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posted on March 7, 2006

Borg: IOWA LEGISLATORS STRUGGLE TO PUT THE TOUCH PLAY GENIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE; GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES PAIR UP; TEACHER PAY RAISES, SHOULD STRINGS BE ATTACHED? COMMENTS FROM IOWA STATEHOUSE JOURNALISTS ON THE POLITICAL NUANCES BEHIND THE HEADLINES, ON THIS EDITION OF 'IOWA PRESS.'

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ON STATEWIDE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION, THIS IS THE FRIDAY, MARCH 3 EDITION OF 'IOWA PRESS.' HERE IS DEAN BORG.

Borg: WELL, AS OF TODAY IT'S 55 DOWN, 55 TO GO. THAT'S A SHORTHAND PORTRAYAL OF THE MIDPOINT OF THE IOWA LEGISLATURE'S CURRENT 110-DAY SCHEDULED SESSION. THIS PAST WEEK, FUNNEL WEEK, PROVIDED SOME INSIGHT INTO WHAT LEGISLATIVE LEADERS CONSIDERED PRIORITIES. NOT BY COINCIDENCE, SOME OF THE STILL-VIABLE LEGISLATION HAS HUGE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS AS BOTH PARTIES LAY THE EQUIVALENT OF ROADSIDE BOMBS ALONG THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL LEADING TO THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS. FORTUNATELY, WE HAVE SOME EXPERTS IN SPOTTING POLITICAL EXPLOSIVES: 'DES MOINES REGISTER' POLITICAL COLUMNIST DAVID YEPSEN, 'RADIO IOWA' NEWS DIRECTOR KAY HENDERSON, 'ASSOCIATED PRESS' SENIOR LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL REPORTER MIKE GLOVER, AND 'IOWA PUBLIC RADIO' STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JENEANE BECK. KAY, I'LL ASK YOU, ONE OF THE BIG ITEMS THAT WAS UNEXPECTED IN THIS YEAR'S SESSION, TOUCH PLAY MACHINES. WHERE DO WE STAND ON THAT?

Henderson: WELL, IF SOMEONE HAS BEEN IN A COMA FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I'LL JUST BRING YOU QUICKLY UP TO SPEED. THERE ARE THESE TOUCH PLAY MACHINES IN CONVENIENCE STORES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, GROCERY STORES, THAT THE IOWA LOTTERY CLAIMS ARE ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO DISPENSE LOTTERY TICKETS. THE CASINO INDUSTRY IN THE STATE SEES THEM AS COMPETITION, AND THEY SAY THAT THEY ARE SLOT MACHINES. WE'VE SORT OF MOVED BEYOND THAT DEBATE AS TO WHETHER THESE THINGS SHOULD REMAIN OR WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE RESTRICTED IN SOME WAY. THIS PAST WEEK TWO COMMITTEES IN THE IOWA LEGISLATURE, ONE IN THE HOUSE, ONE IN THE SENATE, PASSED BILLS THAT WOULD BE AN OUTRIGHT BAN ON THESE MACHINES, AND BUSINESSES WOULD HAVE THIRTY DAYS TO YANK THEM. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, ANOTHER COMMITTEE IN THE IOWA HOUSE HAS PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD DIVVY UP THE MONEY THAT THE PROCEEDS TO THE STATE FROM THE SALE OF THESE TOUCH PLAY MACHINES. SO YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SCHIZOPHRENIC ACTION AT THE STATEHOUSE IN THAT REGARD. WHAT LEGISLATORS ARE TRYING TO DO -- AND I MEAN WE HAVE NO CLEAR IDEA AT THIS TIME WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REGARDS TO THESE MACHINES BECAUSE, AS ONE LEGISLATOR SAID THIS PAST WEEK, THERE ARE 150 LEGISLATORS, THERE ARE 150 DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN.

Borg: SO UNLIKELY -- MIKE, GO AHEAD.

Glover: WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS I THINK ANY LEGISLATOR WHO CLAIMS THEY HAD NO IDEA ALL THIS WAS GOING ON IS BEING A BIT DISINGENUOUS. I THINK WHAT THEY DIDN'T ANTICIPATE WAS THE PUBLIC REACTION. NOW, THE PUBLIC REACTION TO THESE MACHINES HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY NEGATIVE, A PUBLIC WHICH DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THIS WAS GOING ON BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS HAPPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN PRIVATE. SUDDENLY THEY'RE WALKING INTO A CONVENIENCE STORE, AND THEY SEE THREE OR FOUR SLOT MACHINES WITH A ROPE AROUND IT AND PEOPLE SITTING THERE PLAYING SLOT MACHINES. AND WHAT HAPPENED, THAT FEEDBACK GOT TO THE LEGISLATURE, AND LEGISLATORS, IN A VERY DIFFICULT ELECTION YEAR, SUDDENLY FOUND THEMSELVES UNDER INTENSE POLITICAL PRESSURE TRYING TO EXPLAIN ALL THIS. AND THEY DON'T HAVE A GOOD EXPLANATION FOR IT, AND THE PROBLEM THEY FACE IS THEY DON'T HAVE A GOOD, CLEAR, EASY WAY OUT OF THIS. SO THEY'RE GOING TO -- THIS IS GOING TO BE -- AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING -- KAY MAKES A GOOD POINT ABOUT KNOWING WHAT TO DO HERE. AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE SESSION, THIS WHOLE THING WILL GET RESOLVED.

Borg: EVEN THOUGH, MIKE, THERE WERE BILLS PASSED THIS WEEK TO YANK THEM OUT.

