Iowa just held its Republican Primary to ring in the New Year, which means two things: It’s officially election season from now through Nov. 6, and the opinions of Iowans no longer matter. Much was made about the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which, according to the court’s interpretation of the First Amendment, means the government can’t limit spending on elections by companies and nonprofits. A battle is now being fought at the local level in Milpitas, where community activist Ed Riffle is challenging the constitutionality of a new ordinance passed by the City Council that limits campaign contributions to $500 per election. In an email Riffle was circulating before a Jan. 3 council meeting, he attached the supporting analysis of John Eastman, a former dean at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, Calif. Eastman says in a letter to the council that he has challenged other cities with similar ordinances, and according to Chapman law school’s Wikipedia page, he also spends his free time fighting the legalization of same-sex marriage. Riffle argues that campaign limits protect incumbents, and Debbie Giordano was the lone member of the Milpitas council to support this take. Of course, Giordano isn’t too keen on some of her colleagues, like Mayor Jose Esteves. For now, the battle between those two is on hold as Patricia Lucas, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, denied Giordano’s petition for emergency consideration of the release of security camera videos and key card security logs at the Milpitas City Hall for Esteves and Councilmember Armando Gomez.