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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Culver, Harkin react to Iowa Supreme Court decision

By Lynda Waddington | 04.03.09 | 10:04 am

The following statement was released this morning by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver in response to the Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalizes gay marriage:

“The decision released this morning by Supreme Court addresses a complicated and emotional issue, one on which Iowans have strong views and opinions on both sides. The next responsible step is to thoroughly review this decision, which I am doing with my legal counsel and the Attorney General, before reacting to what it means for Iowa.”

Culver had said in January 2008 that if the Supreme Court ruled against marriage being only between one man and one woman, that he would call a special session to “deal with it.” The legislature is currently finishing up the final days of its 2009 session.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, responded to the ruling with his own statement:

“My personal view has been that marriage is between a man and a woman, and I have voted in support of that concept. But I also fundamentally believe that same sex couples in a civil union should be entitled to all the basic legal protections and benefits of marriage. The Court found that it is necessary to afford same sex couples the ability to marry in order to allow them those legal protections and benefits. I will respect and support that decision and I hope that other Iowans can do the same. I know that this decision will be very hard for many to accept but I also know that it will provide many committed same sex couples and families important rights, as well as an important sense of recognition and belonging.”

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Comments

  • prsteve11

    Senator Harkin shows what an out-of-touch liberal he really is! Translation: 'I know you don't like it, Iowa, but that's just tough'. That is the wrong response. Put it to the voters with all alacrity!

    • slincoln

      I know. Just like all the other times that Iowa was progressive in it's court decisions, the people didn't like it, and people freaked out. Then those people ended up being shamed by history as they stood on the wrong side of it. Good luck with that, Steve!

  • couchand

    Eh Steve! Way to show your ignorance.

    Harkin shows what an out-of-touch politician he really is making the distinction between marriage and civil unions. If you support civil rights to all, you cannot oppose same-sex marriage. It is fundamentally unethical.

    • slincoln

      Not likely. I'm sure Mr Steve just soaks in his white, heterosexual, christian privilege each and every day, without a care in the world for what it means to have the rights that he does. He's in such a hurry to judge and demonize others, that he forgets that by his very actions turning into public policy, he is allowing the same thing to happen to him. The story of the lemmings is a sad one, indeed.

  • http://www.tips-Q.com DavidHart

    >> Put it to the voters with all alacrity!

    The protection of a minority does NOT require the consent of the majority. Had desegregation been put to the voters of Mississippi, how do you think that would have worked out?

    • slincoln

      It would not have worked out well. During both the interracial marriage ban rulings and the school segregation rulings by the US Supreme Court, public opinion was overwhelmingly against equality. Within decades, we viewed such ignorance and intolerance as shameful. It's just a question of whether or not you want to think for yourself and follow in Christ's footsteps on civil rights, or if you want to use the christian faith in vain.

      Just remember – W.W.J.D. (Who would Jesus demonize)? Great question, indeed.

  • slincoln

    I know. Just like all the other times that Iowa was progressive in it's court decisions, the people didn't like it, and people freaked out. Then those people ended up being shamed by history as they stood on the wrong side of it. Good luck with that, Steve!

  • slincoln

    Not likely. I'm sure Mr Steve just soaks in his white, heterosexual, christian privilege each and every day, without a care in the world for what it means to have the rights that he does. He's in such a hurry to judge and demonize others, that he forgets that by his very actions turning into public policy, he is allowing the same thing to happen to him. The story of the lemmings is a sad one, indeed.

  • slincoln

    It would not have worked out well. During both the interracial marriage ban rulings and the school segregation rulings by the US Supreme Court, public opinion was overwhelmingly against equality. Within decades, we viewed such ignorance and intolerance as shameful. It's just a question of whether or not you want to think for yourself and follow in Christ's footsteps on civil rights, or if you want to use the christian faith in vain.

    Just remember – W.W.J.D. (Who would Jesus demonize)? Great question, indeed.

  • slincoln

    I know. Just like all the other times that Iowa was progressive in it's court decisions, the people didn't like it, and people freaked out. Then those people ended up being shamed by history as they stood on the wrong side of it. Good luck with that, Steve!

  • slincoln

    Not likely. I'm sure Mr Steve just soaks in his white, heterosexual, christian privilege each and every day, without a care in the world for what it means to have the rights that he does. He's in such a hurry to judge and demonize others, that he forgets that by his very actions turning into public policy, he is allowing the same thing to happen to him. The story of the lemmings is a sad one, indeed.

  • slincoln

    It would not have worked out well. During both the interracial marriage ban rulings and the school segregation rulings by the US Supreme Court, public opinion was overwhelmingly against equality. Within decades, we viewed such ignorance and intolerance as shameful. It's just a question of whether or not you want to think for yourself and follow in Christ's footsteps on civil rights, or if you want to use the christian faith in vain.

    Just remember – W.W.J.D. (Who would Jesus demonize)? Great question, indeed.

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