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posted on July 5, 2005

Borg: A MEMORABLE FOURTH OF JULY FOR IOWA FELONS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR SENTENCES. GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK USES INDEPENDENCE DAY TO RESTORE THEIR VOTING RIGHTS. SEETHING REPUBLICANS SAY IT'S POLITICAL ONE-UPMANSHIP. COMMENTS ON THAT AND OTHER MATTERS FROM POLITICAL JOURNALISTS ON THIS EDITION OF "IOWA PRESS."

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ON STATEWIDE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION, THIS IS THE FRIDAY, JULY 1 EDITION OF "IOWA PRESS." HERE IS DEAN BORG.

Borg: DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKENDS, WE'VE SPOTLIGHTED THE NOW-ADJOURNED FIRST SESSION OF IOWA'S 81ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY. AND TWO WEEKS AGO WE QUESTIONED COUNCIL BLUFFS STATE SENATOR MICHAEL GRONSTAL, THE SENATE'S COLEADER. LAST WEEKEND ANKENY REPUBLICAN JEFF LAMBERTI WAS HERE. HE'S THE SENATE'S COPRESIDENT. HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE AND OTHER REPUBLICANS DON'T LIKE GOVERNOR VILSACK'S PLANS TO ISSUE A FOURTH OF JULY EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTORING VOTING PRIVILEGES TO CONVICTED FELONS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR SENTENCES. UP TO NOW THOSE PRIVILEGES HAVE ONLY BEEN RESTORED AFTER EVALUATING INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS. WE'LL GET PERSPECTIVE ON THAT AND OTHER POLITICAL NEWS FROM "DES MOINES REGISTER" POLITICAL JOURNALIST DAVID YEPSEN, "RADIO IOWA" NEWS DIRECTOR, KAY HENDERSON, "ASSOCIATED PRESS" SENIOR POLITICAL WRITER MIKE GLOVER, AND "IOWA PUBLIC RADIO" STATEHOUSE REPORTER JENEANE BECK. JENEANE, I'LL ASK YOU TO COMMENT ON IT FIRST. IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN, DO YOU THINK, AS SCHEDULED, EVEN THOUGH REPUBLICANS DON'T LIKE IT?

Beck: YES, THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT BEEN SWAYED BY REPUBLICAN CRITICISM AND DOES PLAN TO SIGN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER MONDAY, IN PRIVATE THOUGH. HE DOESN'T WANT ANY MORE FANFARE ABOUT IT. HE'S READY TO SIGN THAT WITHOUT A PUBLIC EVENT. AND, YOU KNOW, REPUBLICANS SAY HE DID IT TO CREATE NEW DEMOCRATIC VOTERS OR TO MAINTAIN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUSES IN IOWA FOUR YEARS FROM NOW, SAYING THAT DEMOCRATS WERE UNHAPPY THAT MINORITIES AND FELONS WERE NOT GRANTED THE SAME RIGHT TO VOTE AS REGULAR IOWANS. AND DEMOCRATS WILL SAY, NO, HE JUST WANTED TO MOVE US INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. THERE WERE ONLY FOUR STATES, AND IF YOU LOOK AT THEM ALL IN THE SOUTH, THAT DIDN'T ALLOW FELONS TO HAVE AUTOMATIC RESTORATION OF THEIR VOTING RIGHTS. AND THEY SAID WE JUST NEEDED TO MOVE INTO THOSE STATES THAT DID.

Glover: DEAN, GO TO THE -- GO TO THIS COMMISSION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CREATED AND LOOK AT THE LINE OF PRIMARIES AND CAUCUSES THAT PICK THE NOMINEE IN THE PARTY --

Borg: AS TO WHETHER IOWA IS GOING TO BE FIRST.

Glover: AS TO WHETHER IOWA IS GOING TO BE FIRST. YOU GO AND WHAT IS THE RAP ON IOWA? IT'S SMALL, IT'S UNREPRESENTATIVE, IT HAS A TINY MINORITY POPULATION. AND WE CAN GO ONE STEP FURTHER. TWO PERCENT OF THE STATE'S POPULATION IS BLACK. IT'S NOT REPRESENTATIVE, THEY SAY. AND THEY TREAT THEIR MINORITIES SO BADLY THAT 25 PERCENT OF THE BLACKS IN IOWA CAN'T VOTE. AND THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO START, IN A STATE THAT'S BASICALLY RACIST? IOWA GETS RAKED OVER THE COALS EVERY FOUR YEARS FOR THAT, AND GOVERNOR VILSACK TOOK A PIN AND POPPED THAT BALLOON.

Borg: KAY, DO YOU SEE ANY POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE, OTHER THAN WHAT WE'VE HEARD HERE ALREADY? THAT IS, THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THAT RESTORES A LOT OF VOTES THAT ARE GOING TO BE LARGELY DEMOCRATIC IN A STATE THAT'S PRETTY CLOSE ANYWAY.

