The ISBA’s Fair and Impartial Courts Committee’s action plan to defend all judges and justices who stand for retention in November was approved by the ISBA Board of Governors at its quarterly meeting Monday, and is being implemented immediately. To be successful, however, the plan needs help from all members.
The approved action plan consists of a 'Yes Iowa Judges' tour to the same cities as those identified by the Family Leader organization led by Bob Vander Plaats, a postcard mailing campaign, a bumper/window sticker campaign and speaking engagements with civic and religious groups.
Jeff Eckhoff of the Des Moines Register says the current version of the No Wiggins bus tour (listed below) will be the same for the lawyers’ tour. The Bar Association, which will also spend Friday in Ames (9 a.m.) and Iowa City (1 p.m.), has promised to tell the news media about its specific parking spaces a few hours before each stop.
Go here to verify times and locations of Iowa State Bar Association bus tour, listed below the NO ON WIGGINS TOUR.
NO ON WIGGINS TOUR:
Monday, Sept. 24
9:00 AM Des Moines, Iowa State Capitol, 400 Finkbine Dr.
11:00 AM Pella, Central Park, 720 Franklin Dr.
12:45 PM Ottumwa, Teal Drive off Wapello Street
3:00 PM Burlington, Port of Burlington Visitors Center, 400 N. Front St.
4:45 PM Muscatine, Riverside Park, Harbor Dr.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
9:30 AM Davenport, Living Water Family Church, 4706 NW Blvd.
11:45 AM Cedar Rapids
2:00 PM Dubuque, Washington Park, 351 W. 6th St.
4:30 PM Cedar Falls, PIPAC Centre, 1521 Technology Parkway
Wednesday, Sept. 26
9:30 AM Mason City, Central Park, 10 1st St. SW
12:15 PM Marshalltown, Susie Sower park, 60 N 2nd Avenue
2:45 PM Fort Dodge, City Square Park, 120 N. 5th street
4:45 PM Carroll, Southside Park, Bluff & Main St.
Thursday, Sept. 27th
9:30 AM Council Bluffs, Bayliss Park, 121 S. 6th St.
11:45 AM Sioux City, Sergeant Floyd Monument, 2701 S. Lewis Blvd.
2:30 PM Spencer, East Leach Park, Campground Entrance, 305 4th Street SE
4:30 PM Orange City, Windmill Square at 250 Central Ave NW
(Exact locations and specific times to be added as they become available)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Des Moines (west side of the State Capitol) - 9:00 a.m.
Pella (Central Park, 720 Franklin Drive) - 11:00 a.m.
Ottumwa (Ottumwa Park, Teal Drive off of Wapello Street) - 12:45 a.m.
Burlington (Port of Burlington Visitor Center, 400 N. Front Street) - 3:00 p.m.
Muscatine (Riverside Park on Harbor Drive) - 4:45 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Davenport (Scott County Courthouse) - 9:30 a.m.
Cedar Rapids (Greene Square Park, 400 4th Avenue SE) - 11:45 a.m.
Dubuque (Washington Park, 351 W. 6th Street) - 2:00 p.m.
Cedar Falls (Location TBA) - 4:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Mason City (Location TBA) - 9:30 a.m.
Marshalltown (Location TBA) - 12:15 p.m.
Fort Dodge (Location TBA) - 2:45 p.m.
Carroll (Location TBA) - 4:45 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Council Bluffs (Location TBA) - 9:30 a.m.
Sioux City (Location TBA) - 11:45 p.m.
Spencer (Location TBA) - 2:30 p.m.
Orange City (Location TBA) - 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Ames (Location TBA) - 9:00 a.m.
Iowa City (Location TBA) - 1:00 p.m.
Jeremy Hooper, at GoodAsYou, has published the genealogy of Iowans For Freedom's YouTube smear against Justice Wiggins, which AKSARBENT deconstructed in a video of our own.
It all started back in February of last year, when National Review Online's Gary Marx posted a chopped up clip of Wiggins' remarks that ended immediately after the quote in question. Groups like the National Organization For Marriage then picked up on it, running the same truncated clip. And so true to the far-right's typical game of telephone, the spin became the "truth."