The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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IA 2010 Archives

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Iowa Gubernatorial Headlines 2010 Archives

DECEMBER 2010

Iowa GOP ready to push hard on social issues in 2011 (Iowa Independent, 12/30/10)
Branstad’s new education chief says reform starts with teachers (Iowa Independent, 12/30/10)
Vander Plaats fundraising is aimed at ousting justices (Des Moines Register, 12/30/10)
Branstad still icy on funding Iowa City-Chicago rail (Iowa Independent, 12/30/10)
Education choice to push innovation (Des Moines Register, 12/30/10)
Three Supreme Court justices’ to file final opinions Thursday (Mason City Globe Gazette, 12/29/10)
Branstad could derail passenger rail plans (WQAD, 12/29/10)
Branstad ‘breaks the mold’ with education appointment (Mason City Globe Gazette, 12/29/10)
Opinion: We embrace a ‘lifestyle change’ for Iowa government (Sioux City Journal, 12/29/10)
Faced with discussion on flood mitigation, Branstad once again punts (Iowa Independent, 12/29/10)
Vander Plaats raising money to ‘remove remaining four justices’ (Iowa Independent, 12/29/10)
Video: Branstad considering ‘pay for performance’ for teachers (KCRG, 12/28/10)
Branstad budget briefing: We need ‘shared sacrifice’ (Des Moines Register, 12/28/10)
Branstad: governor doesn’t have a role in judicial impeachment (Radio Iowa, 12/28/10)
Branstad looking to public employees to help balance budget (Iowa Independent, 12/28/10)
Vander Plaats primary, cont’d. (Politico, 12/27/10)
Video: Branstad: State workers should help pay health insurance (KCCI, 12/27/10)
Budget director: Big changes need in the way Iowa crafts its budget (Des Moines Register, 12/27/10)
Vander Plaats shakes off gubernatorial losses, leads fight to oust justices (Sioux City Journal, 12/26/10)
In parting message, Culver says he’s kept promises to Iowa (KCRG, 12/24/10)
98% in state union ratify contract (Des Moines Register, 12/24/10)
Branstad: Power Fund likely will continue (Des Moines Register, 12/24/10)
Branstad calls Medicaid ‘biggest challenge’ (Des Moines Register, 12/24/10)
State can’t afford pay raises, Branstad says (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 12/24/10)
Iowan’s face ‘scary’ Medicaid shortfall, Branstad says (Quad-City Times, 12/23/10)
Branstad, union feuding even before Branstad takes office (Radio Iowa, 12/23/10)
Vander Plaats compares Iowa justices to teens who flee a beer party (Des Moines Register, 12/23/10)
Blogosphere weighs in on Iowa’s lost congressional seat (Iowa Independent, 12/22/10)
Branstad dodges question on impeachment of Supreme Court justices (Iowa Independent, 12/22/10)
Opinion: End these reckless attacks on judiciary (Des Moines Register, 12/22/10)
Branstad suggests changes to public pension plans (Des Moines Register, 12/22/10)
Branstad will push to reopen contracts with state employees (Des Moines Register, 12/22/10)
Iowa group hopes to gain Branstad’s support for rail line (Quad-City Times, 12/22/10)
Iowa lawmakers expect $700M budget shortfall (Bloomberg, 12/22/10)
Rural areas, Iowa’s DC delegation, US heartland losing clout (Des Moines Register, 12/22/10)
Research shows biennial budgeting has few benefits (Iowa Independent, 12/21/10)
Worker contracts with Iowa back on the table (Bloomberg, 12/21/10)
Iowans give Terry Branstad a to-do list (Des Moines Register, 12/21/10)
Culver to leave Iowa with a $950 million budget surplus (Des Moines Register, 12/21/10)
Branstad: Change in store for IPERS, but chief executive will stay the same (Des Moines Register, 12/21/10)
Census figures confirm Iowa’s congressional delegation will shrink (Iowa Independent, 12/21/10)
Iowa loses US House seat in shift from Midwest, Northeast to South, West (Des Moines Register, 12/21/10)

Branstad details 5-year plan (Omaha World-Herald, 12/20/10)
Iowans toss ideas at Branstad: Raise gas tax, reform farm property taxes (Des Moines Register, 12/20/10)
Branstad ideas on deregulation of ag industry are risky, groups warn (Iowa Independent, 12/20/10)
Iowa poised to lose congressional clout (Des Moines Register, 12/19/10)
GOP will be accountable for divisive politics, Iowa House Dems say (Des Moines Register, 12/19/10)
Culver will sketch out cuts before term is up (Des Moines Register, 12/18/10)
Culver testifies in casino dispute (Ft. Dodge Messenger, 12/18/10)
ACLU: Take judge impeachment threat seriously (Des Moines Register, 12/17/10)
Culver: ‘I’ll cut $84 million before I leave’ (Des Moines Register, 12/17/10)
Culver rejects request to let Branstad handle construction contracts (Des Moines Register, 12/16/10)
House GOP leader open to impeaching Supreme Court justices (Iowa Independent, 12/16/10)
S.O.S.-elect says lawsuit is ‘attempt to overturn the voice of the people’ (Des Moines Register, 12/15/10)
Lawuit contends vote on IA Supreme Court justices was illegal (Des Moines Register, 12/14/10)
Lawsuit contends judicial retention votes illegal (Des Moines Register, 12/14/10)
Branstad hires labor relations consultant (Des Moines Register, 12/14/10)
Branstad, AG Miller split on health care ruling (Des Moines Register, 12/13/10)
Health insurance exchanges touted in Des Moines forum (Des Moines Register, 12/13/10)
Branstad’s commercial property tax proposal causes some concerns (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 12/12/10)
Projected costs of union deal are ‘phony,’ Culver official says (Quad City Times, 12/11/10)
Transition leader acknowledges lawmakers leery of 2-year budgeting (Des Moines Register, 12/11/10)
State employees part of the budget sacrifice, Branstad official says (Des Moines Register, 12/10/10)
Fort Dodge businessman says he had $25K for Culver donation (Sioux City Journal, 12/9/10)
Feds yank WI, OH rail money; send a little more to Iowa (Des Moines Register, 12/9/10)
Iowa faces new abortion battle (Des Moines Register, 12/8/10)
Opinion: Will of voters should not guide judges (Des Moines Register, 12/8/10)
Culver possible witness in casino campaign case (Bloomberg Businessweek, 12/7/10)
Branstad says he’ll ask judicial candidates about philosophy (Radio Iowa, 12/7/10)
Branstad blasts union plan (Omaha World-Herald, 12/7/10)
Branstad wants resignation letters from directors (Chicago Tribune, 12/7/10)
Culver wants to stay active in wind energy (Des Moines Register, 12/7/10)
Vander Plaats calls on remaining justices to resign (Des Moines Register, 12/7/10)
Another state employee union asks Culver for 6% wage hike (Des Moines Register, 12/7/10)
Branstad selects Finance Authority head (Des Moines Register, 12/7/10)
Democratic Senator: Branstad’s ‘name-calling’ is over the top (Des Moines Register, 12/7/10)
Branstad: Political imbalance on judicial nominating commission needs to be corrected (Des Moines Register, 12/6/10)
Commercial property tax cuts would be a difficult task, lawmakers say (Des Moines Register, 12/6/10)
Iowa has another $120 million to spend (Des Moines Register, 12/6/10)
Culver’s got a long ‘To do’ list in final weeks (Des Moines Register, 12/3/10)
Citizens for Community Improvement: Branstad’s econ director raises questions about corporate influence (Des Moines Register, 12/2/10)
Union leader’s stance hurts state workers (Sioux City Journal, 12/2/10)
Key Democrat says Culver erred on union deal (Radio Iowa, 12/2/10)
Branstad says it would be a mistake for candidates to skip straw poll (Radio Iowa, 12/2/10)
Chambers see much they like in Branstad agenda (Des Moines Register, 12/2/10)
Branstad aide: layoffs may be necessary if workers don’t agree to pay freeze (Radio Iowa, 12/1/10)
Branstad budget appointee calls dispute with union workers unfortunate (Mason City Globe Gazette, 12/1/10)
Video: Branstad warns GOP contenders they won’t get his support if they skip caucuses (WHO-TV, 12/1/10)
Branstad will scrap film tax credit program (Sioux City Journal, 12/1/10)
Terry Branstad warns GOP hopefuls about skipping Iowa in 2012 (Politico, 12/1/10)
State skimps on transition cash (Des Moines Register, 12/1/10)

