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Monday, April 20, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Governor Culver, please take your Democratic critics seriously

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

... I'm not privy to the conversations Fallon and Culver had, but I would encourage the governor's staff not to brush off Fallon's criticism as the outburst of a man who wanted a Terrace Hill job. You don't have to look hard to find Iowa Democrats who are disappointed with what's been achieved since Culver took office. Many labor activists feel the governor hasn't been supportive enough of their priorities. I don't think the governor is solely to blame for last year's mess surrounding the collective bargaining bill, and it's definitely not Culver's fault that there haven't been 51 votes in the 56-member Iowa House Democratic caucus to pass good labor bills this year. But rightly or wrongly, many people in the labor movement feel Culver hasn't been the champion they were looking for. By the same token, I've heard environmental-minded Democrats (not just Fallonistas) complain that Culver's office is less accessible than Governor Tom Vilsack's was. Some of these people prefer Culver's overall record to Vilsack's, but they don't meet as regularly with the governor or his staff, and they often don't know where Culver stands on a given issue.

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