Henderson: WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT THIS JUST ALLOWS A FELON WHO HAS (A) COMPLETED THEIR PAROLE AND THEIR PROBATION TO APPLY TO GET A VOTING CARD. IT DOESN'T ACTUALLY GIVE THEM THAT CARD TO VOTE. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND REGISTER TO VOTE. (B) I THINK REPUBLICANS WERE ENERGIZED AND JOINED WITH VICTIMS RIGHTS ADVOCATES, BECAUSE THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTORES VOTING RIGHTS TO FOLKS WHO MAY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR PAROLE AND PROBATION BUT MAY HAVE NOT PAID THEIR RESTITUTION TO THE VICTIM OF A CRIME OR ACTUALLY PAID THEIR COURT FINES. SO THAT WAS THE -- THAT WAS THE STAKE THAT REPUBLICANS TRIED TO PLAY THIS PAST WEEK WAS THEY TRIED TO, YOU KNOW, RAISE THAT FLAG AND SAY, GEEZ, LET'S MAKE SURE THESE PEOPLE PAY THEIR COURT FINES, ACTUALLY PAY THEIR DEBT, IF YOU WILL, TO SOCIETY BEFORE THEY GET THEIR VOTING RIGHT.

Borg: DAVE, JENEANE WAS SAYING THAT THE GOVERNOR WASN'T GOING TO HOLD A PUBLIC SIGNING AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT HE'S GOTTEN ALL HE WANTS FROM THIS RIGHT NOW. BUT IN DOING IT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY AND THINGS LIKE THAT, HE WANTS TO CALL SOME SIGNIFICANCE TO IT.

Yepsen: WELL, I THINK SO AND I DON'T THINK HE CAN HIDE IT NOW. HE ROLLED IT OUT THERE ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON, TRYING TO PUT IT IN THAT FRIDAY NEWS VOID. HE DIDN'T SUCCEED TOO WELL. A COUPLE POINTS, DEAN. I MEAN I THINK MIKE IS RIGHT THAT THIS WAS DONE FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. MIKE MENTIONED THE WHOLE SITUATION WITH IOWA AND THE CAUCUSES. THIS ALSO ENHANCES GOVERNOR VILSACK'S POLITICAL STATURE. HE WANTS TO PLAY ON THE NATIONAL STAGE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS HE HAS IN PLAYING ON THAT NATIONAL STAGE IS HE SIGNED THE ENGLISH ONLY BILL, AND THAT'S JUST ANATHEMA TO LATINOS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITY. SO BY DOING THIS IN A HIGH-PROFILE WAY -- WE NOTED THAT HIS PEOPLE MADE SURE THE "NEW YORK TIMES" WAS AWARE OF THIS STORY -- HE STARTS TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO REPAIR THAT IMAGE PROBLEM. THE SECOND POLITICAL PIECE OF FALLOUT THAT THIS HAS IS THAT IF IT DOES ADD -- IT ONLY HAS TO ADD A FEW THOUSAND VOTES TO THE ELECTORATE TO START TO TIP THE BALANCE IN ELECTIONS. THERE HAVE BEEN STUDIES -- THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW PUBLISHED ONE OF THEM -- THAT THESE VOTERS THAT YOU ADD TO THE ELECTORATE BY DOING THIS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY DEMOCRATIC. MINORITY VOTERS TEND TO BE THAT WAY. WELL, IN CLOSE RACES FOR GOVERNOR, CONGRESS, THE LEGISLATURE, THEY CAN BE ENOUGH TO TIP THE BALANCE. AND I THINK ONE OTHER POINT. THE THIRD THING IS THIS CREATES A WHOLE OTHER ISSUE IN THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR. WE NOW HAVE A GOVERNOR WHO IS SAYING: I HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO THIS; THIS ISN'T A MATTER OF THE STATE LAW; IT'S MY AUTHORITY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. AND IT APPEARS THAT HE DOES. THAT MEANS IT BECOMES A FAIR QUESTION TO EVERY CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WELL, WHAT'S YOUR POLICY GOING TO BE REGARDING FELON VOTING RIGHTS? JIM NUSSLE, CHET CULVER, ALL OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE ASKED IN THE CAMPAIGN: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO; WHAT'S YOUR POLICY GOING TO BE?

Beck: AND IN FACT, A LEADING DEMOCRAT SAID IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER, RUN FOR GOVERNOR AND GET ELECTED AND THAT'S YOUR -- AND THEN THAT'S YOUR JOB. BUT ONE POINT, YOU TALKED ABOUT ALL THESE VOTERS THAT MAY BE ON THE ROLLS THAT MAY BE DEMOCRATIC. THERE IS SOME QUESTION OF HOW MANY OF THESE PEOPLE WILL RETURN TO THE VOTING ROLLS AND WILL VOTE. I MEAN THIS IS PROBABLY A GROUP THAT IS SLIGHTLY APATHETIC THAT MAY NOT PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO POLITICS AS THEY'RE STRUGGLING TO GET JOBS AND LIVES BACK IN ORDER AFTER BEING IN PRISON. THEY MAY NOT RUSH TO THE POLLS.

Yepsen: BUT IF YOU HAVE -- THE UNIVERSE IS ABOUT 100,000. THERE'S PROBABLY 50,000 ELIGIBLES. IF YOU ONLY HAVE HALF OF THOSE WHO START PARTICIPATING IN THE PROCESS, YOU KNOW, AL GORE WINS THE STATE BY 4,000 VOTES, GEORGE W. BUSH WINS IT BY 10-. CONGRESSIONAL RACES ARE DECIDED BY 5,000 VOTES. THE BATTLE FOR THE LEGISLATURE, DEAN, THE TOTAL -- THE TOTAL REPUBLICAN MARGIN IS SOMETHING LIKE A FEW THOUSAND VOTES. EVEN A FEW VOTES, JENEANE, I THINK COULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT.

Borg: MIKE, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE AND DAVE ABOUT THE TIMING HERE. THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS CONFERENCE IS COMING TO DES MOINES. WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IN THE OVERALL PLAYING FIELD OF WHERE IOWA PLAYS NATIONALLY?