NOVEMBER 2010

Iowa’s new economic director: 200K jobs is a ‘stretch goal’ (Des Moines Register, 11/30/10)
Smart Politics: GOP dominates upper Midwestern governorships throughout history (Des Moines Register, 11/30/10)
Branstad wants to reopen AFSCME contract, proposes pay freeze (Des Moines Register, 11/29/10)
Branstad raising private funds to supplement transition budget (Radio Iowa, 11/29/10)
2010 was the highest total midterm election turnout in Iowa history (Des Moines Register, 11/29/10)
Branstad, for now, neutral in 2012 presidential race (Radio Iowa, 11/27/10)
Even with Dem helps, slim chance of Senate vote on gay marriage (Iowa Independent, 11/24/10)
Polk County Dems ask Culver to appoint justices, call for special session (Des Moines Register, 11/23/10)
Analysis: Iowa’s schizophrenic 2010 electorate (Smart Politics, 11/23/10)
Huckabee, Vander Plaats attempt to thrust social issues back into national conversation (Iowa Independent, 11/22/10)
Minutemen Patriots pushing IA lawmakers for AZ-style immigration law (Iowa Independent, 11/22/10)
Christie’s NJ budget cuts could be a model for Terry Branstad (Iowa Independent, 11/22/10)
Culver administration approves $100M pay increase; Branstad team decries deal as reckless (Des Moines Register, 11/20/10)
Huckabee praises ouster of Iowa judges, says president must act to rein in courts (Iowa Independent, 11/18/10)
Anti-gay groups spent nearly $1 million to oust judges (Iowa Independent, 11/18/10)  +++
Vander Plaats: Justices appointed by Culver will face ‘heavy electoral challenge’ (Des Moines Register, 11/17/10) +++
Culver could appoint new judges, sign two-year labor agreement (Iowa Independent, 11/16/10)
Culver says he’d appoint justices if given the chance (Des Moines Register, 11/16/10)
Vander Plaats to lead Iowa group with 2012 endorsement plans (Des Moines Register, 11/15/10)
Branstad transition team building new government (Sioux City Journal, 11/14/10)
LaHood warns new govs: No rail? No funds. (Iowa Independent, 11/10/10)

