Plymouth County Republicans have released their list of caucus sites on January 15. Precincts near Le Mars will combine their caucus sites. Precincts 1 2 3 and 4 will meet at the Le Mars Convention Center. Country Celebrations near Sioux City will be the site of the caucuses of Precincts 7 8 and 9. Other sites will be Remsen, Brunsville, Kingsley, and Akron.
LeMars Precincts 1-3: LeMars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
Precinct 4, (Oyens, Struble Remsen North): LeMars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
Precinct 5, Remsen: Gymnasium in old City Hall, Remsen 8 W 2nd St, Remsen, IA 51050
Precinct 6, Brunsville, Craig: Brunsville American Legion 305 Oak St, Brunsville, IA 51008
Precinct 7, Merril: Country Celebrations, Sioux City 5606 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108
Precinct 8, Perry Township/ Hancock Township: Country Celebrations, Sioux City 5606 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108
Precinct 9, Hinton: Country Celebrations, Sioux City 5606 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108
Precinct 10, Kingsley: Kingsley City Hall 222 S Main Street, Kingsley, IA 51028
Precinct 11, Akron, Westfield: Old Parish Hall, Arkon N 3rd St, Akron, IA 51001
SIOUX CENTER TRUMP CAUCUS EVENT MOVED
THE DONALD TRUMP COMMIT TO CAUCUS EVENT SET FOR SIOUX CENTER, IOWA ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 5TH HAS BEEN MOVED OFF OF THE DORDT UNIVERSITY CAMPUS TO A NEW LOCATION IN THAT TOWN.
WOODY GOTTBURG EXPLAINS:
97 PERCENT OF IOWA IN DROUGHT OR ABNORMALLY DRY
The updated Iowa Drought Monitor shows 97 percent of the state is in drought or near-drought conditions.
There are only three areas of the state that aren’t in some level of drought or exceptionally dry conditions. One area is in northwest Iowa in the parts of Plymouth and Wood bury Counties that border the Missouri River as well as where the four corners of Cherokee, O’Brien, Clay and Buena Vista Counties meet. The other area is along the eastern edges of Jackson, Clinton and Scott Counties that abut the Mississippi River.
The area of extreme drought in eastern Iowa goes from the border with Minnesota to the Missouri border. It includes the northeast Iowa cities of Cresco, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids and the areas around Mount Pleasant, Bloomfield and Ottumwa in southeast Iowa.
The area of exceptional drought also sweeps through central Iowa and over to Aububon and Cass Counties in western Iowa.
STATEHOOD DAY FOR IOWA
Iowa became a state on December 28, 1846, with boundaries that are generally the same as today. The territory that became Iowa was included in the so-called Louisiana Purchase — when the U-S bought a huge swath of the land on the this continent from France in 1803. The first capitol of the Iowa Territory was in Burlington. By the time Iowa was admitted as the 29th state, the capitol had moved to Iowa City and the 1854 Iowa Legislature voted to make Des Moines the state’s capitol city.
NO ACTION ON PIPELINE LIKELY IN 2024 LEGISLATURE
Senate G-O-P Leader Jack Whitver says there’s no consensus among Senate Republicans when it comes to regulating carbon pipelines, with a real split between senators who believe the pipelines need to be built and others who want new carbon pipeline restrictions. This past March, the Iowa House passed a bill that would have forced developers to get voluntary access to 90 percent of a carbon pipeline route before the Iowa Utilities Board could trigger eminent domain authority to acquire the rest. That proposal was never considered in the Senate. House Speaker Pat Grassley says until there’s a shift within the Iowa Capitol, prospects in 2024 haven’t changed much.
DESANTIS RIPS HALEY ANSWER ON CIVIL WAR’S CAUSE
Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis says rival Nikki Haley gave a word salad answer when she made no reference to slavery after someone in New Hampshire asked her what caused the Civil War. DeSantis says it shows Haley isn’t ready for prime time. DeSantis, who’s campaigning in Iowa, spoke with reporters Thursday. He called the abolition of slavery is the Republican Party’s top achievement. DeSantis, who opposes the removal of a Confederate monument in Jacksonville, Florida, told reporters you can’t erase history.