4th Congressional Candidate JD Scholten (D)

Scholten for Congress

The COVID-19 pandemic forced candidates running for office try and become creative in reaching out to potential supports. 

Democrat J.D. Scholten gassed up his RV, nicknamed “Sioux City Sue” and hit the road after a hiatus of several months.  He goes head-to-head in the 4th Congressional District after his challenger, Randy Freenstra of Hull beat long-time incumbant, Steve King.

Associated Press

Lawmakers returned to the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday to finish work left when the coronavirus pandemic surfaced back in March. 

Their biggest business?  Tackling the budget in this time of economic uncertainty.

Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks will be provided. Meeting rules have been established to allow lawmakers to be at least 6 feet apart. Committee meetings and floor debates will be streamed on the internet.

June 2, 2020
Siouxland Public Media

Polls remain open tonight until 9 for primary election underway in Iowa.

Republican voters in the 4th Congressional District will decide if they will pick incumbent Steve King to be the candidate to face Democrat J.D. Scholten in the fall.  Democrats will choose a challenger to take on Senator Joni Ernst.

  

One of the Republicans facing Congressman Steve King in a primary election next year says “it’s time for a change”.

“Kind of the feeling on the ground is when I talk to people they think it’s time for Congressman King to go and these are dyed-in-the-wool Republicans saying that too.” 

That’s Bret Richards, the former mayor of Irwin, business owner, veteran and  adjunct professor at Creighton University.

Richards says if King makes it out of the primary, he doesn’t think he will beat the Democrat on the ballot, JD Scholten.

Iowa biofuels groups are calling on President Donald Trump to step in to resolve a dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency.

This week, the EPA released a proposal to make up for lost demand from waivers allowing small oil refineries to use less ethanol and biodiesel. But the plan only covers about half of the industry’s annual losses.  Ethanol producers like Plymouth Energy in Merrill were shut down for weeks at a time this year because of the effect of biofuels waivers to oil refineries.  

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4thdistrict Congressman Steve King caused more controversy today at an appearance in the Des Moines area.  The nine-term Congressman was discussing his stance on abortion laws that carve out exceptions for rape and incest.  He questioned whether such exceptions could have if honored in past civilizations, caused the end of humanity.  

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4thDistrict Congressman Steve King’s remarks today to a conservative group in Urbandale about abortion and rape are being denounced by state and national leaders.  They call to mind controversial comments King made last year about western civilization.

King was talking to the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale about his anti-abortion heartbeat bill which makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

Then King asked what the population would look like if those exceptions were made through history.

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4thdistrict Congressman Steve King caused another media firestorm today with his comments on race, rape, incest, and abortion. In Urbandale today, The nine-term Congressman was discussing his stance against abortion restriction laws that carve out exceptions for rape and incest when he went on to question whether such exceptions could have if honored in past civilizations, caused the end of humanity.

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Attorneys are seeking a review of Tran Walker's juvenile court records to determine whether the judge who recently found him guilty of murder had a conflict of interest about whether a new trial should be held. The Sioux City Journal reports that the public defender's office received an allegation that District Judge Tod Deck had represented Walker in juvenile court when Deck was a lawyer.

We talk with 4th district democratic candidate JD Scholten about his second try at winning the race against veteran

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A western Iowa Republican lawmaker says he's holding a campaign fundraiser featuring U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley at a shooting range despite calls for him to cancel the gun-centered event following weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

State Rep. Steve Holt says his Sweet Freedom Celebration in Denison remains scheduled for tonight and Grassley's staff confirms he will attend and deliver a speech.

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It looks like Republican Steve King may face off once again against Sioux City’s JD Sholten in the 4thDistrict Congressional race.

The Sioux City Democrat from Sioux City says today he will make a second run for the seat.  King.has held the seat for 17 years.

Scholten says political analysts around the country said that nobody could get close to defeating King.  But Scholten last year Scholten lost to King by only three percentage points, instead of the usual 20.

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J.D. Scholten says today he will make another run for the 4thcongressional seat held for 17 years by conservative Republican Rep. Steve King.

The Sioux City native says he will seek the Democratic nomination

Since winning the seat in 2002, King has been re-elected eight times, usually by margins of 20 to more than 30 percentage points until last November. 

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Democrat J.D. Scholten says today he will make a second run for the 4thcongressional seat.  It’s been held for 17 years by conservative Republican Rep. Steve King.

Scholten says political analysts around the country said that nobody could get close to defeating King.  But Scholten says last year his campaign debunked that idea, losing to King by only three percentage points, instead of the usual 20.