OCTOBER 2010

New Iowa Poll: Voters leaning toward ousting justices; Branstad, Grassley leading (Des Moines Register, 10/30/10)
Cook Political changes guber race rating as private polls show contest closer (Des Moines Register, 10/29/10)
Vander Plaats: District Court judges at risk (Des Moines Register, 10/29/10)
Endorsement: Culver, a stronger vision for the future (Des Moines Register, 10/24/10)
Jobs, budget, taxes focus of third Culver-Branstad debate (Des Moines Register, 10/22/10)
Culver, Branstad differ on pulpit politicking (Iowa Independent, 10/22/10)
Barbour, Pawlenty – and now Jindal – coming back to Iowa for Branstad (Des Moines Register, 10/21/10)
National anti-gay groups unite to target Iowa judges (Iowa Independent, 10/21/10)
What Branstad and Culver asked each other –  taxes and education (Des Moines Register, 10/21/10)
Debate dispatch: Culver – ‘He’ll raise your taxes.’ Branstad – ‘The status quo is not good enough.’ (Des Moines Register, 10/21/10)
A wild scene outside Culver-Branstad debate (Des Moines Register, 10/21/10)
ACLU alarmed by ‘pulpit partisanship’ and in-church voting (Des Moines Register, 10/20/10)
Iowa Family Policy Center: Vote ‘no’ on all judges, not just Supreme Court (Iowa Independent, 10/20/10)
Heated back-and-forth marks judicial retention forum (Iowa Independent, 10/20/10)
Culver proposes $120 million middle-class tax cut (Des Moines Register, 10/19/10)
Branstad out raises Culver by almost 40 percent (Des Moines Register, 10/19/10)
Branstad raised nearly $2.1 M in latest quarter (Des Moines Register, 10/19/10)
Branstad taking heat for backing off immigration position (Iowa Independent, 10/19/10)
Culver: Branstad’s backpedaling budget proposals are ‘reckless and irresponsible’ (Des Moines Register, 10/18/10)
Iowa Dems returning mail ballots at higher rates than Republicans (Huffington Post, 10/15/10)
Culver vows action on local control (Iowa Independent, 10/15/10)
Branstad backs off banning immigrant children from public schools (Iowa Independent, 10/15/10)
Obama: Culver is Iowa’s best champion (Des Moines Register, 10/14/10)
Branstad: Health savings accounts for state workers make sense (Des Moines Register, 10/14/10)
Branstad: pay teachers bonuses for national certification (Des Moines Register, 10/14/10)
Sec of State: Iowa’s early voting is set to break records (Des Moines Register, 10/14/10)
Branstad: 15% reduction doesn’t mean a smaller budget (Des Moines Register, 10/14/10)
Chief Justice criticizes campaign to oust judges (Iowa Independent, 10/13/10)
Chief justice: opponents trying to intimidate judges (Des Moines Register, 10/12/10)
Democratic poll: Culver now within 8 of Branstad (Des Moines Register, 10/12/10)
Culver campaigns on saving universal preschool (Des Moines Register, 10/12/10)
Branstad: Local control over animal confinement operations will never happen (Iowa Independent, 10/12/10)
Campaign for governor gets bloodier with accusations of lying, corruption (Des Moines Register, 10/12/10)
Charges files against casino execs over Culver campaign donations (Des Moines Register, 10/11/10)
Culver defends free health care, pay increases for state employees (Des Moines Register, 10/11/10)
Culver: State should spend more money on its 2 public universities (Des Moines Register, 10/11/10)
Culver predicts Branstad would end state money for renewable energy projects (Des Moines Register, 10/11/10)
Branstad, Christie defend NJ bonding plan (Iowa Independent, 10/5/10)
Culver campaign organizes ‘women and children rally’ (Des Moines Register, 10/5/10)
Dueling jobs claims in new gubernatorial ads (Iowa Independent, 10/5/10)
Dems ask: Is Branstad blocking Reynolds from debating? (Des Moines Register, 10/4/10)
Investor site ranks Iowa as #3 best-run state (Des Moines Register, 10/4/10)
Branstad calls for tougher campaign disclosure laws (Iowa Independent, 10/4/10)
Culver accuses Branstad of forbidding Reynolds from participating in Lt Guv debate (IowaPolitics.com, 10/4/10)
Poll finds Iowans split over retention of judges (Iowa Independent, 10/4/10)
IA Dems bracing for bloodbath in state House elections (Smart Politics, 10/3/10)
Democratic registration edge shrinks by 57% in 12 months (Des Moines Register, 10/1/10)

SEPTEMBER 2010

Branstad makes pitch to college students (Iowa Independent, 9/30/10)
Teamsters endorse Culver (Des Moines Register, 9/28/10)
What’s the matter with Iowa? (Washington Post, 9/28/10)
Police group endorses Branstad (Iowa Independent, 9/27/10)
NRA endorses Culver (Iowa Independent, 9/27/10)
Iowa Poll delivers bad news for Culver, Conlin (Iowa Independent, 9/27/10)
Iowa Poll: Voters agree with policy assumptions of both Culver, Branstad (Des Moines Register, 9/26/10)
Opinion: Problem is Culver, not his policy (Des Moines Register, 9/26/10)
Iowa Poll: For Culver, Branstad’s lead seen as ‘very tough to come back from’ (Des Moines Register, 9/26/10)
Iowa Poll: Branstad leads Culver by 19 points (Des Moines Register, 9/25/10)
Culver defends I-JOBS, budget cuts (Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, 9/24/10)
I-JOBS featured in new Culver campaign ad (Des Moines Register, 9/24/10)
State Sen. asks Branstad for specifics on his flood recovery plans (Iowa Independent, 9/24/10)
Branstad responds to flood criticism with misleading attack (Iowa Independent, 9/24/10)
Branstad unveils proposal to rein in regulations affecting job creation (Des Moines Register, 9/23/10)
Branstad’s economic claims questioned by experts (Iowa Independent, 9/21/10)
Culver pledges push for more green jobs (Des Moines Register, 9/21/10)
Branstad continues to use discredited figures in new ads (Iowa Independent, 9/20/10)
Culver says he’d stay the course on job creation (Des Moines Register, 9/20/10)
‘Gray facts’ color campaign in partial truths (Des Moines Register, 9/19/10)
Iowa Democrats lead GOP in absentee ballot requests by nearly 3-1 (Des Moines Register, 9/16/10)
Branstad wants to expand foreign ag trade (Mason City Globe Gazette, 9/16/10)
Culver defends record in creating jobs (Des Moines Register, 9/16/10)
Candidates for gov clash over politicking on official trips (Des Moines Register, 9/16/10)
Branstad pledges to boost trade; Culver says he’s already doing that (Des Moines Register, 9/16/10)
Culver, Branstad trade post-debate attacks (Sioux City Journal, 9/15/10)
As political rhetoric heats up, DeCoster ignores govt info request (Iowa Independent, 9/15/10)
Builders group endorses Branstad; Culver has opposed group over labor agreements (Des Moines Register, 9/15/10)
Culver, Branstad clash at first debate (Iowa Independent, 9/15/10)
In first debate, Culver, Branstad clash over each other’s records (Des Moines Register, 9/14/10)
Anti-gay marriage group dumps $235K into Iowa TV campaign (Iowa Independent, 9/14/10)
Group hoping to oust Iowa judges launches first TV ad (Iowa Independent, 9/14/10)
Fact checks on Culver, Branstad statements about debt, egg producer’s history (Des Moines Register, 9/14/10)
Culver, Branstad clash over taxes, jobs, debt (Des Moines Register, 9/14/10)
Dem lawmaker continues to hound Branstad over ’94 flood response (Iowa Independent, 9/14/10)
Culver: Branstad will raise taxes to balance budget (Iowa Independent, 9/14/10)
New ‘Big Lug’ ad begins tonight (Des Moines Register, 9/13/10)
Branstad failed Iowans following ’93 floods, Culver says (Iowa Independent, 9/13/10)
Culver: Branstad represents most extreme views; a return of the ’80s (Des Moines Register, 9/12/10)
Opinion: Politicians should put economy in perspective (Des Moines Register, 9/12/10)
Axelrod: Culver, like Vilsack, can make comeback (Des Moines Register, 9/12/10)
Next weeks critical for Culver campaign (Des Moines Register, 9/12/10)
Culver attacks Branstad over kid’s health insurance program (Des Moines Register, 9/10/10)
Culver campaign taps loyal core, adds outside advisers (Des Moines Register, 9/9/10)
Narcisse outlines his education goals (Des Moines Register, 9/9/10)
Opinion: Culver hits restart button as finish lines – where is his willingness to fight? (Des Moines Register, 9/9/10)
Narcisse: eliminate federal involvement in schools (Des Moines Register, 9/8/10)
Sandra Day O’Connor to defend embattled Iowa judges (Iowa Independent, 9/8/10)
Did Branstad take a shot at Culver’s physique? (Iowa Independent, 9/8/10)
New radio ad hopes to link Culver with DeCoster egg recall (Iowa Independent, 9/8/10)
Narcisse questions why he’s not invited to debate (KCCI, 9/8/10)
Culver: Branstad is an extremist (Iowa Independent, 9/8/10)
Reynolds joins Branstad in wanting to deny immigrant children education (Iowa Independent, 9/7/10)
Lawmaker: Court ruling reflects Branstad’s failure after ’93 flood (Iowa Independent, 9/3/10)
Iowa egg recall turning into election year issue (Iowa Independent, 9/3/10)
IA Supreme Ct allows flood victims’ case against state to go forward (Iowa Independent, 9/3/10)
Palin smacks ‘idiot reporter,’ denies reaching out to Iowa GOP (Iowa Independent, 9/3/10)
Group spending ‘ a couple hundred thousand’ to oust Iowa judges (Iowa Independent, 9/2/10)
Branstad’s call to deny education to illegal immigrant children gets national attention (Iowa Independent, 9/2/10)
Iowa GOP’s war on courts could result in partisan judges (Iowa Independent, 9/1/10)

AUGUST 2010

Branstad, Miller debate state authority over DeCoster egg operations (RadioIowa, 8/31/10)
Iowa hopes for gay marriage ‘wake up’ call (Christian Broadcasting Network, 8/31/10)
Culver seeks review of livestock regulations (Des Moines Register, 8/30/10)
Attacks on Iowa Supreme Court ‘baseless and reckless,’ former justices say (Iowa Independent, 8/30/10)
Probe into Culver casino donations costing the taxpayers (Des Moines Register, 8/30/10)
Eye on 2012: Is Branstad betting on Mitch Daniels? (Iowa Independent, 8/27/10)
Iowans for a Fair Debate drive launched (IowaPolitics.com, 8/27/10)
Culver: DeCoster controversy is a federal issue (Des Moines Register, 8/27/10)
Branstad calls for traveling sales teams to promote Iowa (Des Moines Register, 8/24/10)
Conservative groups launch coordinated attack on immigration memo (Iowa Independent, 8/24/10)
Iowa Republicans view party official’s comments about Obama as a distraction (Des Moines Register, 8/24/10)
Culver announces new $20M flood assistance program (Des Moines Register, 8/23/10)
A dozen races to decide Dem majority in Iowa House (Des Moines Register, 8/23/10)
Opinion: Dirt matters to voters — sometimes (Des Moines Register, 8/22/10)
Iowa weathers recession, but Culver may not (Stateline.org, 8/20/10)
Narcisse proposes tax break for hourly workers (RadioIowa, 8/20/10)
Narcisse: Solutions, not politics, needed (Des Moines Register, 8/20/10)
Is ICE trying to avoid enforcing Iowa immigration laws? (Iowa Independent, 8/20/10)
Narcisse: Iowans are looking for another guber choice (Des Moines Register, 8/19/10)
Opinion: Branstad’s proposal to privatize Economic Development agency could mean less oversight (Des Moines Register, 8/19/10)
Gay rights group: ‘Disturbing pattern’ of violent rhetoric emerging within Iowa GOP (Iowa Independent, 8/19/10)
DNC Chair Kaine: wise for Culver to admit blunders (Des Moines Register, 8/18/10)
Branstad plan to kill state agency may adversely impact flood recovery (Iowa Independent, 8/18/10)
Sandra Day O’Connor to speak about Iowa judge selection (Des Moines Register, 8/18/10)
Branstad would eliminate state development agency (Mason City Globe Gazette, 8/17/10)
Branstad: Eliminate Iowa’s economic development department (Des Moines Register, 8/17/10)
Branstad takes positive turn in new ad (Iowa Independent, 8/16/10)
Branstad: I’m the candidate of accountability (Des Moines Register, 8/13/10)
Alcoholic Beverages Division spending now an issue in guber debate (Radio Iowa, 8/13/10)
Culver’s father joins him on the campaign trail (Radio Iowa, 8/13/10)
2012 hopefuls support campaign to oust judges (Iowa Independent, 8/13/10)
Bipartisan group forms to defend Iowa judges (Iowa Independent, 8/12/10)
Narcisse: I’m officially a candidate for governor (Des Moines Register, 8/13/10)
Group forms to halt ‘vindictiveness’ in judicial retention; Vander Plaats cries foul (Des Moines Register, 8/12/10)
John Culver: polls indicate disconnect about Chet Culver’s accomplishments (Des Moines Register, 8/12/10)
Iowa RNC member says response to Prop 8 ruling should be revolution (Iowa Independent, 8/12/10)
GOP lawmaker pledges to continue push for vote on gay marriage (Iowa Independent, 8/11/10)
Branstad won’t push to  oust justices for gay marriage vote (Des Moines Register, 8/11/10)
Vander Plaats: group will oust justices for gay-rights vote (Des Moines Register, 8/11/10)
Rasmussen: Branstad 52%, Culver 36% – leads more than 2-t0-1 among independents (Des Moines Register, 8/10/10)
Three gubernatorial debates planned (Iowa Independent, 8/10/10)
Branstad: Culver hid debt (Des Moines Register, 8/10/10)
Could Narcisse become one of Culver’s biggest problems? (Iowa Politics Exposed, 8/10/10)
Culver: Branstad against funding education, health care (IowaPolitics.com, 8/9/10)
Culver, Harkin tout education spending (Sioux City Journal, 8/9/10)
Vander Plaats seeks to oust 3 justices (Des Moines Register, 8/7/10)

