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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.

National Organization for Marriage drops $235K on Iowa TV campaign

By Jason Hancock | 09.14.10 | 3:19 pm

New Jersey-based anti-gay marriage group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spent more than $235,000 on a statewide television ad campaign calling for the rejection of  all three Iowa Supreme Court justices facing a judicial retention election in November.

The figure comes from disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. The ad is planned to run for two weeks.

NOM’s ad buy represents its biggest investment in Iowa since it spent nearly $100,000 in an Iowa House special election last September. NOM was heavily involved in the campaigns for California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 and Maine’s Proposition 1 in 2009, ballot initiatives that successfully revoked same-sex marriage rights in both states. The group held a pair of rallies in Iowa in early August to promote their point of view.

The American Family Association (AFA) has spent $60,000 in September on the project, mostly on research services and staff.

On Monday, Iowa for Freedom — the joint project of NOM and AFA Action being led by former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaatslaunched the ad on network and cable stations across Iowa. The groups hope to oust the three judges based on the court’s unanimous ruling in April 2009 declaring the state’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

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  • rextrek1

    hmmm,and where'd they get all that money from…….follow the money!

  • weshlovrcm

    Scripture warns us that those who don't help the needy and less fortunate will not be admitted into Heaven on Judgment Day. No matter how much they protest about all the “good” they've done, Christ will not let them in if they have not helped the poor and “least” among us.

    Radical anti-gay pressure groups NOM and AFA, as well as shrill anti-gay activist Vander Plaats have decided that they can ignore Christ and elevate their sin of homophobia above everything else. Unfortunately, Christ makes no exceptions and grants no “special rights” to prideful sinners who feel that it more important to spend thousands of dollars on promoting the immoral anti-gay agenda in a time when our nation has millions of unemployed and destitute people sleeping in the streets. Why is this money not going to help these people as our Lord commands?

    The good citizens of Iowa should not retaliate against judges who are doing their job. Radical anti-gay activists want to use Big Government to impose their 'religious beliefs” on all the rest of us, whether we want it or not. The first step in doing that is to destroy the judicial branch of our government and make it march in lockstep with the militant anti-gay agenda.

    • rextrek1

      As a 50yr old American….I expect nothing less from this Hateful,Bigoted,Homophobic,Buy–Bull Thumping,Low Information Voter Hypocritical Nation……that's why I barely Travel anywhere in this country (avoid ALL states with Bigotry in thier Constitutions, so I barely go anywhere in the US of A) ..I'll spend my Tourism Money in Other Countriies that INCLUDE ALL thier Citizens. Guess we'll have to wait and see what the SCOTUS does within the next 2-3yrs…..Hopefully,

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