Iowa Democrats criticize Gov. Branstad for board of regents actions
Two men, a Democrat and a Republican, were urged by the Branstad administration to vacate their leadership roles on the Iowa Board of Regents. They have. Another man, appointed and Senate-confirmed to lead the Division of Workers’ Compensation, has refused. The Branstad administration cut his salary to the lowest possible level.
Democratic leaders are now speaking out about the pressure being placed by Gov. Terry Branstad on agency leadership he has targeted for replacement.
Sen. Bob Dvorsky described the situation at the Iowa Board of Regents as an “over-the-top” political maneuver by Branstad. In May, Branstad’s office encouraged Regents President David Miles, a Democrat, and (a few days later) Regents President Pro Tem Jack Evans, a Republican, to step away from their leadership positions. After mulling the proposal over for several weeks, Miles announced Monday, in a letter to his fellow Regents, that the two had decided to resign.