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Culver-the worst

I would be interest as a former Iowan just what are the great faults of Governor Culver. I do not know the man nor am I up to speed on current events in Iowa . I hope you are able to concisely list his mistakes without the accompaning insults. I am here to learn and I want viewpoints from both sides.

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Senior Contributor

Re: Culver-the worst

Culver has not been fiscally conservative which has helped lead to our state's red ink.   Culver came in and quickly had two of the largest state budgets then when the state became $415 million in the hole Culver refused to raise taxes and used an executive order to implement a 10% across the board cut in state spending and refused a request for a special session so legislators could instead make targeted cuts instead of the across the board cuts which is now forcing counties and local schools to raise taxes.  This allows Culver to say he did not raise taxes even though it was his actions that forced local taxes to go up.  State law requires a balanced budget but Culver's latest budget is $25 million over the limit. 

Perhaps the biggest reason he should not be re-elected is because of his sleazy and possibly illegal connection to organized gambling.   The issuing of gambling licenses for casino's is handled by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.   For the first time since Culver had been in office the commission was recently going to look at and decide if four new proposed casino's should be granted licenses.   Culver shocked everyone by over stepping his bounds and writing a letter to the commission members recommending they approve all four new casino proposals including a second casino in Tama county with a population of only 17,000 and a casino in Ft. Dodge which would have greatly reduce business at the near by Emmetsburg casino. The state paid a consultant $120,000 for a study that warned of a new casino in Ft Dodge hurting the viability of the Emmetsburg casino which Culver evidently ignored. 

fiscally conservative which has helped lead to our state's red ink.   Culver came in and quickly had two of the largest state budgets then when the state became $415 million in the hole Culver refused to raise taxes and used an executive order to implement a 10% across the board cut in state spending and refused a request for a special session so legislators could instead make targeted cuts instead of the across the board cuts which is now forcing counties and local schools to raise taxes.  This allows Culver to say he did not raise taxes even though it was his actions that forced local taxes to go up.  State law requires a balanced budget but Culver's latest budget is $25 million over the limit. 

 

Culver like his predecessor Vilsack has catered to special interest groups that donate heavily to his campaign.   Soon after becoming governor Culver used an executive order to force state agencies to achieve and maintain a diverse workforce in state government.  Culver's order states, Whereas, a "diverse workforce" includes employees with differences in age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender indentity, national origin, religion, or disability"  I was never aware our state has such big problem with people suffering from "GID" gender indentity disorder wanting to work for the state until Vilsack and Culver became governors and used executive orders to protect them soon after taking office.  Vilsack had already issued his own executive order banning state discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual preference or gender indentity so why the need to again by Culver? 

 

Culver also used an executive order to force the state to hire union contractors under the guise that union contractors will better control costs, do better quality work and get the jobs done on time.  The odd thing is the executive order tries to justify itself by warning "a labor dispute involving only one of many employers can delay an entire large scale construction project."  I have seen far more delays from union labor disputes then with non union contractors.  Seems funny that Culver worries so much about taking care of his union buddies but doesn't seem to care about the thousands of illegals including children working in the state for sub standard wages and often in substandard conditions.  Bottom line is he cares about you as long as you donate to his campaign fund.

 

Perhaps the biggest reason he should not be re-elected is because of his sleazy and possibly illegal connection to organized gambling.   The issuing of gambling licenses for casino's is handled by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.   For the first time since Culver had been in office the commission was recently going to look at and decide if four new proposed casino's should be granted licenses.   Culver shocked everyone by over stepping his bounds and writing a letter to the commission members recommending they approve all four new casino proposals including a second casino in Tama county with a population of only 17,000 and a casino in Ft. Dodge which would have greatly reduce business at the near by Emmetsburg casino. The state paid a consultant $120,000 for a study that warned of a new casino in Ft Dodge hurting the viability of the Emmetsburg casino which Culver evidently ignored. 

 

The commission ended up allowing only one of the four proposed casinos and said that they could not take two of the casino proposals seriously since they did not even have proper funding line up as was required.  Makes one wonder what made Culver think all four of these proposed new casinos should be allowed or why a state with Iowa's poulation needs four more casinos when it already has 17 of them with 12 of them owned by the same company caught up in the illegal donations to Culver?

