Here are some of the topics our panel discussed on 4 The Record this week.
+ There might not be a true State of the Union address.
+ Iowa Congressman Steve King is rendered virtually powerless in the House of Representatives.
+ Governor Kim Reynolds begins her first elected term in office.
All of that came up for discussion with former Scott County Democratic Party Chair Karl Rhomberg and former Rock Island County Republican Party Chair Bill Bloom on 4 The Record.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds touched on eight key issues during her condition of the state address, saying she wants to do more for mental health, create a children’s mental health system and restore voting rights for felons after they do their time with a constitutional amendment, protecting companies from liability if they hire people with a criminal background.
Reynolds wants $20 million for her workforce readiness initiative, another $20 million over two years to expand broadband internet, adopt a second amendment to give crime victims constitutional rights and $89.5 million in new money for public schools.
That’s a lot more than the additional $32 million they got last year.
These are among her priorities.
We’ve seen lawmakers push a conservative agenda through the legislature the last couple of years.
Rhomberg and Bloom shared what they thought about her approach and if these proposals can generate bipartisanship.
King without power
It was not a good week for Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.
Every representative except for one voted on a resolution that rejected white supremacy and white nationalism after King made comments questioning when they became unacceptable.
King’s behavior isn’t new.
Some Republicans are now joining the chorus of Democrats calling for his resignation.
Plenty of people wonder what’s taken so long.
A bigger consequence than the resolution is that Republicans pulled him off of all committees.
Bloom and Rhomberg discussed how much does that hurts Iowa in terms of having a voice on important issues in Congress.
We’re now into a fifth week of the partial government shutdown.
This week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to reschedule the State of the Union address because of the shutdown’s impact on the security detail — or just submit it in writing.
Rhomberg and Bloom weighed what’s to gain from this political strategy and if Pelosi is at risk of looking petty, especially while most Americans blame the president for the shutdown.
View the full conversation in the video above.
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