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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!

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