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tv   Iowa In Focus  CBS  October 30, 2016 10:30am-11:00am CDT

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an in depth look at the people and events that shape our community.this is iowa in focus.this week -- hillary clinton makes one last stop through the corridor before november.we host both state party chairs in a roundtable discussion about the state of 2016 in iowa. welcome to iowa in focus -- 'r happens in the headlines and on the campaign trail. trail.that starts with the barnstorm. friday in cedar rapids -- it was a tale of two sides of the cedar river.hillary clinton was in town but not without a lot of controversy. controversy.while supporters were coming to the newbo city market to see her speak -- f-b-i director james comey said that the f-b-i was opening another investigation into her emails -- but didn't release much information about why.several weeks ago -- he had ended the email
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prosecutor to charge clinton with. when clinton did take the stage -- she didn't talk about the latest investigation at all.she was in the new bohemia district -- which just one month before was a complete ghost town because it was evacuated to get ready for possible flooding.her message about flood protection for the city hit home. "the progress that you've made in rebuilding cedar rapids, especially right here in the newbo district proves what's possible when we work together to solve our challenges it wouldn't take long until the clinton campaign fired back at the f-b-i. i.campaign chair john podesta released a statement saying "director comey's letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the director himself notes they may not even be significant." significant.""it is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election. election.and "the director owes it to the american people to immediately provide the
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examining. we are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the fbi reached in july." july."then -- clinton gave a press conference in des moines -- where local iowa media wasn't invited -- to address the issue herself. "voting is already underway in our country. so the american people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. the director himself has said he doesn't kn referenced in his letter are significant or not. i'm confident, whatever they are, will not change the conclusion reached in july. therefore, it's imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay. all this set up donald trump's visit to the mcgrath ampitheater just on the other side of the river -- hours after hillary clinton left.
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late -- but once he rolled in -- he got some of his biggest cheers from the latest f-b-i news. "but you know what, what happened today, with the fbi, maybe the system will becomea little less rigged.." rigged.."whatever the facts of the case -- the damage has been done.the political punishment from this kind of announcement -- with just 11 days until the election -- has nothing to do with whatever charges may result from the latest developments be the sole reason either side wins or loses the election -- but it ?does change how both sides handle the next nine days of the election. the week kicked off with some pretty bad news for democrats t. too.the affordable care act costs are going up -- with deductables averaging 6- thousand dollars across the board and going as high as 12-thousand dollars before some insurance plans kick in. on the campaign trail -- that makes president obama's
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target for republicans -- like when mike pence was in fort dodge. "in fact former president clinton actually said premiums are going up, coverage is going down. it's the craziest thing in the world. i guess even with the clintons, sometimes truth happens." happens."after he left -- the pence plane slid off the runway at la guardia airport in new york city.everyone was ok. let's go inside iowa politics -- to talk not trying to move into the white house. in black hawk county -- a race for the county board of supervisors seat got a lot of unwanted attention. attention.democratic candidate chris schwartz woke up to his political signs being vandalized -- with anti-gay slurs written on one of them. there was also a referece to leviticus 20-13 on his front door -- that's a bible verse saying that gay people should be killed.schwartz is the only openly gay candidate in the race -- and he says until now
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civil. "it's very hurtful to people. you see all the lgbtq teen suicides around the country. you see all the depression that happens. i talk to teens in our community that deal with this on a daily basis.." basis.."schwartz says he doesn't know who did it -- but over the past few days -- he had been attacked online by a facebook group called the cedar valley patriots for christ.they had been speaking out against schwartz's support for new events like pridefest in the waterloo area.they offered to pay for damages -- but their leader also suggested that schwartz may have staged the vandalism himself.schwartz denies that -- and his opponents are speaking out against that kind of action. "i was in complete shock that somebody would do that. it's insane. i cannot believe how bad this election cycle has gotten.first reaction is who is stupid enough, vicious enough and hateful enough to do it. in parts of the state -- counties have been re-
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johnson county have voted to raise them.cities have the choice to opt out of that increase if they want -- but in des moines -- governor branstad weighed in -- saying that he ?does want to improve the income for people making minimum wage. "we want to do it in a way that's not going to drive small businesses out of buisness or actually destroy jo" jobs."but then he was quick to jump on twitter -- saying he doens't back a statewide it's just time to carefully review the issue. issue.his twitter continued with -- the governor wants to work with the iowa legislature when their next session starts to figure out how iowa compares to neighboring states. in linn county -- voters got a chance to see both senators together at once. once.they were honoring senator grassley -- and the discussion quickly turned to the budding relationship between him and senator joni ernst.grassley had served with democrat tom harkin for 30