Glover: EVERYBODY IN THE LEGISLATURE IS UNDER POLITICAL PRESSURE. THEY'VE GOT TO HAVE A VOTE ON THEIR RECORD THEY CAN GO BACK HOME AND POINT TO AND SAY, SEE, MR. AND MRS. CONSTITUENT, I VOTED TO JERK THESE THINGS OUT, KNOWING FULL WELL THAT WON'T HAPPEN.

Beck: YOU KNOW, IT'S AN UNATTRACTIVE POSITION FOR THEM TO BE IN, BECAUSE THE CHOICE IS EITHER THEY KNEW ABOUT THEM AND THEY'RE BEING DISINGENUOUS IN SAYING THAT THEY DIDN'T OR, SECOND OF ALL, THEY DID DROP THE BALL AND THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE MACHINES WOULD DO AND JUST WEREN'T DOING THEIR JOB IN OVERSIGHT. EITHER WAY IS AN UNATTRACTIVE CHOICE FOR A LEGISLATOR. AND I THINK REPUBLICANS REALLY FACE CRITICISM ONLY BECAUSE THIS IS TWO OF THEIR CORE CONSTITUENCIES. THERE ARE MANY WHO ARE OPPOSED MORALLY TO GAMBLING, AND NOW THIS PUTS IT IN THEIR CONVENIENCE STORES AND BARS. AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE WHO THEY'RE PRO BUSINESS, THEY'RE PRO CONVENIENCE STORE. AND THEY'VE GOT MANY OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS SAYING DON'T YOU YANK MY GOLDEN EGG.

Yepsen: I DON'T THINK THE LEGISLATURE WAS BEING DISINGENUOUS; I THINK THEY WERE ASLEEP. I DON'T THINK THEY HAD -- VERY MANY OF THEM HAD A VERY GOOD IDEA JUST WHAT THIS WAS ALL ABOUT, BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THESE THINGS YOU CAN TELL, YOU KNOW, THIS LOOKS LIKE A SLOT MACHINE, THIS LOOKS LIKE A TOUCH PLAY MACHINE. THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE.

Borg: WELL, I THINK THEY PROBABLY LOOKED AT IT JUST AS AN EXPANSION OF SOMETHING WE ALREADY HAVE AS FAR AS THE LOTTERY, AND THEY'D ALREADY TRUSTED THE LOTTERY AND SAID GO AHEAD.

Yepsen: THAT'S RIGHT. AND SO THEY WERE GUILTY OF BEING ASLEEP AND NOT REALLY UNDERSTANDING WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION 'WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN' IS THE MIDDLE GROUND ON THIS. AND MIKE'S RIGHT; IT WILL BE ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING WHEN FOUR OR FIVE LEADERS WILL GET TOGETHER AND CUT THIS DEAL, JUST LIKE THEY WILL ON A NUMBER OF THINGS LIKE SCHOOL AID AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THE COMPROMISE POSITION WILL BE THINGS LIKE PUT A SCREEN AROUND THEM, TURN THE SOUND OFF, PUT A CARD SWIPE DEVICE SO AGE -- KIDS CAN'T PLAY THEM, MAYBE TAKE THEM OUT OF GROCERY STORES AND LEAVE THEM IN BARS WHERE CLERKS ARE A LITTLE MORE AGE SENSITIVE. THERE'S A MIDDLE GROUND. THEY HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET. BUT THEY CAN'T GET RID OF THEM, DEAN, BECAUSE, FRANKLY, THE STATE NEEDS THE MONEY. THESE THINGS WILL GENERATE $40 MILLION NEXT YEAR FOR THE STATE. THE POLITICIANS NEED THAT MONEY.

Borg: IS IT AN OVERSTATEMENT ON MY PART THAT NOT ONLY DOES THE STATE NEED THE MONEY, BUT THIS IS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR SOME OF THESE LITTLE MOM AND POP GROCERY STORES AND SO ON?

Glover: THIS ALL STARTED -- IT ALL STARTED ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN LEGISLATIVE LEADERS WENT TO THE IOWA LOTTERY AND SAID, 'WE NEED MORE MONEY. WE NEED MORE MONEY OUT OF THE LOTTERY.' AND THE LOTTERY CAME BACK TO THEM AND SAID, 'WELL, HOW ABOUT THIS?' 'FINE, GO DO IT.' 'NO, PASS A LAW TELLING US TO DO IT.' SO THE GENESIS OF THIS -- AND DAVE'S RIGHT -- WAS MONEY. THEY WANTED MORE MONEY OUT OF THE LOTTERY. THIS IS THE IDEA THE LOTTERY CAME UP WITH TO GIVE THEM MORE MONEY.

Yepsen: AND IT'S REALLY UNFAIR FOR THEM TO BEAT UP DR. ED STANEK, THE HEAD OF THE LOTTERY, ON THIS. HE'S A Ph.D. HE'S A TALENTED GUY. HE DID WHAT THEY ASKED HIM TO DO. HE EVEN GOT IT WRITTEN IN THE CODE. THEY'RE BLAMING HIM FOR THIS. THEY HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES --

Glover: THEY'RE BLAMING HIM BECAUSE THEY'RE UNDER HEAT AND THEY'VE GOT TO BLAME SOMEBODY. THEY CAN'T GO BACK AND DO EXACTLY WHAT JENEANE SAID. THEY CAN'T GO BACK TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND SAY, WELL, IT'S LIKE THIS, EITHER I'M TOO STUPID TO KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING OR I JUST WAS ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH. THEY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. NO, THEY'RE GOING TO GO BACK AND SAY, WELL, THAT AWFUL ED STANEK IS THE GUY THAT MISLED ME.

