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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.

Zaun pulls out of event organized by anti-abortion activist

By Jason Hancock | 04.08.10 | 12:00 pm

A fundraising event put together by controversial anti-abortion activist and GOP state Senate candidate Dave Leach that was supposed to include 3rd District Congressional candidate Brad Zaun and Iowa Secretary of State hopeful Chris Sanger will go on as scheduled Friday, although Zaun will no longer attend.

Leach, who has garnered headlines over the past year due to his close relationship with the man convicted of murdering Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, said the event has been booked for several months but due to a problem with campaign disclosure rules Zaun had to back out. The event will go on as planned Friday at 6 p.m. at Leach’s home, 137 E. Leach Ave.

The original invitation sent out for the "Meet Brad Zaun" event. Zaun has since backed out due to an issue with legal disclosure.

“After I became a candidate, I should have added the legally required statement ‘Paid for by Friends of Freedom for Dave Leach.’ But I forgot,” Leach said in a flier advertising the event. He was advised to send out corrected copies with “paid for by Leach” and “paid for by Zaun” statements, “But Zaun’s campaign believes a better way to escape liability for themselves for my mistake is to cancel their appearance Friday.”

In an e-mail to The Iowa Independent, Leach said the fundraiser, which was advertised as “Meet Brad Zaun for Congress,” should not be construed as an endorsement.

“I am well aware that my endorsement is not universally considered an asset,” he said. “That is one of two reasons I will stick with calling this an opportunity for ‘you’ to meet candidates for yourself.  The second reason is that I’m not generally an ‘endorsement’ kind of guy.” He later added: “I will just say that Brad Zaun, and Chris and Elizabeth Sanger, and possibly even me, are candidates well worth meeting.”

While he is disappointed Zaun will not be participating, Leach said there are no hard feelings.When asked if he’s worried whether some will conclude that it is Leach’s controversial stances on abortion, and not a disclosure issue, that caused Zaun to back out, Leach said it’s not something he worries about.

“No doubt some will speculate that Brad pulled out to avoid associating with me, but the fact that this has been scheduled for two months and was only canceled over a legal question, which was the only reason given me for canceling, argues otherwise,” he said.

Over the past year, Leach relationship with Scott Roeder, who before his arrest was an occasional contributor to a newsletter Leach publishes advocating justifiable homicide for abortion providers, has kept his name in the news. Leach drafted a legal brief on Roeder’s behalf arguing the necessity defense, helped organize a fundraiser for his legal fees, regularly attended his murder trial and conducted an in-depth interview with him after his conviction in February. Leach testified as a character witness for Roeder during his sentencing last week.

Leach is running against Democratic incumbent state Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines. Zaun, a two-term state senator himself, is running in the seven-man Republican primary for the chance to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell. Sanger is running against two other Republicans in order to challenge incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Michael Mauro.

Representatives of Zaun’s campaign did not respond to numerous requests for comment.

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  • simone24

    I want to know whether Zaun and Sanger support Leach's views on justifiable homicide.

    • chrissanger

      No I do not. Does anyone find it interesting that the media is not providing my campaign accurate exposure? I've sent countless press releases to every news media outlet (internet blog, newspaper, television, and radio) and only a few have published my positions and press releases accurately. I find it interesting that sites like have actually gone as far as to misrepresent my campaign position because if the core group of individuals, less than fifty, who want their puppet to win this primary. Take heed though and educate yourself accordingly. The people are uniting in this election. We will rid Iowa's political system of those who are working overtime to silence the true patriots. It is time.

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