Newscast 11.18.22: Summit Carbon Solutions sues another Iowa county; IA Senate Majority Leader challenged on voter registration residence
Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver is facing a challenge to his voter registration from a resident who says Whitver doesn't live at the address where he is registered to vote, reports the Des Moines Register.
Whitver, a Republican, was reelected to Iowa Senate District 23 earlier this month. The district includes Grimes and parts of rural Polk and Dallas counties.
Whitver’s spokesperson says the challenge is a frivolous attempt by Democrats to try to overturn an election. The Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald, a Democrat, will hold a hearing on Nov. 30 on the challenge at the Polk County Election Office.
According to the Iowa Capital Dispatch, a company that hopes to build a carbon dioxide pipeline across Iowa is suing a second Iowa county over local efforts to regulate the placement of the controversial pipeline.
Summit Carbon Solutions, which hopes to build a pipeline to transport carbon dioxide across Iowa, sued Story County earlier this week in U.S. District Court. On Wednesday, Summit filed a similar lawsuit against Shelby County. In Iowa, the project would likely involve 680 miles of pipeline through 30 counties, including Woodbury County.
Governor Kim Reynolds says that by the end of her new four-year term, she wants to implement school choice and eliminate Iowa’s state income tax.
Reynolds has just been elected chair of the Republican Governors Association for the next two years. Reynolds made the comment on an RGA panel, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was also on the panel. South Dakota has no personal or corporate income tax and mainly relies on property and sales taxes to fund government operations.
Reynolds has tried in each of the past two years to get the Republican-led legislature to approve state scholarships for some students who switch from a public to a private school. During the 2022 campaign, Reynolds said her goal is for all parents to have the choice of sending their child to a private school.
The State Board of Education got an early look this week at the annual report on schools that are set to be released next week, Radio Iowa reports.
Jason Crowley in the Department of Education’s Bureau of information says the diversity among students has increased in the last 20 years, and minority, racial, and ethnic students make up 26.8% of our K-12 student population in the fall of ’21 — compared to 9.7% of in the fall of 2000.
The most significant increases have been in the number of Hispanic students, followed by African Americans. Crowley says the overall number of students in Iowa schools increased by about one percent in the past 20 years,