 

Culver is currently being investigated for improper campaign contributions from casino owners mentioned above.   Seems after contributing the maximum allowed under law to Culver the casino owners then wrote checks worth $25,000 to private individuals who then immediately donated the very same amount of money to Culver's campaign fund.  It takes a lot to get Dem. A.G. Tom Miller to investigate a fellow Dem.  The state's auditor issued a report on how Culver's latest budget proposal surpasses Iowa's statutory 99 percent spending limitation as addressed in Sections 8.21 and 8.54 of the Iowa Code.  The state auditor forwarded his report to A.G. Miller and 18 state senators in February asked Miller for a legal opinion on the matter.  Miller waited until June 1st before issuing a reply that was then to late for any corrective action to the budget. 

 

I often see you and other Dems often talking about how when Bill Clinton left the White House our country had a nice surplus and that Bush left us in the red.  When Branstad left office the state had a $900 million surplus and the state's unemployment was 2.5%.  Now under Culver has the state $415 million in the red and unemployment is 8.5%. 

 

As I have said before not all of our state's financial problems are not Culver's fault but like James Carville famously said in 1992 during Clinton's campaign to defeat Bush Sr., "It's the money stupid."

 

Honored Advisor

Re: Culver-the worst

Dagwud, the only thing wrong with what you said is you said it all, nothing left for any of us to say Smiley Happy. Culver hisself couldn`t defend against that, but I`m sure somehow Don will.

Veteran Advisor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....


@BA Deere wrote:

Dagwud, the only thing wrong with what you said is you said it all, nothing left for any of us to say Smiley Happy. Culver hisself couldn`t defend against that, but I`m sure somehow Don will.


It truly makes you wonder HOW anyone could be so lacking of brain cells to EVER vote for Culver again. .... I mean no one could ever be so dumb.... or ever admit to being so dumb to vote for Chester the Budget Molester.

Honored Advisor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....

Hey Craig, what do make of the Sunday paper having Branstad at 57% and Vander Plaats at 29%? Has the Republican party really changed that much? Maybe the real Republicans have become Independents? The real poll is Tuesday so we`ll see. Go Vander Plaats!!

Advisor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....

That's alot of "Hay" down to put up in two days.

Veteran Advisor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....

I am not sure what to make of it.  In Warren and Madison Counties, you are hard pressed to even find a Branstad yard sign.  Every Vander Plaats voter will do whatever it takes to get to the polls on Tuesday.  Maybe the Des Moines Red Star factored in independents that "say" that they will re-register as Republicans....or maybe there is an organized effort by dems to sway the election....not sure.  Perhaps the dummies in the bigger cities want more of the same...I guess that we will find out Tuesday evening if dem lite or the Real McCoy won.

Veteran Advisor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....


@bruce MN wrote:

That's alot of "Hay" down to put up in two days.


Like I do every time there is "hay" to be made..... Pray to the Almighty for all his help, and work like a maniac to get the job done just ahead of the big storms that surely will come.

Senior Contributor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....

I'm not at all surprised to Branstad leading in the polls.  Most Repubs simply want to get a Repub elected governor and they will go with who ever they believe has the best chance of winning.   Some of that same type of thinking helped Obama get elected POTUS.

Contributor

Re: It Makes You Wonder....

I would guess the only reason Branstad signs are hard to find near you is you and your cohorts are swiping them, eh craig??

 

 

Seriously though, craig, you are going to be in for a huge disappointment come Wednesday morning.  This won't even be close.  Double digit win for Branstad.  I'm not saying he is our saviour.  I think he's really lost his edge and will likely not be much of an improvement over Culver now. 

 

But I will under NO circumstances vote for Vanderplaats.  He is an extremist  and a religious nut, and we dont need either of those in the gov'ner's seat.  And to call himself a christian while running the campaign of lies and half truths that they've run really says about all that needs to be said. 

 

 

 

On a side note, I did meet the young lady who will be running on the Republican ticket for Attorney General vs  Tom "Petty" Miller.  She seems to be bright and ambituous and probably just the change that office needs, though I doubt she can unseat his name recognition.  Miller has been as worthless in that position as Culver was as Sec/State(and gov for that matter). 

 

Anyway, come november, be sure to mark your ballot for Brenna Findley for Attorney General.