Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst (R)

This week on The Exchange, 

Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg meets with potential caucus-goers in Siouxland.  We have a report.

Also, some of the Democratic candidates who are vying for an opportunity to oust US Senator Joni Ernst next year say they feel the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump should go forward.

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The House hearings on the impeachment inquiry wrapped up this afternoon.  Several witnesses came forward and claimed President Donald Trump had asked Ukraine for help looking into the activities of former Vice President and now Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son in exchange for military aid. 

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The Iowa Supreme Court says it will take an appeal of an Iowa attorney who challenged a 2017 flight Gov. Kim Reynolds and her family took.  That flight was on a private jet to a football game in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gary Dickey filed a complaint with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board in September 2018, alleging the $2,880 claimed for four seats on the jet in campaign documents underestimated the flight's value.

The board dismissed his complaint, saying the estimate was reasonable.

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A new committee tasked with making criminal justice reform recommendations to Governor Kim Reynolds met for the first time today.

Iowa criminal justice system leaders and stakeholders heard presentations about trends in Iowa’s prison population and the barriers people face when they leave prison.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg chairs the committee. 

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Three Democratic presidential candidates will be visiting Sioux City starting tomorrow. 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet will make appearances.

Klobuchar will speak at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow at Townsquare Coffeehouse and Kitchen, in Orange City.  Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Klobuchar will be at the Sioux City Public Library to take part in a Woodbury County Democratic Party caucus training event. 

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said recent reports of respiratory illnesses caused by e-cigarettes are alarming, and she said the state is looking at what it can do in response.

Taking questions from reporters at a news conference on Wednesday, Reynolds said she's working with the Iowa Department of Public Health to continue collecting data on the illnesses.

Twenty-three cases (and no deaths) of respiratory illness linked to vaping have been reported in Iowa. 

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Republican US Senator Joni Ernst is refusing to pass judgment possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump but said yesterday Congress needs to investigate any allegations of corruption. Ernst was at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City yesterday morning, talking with high school students about leadership.

Ernst was asked about the possible impeachment of the president.  She said the Senate Intelligence Committee will take the process seriously because all forms of corruption need to be exposed.

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Republican US Senator Joni Ernst says anytime there is corruption or fraud, the Congress needs to combat it.  Ernst was in Sioux City yesterday (Thursday) talking about leadership with high school students at Briar Cliff University.  Ernst was asked about the impending impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  Without passing judgment on the case, Ernst said the Senate Intelligence Committee will look at the evidence in the impeachment process in a bi-partisan manner.

Henderson served as chaplain for area first responders and senior pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Fort Dodge Police Department

  

The initial appearance for a man charged with killing a pastor in Fort Dodge has been pushed back until tomorrow.

Thirty-six year old Joshua Pendleton was charged with robbery and first-degree murder for the death of Rev. Allen Henderson.

Officers found Henderson at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Fort Dodge.

Television station WHO-TV in Des Moines posted video this morning showing the suspect, Joshua Pendleton getting angry and pounding his fist on a nearby desk.      

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker's office at the Capitol saying "no one is above the law."  Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government's help in his reelection bid.

Pelosi says the president "must be held accountable."

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