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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.

Gay marriage takes center stage on legislature’s second day

By Jason Hancock | 01.12.10 | 12:01 am

Lawmakers will be greeted by big crowds on day two of the 2010 General Assembly, as both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage will gather at the Capitol during the governor’s Condition of the State address.


File photo, left, and Creative Commons photo by Alan Light via Flickr, right.

The Iowa Family Policy Center (IFPC) has organized a rally on the western steps of the Capitol for noon Tuesday. But before the formal event, the group will attend Gov. Chet Culver‘s annual speech to a joint session of the legislature with the hopes of convincing lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“We expect the members of the Iowa legislature to listen to their constituents and not to stand in the way of our constitutional right to vote on the Iowa marriage amendment,” said IFPC President Chuck Hurley. “Any member who stands between the people and our right to vote is risking their political future. We will remember in November.”

In announcing the rally, the IFPC noted that the Iowa Supreme Court justices will also be in attendance Tuesday to watch Culver’s speech. In April, a unanimous court legalized same-sex marriage, and the group has since been outspoken in their opposition to the justices up for retention votes this fall.

One Iowa, the state’s largest gay-rights organization, is asking supporters of same-sex marriage to gather at the capitol in an effort to thwart the IFPC’s attempt “to co-opt Gov. Culver’s state of the state address and intimidate Iowa legislators into pushing for a constitutional amendment that would deny civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples.”

One Iowa’s gathering is planned to be less formal, with supporters watching Culver’s speech and then delivering 18,000 petition postcards to legislators throughout the afternoon. The group kicked off its “Red Blue Purple Campaign” –  a coalition of labor, civil rights, and faith groups who support same-sex marriage — at a rally in downtown Des Moines on Sunday.

During an interview with The Iowa Independent, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal vowed to block any attempt to force a vote on a marriage ban, prompting leaders of Iowa’s social conservative movement to concede their is little hope of passing an amendment in 2010.

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    • RegularJoe

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  • CornetMustich

    Kudos to Iowa for supporting marriage equality.
    Onward, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA

  • CornetMustich

    Kudos to Iowa for supporting marriage equality.
    Onward, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA

  • RegularJoe

    um….What? Would you like to try that again, in English? Most of us don't speak Gibberish, at least not whilst sober.

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