Opinion: Culver’s better bet – sell I-JOBS as pork (Des Moines Register, 8/5/10)
Vander Plaats to hold Fri AM news conference (Des Moines Register, 8/5/10)
Overturned gay marriage ban could dent Iowa oppositional efforts, some say (Des Moines Register, 8/4/10)
Culver wants 4% spending increase for schools (Des Moines Register, 8/4/10)
State revenues beat projections; strong August expected (Des Moines Register, 8/4/10)
Culver: Iowans will see through Branstad’s exaggerations (Des Moines Register, 8/3/10)
Iowa’s debt 2nd lowest in nation (Iowa Independent, 8/3/10)
Pawlenty predicts Branstad victory, but wants it isn’t enough (Iowa Independent, 8/2/10)
Outlawing gay marriage will improve the economy, activist says (Iowa Independent, 8/2/10)
Branstad promises to change how judges are chosen (Iowa Independent, 8/2/10)

JULY 2010

Branstad will get endorsement from IA Association of Business and Industry (Des Moines Register, 7/30/10)
Campaigns bicker over Branstad’s vehicles (Des Moines Register, 7/30/10)
Branstad: Illegal immigrant children should be denied public education (Iowa Independent, 7/29/10)
Culver: Adopt new education standards (Des Moines Register, 7/29/10)
Culver, Branstad campaigns debate I-JOBS figures (Des Moines Register, 7/29/10)
Dem strategist: Iowa GOP platform ‘relentlessly kooky’ (Iowa Independent, 7/29/10)
Reynolds hones budget plan, but still short on specifics (Iowa Independent, 7/28/10)
Branstad making jokes out of Iowa flood victims, Culver staffer says (Des Moines Register, 7/26/10)
Branstad: Culver borrowed $900M with questionable results (Des Moines Register, 7/26/10)
Opinion: Use audits to govern, not accuse (Des Moines Register, 7/25/10)
Early, costly guber attacks keep TVs crackling (Des Moines Register, 7/23/10)
GOP leader vows to cut services to illegal immigrants (Iowa Independent, 7/22/10)
Branstad: rein in spending (Omaha World-Herald, 7/22/10)
Iowa caucus season off to a slow start, with GOP losing campaign cash (Iowa Independent, 7/22/10)
Alleged mismanagement from another Culver appointee (Iowa Independent, 7/21/10)
National govs help Iowa afford nasty campaigns (Des Moines Register, 7/20/10)
DGA donations account for a third of Culver’s money since 2009 (Des Moines Register, 7/20/10)
Branstad raises over $2.1 million (Des Moines Free Press, 7/20/10)
Culver solicited donations from casino interests as licensing process was underway (Des Moines Register, 7/19/10)
AFSCME endorses Culver, but isn’t promising money to the incumbent (Des Moines Register, 7/19/10)
Branstad raises $2.1M in six weeks (Des Moines Register, 7/19/10)
How does Reynolds’ resume stack up? (Des Moines Register, 7/16/10)
Third-party candidates have until mid-August to get on the ballot (Mason City Globe Gazette, 7/16/10)
Rumors swirling about possible deal between Branstad, Vander Plaats (Iowa Independent, 7/16/10)
Deace: Branstad seems uninterested in his base (Iowa Independent, 7/16/10)
Culver: Branstad’s immigration views are ‘out of touch’ (Des Moines Register, 7/16/10)
Culver calls Branstad ‘two-faced’ (RadioIowa, 7/16/10)
How does Reynolds’ resume stack up? (Des Moines Register, 7/16/10)
DGA says it funded 527 5o point out Branstad’s ‘hypocrisy’ (Iowa Independent, 7/15/10)
DGA paid for ads attacking Branstad as ‘liberal’ in primary (Des Moines Register, 7/15/10)
DGA funded group attacking Branstad from right in GOP primary (Iowa Independent, 7/15/10)
Branstad a gay marriage flip flopper? (Des Moines Register, 7/15/10)
Reynolds pushes for some state services to be handled by local government (Iowa Independent, 7/15/10)
Branstad, Reynolds sending mixed messages on gay rights, group says (Iowa Independent, 7/15/10)
Branstad: people should prove citizenship to police (Des Moines Register, 7/15/10)
Branstad takes tough stand on immigration (Iowa Independent, 7/14/10)
Culver, Branstad trade barbs over gas tax (Iowa Independent, 7/14/10)
Branstad vows to undo Project Labor Agreements (Iowa Independent, 7/13/10)
Roberts puts chances of Vander Plaats indie run at 50/50 (Iowa Independent, 7/13/10)
Branstad defends possible gas tax increase (Iowa Independent, 7/13/10)
Fallout continues from Reynolds civil unions comments (Iowa Independent, 7/9/10)
Branstad: If GOP takes Iowa House, there will be a gay marriage vote (Des Moines Register, 7/8/10)
Conservatives attack Reynolds’ support of civil unions (Iowa Independent, 7/8/10)
Reynolds says abortion ‘murder,’ open to idea of civil unions for gays (Iowa Independent, 7/7/10)
Reynolds begins outreach to Vander Plaats supporters (Des Moines Register, 7/6/10)
Culver defends labor agreements for public projects (Iowa Independent, 7/6/10)
GOP makes big gains in Iowa voter registration (Iowa Independent, 7/6/10)
State savings higher than projected (Des Moines Register, 7/2/10)
Editorial: The silly season starts early (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 7/2/10)
Narcisse plans petition to enter governor ballot (Des Moines Register, 7/2/10)
Culver campaign alleges political abuses by Branstad in 80s, 90s (Des Moines Register, 7/1/10)
Independent candidate aims for ‘none of the above’ vote (Quad City Times, 7/1/10)
Narcisse: “I’m an independent candidate for governor” (Des Moines Register, 7/1/10)