Glover: YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 30 TO 35 GOVERNORS COME TO THE STATE, WHERE PRECINCT CAUCUSES LAUNCH THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING SEASON. AND WHAT'S THE GOVERNOR'S -- ANY GOVERNOR'S FAVORITE PASTIME? THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. SO PROBABLY HALF OF THE GOVERNORS WHO WILL BE COMING TO IOWA HAVE IT IN THE BACK OF THEIR HEADS, MAYBE I'D LIKE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE, ONE OF THE MOST OPEN ELECTION CYCLES IN MODERN HISTORY. SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF POTENTIAL PLAYERS COMING OUT, GETTING ON THE STAGE. IT'S GOING TO GET A LOT OF ATTENTION IN THE STATE THAT LAUNCHES THE WHOLE PROCESS. SO THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF ATTENTION PAID TO EVERYTHING THEY DO, WHO THEY TALK TO.

Borg: KAY, IS THIS GOING TO BE AN EVENT -- AS YOU LOOK INTO IT, IS THIS GOING TO BE AN EVENT THAT JUST PUTS IOWA IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT, OR IS IT GOING TO INVOLVE IOWANS? IS THIS GOING TO BE KIND OF A MINI-CAUCUS-TYPE-THING ATTENTION?

Henderson: SURE. I MEAN THESE FOLKS, GEORGE PATAKI, THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK; MITT ROMNEY, THE GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS; AND OTHERS WHO ARE CONTEMPLATING A BID FOR THE WHITE HOUSE WILL INDEED BE MEETING PRIVATELY OR QUITE PUBLICLY WITH IOWANS WHO WILL BE DECIDING THEIR FATE IN THE CAUCUSES OF 2008. SO, SURE, I THINK THE OTHER WILD CARD IN THIS IS WHETHER CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WILL COME. IF HE DOES, I THINK THE INTERESTING SIDE SHOW, IF YOU WILL, THAT WILL HAPPEN -- OF COURSE, HE CAN'T RUN FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE'S AN IMMIGRANT TO THIS COUNTRY, BUT I'VE TALKED TO A FEW UNION FOLKS WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT PROTESTING IF HE COMES TO IOWA BECAUSE, AS PEOPLE MAY KNOW, IN CALIFORNIA, HE'S HAD A RUNNING BATTLE WITH UNION FORCES IN HIS STATE. SO I MEAN THAT MAY BE AN INTERESTING LITTLE SIDE SHOW, AND GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER CERTAINLY DRAWS A LOT OF SPOTLIGHT.

Borg: GOING TO COME IN THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER THOUGH --

Yepsen: THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES GOVERNORS IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD RATHER BE THAN IOWA IN JULY. AND I'VE BEEN TO A LOT OF THESE GOVERNORS CONFERENCES, DEAN, AND THEY DON'T DO A WHOLE LOT. I MEAN THEY HAVE A LOT OF MEETINGS AND PLENARY SESSIONS AND PASS A LOT OF RESOLUTIONS GENERALLY COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DONE. THE REAL STORY, AS KAY HAS MENTIONED -- AND WE'LL ALL MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THIS -- ARE THE SIDE MEETINGS WHERE IT IS A POTENTIAL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CAN COME INTO IOWA UNDER COVER OF THIS AND HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET WITH A FEW PEOPLE, TAKE A LOOK AT THE LAND, MEET WITH SOME KEY DEMOCRATS OR KEY REPUBLICANS, AND START MAKING SOME ASSESSMENTS. EVERY GOVERNOR, DEAN, THEY LOOK AT RONALD REAGAN, THEY LOOK AT BILL CLINTON, THEY LOOK AT GEORGE W. BUSH, THEY LOOK AT JIMMY CARTER, AND THEY, THINK, YOU KNOW, IF HE CAN DO THIS, THEN MAYBE I CAN.

Borg: KAY, IS IT OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE, AS ATTENTION HAS TURNED TO IOWA, THAT IOWA HAS JUST HAD A PRETTY GOOD GROWTH RATE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?

Beck: WELL, I THINK THAT THE GOVERNOR WILL SURE TALK ABOUT THAT. OUR GOVERNOR, TOM VILSACK, WILL MENTION THAT OUR GROWTH RATE EXPANDED AND IT'S GROWING FASTER THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE AND IN FACT NUMBER ONE RIGHT NOW IN THE NATION IN GROWTH AND WILL USE THAT AS A PLATFORM TO SAY LOOK AT THE THINGS WE'RE DOING RIGHT. WHENEVER THE GOVERNORS HOST AN EVENT LIKE THIS, THEY KIND OF WANT TO PUT THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD AND SHOW, YOU KNOW: LOOK AT OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM AND THE THINGS WE DO RIGHT; LOOK AT OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE THINGS WE DO RIGHT. AND THEY PUT, YOU KNOW, PRETTY PLANTERS UP AROUND THE CITY OF DES MOINES TO MAKE SURE WHEN THEY DRIVE IN IT WILL LOOK LOVELY. SO, YEAH, THERE'S THAT ATTEMPT TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD. AND THERE MAY BE INTEREST FROM OTHER GOVERNORS TO SEE HOW IOWA -- BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM SOME CREDIT THAT DURING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, IOWA DIDN'T GO TERRIBLY FAR INTO DEBT, DIDN'T RAISE TAXES LIKE A LOT OF OTHER STATES WERE FORCED TO DO. SO, YEAH, THEY TAKE PRIDE IN THAT.

