmidt will run for two-year seats in the school board election next Tuesday. Both incumbents, they filed to run for shorter terms made necessary by the resignations of Leslie Miller and Mike Helle, whose terms would have expired in 2019. State law requires the seats …

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KNOXVILLE — Marion County Attorney Ed Bull recently announced that he will run for a third term in the November 2018 election.

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KNOXVILLE — The Sept. 12 school board election features seven candidates competing for four seats with two different term lengths. A game of musical chairs is much easier to explain.

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KNOXVILLE — A plan to build eight new tennis courts on the site of the city’s skate park goes before voters on Sept. 12. Proposition A also includes an outdoor basketball court on the site south of Knoxville High School on West Madison Street.

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KNOXVILLE — Julia Castillo, executive director for Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency Public Transit, said the agency will have two new vehicles placed in Marion county that will operate out of Knoxville.

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— Editor’s Note: In the Aug. 17 issue of the Journal-Express, the article about Dylan Morse being appointed to the Knoxville City Council contained incorrect information. Morse was not approved to join the council at that time; he had been recommended as the leading candidate. The Journal-Ex…

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KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville City Council added a new member on Aug. 14, voting unanimously to appoint Dylan Morse to fill in the vacant council member seat.

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KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville City Council voted to approve loaning the city’s Low Rent Housing Agency Board $1,000 during so the agency can participate in a second lawsuit to recoup lost funding from a 2012 probe into housing agency funding.

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U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City, visited Marion County on July 30, touring row crops and hay fields south of Knoxville that are stressing from the lack of rain and hot conditions.

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KNOXVILLE — To keep the Marion County Care Facility open, it would take about $140,000 to install a new on-site septic system. But the move would only take care of one of the many issues for this aging structure, county officials said Tuesday.

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KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville City Council accepted the resignation of council member Craig Kelley during a meeting July 17, the second resignation from the council since March.

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KNOXVILLE — Marion County Supervisor Mark Raymie expressed his frustrations on Tuesday, July 11, with the state of mental health care in Marion County and the state of Iowa, advocating for a county-wide mental health summit in the near future.

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KNOXVILLE — Jodi Bellon was sworn in as the new city clerk of Knoxville at a meeting on June 29, replacing former clerk Heather Ussery, who was in attendance to answer a few questions.

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OSKALOOSA — Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett visited Mahaska County last week in his quest to spread the word on his candidacy for governor of Iowa, and he took time from his trip to visit the Oskaloosa Herald to talk about issues he feels are important for the state.

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KNOXVILLE — Although the members of the Marion County Board of Supervisors were not all in agreement with the fireworks ordinance for Marion County, a motion was passed by a 2-1 vote with a waiver of the second and third reading to allow the use of fireworks on July 4 from 6-11 p.m.

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KNOXVILLE - Congressman Dave Loebsack visited the Knoxville Rotary Club Wednesday, May 31 at their weekly meeting at the Red Rock Grill and Still.

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KNOXVILLE – Kathy Lerma and Angela Nelson of the CROSS Mental Health Region are looking to see Marion County step up its efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails with a program called Stepping Up.

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KNOXVILLE — Despite complaints about efforts to rezone property and build a four-story apartment complex from nearby residents, the Knoxville City Council approved allowing developers to move forward with a planned apartment complex during their May 15 meeting.

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The Marion County Auditor's Office will be open Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to allow voters to cast their ballots. 

Sen. Charles Grassley said Thursday afternoon that he would not hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland during the lame duck session, even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. However, should Clinton win and renominate Garland, and if the Republicans hold on to the Senate majority,…

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The Marion County Democrats baked a cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to Patty Judge, candidate for U.S. Senate, who visited the party's headquarters in Knoxville on Nov. 2. This was Judge's 73rd birthday. 

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Marion County completed its election equipment testing on Oct. 20 for the upcoming General Election. The process is quite rigorous and systematic to ensure outcomes of voting can pass the “red” face test in Marion County and anywhere.

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Patty Judge is scheduled to be in Knoxville Wednesday, Nov. 2. 

United States Attorneys Kevin W. Techau and Kevin E. VanderSchel of the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, respectively, announced today that Daniel Tvedt and Virginia Bruner will lead the efforts of their Offices in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Prog…

The Iowa court judges up for retention this year are listed below. The Iowa State Bar Association has compiled these biographies on the website, www.judicialfacts.org.

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Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin visited the Marion County Democrats' headquarters on the Knoxville square Tuesday morning, during which he praised his friend of 25 years, Hillary Clinton, and to encourage activists to get out the vote. 

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The Marion County Republicans held at event Saturday at the Coffee Connection in Knoxville. 

Dr. Andy McGuire, the Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party was in Knoxville Wednesday, Oct. 12, to promote candidates around the state in the party as well as stump for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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The Knoxville Journal-Express hosted a candidate forum Thursday night, in which candidates for Iowa House District 28 (Marty Duffy and Greg Heartsill) and Iowa Senate District 14 (Amy Sinclair and Ruth Smith) participated. Dr. Andrew Green, Political Science Chair at Central College, acted a…

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United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was one of the preliminary speakers at Wednesday's campaign event featuring Bill Clinton at Simpson College in Indianola. 

Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, also former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, spoke at Central yesterday evening on the threat of climate change. Wilkerson explained that climate change has become a matter of national security.

Congressman Steve King visited Central Iowa on Tuesday to not only introduce Gov. Mike Pence, but to share some thoughts on Hillary Clinton, as well as some of his fellow Republicans. 

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Republican nominee for Vice President, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, spent an hour Tuesday afternoon rallying supporters at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton. 

On Oct. 15, Republican candidates and representatives are coming to Meet and Greets in Pella at 9 a.m. at Monarch's Restaurant, Royal Amsterdam Hotel, 705 E 1st St.; and in Knoxville at 11 a.m. at Coffee Connection, 213 E Main St #101. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.

Central College students watched their second Presidential debate Sunday evening. Guest speaker Ed Bull, Marion County Attorney, spoke for the Republican party. Chad Ray, who was to speak for the Democratic party, did not show.

Iowa Public Television will hold an Iowa Press debate for the Second Congressional District on Friday, October 14 at the IPTV studios in Johnston, Iowa. The hour-long debate will begin at 1:30 p.m., streaming live on Iptv.org. The debate will be broadcast on statewide IPTV at 7 p.m. that evening.

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In Iowa, District Court Judges are on the ballot every four years to allow voters to choose whether or not they should be retained on the bench. 

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As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, the Marion County Auditor's Office had already received 1,508 requests for absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election. This morning is also the first day voters can come to the office to officially cast their ballots, and many have already done so. 

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T. Todd Masman, Assistant Dean of Students at Central College, and Rinora Jelliqi, Inclusivity and Leadership Assistant, organized a presidential debate watch on Monday, Sept. 26, for students and faculty. About 60 attended the event.

As of Monday evening, voters in House District 28 (which includes Knoxville and most of Marion County) had requested 879 absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 general election. Of those, 837 have been sent, but none recorded yet. 

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