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Sioux City's Michael Franken to Run for US Senate Seat

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Sioux City’s Mike Franken announced today on social media he is running for the Iowa U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Chuck Grassley. 

The Democratic candidate is a retired three-star vice admiral in the U.S. Navy. Franken is the fourth candidate in the Democratic primary. Franken ran in the Democratic Senate primary in 2020. 
The other Democratic candidates are former Congresswoman and state lawmaker Abby Finkenauer of Cedar Rapids, farmer and former county supervisor Dave Muhlbauer of Manning, and physician Glenn Hurst of Minden.
Grassley faces a challenge in the Republican primary from Sioux City attorney and state lawmaker Jim Carlin.
 
For the first time in 35 years, workers for John Deere have gone on strike. Members of the UAW set up picket lines early this morning after negotiators yesterday failed to agree on a new contract. Iowa workers are picketing in Ankeny, Ottumwa, Waterloo, and Dubuque.
The strike affects 10,000 workers at 14 Deere facilities across the country. <--break->
 

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Courtesy of The Sentencing Project

 
 Black Iowans are Iowa incarcerated 9.3 times as often as Whites.
 
Nebraska is not far behind at nearly nine times the per-capita rate of White residents. That’s according to a study released yesterday by the national advocacy group The Sentencing Project.
 
Both states have markedly higher rates of disparity among their incarcerated populations than the nation as a whole.
 
The report has three policy recommendations: Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, assess the racial impact of new crime legislation, and stop arrests and prosecutions in low-level drug offenses.
 

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