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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

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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.

Anti-gay statements didn’t deserve rebuke from GOP, candidate says

By Jason Hancock | 08.19.10 | 2:20 pm

Dave Leach

Republican state Senate hopeful Dave Leach, who has garnered headlines over the past year due to his close relationship with the man convicted of murdering Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, says the Republican Party of Iowa erred when it denounced a state House candidate who called AIDS a punishment from God for homosexuality.

Jeremy Walters, who is challenging incumbent Democratic state Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines in House District 67, last week wrote that when the Bible says homosexuals should be “put to death; their blood shall be upon them,” the blood is really AIDS. When the statements were made public they were greeted with outrage by One Iowa, the state’s largest LGBT-rights group, and denounced by Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn. When the party later discovered Walters was scheduled to volunteer at the GOP Iowa State Fair booth, his invitation was rescinded.

Walters eventually apologized for the postings and removed them from Facebook.

Leach, who is running against Democratic state Sen. Matt McCoy in Senate District 31, said Walters statement was “theologically clumsy, but it seemed close enough to Biblical truth to not merit a censure from the Republican Party.”

“GOP head Matt Strawn is right in saying HIV does not discriminate; in other words, the fact that someone has HIV by no means proves they got it through sodomy,” Leach said in an e-mail to Strawn and The Iowa Independent. “But I don’t see that that is what Jeremy said.”

Whether the Bible says there is a connection shouldn’t matter, he said, since, “everyone knows there is this connection.”

Everyone knows sodomites suffer [HIV/AIDS] far more than the rest of the population, and that sodomy’s practices, which are so embarrassingly unsanitary that you dare not detail them in one of your articles, would inevitably create such a disease if it did not already exist. It seems “inappropriate,” to use Strawn’s word, to apologize for saying what the Bible says, with which everyone agrees. It is “inappropriate” for anyone to ask such a thing. I am sorry that Jeremy gave up his ground, although at least he stood it for awhile, which is more than most will do.

Leach publishes a newsletter called “Prayer & Action News,” which advocates the doctrine of justifiable homicide in the case of abortion doctors. One of its contributors was Scott Roeder, the man convicted of murdering Kansas abortion provider George Tiller last year. Leach drafted a legal brief on Roeder’s behalf arguing the necessity defense, helped organize a fundraiser for his legal fees, regularly attended his murder trial and conducted an in-depth interview with him after his conviction in February. Leach testified as a character witness for Roeder during his sentencing.

In his e-mail to Strawn and The Iowa Independent, Leach said he has “profound regret” about publicly criticizing the state GOP, since: “The party has treated me fairly so far, and I hope that will not end as a result of me saying these things.”

“Many times throughout my political life, I have said what, so far as I can determine after careful study, is true, and important, knowing the cost could be loss of dear friendships,” Leach wrote. “I have always regretted the cost. I pray it will not be too expensive this time.”

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  • RegularJoe

    What a sick, sad man Leach must be.

  • weshlovrcm

    The problem with these angry, incendiary comments coming from a “Christian” is that the Bible clearly tell us that revilers are going to hell. One cannot have it both ways. You cannot attack and revile others yet claim to be a “Christian.” Such logic is morally bankrupt and only results in tearing our country further apart.

    “…nor revilers…will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:10)

  • Dave Leach

    That is an extremely interesting argument! The reference is to: 1Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor EFFEMINATE, NOR ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND, [Gr: "sodomite", according to Strong's] 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor REVILERS, [Gr: abusive] nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    In other words, the same passage which warns of eternal destruction for sodomy, warns of it for “reviling”. Which raises the question, what or who is a “reviler”? May we draft our own criteria, or shall we use God's? Do you think a discussion of what the Bible says is “reviling”, by God's criteria, and deserving of Hell?

    • rextrek1

      hey do realize that SODOMY is all sex that is not MISSIONARY position..right? So..the next time you get Oral from a hooker/or your wife/or gf …..its sodomy.

  • rextrek1

    the GOP asswipes don't realize we do NOT live in a Theocracy,right? Wow- their stupidty is endless.

  • Patrick

    SO I guess all those millions of non gay people who have HIV deserve what they got too, seeing that HIV/AIDS started in Africa by straight people in the early 70's. In fact the first case has even been reported even before the 70's. Read your history before you start spewing your “religious” fear and propaganda.

  • Joe Marrazzo

    That hat is quite possibly the GAYEST thing I've ever seen.

  • Dave Leach

    It cannot help but make me more confident of the facts I state, that none of them are challenged or even addressed. As for a “theocracy”, interesting word. “the rule of a state by God.” Since even with Israel, God ruled through men, what is the difference between that “theocracy” and America at its founding where men studied the Word of God for guidance in shaping laws? New Agers claim to be “gods”. So when they are elected are we a “theocracy”? You can't legislate anything BUT morality, since all law is someone's notion of what is right and wrong.| Glad you like the hat.

    • Patrick

      There is no sense even debating someone who does believe in separation of “church/cult” and state.

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