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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.

National Organization for Marriage says HD90 is just the beginning

By Lynda Waddington | 08.25.09 | 2:04 pm

Iowans are already aware that the National Organization for Marriage is targeting the Iowa House District 90 special election with advertising, but residents may not be aware that NOM hopes that one election is just the beginning.

Brian Brown, executive director of the conservative group that opposes same-sex marriage rights, has sent out notice of a new initiative: The Reclaim Iowa Project. The goal is to force Iowans to pass a state constitutional amendment reversing the unanimous ruling of the Iowa Supreme Court in April that the state’s Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

The force behind NOM’s interest in Iowa, according to Brown’s e-mail, is U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron).

Over the past several months, with the help of Congressman Steve King, NOM has laid the groundwork for its Reclaim Iowa Project, making over a million automated phone calls to Iowa families, and identifying 100,000 new supporters in Iowa.

As The Iowa Independent reported shortly after the court’s decision, King told Iowans at an anti-abortion rally in Cedar Rapids that “if we don’t save marriage, we can’t remain pro-life.” King also drew a direct line between homosexuality and incest. The Iowa Independent has also noted the automated phone calls into Iowa that feature King’s voice.

The e-mail from Brown makes a request of money to be used to target Iowa races. Specifically, NOM is seeking 100 new donors to join the organization as “Monthly Sustaining Partners.” No exact dollar amount is specified.

Iowans have become accustomed to special interest organizations like NOM entering the state every four years in hopes of spurring the national debate in conjunction  with the first-in-the-nation caucuses. It is unusual, however, for national special interest groups to target Iowans based on their own state politics.

Although NOM lists its executive offices in New Jersey, the disclosure related to the expenditures for the HD 90 race, filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, lists an address on H Street in Washington, D.C.  The same address has been used by The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics, Capital City Partners, DeNukeIran.com, American Principles Project, Americans to Ban Cloning and American Principles in Action.

At the time when NOM opened its D.C. location, Brown completed a telephone interview with Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade. In that interview, Brown once again refused to release federal forms related to is finances, citing that the required Internal Revenue Service Form 990, filed in mid-August after an extension, was “processing.”

NOM, which spent millions to turn back a California decision for marriage equality, has come under fire from critics in that state who believe that much of the money spent in California stemmed directly from the Mormon Church.

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  • RegularJoe

    What is with these hate groups? National Organization for Marriage, Westboro Baptist Church, Ku Klux Klan, and others of their ilk have no place in a civilized society.

  • http://www.chinoblanco.com/ Chino_Blanco

    Looking forward to paying a visit to Mr. Brown's new DC digs and personally requesting copies of NOM's Form 990 for '07 and '08.

  • Bot

    Marriage is the legal, social, economic and spiritual union of a man and a woman. One man and one woman are necessary for a valid marriage. If that definition is radically altered then anything is possible. There is no logical reason for not letting several people marry, or for eliminating other requirements, such as minimum age, blood relative status or even the limitation of the relationship to human beings. Those who are trying to radically redefine Iowa's marriage laws for their own purposes are the ones who are trying to impose their values on the rest of the population. Those citizens opposed to any change in Iowa's marriage statutes are merely defending the basic morality that has sustained the culture for everyone against a radical attack.

    When same-sex couples seek Iowa's approval and all the benefits that the state reserves for married couples, they impose the law on everyone. According non-marital relationships the same status as marriage would mean that millions of people would be disenfranchised by their own governments. The state would be telling them that their beliefs are no longer valid, and would turn the civil rights laws into a battering ram against them.

    Law is not a suggestion, as George Washington observed, “it is force”. An official state sanction of same-sex relationships as “marriage” would bring the full apparatus of the state against those who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. This has already happened in Massachusetts (CatholicCharities and Lexington Public Schools), New Jersey (Methodist Church lost its tax exemption), etc. The Protect Marriage Coalition views this as outlawing traditional morality.

    Eliminating one entire sex from an institution defined as the union of the two sexes is a quantum leap from eliminating racial discrimination, which did not alter the fundamental character of marriage. Marriage reflects the natural moral and social law evidenced the world over. As the late British social anthropologist Joseph Daniel Unwin noted in his study of world civilizations, any society that devalued the nuclear family soon lost what he called “expansive energy,” which might best be summarized as society's will to make things better for the next generation. In fact, no society that has loosened sexual morality outside of man-woman marriage has survived.

