Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor (R)

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Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his Democratic Presidential Rivals in the Iowa Caucuses.   Many of them want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.

Biden today said his plan would add a "public option" to the 2010 health care overhaul, with expanded coverage paid for by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Today on The Exchange, we recap a massive Saturday in the Park Celebration on July 6.  Sheila Brummer talks with several folks at the event and some of the performers as well.

We hear from two of the more well known Democratic Presidential candidates who visited Siouxland last week- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California US Senator Kamala Harris.

There is a Native American Presidential Candidate Forum scheduled for August 19-20 in Sioux City.  We talk with one of the planners.

State Sen. Randy Feenstra of Hull says he is stepping down as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  Feenstra says he wants to focus on running for the Iowa 4th Congressional district, a seat long held by Republican Steve King. 

Feenstra says the move was made "to allocate more time" to the congressional contest while saying he is proud of his work on the committee.

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Randy Feenstra, one of the three fellow Republicans trying to oust U.S. Rep. Steve King, brought in four times more campaign cash than the congressman over the first three months of the 2019-20 election cycle.

King's campaign organization reported he raised a little more than 61 thousand dollars for the first quarter, which trailed the $260 thousand raised by Feenstra, a state senator from Hull, Iowa.  Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China, donated to Feenstra’s campaign.