Radio Iowa News Director Gives Preview Of Governor Reynolds “Condition of the State” Speech
(Des Moines) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to deliver her “Condition of the State” address to the joint members of the Iowa legislature today. However, Reynolds is breaking from tradition as she has scheduled the speech to begin at 6:00 p.m. rather than during the morning hours as has been
the case in the past. Reynolds will speak from the Iowa House Chambers.
State Representative, Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars believes the governor has chosen to address the state during the evening primetime television news hour, as a way to have more people able to hear her message.
O.Kay Henderson is the news director with Radio Iowa of which KLEM is an affiliate. Henderson reports on the state legislature along with the governor. She explains what Governor Reynolds is likely to discuss during this evening’s address.
Henderson says what may not be said during this evening’s governor’s address is a specific plan calling for additional tax cuts.
The Radio Iowa reporter believes Governor Reynolds will discuss topics with a future-forward observation, but those goals may be more short-term, rather than long-term state goals.
Henderson expects the governor to discuss education issues, particularly, the importance to have “in-person” classes so our students don’t fall further behind on their educational development. Included with the education topic may be discussion regarding school vouchers which would allow for money to be diverted from public schools to private schools. The Radio Iowa reporter says lawmakers have their own “wish list” in which they hope the governor will bring up during her speech.
Iowa Public Television will carry live the governor’s speech.
Federal Court Appearance For Iowa Man Who Stormed US Capitol
(Des Moines, IA) – – The Iowa man caught on camera storming the U-S Capitol Building has a federal court appearance this afternoon (Tuesday 2 p-m). The F-B-I says 41-year-old Justin Jensen of Des Moines is facing five charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct, obstructing a law enforcement
officer and disrupting the orderly conduct of government business. Jensen is seen in several photos inside the Capitol wearing a QAnon t-shirt. He was also spotted on video leading a group towards the Senate chamber and chasing down a Black police officer. Jensen was arrested Saturday in Polk County.
Grassley: Congress Should Concentrate on Working With Biden
(Newton, IA) — Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress should concentrate on working with the next president rather than impeaching the one who’ll be out of office in nine days. The Iowa Republican said, “at least I’m looking forward to what I can do…to help Biden pull the country together.” Grassley says the timing of an impeachment trial in the Senate could interfere with
the process of confirming Biden’s cabinet. Grassley said he was ushered to safety so quickly last Wednesday, he didn’t realize how frightening the situation actually was until he got to a T-V. He said, “what happened on Wednesday…that sort of insurrection is untenable, and the president’s comments didn’t help the matter any and made it worse.” At this point, Grassley said he sees “very little opportunity” for Trump to lead the Republican Party in the future.
Emmet County Authorities ID Victim of Deadly House Fire
(Estherville, IA) — Authorities in Emmet County are identifying the man killed in a house fire last week. The Estherville Police Department says 69-year-old Paul Ostendorf died in the January 2nd fire. The initial news release did not indicate there was anyone inside the burning home. The State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Ostendorf’s identity. His cause of death
and the cause of the fire remain under investigation.