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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.

King fears Iowa to become ‘gay marriage Mecca’

By Jason Hancock | 04.03.09 | 11:07 am

The Iowa General Assembly should act quickly to not only pass a Constitutional amendment nullifying the Supreme Court’s ruling, but should also pass a marriage license residency requirement so that Iowa “does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court’s latest experiment in social engineering,” Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said today in a statement.

Iowa marriage law currently has no residency requirement, which opponents fear will mean same-sex couples from around the country will come to Iowa to be legally married in order to return home and challenge their state’s marriage laws.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling overturning a ban on same-sex marriage is “unconstitutional” and “another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends,” King said.

Below is the full text of King’s statement:

“This is an unconstitutional ruling and another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends. Iowa law says that marriage is between one man and one woman. If judges believe the Iowa legislature should grant same sex marriage, they should resign from their positions and run for office, not legislate from the bench.

“Now it is the Iowa legislature’s responsibility to pass the Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman, to give the power that the Supreme Court has arrogated to itself back to the people of Iowa. Along with a constitutional amendment, the legislature must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court’s latest experiment in social engineering.”

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Comments

  • couchand

    Brilliant. More proof that Steve King > God.

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    Steve King obviously doesn't understand the words “Liberty, justice, and equality for all”.

    • Peggy2

      Equality, aaglaas? When can we expect you to slither in from Seattle to push for motherhood for men?

      • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

        :-) Probably when you slither out of your ignorant den of hatred and bigotry.

        • Peggy2

          Oooh, hatred and bigotry??? There's some new buzzwords to advance the cause!

          If this issue is so important to you – you also commented on the Sioux City Journal blogs a few months back – why isn't there same sex marriage in Washington?

          In other words, butt out of our state's legislation.

          • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

            Thankfully the fact that people like you even exist in the 21st century are enough to advance our cause. :-) I don't need to butt out of your state's legislation. Your Supreme Court has already accomplished what we wanted, and this is a national issue anyway, so I'll comment wherever I please. Basically you're like the people who discriminated against blacks in the past. You're just going to have to get used to the idea that you no longer will be able to meddle in other American citizen's love lives and will have to focus on your own.

          • dakothageo

            aaglass, the sad situation is that most nosey Iowans have such boring lives that anything is better than what they are forced to live with. Having lived in Iowa for a time in the 60s-70s, I found it was akin to waking up every morning in the Hudson Valley with Rip Van Winkle as a neighbor… only he never woke up. Iowa is finally moving in the right direction and I propose that the more years that flow by, the less the same-sex marriage story will arise. They'll make it.

          • dakothageo

            Based on the speed of enlightenment, Washington state will have same-sex marriage soon enough. Washington DC already has it and I'm sure they'll be left behind in the dust of other states concuring as time goes on. Not to worry though..it won't affect you. Unless… you let it.

      • dakothageo

        Errrrrrrrrrr….you ARE behind the times, Peggy2…motherhood for men has already happened…twice! Learn to read more than the Podunk Picayune Rag and quit looking at the pictures… they're only half the story… or less.

  • SmarterThanTheIowaLegislature

    Way to go Steve! Obviously protecting Iowa from the homo menace is a more noble and worthy pursuit than doing nothing and letting MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FLOW INTO THE STATE COFFERS FROM OUT OF STATE DURING THE WORST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN 20 YEARS.

    Priorities.

  • http://www.rightdemocrat.blogspot.com rightdemocrat

    I have long been an advocate for fair treatment of gays and lesbians but draw the line at same sex marriage. In my view, this is a very bad decision. The definition of marriage should be determined by the voters of Iowa instead of activist judges.

    • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

      Hmmm…. 'activist'…. meaning 'upholding the constitutional demands of equality'…. thank god the mob isn't in rule of the country. This pertains to 'civil' marriage. No church is required to participate. Unless you live in Saudi Arabia I suggest you study what 'equal rights' means, and remember that you're in the United States of America, and not some theocratic dictatorship. :-)

  • digger1

    Just another Social Darwinist hiding in the corn fields of the Midwest…When are you up for re-election?

  • http://aaglaas.blogspot.com/ aaglaas

    Thankfully the fact that people like you even exist in the 21st century are enough to advance our cause. :-) I don't need to butt out of your state's legislation. Your Supreme Court has already accomplished what we wanted, and this is a national issue anyway, so I'll comment wherever I please. Basically you're like the people who discriminated against blacks in the past. You're just going to have to get used to the idea that you no longer will be able to meddle in other American citizen's love lives and will have to focus on your own.

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