Beck: BUT YOU'RE RIGHT THAT THEY ARE A GOOD PAYOUT FOR THAT CONVENIENCE STORE. AS THE GAS PRICE MARGINS CLOSE AND THEY DON'T MAKE A LOT OF PROFIT ON FUEL, THIS IS AN EASY WAY FOR THEM TO MAKE SOME -- $1,000 A MONTH FROM A MACHINE JUST SITTING IN THE CORNER OF THEIR STORE.

Yepsen: THE INTERESTING QUESTION THAT I HAVE -- AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S A GOOD ANSWER TO IT YET. THE CASINOS ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY FEARFUL THIS IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY PROFITS FROM THEM, AND IT MAY.

Borg: THAT'S WHERE THE MAJOR OPPOSITION IS.

Yepsen: WELL, THAT IS. AND YET, I WONDER IF WE AREN'T SEEING OTHER SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY LOSE MONEY. IN OTHER WORDS, SOMEBODY IS PLAYING -- PUTTING DOLLAR BILLS IN A TOUCH PLAY MACHINE AS OPPOSED TO GOING TO A CASINO. MAYBE THAT MONEY IS COMING OUT OF THE GROCERY MONEY. MAYBE IT'S COMING OUT OF GOING TO A MOVIE. SO WE ARE SEEING NOT NECESSARILY A SHIFT IN THE USE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT DOLLAR BUT ACTUALLY A NET INCREASE IN GAMBLING AT THE SACRIFICE OF SOME OTHER SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY.

Borg: WELL, WITH THE PRICE OF GAS, IT SAVES SOMEBODY WHO LIKES TO PLAY THESE KIND OF MACHINES FROM DRIVING TO A CASINO, DOESN'T IT? YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE --

Yepsen: YOU CAN BUY A TANK OF GAS AND PLAY TOUCH PLAY AND LEAVE YOUR WHOLE PAYCHECK THERE.

Glover: WELL, IF YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT, IF THESE MACHINES IN FACT DO GENERATE $40 MILLION A YEAR IN PROFIT TO THE STATE, THAT MEANS SOMEBODY IS PUTTING A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN $40 MILLION INTO THESE MACHINES. SO IT'S TAKING A LOT OF MONEY OUT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE'S POCKETS AND PUTTING THEM INTO THESE MACHINES. NOW, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT'S COMING FROM. IS THIS PURE DISCRETIONARY INCOME? WE DON'T KNOW.

Henderson: AND THE ONLY ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE WE HAVE IS WE'VE HAD SEVERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS ABOUT THIS MATTER. AND THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THESE MACHINES -- FOR INSTANCE, THERE WAS A WOMAN IN CORNING THAT'S INSTALLED THEM IN HER CONVENIENCE STORE, AND SHE INDICATES THAT PEOPLE COME IN OVER THEIR LUNCH HOUR AND THEY PLAY THE MACHINES. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT OVER THEIR LUNCH HOUR BE DRIVING TO A CASINO, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE TOO FAR. SO DAVID IS RIGHT; THIS IS PROBABLY DISCRETIONARY INCOME THAT'S BEING REDIRECTED TO THESE MACHINES RATHER THAN BEING PLUNKED INTO THE CASINOS.

Glover: AND IT'S AN INTERESTING STORY AT THESE HEARINGS, WHICH I HAVE FOUND FASCINATING. I DON'T USUALLY FIND PUBLIC HEARINGS VERY FASCINATING, BUT THESE HAVE BEEN INTERESTING. THERE WAS ONE PERSON WHO TESTIFIED AT ONE OF THE HEARINGS THAT SAID -- YOU KNOW, I FORGET WHICH CITY IT'S IN. THERE'S A LIBRARY WHERE, AT THE BOOK RETURN DROP OFF IN THE LITTLE ALCOVE AS YOU COME IN, THERE'S A TOUCH PLAY MACHINE RIGHT NEXT TO THE BOOK RETURN. SO YOU CAN COME IN, RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS, AND PLAY A COUPLE OF ROUNDS OF TOUCH PLAY.

Borg: I WANT TO THROW SOMETHING OUT HERE. ALL OF YOU REMEMBER WHEN TERRY BRANSTAD WAS REPEATEDLY VETOING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ESTABLISH THE LOTTERY, CALLING IT A SLIPPERY SLOPE. ARE WE WAY DOWN THE SLIPPERY SLOPE NOW IN IOWA, AND WHAT DO YOU --

Yepsen: WE'RE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SLOPE, DEAN. WE'VE ALREADY SLID DOWN. LOOK, THIS IS -- THIS IS -- WE'VE GOT WIDE OPEN GAMBLING IN IOWA. NO ONE EVER THOUGHT WE'D COME TO THIS POINT, BUT HERE WE ARE. AND WHAT'S OFFENSIVE TO IOWANS I THINK IS IT'S RIGHT IN THEIR FACE. YOU KNOW, GAMBLING IS OKAY IF IT'S ON THE EDGE OF TOWN OR IN THE CASINO. A DIRTY BOOK STORE IS OKAY IF IT'S ON THE EDGE OF TOWN. WE WANT OUR BARS OFF ON THE SIDE. BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN WHEN YOU'RE IN THE GROCERY STORE, NOW AT THE LIBRARY IN SOME TOWNS, AND YOU SEE ALL THIS GAMBLING, IT REALLY DOES OFFEND PEOPLE TO HAVE THIS JUST SORT OF HITTING THEM IN THE FACE ALL THE TIME.

