Regents Conflicts Could Impact Legislative Work

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If two of Gov. Terry Branstad's nominees to the Board of Regents are not confirmed by the Senate some think the political fallout could jeopardize progress on tough issues like education spending, property tax reductions and health care.

Democratic senators say two of Branstad's three nominees to the board that oversees Iowa's public universities face problems winning confirmation. Board President Craig Lang and businessman Robert Cramer were not backed by the Senate education committee.

GOP fundraiser and Branstad adviser Doug Gross says there could be bad blood in the Capitol if the nomination process doesn't change course.

The nominations require a two-thirds approval vote in the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim majority, by April 15.

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