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Defiance and Retaliation

Christopher Godfrey was under the impression that six years equaled 72 months, 313 weeks or 2,191 days—the February 29 quadrennial included. The former Iowa workers compensation commissioner’s concept of time, it turned out, differed significantly from that of Governor Terry Branstad, who was elected in 2010.

A month before taking office, Branstad, a Republican who had also been governor from 1983 to 1999, requested the resignations of Godfrey and 29 other department heads appointed by his predecessor, Democrat Chet Culver. At the time, a Branstad spokesman called the policy consistent with requests made by other incoming governors.

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We May Be Winning—But We Have Not Won

by Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa

SCOTUSAs we celebrate recent decisions by the courts paving the way for marriage equality across the nation, we cannot ignore those who continue to oppose marriage equality.

We saw a great deal of public discourse after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to intervene in any of the same-sex marriage cases presented to it this term. This “non-decision” by the court effectively legalized marriage equality in five more states and helped pave the way for marriage in several others.

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