Assessing the New Governors, Part 2
Here's part two of my thoughts on the new governors. Part 3 is coming tomorrow. Idaho's Butch Otter (Rep): Otter is showing signs of being the ...
Here's part two of my thoughts on the new governors. Part 3 is coming tomorrow.
Idaho's Butch Otter (Rep): Otter is showing signs of being the next Mark Sanford, the Republican governor who spends all his time fighting with the Republican-controlled legislature. He's already butting heads with lawmakers over grocery tax cuts, his plan to eliminate two state agencies and renovations to the state capitol building.
Iowa's Chet Culver (Dem): Culver's first couple of months have been a lot less eventful than many other governors, which is probably a good thing. He only won a partial victory on pro-union legislation he supported, but appears close to achieving a boost in the cigarette tax, one of his top priorities.
Maryland's Martin O'Malley (Dem): O'Malley's tenure to date has been marked by a contradiction. He's already shown a willingness to take political risks, most notably through his advocacy against the death penalty (but also through his support for a living wage for employees of state contractors, a smoking ban and an assault weapons ban). But, on the biggest issue facing the state, Maryland's structural deficit, O'Malley's leadership has been noticeably absent so far.
Massachusetts' Deval Patrick (Dem): When Patrick pleaded , "Don't give up on me," a few days ago, my immediate reaction was to remember Bill Clinton's 1995 statement, "The president is still relevant here." If you need to say it, that's a very bad sign. Clinton's party, however, had just suffered a catastrophic electoral defeat, whereas Patrick won 56% of the vote only four months ago. What went wrong? Patrick can blame a variety of perk-related controversies, from upgrading to a more expensive state car and fancier drapes for the governor's office, to use of a police helicopter, to splurging on a $72,000-a-year appointments secretary for his wife. The governor is also under scrutiny for making a phone call to assist former business associates.
PREVIOUSLY: Assessing the New Governors, Part 1
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
In One State, Abused Animals May Get Their Day in Court3 hours ago
New Maps Could Predict Where Flooding Will Hit Worst4 minutes ago
Lawmakers Unite Against Governor to Give Chicago Some Pension Relief1 hour ago
Ohio Takes Over Struggling Health Insurer2 hours ago
Iowa Supreme Court Bans Life Without Parole for Teen Murderers2 hours ago
Alabama Has Change of Heart About Same-Sex Adoptions3 hours ago