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Felon Voting Rights Restored In Iowa

Kim Reynolds
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political experts Megan Goldberg and Chris Larimer to discuss the top political headlines this week. The conversation starts with news of Governor Kim Reynolds signing an executive order to restore voting rights to thousands of Iowans with felony convictions.

Later in the program, a discussion of the politics of voting by mail during a pandemic, the growing chasm between the president and the nation’s health experts, takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries, and Joe Biden’s chances of winning Iowa – a state easily won by Donald Trump in 2016.

Guests:

· Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics, Cornell College

· Chris Larimer, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa