Get your face on TV and write a book: Check. Start meeting the big money people: Check. Visit Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina - Israel, too: Check.
Deny any of this has to do with running for president: Check.
For politicians planning or tempted to run for the presidency in 2016, the to-do list is formidable. What’s striking is how methodically most of them are plowing through it while they pretend nothing of the sort is going on.
Somehow, it has been decreed that politicians who fancy themselves presidential timber must wear a veil concealing the nakedness of their ambition. They must let the contours show through, however - more and more over time - while hoping everyone doesn’t tire of the tease.
At issue in the prison proceeding is a recorded jailhouse phone call that Dave Leach, an abortion opponent from Des Moines, Iowa, posted on YouTube in April. In it, Leach is heard saying that if someone shot the new abortion provider like Roeder shot Tiller, it would be “a blessing to the babies.” He called reopening the clinic where Tiller practiced “a gauntlet thrown down, by someone who wants a fight.”
Roeder laughed and agreed with Leach, calling the clinic’s reopening “death-defying.”
“To walk in there and reopen a clinic, a murder mill where a man was stopped, it’s almost like putting a target on your back - saying, ‘Well, let’s see if you can shoot me,’ ” Roeder said on the recording.
Julie Burkhart, executive director of the abortion rights group Trust Women, opened in April Wichita’s first abortion clinic since Tiller’s slaying nearly four years earlier. The South Wind Women’s Center provides abortions and other medical services in the old building that once housed Tiller’s clinic.
And the Republican field is likely to keep growing: state Sen. Joni Ernst, Secretary of State Matt Schultz and Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker have expressed interest in the race. Mark Jacobs, a wealthy former oil executive who heads an education nonprofit, has also popped up at local GOP events in recent weeks and met with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Democrats, meanwhile, have closed ranks around a single candidate: fourth-term Congressman Bruce Braley, who raised over $1 million for his campaign in the first quarter of the year.
Republicans fear that a messy primary season will allow Braley to continue stockpiling cash while the eventual GOP nominee must spend down resources and run to the right in order to claim the party’s nomination.
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that when a woman in a same-sex marriage gives birth to a child, her spouse should be listed as the other parent. The case involved Heather Martin Gartner, who gave birth to her daughter Mackenzie in 2009, but was told her wife Melissa would have to go through the costly process of adoption to be recognized as Mackenzie’s other parent.
At issue is that the language in Iowa’s laws about presumption of parentage are gendered (husband, father, paternity). However, the Court pointed out that the law does assume that the husband of a mother is the father — in fact, if a woman in an opposite-sex marriage were to use an anonymous sperm donor, the state would not even know when it determines her husband to be the father. Thus, the same standard should apply to lesbian couples under the Iowa Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection — the same guarantee the Court used to rule for marriage equality in 2009:
It is important for our laws to recognize that married lesbian couples who have children enjoy the same benefits and burdens as married opposite-sex couples who have children. By naming the nonbirthing spouse on the birth certificate of a married lesbian couple’s child, the child is ensured support from that parent and the parent establishes fundamental legal rights at the moment of birth. Therefore, the only explanation for not listing the nonbirthing lesbian spouse on the birth certificate is stereotype or prejudice. The exclusion of the nonbirthing spouse on the birth certificate of a child born to a married lesbian couple is not substantially related to the objective of establishing parentage.
She worked for him for ten years, his wife decided they might some day think of having an affair and he fired her.
So far, the courts think he can do that.
I think this dentist needs to grow a spine, his wife needs to work on her insecurity and they should get professional relationship help, not from the pastor who advised the man to fire a good worker.
It’s incidents like these that make me roll my eyes when people talk about ‘hard work’. There are often far more important thing than the quality of your work when your employer decides you have to go.
Gay-rights advocates scored a major and unprecedented victory at the polls yesterday as voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved same-sex marriage. In Minnesota they defeated a proposed constitutional amendment, modeled on federal law, that would have banned same-sex marriage in the state.
With that, nine states—Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington—and the District of Columbia—have solidly approved same-sex marriage. Another 12 states permit ‘domestic partnerships’ or ‘civil unions,’ which provide varying degrees of rights. (The laws in New Jersey, California and Oregon give same-sex couples virtually all the state law rights opposite-sex married couples have.)
A democratic HQ in Iowa was vandalized. An Obama banner was tagged with “Muslim Lier’. Yes, that is how it was spelled. Where is the outrage from non-racist republicans, moderates, etc? How can anybody side with these creeps?
Sorry to link from HuffPo- I tried to link from the original paper in Iowa but it requests log-in info. This seems to be very well suppressed in today’s media. Shocker.
Tea Partyers and conservatives have set their sights on (what they might call) “liberal activist judges” who are up for review at the state level.
Certain states have what’s called “merit retention,” where voters can decide whether to keep or chuck the justices at the end of their terms. In some of those states, right-wing groups have been campaigning against the judges who didn’t quite vote their way.
In 2010, anti-gay group Iowans for Freedom poured money into a campaign to get rid of three Iowa Supreme Court justices. Other groups like the National Organization for Marriage were also heavily involved. The reason? Those judges, along with four others, had unanimously voted to strike down the state’s ban on gay marriage. They were successful. All three judges lost their seats.
This year, one of the remaining four judges, David Wiggins, has reached the end of his term, and faces opposition from the right.
Bob Vander Plaats, the conservative operative who helped spearhead the campaign in 2010, heads up Iowans for Freedom, which has been running a “No Wiggins” bus campaign across the state. A rival bus campaign has been touring in support of Wiggins — but Vander Plaats has managed to bring out Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal to boost opposition. “Even if you don’t agree with my views on marriage, think of an unelected judiciary running roughshod over the Constitution,” Santorum said Monday.
Our story begins near Prairie City, Iowa, in the fields of Gordon Wassenaar, who has been coaxing food out of some of the world’s richest earth for 57 years. Normally, Mr. Wassenaar is able to harvest about 200 bushels of corn per acre from his land - bin-bursting crops that are sent off to feed people in places as disparate as Michigan and Malawi.
Not this year.
As he walks the 1,500 acres that he farms, Wassenaar occasionally pauses to finger a stalk and peel back the husk, revealing corn that is shriveled and stunted. He figures that the headstrong drought of 2012 will cost him about 40 percent of his harvest.
“It’s not that we’re gonna go out of business overnight,” he says. “But what we’re worried about is next year. We’ve got to get some moisture.”
The lean yields on Wassenaar’s land, and those of other grain farmers across America’s Great Breadbasket, are ricocheting around the world, from Guatemala, to Indonesia, to China. One of the worst droughts in a half century - Wassenaar says it’s the most severe he’s seen since the year he began farming, in 1955 - is raising prices for some of the world’s most important foodstuffs.
The effects are being exacerbated by churlish weather in other parts of the world - notably in the big wheat-producing areas of Russia, Ukraine, and other countries that hug the Black Sea, where a more moderate drought has hit, as well as in Australia, the globe’s No. 2 wheat exporter, where below-average rainfall is expected to reduce the November harvest by more than 10 percent.
As the impact of the droughts works through the global food system, an urgent question looms: How hard are people being squeezed - and will it lead to possible social unrest?