Henderson: AND THIS HAS A COUPLE OF OTHER IMPLICATIONS FOR TOM VILSACK. THIS IS HIS VERMONT MIRACLE, IF YOU WILL. REMEMBER WHEN HOWARD DEAN RAN, THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF VERMONT, TALKING ABOUT WHAT A, YOU KNOW, GREAT LITTLE BUBBLE OF ENTERPRISE VERMONT WAS? THIS IS GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK'S VERMONT MIRACLE, IF YOU WILL.

Borg: IT COULDN'T HAVE COME AT A BETTER TIME --

Henderson: FOR HIS PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS SEPARATIONS. AND (B) IT'S GREAT NEWS FOR LEGISLATORS AND FOR GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK WHO -- WHEN THEY RECONVENE IN 2006, BECAUSE THEY'RE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE MORE STATE TAX REVENUE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED WHEN THEY LEFT THE STATEHOUSE IN THE LATE SPRING, A LOT OF THEM WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE BUDGET THAT THEY HAD CRAFTED WOULD CREATE THE NEED TO RAISE TAXES IN 2006. THIS MAYBE EASES THAT NEED.

Glover: WELL, WHAT THIS DOES IS IT GIVES POLITICIANS OF EVERY PARTY AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING THAT POLITICIANS LIKE TO DO, WHICH IS TAKE CREDIT FOR SOMETHING THEY HAD ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH, AND THAT'S THE ECONOMY IMPROVING. GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK DIDN'T DO A LOT TO MAKE THIS ECONOMY IMPROVE. THE LEGISLATURE DIDN'T DO A LOT TO MAKE THIS ECONOMY IMPROVE. ARGUABLY WHAT THEY DID WAS DIDN'T GET IN THE WAY. THEY DIDN'T DO THINGS TO SCREW IT UP VERY MUCH. BUT THEY'LL BOTH BE ABLE TO TAKE CREDIT FOR IT. KAY IS RIGHT; IT WILL MAKE THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION A LOT EASIER. AND JENEANE IS RIGHT; IT GIVES GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK A CHANCE TO GO TO HIS COLLEAGUES AND SAY, "LOOK WHAT I'VE DONE FOR YOU."

Yepsen: I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING WHEN GOVERNOR VILSACK ANNOUNCED -- MADE THIS BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, THAT HE ALSO ROLLED OUT MIKE BLOUIN, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR. WE'VE NOTICED THE VILSACK PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO PROMOTE MIKE BLOUIN A LOT MORE. HE'S THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. SO I THINK VILSACK IS SHOWING A LITTLE TILT HERE FOR HIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR IN THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR. DEAN, GOVERNOR VILSACK CAN TALK ABOUT THIS BEING AN IOWA MIRACLE. BUT MIKE IS RIGHT; THEY'RE BIT PLAYERS. I THINK THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR COLLAPSING HAD A LOT MORE TO DO WITH THE FACT IT INCREASED THE VALUE OF IOWA'S EXPORTS THAN ANYTHING THE POLITICIANS AT THE STATEHOUSE DID. THERE'S NO IOWA MIRACLE TO CROW ABOUT UNTIL PER CAPITA INCOME IN THIS STATE REACHES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, AND IT'S NOT THERE YET.

Borg: YOU KNOW, IT COMES AT A TIME, COINCIDENTALLY THOUGH, WHEN MAYTAG IS HAVING SOME PROBLEMS. AND IT SEEMS TO BE, AS I LOOK AT THE FEBRUARY REPORT ON IOWA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROWTH RATE, THAT IT'S SOMEWHAT OVERSHADOWED BY THE FACT THAT MAYTAG MAY BE SOLD AND MAY EVEN LEAVE IOWA, MIKE.

Glover: WELL, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE IS SOMETHING THAT HAS HAPPENED THAT, AGAIN, POLITICIANS DIDN'T HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH. BUT THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED. YEAH, WE'RE A FARM-BASED ECONOMY, BUT THE BIG TRANSFORMATION IS IOWA USED TO ACTUALLY BE ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST HEAVILY INDUSTRIALIZED STATES. IOWA HAD A VERY LARGE ACTIVE AND IMPORTANT INDUSTRIAL BASE THAT'S LARGELY GOING AWAY. AND THAT BASE HAS BEEN REPLACED BY FINANCIAL SERVICES, INSURANCE BASE, WHICH ATTRACTS A DIFFERENT KIND OF A WORKER, WHICH CREATES A DIFFERENT KIND OF AN ENVIRONMENT. AND MAYTAG MAY WELL BE THE NEXT VICTIM OF THAT AND FOLLOW IN THE STEPS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO DEERE AND COMPANY AND WHAT HAPPENED TO A LOT OF OTHER -- OF THAT SORT OF MAJOR INDUSTRIAL BASIS. THAT'S CHANGING.

Yepsen: THE CHINESE ARE LOANING US LOTS OF MONEY, DEAN, AND WE ARE MORE AND MORE BEHOLDEN TO CHINESE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTAL INTERESTS AS A COUNTRY. I THINK MANY OF US ARE GOING TO BE WORKING FOR CHINESE COMPANIES IN THE FUTURE. THE MAYTAG SITUATION IS JUST THE BEGINNING. AT ONE TIME IT WAS JAPANESE COMPANIES THAT WERE BUYING UP AMERICAN FIRMS. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO START SEEING THAT WITH THE CHINESE NOW.

