Feenstra Quits Ways and Means Committee to Focus on 4th District Race, 5:04

Jun 12, 2019

State Senator and 4th District Congressional Candidate Randy Feenstra of Hull (R)

State Sen. Randy Feenstra of Hull says he is stepping down as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  Feenstra says he wants to focus on running for the Iowa 4th Congressional district, a seat long held by Republican Steve King. 

Feenstra says the move was made "to allocate more time" to the congressional contest while saying he is proud of his work on the committee.

Steve King, who has won eight terms, is also running for re-election. The two other Republicans candidates are Woodbury County Supervisor and former state Rep. Jeremy Taylor, of Sioux City, and former Irwin Mayor Bret Richards.

Nebraska is the only state in the nation that has not pursued legal action against drugmakers, distributors or pharmaceutical companies that deal in opioids.

The attorney general in Nebraska has been active in combatting opioid addiction, but so far has remained on the sidelines while other states and thousands of local governments have filed lawsuits.

So far, 48 states have filed claims to recover damages they say are caused by the opioid crisis, which played a part in the deaths of more than 390,000 Americans from 2000 through 2017. Michigan's attorney general has announced her intention to sue as well. 

The Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's hundreds of inductee exhibits have been moved to a new and bigger space in Arnolds Park.

They can be found now in the same building that houses the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum.