Rural Iowa is never going to vote Democrat, so the legislature will never change. We are stuck with her until the term is over, and by then everyone’s collective ADHD will have long forgotten about how badly she shit the bed during this crisis.The crisis doesn’t need to be over to be totally forgotten. Look around, many Iowans are already acting like there is no pandemic. And how long, Kim Reaper Iowa Governor T-Shirt at the minimum, would that take? If it happened at all? People will die of preventable causes in that time period and regardless of the outcome we will never get them back. A legislature and senate motivated to do so could quickly make some major differences especially if they could override a veto (that may be wishful thinking). The emergency powers the governor has are statutory (meaning created and modifiable by the legislature).
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On Impeachment… by the letter of the law I think it could be done in one day. As with the federal government the Iowa constitution gives the legislature the sole power of impeachment and the senate the power to try impeachments. Like the federal government there is no language on any required process for this so a single vote in the legislature and a single vote in the senate in an afternoon could meet the requirements and immediately remove a governor. Kim Reaper Iowa Governor T-Shirt Political realities mean that this wouldn’t happen that quickly as they would want to have hearings and a trial but even then it could be done in a week (especially if you use the GOP impeachment trial handbook and simply don’t allow any witnesses) Right, but 1.
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It’s not going to happen now given the Republican control of Iowa’s Senate and House, and 2. Replacing any (not all) of the governor yes-men in the Iowa legislature would in all likelihood require waiting for the November 3rd election, which is 95 days from now. 95 days is a ton of time from an epidemiological perspective, especially when our country AND our state are leading the pack at deliberately increasing transmission rates. I get that what you’re saying is correct on paper, but with lawmakers who haven’t done anything thus far to counteract the second spike I’m not going to place blind faith in their dedication to the safety of their constituents. Many more will die. Kim Reaper Iowa Governor T-Shirt Our state’s economy will be further devastated. The question is will people remember or will they go straight back to voting for the people willing to kill them for their own self interest.