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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5: Iowa House Republicans

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Ever since the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous 2009 ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Iowa conservatives have worked tirelessly to undo the decision. With no legal leg to stand on, right-wing activists have turned to the political system, successfully removing three of the seven justices through ballot challenges, then unsuccessfully trying to pressure the rest to resign, or impeach them.

With those efforts failing, Republicans in Iowa’s state legislature have come up with a new plan: cutting their pay until they quit.

The Iowa City Gazette reports that the right-wingers’ amendment to House File 120 would lower the salaries of the four justices who were part of the decision legalizing same-sex marriage, while leaving the salaries of the other three unchanged.

“It’s not the merits of what they said in that decision,” Rep. Dwayne Alons told the Gazette, presumably with a straight face. Rather, he’s just trying to stop “an encroaching wave” of judicial decisions with which he disagrees.

“It’s our responsibility to maintain the balance of power,” Rep. Tom Shaw concurred, doubtless without any sense of irony.

If the amendment to scale justices’ salaries based on their perceived liberalism somehow passes through the House, it will almost certainly be swiftly struck down by the same court system it targets.