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-- his vote was cancelled out by his fellow iowan.west virignia senator shelley moore ?cap--ee--toe says grassley and ernst are constantly sharing their individual expertise on the floor. "you can see them on the floor when we're ready to have a vote. they're always consulting one another, they keep very close touch. i'm kind of envious in a way because i see how well they work together and really provide a united front for the state of iowa. iowa democrats brought some olympic firepower to eastern io. iowa.olympican came to the university of iowa for a stop with congressman dave loebsack -- talking about early voting.after kwan's skating career was over -- she got a job at the state department working with hillary clinton -- and then joined the campaign well before the iowa caucuses.now she's the surrogate outreach co. coordinator.loebsack is in a re-election race with republican doctor christopher peters.after 10 years in congress -- loebsack did ?not get the the gazette's endorsement. "you want all the endorsements obviously but i feel pretty
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done and i'll do all that i can to get all the endorsements i can on election day. iowa's two first district candidates finally came face to face this week in their one and only debate of the cycle. they touched on issues like flood protection in cedar rapids -- where vernon criticized blum and the iowa delegation for not doing enough to get the money appropriated.blum countered saying that actually giving that money out is being held up by federal formulas that disadvantage smaller communties like cedar rapids. then -- they got to the trans pacific partnership.it's a trade deal that the president backs -- and that hillary clinton started to set in motion as secretary of state. during the campaign -- she's said she's now against the final deal that was reached after she left -- donald trump also does ?not support the deal.in the first district -- vernon says she's against it -- but blum is reserving judgement. "free trade is just whatever the market will bare. fair
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action and i think that's much more american and it's what i'm all about.and now we're seeing record harvesta nd we're seeing farmers sell their crops at below cost and they're losing money. we can't have them losing money year after year after year. so we need to increase the markets for our products grown here in iwoa. tpp sounds like, but i'll withhold judgement, sounds like it would be a good vehicle to do that. right before the debate -- the daily caller -- it's a conservative website launched by a former dick cheney advisor -- published a pointing out that monica vernon laid off as many as half of her employees when she was running her research company.it's a big deal -- because she and the democratic congressional campaign committee have been attacking blum for laying off workers at ?his business.it ended with both of them talking about the challenges of running a business. "i had to get my people around and say look, we don't have very many contracts coming in and i want to keep you on and they said, look, i'll take
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didn't take any pay until i could pay them all back.if you're in business long enough and you're a big enough size, there are goingt o be bussiness downturns and you're going to have to lay some people off but it is the toughest decision a cheif executive officer has to make and i didn't sleep for nights thinking about having to tell people they're going to be laid off. after the break...we chat with one of the representatives trying hard to turn iowa's first district from red to blue. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. donald trump: i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters, okay? and you can tell them to go f--- themselves! you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever... you gotta see this guy. ahh, i don't know what i said, ahh. "i don't remember."
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it's heartbreaking, but true. as a millionaire c.e.o., rod blum laid off over 70 employees, but he took millions in stock and bonuses. it gets worse. in washington, blum supported special tax breaks for corporations shipping jobs overseas and millionaires like himself. i'll tell you what i think is missing in washington -- common sense. it's about investing in jobs and our economy. it's about investing right here at home.
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wisconsin's democratic representative mark pocan took a painful path to politics.as a young man -- he was beaten after he came out of a gay bar. he's open about his sexuality -- and represents the madison area.now -- he works with congressional progressive caucus -- and is fighting hard to get monica vernon elected in the first district. district.
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coming up next...we explore this past weeks roundtable discussion about the state of
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welcome back.in the real story this week -- we're taking a deeper look at the townhall dis. discussion... hosted this past thursday. our goal was to pull together people from both parties to talk about issues affecting iowans in 2016.we started with the presidential election -- but quickly got into how both sides treat each other... other...especially after just this week -- a county supervisor race was marred by anti-gay slurs in black hawk county.moderator mark hyman asked university of iowa political science professor cary covington about seeing this kind of animosity everywhere.
