Newscast 04.22.22: Support Rally Planned for Family of Deceased Santee Sioux Woman ; Sec of State Paul Pate to Look Into Nominating Petition Rules
Secretary of State Paul Pate says he’s ready to work with legislators to ensure state law clearly requires Iowans who sign nominating papers for candidates include the date they signed the petition.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last week errors in the dates next to three signatures on U.S. Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer’s nominating petitions were not grounds to disqualify Finkenauer from the June Primary ballot.
In its ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court said just last year the legislature passed a law outlining the specific reasons for rejecting signatures on nominating petitions, but that law did not address missing or incorrect dates on the signature line.
Advocates for Missing Murdered Indigenous Women are holding a rally of support in Santee, Nebraska on Sunday. The event will take place at 4 p.m. outside the Santee Community Center.
The event was organized after the death of tribal member Ashleigh Wabasha. The 19-year-old’s body was found on Monday after she disappeared on March 27th. The FBI handling the case and releasing no further information. The agency investigates the most serious crimes in Indian Country.
Nebraska ranks number six on the list of states with the most missing and murdered indigenous women, according to the Red Ribbon Skirt Society.
Google says it will invest more than $750 million in Nebraska in 2022, an investment that includes construction of a data center in Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday that the investment also includes an expansion of Google’s existing data center in Papillion.