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Old 12-13-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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Sculptor, as I recall, the agent involved with the state trooper incident was fired for insubordination related to earlier offences, not for anything related to giving Branstad's driver a ticket. Jack Hatch pretty much got WHO TV to make him an epic motion picture about this speeding ticket, and many of the other things you have mentioned. Did the voters buy it? NO, Jack Hatch lost to Branstad by one of the widest margins ever in 2014, The Branstache got 59% Hatch got 37%, and Hatch did worse than Culver in 2010, 42% to 53%.

So often when a state employee is fired for being incompetent in his or her job, if that person happens to be of a minority group, they will often try and fabricate a discrimination case for financial gain. The recent incident with the Waukee bus driver that had her face planted in a smart phone while she was driving, and was fired, comes to mind as one of the many examples of this.

The juvenile home that Branstad tried to shut down had 20 juveniles with 150 staff members, it was an inefficient use of taxpayer money to keep it open. This was similar to his closing of the state hospital in Clarinda, it was a 100 year old spook house in the middle of nowhere, and hard to staff with the proper medical people because of the location. I think for the most part, the residents were sent to better facilities. I know of one resident whom was transfered from there, and is much happier in their new location.

I have read that many of these Ambassador job appointments only run for 3 years, and perhaps Branstad will be back home before the next election. I hope he runs for governor again if that is the case. Not sure how the law works on this, but could Reynolds step down and let Branstad return as governor if his time in China is cut short for some reason? Could Reynolds run in 2018 on the platform that if Branstad wants his old job back in the upcoming term, that she will step down to Lt. Governor position whenever Branstad returns. If she would do that, I can see her being in a much better position to win in 2018.
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Old 12-15-2016, 02:45 PM
 
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Regardless of your political affiliation, Mr. Branstad is a perfect case study regarding the need for term limits in elected positions. Whatever you consider the strongpoints of his administration to be, there have certainly been severe weaknesses in other areas which will impact Iowa's future prospects for economic growth. I think the most concerning (and this one seems to be largely ignored by the voting public because no one likes to hear it) is Iowa's demographics are not conducive towards future economic growth prospects...Iowa's population is aging at a rate in excess of the national average (our young people are leaving or have already left for greener pastures), we are a mostly homogenous population in regards to race, and we have a relatively low percentage of highly educated individuals in our workforce. Our national economy has evolved from agrarian and manufacturing based positions to hi-tech services which require a diverse, educated, and youthful workforce. The Branstad administration has not invested resources towards changing Iowa's demographics and quite frankly fails to even recognize our demographic make-up as being a problem.

This leads into education. The Branstad administration has not invested in Education. When Branstad first became Governor in '83, Iowa was regarded by many as having the best public education system in the country. When he left office 16 years later, Iowa's education system had been relegated to mediocrity. We see this again today in his second stint as Governor with constant bickering about school funding and fighting with our State Universities over spending and enrollments.
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:11 AM
 
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So often when a state employee is fired for being incompetent in his or her job, if that person happens to be of a minority group, they will often try and fabricate a discrimination case for financial gain.


A 25-year veteran with the department, Hedlund plans to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination, contending that he was fired not for the comments but for an incident April 26 where he directed a state trooper to pull over a speeding vehicle.
That vehicle was travelling on the highway at more than 80 miles per hour and turned out to contain Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. A state trooper was driving the car.

Since he was a 25 year veteran of the dept he must have been doing SOMETHING right for all those years, what an amazing "coincidence" he gets fired right after the ticket thing!


Iowans lose their license when convicted of driving 25 mph or more over the limit.




But see, the Rep Guv lives by a different set of laws than the rest of us saps here, and his retaliatory firing of Trooper Hedlund is going to cost the state LOTS of moolah, more than it's already cost.
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:21 AM
 
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But see, the Rep Guv lives by a different set of laws than the rest of us saps here, and his retaliatory firing of Trooper Hedlund is going to cost the state LOTS of moolah, more than it's already cost.

Amen to this. Eric Branstad, the 1991 incident involving an elderly couple and then further problems related to the first offense ... now in public office under daddy. Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds, 1991 and 2001 offenses ... groomed under Terry Branstad, now planning to be the next Governor of Iowa. Also, UNI President and the planegate fiasco.

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Old 12-19-2016, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Amen to this. Eric Branstad, the 1991 incident involving an elderly couple and then further problems related to the first offense ... now in public office under daddy. Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds, 1991 and 2001 offenses ... groomed under Terry Branstad, now planning to be the next Governor of Iowa. Also, UNI President and the planegate fiasco.

How is Eric Branstad in "public office"?? From LinkedIn, he appears to have 3 different current positions...none of them elected:


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Old 12-19-2016, 11:19 AM
 
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You're right. My bad.
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Old 12-19-2016, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Thanks to the antagonistic & stability-rocking tweets from trump combined with Chinese expectations of how a U.S. president normally behaves, it would appear that Gov. Terry is going to have a rough time in Beijing.
Branstad really isn't that smart, according to the word from some Capitol insiders in Des Moines, & I'm afraid he will be seriously over his head as our ambassador to China.
Good lord, dealing with another superpower is difficult enough w/out the flagrant bating via our "tweet-crazed president's tweet storm that's ongoing on now. This, folks, is the purely narcissistic behavior of a megalomaniac who has no conception as to how diplomatic misunderstandings lead to incidents & then onto.... "fill in the blank" here.
Thanks to a connection in the U.S. Department of State, I know that career diplomats appointed by both Democrats & Republicans are aghast at the prospect of what an impending amateur hour trump Administration could do to world diplomatic channels & alliances.
Good luck Terry...

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...se-state-media
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:36 PM
 
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I just watched an episode of vice where they talked about how the current Chinese president once stayed in Muscatine, Iowa as a part of a foreign exchange program. Has been in constant contact with Bombstach over the years.

The Chinese prez has referred to Bomb as an "old friend to the people of China.", and I guess being called an 'old friend' in Chinese is a great honor.

'stach might end up being the smartest appointment Trump ever makes.
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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The Chinese prez has referred to Bomb as an "old friend to the people of China.", and I guess being called an 'old friend' in Chinese is a great honor.
It'll work out, and Trump will come to understand the value of Tweeting less and thinking more. Give it time.

At least he's not as bad as Billy Carter, former President Jimmy Carter's relative.
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:43 AM
 
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I'm not sure we're on the same page.. The president of China considers Terry Brandstad an old friend. They've known each other since they were young men.
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