felon voting rights

Voters in Woodbury County said “yes” to a new jail and law enforcement center. 

Unofficial results in Woodbury County show 57 percent of the voters wanted a new jail in yesterday’s special election.

It only needed 50 percent plus 1 vote to pass.

But, it will be a couple of years before the facility is up and running. In that time, Sheriff Dave Drew says there’s a chance the jail’s worn heating, cooling and ventilation systems could fail. 

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivered her condition of the state address this morning at the Iowa State House. Reynolds unveiled the “Invest in Iowa Act”.  The move would increase the sales tax by one percent and lower others.

“I’m proposing to cut income tax by an additional 10 percent for almost every Iowan, with lower-income Iowans receiving as much as a 25 percent cut.” 

Reynolds also proposes reducing county property taxes.  The state would help pick up the cost of mental health services. 

New trade deal for North America has passed another hurdle on its way toward approval in the United States.

The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement passed out of the Senate finance committee today.

The USMCA will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Two Republicans and one Democrat voted against the agreement. It still needs a vote from the full senate and Canadian approval.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says all pending voting rights applications from people with felony records will be reviewed before the Iowa Caucuses on February third. 

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve a pre-construction agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the reconfiguration of Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard to a three-lane roadway, according to the Sioux City Journal.

The project would reconfigure Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard from four lanes to three on Iowa 12 from War Eagle Drive to Military Road.  

Iowa is the only state that still bans all people with felony convictions from voting unless they appeal to the governor.

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Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott won another term in office in yesterday’s general election.  He picked up almost 70% of the vote over Maria Rundquist.

And incumbent council member Rhonda Capron was defeated by the owner of SOHO Julie Schoenherr.   Capron was seeking her 3rd term in office and says she doesn’t plan to run again.

Six people were on the ballot for four school board seats.

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Pet licensing fees could be going up in Sioux City.  The action comes as the possibility of doing away with the pit bull ban still looms for the Sioux City Council.  The City manager’s office says an ordinance to repeal the ban was expected to come before council for final consideration today, but the matter will be deferred 

A trio of Iowa officials is criticizing the Democratic National Committee for instituting polling and fundraising thresholds to participate in the presidential debates.  They say the thresholds are artificial and they are winnowing the field of candidates and usurping the job of Iowa caucus-goers.

In a conference call with reporters today, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Iowa DNC member Jan Bauer said most Iowans are not tuning in to the Democratic presidential debates and have not yet made up their minds.

Voting Rights, Legislative Wrap Up, Jon's Story, 05.01.19

May 2, 2019

The Exchange 05/01/19


Coming up on The Exchange, we talk with a law professor who says the relatively low turnouts at the polls in some elections may have something to do with voter apathy, but that’s only part of the story.

Also, we talk with an expert on the future of business and jobs in America who says if you fear that your position may be taken over by computers,  you may be right.

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The governor’s proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore felon voting rights won’t win approval from the whole Iowa Legislature this year that’s

after Republicans on a Senate committee declined to consider the proposal ahead of a statehouse deadline. 

One of Republican Governor Kim Reynolds’ top priorities this year is taking the first step in passing a constitutional amendment to restore felon voting rights after a person completes their sentence.

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The Iowa Senate will not advance a proposal to amend the state's constitution to restore voting rights for former felons, dealing a blow to one of Gov. Kim Reynolds' top legislative priorities.

Sen. Brad Zaun said Thursday afternoon he was taking the measure off the Senate Judiciary Committee's calendar, killing the measure's chances of advancing ahead of a legislative "funnel" deadline on Friday.