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Rants says his background fits the bill for Governor

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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(Sentinel photo by Magdalene Landegent) Rep. Christopher Rants, of Sioux City, told a group gathered at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor this week that he's running for governor because Iowa needs new direction. He suggested ways to ease property tax and bring in new businesses to Iowa.
Iowa Rep. Christopher Rants has been in business and in government.

And that, he says, is one thing that sets him apart among those vying for the Iowa governor's seat in 2010.

The Sioux City Republican spent more than an hour Tuesday pitching his ideas to people at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars.

"I'm running for governor because frankly I think Iowa is like a truck stuck in the ditch," he told the dozen people gathered. "We need to pull it out and head in a new direction."

Once a businessman with Metz Baking in Sioux City, Rants said Iowa should seek to be in the top 10 states in the nation to do business in.

Iowa, he said, has been ranked 49th.

"We can't be in the top 10 if we're also in the top 10 for property taxes," he added. "When it comes to what commercial entities pay for property tax, we're third."

Bringing new businesses in, he said, depends on the message you send.

"We've got to do unique things, probably risky things, to grow small businesses from within," Rants said.

In schools, he said, we need to change the curriculum so we're not just training employees, we're training entrepreneurs.

Some states, he said, offer tax breaks for new businesses. In Michigan new businesses are tax-free for the first five years.

Finally, he said, Iowa has to be out selling what the state has to offer.

Rants predicted money would start coming into Iowa as the economy strengthens.

He suggested putting some toward school districts to decrease the local tax burden.

Rants also suggested creating a fund to help counties, cities and school districts cut out layers of bureaucracy.

Plymouth County Supervisor Craig Anderson asked Rants about his plans for replenishing the depleted Iowa road fund.

Rants said he'd support researching ways to tax people on miles traveled, rather than a flat tax Iowans pay for vehicle registration.

"Not a gas tax," he said. "The future for automotives is alternative fuels, so it would be foolish to say just gasoline. ... It's a bigger conversation than that."

Anderson replied, "We can't wait too long to have that conversation."

Also in the audience was Kelly Ryan, in town from Des Moines to visit her parents.

"I'm a Republican, and I'll have the opportunity to vote on this, so I just wanted to hear what he had to say," she said.

Kelly liked Rants' answer as to what set him apart from the rest of the widening pool of Republicans eyeing the governor's seat.

"He has background in both business and the government," she said. "And he said he's planted in both the socially conservative and fiscally conservative camps."

Jack Guenthner, of Le Mars, also came to hear Rants' position.

"The biggest question for me is, with the population base generally located in eastern Iowa, how is anybody going to convince them to vote for a Republican from western Iowa?" he said.

Rants, raised in Sioux City, was elected to the Iowa House in 1992 at the age of 25. He served as speaker of the house from 2002-2007.

Ralph Klemme, of Le Mars, is heading up Rants' campaign in Plymouth County.

"We worked together," said Klemme, a former member of the Iowa House of Representatives. "He's even called me dad a few times. I believe he would do a fantastic job."


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I think he has very little business experience and has spent most of his life in politics. Born in 1967 and he went to college so he graduated from college somewhere around 1989 and was a representative in 1992 that only makes about 3 years of doing full time work in a real job. Runs his own consulting business, that is something anyone can put down on a resume. I think who ever is Governor should be someone who is more in touch with the normal working person. Someone with fresh ideas not someone who has been doing the job since almost out of college. I think he is more driven for himself than anyone else. Tax someone on the miles they drive thanks I drive back and forth to Sioux City everyday so I guess that means I would pay even more taxes. My vote will be a definite NO for him.

-- Posted by An American Citizen on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 4:32 PM

Smile, I agree wholeheartedly. Rants represents business interests over working people's interests every day of the week.

Take a look at who his donors are: http://www.followthemoney.org/database/S...

He's supposed to represent his district, yet he's taking $50,000 and $100,000 a pop from representatives of energy, banking, and real estate firms all over the state.

-- Posted by TJ Templeton on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 6:08 PM

HeHe... Ok Smile.. Keep in mind , T.J. here has ZERO business experience other than operating a viscious, vulgar, neo-facist website on which he has to beg for contributions in order to operate. He produces nothing, hires not a single employee, and lifts the vast majority of his material from a lunatic-leftist "news" outfit. He also thought he was fit to run for the Iowa House last year. Fortunately for us all he got smoked.

Whether you like Mr. Rants or not please understand this: Now that GM stands for Government Motors and the push for alternate fuels and higher CAFE standards (regardless of safety, market forces, and common sense) has begun, it will become an absolute necessity to fund our roads via something other than the current gas tax. Very soon it will be mandated that every new car sold in the U.S. be equipped with a satellite-monitored tracking system (think On-Star on steroids) which will record the miles you drive and bill you accordingly. If you voted for Obama, (and I'm certain you did) you already voted for this plan. Its part of his grand scheme for hope and change. Sorry.

