Lots of leftovers so it’s a good time to make a casserole.
Well is looks like McCarthy didn’t get that job he wanted in Chet’s Administration
Wow, Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened up a can of whoop-a$$ on Governor Culver yesterday. This legislative session has been terrible for Iowa Democrats. The House can’t anything, Culver is demanding that they pass is unpopular bonding proposal, and they keep saying they are going home, but are not even close. Heck, I hear they adjourned until this afternoon so they can go see Supreme Leader Obama today. I guess we can see where their priorities lie.
Rumors have been swirling around the Capitol recently that Rep. McCarthy is sick of the Iowa House and is looking for a state job. It looks like he got about as far with his request that Ed Fallon did. It also looks like he took the same approach as Fallon and called out the Governor publically.
State Senator Bartz Petitions County Recorders to Refuse To Issuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Here is the wording of the petition:
WHEREAS, the Iowa Legislature passed and the Governor signed in 1998 the Defense of Marriage Act, stating that marriage in Iowa is only between one man and one woman, and
WHEREAS, on April 3rd, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion that is in conflict with that law and the Constitution, thereby rejecting their oath of office and the legitimate moral sentiments of the people expressed in Iowa Code, and
WHEREAS, the current Legislature and Governor have failed to exercise their Constitutional duty to address the inconsistencies that exist between Iowa law and the Supreme Court opinion, and
WHEREAS, we believe the Court Opinion to be misguided, and the inaction of the Governor and the Legislature to be unacceptable, and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has set April 27th, 2009 as the date that County Recorders should start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, and
WHEREAS, we are in support of the Iowa law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and urge our County Recorder to take all necessary steps to resist issuing licenses to same sex couples;
NOW THEREFORE, we hereby appeal directly to you, our county recorder, to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples on April 27th, 2009, and every day after, until such conflict between the Supreme Court’s opinion and the law is addressed by a VOTE OF THE PEOPLE OF IOWA.
Now the Iowa Attorney General’s office has come out and said that any recorder who doesn’t issue licenses to same-sex couples could be removed from office. I think it’s going to be difficult to find Recorders who are willing to jeopardize their jobs. That said, I like the fact that the underlying purpose of this effort is to ether pass a marriage amendment to pass legislation that legalizes gay marriage.
Iowa GOP Out Paces the Iowa Democratic Party in Fundraising
From a RPI Press Release:
According to finance reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission, the Republican Party of Iowa raised more funds and ended the period with more cash on hand than the Iowa Democratic Party during the first quarter of 2009.
Matt Strawn, Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa said, “With each passing day, each passing week, and each passing month, it is becoming increasingly clear the Republican Party of Iowa is reestablishing itself as a relevant force in Iowa politics.
“Republicans are uniting around our principled conservative message. This early fund-raising success is just one more piece of evidence that our efforts to fight for core Republican principles such as limiting government spending, free market job-creating strategies, and marriage protection are resonating with Iowans.”
Strawn noted that the Republican Party of Iowa raised 50% more funds in March than our counterparts at the Iowa Democratic Party. The Iowa GOP not only outraised the IDP in March, but outraised them for the entire first quarter of 2009 and the state GOP has nearly $80,000 more cash on hand at the end of the period than Iowa Democrats.
“As Iowa Democrats continue to ignore Iowa’s economy, thwart the will of the public on marriage, and drive our state to a budget cliff in 2010 that could reach a billion dollars, I expect our message will bring even bigger and better results in the future,” concluded Strawn.
Good for Strawn and the Party. Before I put on my party hat, I want to wait and see what IDP has put in their state account. I think historically IDP has used their state account more than their federal account. Anyway, looking at the fundraising numbers for each of the political parties isn’t as easy as comparing candidates.
Man how bad is the Iowa Senate Republican’s Website?
I hate to be negative, but for all those people who gave US Senate candidate Christopher Reed crap for his website would have a hay-day with Senate Republican’s site. Maybe my buddy Don could just set up a blog or something. Anything would be better than what they have now. Yikes.
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