4th District Represenative Steve King (R)

This week on The Exchange we recap the June 2nd primary election.  The big takeaway is veteran 4th district congressman Steve King was defeated by State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull.  Feenstra raised three times the amount of money King did and ws the only primary candidate to run television ads in Sioux City.  

Today, the state of Iowa increased the number of COVID-19 cases to 124. That is 19 more than yesterday.  There were no new confirmed cases in Siouxland.

Sarah Reisetter from the Iowa Department of Public Health says currently “sheltering in place” in Iowa isn’t necessary for the time being.

Reisetter says people should stay home as much as possible, especially if you are over the age of 60; use social distancing, work from home if possible, stay away from large gatherings and use good personal hygiene.

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The governing body for Iowa’s three state universities is imposing new travel restrictions due to coronavirus.

The Iowa Board of Regents is immediately canceling all university-sponsored international travel for all faculty, staff, and students at Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI for 30 days, including Spring Break.

The board says faculty, staff, and students who are already out of the country, are being recalled if they’re in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.

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Three of the five Republicans who are announced candidates for Iowa’s 4thcongressional district seat have filed papers to be on the June primary election ballot. 

Republican Jeremy Taylor of Sioux City, on today, filed nomination papers with the Iowa Secretary of State office. Previously taking the step of filing papers were state Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, and Brett Richards, of Irwin.

Those who have not filed are nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve King, of Kiron, and Steve Reeder, of Arnolds Park.

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The statewide winter storm today has been upgraded to a blizzard warning in northwest Iowa, while more snow accumulation has been forecast across the state.

Blizzard warning criteria from the NWS are wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and one-quarter of mile visibility or less that lasts up to three hours.  

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The Sioux City Council is expected to vote today to vote on an ordinance that would amend water rates for South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes.

According to the Sioux City Journal, the City of Sioux City entered into agreements for water service with South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes in 2002. The agreement with Dakota Dunes was amended in 2004.

The 2020 rates for South Sioux City will decrease by 7.3 percent, while Dakota Dunes' rates will decrease by 4.8 percent. The minimum monthly charge is set at $1,000 per community. 

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4th district Republican Congressman Steve King has made it clear he’ll vote against impeaching President Trump this week, but the three Democrats from Iowa who serve in the U.S. House have not announced how they’ll vote.  About two dozen people gathered at the Iowa Republican Party headquarters this weekend to show their support of the president, according to Radio Iowa.

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Iowa politicians, commodity groups and Iowa’s business community are celebrating news of a deal that will lead to U.S. House ratification of a new trade agreement to replace NAFTA. Canada and Mexico are Iowa’s two largest trade markets.

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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The campaign team of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said Monday an internal poll shows he has a strong lead over the four republicans who want to unseat him in 2020.

The King campaign says congressman got 59 percent support in the poll, while the other four Republicans combined to receive 23 percent. That included 15 percent for state Sen. Randy Feenstra, of Hull, and amounts in the low single digits for Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, Bret Richards and Steve Reeder.

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Heavy rain has caused Flooding in southeastern South Dakota and closed schools for a second day today.  There were also some who had to evacuate their homes. 

Mitchell, Dell Rapids, and Madison received more than 7 inches of rain over two days

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will briefly reduce water releases from Gavins Point Dam this weekend, then increase them later next week. The goal is to evacuate record-setting rainfall that has fallen this month across much of the upper Missouri River basin.

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A grand jury on Friday found that a South Sioux City police officer's actions during a fatal May shootout were not criminal, and no charges will be filed, according to the Sioux City Journal.

The decision cleared South Sioux City police Officer Brian Van Berkum for his actions in a fatal shootout in May. The grand jury ruled there was no criminal conduct in the May 11 incident in which Van Berkum fatally shot Luis Quinones Rosa outside of Los Amigos, a South Sioux City bar and liquor store.

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Iowa's unemployment rate climbed slightly in July to 2.5% but remains among the lowest in the nation.

Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in June. The rate had been stuck at that level since July 2018.

Although the unemployment rate increased, the number of residents with jobs also rose by about 4,000 compared to June. The number of unemployed residents increased by about 1,400.

Iowa's unemployment rate was third-lowest in the nation, behind Vermont and North Dakota and tied with New Hampshire.

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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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.

The 2020 race for the  4th district is on as 2018 Democratic Candidate JD Scholten of Sioux City officially announced today that he will run against the Republican candidate.  Most people expect that to be incumbent Steve King, however, King is being challenged this year by three candidates.  

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State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced today that he is stepping down as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  Feenstra says he wants to focus on running for Iowa’s 4thcongressional district.  The seat is currently held by Steve King.  

Feenstra made the announcement in a press release, saying the move was made "to allocate more time" to the congressional contest while saying he is proud of his work on the committee.