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    kj in missouri, neroden, pico, operculum

    Iowa does not appoint judges by the governor, exactly. He gets the final decision from a list that is provided to him by a non-partisan board.

    Up until this year, the non-partisanship was sacrosanct for the Iowa judicial system. But money entered the picture in order for the gay hatred people to get their way.

    The judges decided that as non-partisan judges that they would not spend money to fight for their retention. It was totally left up to groups like One Iowa to fight this for them. I understand their position, but I think it cost them.

    And really, it's not just the retention vote that causes my concern as an Iowan, but also the fact that the Republicans took control of the Iowa statehouse and the governor. The Republicans can now introduce legislation to have a ballot question on whether the Iowa constitution can be modified to outlaw gay marriage. This is a F'ing big deal, and every Iowan who didn't vote but doesn't want to see the gay marriage overturned bears responsibility for what happened. Elections have consequences, and Iowa gays are going to have to pay for those consequences in a big way.

    dermatomyositis - when dermatitis or myositis just isn't enough by itself.

    by glendaw271 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 04:13:19 AM PDT

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    •  They took control of the Iowa House (4+ / 0-)

      The Iowa state senate still plays a role in approving proposed constitutional amendments, no? So if the Iowa Democratic Party is worth anything, it will prevent the issue from moving forward.  

      Of course, I would not rely on that. And I am aware of the role of the nonpartisan judicial commission.  My point was that they could begin their vetting process as early as November 29, and the outgoing Democratic governor could be given nominations to approve before he leaves office in mid-January.  Additionally, and this should really be emphasized, nothing guarantees any change in the ideological orientation of the new incoming justices, compared to their predecessors.  The process is relatively insulated from partisan politics.  

      It remains to be seen whether gays in Iowa will face any reprecussions at all for Tuesday's vote.  I am guessing, on marriage, that they probably will not.  

      "All along the watchtower, princes kept the view..."

      by Alec82 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 04:35:09 AM PDT

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    •  Plus the lesson for other states' judges (2+ / 0-)
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      which do NOT have the IA system is clear enough.  At least IA has a merit system that somewhat insulates from politics.  Any judge in Illinois with ambitions has to be elected.   Plus, states do from time to time get GOP governors.

      Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

      by Inland on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:03:16 AM PDT

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