Beck: AND THAT'S WHAT CASINOS ARE WORRIED ABOUT. THEY TELL ME THAT THE FEAR ISN'T JUST THAT THEY'LL LOSE MONEY BUT THAT ALSO IF IOWANS BECOME SO DISGUSTED WITH IT THAT EVENTUALLY WE'LL GO THE WAY OF ANOTHER STATE THAT THE PROLIFERATION WAS SO GREAT THEY YANKED EVERYTHING. AND CASINOS ARE SOMEWHAT WORRIED THAT IOWANS WILL GET SO UPSET ABOUT IT --

Glover: THE PREMISE TO YOUR QUESTION IS RIGHT. TERRY BRANSTAD WAS RIGHT IN THAT INITIAL VETO MESSAGE WHEN HE VETOED THE STATE LOTTERY THAT THIS WOULD START THE STATE DOWN A SLIPPERY SLOPE. IN FACT, IT WOULD BUT TERRY BRANSTAD, LIKE A LOT OF OTHER POLITICIANS, FOUND POLITICAL PRESSURE AND THE AVAILABILITY OF MONEY IRRESISTIBLE. AND THAT'S WHAT STARTED IT AND THAT'S WHAT'S STILL DRIVING THIS WHOLE DEBATE.

Yepsen: ONE THING, DEAN, THE POLITICS OF THIS IS INTERESTING AT THE STATEHOUSE. IT'S CROWDED OUT DISCUSSION OF A LOT OF OTHER ISSUES. I MEAN LOOK AT OUR DISCUSSION HERE TODAY FOCUSING ON THIS. BUT THAT'S OKAY WITH A LOT OF LEADERS, BECAUSE IF THEY'VE GOT MEMBERS OUT MESSING AROUND WITH TOUCH PLAY DEBATE, THEY CAN BE OFF HERE ON THE SIDE, AS THEY ARE, QUIETLY WORKING ON THE BUDGET AND SCHOOLS.

Borg: WELL, I SUPPOSE THAT TELLS US THAT WE BETTER GET INTO THESE ISSUES.

Glover: NO, BECAUSE -- BELIEVE ME, THIS WILL OCCUPY THEM UP UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF THE SESSION. AND YOU'RE RIGHT, THIS LEGISLATURE -- ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE NOTICED WITH THIS NARROWLY DIVIDED LEGISLATURE IS IT USED TO BE THAT YOU HAD EXPERTS KIND OF OFF IN THIS CORNER. AND IF YOU HAD AN EDUCATION ISSUE, THIS PERSON WAS A PERSON WHO KIND OF SOLVED IT. IF YOU HAD A LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUE, THIS PERSON WAS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WENT TO. ALL THIS POWER IS BECOMING CENTRALIZED. AND NOW ALL THESE ISSUES ARE GOING TO GET SOLVED AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING WITH ABOUT THREE PEOPLE IN A ROOM ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE SESSION.

Borg: AS I NOTED, THOUGH, THIS WEEK WAS A MAJOR WEEK IN DETERMINING WHAT REMAINS AND WHAT FALLS AWAY. WHAT WERE SOME OF THE WINNERS? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE LOSERS, KAY, THIS WEEK -- IN FUNNEL WEEK, THIS IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

Henderson: EXACTLY. A DEATH PENALTY BILL DID MAKE IT OUT OF A HOUSE COMMITTEE, BUT THEN HOUSE SPEAKER CHRISTOPHER RANTS A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER SAID THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE A HOUSE DEBATE ON THE ISSUE BECAUSE IT WAS TOO CONTROVERSIAL FOR SOME MEMBERS OF HIS CAUCUS WHO ARE PRO-LIFE ALL THE WAY FROM BIRTH TO DEATH. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH REPUBLICANS TO PASS IT. SO THE DEATH PENALTY IS DEAD. WHAT'S MOST INTERESTING AMONG THE PROPOSALS THAT FAILED TO REACH CONSENSUS AND GET OUT OF COMMITTEE I THINK ARE A SERIES OF PROPOSALS DEALING WITH TEEN-AGE DRINKING AND TEEN-AGE DRIVING. THERE WAS A KEG REGISTRATION BILL. SOME OF OUR NEIGHBORING STATES HAVE A LAW THAT SAYS IF YOU SELL A KEG, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A REGISTRATION NUMBER ON IT AND TAKE THE NAME AND IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OF THE PERSON WHO PURCHASED IT. THIS ALLOWS LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHEN THERE'S A KEGGER AND THEY CATCH MINORS DRINKING FROM THE TAP, THAT THEY CAN GO AFTER THIS PERSON. LEGISLATORS DIDN'T DO THAT. THEY DIDN'T PASS A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE RESTRICTED CELL PHONE USE FOR TEEN DRIVERS. THESE WERE THINGS THAT WERE AIMED AT CRACKING DOWN ON TEEN DEATHS ON THE HIGHWAY. THEY DIDN'T PASS IT, SO THAT WAS A REALLY INTERESTING POINT IN THE LEGISLATIVE DEBATE BECAUSE YOU HAD A GOVERNOR, YOU HAD A FORMER STATE SENATOR WHO WERE REALLY PUSHING LEGISLATORS TO TAKE ACTION, AND THEY FAILED TO DO SO.

Glover: AND I THINK ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS TO ME WAS REALLY THE LACK OF PROGRESS. WE'RE MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH THE SESSION -- SIGNIFICANTLY MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH THE SESSION.

