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DU9598 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:09 AM
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Iowa Senate rejects gay marriage ban
The Iowa Senate - although in republican hands - rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. <http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4780934/2388... >

Three republican's crossed party lines to vote against the ban. Thank you to them.

This election cycle has 18 republicans and only 7 democrats up for reelection in the Iowa Senate. This is our year to take back both houses in Iowa to help our Democratic governor as both houses are nearly equally divided. To help out check out this link: <www.iowasenatemajority.com >

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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:13 AM
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1. Moved
Not an editorial...
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DU9598 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:25 AM
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2. Thanks
Thought it was "other published item". But thanks for not deleting the message.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:26 AM
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3. why is IA the one state that is nearly always sane and sensible?
Edited on Wed Mar-24-04 09:27 AM by bobbieinok
born in and grew up in and now live again in OK

lived 20+ years in IA - a different world

in 88 Pat Robertson was a repub candidate for president - no repug I knew in IA would stoop to vote for him

here in OK I learned that someone who worked where I do took a leave of absence to work on his campaign

I nearly had a heart attack
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:31 AM
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5. Come back to Iowa....
We could use some more good folk here.
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:35 AM
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7. I've lived all over the world, but I miss Iowa the most.
Specifically, Eastern Iowa.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:29 AM
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4. Same with Ky. The Dems blocked it even though they are a minority in
the senate. I know they will pay a heavy price for defying the Republicans, but it is time for the Dems to stand up for our fellow citizens.
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Ficus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:32 AM
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6. victory
Actually Republicans 4 crossed lines. There are only 21 Democrats in the Senate.

and Bolkom stopped the Bike on highways bill too. It was victory all around (except for the HAVA bill last night)

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Ficus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 09:38 AM
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8. Numbers on taking back the Iowa Senate...
Edited on Wed Mar-24-04 09:45 AM by Ficus
This election cycle has 18 republicans and only 7 democrats up for reelection in the Iowa Senate. This is our year to take back both houses in Iowa to help our Democratic governor as both houses are nearly equally divided. To help out check out this link: <www.iowasenatemajority.com >

2004 Election

Republican Senator / Democratic Performance Rating in District
Ken Veenstra 23%
James Seymor 45.5%
Pat Ward 46.1%
Paul McKinley 46.8%
Jeff Angelo 47.10%
Thurman Gaskill 47.65%
Steve Kettering 47.80%
Neal Schuerer (boo hiss) 49.40%
John Putney 50.40%
Larry McKibben 50.5%
Bryan Sievers 50.6%
Dick Drake 51%
Don Redfern 51.1%
Mark Zieman 51.5%
Jerry Behn 52%
Mary Lundby 52.1%
Julie Hosch 52.4%
Kitty Rehberg 53.1%


I see 10 of the 18 have at least 50% Dem performance. If we could pick up 10 seats, and keep at least 6 of the 7 of ours re-elected, we would have the senate. (30-20, instead of 29-21)
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Ficus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 01:49 PM
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9. kick
for human rights.
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 01:51 PM
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10. good
If Iowa's Republican Senate kills this, I have no doubt our DFL Senate will if the same proposal which has been proposed here makes it to the floor.
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sangh0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 01:51 PM
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11. GOP Gene Discovered
http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&c2co...

Scientists in the current issue of the journal NURTURE announced the
discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically
determined. This caused uproar among
traditionalists who believe it is a chosen lifestyle. Reports of the
gene coding for political conservatism, discovered after a decades
long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA, has sent shock waves
through the medical, political, and golfing communities.

Psychologists and psychoanalysts have long believed that Republicans'
unnatural disregard for the poor and frequently unconstitutional
tendencies resulted from dysfunctional family dynamics-a remarkably
high percentage of Republicans do
have authoritarian domineering fathers and emotionally distant mothers
who didn't teach them how to be kind and gentle.

Biologists have long suspected that conservatism is inherited. "After
all," said one author of the NURTURE article, "It's quite common for a
Republican to have a brother or sister who is a Republican." The
finding has been greeted with relief by Parents and Friends of
Republicans (PFREP), who sometimes blame themselves for the political
views of otherwise lovable children, family, and un-indicted
co-conspirators.

One mother, a longtime Democrat, wept and clapped her hands in ecstasy
on hearing of the findings."I just knew it was genetic," she said,
seated with her two sons, both avowed Republicans. "My boys would
never freely choose that lifestyle!" When asked what the Republican
lifestyle was, she said, "You can just tell watching their conventions
in Houston and San Diego On TV: the flaming xenophobia, flamboyant
demagogy, disdain for anyone not rich, you know." Both sons had
suspected their Republicanism from an early age but did not confirm it
until they were in college, when they became convinced it wasn't just
a phase they were going through.

The NURTURE article offered no response to the suggestion that the
high incidence of Republicanism among siblings could result from
sharing not only genes but also psychological and emotional attitude
as products of the same parents and family dynamics.

A remaining mystery is why many Democrats admit to having voted
Republican at least once-or often dream or fantasize about doing so.
Polls show that three out of five adult Democrats have had a
Republican experience, although most outgrow teenage experimentation
with Republicanism.

Some Republicans hail the findings as a step toward eliminating
conservophobia. They argue that since Republicans didn't "choose"
their lifestyle any more than someone "chooses" to have a ski-jump
nose, they shouldn't be denied civil rights, which other minorities
enjoy.

If conservatism is not the result of stinginess or orneriness (typical
stereotypes attributed to Republicans) but is something Republicans
can't help, there's no reason why society shouldn't tolerate
Republicans in the military or even high elected office- provided they
don't flaunt their political beliefs.

For many Americans, the discovery opens a window on a different
future. In a few years, gene therapy might eradicate Republicanism
altogether.

But should they be allowed to marry...?
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 01:54 PM
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12. excellent
Edited on Wed Mar-24-04 01:54 PM by goodhue
I hope the MN Senate follows suit but I fear it is very much up in the air. Big pro-GLBT protest tomorrow at noon in capitol rotunda.
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Ficus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 04:11 PM
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13. Though i don't like him a whole lot...
it's good to have seen Jesse Ventura on the right side of this one. Being a liberatarian, I can at least agree with him 50% of the time more than I can agree with the GOP.
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