There’s a mouse in the house — and the senate.
There’s actually more than one mouse in the Iowa statehouse. The Chief Clerk of the Iowa House of Representatives sent an e-mail late Thursday morning, explaining there had been "reports of rodents in the Capitol." He quickly sent a second email, clarifying that when he wrote "rodents" he was talking about mice. He urged folks to take precautions against the "little critters" by storing any food they may bring to work in "hard plastic containers."
A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services says the "varmint eradication vendor" hired by the state reports there’s been an increase in the mouse population across Des Moines. Officials say the campaign against the mice is wide-ranging, and even involves "old-fashioned" spring traps.