Borg: TANGENTIALLY HERE, JENEANE, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TOM VILSACK'S PRIORITIES AND SO ON IN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. WE'LL GET TO ALL THOSE MORE IN DEPTH, BUT I'D LIKE FOR -- YOU'RE AT THE STATEHOUSE ALMOST DAILY, IF NOT DAILY. WHAT'S TOM'S -- TOM VILSACK'S PRIORITIES NOW? IS HE AT THE STATEHOUSE OR IS HE OFF ON THE EAST COAST ON THE NATIONAL STAGE?

Beck: WELL, HE'S VACATIONING ON THE EAST COAST RIGHT NOW, BUT HE IS ON THE NATIONAL STAGE MORE AND MORE. AND WHAT I FIND INTERESTING IS WHILE HE'S OFF DOING OTHER THINGS -- LIKE HE WAS FORMER CHAIR OF THE NGA; HE'S NOW GOING TO CHAIR THE DEMOCRATIC COUNCIL -- IS HIS STAFF SEEMS MORE INTERESTED LATELY IN PITCHING STORIES TO ME, AND I'M SURE OTHER REPORTERS, THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO OR INTEREST TO THE LARGER AUDIENCE. I MEAN THEY WANT STORIES ABOUT HIM TO GET PAST THE IOWA BORDERS, AND SO I DO THINK THEY'RE TRYING TO SPREAD HIS NAME NATIONWIDE. AND HIS FOCUS IS LESS ON IOWA, AS WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE THAT -- YOU KNOW, WE JUST FINISHED A SESSION IN WHICH HE GOT SOME OF WHAT HE WANTED ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT BUT NOT ALL OF WHAT HE WANTED. AND HE'S NOT SPENDING THE SUMMER OUT BEATING THE DRUM ABOUT THE NEXT SESSION. HE'S OUT DOING A LOT OF OTHER THINGS.

Glover: HIS HEAD, I THINK, IS BEGINNING TO MOVE BEYOND BEING GOVERNOR OF IOWA INTO WHAT HIS ROLE IS GOING TO BE AFTER HE LEAVES THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. I MEAN CLEARLY THAT'S WHERE HIS FOCUS IS. I DON'T THINK HE'S WORK LOOKING -- IN THIS LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION OVER WHICH HE'S GOING TO PRESIDE, I DON'T THINK HE'S LOOKING FOR A LEGACY. I DON'T THINK HE'S LOOKING TO PASS SOME KIND OF LEGISLATION EVERYBODY IS GOING TO POINT TO AND SAY THAT'S WHAT TOM VILSACK DID AS GOVERNOR. I THINK HE THINKS WITH WHAT HE'S DONE ON IOWA VALUES FUND AND WHAT HE'S DONE ON EDUCATION AND TEACHER PAY THAT HE'S CARVED OUT A LEGACY AND HE'S LOOKING FOR WHAT THAT ROLE IS GOING TO BE AFTER THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. JENEANE IS RIGHT; HE'S MOVING TO THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, KIND OF A CENTRIST DEMOCRATIC GROUP FROM WHICH PEOPLE LIKE BILL CLINTON CAME. HE'S STARTING TO MOVE IN THOSE DIRECTIONS AND THINK ABOUT THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, AND I THINK IF YOU ASK HIM RIGHT NOW WHAT HIS ROLE IS GOING TO BE, I DON'T THINK HE KNOWS BUT HE'S SEARCHING FOR IT.

Yepsen: HE'S PUTTING HIMSELF IN THAT POSITION TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. I MEAN HE HASN'T OBVIOUSLY DECIDED TO DO THAT, BUT THE THINGS HE'S DOING ARE POSITIONING HIMSELF, WITH FUND-RAISERS, VISIBILITY, TO DO THAT. AND, DEAN, IN POLITICS, AS IN THE THEATER, IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD CLOSING ACT. AND THIS MONEY THAT THE STATE IS GOING TO GET, HE CAN HAVE A NICE, PEACEFUL, HARMONIOUS LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND LEAVE THE GOVERNORSHIP ON A HIGH NOTE.

Borg: HOW LONG CAN HE CONTINUE TO DO THAT WITHOUT SOME RESISTANCE FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE NATIONAL ASPIRATIONS?

Yepsen: OH, THEY'LL ALL BE ELBOWING EACH OTHER, BUT IT'S ALL -- IT'S ALL IN THE TRIAL BALLOONING STAGES AT THIS POINT IN BOTH PARTIES. SO I'D SAY HE'S GOT ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE YOU START SEEING THE JOHN EDWARDS VERSUS TOM VILSACK KIND OF CLASHES.

Glover: THERE WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT IN THE RECENT PAST WHEN VIRGINIA GOVERNOR MARK WARNER CAME OUT HERE. THEY TEAMED UP AND HAD THIS TWO-PERSON ACT GOING ALL OVER THE STATE IN ALL KINDS OF APPEARANCES AND ALL KINDS OF PLACES TOGETHER BEING BEST BUDDIES, PROMOTING EACH OTHER IN ESSENCE. SO DAVE IS RIGHT; IT'S NOT TIME TO ELBOW YET, BUT THAT TIME WILL COME.

