One decision that state law says Iowa’s governor has to make has eluded Gov. Terry Branstad: whether or not to reimburse University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for Medicaid-funded abortions. It would be a tough decision, and he could make it, Branstad said in an IowaWatch interview, but he would not speculate on what he’d decide.
Despite talk about bipartisanship, the Iowa legislative session started with party leaders voicing different agendas, but Gov. Terry Branstad remaining confident in an IowaWatch interview that the session would stay focused. “There’s always a lot of distractions, and there’s a lot of issues that come up. This is obviously not my first session,” Branstad said Monday afternoon after the session opened. “What I’ve learned from all that experience is if you have a clear and focused agenda … you improve your chances of success.”
Steve Deace is known for controversial radio commentaries, which weave religion into politics. His show touches on issues popular among evangelical voters, who have played an important role in Iowa politics and in the caucus.
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