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Friday Afternoon News, November 13th


Political Analyst Comments About Trends From The Election

(Le Mars) — Now that the election is more than a week old, political analysts are reporting on the trends that occurred during election day.
Dordt University Political Science professor, Jeff Taylor, now State Senator, says across the state of Iowa and across the nation saw a big voter turn-out.

Taylor says one voting trend that was established during the election in Iowa is Democrats were able to score well in the urban areas, while Republicans swept the rural areas of the state.

Taylor says the Republican party was able to expand their lead of lawmakers in both the State House and the State Senate.

Another trend that is occurring is the addition of more females entering the political world. It was just a matter of a few years ago when Iowa was one of the last states to elect a woman for governor, senate, or congress. Now, all that has changed. Despite the final outcome of U-S House District 2 seat
in southeast Iowa, the state’s Congressional Delegation will consist of two male lawmakers, Chuck Grassley and Randy Feenstra, and four females, Joni Ernst as a U-S Senator, Ashley Hinson, Cindy Axne, and either Democrat Rita Hart or Republican Mariann Miller-Meeks. He says the fact that three of the four congressional seats will be occupied by a woman is a new record for Iowa.

The Dordt University professor reminds us three of the major races within Iowa, the race for the U-S Senate seat, U-S House District 1, and U-S House District 2 featured political races that had two women campaigning against each other.




Radio Iowa News Reporter Comments On Issues Likely To Be Debated During Upcoming Legislative Session

(Des Moines) — In early January, returning and newly elected lawmakers will travel to Des Moines at the state capitol building to begin a new legislative session. O.Kay Henderson is the news director with Radio Iowa, and whose reports can be heard frequently on KLEM radio. Henderson covers the state
government and legislative issues and events. She says because Republicans control both chambers and the governor’s seat, lawmakers will mostly likely look at cutting additional taxes.

Henderson says mental health funding will also probably be a focus for legislators during the next session.

The Radio Iowa news reporter says the state legislature may also address the manner in which health insurance companies will cover expenses associated with mental health consultations.




43 Public and Private Schools in Iowa Have Gone Virtual

(Des Moines, IA) — Nearly ten percent of schools in the state are shifting from in-person to online classes. Iowa Department of Education director Ann Lebo said her agency approved 19 different waiver requests since Tuesday from public and private schools seeking to move partially or entirely to online
classes. Lebo said, “because requesting a waiver is just one option for schools and there are many adjustments schools can make without needing additional approval from the department, we continue to encourage schools to contact us to help them work through solutions.” The agency is hosting a webinar today (Friday) for school administrators to discuss their options.
Lebo said 43 public districts and non-public schools have shifted some or all grades online.




Miller-Meeks and Hart In Washington For New Member Orientation

(Washington, DC) — The two opponents in a congressional race that’s still a toss-up are in Washington, D-C participating in orientation sessions for new U-S House members. Republican Marinnette Miller-Meeks is ahead of Democrat Rita Hart by 47 votes in the latest count. Hart has asked for a district-wide recount. University of Iowa election law professor Derek
Muller says this might be the closest congressional race in 30 years in the United States. Election officials in Lucas County will do a hand recount today (Friday) of ballots from a precinct in Russell where a tabulation error was discovered earlier this week. Data plugged into the system from a pre-election test wound up being reported rather than the actual results.




Body of Missing Minnesota Hunter Found in Winneshiek County

(Decorah, IA) — Authorities in northeast Iowa say the search is over for a missing hunter from southern Minnesota. The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office says body of Maya Htoo from Austin was found Thursday in a wooded area northeast of Decorah. Deputies say Htoo and another man went to the Canoe
Creek Access Area in Pleasant Township Wednesday to hunt. Htoo did not return to a designated meeting spot and was reported missing. Crews searched that evening and overnight before finding the body yesterday. An autopsy is being done to determine Htoo’s cause of death.




Dubuque County Supervisors Pass Face Mask Mandate

(Dubuque, IA) — People in Dubuque County will be required to wear a face mask next week to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors passed a county-wide mask mandate Thursday that takes effect November 18th. It requires face coverings in public places and outdoors
where six feet of social distancing is not possible. Supervisors voted down a mask order in September, but were pressured by health officials due to a record COVID positivity rate. The governor and attorney general say a mask mandate is not enforceable.