Good As You: Iowa Roundup

10/11/2010

Iowa pastor effort: If this isn't direct campaigning, it's certainly its common law spouse

A brief overview of IRS guidelines concerning churches and the extent to which they can enter into campaigns: Issue Advocacy vs. Political Campaign Intervention Like other section 501(c)(3) organizations, some churches and religious organizations take positions on public policy issues,...

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10/07/2010

Video: Iowa for [denying courts should play same exact roles they played in other minority rights fights]

To sum up what Iowa For Freedom's Bob Vander Plaats and WHO radio's Jen Green are saying in the following video: LGBT people have no right or responsibility to use the court system to keep discrimination in check. Not in...

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10/06/2010

State lawmaker: Iowa marriage decision was 'worst day of my life'

Mr. Koester (R-Ankeny), who has also said of the ruling that "God wrote His book long before men wrote any state constitution," is running unopposed in his November re-election bid. Unless you count the particularly astute nine-year-old constituent who'll grow...

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Video: [Iowa for] Freedom '10: ♫ All we have to do is take these lies and make them true somehow

Iowa For Freedom's Bob Vander Plaats and WHO Radio's Jan Mickelson claim the monolithic collective known as "they" doesn't want to debate? Well we did debate already! In court. Of law. Where the Supreme Court unanimously sided with our side's...

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10/05/2010

Poll: Vindictive Iowa For Freedom campaign unnecessarily divides state

A Des Moines Register poll turns up completely non-shocking yet thoroughly frustrating findings in regards to the state's upcoming judicial retention vote: Forty-four percent of Iowans who plan to cast a ballot in the retention election say they will vote...

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10/04/2010

If not church/state, could 'pro-fams' at least divorce drive to win from right to raise questions?

On September 3, Rev. Cary K. Gordon of Sioux City, Iowa's Cornerstone World Outreach sent the following letter to fellow pastors in his area: (zoom in at bottom) CWO Letter The whole gist of Mr. Gordon's letter -- beyond linking...

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Iowans against the independent judiciary: 'We The People Will Provide Moral Authority'

One version of "moral authority" vs. one unanimous court decision steeped in constitutional authority. One flawed description of America's co-equal branches of government vs. one concrete actuality regarding the same. One crew who's bastardizing the term "freedom" vs. One Iowa....

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10/03/2010

Video: Iowa activist [noun] judges [verb]

We keep thinking we're going to wake up from the anti-civic nightmare of Iowa Supreme Court justices having their jobs threatened because of one single (unanimous) opinion out of the thousands that they've taken on in their careers. From the...

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10/01/2010

Video: 'Those justices don't know me or you or what we want...'

More web spots from Iowa For Torches and Pitchforks Iowa For Freedom: You know when your children are really going to be confused, ladies? If/when they find themselves in front of a court of law, and immediately learn that the...

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09/29/2010

Iowa: NOM's cynical plan to send message, written on pink slip

Brian Brown knows that the National Organization for Marriage and Iowa For Freedom's campaign to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices will accomplish absolutely nothing tangible for his side's "traditional marriage" war. But as we've said a million times: NOMmers...

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09/28/2010

Video: Iowa For Freedom's continued passion for shooting down judges, domesticated game birds

TIP #1: If you get a pop filter for your microphone, then your voiceover's plosives will not explode in the viewers' ears. Blue Microphones makes a good one. TIP #2: If you actually read the Varnum decision through an objective...

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09/24/2010

Iowa For Freedom: Dangerous IFF followed

The Iowa For Freedom folks are revealing more about the motivations behind their vindictive, anti-civic, primarily faith-based, highly partisan, miseducative attempt to oust three of the justices who did nothing more than cast an opinion that goes against IFF's own...

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09/22/2010

Why some Iowans will vote to fire judges (Hint: careful examination of jurisprudence not #1 basis)

The so-called "Iowa For Mob Rule" "Iowa For Freedom" group has an interactive map feature where locals can leave their name, location, and a brief comment about why they are planning to vote against the retention of three of the...

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09/21/2010

Iowa For [Calling out Bald-Faced Deception]

Kudos to the Des Moines Register for pointing out the so-called "Iowa For Freedom" group's deceptive decision to misrepresent the words of retired SCOTUS justice Sandra Day O'Connor: A thistle to a group working to oust three Iowa Supreme Court...

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09/20/2010

Video: Activist judges NOM ad

Stop8.org (H/t: Towle) *** ***The ad in question: Iowa For Fear Ads [G-A-Y] **A radio version of the ad: Audio: First the gay marriages, then the pledge-ripping, gun-banning, homeschool closures [G-A-Y] *The "logic" behind this campaign: Iowa For [Partisan Fervor...

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09/19/2010

Video: Iowa For [Partisan Fervor Based on Personal Whims Rather than Constitutional Fairness]

The seven justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, after years of education and training which provided the sort of legal expertise that qualified each member for his or her esteemed position on the state's high court, listened to arguments and...

