Pella Chronicle

Local News

September 24, 2012

Bus tours offer different views on retention

Pella — Two buses rolled into Pella this morning, each with its own ideas regaring why voters should or should not vote to retain Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins in November. 

Wiggins is the only justice of the four remaining on the court who unanimously struck down Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Three other justices who agreed with the decision were not retained in 2010. The other three who were on that court are not up for retention. Wiggins is joined on the ballot this year by three justices appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad in 2011. 

Rolling onto the Pella square first was the big, red "No Wiggins" bus, sponsored by Bob Vander Plaats and Rick Santorum's Patriot Voices organization. They spoke to a crowd between 40-50 people.

On the other side of the Tulip Toren was a group of Central College students, all of whom said they were Iowa natives. They believe same-sex marriage should be legal. As the "No Wiggins" speakers began to address their crowd, the protestors were joined by a smaller bus with representatives from the Iowa State Bar Association. The representatives of the Bar waited to speak until the Vander Plaats crew had finished.

Tamara Scott, Iowa's representative to the Republican National Committee, told the crowd that Wiggins received a 63 percent approval rating from his peers. She believes this is one reason why he should not be retained.

"This is not the 'B' team, this is the Iowa Supreme Court," Scott said. A report on the Iowa State Bar web page (http://www.iowabar.org/associations/4664/files/2012%20Judicial%20Review%20SC.pdf) confirms this about Wiggins. The other three justices up for retention received scores over 90 percent. 

Vander Plaats focused on Wiggins' vote in the case that ruled DOMA unconstitutional. He believes gay marriage violates natural law, thus violates American law.

Text Only
Local News
  • 93.jpg Pella Community Calendar of Events

    April 24 - May 4

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Change order approved for the Pella Sports Park A resolution approving Change Order #2 in the amount of $47,604 with Todd Hackett Construction Co. for the Pella Sports Park was approved last week by council. Listed below is a summary of the change order: Change Order Summary 1. Warning Track & Fou

    April 24, 2014

  • Parks photo1 The tulips are blooming ... As of this writing, on the south side of the Information Windmill in Central Plaza there are a few yellow tulips that have bloomed. And I have it on good authority that with the warmer temperatures (especially the overnight temperatures) this week th

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pella Farmer's Market ready to go in 2014 For 2014, the Pella Farmer's Market would like to continue holding the Farmer's Market in the parking area at First Reformed Church, 603 Broadway on Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. The Market is scheduled to run from April 24 - October with no event held the

    April 24, 2014

  • Trail photo New section of the Volksweg now open The 1.25 mile newly constructed section of the paved Volksweg Trail between Fifield Recreation Area and the new Robert's Creek Trailhead has been opened. The new section of The Robert's Creek Trailhead has additional work to be completed before it ca

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historic Preservation Committee During last week's regular meeting, the Pella City Council approved an ad hoc Historic Preservation Committee. At the February 18, 2014 City Council meeting, the Pella Historic Trust presented a proposal for consideration of the establishment of a hi

    April 24, 2014

  • Tulip Time schedule

    Tulip Time is just around the corner. Here's the complete schedule for events.

    April 23, 2014

  • Central College hosts STEM fest and town hall meeting with lieutenant governor

    April 22, 2014

  • Store front compressed.jpg The Mango Tree opens tomorrow in Pella

     Located at 720 Main St.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0422 Eagle photo On a wing and a prayer

    LAKE RED ROCK — Protective gloves aren’t uncommon when dealing with a sick patient, though they’re not usually heavy, leather welder’s gloves. But, then, the patient usually doesn’t have toenails designed to puncture flesh. Or a sharp beak. Diane Mas

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo