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Newscast 03.11.22: Iowa Caucuses Could be In Doubt; Nebraska Lawmakers Push Ahead with Permitless Concealed Carry

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Nebraskans got one step closer today to being able to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

State lawmakers advanced a bill to the second of three rounds of consideration on a 35-9 vote. The vote came after a 36-9 vote to cut off the filibuster mounted by opponents, three more than needed.

Under the proposal, Nebraska adults who are not otherwise banned from having guns would no longer have to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Measures like this are sometimes called “constitutional carry” in reference to some gun rights advocates’ belief that the U.S. Constitution gives people the right to carry concealed guns without a permit.

National Democratic leaders have drafted a proposal that could significantly reshape the party’s presidential nominating process and put an end to Iowa’s prized first-in-the-nation caucuses.

A draft resolution, obtained and corroborated by the Des Moines Register, would set new criteria for early-voting states that favor primaries over caucuses and diversity over tradition.

If the proposal advances, it would upend the party's presidential nominating calendar by requiring states to apply to hold its nominating contests before the rest of the country and expanding the number of early voting states to as many as five.

The U-S Senate passed its appropriations bill last night, sending the bill to President Joe Biden for his signature. the bill would fund expansion and development projects across Iowa.

The one-point-five trillion dollar spending package received support from all members of Iowa’s congressional delegation except one. The 4th district’s Rep. Randy Feenstra was the only one to oppose the bill due to the non-defense funding allocations. The funding available in the bill go to community development projects throughout the state. Rep. Ashley Hinson represents Iowa’s first congressional district.

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