What's on your mind, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. After the jump I've posted a new editorial from The FAMiLY Leader's Bob Vander Plaats. As you can imagine, he's upset about "Republican elites" pushing for acceptance of LGBT civil marriage rights.
Vander Plaats has made a pretty good living off the culture wars, but he hasn't done as well as National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown. The pro-LGBT equality group Rights Equal Rights issued a press release today highlighting details from NOM's 2011 tax return (pdf). Notably, Brian Brown made over $500,000 dollars: $230,000 for working full-time at NOM's political operation, and $230,000 from NOM's Educational Fund "where he claimed to work another 40 hours per week," plus $47,000 in benefits.
Speaking of the "traditional marriage" crowd, Mark Doland has a slim edge over former State Senator Tom Rielly in Tuesday's special election for Mahaska County supervisor. Rielly posted on Facebook that as of Tuesday night, Doland led by 1391 votes to 1375. Some provisional ballots and late-arriving absentees had not yet been counted.
Doland used to be a staffer for the Iowa Family Policy Center and worked closely with Vander Plaats during the 2010 campaign to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices. He now serves on the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee. Rielly, a Democrat, was mayor of Oskaloosa before serving two terms in the Iowa Senate. He retired last year after Iowa's new map removed Grinnell from his district and added heavily Republican areas such as Pella. Republican Ken Rozenboom was elected in the new Senate district 40, forcing the special election for his Mahaska County supervisor seat.
Interestingly, Rozenboom endorsed Rielly for county supervisor, even though his fellow Republican Doland had stood aside for him in Iowa Senate district 40. UPDATE: Rielly conceded defeat by 21 votes on February 4. Republicans won't soon forget that Rozenboom preferred a Democrat for this supervisor's seat.