    Analyzing studies of cultures spanning several thousands of years on several continents, Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin found that virtually all political revolutions that brought about societal collapse were preceded by a sexual revolution in which marriage and family were devalued by the culture’s acceptance of homosexuality.

    When marriage loses its unique status, women and children most frequently are the direct victims. Giving same-sex relationships or out-of-wedlock heterosexual couples the same special status and benefits as the marital bond would not be the expansion of a right but the destruction of a principle. . If the one-man/one-woman definition of marriage is broken, there is no logical stopping point for continuing the assault on marriage.

    If feelings are the key requirement, then why not let three people marry, or two adults and a child, or consenting blood relatives of any age? . Marriage-based kinship is essential to stability and continuity in our state. Child abuse is much more prevalent when a living arrangement is not based on kinship. Kinship imparts family names, heritage, and property, secures the identity and commitment of fathers for the sake of the children, and entails mutual obligations to the community.

    The US Supreme Court declared in 1885 that states' marriage laws must be based on “the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization, the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement.''

    • Peggy2

      Very well stated, Bot! Thank you.

      • http://www.chinoblanco.com/ Chino_Blanco

        Too bad it's all hogwash.

        • Peggy2

          You saying it's “hogwash” doesn't make it so. Was Catholic Charities of Massachusetts told by the state that they would have to adopt to homosexual couples or not?

          • http://www.chinoblanco.com/ Chino_Blanco

            Oh, that old chestnut.

            Andrew Davidson, 35, who was adopted as a baby through Catholic Charities of Boston, felt betrayed that leaders of the agency would so quickly abandon their longstanding mission rather than accommodate a small number of gay adoptions. ''My first reaction was shame on them and disappointment.”

            Mine, too.

            The reality is that Catholic Charities was already quietly placing kids with gay couples until news of that hit the MA papers and CC decided to pull the plug rather than defend their own practice.

            Shame.

          • Peggy2

            Can you link to something that confirms your latter claim?

            Andrew Davidson has a couple problems. One, he doesn't understand what the Catholic Church believes and, two, he's miffed with the wrong people.

            If Obamacare becomes a reality, wait until all the Catholic hospitals close their doors. Then the whole country will be disappointed.

          • http://www.chinoblanco.com/ Chino_Blanco
          • Peggy2

            Thanks.

            “The controversy began in October when the Globe reported that Catholic Charities had been quietly processing a small number of gay adoptions, despite Vatican statements condemning the practice.”

            Shame indeed! Why any Catholic organization would employ people who dismiss Church teaching is beyond me.

          • RegularJoe

            Many rational ideas seem to be beyond you, Pegster. Why would the Church go against the teachings of Christ? Why is the Church so monetarily wealthy yet spiritually poor?

          • Peggy2

            Why do you ask such stupid, open-ended questions?

          • RegularJoe

            so, *can't* answer, Peg?

          • Peggy2

            Ask me a specific question and I'll answer it, Joe.

  • weshlovrcm

    Why is NOM trying to impose its religious beliefs on everyone in Iowa? The Constitution allows Americans to have the faith or no faith of our choice. The Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalists, Quakers and many Methodist, Presbyterian and Christ Disciples churches support equality for gay Americans. If a church supports same-sex marriage, why is NOM trying to use the government to ban it? That is religious tyranny and it's unamerican. If Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher don't believe in same-sex marriage, they should not have a same-sex marriage. But they have no right to ban same-sex marriage for other law-abiding, taxpaying Americans!

  • weshlovrcm

    Why is NOM trying to impose its religious beliefs on everyone in Iowa? The Constitution allows Americans to have the faith or no faith of our choice. The Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalists, Quakers and many Methodist, Presbyterian and Christ Disciples churches support equality for gay Americans. If a church supports same-sex marriage, why is NOM trying to use the government to ban it? That is religious tyranny and it's unamerican. If Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher don't believe in same-sex marriage, they should not have a same-sex marriage. But they have no right to ban same-sex marriage for other law-abiding, taxpaying Americans!

  • weshlovrcm

    Why is NOM trying to impose its religious beliefs on everyone in Iowa? The Constitution allows Americans to have the faith or no faith of our choice. The Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalists, Quakers and many Methodist, Presbyterian and Christ Disciples churches support equality for gay Americans. If a church supports same-sex marriage, why is NOM trying to use the government to ban it? That is religious tyranny and it's unamerican. If Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher don't believe in same-sex marriage, they should not have a same-sex marriage. But they have no right to ban same-sex marriage for other law-abiding, taxpaying Americans!

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