My beautiful home state of Iowa has an incredible history of supporting and paving the way for equality. Iowa was third to recognize interracial marriage, home to the first state university to offer degrees to men and women equally, second state to prohibit segregated schools, first state to elect a woman (Julia C. Addington) to public office, first state to have a female attorney (Arabella Mansfield), site of the oldest mosque in the United States (Cedar Rapids, holla!), third state to legalize same-sex marriage and home to the nation’s first state university LGBT organization (Iowa City, holla!).
While waiting for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s GOP response to the President’s State of the Union Address to play on Politico’s video player, an ad for Smirnoff Ice played. After watching Ernst’s speech, I realized it wasn’t an ad. It was a recommendation.
This November, all eyes will be focused on the Senate. The Republicans only need to win six seats to take control from the Democratic majority, one of which happens to be in my beautiful home state of Iowa. Unfortunately, the Iowa race also features one of the nation’s most insane candidates: Republican Joni Ernst.
Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley seemingly dislikes any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes. This may explain why the Senator chose to link the Boston Marathon bombings with the latest immigration reform legislation last Friday.