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Freedom to Marry, a New York-based LGBT-rights organization, plans to hold rallies across the country to counter those planned by anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Earlier this week, NOM announced it would hold rallies in 22 cities this summer — including Des Moines and Sioux City — with the goal of building public opposition to same-sex marriage. Wednesday, Freedom to Marry announced that it would also hold rallies in those cities with the hope of “spreading the word across the country about the importance of ending exclusion from marriage.”
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Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican pointed out something in the 2010 proposed Iowa GOP party platform that would be at odds with Bob Vander Plaats had he won the nomination:
Section 14 in the documents “Statement of Principles” reads:
“The Constitution of the United States provides a system of checks and balances in our government by establishing the separations of powers into three branches. Whereas, the Legislative branch makes Law, the Executive branch implements the Law and the Judicial branch interprets Law (according to the Constitution, not case law). Any other form of law, such as Administrative (Executive order) and Judicial Legislation is unconstitutional and thereby illegal.”
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one iowa - Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage has a special message to Iowans: "We're Here, We're NOT Queer; Get Used to It." She claims she was only joking, but she's DEAD SERIOUS about taking away the freedom to marry in Iowa.
We just found out that NOM's "Summer for Marriage" Tour will be rolling through Iowa in the beginning of August to spread their message of hate and misinformation. One Iowa will be there to counter their message.
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Terry Branstad showed confidence in his economic-themed campaign for governor in naming like-minded Kim Reynolds his running mate Thursday, observers say.
Still, Reynolds met with general acceptance from strict social conservatives interviewed by The Des Moines Register, including some leading supporters of Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats, Branstad's top rival in the June 8 Republican primary.
Reynolds, a state senator from Osceola and former Clarke County treasurer, brings a fresh face to the ticket and reinforces Branstad's fiscal credentials rather than extending an overt peace offering to those still smarting over primary-campaign differences.
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The anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage will be holding rallies in 22 cities this summer — including Des Moines and Sioux City — with the goal of building public opposition to same-sex marriage.
The organization, which spent nearly $100,000 into an Iowa House special election in September, announced last year that it would launch a new initiative called The Reclaim Iowa Project. The goal is to force Iowans to pass a state constitutional amendment reversing the unanimous ruling of the Iowa Supreme Court that the state’s Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged his support for the initiative and lent his voice to a robocall for the organization.
It also targeted 33 members of the Iowa House with an e-mail campaign hoping to convince them to allow a vote on a constitutional amendment. The effort failed to garner enough support to force a vote on the issue.
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Iowa's primary for governor was sometimes cast as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, pitting Christian conservatives against a GOP establishment more focused on winning than a morality-based social agenda.
The primary's over - former Gov. Terry Branstad will accept the party's nomination next Saturday at the GOP state convention. But the holy war within the Republican party goes on. It's worthwhile to consider how it may mark the 2010 election and the 2012 caucuses.
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While it remains unclear just how serious Bob Vander Plaats is considering an independent run for governor, one thing almost everyone agrees on is that his candidacy would almost assuredly guarantee another term for Democratic incumbent Gov. Chet Culver.
“The numbers right now show a substantial lead for registered Democrats over registered Republicans,” former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bill Salier said during a recent appearance on WHO-AM’s Deace in the Afternoon. “If you take another, let’s say 7 percent of the vote away from [Terry] Branstad… I think it would spell the doom of a Branstad candidacy. I don’t think he can overcome the 108,000 difference in registered voters and a third-party candidacy. I think that would do him in.”
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Sources confirmed to conservative blogger Craig Robinson that a meeting between former Republican gubernatorial rivals Bob Vander Plaats and Terry Branstad did not go well and could result in Vander Plaats leaving the party and running as an independent this fall.
Several sources also confirmed to The Iowa Independent that the chances of a Vander Plaats independent run are 50/50.
The idea of an independent run first surfaced on the blog of Christian radio host and Vander Plaats supporter Steve Deace, who said many of the Sioux City businessman’s supporters were openly asking him to continue his quest for Terrace Hill.
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The political action arm of the Iowa Family Policy Center wants to make it perfectly clear: They will not be supporting Terry Branstad or Chet Culver in their gubernatorial re-election campaigns unless one candidate or the other undergoes a “fundamental transformation.”
The Iowa Family PAC, which is affiliated with the Iowa Family Policy Center, made rumblings to the same effect last week when it sent an e-mail message to supporters. Since that time, however, the group has had concerns about statements made by Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Christian Alliance and Iowa’s male member of the Republican National Committee.
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Terry Branstad said today that his selection of a Lt. Gov. running mate will not support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, unlike his former Lt. Gov. Joy Corning.
Branstad has until June 26, the state Republican convention, to select a running mate.
“I’m looking for somebody that is intelligent, articulate, has a great work ethic, someone who shares my conservative philosophy, somebody that’s got leadership ability that I think could be a future governor of this state,” Branstad said today during a taping of Iowa Public Television’s, “Iowa Press.”