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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.

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Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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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

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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

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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

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PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

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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.

GOP House candidate says AIDS is punishment for sin of homosexuality

By Jason Hancock | 08.17.10 | 2:17 pm

Jeremy Walters

When the Bible says homosexuals should be “put to death; their blood shall be upon them,” the blood is really AIDS. Or so says Jeremy Walters, Republican legislative hopeful, in a series of posts on his Facebook.

Waters is running in House District 67 against state Rep. Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, the second highest ranking Democrat in the Iowa House.

From Walters’ Facebook:

On his campaign website, Walters makes no mention of same-sex marriage or gay rights at all, focusing instead on economic issues like property taxes, the estate tax and the state budget, as well as gun rights and education. He has previously run three times in three different legislative districts, most recently losing to Democrat Geri Huser in House District 42 by more than 20 percentage points in 2004 and in the GOP primary in House District 62 in 2008. He later served as a precinct chair for Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign.

There are four times as many registered Democrats than Republicans in HD67, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.

Walters could not be immediately reached for comment.

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  • Peter Lanado

    Do hope he never wears mixed materials, otherwise he'll just need to keep turning those cheeks – until he's at least half a camel smaller, so those pylons in his eye can dodge those self-propelled boulders!

    • jeremy_w21

      I am sorry this made the news. I am asking for all of you to forgive me I did wrong by putting a post on facebook like this. So I removed it.

      • Solja

        It's not what you said so much as what you believe (your words). You are not fit to represent Iowans, and I will vote against you and anyone like you. Jesus is Love, NOT hatred, which is what you wrote AND believe.

        I am not gay but I am an American. We are better than what you believe we are. I am also a Christian and know that God doesn't teach hatred. You need to seek a new church if that's how they taught you about God and His work. If you take everything from the Bible word for word, you sir, would long have been ki//ed. You are a sinner and you made inappropriate, hateful, and bigoted comments publicly. You meant them when you wrote it so it's in your heart. Simply making an insincere apology to suit your party leaders does not make everything suddenly okay. Show that you mean it by doing something to help the LGBT community.

  • Jason Bellinger

    God Bless You Brother…We're not perfect, sometimes we learn from our mistakes. I do pray for your success and support you all the way.

    • diegueno

      While you may find this sort of #Christianity well and good for you and yours, it further serves to drive people away from churches and Christ as in this example.

      You are full of a twisted theology that bears little, if any of the Grace of Christ; rest assured that you will be forgiven for your abuses as a Christian because God's Love is great enough to redeem people as apostate as you.

  • Donald Baxter

    he might try working on his use of contractions; perhaps illiteracy really does breed hate?

  • marvinmarks

    just another ignorant Republican. I can't believe that anyone even considers voting for Republicans in 2010… come on. Isn't it time that we as a nation leave these idiotic Neanderthals behind?

    • Black Jeezus

      “Neanderthals”? They don't believe in evolution. So…

  • Dan

    And, illiteracy seems to be the punishment for being a Republican. Sheesh… Don't they have schools in Iowa?

    • militantrubberducky

      Nope, just corn and bible study. Don't bother learning how to read it, they just rely on their 'trusted spiritual adviser' to read it for them and explain it in an complete and unbiased manner. >.>

  • iowansforfreedom

    If you would know who Jeremy Walters is. You would not be saying all these bad thing about him. Jeremy has done so much to try to repsent the people and 1 statement gets out to the world. We have to say many hateful words to him thats not right he's never said a hateful word to us. why do you want to attack someone that you don't even know. I know Jeremy put the aids word in his statement you are all are mad about it. But please understand put your self in his shoes would you want people to say hateful things to you. No you would not so lets support him he has said that he was sorry for putting that word in the statement. He wants to represent the people and not him self. Lets believe he wants to represent the people. 1 wrong word or statement we are the attack mode thats not right. We want freedom and rights but how can we get our freedom and rights. We're saying hateful things to these candidate's or attacking them all the time. They don't want to represent people that are saying hateful things or attacking them. Please forgive and lets move on.

    • Paul E

      Um…he started with the hateful talk, a lot of which is nearly impossible to forgive. He's forgiven, though – it just won't be forgotten. I hope my gay Iowan brothers and sisters will get out and vote to ensure Walters will be forgotten.

  • militantrubberducky

    It's not about the word 'AIDS', it's the entire comment. 'Represent the people'? Oh, you mean right-wing, closed-minded Christians who feels it's their right to tell people who do something that goes against a magic book that they're going to hell. I got it now. Candidates get attacked all the time, it's true, BUT what he said was hateful and wrong and he deserves to be shunned as a hypocritical bigot. Also, your writing is atrocious, which makes your argument (even if it had been a good one, which it wasn't) a pile of crap. How embarrassing.

  • Paul E

    As ignorant as these posts are, what's even more hilarious (in a not-so-funny way) is that lesbians have the lowest instance of HIV infection of all groups. So, what's their punishment, Jeremy? Bad taste in shoes?

  • Nulikilama666

    Nice try, JEREMY! (A.K.A. iowansforfreedom) Either that's you trying to defend yourself, or nobody in Iowa understands sentence structure, punctuation, or, indeed, the basics of the English language. Christians attack people they don't know all the time. The door swings both ways, so if you can't take it, DON'T DISH IT.

  • Justin Graziano

    You didn’t have to put that he was a Republican, I figured that out when I seen that he was a homophobe! Republicans live to hurt as many people as they can. Poor people and homosexuals are their all time favorites though, and they enjoy using the word of God to justify their hatred. It makes me happy though, since I’m sure God has a nice punishment for the Republicans of the world, who in my eyes are no different then a murderer, a child molester or a drug dealer. They are criminals and deserve punishment, and God will make sure they get it, the only difference is Republicans will be punished in the afterlife only, while the other criminals get punished here on Earth as well.

    But anyway Jeremy, what’s your answer for the millions of straight people currently living with AIDS? Did God accidentally give it to them? Or perhaps maybe, just maybe, AIDS is no different then cancer or any other deadly disease that ANYONE, including a rich heterosexual Republican criminal, such as yourself, can get.

    Now go on and try to ruin a few more people’s lives, as you are a Republican and that is what your father, Satan, raised you to do.

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