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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

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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.

GOP lawmakers want to exclude gay students from anti-bullying bill

By Jason Hancock | 02.08.10 | 1:15 pm

A pair of Republican state legislators has introduced a bill that would remove protections for gay, lesbian and transgender students from an anti-bullying law passed in 2007.

State Reps. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, and Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, sponsored the legislation to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as definitions used for purposes of protecting students in public and nonpublic schools from harassment and bullying.

Schultz told NBC affiliate WHO-TV that the rationale behind the move is to force a vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, since the Iowa Supreme Court pointed to laws like Iowa’s Safe Schools Law in making its April decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Ryan Roemerman, executive director of Iowa Pride Network, said the bill would open up LGBT students to bullying and harassment.

“When our state is facing record budget deficits and unemployment, House Republicans feel their time is best spent picking on Iowa’s LGBT youth,” Roemerman said in a statement. “There is no better example as to why we have this law, so youth in Iowa don’t grow up to be like these bigots.”

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  • markjamesjewell

    Now thats just cold.

  • taffastrophe

    That's awesome. Politicians standing up against hysterical PC whining. And what exactly is “Iowa's LGBT youth”? Are 13 year olds having sex changes?

    • mykelb

      You may think its hysterical. But I think its dastardly, immoral, and using people's innate characteristics as a political football. While your at it, get some education yourself. If you don't understand the difference between sexual identity and sexual behavior, your sex education has been inept.

  • pattiindallas

    Wow, taffastrophe, you think this is “awesome”? So, you advocate and eagerly encourage bullying & harassment of the queer kids? In effect, if this GOP bill passes and strips out JUST the queer kids from the statewide Iowa Safe Schools law, you would jump up & down and applaud that all of the other kids attending Iowa schools are protected and safe while at school EXCEPT for those queer ones. The other kids could gang up on any kid they THINK might be gay while enjoying protections for themselves from the same treatment by their peers. The current law that has been in place since 2007 protects ALL students in Iowa schools in ALL grades, but you're giddy about the idea of singling out just the queer kids to be bullied & harassed while attending school. WHO exactly is pushing for “special rights”?!? Oh, folks like you who want to be able to pummel “those people” and get away with it. Let the bigots show themselves – you have fully exposed yourself.

  • shadow_man

    Lol, anti-gays encouraging hatred, bullying of little innocent kids? That shows you how hateful the anti-gay, religious right are. I will link these articles every time to show the hatred spewed out by the right. There is no religious reason to deny gay marriage, or a “will of the people” reason, or a “save the sanctity of marriage” reason. Those are all excuses to cover up the bigotry and hatred of these people. Eerily, these same arguments were used against blacks, woman, and interracial marriage not too long ago, by of course, you guess it, the conservatives.

  • shadow_man

    To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Any educated Christian would know that. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.………

    Thats why Jesus never mentions it as well. There is nothing immoral, wrong, or sinful about being gay. Jesus, however, clearly states he HATES hypocrites. If you preach goodness, then promote hate and twist the words of the Bible, you are a hypocrite, and will be judged and sent to hell. Homosexuals will not go to hell, hypocrites will.

    This is very similar to the religious bigots of the past, where they took Bible passages to condone slavery, keep women down, and used Bible passages to claim blacks as curses who should be enslaved by the white man. People used God to claim that blacks marrying whites was unnatural, and not of God's will.

  • shadow_man

    Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.……
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ,2933,155990,00.html………

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    And it should also be noted that:
    “It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organisations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association.”

    • jasonsirois

      I would like to clarify and say that sexual orientation is NEVER a choice. The only choice we have is our sexual identity (what we tell people we are) and our sexual behavior (what we do with whom). For most people, their sexual orientation, identity, and behavior match. Unfortunately though, many LGB people feel they have to lie about who they are because of the homophobia in our society. As a result, they may be lesbian, gay, or bisexual, but choose to tell people they are straight and choose to have sex with the opposite gender. Bisexual people don't choose who they're attracted to either. They just happen to be attracted to more people than most.

  • Londonhysterics

    Dear Representative Schultz,
    As a student in an Iowa school, it is very important to me that the Iowa Safe School Law does not change. Many GLBT students struggle with feeling safe and comfortable in their educational setting. Protecting all students from bullying and harassment in the schools where they spend the majority of their day is imperative. It is innappropriate to try and alter this law in order to further a political agenda on same
    sex marriage.
    Thank you for your time.

    London, Vincent C. Scavo Alternative High School

  • niles8

    This is about the meanest thing I've read about in a while (and I've read some pretty disgusting Republican-inspired ideas in the past). These two elected representatives feel it is so important to make the lives of these gay youths even more difficult than they already are by passing a law specifically picking on them and excluding them from protections that other enjoy. I guess they feel it's their Christian duty to bully and harrass homosexual kids into quitting school or maybe committ suicide. Rack another one up for Jesus, fellows, he would be so proud.

  • Zoe Ellen Brain

    Rep Windschitl comes from a good family…..
    “A Missouri Valley, Iowa, man has been sentenced to 90 months in prison for possessing child pornography.

    Jeremiah T. Windschitl, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in May — almost two years after his computer was seized during a search of his home.

    The sentence, announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker, will be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release.

    Windschitl had saved numerous pornographic images of children on his computer, according to investigators.

    In conjunction with Windschitl’s guilty plea, prosecutors dropped one charge of production of child pornography and one charge of receipt of child pornography. He was indicted on all three counts in February.

    Windschitl is the older brother of Iowa State Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley. Rep. Windschitl, 25, was elected to the position of assistant minority leader in the House earlier this week.”

    That might explain Jermiah's younger brother's attitude towards children as “things” to be exploited.

  • Dusty

    Basically, this means that YOUR kid can be beat up for being a “queer” regardless of his or her orientation and go unprotected. This law protects all kids, not just a few.

  • lhemblin123

    Forget marriage or even adoption for a second…it's OKAY to harass and bully kids just because of WHO THEY ARE?? I was so distraught by this story I have to admit I was sobbing for a few seconds. Now I'm f*ckin' PISSED OFF! This really brings things to a new low…

  • lhemblin123

    Forget marriage or even adoption for a second…it's OKAY to harass and bully kids just because of WHO THEY ARE?? I was so distraught by this story I have to admit I was sobbing for a few seconds. Now I'm f*ckin' PISSED OFF! This really brings things to a new low…

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