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Sen. Mikulski: ‘There’s Been a Crisis of Confidence Created’

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Nov. 6, 2013, 4:49 a.m.

Ex-Gov. Terry Bran­stad (R) said 8/31 that voters should re­turn him to of­fice be­cause the lead­er­ship un­der Gov. Chet Cul­ver (D) has been in­ef­fec­tu­al. Bran­stad “poin­ted to” the prob­lems that have plagued sev­er­al state depts., in­clud­ing the IA Film Of­fice and IA De­part­ment of Aging. Bran­stad said he’d se­lect dept. heads based on ex­pert­ise rather than polit­ic­al con­nec­tions. Bran­stad: “You’ve got a cul­ture of cor­rup­tion that needs to be cor­rec­ted, you really do.”

Cul­ver spokes­per­son Ali Glisson “dis­puted” the charge. Glisson: “Every time there has been some sort of is­sue in the gov­ernor’s of­fice, Gov. Cul­ver has been de­cis­ive and he’s taken swift ac­tion to put mech­an­isms in place to make sure it wouldn’t hap­pen again. He’s dug in­to the situ­ation to fig­ure out what caused the situ­ation and why” (Hay­worth, Sioux City Journ­al, 9/1).

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Egg Up

Bran­stad says the AG Tom Miller (D) bears some re­spons­ib­il­ity for the massive egg re­call which has cre­ated a “black eye” for IA’s poultry in­dustry, while Miller says Bran­stad has his facts wrong.

Bran­stad “blas­ted” Miller on 8/31. Bran­stad: “The present at­tor­ney gen­er­al ba­sic­ally let Jack De­Cost­er off the hook. The whole state of Iowa is get­ting a black eye for that guy, ha­bitu­al vi­ol­at­or. We were on course to have him put out of busi­ness be­fore I left of­fice and then they cut a deal with him.” Miller: “Former Gov­ernor Bran­stad is totally mis­taken about the law in Iowa con­cern­ing feed­lots and ha­bitu­al vi­ol­at­ors” (Hende­r­son, Ra­dio Iowa, 8/31).

Flood Gates

State Sen. Rob Hogg (D), chair of the Sen­ate Re­build IA Cmte, said Bran­stad re­ques­ted a ‘94 re­port in the af­ter­math of the state’s ‘93 flood­ing dis­aster, but then he and his ad­min. took “no ac­tion” on re­com­mend­a­tions de­signed to re­duce vul­ner­ab­il­ity to fu­ture floods and help com­munit­ies mit­ig­ate fu­ture flood dam­age.

Bran­stad spokes­per­son Tim Al­brecht called it “sad and pathet­ic” that “Cul­ver and his cronies” are at­tempt­ing to politi­cize the flood, not­ing that about 33% of the state and fed­er­al funds al­loc­ated for dis­aster vic­tims in east­ern Iowa has reached the in­ten­ded tar­get (Boshart, Ma­son City Globe Gaz­ette, 8/31).

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