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personal attacks and have we debased the whole system? taht's a tricky question and as jeff has mentioned, you can go backt hrough history and find the same thing. in the last 30-40 years, we've seen a lot more animosity than before. there beyond teh candidates that explain that. voters are increasingly distant from one another and public opinion polls show that dems have a low view of reps and a majority of both parties think that the other party is a threat to our nation's well-being. water quality in the state of
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des moines water works sued three rural counties over farming nitrates put into the water.the governor tried to make progress on this last legislative session -- but it never got any traction. "well i think the water quality in dsm is about grabbing headliens or they wouldn't have approached the issue in that way. what you ahve is the sideeffects of feeding the nation. there needs to be a effort there.the hosue republcians put a bill on mike gronstol's desk and it wasn't even debates. it'sa republican governor that brought that up and there is a way to fix this without raising taxes. on education, it's the biggest chunk of the
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it not by making crazy promises. if the gvt runs education, it will cost more the proposla that the republcians were talking about took away from education, that's not waht we need. it's not either or, its both. it was disingenuous to think we could take away from one.we haven't had bipartisan support. taking it away from education is not what we need to do.that is not the bill i was talking about that is what house reps did not even take that up for debate. the house rep bill that got the governor's support did not touch education. and put millions of dollars forward. taht'st he bill the mike gronstol should have debated.
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debated. we wrapped up winners and losers in the 2016 election.polling might be skewed if turnout reaches unexpected levels -- the media has been attacked by both sides -- and establishment politics is an easy target for disgruntled voters. i think the big loser is going to be that we've going to have more divisiona dnt eh next president is going to have to bring us together adn that's goingt o be hard to put bat in the bottle.what about
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wont' turnouttalk to them about what they care about. never underestiamte that they get it and they can see 30 years down the line and understand national debt. the fact taht you're doing this right now, kudos to you, you're doing it exactly the way it needs to be in my opinion. after the break...the big attack on one presidential
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sometimes, maybe it's worth listening to a politician. take congressman rod blum. on social security, blum doesn't just back the republican special interest agenda-- he's campaigning on it. for years, he's pressed to privatize social security, risking seniors' guaranteed benefits on the stock market. and blum supported benefit cuts by voting to raise social security's retirement age. so if you care about a secure retirement, listen to rod blum: he's putting your security at risk. house majority pac is responsible for the content of this message. donald trump : i love the old days; house majority pac is responsible you know what they used to do with guys like that when they were in a place like this?
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i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters, okay? it's like incredible. when mexico sends its people, they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever... you gotta see this guy - ahh, i don't know what i said, ahh. "i don't remember." he's going like, "i don't remember!? ime... ...at the choices we are about to make. the goals we will strive for. the principles we will live by. and we need to make sure that they can be proud of us. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. now -- we look at their voice
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media.republican utah congressman jason chaffetz had previously said that he wasn't going to vote for donald trump after those 2005 tapes came out.he told a local utah t-v station was he was "out" because of that latest news. now -- chaffetz is back in the . fold.he tweeted out that he won't defend or endorse donald trump but that chaffetz will vote for him. he says hillary clinton is that bad -- and that she's bad for america. police in los angeles say they've arrested the man who smashed donald trump's star on the hollywood man was dressed as a construction worker -- and there's video of him taking a pick-ax to the star because he says he doesn't like donald trump's behavior. every week we'll end with the week ahead... ahead...it's a chance for you to see what the campaigns are up to. to.tomorrow -- mike pence spends much of his halloween in florida -- trying to pick up that swing state.also tomorrow -- hillary clinton is in ohio -- tim kaine is in north carolina.and we're down to just nine days until election day. thanks for watchingbe sure to tune in next week to get the clear facts on iowa in focus.
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vernon: they're like a lot of iowans -- they get up early, get the kids to school, and get to work. but too often, washington stacks the deck against us. we need to build an economy that works for the middle class. instead of giving breaks to big business, we need to cut taxes for the middle class and small business.
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james: week eight in the nfl. tony: yeah, there's jammin' jameis winston. he's been up and down this year but last week, he was up. bill: and has tom brady wearing off? he's got eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. bart: brandon marshall stood on the table for ryan fitzpatrick 2.8. boomer: and there's andrew luck. he looks like a continued

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