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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.

Santorum responds to ‘pro-life fraud’ Iowa robocalls

By Jason Hancock | 03.10.10 | 5:00 am

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., used almost his entire speech Tuesday night in Des Moines to respond to recent robocalls around the state that accuse him of being a “pro-life fraud.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (photo by Dave Davidson, TEApublican.com)

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (photo by Dave Davidson, TEApublican.com)

Santorum — who has said repeatedly that he is mulling a presidential run in 2012 and was the keynote speaker at at an Iowa Christian Alliance event — said even though he has a “perfect pro-life voting record” during his tenure in the U.S. House and Senate, “the comment about being a pro-life fraud could have applied to me, as it does, unfortunately, to many pro-life legislators.”

“There are a lot of people who vote pro-life, but there are very few people who stand up and fight for life,” he said. “And there is a reason for that: You pay a price.”

He never uttered the word “abortion” during his years in the House or his first term in the Senate, Santorum said, preferring to work behind the scenes on the issue. He thought, and other assured him he was correct, that speaking out on abortion would cost him with voters.

“You pay a price when you stand up out of the foxhole and you fight for life, not just vote for life,” he said.

But he eventually started attending a new church, as well as regular Bible study, and “as I grew, I recognized the blind spots. As a husband, as a father, and as a leader.”

By 1996, he was leading the fight to override President Bill Clinton’s veto of a ban on late-term abortion, and began speaking out on the issue in public. But he still makes mistakes, Santorum said, pointing specifically to his work on behalf of fellow Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who switched parties and became a Democrat last year. He helped Specter get re-elected, Santorum said, because he promised to support President George W. Bush’s nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I was wrong in retrospect,” he said.

Abortion was the main topic of Santorum’s speech, but he did address another issue he’s well known for: same-sex marriage. Santorum discussed how important it is for Christians to stand up and fight to overturn the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision last April to legalize same-sex marriage, ultimately calling marriage equity “an attack on religious liberty”

“Anybody who stands up and opposes the redefinition of marriage is considered a bigot,” he said. “Someone who speaks from the pulpit is considered hate speech. This is what we face.”

In 2003, Santorum came under fire for publicly comparing homosexuality to incest, bigamy and adultery. As a result, Santorum was the victim of a Google Bomb — a tactic designed to manipulate Google search rankings for certain keywords in order to make someone or something less appealing. To this day, the first few results of a Google search of “Santorum” pertain to a sexual term coined by sex-advice columnist Dan Savage in response to the then-senator’s statements.

Back in October,  Santorum visited Iowa to deliver two speeches: one at an event sponsored by Iowa Right to Life and another at an event sponsored by the American Future Fund.

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