Borg: IN FACT, I WANT TO CORRECT SOMETHING I SAID UP FRONT, MIKE, BECAUSE YOU'RE POINTING THAT OUT RIGHT NOW. IT ISN'T A 110-DAY SESSION.

Glover: IT'S A 100-DAY SESSION.

Borg: IT'S 100. YES, IT IS.

Beck: IT COULD BE. [ LAUGHTER ]

Glover: BUT YOU LOOK AT THE BIG ISSUES. THE BIG ISSUES ARE DOING SOMETHING TO TOUGHEN THE STATE'S SEX ABUSE LAWS. VERY QUIETLY BEHIND THE SCENES, A LAW TOUGHENING SEX ABUSE LAWS IS BEING CRAFTED AND WILL PROBABLY END UP BEING PASSED ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY. SCHOOL FINANCES, TEACHER PAY, EARLY CHILDHOOD, THERE'S REALLY VERY LITTLE PROGRESS TOWARDS EXACTLY HOW THAT'S GOING TO SHAPE UP AND WORK. AND THE STATE'S BUDGET, THAT'S BEING CRAFTED BEHIND THE SCENES. SOME KIND OF A BILL TO GIVE MORE INCENTIVES FOR THE USE OF ETHANOL, THERE'S A REALLY BIG DISAGREEMENT AND NOT MUCH PROGRESS ON THAT. SO ON ALL THESE BIG AGREEMENTS, ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE BEING QUIETLY NEGOTIATED. ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE JUST LIKE THAT; THEY'RE AT LOGGERHEADS WITH NO PROGRESS ON ANYTHING.

Yepsen: ONE THING WE KNOW FOR SURE, DEAN, IS THE SESSION WON'T BE ANY SHORTER THAN A HUNDRED DAYS, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW LONG THE EXPENSE MONEY LASTS. AND, OF COURSE, THEY NEVER LEAVE EXPENSE MONEY ON THE TABLE. THEY'LL STAY UNTIL THAT'S SPENT.

Glover: THE ONE YEAR THEY LEFT EXPENSE MONEY ON THE TABLE WAS THE YEAR DON AVENSON WAS SPEAKER AND WAS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, AND THEY QUIT AFTER A 60-DAY SESSION.

Borg: TEACHER PAY IS ONE OF THE ISSUES, JENEANE. WHERE IS THAT? IT SEEMS TO ME REPUBLICANS HAVE A PROPOSAL, BUT THEY SAY STRINGS ATTACHED: WE WANT ACCOUNTABILITY, TEACHER PERFORMANCE. THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO SET VERY WELL WITH THE UNION AT LEAST.

Beck: WELL, I THINK THAT PART OF THE PROBLEM THERE IS THE UNION LOOKS AT THE BILL THEY PASSED SEVERAL YEARS AGO, WHICH SAID WE'LL GIVE YOU MORE MONEY BUT WITH STRINGS ATTACHED. AND INSTEAD THEY ATTACHED THE STRINGS AND NEVER CAME UP WITH ALL THE MONEY BECAUSE RIGHT AFTER THEY PASSED THAT BILL, THE STATE KIND OF SUFFERED AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PROVIDE. SO THAT BEING SAID, AS THE STATE HAS COME OUT OF THAT, TEACHERS HAVE SAID, 'ALL RIGHT, WE DID WHAT YOU ASKED. WHERE'S THE PAYOUT?' AND THE REPUBLICANS SUDDENLY SAY, 'WELL, WE WILL GIVE YOU SOME MONEY, BUT WE WANT NEW STRINGS ATTACHED.' AND I THINK THEY'RE GETTING SOME PUSH BACK, AND DEMOCRATS SAY IT'S AN UNFAIR -- AN UNFAIR SITUATION.

Yepsen: BUT IT'S SIGNIFICANT THE GOVERNOR HAS AGREED WITH THE REPUBLICANS THAT, OKAY, IN RETURN FOR MORE MONEY, THERE'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOME STRINGS. THERE'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOME ATTACHMENT TO PERFORMANCE, MERIT PAY, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. AND SO THEY'RE CRAFTING THIS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THIS SESSION, FOR ALL THE REASONS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT. BUT IN FAIRNESS, IT IS ALWAYS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN UP THERE. AND THEY ARE ALL GRINDING AND WORKING, AND I THINK IT'S STILL POSSIBLE THAT THE GOVERNOR AND A HANDFUL OF THESE LEADERS WILL BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AND FASHION SOME MULTIYEAR RESOLUTION TO THIS TEACHER PAY PROBLEM.

Henderson: ESPECIALLY BECAUSE TOM VILSACK, WHO'S LEAVING OFFICE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WANTS TO HAVE THIS AS PART OF HIS LAST PUSH IN THE LEGISLATURE TO ENHANCE HIS OWN PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS DOWN THE LINE. HE NEEDS TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND HE CAN POINT TO $30 MILLION FOR TEACHER PAY AS THAT.

Yepsen: AND OUR POLLS SHOW THAT A MAJORITY OF IOWANS THINK SCHOOLS ARE HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, WHICH I THINK GIVES DEMOCRATS COVER TO SAY TO THE TEACHERS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS MORE THAN JUST SHOVELING MONEY INTO THIS AS THE PROBLEM. WE'VE GOT ON MAKE OTHER REFORMS.

