Mary Hartnett

Announcer/News Director

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Three Democratic Presidential candidates will campaign in Northwest Iowa this weekend. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar,  and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet will make appearances in Sioux City and Orange City. 

Michael Bennet is meeting with potential caucus-goers this afternoon and evening. Asked this morning about the tariff battle that President Trump set off with China, Bennet said Trump was right to question the trade imbalance with China. But, Bennet says the president did so in a terribly clumsy way.

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Michael Bloomberg has reached out to a senior Iowa Democrat in a sign that the billionaire former New York City mayor is planning a presidential campaign.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack told The Associated Press that Bloomberg telephoned him Thursday evening as reports were emerging that he was weighing a campaign. Bloomberg left a voicemail indicating he plans to run.

Bloomberg aides say he has made calls to prominent Democrats but has not made a final decision to run for president.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar,  and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet will make appearances in northwest Iowa today and tomorrow. 

Unlike many of the Democratic candidates, Bennet does not oppose a wall on the border with Mexico if it is part of the larger, modern immigration system.  He wrote an immigration bill in 2013 with a similar suggestion. 

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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.

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A new committee tasked with making criminal justice reform recommendations to Governor Kim Reynolds met for the first time today.

Iowa criminal justice system leaders and stakeholders heard presentations about trends in Iowa’s prison population and the barriers people face when they leave prison.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg chairs the committee. 

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Three Democratic presidential candidates will be visiting Sioux City starting tomorrow. 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet will make appearances.

Klobuchar will speak at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow at Townsquare Coffeehouse and Kitchen, in Orange City.  Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Klobuchar will be at the Sioux City Public Library to take part in a Woodbury County Democratic Party caucus training event. 

On The Exchange this week we talk with some of the candidates from this general election.  Mayor Bob Scott will talk about his re-election and Rhonda Capron says goodbye to the Sioux City Council after eight years of service.  SOHO restaurant and bar owner Julie Schoenherr bested Capron.  We will speak with Schoenherr as well.

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Governor Kim Reynolds spoke this morning with the task force she’s assembled to come up with a series of criminal justice reforms, according to Radio Iowa.

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Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott won another term in office in yesterday’s general election.  He picked up almost 70% of the vote over Maria Rundquist.

And incumbent council member Rhonda Capron was defeated by the owner of SOHO Julie Schoenherr.   Capron was seeking her 3rd term in office and says she doesn’t plan to run again.

Six people were on the ballot for four school board seats.

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More voters than expected turned out in Sioux City yesterday for the general election.   

Mayor Bob Scott won another term in office.  He picked up almost 70% of the vote over Maria Rundquist.

“I’m happy we won and by the margin that we won obviously. I think it confirms people are somewhat happy with my performance.  I’m working really hard for the citizens and I’m going to continue that.” 

It was a tight race for the city council and school board.

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