JUNE 2010

Culver accuses Branstad of “abuse of power” during gubernatorial tenure (Des Moines Register, 6/30/10)
Huckabee not ready to endorse Branstad (Iowa Independent, 6/29/10)
GOP leader says Vander Plaats driven by oversized ego (Iowa Independent, 6/28/10)
Branstad to Vander Plaats: I won (Politico, 6/28/10)
Branstad attempts to paint Culver as corrupt (Iowa Independent, 6/28/10)
Opinion: Reynolds’ greatest asset is local experience (Des Moines Register, 6/27/10)
Vander Plaats officially challenges Reynolds for Lt. Guv spot (Iowa Independent, 6/26/10)
Branstad: Nomination will be ‘overwhelming’ (Des Moines Register, 6/26/10)
Reynolds to reach out to Vander Plaats supporters (Des Moines Register, 6/26/10)
Reynolds survives as Branstad’s running mate (Des Moines Register, 6/26/10)
Vander Plaats still refuses to back Branstad (Des Moines Register, 6/26/10)
LG nomination drama at state GOP convo (Des Moines Register, 6/26/10)
Roberts: ‘I was in it to win it’ (Iowa Independent, 6/26/10)
Division, not unity, dominates GOP convention (Iowa Independent, 6/26/10)
What’s the smart play for Vander Plaats? (Bleeding Heartland, 6/25/10)
Vander Plaats not endorsing Branstad yet, not ruling out third-party run (Des Moines Register, 6/25/10)
Reynolds pick draws mostly positive reviews (Iowa Independent, 6/25/10)
Culver criticizes Branstad over pay raises in 1980s (Quad City Times, 6/24/10)
Branstad reassures conservatives (Politico, 6/24/10)
Culver and Branstad turn hostile over budget records (Iowa Independent, 6/24/10)
Branstad picks Reynolds, “a rising, talented conservative” as running mate (Des Moines Register, 6/24/10)
Vander Plaats Lt. Fov bid could stir drama at GOP convo (Iowa Independent, 6/23/10)
Opinion: Branstad’s loyalty commendable (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 6/22/10)
Culver: Midwest can lead in renewable energy economy (Des Moines Register, 6/22/10)
Opinion: Voters may not have appetite for negative attack ads (Des Moines Register, 6/22/10)
National Organization for Marriage heading to Iowa (Iowa Independent, 6/21/10)
Branstad responds to Culver’s ad with misleading attacks (Iowa Independent,6/21/10)
National Organization for Marriage heading to Iowa (Iowa Independent, 6/21/10)
Roberts supporters lobbying for Light Gov pick (Iowa Independent, 6/21/10)
Opinion: Holy war raging within the GOP (Des Moines Register, 6/21/10)
Branstad’s Lt. Gov running mate options narrow, new name emerges (Des Moines Register, 6/20/10)
Vander Plaats indy bid could doom GOP hopes of beating Culver (Iowa Independent, 6/18/10)
State teachers union backs Culver (Des Moines Register, 6/18/10)
Western Iowa Republicans push for Roberts on ticket (Des Moines Register, 6/18/10)
Culver goes negative in first ad (National Journal, 6/17/10)
Iowa primary results fuel 2012 chatter (Iowa Independent, 6/17/10)
Will Vander Plaats run as an independent? (Iowa Independent, 6/17/10)
Culver ad smacks Branstad for keeping “two sets of books” (Iowa Independent, 6/17/10)
Branstad aiming for the middle in governor’s race (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 6/16/10)
Branstad leads Culver by 26 points (Politics Daily, 6/16/10)
Culver counsel defends disputed election spending (Des Moines Register, 6/16/10)
Culver says state won’t repay federal election funds (Iowa Independent, 6/16/10)
Planned Parenthood endorses Culver (Des Moines Register, 6/16/10)
Culver: I-JOBS helping Iowa pull out of recession (Bloomberg Businessweek, 6/15/10)
Culver says state won’t repay “Help America Vote” funds (Radio Iowa, 6/15/10)
Audit finds Iowa must repay $576K of misspent federal money (Iowa Independent, 6/15/10)
Social conservative leader urges Iowa Family PAC to reconsider sitting out guber contest (Des Moines Register, 6/15/10)
Evangelical group will sit out guber race (Des Moines Register, 6/14/10)
Dems relying on Branstad to unify their base (Iowa Independent, 6/14/10)
GOP’s Branstad, campaign theme are both ’80s vintage (Des Moines Register, 6/14/10)

Culver vs. Branstad: Iowa’s clash of the titans (Sioux City Journal, 6/13/10)
Ideology, legacy play big fact0rs in Branstad’s Light Guv pick (Des Moines Register, 6/13/10)
Iowa Dems change way Lt. Governor is picked (Iowa Independent, 6/12/10)
Branstad: “I’ll be in touch” with former GOP rivals (Des Moines Register, 6/11/10)
Ron Paul coming to Iowa for Constitution festival (Des Moines Register, 6/11/10)
Branstad: My Lt. Gov pick won’t support gay marriage (Des Moines Register, 6/11/10)
Branstad denies he kept two sets of financial records during his administration (Des Moines Register, 6/11/10)
Iowa GOP primary turnout highest since 1994 (Des Moines Register, 6/11/10)
Culver draws sharp contrast with GOP rival (Iowa Independent, 6/10/10)
Dems accuse Branstad of flip-flopping on preschool programs (Des Moines Register, 6/10/10)
Branstad seeks party unity, jabs Culver (Des Moines Register, 6/10/10)
Branstad on labor bills: “these ideas are ‘dead’ when I’m governor” (Iowa Independent, 6/10/10)
Vander Plaats dismisses idea of independent run (Iowa Independent, 6/9/10)
Vander Plaats supporters split on backing Branstad (Iowa Independent, 6/9/10)
Establishment candidates had a good night in Iowa (Iowa Independent, 6/9/10)
Iowa Poll: Restless Republican segments back Branstad; signal GOP future (Des Moines Register, 6/7/10)
Vilsack: I’d have loved to be in Culver’s shoes (Des Moines Register, 6/6/10)
Has Chuck Norris met his match? (Iowa Independent, 6/5/10)
New poll shows Branstad with 57% of primary vote (Des Moines Register, 6/5/10)
Large majority of Iowa voters want to vote on gay marriage (Des Moines Register, 6/5/10)
Culver: stimulus has helped lift Iowa economy (Des Moines Register, 6/5/10)
Audio: Roberts presents himself as “someone new” (Radio Iowa, 6/3/10)
Conservatives unhappy with Palin’s Branstad pick (Des Moines Register, 6/3/10)
Dems maintain 100,000 lead in Hawkeye State voter registration (Iowa Independent, 6/3/10)
KCCI Poll shows many undecided voters in senate and guber primaries (Des Moines Register, 6/3/10)
Palin endorses Branstad (Des Moines Register, 6/3/10)
Branstad downplays poll findings (Iowa Independent, 6/2/10)
Culver defends I-JOBS, asks if Branstad would “hold a bake sale” (Radio Iowa, 6/2/10)
Pollster: GOP blogger “just making things up” (Iowa Independent, 6/2/10)
Is Roberts really running for Lt. Gov? (Iowa Independent, 6/2/10)
Branstad camp criticizes donor anonymity of 527 attack groups (Des Moines Register, 6/2/10)
Branstad has not lost his zeal for campaigning (Des Moines Register, 6/2/10)
Branstad leading GOP primary, Vander Plaats struggles to become known (Iowa Independent, 6/1/10)
Poll sends mixed signals about GOP primary race (Iowa Independent, 6/1/10)

