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Gregg seeks Iowa Attorney General post

August 1, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

Iowa Attorney General candidate Adam Gregg made his stop in Estherville this week as part of his tour through all 99 counties.

Gregg, the Republican Party's nomination for attorney general, is challenging long-time incumbent Tom Miller, who is currently serving his eighth-four year term.

Gregg believes Iowa needs a change.

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Adam Gregg is running for the Iowa Attorney General position against incumbent Tom Miller in the November General Election.
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"Iowa needs an attorney general that serves as Iowa's attorney general instead of Obama," says Gregg Gregg. "I have the energy and the passion, for Iowa's families, farmers and constitutional freedoms."

Gregg says Miller sides with President Barack Obama at every opportunity.

"The obvious one is Obamacare," said Gregg, who said Miller filed briefs saying Iowa should be forced to expand Medicaid.

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About Adam Gregg

Adam Gregg, a sixth-generation Iowan, grew up in Hawarden in Sioux County. He married his high school sweetheart, Cari, and the couple had two children, ages 3 and 1.

He attended Central College in Pella where he played football. As a free safety and special teams specialist, he blocked three punts his senior year. He graduated No. 1 in his class and received the most prestigious scholarship to Drake Law School. After Drake, he worked for the Brown-Winick Law Firm in Des Moines, where had had a general practice for several years.

In the fall of 2012, he received a call from Governor Terry Branstad's office and was asked to be the liaison between the governor and the Iowa Legislature. He served in that role the past two legislative sessions-2013 and 2014. Gregg points out that the past two legislatures have been successful in passing education reform as well as an Iowa alternative to Obamacare. The legislature also passed the largest tax cut in Iowa history.

Concerning the Environmental Protection Agencies rules on clean water, Gregg said they are very broad.

'The rules say puddles after a rain should fall under the water rules," said Gregg., saying that is a concern for both small business and farmers.

Gregg said the attorney general's office can play a more significant role in the government being more open and accessible by reforming open meetings and records laws.

He explains that when a public employee is fired for several personnel violations, those records are kept secret and a new employer has no idea.

"Sometimes it's as serious as abuse or neglect," Gregg said. "In those situations, those records should be public knowledge and it should be known why the person was dismissed."

Gregg said the attorney general can also play a role in occupational license laws and remove barriers to entry for small business and everyday Iowans.

His example is that Iowa has licenses for hair braiders and blow driers as well as interior design.

"Instead of protecting the public, these laws protect those already in the business and create barriers for entry of other businesses," he said. "The attorney general is the right person to review and find which are protecting Iowans and which aren't. It's one way to get serious about reducing the size and scope of government. The attorney general can take a lead role in this and that's what I'd like to do."

Gregg also believes as Iowa's attorney general, that person should meet with his "clients" once in a while-the people of Iowa.

"I'm committed to getting to all the counties," he said. Emmet County was his 53rd stop on Monday as he planned to visit around 10 more during this past week.



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