Wednesday, May 22, 2013
“Truth Squad” plans to rally ahead of Wisconsin governor’s appearance before Polk County Republican activists in West Des Moines Thursday.
Advocacy groups for progressives in Iowa and Wisconsin are holding “Scott Walker Truth Squad” in advance of the Wisconsin governor’s appearance Thursday at a Polk County Republican Fundraiser, one of several of appearances before GOP activists that point to a possible presidential run in 2016. Advisers to Walker say he’s returning a favor to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who hosted a fundraiser in Dubuque, Iowa, for the embattled Wisconsin governor during his 2012 recall election, the Washington Post reported. Even if Walker’s advisers are telling it like it is, and that Walker’s appearance with Branstad is just a little quid pro quo among political friends, the pre-banquet rally by Progress Iowa and One Wisconsin Now is expected to add to the…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to honor Army Staff Sgt. Steve Blass, 27, or Estherville.
Sunday, March 24
Media release from the governor's office: Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to honor Army Staff Sgt. Steve Blass, 27, or Estherville, who died in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday, March 11. Blass’ funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Estherville High School Gym. Brig. Gen. Derek Hill, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, will be in attendance to represent the administration. The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Media reports say Branstad is hinting he will run for governor again in 2014. Would he have your vote?
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is signaling that he will run for governor in 2014, according to the Associated Press. No Democrats have stepped up to the plate, but former Gov. Chet Culver is keeping his options open, the article said. Branstad didn't exactly say that he would run, but he said that he loves his job and would make a decision in 2014. What do you think? Does Branstad deserve another term?
Friday, June 29, 2012
A parade will run from the Capitol to Veterans Auditorium starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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Friday, June 29, 2012
In the mood for a parade and can't wait for the Fourth of July? Head to the state Capitol Saturday morning for “A Salute to Our Veterans and Service Members Parade.” The parade is a salute to all veterans and service members and correlates with the official 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and 60th anniversary of the Korean War, according to a news release from Gov. Branstad's office. Are you marching in Saturday's parade? Tell us the name of your unit or group in the comments below so our Patch photographer can look for you Saturday. Or upload your photos to Patch Saturday. “It is important to honor our heroes here at home,” said Branstad. “As a former member of the Army, and now Commander in Chief of the Iowa National Guard, I am …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The UNI-born Interlude Dance has been performed at hundreds of sporting events around the country, by soldiers in Afghanistan, and now by the first lady. Obama spoke to about 10,000 Iowa schoolchildren today in Des Moines about fitness and healthy eating.
First Lady Michelle Obama danced the Interlude dance today, alongside University of Northern Iowa students, Iowa's Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Gov. Terry Branstad and 14,000 sixth- to ninth-grade students at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Click here to see Obama do the dance with its originators and schoolchildren, plus Gov. Terry Branstad and former governor and current U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. She was in Des Moines promoting the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity. She touted Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative as the reason Iowa was the first stop of her three-day tour. The Interlude Dance, created by UNI students Ian Goldsmith, Scott Connerley, and Tyler Wright, went viral…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
With less than two weeks to go, popular Republican governor's endorsement could buoy one of the frontrunners.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad had words of praise for the strength of Ron Paul’s organization in Iowa, but slammed the door on an endorsement that could lift one of the six Republican presidential hopefuls hunting for votes in the state’s lead-off Jan. 3 caucuses. A nod from Branstad — a hugely popular Republican governor who served four terms and then came out of political retirement in 2010 to win an unprecedented fifth term — could thin the crowded field at the finish line. Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are jockeying for first place, and any one of them could win the caucuses, Branstad said with two weeks of campaigning left. “It’s a very wide-open race,” Branstad said. “It’s been …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Branstad will discuss with members of the public the state's education reform plan. The event will take place in the Ankeny High School auditorium.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will meet with Ankeny residents Wednesday to discuss the state's new blueprint for education reform. The governor will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Ankeny High School auditorium, where he will talk about the state's new plan for education. The plan -- entitled "One Unshakable Vision: World Class Schools for Iowa" -- was unveiled by Branstad last week. The 10-year-plan to transform Iowa's education system includes a four-tier teacher compensation system, steps to ensure third-grade literacy, new high school end-of-course exams that would be required for graduation, and state-funded college entrance exams for all 11th-graders, writes Lynn Campbell of IowaPolitics.com. "This blueprint shows specific …