Iowa’s state canvass board has already certified results for the race, following a recount of all 24 counties in the Southeast Iowa district, and officially declared Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the winner by just six votes.
With over 394,000 votes cast in the race, it was the closest House race in the country and the closest congressional race in Iowa in more than 100 years.
Hart had until Wednesday afternoon to contest the results in state court. That would have sent the race to a five-member judicial tribunal presided over by the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, which would have been required by state law to rule by Dec. 8 on who won the race.
Hart’s campaign said the tight deadlines in a state challenge would not allow enough time to examine the ballots. Instead, Hart chose to appeal to the U.S. House. Congress has intervened in tight races before — but rarely, the Associated Press has reported.
With the virus surging from coast to coast, the number of patients with the virus in the nation’s hospitals has more than doubled over the past month to a record high of nearly 100,000.
Hospitalizations in Iowa have ticked down in recent days, but remain nearly triple what they were at the peak of last summer’s surge.
According to an Associated Press report, governors in Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have made it easier for retired nurses and nurses who have let licenses lapse to come back. And Iowa is also allowing temporary, emergency licenses for new nurses who have met the state’s educational requirements but haven’t yet taken the state licensing exam.
The University of Iowa College of Nursing also is trying to get graduates into the workforce quickly. It worked to fast-track students’ transcripts to the Iowa Board of Nursing so they could get licensed sooner after graduating, according to Anita Nicholson, the associate dean for undergraduate programs.
She said the college also scheduled senior internships earlier than usual and created a program that allows students to gain hospital experience under a nurse’s supervision. Those students aren’t caring for coronavirus patients, but their work frees up nurses to do so, Nicholson said.
This marks the seventh straight year Iowa City has aced the index, which evaluates a city’s non-discrimination laws, employment practices, municipal services, law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ equality. The city actually scored 112 out of 100, with bonus points for some categories factored in.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 41, with temperatures falling to a low of 25 overnight, according to the National Weather Service. The weekend will be mostly clear with highs in the low 40s.
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