Here are some of the topics our panel discussed on 4 The Record this week.
+ Impeachment talk grows among Democrats in Congress trying to remove the president from office.
+ There’s a party switch in the Iowa State Legislature.
+ Illinois’ governor finds himself under federal investigation.
All things we’ll talk about this morning with Tracy Kurowski, Scott County Democratic Party Central Committee member and Scott County Republican Party Chair David Millage.
Illinois governor investigation
Federal investigators are looking into possible fraud committed by JB Pritzker, his wife, his brother-in-law and an associate regarding a property tax break the governor claimed on one of his mansions in Chicago.
It involved disconnecting the toilets to claim it was unlivable and get the tax relief.
The investigation brings back an issue that came up during his campaign.
Kurowski and Millage discussed how much this could derail the governor’s agenda on things like income tax reform.
Iowa State Representative Andy McKean made a big decision this week.
The long-time Republican announced he’s joining the Democratic Party.
We’ve seen this more often from politicians moving from the minority party to join the majority. He’s doing the opposite.
McKean says the Republican Party isn’t what it used to be and that he’s not happy with the president’s behavior.
Millage and Kurowski talked about how significant it is that he’s doing it while in office and if it signals anything about the future.
More Democrats on Capitol Hill are sounding the call to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the aftermath of the Mueller Report.
They cite obstruction of justice as the reason to pursue it.
This has the party weighing politics versus what it considers principle.
Republicans had their own dilemma in the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Their can be a political price to pay.
Certainly when the ultimate outcome is likely to be the status quo.
Both parties complain about a divided country and wanting to fix that.
Kurowski and Millage discussed how this can be the right approach if that’s the goal.
Watch the full conversation in the video above.
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