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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.

McCoy calls for boycott of radio host’s advertisers over anti-gay remarks

By Jason Hancock | 09.01.10 | 3:17 pm

Matt McCoy

State Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, told The Des Moines Register Wednesday that he is planning to organize a boycott of any businesses who purchase advertising on Jan Mickelson‘s WHO-AM radio program in response to remarks he made regarding homosexuality and AIDS.

As first reported by The Iowa Independent, Mickelson said on the air that AIDS discriminates against people who engage in “stupid behavior,” and since homosexuality is a “sexual disorder” that violates natural law, it “isn’t rocket science” to conclude AIDS discriminates against homosexuals. The statement drew immediate outrage from LGBT-rights organizations One Iowa and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), who demanded WHO-AM’s parent company — Clear Channel Communications Inc. — rebuke the host.

In a statement read shortly before Mickelson’s program began last week, Clear Channel did just that, saying Mickelson’s statements “confused strong opinion with medical fact, and contained factual errors regarding HIV/AIDS, it’s spread and current efforts to inform the public about this disease.”

McCoy, who is openly gay, told The Register he plans to launch a website to encourage boycotts of other businesses that sponsor Mickelson or other programs that speak inaccurately or unfairly about gay and lesbians.

From The Register:

His first target: Toyota of Des Moines even though he drives a vehicle purchased from the dealership.

“It’s the last one I’m ever going to own, that’s for sure,” said Sen. Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines.

“I think Toyota of Des Moines is a perfectly fine dealership,” [McCoy] said.  “I just think they shouldn’t have a chief bigot as their spokesperson.”

WHO-AM’s marketing manager said the station has not had any advertisers withdraw from Mickelson yet, and a manager at Toyota of Des Moines said he has no plans to pull the company’s ads.

This is not McCoy’s first run in with WHO-AM. In May 2009, another of the station’s hosts, Steve Deace, and his pastor concluded that because McCoy was gay he couldn’t call himself a Christian. McCoy, who is an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, said Deace’s remarks “crossed the line of decency.”

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  • bill4321

    The straights are SO classy.

  • rextrek1

    ahh the self-rightous fake christians strike again…..thier Hate never ceases….pathetic.

  • mariaconz

    Most of the people who wear their Christianity on their sleeves, guys like Steve Deace, would be offended and hurt if they actually met Jesus in person and got to know him. Jesus would condemn homophobic, hate-filled followers and thrown them out of his temple. Jesus was about love, compassion, and tolerance.

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