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It sounds (or at least reads) like Des Moines Register columnist Dave Yepsen is the top choice to take over as director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University (This is the one in Carbondale. I graduated from the university in Edwardsville). An advisory board reportedly named Yepsen as its top choice. But it doesn’t sound (or read) like the university president likes the recommendation.

Will this news disappoint Governor Chet Culver? I’m getting ready to head out to Tampa to cover the Super Bowl, so I didn’t personally witness the exchange between the Gov and Yepsen during the Gov’s budget address. But several observers tell me the Gov got a little flustered at Yepsen’s questions today about whether the Gov is cutting enough to balance the budget next year.