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Hundreds crowd rotunda to protest Iowa Gov. Branstad

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 20:06 EDT
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Hundreds of protesters lined the stairway in the rotunda of the Iowa state capitol on Tuesday after Gov. Terry Branstad delivered his Condition of the State address.

“We come here today to set the legislative agenda for 2012, and we’re here to send a message to 150 legislators and to Governor Branstad,” Barb Kalbach, a member of Iowan Citizens for Community Improvement, told Radio Iowa.

The protesters shouted “put people first” and then “where’s our jobs” as Branstad walked down the stairway after his address.

Earlier that morning, the Iowan Citizens for Community Improvement had tried to hand deliver a letter to Branstad’s office, an annual event for the group. But they were locked out.

“Governor Culver [let us in] before that, Governor Vilsack did before that, it has not been a big deal,” said Kalbach. “We would stand there and read our letter… and that was that.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on January 10, 2011, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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