Brownell on Deace Show, warns of collective bargaining dangers

March 21, 2008

Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell appeared on WHO Radio’s Steve Deace Show Thursday afternoon to warn Iowans that legislative Democrats’ vote for broad changes in the state’s long-established collective bargaining laws will push property taxes higher.

Brownell noted that 100 percent of the House Democratic caucus voted for the changes. He predicts Iowans will remember the vote when they go to the polls in November and hold Democrats responsible for increasing the tax burden on Iowa families, businesses and senior citizens.


Berkridge Pork President on WHO Radio Today

March 20, 2008

Troy Arends, president of Berkridge Pork, will be a guest on the WHO Radio “Big Show” at 12:15 p.m. CDT today.  He will be intervewed by hosts Ken Root and Mark Pearson about Gov. Chet Culver’s friendly wager with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on the outcome of Friday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game between the Drake University Bulldogs and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Culver wagered 40 pounds of Berkridge Pork loins and ham.  Beshear’s wager is a Corvette windbreaker from Bowling Green, Ky., home of Western Kentucky University and the only assembly plant in the world where Chevrolet Corvette factory are produced.

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Gov. Culver’s NCAA Wager: Berkridge Pork

March 20, 2008

DES MOINES – Gov. Chet Culver has made a friendly wager with Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky on the outcome of the Drake University Bulldogs’ Friday NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first-round game against the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers.

Gov. Culver, who received his Master of Arts in Teaching at Drake University, is wagering 40 pounds of premium Berkshire pork raised on family farms in northwest Iowa and provided by Berkridge Pork of Sioux Center.  Gov. Beshear’s wager is a Corvette windbreaker from Bowling Green, Kentucky, home of Western Kentucky University and the only assembly plant in the world where Chevrolet Corvettes are produced.

The Governor will also be cheering on the Drake women’s basketball team as they compete against Green Bay on Saturday in their ninth National Women’s Invitational Tournament bid.

“I have confidence in our Drake Bulldogs,” Gov. Culver said.  “I’m optimistic they’re going to come through with a big win over a very worthy opponent.  I look forward to presenting coach Keno Davis with a new windbreaker as a reminder of an incredible season and hopefully the beginning of a long and successful tournament run.” 

“My wife, Jane, and I are looking forward to a number of pork dinners in the near future,” said Gov. Beshear.  “We could not be more proud of our Hilltopper men and women’s teams – both making it to this year’s big dance!” 

Governor Culver said he chose the Berkridge Pork ham and loins as his wager because Berkridge Pork epitomizes what’s great about Iowa agriculture.  Their product is raised by hard-working family farmers and it is in demand around the world because of its outstanding taste and quality. When the National Pork Producers Council measured the traits of all breeds, Berkshires ranked first in six of seven categories for meat quality and tops in three of four categories for eating quality.

Drake’s men are making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1971. The Bulldogs (28-4) is seeded fifth in the West Region. Western Kentucky (27-6) is seeded 12th.  The two teams meet at 11:30 a.m. CDT Friday in Tampa, Florida.

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Forbes: Des Moines Fourth “Hottest” City for Business

March 20, 2008

Forbes has once again proven why it is one of the smartest, most respected business publications around.  The iconic magazine has ranked Greater Des Moines fourth on its annual “10 Hottest Cities for Business” list.  That’s the same ranking the central Iowa region received last year, while many other cities in last year’s top 10 have fallen out. 

In addition to the ranking, Greater Des Moines is featured in the magazine’s latest edition.  Our friends at the Greater Des Moines Partnership worked with Forbes on the piece, and spent several days squiring a reporter around the area to connect him with business, civic, and community leaders.

The magazine will hit news stands on April 3, but the writer has shared that the feature on Greater Des Moines will be on page 100. 

As the magazine’s news release about this year’s rankings notes, “The findings help to paint a picture of what is happening in the overall U.S. economy, as well as in specific metro areas across the country.  Plus, the rankings offer a wide range of choices for the best places to launch a new business, consider for relocation, and much more. Interestingly, six of the ten metro areas are anchored by capital cities: maybe lobbyist spending boosts an economy?  This year, Raleigh, N.C. is number one for the second year in a row due in part, to its strong job growth. … Also, the Forbes ranking may have you rethinking Iowa as just ‘the corn state.’  Des Moines, ranked fourth, with its sports arena, art center and heated 3 mile skywalk, now boasts an unemployment rate of 3.4% and business costs that are 10% below the national average.”

The article is already on line.  Here’s the link:

Brownell: GOP Will Defy Gloomy Predictions

March 8, 2008

Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell. who is seeking his third term, told fellow Republicans today that their party “will beat conventional wisdom” to retain the White House, defeat Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and take back control of the Iowa General Assembly.


Speaking at the Polk County Republican convention at Wells Fargo Arena, the former Clive mayor said the 2008 election cycle will transcend traditional claims that every campaign is an historic crossroads.


“This election will be historic because of the conventional wisdom that the Democrats cannot be defeated this year,” Brownell said. “I’m here to tell you they’re wrong. That’s because there’s something called the Overconfidence Effect and the Democrats and their friends in the national media have it bad!”


He continued, “The leaders of the Democrat Party in Iowa and nationally don’t get up in the morning and ask what evil they can do.  The problem is that they believe they know what’s best for us and that they have to take our money and spend it on what they think we need and they’re wrong.”


Brownell said Democrats “think Iowans are going to elect more Democrats to the Legislature so they can raise our taxes and spend more of our hard-earned tax dollars and they’re wrong! … They think they’re going to outwork us and demoralize us … and they’re wrong! They think we’re going to hand this election to them … and they’re wrong!”


He concluded, “This year we’re going to beat conventional wisdom – and defeat the Democrats at the same time – because you know and I know that Republicans can do anything we set our minds to do. We’re going take back the Legislature.  We’re going to defeat Tom Harkin.  We’re going to keep this country safe and strong by electing John McCain to the White House. And, we’re going to do it because the Democratic leadership and national media underestimate how hard you’re going to work and how tenacious you’re going to be in defending Republican values and principles.”


The Concept Works provides strategic and media counsel Brownell’s re-election effort.