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  Iowa weathers recession, but its first-term governor, Chet Culver, may not
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 26, 2010 09:55pm
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DescriptionFrom beyond Iowa’s borders, it may be hard to understand why this state’s first-term governor, Democrat Chet Culver, is fighting for his political life.

Iowa’s budget is balanced, with reserve funds to spare. With the exception of pricier cigarettes, taxes haven’t gone up on Culver’s watch. Revenues are beating expectations, and debt is a fraction of what it is in other states. The unemployment rate, at 6.8 percent, is high for Iowa, but far below the national average.

“I wouldn’t trade places with any governor in America,” Culver told Stateline in an interview last week.
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