Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dix's Only Accomplishment this Session May go Down in Flames

A couple months back, Bill Dix was pretty darn proud of his eminent domain bill. That can be seen in this press release, where he does, however, accept fault for not getting the job done nearly ten years ago when he was "road-blocked by powerful special interest groups" (kind of like what he let happen this year with his no-home-loans-for-illegals bill).

While I gave him great credit for his seemingly popular eminent domain bill in an earlier post this week, it now seems to face a snag in the Senate. The Waterloo Courier reports in this article that two Senators, the Democratic leader and the Republican leader used procedural moves to stop the bill from returning to the House for final consideration after the Senate had previously revised it.

Senator Bob Brunkhorst, also from within the 1st District and a close friend of Rep. Dix, came to Bill's rescue (the bill, that is), questioning the Democratic leader on the floor of the Senate about his motives.

The Courier reports:

In the midst of these complicated maneuvers, backers of the bill feel powerless. Sen. Bob Brunkhorst, R-Waverly, said he would like to meet with senators who have concerns about the bill, but they have refused to meet.

Brunkhorst brought his concerns to the Senate floor Tuesday, asking Gronstal to explain his actions."So this bill could die because of you?" Brunkhorst asked the Democratic leader.

Gronstal said if the bill dies it will be because Brunkhorst and others "refused to be reasonable" in considering alternatives.

On Wednesday, Brunkhorst said he still expects the bill to pass in some form, but is concerned that it may be watered down.

City leaders across the state have raised concerns about the measure, arguing that it would make redevelopment prohibitively expensive and time consuming. The bill makes it much more difficult for local governments to seize private property.

Property-rights advocates say the bill creates a fair balance between the needs of cities and the rights of property owners.

I don't spend enough time in Des Moines to know what's going to happen to this bill, but I'm sure Dix is watching it closely, as he is running on his "record not rhetoric". If this bill dies or gets severely watered down, Dix's "record" will be 0 and 2 on his major legislation this session.


Blogger Maverick said...

Rock on Scoop!

Two timely posts about Dix, Whalen, Braley.

Thanks for keeping on top of the race in the 1st.

8:30 PM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Bill should have focused more in his "reinvent government" idea a few years back.

That failed, and so is his effort to "reinvent" himself.

Bill Dix: Not Ready For Primetime.

6:36 AM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Buzz Lightyear said...

Uh, wouldn't blaming Dix for the ED bill getting stuck in the Senate be kind of like blaming Whalen because you had a hair in your burger at the Machine Shed? I mean, it's pretty much of out of his hands at that point.

9:46 AM, April 21, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I'm not blaming him for it getting bogged down in the Senate, I'm just saying that it doesn't count as a plus on his record unless it actually gets signed into law.

Giving him credit for the ED bill without full passage (not watered down...that would be partially his fault as the House has to approve any changes that are made) would be like giving Whalen credit for the survival of the Iowa farmer just because he owns a restaurant, if you must use a Whalen analogy.

With Scoop, nobody gets credit unless credit is really due.

10:05 AM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop - KUNI had both the Republican and Democrat candidates on a live forum.

11:28 AM, April 21, 2006  
Blogger Steve Canyon said...


After listening in to the debate, Bill Dix's legislation this session isn't the only thing to go down in flames.

So too will he. He constantly jumped back and forth between state and federal issues. For a while, I couldn't tell what he is running for...the State House or Congress.

He put squarely in this race his record of running the State's budget. Egads, I about coughed up my Fresca when that happened. I wouldn't want to defend the lousy budgets with a 12 foot barge pole.

And Whalen sounds not healthy. I mean, really not healthy. I'm just gonna leave it at that, but the dude sounds not well.

Finally, I thought Kennedy's answer on why/how he would attract Independents was about the best 2 minutes I've heard out of a candidate since Ronald Reagan was running.

My review is this: Whalen and Dix will not want any more joint forums with Brian Kennedy.

12:29 PM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone listen to the Democrats? Who is Denny Heath?

1:15 PM, April 21, 2006  
Blogger Yoda said...

hmmmmmm..... A clear winner in the debate, Kennedy was.

The next time Dix and Whalen will agree to be on same stage as Kennedy, sometime between now and the second coming it will be.....

Wait for Dix/Whalen spin, we all are.... Silence is deafening it is.....

6:33 PM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funny thing is that Denny is probably going to get more votes than Kennedy.

6:52 PM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you going to do a review of the 1st District convention for the Repubs?

I've read Krusty's. It doesn't seem to match the reality I heard coming from Independence.

Any light you can shed on it?

10:52 AM, April 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scoop, what's the scoop? I heard the ED bill passed today.

6:50 PM, May 03, 2006  

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