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Democrats and liberals can claim some significant victories in Ohio, Mississippi and elsewhere after the Nov. 8 elections, political watchers say, but the message overall was a mixed one as Republicans saw some victories as well.
Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley is stepping down from GOP leadership and won’t seek re-election to a fourth term. Senate Republicans are expected to elect new leadership at a Nov. 10 meeting.
The Governor’s Office has argued political contributions shouldn’t be a consideration for appointments, but one Iowa senator notes his concern of an ongoing pattern and hopes transparency will be a priority.
Panelists in Des Moines warned that a coordinated attack against the judicial branch is underway in Iowa and across the nation that threatens much more than civil marriage rights.
Legislators and social conservative activists misused the state’s judicial retention elections in order to attack judges that upheld the rights of same-sex couples, several people familiar with the process say, and are now misusing the another process by pushing to impeach other judges from the bench.
Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson says he’s not turning back and that he plans to “blast” his way through the controversy surrounding his and the Iowa Supreme Court’s decisions regarding same-sex marriage.
Communication and education will likely be key to defending Iowa’s merit selection judicial nominating process and avoiding judges being voted out of office for political reasons in the future, several people familiar with the issue say.
Gov. Terry Branstad’s appointees to two state economic development boards – and their companies’ political committees – contributed more than $216,000 to his 2010 campaign.