Insiders 7/5/20: How the Push for Racial Equality Could Influence Iowa’s Prominent U.S. Senate Race

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Black Lives Matter protesters rally outside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office, Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds says she has plenty of time to draft and sign an executive order enabling felons to vote in Iowa before the November election. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Black Lives Matter demonstrations have continued across Iowa into the Independence Day weekend. Police reform and criminal justice reform are among the issues part of the overall political environment in the state with just four months to go until the general election in November. Iowa State University professor Dr. Kelly Winfrey talked about how the push for racial equality could impact Iowa’s prominent U.S. Senate race.  

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