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Iowa Politics Roundup: GOP Chair Credits Focus on Independent Voters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 05 November 2010 13:42

Republican Party of Iowa Chair Matt Strawn attributed this week’s big Republican wins at the statewide, legislative, and county levels to the party’s focusing on independent voters – just like President Barack Obama did with his win in 2008 – and a clear, consistent message.

“We did it with unprecedented coordination, and we did it by targeting independent voters,” Strawn said two days after the election in which Republicans wrested control of the governor’s office and the Iowa House from Democrats. “One thing that we had learned in the past is Republicans spend a lot of time talking to Republican voters, but they hadn’t reached out to independent voters in this state.”

Strawn said that’s what the Obama campaign did very effectively in 2008. So Republicans began identifying and targeting those independent voters in fall 2009, finding out what issues they cared about.

Iowa Politics Roundup: Dueling Bus Tours Make Cases on Judicial Retention PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 29 October 2010 13:16

Iowa’s November 2 vote November on whether to retain three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous ruling legalizing same-sex marriages in Iowa has national implications, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown said in helping to kick off the statewide Judge Bus Tour urging a “no” vote on retention.

“The whole country is looking at you,” Brown said. “What kind of country are we? Are we a country in which seven judges can take the entire constitutional and common-law history of marriage and throw it aside and the people will not have a say, or are we a country where the people of Iowa are going to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ We just say ’no’ to activist judges.”

Iowa Politics Roundup: Pennsylvania’s Rendell Brings Optimism, $300K to Iowa Democrats PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 22 October 2010 13:11

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell told Iowa Democratic Party faithful Saturday night that he’d rather lose fighting for something he believes in than win standing for nothing – but he doesn’t believe Governor Chet Culver will lose to former Governor Terry Branstad on November 2.

“For a moment, don’t worry about the other guy,” Rendell said. “An incumbent deserves to be re-elected if he’s done a good job. Chet Culver has done a very good job.”

Rendell also said Culver and other Democrats should stand up and talk about their accomplishments more clearly with voters, but also be honest about the tough times many Iowans and Americans are facing.

“We’ve got to continue reminding voters, ‘Hey, you may be disappointed in the way things are going in the country; you may be disappointed in the president.’ In Pennsylvania, they may be disappointed in some of the things I’ve done. But it’s not a referendum; it’s a choice,” Rendell said.

Iowa Politics Roundup: State-Revenue Estimate Boosted by $300 Million PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 15 October 2010 12:56

All three members of the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference said they are “cautiously optimistic” about the economy as they voted to increase the estimate of Iowa’s state revenues this fiscal year by nearly $300 million since their last estimate in March.

The new projection for Fiscal Year 2011 is $5.76 billion, a 2.2-percent increase over last year. The panel also made its first revenue estimate for fiscal year 2012 of $5.95 billion, which would be a 3.3-percent increase over the projection for the current year.

Iowa Politics Roundup: Culver Goes on the Offensive in Second Debate PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Iowa Politics
Written by Lynn Campbell   
Friday, 08 October 2010 12:39

Trailing in the polls and with time running out before Election Day, Governor Chet Culver on Thursday came out gunning for rival Terry Branstad in their second debate, repeatedly stating that Branstad raised taxes on multiple occasions during his previous tenure as governor and broke promises to Iowans when it came to job-creation and other policy initiatives.

“Terry Branstad has broken his promises to Iowans since he was governor back in 1983,” Culver said. “Branstad has been a serial promise-maker and a habitual promise-breaker when it comes to jobs.”

Branstad has promised to add 200,000 jobs to the state over the next five years if he is elected. Culver argued this was an empty promise, much like earlier job-creation promises that weren’t fulfilled during Branstad’s tenure as governor. Meanwhile, Branstad claimed the 200,000 figure to be an “ambitious goal” that could be accomplished.

For his part, Republican Branstad criticized Democrat Culver multiple times on spending and his handling of the state budget, noting the one-year anniversary of Culver’s decision to cut the state budget 10 percent to account for a budget shortfall. Branstad said the cuts were the result of Culver signing a too-large budget in the midst of a recession.

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