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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.

Lehman: Response to Prop 8 verdict should be revolution

By Jason Hancock | 08.12.10 | 9:00 am

Kim Lehman

The federal judge who overturned a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California because it violated the U.S. Constitution “seems to think he is a king, and further thinks he has the ‘authority’ to ignore the will of the people,” said Kim Lehman, one of three Iowans on the Republican National Committee. Therefore, she contends, there is only one response to this sort of “tyranny.”

“I believe the proper response is to do what the founders did in the Declaration of Independence, that after many attempts to reason with the King of England with no success, decided to withdraw from England and its force of laws without representation — which they defined as tyranny,” she said.

Lehman was responding to a questionnaire from Christian radio host Steve Deace, a long-time supporter of passing an amendment to the state’s constitution banning same-sex marriage who now opposes the effort in the wake of the California ruling. He said the ruling, and the eventual support of the U.S. Supreme Court render the amendment “obsolete,” so he asked many of Iowa’s Republican leaders to weigh in on how to proceed.

Lehman said judges who believe “their power is greater then the will of the people” will, “be faced with a revolution against a government who has abandoned the rule of law and its own people.”

“We must reject the outlaw acts of judges who act outside the power of the people,” she said. “Iowa is no different–we must be allowed to decide our laws and the courts have no jurisdiction over the will of the people nor does the federal government have the powers it is asserting against the states. We must educate the people of their God given liberties and the rule of law.”

Lehman was the only respondent who openly mentioned revolution, but the idea of simply ignoring rulings for the court came up frequently. Tom Shaw, a Republican candidate for Iowa House District 8, suggested the legislature refuse to fund anything in state government until the governor orders county recorders to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“With the exception of emergency funding for essential services, such as the State Patrol, I would support this shutdown of state government,” he said. “And yes, this would also include funding for the schools as I can’t think of a better civics lesson for our children concerning the checks and balances provided by the constitution.”

For the most part, respondents suggested similar strategies, ranging from ousting the three Iowa Supreme Court Justices up for retention this fall to passing a state or federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex. There were several mentions of the 10th Amendment, and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said he would, “be very happy to take whatever steps, however bold, to reverse” the California ruling.

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  • rextrek1

    wow Iowa…Your state Must be doing soo well…No problems whatsoever…..Plenty of Jobs,employment..No hunger or homelessness…..seems all the GOP cares about is “gays gettin married” and how much it somehow “infringes” on THEIR RIGHT to discriminate against them.

  • Mike Kilpatrick

    I'm going to go ahead and suggest a solution that may be helpful…tin foil hats. As we all know the gays are trying beam evil signals directly into our brains. They don't just want to have families and be happy NO! You see it's all about me…I mean us right thinking heteros, (except in men's rooms because thats just quickie and doesn't mean your really gay. Oh and …the children, the children!

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