US Supreme Court to Take On Case Concerning Gov. Reynolds Use of Private Jet

Nov 7, 2019

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

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The Iowa Supreme Court says it will take an appeal of an Iowa attorney who challenged a 2017 flight Gov. Kim Reynolds and her family took.  That flight was on a private jet to a football game in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gary Dickey filed a complaint with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board in September 2018, alleging the $2,880 claimed for four seats on the jet in campaign documents underestimated the flight's value.

The board dismissed his complaint, saying the estimate was reasonable.

Senator Joni Ernst says the White House may still step in to demand that the EPA honor an agreement reached on ethanol policy between President Donald Trump and farm-state lawmakers. Ethanol groups say small refinery waivers are responsible for reducing ethanol demand by about 4 billion gallons over the last few years. 

Last month, the EPA proposed increasing the ethanol mandate to make up for waivers granted to small oil refineries. But Ernst says the agency used a formula that may not restore all of the demand that was lost through the waivers.

The University of Northern Iowa's president is forming a committee to address minority and other students' allegations of systemic racism on the Cedar Falls campus — allegations widely shared in a social media campaign.

President Mark Nook took responsibility in a recent letter to the university community for the school's failure to adequately fulfill goals set by an ad hoc student group and backed by the student government.