Borg: KAY, LET'S GO TO THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT TANGENTIALLY AGAIN. BUT THERE'S ONE ASPECT THAT WE HAVEN'T DISCUSSED, AND THAT IS THE EVENLY DIVIDED IOWA SENATE; 25 REPUBLICANS, 25 DEMOCRATS HAD TO SHARE POWER LAST SESSION. SENATOR MARY LUNDBY, THE LEADING REPUBLICAN IN THE SENATE, IS ILL. AND HOW MIGHT THAT INFLUENCE THIS COMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION?

Henderson: IT MAY INDEED INFLUENCE IT. AND BEFORE WE TALK ANY MORE ABOUT IT, I THINK SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US, WE WISH HER THE BEST IN HER FIGHT AGAINST THIS CANCER. IF SHE BECOMES A SENATOR, LIKE SENATOR CHUCK LARSON DID -- AS YOU'LL RECALL, SENATOR CHUCK LARSON WAS CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY. HE DID NOT RESIGN HIS SEAT, AND THAT LEFT THE SENATE WITHOUT HIS VOTE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. IT WAS AN ISSUE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2005 SESSION BECAUSE THERE WERE ONLY 24 REPUBLICANS AND 25 DEMOCRATS. IF BECAUSE OF HER TREATMENTS OR BECAUSE OF THE WAY SHE FEELS SHE'S NOT AT THE STATEHOUSE EVERY DAY TO CAST HER VOTE, THAT WILL CERTAINLY HAVE AN IMPACT ON HOW THE SENATE OPERATES.

Glover: AND AT THIS POINT I THINK I WOULD ECHO WHAT KAY SAYS. IN OUR MINDS THIS IS, FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PERSONAL TRAGEDY FOR SOMEBODY, THAT MAY HAVE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES BUT, FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PERSONAL TRAGEDY FOR SOMEBODY I THINK WE ALL THINK A LOT OF.

Borg: THAT'S RIGHT. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING; WE ALL EXTEND MARY LUNDBY OUR BEST WISHES. GOVERNOR'S CAMPAIGN, JENEANE. JIM NUSSLE HAS ANNOUNCED ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. MR. VANDER PLAATS ALSO. HOW IS THAT SHAPING UP OR IS IT PRETTY MUCH NOW IN THE SUMMER DOLDRUMS?

Beck: I THINK IT IS A LITTLE BIT IN THE SUMMER DOLDRUMS. YOU KNOW, JIM NUSSLE HAD A BIG CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT. HE REALLY TRIED TO, I THINK WITH THAT ANNOUNCEMENT, ALMOST SCARE OFF ANY OTHER POTENTIAL REPUBLICANS BY SAYING, LOOK HOW MUCH MONEY I CAN SPEND JUST ANNOUNCING AND FLYING AROUND THE STATE. I MEAN IT WAS SORT OF LIKE HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. THESE APPEARANCES WERE SO DRAMATIC WITH STAGES AND MUSIC. AND, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE THAT RUN FOR GOVERNOR, THAT'S NOT THEIR OPENING ACT. BUT SINCE THAT TIME -- AND VANDER PLAATS HAS BEEN VERY QUIET -- VERY QUIET SINCE HE ANNOUNCED WAY BACK IN THE SPRING. SO --

Borg: SOMEWHAT OVERWHELMED, THOUGH, BY THAT NUSSLE GRANDIOSE ANNOUNCEMENT?

Beck: I DON'T KNOW. THEY WERE ASKED TO COMMENT ON IT, AND THEY DIDN'T PROVIDE MUCH COMMENT. AND THAT SEEMED A LITTLE BIT TO ME LIKE A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. AND THEN REMAINING QUIET MAY NOT BE THE BEST ANSWER.

Glover: JIM NUSSLE IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING -- AND I THINK IT'S A VERY SMART MOVE. JIM NUSSLE IS A CANDIDATE FAVORED BY A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT. HE IS ATTEMPTING TO CAST AN AIR OF INEVITABILITY ABOUT THIS: I AM, AS DOUG GROSS CALLED HIM, THE NOMINEE IN WAITING. BECAUSE -- CHRIS RANTS ONCE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS A LITTLE IRRITATED AT HIS PARTY BECAUSE THEY DON'T TEND TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES; REPUBLICANS TEND TO ANOINT CANDIDATES. AND JIM NUSSLE IS TRYING TO DO HIS VERY BEST TO PUT OUT THE AURA THAT HE IS THE ANOINTED CANDIDATE OF THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT.

Yepsen: THESE ANOINTED CANDIDATES OFTENTIMES DON'T DO SO WELL. YOU CAN ASK GOVERNOR JIM ROSS LIGHTFOOT ABOUT THAT. BOB VANDER PLAATS IS OUT THERE. HE'S QUIETLY MOVING AROUND. JIM NUSSLE IS IN A TERRIBLE SITUATION. HE'S PINNED DOWN IN WASHINGTON. HE'S GOT TO DEAL WITH THIS FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT. AND BOB VANDER PLAATS CAN GET IN HIS CAR WITH A TANKFUL OF GAS AND GO FROM ONE TOWN TO THE NEXT, TALKING TO REPUBLICAN ACTIVISTS WHO ARE VERY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE, AS IS HE. AND I THINK IT'S A MISTAKE AT THIS POINT TO SAY THAT JIM NUSSLE IS INEVITABLE.

Borg: BUT DOESN'T HE HAVE THE MONEY THAT VANDER PLAATS DOES NOT?

Yepsen: NUSSLE DOES HAVE MORE MONEY AND THAT IS ALWAYS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN POLITICS.

