I'm sitting at my desk waiting on some callbacks from sources on a November "sweeps" story the boss gave me time to work on today. Tomorrow could be a fascinating day, and not necessarily fascinatingly (is that a word?) good for hundreds, if not thousands, of state employees.
State department heads have to hand over a list to Governor Chet Culver's office by the end of today on how they will manage his 10% across-the-board cuts for the current fiscal year (that began July 1st). We don't expect to hear a lot of the details of this until tomorrow. While we wait, I thought I would check in on the governor's day today as these budget cut reports come into his office.
He woke up to this headline in the Des Moines Register: "Ideas for cuts not given to legislators".
He went on another rail tour and promoted wind energy, as Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson points out.
His staff sent out a memo with a link to a report on how budget problems are hitting other states, too.
His political campaign announced it has redesigned its campaign website.
(The site features the new political ad that started to air last Friday. But campaign manager, Andrew Roos, told me they shot the Culver ad last Wednesday night. He said the plans are to air it on broadcast tv in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids/Waterloo markets and some cable channels. They may add in some radio stations later, he said.)