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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.

Push to oust Iowa judges backed by American Family Association

By Jason Hancock | 08.09.10 | 8:00 am

Former gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats announced last week that he would forgo an independent run for governor this fall to instead create an organization focused on defeating the three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who are up for a retention vote on the Nov. 2 ballot.

While he offered few details about the new organization, Vander Plaats made it clear it would receive considerable support from national groups hoping to reverse the state Supreme Court’s 2009 decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Now, the first of those relationships has become clear, as the Tupelo, Miss.,-based Christian group American Family Association(AFA) has paid for a new website to promote Vander Plaats’ campaign.

Why is AFA so interested in getting rid of Iowa judges? The group was involved in the effort to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California in 2008, a ban that was struck down by a federal court last week. After the ruling, AFA called for the judge to be impeached.

The judge in the California case, Vaughn Walker, is gay. Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at AFA, said Walker’s ruling is, “Exhibit A as to why homosexuals should be disqualified from public office.” Fischer also alleged that Elana Kagan should not have been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court because, “Although she has not come out of the closet herself, her lesbian partner has, and Ms. Kagan’s sexual preference is an open secret in Washington circles. Her indulgence in sexually aberrant behavior should make her ineligible to serve on the highest court in the land.”

Fischer also concluded in a column written in June that, “gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism.”

AFA boycotted Disney for 8 years due to what they believed was the company’s “promotion of a gay agenda.” In Spring 2005 the AFA launched a boycott of Ford for advertising in gay magazines and donating to gay-rights organizations.

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  • RegularJoe

    These nut jobs should change their moniker to Anti Family Agitators. They're just a bunch of pathetic un-American crazy cultists who want to take away others' rights. Hypocrites, every damned one of 'em.

  • rextrek1

    Wow- just when you thought they couldn't get any crazier or mentally ill! This Bryan Fischer nitwit NEEDS to seek Treatment for his Mental Illness of OBSESSION with Gay people/and thier sex lives……WOW,just wow!!!

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