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January 26th, 2011

Critical Vote on Marriage at 7AM Tomorrow! – Take Action

From Danny Carroll of The FAMiLY Leader

Newly elected State Senator Kent Sorenson will mount a battle for marriage in the Iowa Senate starting tomorrow morning at 7 AM.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal adjourned the Senate today until 7 AM Thursday morning.  It is very rare that the Senate goes into session that early in the morning.

Gronstal is trying to change the Senate Rules to prevent Sorenson from bringing the Iowa Marriage Amendment (IMA) to the Senate Floor for debate.  Sorenson is preparing his plan as I am writing this email.  He intends to file numerous amendments and use any other tactic at his disposal to keep Gronstal from barring debate on marriage.

The rules of procedure are confusing to outsiders.  Many legislators welcome this confusion because it gives them cover when they go back home and try to explain their actions. However, we need to be very clear: a Senator’s vote on the rules tomorrow will be considered a vote on marriage.

Senators need to hear from their constituents that if they vote to change the Senate rules they are voting against marriage.  Call 515-281-3371.  Tell your Senator: “Don’t gut Rule 38; Respect ‘We the People’  and let us vote on marriage!”

Don’t let them confuse the issue, they know exactly what they are doing and why.  Gronstal has no power unless it has been given to him by the other 25 Democrat Senators.  If they change the rules and prevent marriage from being debated, they are as guilty as Gronstal.

Thank you,
Danny Carroll

If you haven’t already contacted your state Senator, please contact them tonight!  The Iowa State Capitol switchboard is now closed and will not  reopen until 8:00 AM tomorrow morning.  Let your voice heard by emailing your state Senator tonight.

The only means to contact your Senator before the 7:00 AM session tomorrow is to email them

Click here to get the email address of your state Senator.

From Norm Pawlewski – Lobbyist, Iowa Faith and Family Coalition

The Senate Democrats who control the Senate by 2 votes (26-24) also control the rules under which the Senate conducts its business.  They are proposing to change the rules to consolidate more power in the President of the Senate, Sen. Jack Kibbie, D – SD 4, Emmetsburg and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D – SD 50, Council Bluffs.

I spoke with several members of the Senate Republican Leadership today.  They are in agreement that changing some of the provisions which are rarely used are an attempt to silence the minority and give Gronstal and Kibbie near dictatorial powers over the Senate.  What Senate Democrats are doing will not add to open discourse and debate.  It will muzzle senators who disagree with the majority and take from the people the opportunity to have their will and their voice heard in free and open discussion.  This is unconscionable; it is tyrannical and you should not, must not, tolerate it.

Sen. Merlin Bartz, R – SD 6, Assistant Majority Leader, is the Republican resident expert on the rules of the Senate.  He will lead the Republican challenge to these rule changes.  There is no need to contact Republican senators.  You will be wasting your time and theirs.  They are united in their opposition to these changes.  Contact Democrat senators.  They are responsible and need to be responsive to the people.  Call, write, e-mail Democrat senators.  Ask them to reject the proposed changes.  Contact Senators Gronstal and Kibbie and inform them that they are not silencing the Senate minority; they are infringing on the right of the people to be heard through their elected representatives.

Don’t let them get away with this power grab, this assault on our democratic form of government.

The Senate will begin debate on these rules at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 27th.  You can reach Democrat senators by calling the Senate switchboard, 515-281-3371.  Mike Gronstal, 515-281-3901—- Jack Kibbie, 515-281-8761.  Follow our links on this site to find e-mail addresses of other Senate Democrats.  The Capitol Switchboard will open at 8 a.m.   Additional contact information can be found by following the hyperlinks below.
Click here to get the email address of Democrat Senators.

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