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09/16/2010

Audio: First the gay marriages, then the pledge-ripping, gun-banning, homeschool closures

The audio version is even worse than the video: Gabcast! Iowa for Freedom #1 - Send Them a Message These folks really have to stop seeing the courts as partisan organizations with monolithic, anti-Christian conservative views! The reality is that...

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Video: Iowa anti-equality team earned a D-, passes blame to the teacher

We keep hearing the well-funded NOM/Iowa For Freedom coalition talk about how the state Supreme Court supposedly decided the marriage case inappropriately, and the judges should therefore be removed from their jobs. But nobody on the anti-LGBT wants to actually...

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National Organization For [Firing Learned Judges Because of Personal Faith-Based Hesitations]

NOM is all kinds of proud to partner with the Sandra Day O'Connor-misrepresenting group "Iowa For Mob Rule" "Iowa For Freedom." Here's Brian Brown's latest e-blast, promoting the majority tyranny coalition's latest TV spot: Perhaps the biggest waste of 200+k...

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09/14/2010

Video: Iowa For Fear Ads

It's not just our fair-minded judiciary's crucial role that they are wasting. The Sandra Day O'Connor-misrepresenting, comment moderating social conservatives at "Iowa For Mob Rule" "Iowa For Freedom" have also found some money to blow on a freedom-stifling ad campaign:...

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Iowa For Freedom: Cowards.

Iowa For Mob Rule "Iowa For Freedom" is the Sandra Day O'Connor-misrepresenting group that wants to remove Iowa state Supreme Court justices who did nothing more than join the unanimous decision that granted marriage equality to same-sex couples. But of...

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09/13/2010

Iowa For Freedom: Liars.

Remember when we showed you the outrageous way that the so-called "Iowa For Mob Rule" "Iowa For Freedom" group is flipping the script on Sandra Day O'Connor's opposition to their efforts so that it seems like the retired Supreme Court...

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09/07/2010

Audio: Yea, Tom? And seated-judge-as-political-pundit *is* a role the Framers envisioned?

You know what we consider to be an activist judicial act? When a partisan-elected judge from a whole other state (Alabama) goes on Iowa radio to chastise the unanimous panel of local Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of...

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09/01/2010

Audio: Iowans should fire people for capably fulfilling their duties

Bob Vander Plaats, the man who's heading up the effort to oust three of the nine state Supreme Court justices who joined the unanimous decision that brought marriage equality to Iowa, made an appearance on the uber-incendiary Bryan Fischer's AFA...

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08/31/2010

Activist Video: Activist Iowa judge actively giving activist speech on active activist decision!

You've heard us talk about the inappropriateness of social conservatives' current campaign to remove the three Iowa justices who are on the ballot in this year's retention vote (David Baker, Michael Streit and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus) simply because they,...

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Video: Judge not lest peace be budged

"The people" vs. the courts: The false and dangerous dichotomy that the far-right continues unapologetically using in order to divide and misinform our population. Oh, and with NOM's false victimization strategy thrown in for bad measure: Oh, and as for...

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08/30/2010

Focus tells Iowans to throw the book at 'em; we'd prefer they actually read said book

Christian conservatives are building steam for a campaign to remove some Iowa state Supreme Court justices simply because they don't like one particular recent decision: An Iowa grassroots movement is gaining steam to remove three of its Supreme Court justices...

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08/03/2010

Video: NOM ally Tamara Scott vs. Black-robed Branstad appointees

Today in Sioux City, IA, Concerned Women For America of Iowa president Tamara Scott will again join the National Organization For Marriage to lash out against loving gay couples who want nothing more than the same civil equality afforded to...

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08/02/2010

Just say NO(m)!

When former FLOTUS Nancy Reagan went about her '80s era "Just say No!" campaign, the focus was on drugs in the light of that decade's growing crack epidemic. But when modern conservatives use the term? Well, it's equality-supporting Supreme Court...

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06/09/2010

Hawkeyes pierce anti-equality movement's movement

Bright spot for preserving Iowa fairness: Gay marriage challenge: Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, easily beat Clair Rudison Jr., an ordained minister that campaigned against gay marriage as well as the state’s texting-while-driving ban. Abdul-Samad said it would be contradictory...

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06/04/2010

Poll: Equality playing out just fine in middle America, thank you very much

Promising: Now, a new NewsChannel 8 poll shows that a majority of Iowans support both ideas. The survey found that 53 percent of those polled said they favor marriage rights for same-sex couples and that 41 percent are opposed. KCCI...

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05/24/2010

Video: 'A frustrating and demeaning debate' indeed

VIDEO: GOP candidates debate adoption restrictions [One Iowa] *** **EARLIER: The frightening "protect marriage" rally at which Vander Plaats spoke/received endorsement: Video: Let us vote (on unanimous high court decision written by GOP-appointed justices) [G-AY]

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05/18/2010

Move over, Vegas: 'Mo roving wedding parties have mo' midwestern Ames

An interesting stat out of Iowa: Out-of-staters made up 60 percent of same-sex couples married in Iowa since the practice became legal in April 2009, state officials reported today. A new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health says...