MAY 2010

Vander Plaats: timing this year is right for him (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 5/31/10)
Endorsement: Branstad, experienced, tested, proven (Sioux City Journal, 5/30/10)
Who will win the battle for the GOP’s soul? (Des Moines Register, 5/30/10)
Editorial: Branstad is pragmatic leader with a winning record (Des Moines Register, 5/30/10)
Vander Plaats runs as outsider (WCCO, 5/30/10)
Roberts emerges as nice guy in the race (Quad City Times, 5/29/10)
Roberts says he can unite GOP, beat Culver (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 5/28/10)
Branstad ad links Branstad, Culver on immigration (Iowa Independent, 5/27/10)
Roberts continues to sell underdog reputation (Iowa Independent, 5/27/10)
GOP candidates share common views on faith, marriage (Des Moines Register, 5/27/10)
Roberts hopes to serve as unifier (Omaha World-Herald, 5/26/10)
GOP hopefuls attack Culver (Des Moines Register, 5/26/10)
Branstad’s 6th ad touts endorsements (Des Moines Register, 5/26/10)
Branstad ads skips primary, attack liberal groups (Iowa Independent, 5/26/10)
Political interference on aging issues angers IA ombudsman (Des Moines Register, 5/26/10)
National media coverage gloomy for Culver (Iowa Independent, 5/25/10)
Branstad: Culver trying to thwart access to public records (Iowa Independent, 5/25/10)
Opinion: Will Branstad run on or from his record? (Des Moines Register, 5/25/10)
ISU poli-sci profs: GOP primary is Branstad’s to lose (Des Moines Register, 5/24/10)
Vander Plaats was allegedly fired from non-profit he once led (Iowa Independent, 5/24/10)
Former CEO says Vander Plaast was terminated from job (Sioux City Journal, 5/23/10)
Republicans have focused on hot-button issues thus far (Mason City Globe Gazette, 5/23/10)
Competitive primary is spiking GOP absentee voting (Iowa Independent, 5/21/10)
Roberts attacks federal health care law (Quad City Times, 5/21/10)
GOP hopefuls trade barbs in last primary debate (Iowa Independent, 5/21/10)
Branstad: Vander Plaats “naive” and may be lying (Carroll Daily Times Herald, 5/21/10)
Former Dem chair behind ads calling Branstad a liberal (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 5/20/10)
Leaked Culver briefing book shows economic “woes” (Des Moines Register, 5/20/10)
Culver received NRA dollars shortly after signing gun law (Iowa Independent, 5/20/10)
In final GOP debate, Vander Plaats calls Branstad fiscally unconservative (Des Moines Register, 5/20/10)
State tax revenue up 4% in April, economy “bottoming out” (Des Moines Register, 5/20/10)
Half of Culver’s fundraising total comes from DGA (Des Moines Register, 5/20/10)
LGBT rights group accuses Branstad of flip-flopping on LGBT issues (Iowa Independent, 5/19/10)
Roberts campaign cash running low after recent ad buy (IowaPolitics.com, 5/19/10)
Culver raises nearly $1.5 M this year, leads Branstad in CoH (Des Moines Register, 5/19/10)
Branstad far ahead of other GOPers in money race (IowaPolitics.com, 5/19/10)
Anti-tax group endorses Branstad (WQAD, 5/19/10)
Romney to endorse Branstad today (Des Moines Register, 5/18/10)
Branstad has raised $1.6 M this year (Des Moines Register, 5/18/10)
Culver campaign kick-off, “it’s about the future” (Des Moines Register, 5/17/10)
Branstad denies any political agenda behind day-long policy conference (IowaPolitics.com, 5/17/10)
Opinion: If GOP candidates want to shrink govt, start making suggestions (Des Moines Register, 5/16/10)
Heart scare is diet reminder, not vote scare – Branstad (Des Moines Register, 5/15/10)
Branstad says Culver is not open to new policy ideas (Des Moines Register, 5/15/10)
Chuck Norris to team up with Vander Plaats (Des Moines Register, 5/14/10)
Vander Plaats brandishes his non-politician record on campaign trail (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 5/14/10)
Culver relishes debate over pre-K and I-JOBS (Radio Iowa, 5/14/10)
As Republicans fight, Culver rises in the polls (The Iowa Republican, 5/13/10)
Culver: “out conscience is clear” over casino donations (Des Moines Register, 5/13/10)

Branstad praised gambling idea in 1984, now criticizes (Des Moines Register, 5/12/10)
Special prosecutor hired to look into casino donations (Radio Iowa, 5/11/10)
Opinion: Vander Plaats can’t get passed knee-jerk social conservative reactions (Carroll Daily Times Herald, 5/11/10)

Biden to join Culver on campaign trail (CQ Politics, 5/11/10)

Branstad camp warns of ads to come from liberal “front group” (Iowa Independent, 5/11/10)

Culver votes to have special prosecutor investigate his own campaign (Des Moines Register, 5/10/10)

Culver to announce re-election campaign next week (Des Moines Register, 5/10/10)
GOP candidates’ plans to cut spending upset some Iowans (Des Moines Register, 5/10/10)

Opinion: Branstad still pragmatic, but a lot of looking back (Des Moines Register, 5/10/10)
Culver closes gap with Branstad (Politics Daily, 5/9/10)
Guber candidates view on effect of corporate tax breaks differ (Des Moines Register, 5/9/10)

