Kamala Harris Opens Sioux City Campaign Office, Nebraska Prison has "alarming" Conditions

Aug 21, 2019

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One of the candidates running for Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Iowa next year visits Sioux City next Tuesday.  Theresa Greenfield from Des Moines will hold a campaign event at 5 p.m. at The Marquee on Fourth St.  Greenfield is a real estate agent and one of three Democrats who are running for the seat, which is held by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst. 

The other Democrats in the race are Kimberly Graham, an attorney from Indianola, and Eddie Mauro, a businessman from Des Moines. Michael Franken, a retired Navy admiral originally from Sioux Center who recently moved to Sioux City, is also considering becoming a Democratic candidate

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris will open a campaign office in Sioux City today.

Harris will not be in the city for the opening, which takes place at 5:30 p.m., at 3107 Gordon Drive. The U.S. senator from California has campaigned in the city twice, in July and August.

A Nebraska prisons watchdog has issued a warning about "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages and record overtime at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

The inspector general for corrections, issued the report to lawmakers this week. He also identified contraband cellphones and the use of synthetic drugs as major security concerns.  The problems appear to be most severe at the Lincoln prison. A different prison in southeast Nebraska was the site of inmate uprisings in 2015 and 2017, and in each instance, two prisoners died.

Nebraska's prison system has faced a litany of problems in recent years, including persistent overcrowding and struggles to hire and retain employees.