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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.

2012 hopefuls support campaign to oust judges

By Jason Hancock | 08.13.10 | 7:00 am

Two potential Republican presidential candidates have waded into the debate over whether three Iowa Supreme Court Justices should be removed from the bench by voters this fall, with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty saying it is appropriate for voters to boot the judges over their ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Newt Gingirch, left, and Tim Pawlenty (photos: and

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats last week launched a campaign to convince Iowans to vote against retaining Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit because of the court’s unanimous 2009 ruling that Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act violated the state’s constitution. The decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage.

Vander Plaats called the effort the “most important election in our country,” an idea echoed by Gingrich.

“Iowans are unique in that they have the ability this fall to send a very clear and simple message that the court’s behavior is unacceptable by just voting ‘no’ on the three judges who are up for reappointment,” Gingrich said in an interview with WHO-AM. “If a majority of Iowans vote ‘no,’ that will send a signal to the whole country that there is a citizens revolt under way.”

Every time you turn around the “legal class has decided that it now has the right to dictate to the rest of us,” Gingrich said, adding: “We’re going to have to fundamentally revisit how we deal with judges because the judicial branch has grown much too powerful and much too dictatorial and now regularly over reaches in telling the rest of us how to live.”

During a visit to Iowa last month, Gingrich said the retention vote could be a “clarion call” to the left-wing legal secular elite.

Pawlenty, also in Des Moines to attend the Iowa State Fair, stopped short of formally endorsing Vander Plaats’ campaign but said there’s nothing wrong with voters ousting judges if they disagree with their rulings.

“The notion that judges stand for election is embedded in the Iowa Constitution. It’s embedded in the Minnesota Constitution,” Pawlenty said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s the right and privilege of the citizens of this state and my state to weigh in on whether they like or don’t like the job that a judge is doing and to agree or disagree with him.”

The public pronouncements stand in contrast to Republican gubernatorial hopeful Terry Branstad, who said through a spokesman Wednesday that he intends to stay out of the debate over whether Iowa voters should remove Supreme Court justices for legalizing gay marriage.

Earlier in the day, a bipartisan group calling itself Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts announced it was forming in order to counter Vander Plaats’ campaign. The group — led by former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan, former Republican National Committee member Steve Roberts, and Bob Rafferty, who served Branstad’s chief of staff — says if judges are defeated merely as a result of “randomness or vindictiveness, it may lead to judges forming campaign committees in the future to make their cases.”

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  • rextrek1

    wow – you poor Iowans…this is what your representatives think is the “Most Important”..? Forget Jobs,Hunger, Employment etc etc ….2 consenting adult marrying is thier priority? wow..just wow!

  • rextrek1

    Newt G….? Seriously? The Man who's been married 3x….and left his one wife while she was under-going Cancer treatments? This is “Family Values” example?

    • dfflick

      Oh, not only that: here in Nebraska, we remember a little lore passed down to us from a decade and a half ago. Our then-rep, Jon Christensen, was 'helped' into a committee spot by Newt- only to have Newt 'help' himself to Jon's wife when he was involved in those meetings. Jon walked in on them (Newt and Meredith, Jon' now-former wife), and got a divorce because of adultery. Got a huge settlement, and doesn't need to work anymore (which is good for NE, anyway!).

  • Donald Baxter

    Newt has done more to damage the institution of marriage than any two persons married in a same-sex union could ever possibly create.

  • kittybrat

    my favorite quote is from Newt, “… the judicial branch has grown much too powerful and much too dictatorial and now regularly over reaches in telling the rest of us how to live.”
    Um, wasn't that exactly what the judicial branch decided was wrong? People telling other people how to live? I hate when the loons take over the asylum.

  • FayetteCountyIowaGOPchair

    Photos & videos of Pawlenty in Waverly are on home page & video page:


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