Voting

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an executive order this morning restoring voting rights to felons.

“This is a cause so many Iowans worked on for years.  It boils down to our fundamental right for redemption and second changes.”

Iowa was the only state banning felons from voting, unless they appealed directly to the governor.

The order applies to people who have completed their sentence, including probation and parole.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 107 news cases of COVID-19, that includes 19 more in Woodbury County.  A majority of the local cases are from people between the ages of 18 and 60.  There were seven more deaths for a total of 90.

Health officials announced the first death in Woodbury County due to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The Sioux City Journal reports the man is 64-year-old Raymundo Corrall who worked at the Tyson plant in Dakota City.

Sheila Brummer / Siouxland Public Media

Sen. Cory Booker joined Shelby and Ike to discuss his proposed policies as a Democratic candidate* for 

President, policies, he argues, that will bring the country back together. He believes that his appeal to African-Amercian voters makes his candidacy viable and that Hilary Clinton's 2016 loss was partly due to her failure to appeal to the lived experiences of the diverse nature of the Democratic Party. And he describes how his engagement in the African-American community drives his policy. 

*As of January 13, 2020, Senator Cory Booker has suspended his campaign.

PM News 12.27.19

Dec 27, 2019
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A winter storm may impact a portion of the Siouxland area as we move into the upcoming weekend. The National Weather Service says because of high levels of uncertainty people should check the forecast often if traveling.

Sioux City could see up to 6 inches of snow Sunday night. Vermillion, South Dakota up to 8 inches, Yankton, South Dakota up to a foot, and O’Neill, Nebraska up to 18 inches.

State officials have referred to Iowa prosecutors the names of nine people suspected of voting twice in the November election last year.

On this election day voters in Sioux City are casting ballots for mayor, city council and school board.  It’s the first time the two elections have been paired together in Woodbury County.

Marilyn Tyler, is the chairperson for a precinct on the northside of Sioux City.  Tyler says last month’s primary election was slow, but things are different this time around.

 “It’s been very good so far.  We opened up at 7 a.m. and we had people here before then.  They waited and voted.”

Tyler says it’s important for people to vote.

Voters in two northwest Iowa school districts are going to the polls today to decide the fate of two school bond issues.

Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff voters will have a chance to approve or reject the plans.   

School officials say enrollment is growing and more space is necessary.  

In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed.

The Storm Lake measure calls for a $15 million plan to build a new early elementary school and a new middle school gymnasium.

Project Vote Smart Moves to Des Moines

Dec 14, 2016

One of the nation’s leading sources of nonpartisan political information is moving its headquarters to Drake University in Des Moines in January.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Chelsea Clinton in Sioux City

Oct 6, 2016

Chelsea Clinton dropped by Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater yesterday afternoon. Hillary Clinton’s daughter met with more than one-hundred supporters of the Democratic Presidential nominee.  The former first daughter talked about her mother’s achievements, what she calls the negativity of the Republican campaign and the qualities she believes will make her the nation’s first female president.  She also fielded some questions from the crowd.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.  

Chelsea Clinton in Sioux City

Oct 6, 2016

Chelsea Clinton dropped by Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater yesterday afternoon. Hillary Clinton’s daughter met with more than one-hundred supporters of the Democratic Presidential nominee.  The former first daughter talked about her mother’s achievements, what she calls the negativity of the Republican campaign and the qualities she believes will make her the nation’s first female president.  She also fielded some questions from the crowd.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.