Skip to main content

We have a new government kids! Did you know? I sure didn't...

Turns out that the Republican candidate for Iowa State Senate in the 34th district "has ended her campaign and instead declared herself a U.S. Senator for the state of Iowa." per a blog posting on the Des Moines Register.

Eastern Iowa state Senate candidate drops bid; says she has been appointed ‘Republic’ Senator instead

Wait... what?

In a letter dated July 4, the candidate, Randi Shannon of Coralville, argued that the legitimate federal government of the United States was replaced by illegitimate “corporate” government in 1871 and has been operating since then in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Huh... Imagine that.
Dropping her bid for state office was a rejection of that illegitimate government. Now, she said she has been appointed to serve as a U.S. senator in the recently revived and constitutionally legitimate Republic of the United States of America. She was placed in the office, she said, by Iowa’s four U.S. House members in the “Republic” government.
Well there you go!

Now this is good news for the Democratic candidate, Liz Mathis who won the special election held November 8, 2011 to fill the seat of Swati Dandekar, a Marion Democrat who resigned her Iowa Senate seat to take a post on the Iowa Utilities Board.

When Liz won her seat in the special election it kept the one seat lead held by Democrats in the Senate. This was important because the Republicans were very eager to amend the state constitution and overturn marriage equality. Here is video of an impassioned Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal blocking the proposed amendment.

Here is a link to a diary I wrote during the special election asking for support for Liz:

NOM Invades my Hometown - Iowa Marriage Equality Hangs in the Balance

Very pleased tonight by this news of the Republican candidate getting the cray cray and dropping out. Very pleased!

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site