Budget woes, governor vetoes: Are Iowa politics becoming more like Washington?



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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Gov. Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working.

Simply put, is Iowa politics becoming more like Washington?

Branstad has spent weeks defending his decision to veto several budget compromises negotiated by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-majority House. The governor says he's not concerned about his relationships with lawmakers or ability to get legislation passed in the future.

Branstad says officials dealt with worse situations during the farm crisis of the 1980s.

But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says relations between Branstad and lawmakers are near "an all-time low."

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