Representative Pat Grassley of New Hartford (R)

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The Iowa House of Representatives has officially elected Republican Pat Grassley as the new speaker of the House. The chamber voted today (Monday), the first day of the 2020 legislative session.

Grassley is a 36-year-old farmer from New Hartford and the grandson of U-S Senator Chuck Grassley.

Speaker Grassley says his time as chair of a powerful budget-writing committee showed him the importance of building consensus among House Republicans.

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Less than a month before the Iowa caucuses, the top tier is a cluster of four candidates: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate John Kerry will be in Sioux City tomorrow afternoon campaigning for Biden.  He’ll make an appearance at Biden’s campaign office on Hamilton Boulevard along with other national elected officials supporting Biden.

Over the weekend candidate and Maryland Congressman John Delaney visited Siouxland.

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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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The Iowa Department of Transportation re-opened a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

Both directions of I-29 from Crescent to Loveland in Pottawattamie County were closed yesterday because the water was over the roadway in the northbound lane. The water has largely receded

Republican lawmakers have chosen Pat Grassley to lead the Iowa House of Representatives. The decision comes a week after Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced she’s stepping down.