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05/17/2010

Audio: 'You can't raise a civilization with capons' [cue Maggie Gallagher laughter]

Ya know, you get Maggie Gallagher with a certain kind of talk show host and all kinds of nutty things comes to light. Wacky ideas that either receive Maggie's full support, or at the very least receive no Gallagher-initiated refutation....

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03/31/2010

Front kicks to 'Sidekicks': Vander Plaat Chuckin' with Iowa's fair ruling from all sides

Republican Bob Vander Plaats is running for Iowa governor on an aggressively anti-equality platform: Soon enough, he'll be running on an aggressively "Walker Texas Ranger"-y platform: DES MOINES – Internationally known actor and martial arts champion Chuck Norris will appear...

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02/09/2010

Won Iowa

Good news from our pals at One Iowa: IOWA HOUSE REJECTS ATTEMPT TO ADVANCE AMENDMENT (Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House today rejected procedural attempts by opponents of equality to advance an amendment to the Iowa Constitution seeking to overturn...

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02/08/2010

Poll: Iowans care about SMS, not SSM

Polls are of course, well, polls. And yes, this one only sampled 805 Iowans via telephone. But still, it's encouraging to see that while 72% think a driving-while-texting ban deserves legislative time and a possible ban, only 36% feel the...

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01/25/2010

When do we officially move the Castro to Iowa?

Wednesday is both the State of the Union and the expected launch of the new Apple tablet. But pish posh on all that trivial stuff, for it's also the day that Iowa's governor will further enhance his state's growing reputation...

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01/14/2010

Video: Let us vote (on unanimous high court decision written by GOP-appointed justices)

Frightening hostility, Iowa style: Gee, wonder why nobody focused on signs like this one: Guess that might have harmed the whole "LUV" theme.

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01/05/2010

Because RIPPING-APART-LUV-FOR-NO-REASON-OTHER-THAN-HETEROSEXISM was already taken

Want to hear something disgusting? No? Eh, well, we're gonna tell ya anyway. The "pro-family" group that is hoping to overturn marriage equality in Iowa: They are working under the name "LUV Iowa": LUV Iowa Campaign Launches Legislative Initiative [LUV...

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12/31/2009

Better luck next year, corn

Associated Press members have named Iowa's high court-initiated marriage equality as the state's top story of '09: The court decision and Iowa’s status as the only Midwestern state with gay marriage made it the top story of 2009, as voted...

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12/28/2009

Remembering to write '10 instead of '09: One of many actual problems on which IA conservs could focus

Gross: Bryan English of Iowa Family Policy Council ACTION says pro-marriage supporters plan to be at the state Capitol en masse on Jan. 12 when Gov. Chet Culver delivers his Condition of the State address to a joint session of...

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09/23/2009

Audio: The King and I (and you and her and anyone who values equality)

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) wants to stop your equality. You know, so that you want turn his state into a mecca for same-sex marriage and socialism, which will eventually lead to incestuous unions: *Source: WorldNetDaily Now if you'll excuse me,...

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09/21/2009

Video: Barren the truth

IFPC Spokesman offends elderly, infertile, and childless couples [YT] **SEE ALSO: In a new Iowa state poll, 92% say that same-sex marriages have not affected their lives.

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09/02/2009

Iowa voters reject NOMinee

Another testament to the National Organization for Marriage's efficacy not matching their visibility: Stephen Burgmeier, the Iowa state house candidate that they spent almost 90,000 backing, lost his bid in last night's special election: Hanson bests Burgmeier in HD90 [Iowa...

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08/31/2009

Maggie to Iowa: Don't pay attention to the carefully formed thoughts behind the curtain

Speaking yet again about Iowa's marriage equality, this time to the AFA's One News Now site, professional anti-gay activist Maggie Gallagher says the following about Gov. Chet Culver and his failure to come out against his state Supreme Court's favorable...

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08/24/2009

Filling in NOM's conveniently excised words

Since fully fleshed out thoughts are the enemy of their cause, the National Organization For Marriage doesn't want you reading Iowa Governor Chet Culver's full comments on his state's fair-minded marriage ruling. This is why in their latest anti-equality video,...

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Video: It's NOM's America, we just seek peace within it

The National Organization for Marriage's Iowa strategy: To elect as many like-minded lawmakers as they possibly can, in hopes that a homo-hostile legislature will push for a state where majority tyranny is as valued as the corn. Their first recruit...

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08/06/2009

(D)-Moan, Iowa

Speaking about the Iowa marriage equality ruling, a Family Research Council writer (credited as president Tony Perkins) writes the following: Moreover, the Iowa Supreme Court imposed homosexual marriage against the people's wishes earlier this year in Varnum v. Brien. How...

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05/26/2009

Lest we forget

MASSACHUSETTS MAINE VERMONT CONNECTICUT IOWA and soon, probably... NEW HAMPSHIRE (with NY, NJ, and others in the reasonable future) Prop 8 is a stumble for our side. But time's mere advancement is a crippling fatal blow for our opposition's! WontBackDown.org

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