Roughly 15 percent of Iowa residents are ethnic minorities, yet the state has just a few non-white legislators. In this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with the four members of Iowa's Legislative Black Caucus, formed last month: Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines, D-Des Moines; Rep. Ras Smith, D-Waterloo; Rep. Phyllis Thede, D-Bettendorf; and Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines. This new caucus is pushing for the addition of minority impact statements to bills in upcoming legislative sessions, which would include data detailing the impact of new legislation on Iowa's minority communities. During the conversation, the representatives also talk about how they got into politics, the challenges they've faced in their political pursuits, and what they...
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Meet Iowa's Legislative Black Caucus