Glover: I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN SAY WITH SOME CONFIDENCE IS THE PACKAGE THAT'S ON THE TABLE WOULD SPEND $150 MILLION OVER FIVE YEARS, $30 MILLION A YEAR TO INCREASE TEACHER PAY. IN SOME SHAPE, FORM, FASHION -- AND I CAN'T PREDICT NOW WHAT IT WILL BE -- THERE WILL BE $150-MILLION PACKAGE TO INCREASE TEACHER PAY. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PACKAGE THAT WILL SPEND ABOUT $15 MILLION A YEAR OVER FIVE YEARS TO BOLSTER PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS. I'M NOT SURE THE EXACT SHAPE OF THAT. THERE'S A BIG DEBATE OVER THERE ABOUT WHETHER YOU OUGHT TO SUBSIDIZE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OR GIVE PEOPLE INCENTIVES TO GO TO THEIR OWN PRIVATE PRESCHOOLS. I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT WILL SHAKE OUT. SOMETHING WILL PASS ON THAT. AND BACK ON DAVE'S POINT, IF THEY ACCOMPLISH THAT, IF THEY TOUGHEN THE STATE'S SEX ABUSE LAWS, IF THEY PUT IN PLACE SOMETHING FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT TO INCENT THE USE OF ETHANOL, THAT'S NOT A BAD SESSION, PARTICULARLY IN AN ELECTION YEAR. I MEAN THAT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN POINT TO AND SAY, YEAH, WE DID SOMETHING.

Beck: THERE'S ALSO AN INTERESTING DYNAMIC UP THERE ON EDUCATION WITH SOME CONTRADICTORY POSITIONS. SOME PEOPLE WANT TO LOOK -- MANY REPUBLICANS WANT TO LENGTHEN THE SCHOOL YEAR, NOT NECESSARILY BY DAYS -- THERE WOULD STILL BE 180 DAYS -- BUT THEY WANT TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, SNOW DAYS DON'T COUNT. YOU CAN'T COME IN AT HALF A DAY AND CALL THAT A FULL DAY. YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST SIX HOURS IN THE CLASSROOM THAT DAY TO COUNT IT TOWARD THAT 180 DAYS, BECAUSE THEY SAY KIDS ARE GETTING OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY BECAUSE OF HEAT OR COMING IN LATE BECAUSE OF SNOW AND NOT MAKING THAT UP. BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE -- AND NOT IN JUST THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, ALSO DEMOCRATS -- WHO SAY THESE NEW ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS PASSED, WHICH SAYS YOU HAVE TO PASS ALL YOUR CLASSES TO PLAY SPORTS OR DO MUSIC, THEY'RE SAYING: WELL, THAT MIGHT BE TOO HARSH; THAT MIGHT BE TOO STRICT ON THESE KIDS; LET'S BACK THOSE DOWN. SO, ONE, THEY WANT TO MAKE SCHOOL A LITTLE BIT TOUGHER FOR KIDS BUT, ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY DON'T WANT TO HURT ATHLETES.

Glover: AND IT'S INTERESTING IN THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION THAT'S GOING ON ABOUT EDUCATION THAT STRIKES ME, THAT A WHOLE SEGMENT OF THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY IS BEING EXCLUDED. AND IT MAY BE THE SEGMENT THAT'S MOST IMPORTANT OR AT LEAST AS IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF THE STATE, AND THAT'S THIS POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION COMMUNITY, NOT JUST COLLEGES BUT COMMUNITY COLLEGES, POST HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAMS. EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT WORLD COMPETITION, HOW WE NEED TO HAVE A BETTER TRAINED, BETTER EDUCATED WORK FORCE. SURE, PART OF THAT IS MAKING SURE THE KIDS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL ABLE TO READ, ABLE TO DO MATH, ABLE TO UNDERSTAND SCIENCE AND ALL THAT, BUT PART OF THAT MEANS THEY'VE GOT TO BE TRAINED TO DEAL WITH THESE HIGH-TECH 21ST-CENTURY JOBS THAT ARE NOW BEING EXPORTED TO INDIA AND CHINA AND PLACES LIKE THAT. AND THERE'S NOT A LOT OF DISCUSSION YOU'LL HEAR AT THE STATEHOUSE ABOUT HOW WE DO THAT IN THE POST SECONDARY EDUCATION COMMUNITY.

Borg: JENEANE MENTIONED THE ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY. WHAT'S THE PREDICTION, KAY, AS TO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? THE LEGISLATURE HAD SOME LEGISLATION STARTED THROUGH THE PROCESS THERE. BUT THE BOARD OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION MET AND MODIFIED THEIR EDICT, AND THAT SEEMS TO BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE GOVERNOR. NOW, IS THE LEGISLATURE GOING TO BACK OFF, DO YOU THINK, AND JUST LET THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HANDLE IT?

Henderson: THE INDICATION IS EVEN IF THE LEGISLATURE WERE TO PASS A BILL THAT WOULD TRY TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO, WHICH ALLOWS STUDENTS TO FLUNK A COUPLE CLASSES, THE GOVERNOR WOULD VETO IT. SO IT APPEARS THAT WHAT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS DONE IS GOING TO BECOME THE RULE IN SCHOOLS -- HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE.

Borg: OKAY. AND YOU MENTIONED SEX OFFENDER LEGISLATION IS SOMETHING -- AND THAT GOES HAND IN HAND WITH THE DEATH PENALTY.

