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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.

Vander Plaats attacks Rants over same-sex marriage

By Jason Hancock | 06.18.09 | 12:48 pm

In what might be the first shot of the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary, Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats criticized state Rep. Christopher Rants for his stance on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

In a statement to the media, Vander Plaats said if elected he would sign an executive order banning same-sex marriages as part of an effort “to give Iowans the right to vote on the issue.”

Rants, who successfully passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004 when he was Speaker of the House (it never passed the Iowa Senate, effectively killing it), has said the governor does not have the authority to issue such an order, a position supported by legal experts and constitutional scholars.

“With all due respect to Rep. Rants, I believe that’s the kind of leadership that’s brought us from being the majority in the state to being the minority in the state,” Vander Plaats said. “When you give complete power over to the Supreme Court, you’ll have tyranny not liberty.”

Vander Plaats has said repeatedly that he believes it is within the governor’s power to issue an executive order putting the Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage on hold.

“Executives need to lead,” he said. “This is not about winning the office it’s about leading. That’s what separates me from anyone else out there.”

This isn’t the first time Republicans have publicly debated the power of the state’s highest court since its April 3 ruling. Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King took heat from conservative activists last month when he said the only way to legally overturn same-sex marriage in Iowa is to pass a constitutional amendment, as courts have had the power to interpret the law since the 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison.

Neither Vander Plaats nor Rants have officially entered the gubernatorial race.

Rants did not respond to a request for comment.

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Comments

  • slincoln

    Ah, here we go – republicans fighting over whether or not the constitution is the law of the land in Iowa. The self-destruction really hasn't stopped.

  • ConstitutionFan

    I'm having trouble comprehending that the GOP is fielding a viable gubernatorial nomination candidate who actually has a worse grasp of legal reality than Steve King and Chris Rants. Short of a barnyard animal, I would have thought that physically impossible.

  • ConstitutionFan

    I'm having trouble comprehending that the GOP is fielding a viable gubernatorial nomination candidate who actually has a worse grasp of legal reality than Steve King and Chris Rants. Short of a barnyard animal, I would have thought that physically impossible.

  • ConstitutionFan

    I'm having trouble comprehending that the GOP is fielding a viable gubernatorial nomination candidate who actually has a worse grasp of legal reality than Steve King and Chris Rants. Short of a barnyard animal, I would have thought that physically impossible.

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