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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

At the Statehouse: Approving of Chet

Excerpted from this post at At the Statehouse
... The Des Moines CBS affiliate's poll of 600 likely voters found that 46 percent approve of how Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is doing his job. Another 32 percent disapproved and 22 percent were undecided. The Democratic governor's backers shrugged off the relatively low approval rating, arguing that the poll was designed to survey likely caucus-goers and was not an accurate snapshot of Iowans in general. The poll's marquee feature was the latest standings in the presidential horserace. ... If there are Iowans out there who voted for the big lug and are now unhappy with those accomplishments, they weren't paying very close attention. Maybe some folks are unhappy about things he didn't mention much on the campaign trail. He pushed for politically radioactive pro-union "fair share" legislation, although lawmakers eventually shelved it. His party, which controls the Legislature, approved a budget that increases state spending by 9 percent even while experts warn of economic storm clouds in the distance.

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