2020 Presidential Caucuses

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A winter weather system moving across the country is dropping snow, sleet and freezing rain on eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. Most schools in the region canceled classes and activities for today ahead of the storm system. Residents in Nebraska awoke to a blanket of snow and wind chills well below zero. The snow hit Iowa later in the morning. 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of eastern Nebraska into central parts of the state that will remain in effect until early Saturday morning. 

The U.S. Senate ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today, cementing a major new trade deal that’s been years in the making.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says this is a vital pact with our neighbors to the north and south and promises a tremendous boost for the Iowa economy. Iowa is the nation’s number-one pork producer, and in 2018, Canada and Mexico bought more than 40-percent of all U.S. pork exports. Iowa is also the country’s number-one egg producer and the USMCA will raise U.S. exports of poultry and eggs to Canada alone by $207 million dollars.

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Woodbury County residents will head to the polls March 3rd for a bond referendum to build a new law enforcement center and jail.

The board of supervisors has joined the city of Sioux City in signing off on that date. Now the city, the county and a joint jail authority they've created will launch a public information campaign.  Chair Matthew Ung says people can bring their questions or concerns about the new jail to any board meeting and the supervisors will do their best to answer them until the vote on March 3, 2020.

This week on The Exchange, we hear from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as they deliver their legislative agendas for 2020 sessions.  Each of the Republican governors focused on a need to bolster the economic conditions of their state.

In the run-up to the February 3rd caucuses, we talk with a student from Northwestern College in Orange City, who is holding a mock caucus to educate those who have never taken part in Iowa's presidential nominating process.  

The Iowa Senate and House of Representatives gaveled in this morning.  Republican Pat Grassley of New Hartford is the new speaker of the house.

Tomorrow,  Republican Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver her third condition of the state address.

She’ll set out her agenda for the year and unveil her budget proposal. They’re expected to include workforce and rural Iowa initiatives, and restoring felon voting rights.

Listen for live coverage on Siouxland Public Media starting at 10 a.m.

This week on The Exchange, as the new looms, we consider our goals and life choices and sometimes ask ourselves if we have sold out on our values.  We talk with the author of a new book called "The Ethical Sellout," about the many ways compromise can help us make decisions that accord with our values and the practical needs of our lives.

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Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is back in Iowa less than a week after completing visits to all 99 counties and about a month ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

Klobuchar held a town hall in Sioux City today (Thursday). She read a question from a voter asking how she’d flip back counties that voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 and President Donald Trump in 2016. She says that happens by visiting small rural towns where it’s sometimes “uncomfortable.”

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Iowa’s first in the nation presidential caucuses take place one month from tomorrow and Democratic candidates are visiting Siouxland in preparation.  Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar talked with potential caucus-goers today at Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater.  Klobuchar said her campaign was surging and she had raised more than one million dollars the day after the Dec. 19th presidential debate.  She answered a question from the crowd about “recovering” from President Trump’s trade war.  Klobuchar said the country needed consistent trade policies.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar told potential Siouxland caucus-goers today that her campaign has surged since the December 19th debate.  The Minnesota US Senator told supporters at the Orpheum Theater today that that financial boost has meant a lot to her campaign.

“After that last debate, we raised over a million dollars in small contributions in 24 hours.  So we’re seeing a total surge that’s allowed us to double our staff in the state of Iowa. “

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve a resolution that a maximum of $1 million in funds be committed to the Badgerow Building and another $1.6 million to two other projects in the city's Historic Fourth Street District.

The council will consider adopting an amendment to the Combined Central Sioux City -- CBD Urban Renewal Area Plan.

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