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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bleeding Heartland: Iowa Republicans are itching for a culture war

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The Iowa legislature just began what is supposed to be its shortest regular session since the 1970s. Big issues need to be resolved, including a government reorganization, a rethink of state tax credits, and a budget that preserves as much money as possible for key priorities (education, health care, public safety) despite declining state revenues. Iowa Republicans will weigh in on fiscal issues but are already trying to put Democrats on the defensive regarding the classic "culture war" issues: God, gays and guns. This post covers the latest Republican effort to score political points in God's name. On Saturday State Representative Dawn Pettengill posted this complaint to her Twitter feed: The 1st two times I said the oath of office, "SO HELP ME GOD" was there & now it isn't. Kevlar on, loins girded & reporting for duty, God!" It took me about 30 seconds to find the relevant passage in the state constitution.

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