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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.

Group hoping to oust Iowa judges launches first TV ad

By Jason Hancock | 09.14.10 | 7:27 am

Iowa For Freedom, an organization started by former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats aimed at ousting three Iowa Supreme Court justices, has launched its first television ad of the fall campaign.

The ad, entitled “Send Them A Message,” began airing Monday morning on network and cable stations across Iowa. It says Iowans for Freedom is a “project of AFA Action” and “the National Organization for Marriage.”

A screen shot for Iowa For Freedom's TV ad.

The group is targeting the judges because of the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Varnum v. Brien, a decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriage by declaring the state’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

“The idea of the ad informs Iowa voters the Iowa Supreme Court usurped the will of the people with its April 3, 2009, decision striking down the 1998 Defense of Marriage Act,” Vander Plaats said in a statement.

AFA Action is the political arm of the American Family Association. The group has pledged to spend “a couple of hundred thousand dollars” to assist in ousting the judges. One of its leaders, Bryan Fischer, has garnered a fair amount of controversy of late following numerous statements about Islam. Friday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow did a segment on Fischer, wondering how Republican officials could share a stage with him at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

National Organization for Marriage is a New Jersey-based anti-gay organization that has already been highly active in Iowa politics. The group spent nearly $100,000 into an Iowa House special election last September. It then launched an initiative called The Reclaim Iowa Project, with the goal of passing a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In August, the group held a pair of rallies in Iowa to promote their point of view.

Here is the group’s ad:

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  • Jakeh

    I honestly had hope that Iowa wasn’t this selfish, and malicious about it.

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