Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Iowa a Monarchy?
Congressman Steve King is the latest to indicate that he might run for Governor in 2010. King joins perennial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, Secretary of Ag Bill Northey, State Auditor Dave Vaudt, businessman Bruce Rastetter, State Representative Rod Roberts, and syndicated blogger Krusty Konservative in exploring a potential run for Governor.
King’s presence in a primary would create difficulties for any other candidate as nobody carries as much weight with Iowa conservatives as King does. King also has flexed some fundraising muscle as of late which could signal a possible nod to the future. That said I believe it would be very difficult for King to give up his congressional seat to run against an incumbent governor.
Who will join the party next? Stay tuned.
Rapid Consolidation of Schools?
The Register has an article today where Sen. Matt McCoy says he wants to consolidate districts with 750 or less students. This is a lot like Governor Culver dealing with the budget crisis with across the board cuts instead of cutting the fat. This too is a lazy approach if you ask me.
Consolidation should first be done to guarantee every student has the same educational opportunities in each district across the state. So if a school cannot provide advanced math and science courses for instance then consolidation is probably needed.
If large consolidated districts lead to better educated kids and more cost effective schools, the Des Moines School District should be the model district right? They are far from that. The goal needs to be the best product (educated kids) we can produce. I think the 750 number seems too high, especially in Iowa’s rural areas. That said, I do think there are schools that need to consolidate and it’s no secret to the people in those communities. Let’s start with those districts before we start floating out some arbitrary number.
I wonder is General Dardis regrets joining the Culver administration…
Seriously, this guy is now defending the purchase of carpet in the Rebuild Iowa Office. Read Kay Henderson’s carpet report here.
The Rebuild Iowa Office is just a huge bureaucracy, and it funds itself by skimming off money that is supposed to be going to flood victims. Instead they are spending over 200k on salaries for their communications staff, Emily Hajek the Chief of Staff and former Culver fundraiser made 66k last year in her government job, and now she’s making 120k. Heck she’s so stupid they don’t let her go to meetings with Legislators anymore. Seriously the Chief of Staff of Rebuild Iowa can’t meet with the legislators?
And why are these people not working out of Cedar Rapids? Wait, Chet says he wants to work out of Iowa City. I think he really just wants to hit the bars in the ped mall.
This is a scam and it’s being funded by the people they are supposed to be helping.
Posted by Krusty at Tuesday, February 10, 2009