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Here in Iowa we have long suffered from the various hate-droppings of Steve King from the Northwest corner of the state, aka Sweet-cornassippi.  But like a rash his brand of idiocy is spreading through the state GOP.

Iowa Republicans plan to choose another candidate to run in Senate District 34 against Democrat Liz Mathis, after Randi Shannon bailed on the race to pursue leadership in an alternate form of government.

Shannon, who describes herself as an entrepreneur and homeschooling mom, released a four-page message Friday saying she is now the senator of the Republic of the United States of America and the Republic for Iowa.

The group believes that America’s original form of government, a collection of republics, was usurped in 1871 by a corporation called the United States Corporation, according to the group’s website.

According to this group the United States ceased to exist in 1871 when the Supreme Court held territories were not bound by the Constitution unless Congress passed a law saying so.  A dissent written by John Marshall Harlan said Congress couldn’t even do that.   Somehow this decision is the reason these loons “concerned citizen councils” feel the nation has been invalidated.

Oh, that and they think the wrong side won the Civil War.

Such are the sources of candidates the modern Iowa Republican Party recruits.