• Iowa Senate official warned of payback over COVID-19 inquiry

    23 hours ago - By Who TV

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The top administrator in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate threatened retribution against a GOP appointee who oversees workplace safety after inspectors said they would make public their concerns about COVID-19 hazards at the Capitol, records show.
    Charlie Smithson, the secretary of the Senate, criticized Iowa Labor Commissioner Rod Roberts for “not knowing better” and told inspectors at an April 2 meeting that senators wouldn't forget, according to an inspector's notes of the meeting.
    “We'll take that up at his next confirmation,” Smithson is quoted as saying in the...
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