Should Iowa's top two officials take separate vehicles?

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES — The recent revelation that a state vehicle carrying Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was clocked going 84 mph on a state highway has raised a number of questions, including: Should Iowa's top two elected officials buckle up next to each other?

There is no formal or informal state policy barring the two from traveling together, though they don't ever fly in the same plane, said the governor's spokesman, Tim Albrecht. But though Republicans Branstad and Reynolds enjoy a close working relationship, regularly traveling and appearing side by side at events across Iowa, their predecessors were often more cautious about joint travel.

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