Glover: IF YOU'LL RECALL IN OUR RECENT POLITICAL HISTORY -- AND DAVE MAKES A GOOD POINT -- PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CONGRESS WHO COME BACK HERE AND RUN FOR ANOTHER OFFICE HAVE A POOR TRACK RECORD. I REMEMBER WHEN GREG GANSKE RAN AGAINST SENATOR TOM HARKIN. REMEMBER HE HAD A PRIMARY, BILL SALIER, A SORT OF RIGHT WING FARMER, ALMOST BEAT THE ANOINTED CANDIDATE.

Yepsen: 41 PERCENT.

Glover: THAT'S RIGHT. AND I TALKED TO ANOTHER PERSON WHO WAS RUNNING THAT YEAR, AND HE SAID EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT IT WAS THE SAME THING. THIS HANDSOME EX-MARINE, BILL SALIER, WOULD STAND UP AT THE COUNTY FARM BUREAU, MAKE HIS POINT, WIN OVER A COUPLE OF VOTERS, AND A GREG GANSKE STAFFER WOULD STAND UP AND WRITE A LETTER. AND THAT SAME THING CAN HAPPEN TO JIM NUSSLE WHILE HE'S PINNED DOWN WITH THIS MESS IN WASHINGTON. AND HE'S LEAVING HIMSELF OPEN TO THE CHARGE THAT -- HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, HOW BIG IS THAT DEFICIT RIGHT NOW? DO WE REALLY WANT TO BRING THAT BACK TO IOWA? THAT WILL BE AN ARGUMENT THAT WILL PLAY OUT CERTAINLY IN THIS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY AND, IF HE IS THE NOMINEE, IN THE GENERAL AS WELL.

Henderson: AND CURIOUSLY, HE HASN'T REALLY PICKED A THEME OTHER THAN THAT: IT'S ME; HELLO, VOTE FOR ME. HE HASN'T PICKED A THEME WHEREBY: VOTE FOR ME; I'LL CUT YOUR TAXES SIGNIFICANTLY --

Borg: WELL, HE DID SAY --

Henderson: -- VOTE FOR ME; I'LL REDO GOVERNMENT.

Borg: HE DID SAY THAT.

Henderson: BUT HE SAID WE'LL REDO GOVERNMENT, BUT HE DIDN'T REALLY FLUSH IT OUT. HE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT COUNTY GOVERNMENT. HE SAID WE'LL DO IT AT STATE GOVERNMENT FIRST, DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR CITIES AND YOUR COUNTIES. I MEAN HE REALLY HASN'T COME OUT WITH SOMETHING COMPELLING THAT YOU CAN SAY, IF I VOTE FOR JIM NUSSLE, I'M GOING TO GET "X."

Borg: I WANTED TO ASK --

Glover: BUT TO REMARK ON WHAT KAY SAID, I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT. AND I THINK HE IS FACING THE TED KENNEDY PROBLEM THAT TED KENNEDY HAD YEARS AGO IN THAT FAMOUS INTERVIEW, AND THEY BASICALLY ASKED HIM WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT AND HE DIDN'T HAVE AN 15-SECOND ANSWER. IF YOU ASK JIM NUSSLE WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE GOVERNOR, I DON'T KNOW THAT HE'S DEVELOPED THAT 15-SECOND ANSWER TO THIS POINT. NOW, HIS PEOPLE, TO THEIR CREDIT, WILL SAY IT'S EARLY STAGES, IT'S NOT TIME TO BE TALKING ABOUT THAT YET. BUT I'M NOT SO SURE IT'S TOO EARLY TO HAVE THAT 15-SECOND ANSWER TO WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE GOVERNOR.

Borg: WHICH, IF AT ALL, DO EITHER OF THOSE CANDIDATES, VANDER PLAATS AND JIM NUSSLE, APPEAL TO DIFFERENT FACTIONS OF THE PARTY?

Yepsen: WELL, BOB VANDER PLAATS IS CLEARLY THE MORE CONSERVATIVE, AND IT'S NEVER BAD TO BE THE MOST CONSERVATIVE GUY IN A TWO-WAY REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FIGHT.

Glover: THAT'S RIGHT.

Borg: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES, WHAT DO YOU THINK, JENEANE? WHO HAS ANNOUNCED AND WHO MIGHT BE?

Borg: WELL, THE ONLY TWO THAT HAVE ANNOUNCED SO FAR ARE THOSE WHO WILL STRUGGLE FINANCIALLY, REPRESENTATIVE ED FALLON OF DES MOINES AND SIOUX CITY DRUG MANUFACTURER/SALESMAN SAL MOHAMMED. AND HE, WHILE A VERY INTERESTING MAN WITH A VERY INTERESTING STORY, YOU KNOW, AN IMMIGRANT FROM EGYPT, THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF FINANCIAL BACKING. I MEAN SAL HAS BEEN STANDING ON STREET CORNERS IN DES MOINES -- YOU MAY HAVE SEEN HIM -- WITH BIG SIGNS, "VOTE FOR ME." BUT THAT'S A HARD WAY TO CAMPAIGN IN IOWA. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OTHERS THINKING ABOUT IT. CHET CULVER HAS RAISED A LOT OF MONEY. WE MIGHT HEAR YET THIS WEEK ABOUT MIKE BLOUIN AFTER THE FOURTH. HE'S GOING TO TAKE THE HOLIDAY TO THINK ABOUT IT AND DISCUSS IT WITH FAMILY. OF COURSE, WE'RE STILL WONDERING IF MORE MIGHT JUMP IN, MIKE GRONSTAL, THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER. SO IT COULD BE A BIG FIELD.