Glover: THERE WILL BE A SEX OFFENDER BILL PASSED THAT WILL TOUGHEN THE LAW ON SEX OFFENDERS. THE MOST LIKELY VERSION OF THAT RIGHT NOW, IN ADDITION TO SOME ADDITIONAL MONITORING AND TIGHTENING UP HOW WE KEEP AN EYE ON THESE PEOPLE ONCE THEY GET OUT OF JAIL, THE PROPOSAL THAT SEEMS TO BE THE MOST LIVE ROUND UP THERE IS WHAT THEY CALL A ZERO TOLERANCE PROPOSAL, WHICH MEANS IF YOU HAVE A TYPICAL OFFENDER 18 YEARS AND OLDER WHO MOLESTS A CHILD 12 YEARS AND UNDER, THEY WOULD HAVE A VERY, VERY LENGTHY PRISON TERM EVEN ON A FIRST OFFENSE.

Yepsen: FOR THOSE VOTERS WHO MISSED THE LEGISLATURE GETTING TOUGH ON SEX OFFENDERS LAST YEAR, WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER BILL THIS YEAR TO GET EVEN TOUGHER.

Borg: LET'S TALK ABOUT -- MIKE, YOU WERE GOING TO SAY SOMETHING.

Glover: SEX OFFENDERS ARE NOT A BIG CONSTITUENCY. [ LAUGHTER ]

Borg: THAT'S RIGHT. THE GUBERNATORIAL FIELD, JENEANE, HAS BEEN NARROWED WITHIN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. CANDIDATES PAIRING UP.

Beck: CANDIDATES PAIRING UP. THE FIRST TO DO IT WERE SECRETARY CULVER AND SECRETARY JUDGE. CHET CULVER, OF COURSE, RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR AS A DEMOCRAT, TAPPED PATTY JUDGE, WHO WAS A FELLOW DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, TO BE HIS RUNNING MATE. ESSENTIALLY IT WAS AN EARLY CHOICE. A LOT OF TIMES THEY DON'T PICK A RUNNING MATE UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE THE PARTY'S NOMINATION, BUT I THINK IN THIS CASE IF HE WANTED HER TO GET OUT OF THE RACE, HE HAD TO PROMISE HER SHE'D BE ON THE TICKET IN SOME FORM. AND SO THAT WAS THE FIRST PAIRING UP. AND THEN, OF COURSE, WE SAW JIM NUSSLE CONVINCE BOB VANDER PLAATS TO JOIN HIM ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET. SO THERE'S NO LONGER A PRIMARY IN THAT FIELD.

Borg: YES, YES.

Beck: AND I THOUGHT, TO ME, WHAT WAS MOST TELLING IS IT REALLY SHOWED THE IMPORTANCE OF FINANCIAL STABILITY IN A RACE, AN ABILITY TO RAISE MONEY, BECAUSE THE TWO THAT GOT OUT WERE TWO THAT WERE HAVING DIFFICULTY RAISING MONEY AND THEY WENT WITH TWO WHO HAD A LOT OF MONEY.

Glover: IN EVERY ONE OF THE PAIR-UPS, THERE WAS A REASON. AND THE OTHER ONE WAS MIKE BLOUIN WHO TAPPED ANDREA MCGUIRE, A DOCTOR HERE IN TOWN, TO BE HIS RUNNING MATE. THERE'S A REASON FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE SELECTIONS. JIM NUSSLE AND BOB VANDER PLAATS PAIRED UP BECAUSE WITH JIM NUSSLE GETTING BOB VANDER PLAATS OUT OF THE RACE, THAT ENDED A PRIMARY, PROBABLY SAVED HIM A MILLION BUCKS OR SO. CHET CULVER GOT RID OF ONE OF HIS PRIMARY OPPONENTS, BROUGHT ON BOARD A WOMAN, A STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIAL, PRESUMABLY CAN BRING SOME STRENGTH TO HIS TICKET. MIKE BLOUIN, IT WAS EVEN MORE OBVIOUS. MIKE BLOUIN HAS COME UNDER SOME HEAT IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BECAUSE HE TAKES AN ANTI-ABORTION POSITION, SO HE PICKS A PRO-CHOICE WOMAN DOCTOR TO JOIN HIM ON THE TICKET AND HE HOPES THAT WILL SETTLE THE ABORTION ISSUE. I THINK THERE ARE FLAWS -- TO BE ON THE RECORD, I THINK THERE ARE FLAWS IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE ARGUMENTS, BUT THAT'S THE REASONS THEY USED.

Henderson: ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PAIRINGS I THINK TO LOOK AT IS THE NUSSLE/VANDER PLAATS PAIRING BECAUSE THE IDEA THAT CONGRESSMAN NUSSLE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO CAMPAIGN NONSTOP FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IS HAMPERED QUITE A BIT BECAUSE HE IS THE HOUSE BUDGET CHAIR. NOW, IF HE'S NOT GOING TO GIVE UP THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF BEING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE U.S. HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, HE'S GOING TO BE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., QUITE A BIT THIS NEXT FALL DEALING WITH THAT. SO AS THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THAT CAMPAIGN, THE NUMBER ONE PERSON TO SEND OUT IS YOUR RUNNING MATE. AND HE'S GOING TO BE SENDING OUT A GUY -- A WHITE GUY WHO IS GOING TO BE TRYING TO APPEAL TO INDEPENDENTS, BECAUSE AT THAT POINT IN THE CAMPAIGN, YOU'RE TRYING TO APPEAL TO INDEPENDENTS. SO I THINK THAT'S A LITTLE PROBLEMATIC, BECAUSE VANDER PLAATS APPEALS TO A PART OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT'S CONSERVATIVE AND HAD SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT NUSSLE. SO HE SEALED UP THE BASE, BUT I DON'T SEE THAT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION VANDER PLAATS BRINGS HIM A LOT DOWN THE ROAD.

