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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.

Iowa ads pressure Romney on same-sex marriage

By Jason Hancock | 03.30.10 | 9:15 am

As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held two pubic events and several private functions in Central Iowa Monday, he was greeted by newspaper ads calling on him to urge his church to stop funding campaigns to ban same-sex marriage.

Californians Against Hate, a group formed in the run up to a vote to amend the California Constitution to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry, purchased ads in The Des Moines Register, The Ames Tribune and the Iowa State Daily Student asking Romney to “urge the Mormon Church to stop its nasty campaign to ban gay marriage.”


The ad, which is appearing in newspapers across the country in cities where Mitt Romney is visiting.

The group has been running the ads since January in newspapers around the country, usually while Romney is visiting that state, including the New Hampshire Union-Leader, The Boston Globe and The Salt Lake City Tribune.

Last week the same ads ran in four San Diego publications. In addition to the San Diego ad buy, a demonstration was held at Romney’s book signing in front of the Mormon owned Deseret Bookstore in La Jolla, Calif.

Members of the Mormon church donated more than $30 million and thousands of volunteer hours to the campaign to approve Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative narrowly approved by voters that defined marriage as a heterosexual union in the state’s constitution and overturned a state Supreme Court ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage. The church has also been active in campaigns to ban same-sex marriage in other states.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa since the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled last April that the Defense of Marriage Act passed by lawmakers in the 1990s was unconstitutional.

Romney spoke and signed books in Ames and Des Moines Monday. The topic of same-sex marriage was not brought up at either event.

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  • EddieTechie

    I'm not Mormon, but congratulations to them, along with the Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Methodists, not to mention most Whites and nearly all Blacks and Hispanics who helped to stop this perversion from spreading in California and elsewhere. When people get a state vote, it's 33-0 in favor of morality. Once Iowans get to vote, it'll be one more.

    • David_in_Houston

      60 years ago the public tried to stop the “perversion” of interracial marriage. Most states had a BAN on it. 70% of the public didn't want it to happen. (Does any of this sound familiar?) The Supreme Court overruled the majority of the public, and stopped the discrimination.

      The idea that a black man would not have any empathy for gay people, and not understand what it's like to be discriminated against is utterly shocking. The next time someone doesn't want to hire you or rent a home to you because of your skin color, I hope you remember what you posted here. Because gay people face the exact same type of discrimination.

    • rextrek1

      I think ol' eddie should worry more about his “brothers” getting these women pregnant and NOT steppin up to the plate and doing the right thing….see, eddie NEVER had to fight for his RIGHTS..he's Living off the backs of those who fought for his rights. Eddie probably wears his drawers low too… a thug. Obviously this eddie character has ZERO knowledge of the writings of MLK Jr,and his wife Corretta, who Fought for equality for ALL….including Congressman Lewis who marched with MLK Jr, and Julian Bond…. Hey Eddie – Know your History! ..and FYI eddie- The man who Helped MLK write his “I Have a Dream” speech was a Gay Black man.

  • shadow_man

    EddieTechie: The Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, Metropolitan Community Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Church, Reform Judaism, all want to marry same gender couples now. More and more whites, latinos, and black people are supporting gay marriage. Majority of the 18-30 group support it by as high as 55-65%, and that number even higher among those under 18, one poll showing it as high as 80%. The only thing that is going to be stopped in the future is your perversion known as bigotry.

    • ktwyahoocom

      So your saying that your major group of supporters, does not have a college or even High School education? and you are proud of that. It's bigotry to call ANY belief into question the way you have and shows little thought to possibly why these people have these beliefs. Step back, stop listing to the fringe of both sides of this issue.

      • David_in_Houston

        “It's bigotry to call ANY belief into question…”

        No, it's not. If the KKK believes that blacks and Jews are inferior and should be put to death, it's not bigotry to call them out on it.

        People younger than 30 haven't been brainwashed by older people to believe that gays are immoral or sinners or child molesters, or any other lies that the church has been using to condemn gay people. More people are openly gay, and they can see with their own eyes that they are EXACTLY the same as straight people except for their orientation. It is a non-issue for them, because it really IS a non-issue.

  • Dash33

    I'm sure EddieTechie is happy that it wasn't left to a popular vote to keep his relatives in chains. Many people thought blacks were no better than monkeys. Many still thing that way. Many think blacks shouldn't be able to marry whites. Many think the idea of whites and blacks together is sickening. EddieTechie will be viewed this same way in the future.

  • Califgirl

    there were 5,000 people waiting in line for the book signing and 25 people demonstrating and you make it sound like it was a huge crowd against him? Give me a break….this is not news worthy at all.

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