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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.

King, Bachmann co-opt abortion rights message to attack health reform

By Douglas Burns | 04.12.10 | 11:38 am

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa — Co-opting the argument advocates of legal abortion have used for decades, two leading congressional conservatives Saturday said health-care reform is nothing short of a federal intrusion into the bodies of Americans, or at least decisions about them.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. (photo by Douglas Burns)

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. (photo by Douglas Burns)

At his third-annual Defenders of Freedom dinner in Sergeant Bluff, just south of Sioux City in northwest Iowa, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said supporters of abortion rights have pinned their case on the belief government shouldn’t tell women what to do with their bodies.

Now, King notes, many of those same liberals are supporting mandatory health insurance, which will force people to get health care plans they may not want for their bodies.

King’s headliner for the event, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., trained much of the force of her speech on health care as well..

“If government can force you to buy something against your will there is nothing that government can’t force you to do,” she said in blasting the health-care reform passed on a party line vote in Congress last month.

About 500 people — stalwart Republicans, many with ties to business and agriculture — attended the King fundraiser. While the audience may be receptive to some of the same rhetoric, this was no Tea Party.

In her nearly 30 years of involvement in Republican politics, Dorothy Schlitter of Onawa, a county seat town in far western Iowa, says she’s never seen activists so motivated.

“We are losing the sovereignty of our nation,” the retired Schlitter said after she finished her meal at The Bluffs Area Family Center in fertile farm and GOP country.

Jeff Bauer, a co-owner of Viking Construction in Exira, said he’s so frustrated with President Barack Obama that he’s taking it to the local level as well in Audubon County.

“I will never vote for a Democrat,” Bauer said as he was waiting in line for the dinner. “I will not vote for a supervisor.”

Some of King’s toughest language came as the congressman suggested Obama will make the next U.S. Supreme Court appointment based on identity politics or an empathy gauge. King read through a list of candidates mentioned frequency in the media as potential replacements for outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens — who turns 90 in about a week.

When King referenced Merrick Garland, the U.S. Court of Appeals judge, the congressman made the following observation.

“He is the actually the one on the list who is a white guy,” King said.

In her speech, Bachmann said rural Iowans should be the vetters of presidential candidates in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

“This is our country,” Bachmann said. “We own this country.”

A former federal tax attorney, Bachmann used some rhetorical devices clearly borrowed from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She said unemployment continues to be a problem even after federal stimulus spending.

“How’s that working out for ya?” Bachmann said.

She prompted several standing ovations, with the most sustained applause coming from a line about making President Obama a one-term president, and a prediction that Republicans will take back the U.S. House in the fall.

“In November the whole game changes, everything changes,” Bachmann said.

King said that during some recent sleepless nights (he blamed insomnia) he logged on to the Internet and read through socialist and progressive Web sites. Upon doing so, King drew new conclusions about President Obama.

“The question isn’t whether the president is a socialist,” King said. “It becomes what’s to the left of socialists.”


  • republicanbalck

    Bringing up abortion in the health debate is only there to cause fights and division to keep us from getting what needs to be done, done.Though I am a pro-life advocate, I support the health care reform and the law should remain as is, where there is no fed funding of abortion. I saw this article that really challenged my believes on abortion and how the current law is consistent with the constitution and faith. As a conservative it challenged me to rethink how I view abortion. It's not too shocking, but it definitely was a good read, check it out

    • helben

      Abortion and gay marriage. They always bring this up like a red flag to get the extremists out. Thank you for your reasoned approach to this issue. I think it is very sad for a woman to choose abortion and I would hope that I would not do it myself but I do think I have the right to choose for someone else.

      I also do not think that governments should fall or rise based on these two issues. We live in a complex world that calls for wide ranging knowledge and ethical, thoughtful leadership. That means, to me at least, voting for people that do not lie, demonize their opponents and mislead their supporters in order to win. I live in Canada married to a special forces vet from Ohio. He voted Democrat for the first time in his life because he feels, as do I, that the Republicans are corrupt. Check out or and you will see that they knowingly lie on almost every issue in order to create fear and anger within the population. Mitch McConnell and many others told everyone that in Canada you cannot choose your own Doctor. It is simply untrue. I chose my own Doctor and have changed Doctors during my lifetime. The government does not tell my Doctor what to do with my treatment. I have a medical card. I show it when I go to a specialist, the lab, the hospital. I pay no co-pays, deductibles and there are no caps. We spend less per person on healthcare here in Canada than you do in the US but you had, before this healthcare legislation, more than the population of Canada with no coverage.

      Also we have coverage for life. No one is dropped for being sick, changing jobs or losing a job and no one is without coverage for a pre-existing condition. Like everywhere it may not be perfect but it is better than the system in the US.

      Be thankful that you have a President that has put his job on the line to get everyone health care coverage and attempt to fix the system. He deserves your support.

      • republicanbalck

        HE has my support you bet. But yes we Americans need to mature politically. But until our schools in the south begin to step-up and tell the truth about history we will always have this divide. A divide that is really between the south and the north. The south is more for a wild wild west type place, with little to no government. They like their guns and they want to do what they want without regard to anyone else. They want an only the strong will survive type society, where one has to fight and struggle if you are not born privileged. But that system benefits the majority and hurts the minority. Whether you are a minority by race or your family is not native to the south. It's a way to keep thing the way it is. Because the south knows if there is a fair system in place, where they cannot discriminate and actually have to hire people that are qualified and smart, they will lose their grip on the “ole country.” But have no doubt he has my support even though I am republican… I see him as I see Lincoln an intelligent common man that happens to president

        • helben

          Thank you for your response and your explanation. Let's hope your commonsense spreads throughout the state.

  • Terry Canaan

    Great, so you have every right to suffer with cancer without big gummint intrusion. But big gummint should also be able to make you remain pregnant against your will.

    As always, the far right's “reasoning” is hopelessly incoherent.

  • gjacobs01

    Steve King, Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin are the three biggest political jokes of this young century. I'm embarrassed as an Iowan that King is one of our representatives.

    • helben

      They are not only an embarrassment to Iowa but to the whole country. The airhead twins are an embarrassment to all women. More than 50% of Republican women believe Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President. I wish I could say the same about the men.

      Rep. King's comment no doubt meant to be some kind of witty statement is just ignorant. My family comes from Eastern Europe where people really understand what socialism and communism are. He does not and it is unacceptable in the extreme to throw these terms out in order to create fear and hate. I hope the smart, responsible and ethical people in Iowa who care more for their country than their party vote him and Michelle Bachman out of office. I would hope you vote Democrat until at least the Republicans wake up and stop pandering to the most extreme people on the right. They created the mess and not after only a year, they expect to be put back in office. Would you re-hire the very management team that put your company into bankruptcy? No. Most people are not that stupid.

  • joephelan

    Representive King apparently doesn't know much about socialism. Obama is saving capitalism from itself. It's a cyclical thing dontchya know! How's that viral know-nothingism working out for ya'll in Iowa?

  • davecort

    Health care reform doesn't force you to buy anything. You can opt out.

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