Now that the Iowa legislature has finished its work for the session, much of our attention now looks ahead to the primary and general elections. Democratic Governor Chet Culver doesn’t have to worry about a primary. His low poll numbers had brought speculation he may face a primary challenger. Former Des Moines school board member Jonathan Narcisse threatened a primary but backed out the week before the filing deadline. He said he will now run as an Independent. Culver’s Campaign Manager Abby Curran said he will officially announce his re-election in May. She said the campaign is still working out details.
A few other random thoughts…How ’bout that legislature? Leaders said they would cut their scheduled session from 100 days to 80 days to save the state money (each day costs somewhere between $35,000 and $40,000). They not only finished in time. They finished early. It was only a day early. But, hey, it was still early. So much for all the hyperventilating from people over the weekend when they didn’t finish.
What’s with Mitt Romney’s jeans? Critics ripped him for being too slick and stiff in the past. Monday, during his book-signing/speech at the Des Moines Central Library, he ditched the jacket and slacks in favor of a shirt and blue jeans. Don’t know whether they were the “relaxed fit” jeans.