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November 03, 2010



As I digest the news, I'm beginning to think maybe it wasn't so remarkable, and certainly wasn't a referendum on same-sex marriage in Iowa. In a typical Iowa election, judges routinely get a ~30% "no" vote, presumably from folks who are upset about something the legal system did to them, or who just like to vote against authority. So all the Vander Plaats crowd really did was get a win 20% on a "family values" issue in a huge conservative turnout year. And they outspent the other side $1 million to ZERO (the justices refused to campaign). To me, that seems far from remarkable.

Tom Snee

There were also 130,000 people who voted in the election but left the justice retention portion of the ballot blank. I'd like to think that if there had been a campaign--whether by the justices or some advocacy group--then enough of those 130,000 would have turned the ballot over and voted in favor of retention that the justices would still be on the bench and Iowans wouldn't look like a bunch of reactionary asshats.


However, the voters of Iowa had another method of redress and they certainly exercised it by not retaining those judges.

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