In Iowa, divided government means compromise

While the recent federal government shutdown was the perfect example of split-party gridlock in Washington, in other parts of the country opposing parties are actually working together.

Welcome to Iowa: a state with a Republican-controlled state House, a Democratic-majority state Senate and a Republican governor. The leaders in this triangle this year came to bipartisan agreements on a massive property tax cut, increased education spending and an expansion of Medicaid under the newly enacted federal health care overhaul.

Gov. Terry Branstad says that the government is "expected to work together."

Iowa's governance is an outlier in today's political landscape. At a time when half of all legislatures have veto-proof majorities, Iowa is one of just three states with a divided legislature.