Yepsen: RIGHT. AND I THINK THAT'S RIGHT AND I THINK REPUBLICANS DON'T CARE. THE FORMATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR REPUBLICANS IN IOWA COMES IN 2000 AND 2004. IN THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, THEY LOST IOWA TO AL GORE BY ABOUT 4,000 VOTES. WHY? BECAUSE A LOT OF THE REPUBLICAN BASE IN WESTERN IOWA AND IN NORTH CENTRAL IOWA AROUND MASON CITY DIDN'T TURN OUT. FOUR YEARS LATER, KARL ROVE AND THE BOYS ALL FIGURED WE'VE GOT TO JACK UP THE BASE, AND THEY DID. THEY HAD A MUCH BIGGER TURNOUT IN WESTERN IOWA WITH CONSERVATIVES, EVANGELICALS, AND PEOPLE IN THE SUBURBS, AND THEY CARRIED IOWA. SO THE MISSION FOR REPUBLICANS IS PARTY UNITY, FIRE UP THE BASE, AND GET THEM OUT TO VOTE TO OFFSET THE DEMOCRATIC MARGINS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE STATE.

Glover: AND I'VE HEARD, ACTUALLY, ROVE MAKE THIS ARGUMENT. HE WILL ARGUE IN AMERICA THERE IS NO UNCOMMITTED ANYMORE, THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND, AND ELECTIONS ARE ALL A TURNOUT GAME. WE DON'T WORRY ABOUT INDEPENDENTS. NOBODY DIVES TO THE MIDDLE ANYMORE. ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS THEY'RE GINNING UP THEIR BASE VERSUS OUR GINNING UP OUR BASE, AND WHO DOES THE BEST JOB WINS.

Yepsen: AND I THINK GIVEN THE PROBLEMS THE REPUBLICANS ARE HAVING RIGHT NOW -- THE PRESIDENT'S LOUSY JOB APPROVAL RATING; REPUBLICANS ARE PRETTY DISPIRITED -- IT'S PROBABLY WISE TO WORRY ABOUT DOING THINGS THAT CAN FIRE UP YOUR BASE AND GET THEM TO TURN OUT AND VOTE.

Borg: MIKE, I'LL ASK YOU THIS QUESTION BECAUSE YOU'RE ALWAYS THE ONE WHO SAYS ENDORSEMENTS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING, AND YET I SEE THE LABOR UNIONS DIVIDING UP THEIR ENDORSEMENTS BETWEEN THE TWO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES NOW. ANY SIGNIFICANCE THERE?

Glover: YOU'RE RIGHT. I SAY ENDORSEMENTS DON'T MEAN MUCH, BUT THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS. MIKE BLOUIN COLLECTED AN ENDORSEMENT THAT, IN FACT, DOES MEAN SOMETHING, AND THAT'S THE LARGEST UNION REPRESENTING STATE WORKERS HAS ENDORSED BLOUIN. THAT GIVES HIM -- THEY HAVE ABOUT 16,000 MEMBERS. THEY REPRESENT ABOUT 42,000 WORKERS. THAT MEANS HE'S GOT 16,000 FOOT SOLDIERS OUT THERE. HE'S AUTOMATICALLY GOT AN ORGANIZATIONAL NETWORK OF PEOPLE WHO WILL KNOCK DOORS, DIAL PHONES, MAKE ALL THE ROUTINE THINGS A CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO DO. THAT'S A BIG ENDORSEMENT FOR HIM, NOT TO MENTION THE MONEY THEY CAN BRING TO HIM.

Borg: IS THERE AN ISSUE AT ALL DIVIDING, OTHER THAN ABORTION ON THE BLOUIN-CULVER TICKET, THAT IS BLOUIN BEING ANTI-ABORTION -- IS THERE AN ISSUE THAT DIVIDES THESE TWO DEMOCRATIC --

Yepsen: YES. THE DEATH PENALTY IS ONE. CHET CULVER SAID HE WOULD SIGN -- HAS SAID HE WOULD SIGN A LIMITED DEATH PENALTY, AND HE'S PRO-CHOICE. SO THAT'S A BIT OF A DIVIDING LINE. BUT ISSUES AREN'T REALLY THAT SIGNIFICANT. IT'S GOING TO BE MORE PERSONALITY AND STYLE THAT DETERMINES THE OUTCOME OF THAT PRIMARY THAN IT IS AN ISSUE.

Borg: THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSIGHTS. OUR OUR NEXT EDITION OF 'IOWA PRESS,' WE'LL CONTINUE OUR FOCUS ON THE 2006 LEGISLATIVE SESSION. WE'LL BE QUESTIONING COUNCIL BLUFFS DEMOCRAT AND SENATE COLEADER MIKE GRONSTAL. AND A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S 'IOWA PRESS,' BECAUSE WE'LL BE IN THE MIDST OF OUR ANNUAL FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING, 'IOWA PRESS' WITH SENATOR GRONSTAL IS SCHEDULED FOR 6:30 NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT, AN HOUR EARLIER THAN USUAL. AND ONE OTHER TEMPORARY CHANGE TO NOTE: NEXT WEEK'S 'IOWA PRESS' AIRS ONLY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 3. I HOPE YOU'LL WATCH AS MUCH OF THE SPECIAL FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING AS POSSIBLE. YOU'LL ENJOY IT. I'M DEAN BORG. THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

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