Branstad back on campaign trail today following surgery (Radio Iowa, 5/8/10)

Culver’s hurdles have been getting bigger (Omaha World-Herald, 5/7/10)

Dem AG calls for special prosecutor on Culver casino campaign donations (Des Moines Register, 5/6/10)

Adwatch: Branstad says 2010 is very similar to 1982 (Des Moines Register, 5/6/10)

Iowa races getting closer (Des Moines Register, 5/6/10)

New KCCI poll shows Culver closer to Branstad (KCCI, 5/6/10)

Opinion: One way or another, Iowa deserves open govt (Des Moines Register, 5/5/10)

Branstad undergoes elective heart surgery (Des Moines Register, 5/5/10)

Branstad flip-flops on immigration positions (Des Moines Register, 5/5/10)

GOP candidates need to be honest about the true cost & benefits of immigration (Des Moines Register, 5/5/10)

Culver aide revises casino statements (Iowa Examiner, 5/4/10)

Branstad proposes adding new division in AG office to address transparency (Des Moines Register, 5/4/10)

Roberts: morals are the basis of all laws (Des Moines Register, 5/4/10)

Vander Plaats argues Gov has power to end gay marriage (Sioux City Journal, 5/4/10)

Dems respond to Branstad’s bashing of Culver’s leadership (Des Moines Register, 5/4/10)

Branstad and Vander Plaats spar in 2nd GOP debate (Iowa Republican, 5/4/10)

Rasmussen Poll has Culver trailing both Vander Plaats and Branstad (Des Moines Register, 5/3/10)

Vander Plaats says his campaign aligns with the Tea Party (Sioux City Journal, 5/3/10)

Branstad leads Culver by 15 in new poll (Politics Daily, 5/3/10)

GOP rivals clash in debate (WCCO, 5/1/10)

Party loyalty among topics at GOP debate (Radio Iowa, 5/1/10)

Branstad: Vander Plaats promised gay marriage decree will fail (Des Moines Register, 5/1/10)

Republicans come out swinging at Culver (Mason City Globe Gazette, 5/1/10)

Roberts claims grassroots support in guber run (Ames Tribune, 5/1/10)

Three GOP hopefuls advocate get tough approach to immigration (Radio Iowa, 5/1/10)

APRIL 2010

Branstad banks on his past (Omaha World-Herald, 4/30/10)

Roberts: All laws are moral (Des Moines Register, 4/30/10)

Another Culver staffer resigns (Des Moines Register, 4/30/10)

Roberts would reject healthcare reform (Des Moines Register, 4/30/10)

Culver foresees many debates and his political comeback (Sioux City Journal, 4/28/10)

Vander Plaats: AZ immigration law would be good for Iowa (Des Moines Register, 4/26/10)

Vander Plaats unveils economic plan (Omaha World-Herald, 4/23/10)

Culver: campaign staff not target of probe (Des Moines Register, 4/23/10)

Vander Plaats says he won’t run as third party candidate (WQAD, 4/23/10)

Vander Plaats: gambling may grow under either Culver or Branstad (Des Moines Register, 4/23/10)

Culver says his campaign isn’t target of investigation over casino industry donations (Des Moines Register, 4/22/10)

Iowa Dems outraise GOP (Des Moines Register, 4/21/10)

Vander Plaats strikes chord with education proposal (Omaha World-Herald, 4/21/10)

Vander Plaats campaign manager – winning straw polls is significant (Iowa Independent, 4/21/10)

Culver’s Chief of Staff resigns (Des Moines Register, 4/19/10)

Elections Board to investigate casino contributions to Culver (Des Moines Register, 4/19/10)

Former gaming commission members call Culver’s lobbying unprecedented (Des Moines Register, 4/19/10)

Leading guber hopefuls release tax returns (Radio Iowa, 4/19/10)

Five GOP candidates outline tax policy (Radio Iowa, 4/18/10)

Roberts pledges  10% personal income tax cut (Daily Times Herald, 4/14/10)
Vander Plaats touts principles (Omaha World-Herald, 4/14/10)
Culver, Branstad camps both hit bumps (Omaha World-Herald, 4/14/10)
Culver attacks GOPers over taxes (Sioux City Journal, 4/9/10)
Branstad says he’s been a consistent conservative (Mason City Globe Gazette, 4/9/10)
Branstad defends record on taxes (Sioux City Journal, 4/7/10)
Vander Plaats feeling good about his chances (LeMars Daily Sentinel, 4/7/10)
Vander Plaats talks about leadership (Omaha World-Herald, 4/6/10)
The Branstad plan’s impact (Omaha World-Herald, 4/6/10)
Roberts: promises to respect upset Iowans (Sioux City Journal, 4/5/10)
Roberts to push for gay marriage vote (Omaha World-Herald, 4/3/10)
Branstad launches statewide TV ads (Des Moines Register, 4/2/10)
MARCH 2010
Branstad touts financial plans (Omaha World-Herald, 3/29/10)
Same-sex issue could shape some state races (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 3/29/10)
Branstad plays the nostalgia card (National Journal, 3/29/10)
Branstad opens large lead over Culver (Politics Daily, 3/24/10)
GOP hopefuls back opposing health care reform (Mason City Globe Gazette, 3/22/10)
Culver predicts Democratic wins in fall (Quad City Times, 3/20/10)
Narcisse to run as independent, not Dem (Quad City Times, 3/18/10)
Culver’s lobbying on casinos criticized (Des Moines Register, 3/17/10)
Culver threatens veto if budget cuts education (Des Moines Register, 3/15/10)
Culver files today, Branstad Tuesday (Des Moines Register, 3/15/10)
GOPers stressing differences (Sioux City Journal, 3/13/10)
Grassley predicts big GOP wins in November (Des Moines Register, 3/10/10)
Iowa’s economy could see boost by summer (Des Moines Register, 3/6/10)
Culver backs adding more casinos (Des Moines Register, 3/5/10)
On tour, Culver touts I-JOBS successes (Des Moines Register, 3/5/10)
The Big Republican Split (The Daily Iowan, 3/3/10)
FEBRUARY 2010
Democrat announces primary challenge to Culver (Dubuque Times Herald, 2/27/10)
Huckabee returns, stumping for Vander Plaats (Des Moines Register, 2/25/10)
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