-- Posted by machiavelli on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 7:14 PM

Machiavelli, I appreciate your ad hominem personal attack as an attempt to draw attention away from the point I made. But seriously, refute the point I made and try not to get all wrapped up in mischaractarizing me or my character. Otherwise you are engaging in intellectual dishonesty by attempting to smear the messenger to hide the message. The fact that you have to use outright lies to do it speaks volumes. In a way, I'm flattered.

-- Posted by TJ Templeton on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 7:29 PM

Mr. Templeton, if ad hominum attacks bother you then I suggest you retract the statements you've made about "Joe the Plumber" and innumerable other people who hold views not sufficiently leftist for you. Keep in mind, Joe Wurzelbach (sp?) has a job that produces something of value to society unlike you.

In terms of refuting the point you made... Mr. Rants, whom you have tried to trash, has won election to his office 9 times. In fact in this case I could paraphrase the world's most famous community organizer in saying "He WON!" Apparently his district feels he does represent the citizens' interests.

Since you accuse me of "outright lies" please feel free to correct anything I wrote to set the record straight. If you can't then it is YOU who are lying.

-- Posted by machiavelli on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 6:33 AM

Sure thing. I own two businesses. My client list includes several prominent organizations here in Le Mars. One business I started with ten dollars and turned into a $43,000 a year gig with no outside assistance or SBA loans. The income from which comes not from begging for contributions, but rather from the retail end. In that aspect, I have customers from as far away as Norway and Japan. In fact, I have a package for Denmark going out today.

I'm sitting on several hundred dollars worth of inventory as we speak, and I'll be receiving more this week.

My other business is in its infancy, but already off to such a robust start that I've had to turn down clients to manage my workload. So I could hire employees, but haven't chosen to just yet.

In this capacity I've given over $5,000 in in-kind donations to local civic organizations such as the Arts Council and the Plymouth County Fair board. So not only am I an experienced and successful entrepreneur, but also generous philanthropist, as well.

I'm also the vice president of a local civic organization and a full-time student working towards a masters degree in business communication.

I'm sure there are numerous other cool things about myself that I could brag about, but I'll just stop here for the sake of brevity.

-- Posted by TJ Templeton on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 9:37 AM

The only reason Rants gets elected here is there are no Democrats living here. Same goes for Steve (ugh) King. Put them together with Palin and what have you got. I'd say a bag of ----. You fill it in.

-- Posted by one4theroad on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 1:34 PM

There are some Dems here but when they run for any elected office, they usually run as Republicans. I heard someone joke once that Charles Manson could get elected in NW Iowa, as long as he was a republican.

-- Posted by TJ Templeton on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 2:42 PM

Oh keep bragging T.J.... you are suspiciously vague on certain things such as the nature of the products you sell. Is this the T-shirt gig? While the $43k gross sales are cause for congrads, you still basically run a glorified lemonade stand.

VP of the local Democratic Party doesn't cut it either Ace if that's the local "Civic" organization you mention. I'll take your word on the Arts Council because you profile yourself on your maniacal website (on which you DID beg for money to pay your tiny tax obligation) as an artist. Everyone has a hobby. However, I'm guessing that the contribution to the Fair-Board was actually rent for your campaign booth.

As it is, I stand by my earlier statements. You have very little credibility Mr. Templeton.

-- Posted by machiavelli on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 7:15 AM

Machiavelli, you sound like the tipical Republican, all you people preach are fear. Fear of everything but your party and look where the great party got us. All the sex scandles lately prove not only Demos do this. Mostly Demos stick to women unlike the gays the Repub are so against. Maybe they try them so they can make a final judgement as they seem to like to judge everyone but themselves. GOP should stand for Gay people too.

-- Posted by one4theroad on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 12:20 PM

Machiavelli, Deanno Boe is the VP of the local Democratic party, not me. 43k is my net, not gross. The begging you refer to is actually a quarterly fund drive to pay for the hundreds of dollars of monthly services I provide to the public for free. The fund drives pay for about 10% of that. The t-shirt gig you refer to is actually custom designed shirts, fleece, tanks, hoodies, prints, magnets, and other promotional items. I'll be introducing coffee mugs this fall. My contribution to the Fair Board for this year totals $2,000.

Keep talking. You're making me look great.

-- Posted by TJ Templeton on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 2:32 PM

"you sound like the tipical Republican, all you people preach are fear."

This sounds like a line from Obama!

-- Posted by jwduke01 on Sun, Jul 19, 2009, at 11:33 AM

^^^Fear of Obama ^^^

-- Posted by TJ Templeton on Sun, Jul 19, 2009, at 2:58 PM

machiavelli...will you marry me? ;)

-- Posted by ClearThinker on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 5:13 PM


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