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February 9th, 2010

Breaking News: Republicans Invoke Rule 60 to Force a Vote on Marriage

marriedHouse Republicans are expected to use a procedural rule today that would let them advance a bill that would allow the people of Iowa to vote on an amendment to the state’s constitution that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Rule 60 allows House members to withdraw a bill that has been in committee for eighteen legislative days. The marriage amendment bill met that requirement this past Friday. For the actual bill to be placed on the debate calendar, it must receive at least 51 votes.

That means seven Democrats must join with the 44 Republicans for the bill to advance. The following Democrat State Representatives have either voted in favor of this procedure last year, or said that they support letting the people of Iowa vote on this critical issue. By the end of the day, we should know if Representatives really support traditional marriage or not.

Curt Hanson
Dolores Mertz
Mike Reasoner
Larry Marek
Geri Huser
Brian Quirk
Kurt Swaim
Wayne Ford


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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