Borg: IS TIMING CRITICAL HERE FOR ANYONE? I MEAN IS IT TIME TO GET IN BEFORE YOU GET EDGED OUT?

Glover: I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD IS A LITTLE BIT OF A MIRROR OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE REPUBLICAN FIELD. CHET CULVER JUST THIS PAST WEEK RELEASED A FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM THAT WASN'T REQUIRED -- THERE'S NOT ONE DUE UNTIL NEXT JANUARY -- THAT SAID HE'S RAISED $652,000, FAR MORE THAN ANY OF THE DEMOCRATS. I THINK HE IS TRYING TO CAST HIMSELF AS THE INEVITABLE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE. TWO PEOPLE HEADING UP HIS EXPLORATORY CAMPAIGN, BONNIE CAMPBELL, BILL KNAPP, TWO PROMINENT DEMOCRATS. SO HE'S TRYING TO CAST HIMSELF AS THE CANDIDATE OF THE DEMOCRATIC ESTABLISHMENT.

Yepsen:AND I THINK EVERY ONE OF THE POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES HAS GOT SOME FLAW OR SOME LIMITATION THAT CAUSES HIM PROBLEMS. CHET CULVER, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T THINK -- THINK HE'S TOO YOUNG, NOT UP TO THE JOB. THEN HE CAME OUT FOR THE DEATH PENALTY, WHICH IS NOT VERY POPULAR INSIDE A DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FIGHT. MIKE BLOUIN -- SO PEOPLE WERE LOOKING AROUND FOR OTHER CANDIDATES AND SAID MIKE BLOUIN LOOKS PRETTY GOOD, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FORMER CONGRESSMAN. BUT HE'S A PRO-LIFER. WELL, THAT'S NOT THE MOST POPULAR THING INSIDE A DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FIGHT. ED FALLON MAY BE TOO LIBERAL. MIKE GRONSTAL, NO STATEWIDE BASE. SO DEMOCRATS ARE STRUGGLING WITH, SORT OF, WHO IS THE PERSON WHO CAN KEEP THE GOVERNORSHIP FOR THEM.

Glover: AND I THINK WE ALWAYS HAVE TO CAUTION OURSELVES, BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT AT THIS POINT IN THE PROCESS EIGHT YEARS AGO WHEN WE WERE LAUGHING ABOUT THIS GOVERNOR VLASIC, THE PICKLE GUY, WHO OBVIOUSLY CAN'T GET ELECTED. WELL, HE'S NOW A TWO-TERM GOVERNOR.

Borg: KAY, WE ONLY HAVE JUST LESS THAN A MINUTE HERE, BUT THAT NUSSLE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR PUTS AN OPEN SEAT IN THAT FIRST DISTRICT.

Henderson: AND IT'S A VERY INTERESTING RACE. YOU HAVE A BUSINESSMAN IN MIKE WHALEN, WHO RUNS RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS FROM DAVENPORT, WHO IS RUN RUNNING. YOU HAVE BRIAN KENNEDY, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE IOWA REPUBLICAN PARTY, WHO ALSO HAS EARNED HIS KEEP BY WORKING ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS OF LAMAR ALEXANDER. AND AS WELL, YOU HAVE A STATEHOUSE VETERAN IN BILL DIX, A REPRESENTATIVE WHO HAS BEEN CRAFTING THE STATE BUDGET, WHO'S RUNNING AS WELL. SO THAT'S A VERY INTERESTING PRIMARY, AND ALL THREE OF THOSE FOLKS ARE RUNNING VERY HARD.

Glover: AND THE MOST INTERESTING RACE THAT'S HAPPENING IN THE FIRST DISTRICT IS BILL DIX RUNNING FOR CONGRESS OPENS UP A SEAT IN THE LEGISLATURE. AND WHO IS RUNNING FOR IT? CHUCK GRASSLEY'S GRANDSON. HE ASKED FOR MY ADVICE AND I SAID DON'T CHANGE YOUR NAME BEFORE THE ELECTION. [ LAUGHTER ]

Borg: THE ADVICE I HAVE TO GIVE RIGHT NOW IS THAT WE'RE OUT OF TIME. I'D LIKE TO HEAR MORE COMMENTS FROM YOU. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU GIVE GOOD ADVICE, MIKE. ON OUR NEXT EDITION OF "IOWA PRESS," WE'LL BE FOCUSING ON STATE GOVERNMENT'S CASH INCENTIVES AND OTHER EFFORTS TO DIVERSIFY AND STRENGTHEN IOWA'S ECONOMY. DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR MICHAEL BLOUIN HAS SOME $700 MILLION IN THE NEW IOWA VALUES FUND. WE'LL GET SOME INSIGHT ON HOW HE'D LIKE TO USE THAT MONEY TO GROW THE STATE'S ECONOMY AND ITS WORK FORCE. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR MIKE BLOUIN NEXT WEEKEND, REGULAR AIRTIMES: 7:30 FRIDAY; SUNDAY AT NOON. I HOPE YOU'LL WATCH. NOW, IF YOU'RE TRAVELLING THIS WEEKEND, DON'T BE OVERLY INFLUENCED BY THE MODEST INCREASE IN IOWA'S SPEED LIMITS ON SOME OF OUR HIGHWAYS. WE'D LIKE YOU BACK NEXT WEEK. I'M DEAN BORG. THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

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