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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

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

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

Liz Mathis
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.

Grassley finally condemns anti-homosexuality law

By Jason Hancock | 12.11.09 | 9:31 pm

After initially refusing to denounce a proposed law in the African nation of Uganda that would execute people convicted of being homosexual, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released a statement Friday night to The Iowa Independent declaring the proposal “un-Christian.”

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

Grassley said his “commitment to traditional values” and “respect for life” holds true both in the United States and around the world. So with that in mind, after he learned more about the proposed legislation through the U.S. State Department, he was able to conclude that it is wrong and should be rejected.

“Based on what I’ve been able to learn about the legislation and from the stand point that I’m a born again Christian, I can tell you that I don’t agree with this un-Christian and unjust  proposal, and I hope the Ugandan officials dismiss it,” he said.

For days, Grassley has taken heat from gay-rights groups that felt he should speak out against the legislation. They targeted the Iowa Republican because of his reported association with a secretive group of Christian politicians that has ties to Uganda legislators who introduced the anti-homosexuality law.

Initially, Grassley balked at their request, saying through a spokeswoman that he is not a member of the Ugandan parliament and is unfamiliar with the particulars of the law. He followed up that statement by telling reporters that he was too busy “reading bills in Congress without reading the bills in another 190 countries.”

After a week of pressure from activist groups and the media, numerous conservative politicians and Christian leaders that have been linked to the law have publicly spoken out against it, including Rick Warren, author and leader of California’s Saddleback Church, and U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla..

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  • RegularJoe

    So Chuckles finally comes out of the closet (so to speak) to tell us he doesn't think gays should be killed due to their orientation…..*after* some of his fellow theocrats lead the way. Nice job showing your followership, Chuck. We'd rather have leadership, though.
    Wonder where he stands on the “Christian” concept of killing a prospective bride who isn't a virgin (Deut 22:13-22).

  • RevDave

    What does Steve King have to say about this?

  • RevDave

    What does Steve King have to say about this?

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