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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.

American Family Association spends another $24,000 in Iowa

By Jason Hancock | 10.13.10 | 8:41 am

Mississippi-based American Family Association (AFA) has spent around $24,000 more on the campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices up for a retention election this fall, according to documents filed with the state.

The group, which previously reported spending $60,000 to fund former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats‘ judicial retention campaign, has promised to spend $200,000 on the effort. The campaign also got a boost when New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage spent nearly $235,000 on a TV ad campaign targeting the three judges.

The push to oust the judges is based on the court’s unanimous 2009 decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. AFA is outspoken in its opposition to gay rights, with one of its leaders — Bryan Fischer — saying that gay sex is “domestic terrorism,” gay adoption is an “inexcusable, inhumane thing to do to children,” and Hitler and his Stormtroopers were all gay. These statements, as well as numerous comments denigrating Muslims, have led a group of religious leaders to gather in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids Wednesday demanding Vander Plaats denounce AFA.

The largest single Iowa expense was a check for $5,000 to Chuck Laudner, the effort’s campaign manager, although several payments totaling around $6,500 were sent to Texas-based consulting firm Murphy Turner & Associates LLC. The group’s disclosures also show a $500 payment to Schubert Flint Public Affairs for media consulting. In 2008 Frank Schubert, the president of the firm, was the chief strategist for Protect Marriage, a group that supported the Proposition 8 ballot initiative which amended the California constitution to ban gay marriage.

In 2008, AFA donated $500,000 in support of Proposition 8.

American Family Association’s latest expenses as part of the Iowa for Freedom campaign:

$5,000 to Chuck Laudner for October

$4,667.63 for printing

$2,923.15 to Murphy Turner & Associates LLC telephone expenses

$2,215.99  to Murphy Turner & Associates, LLC for telephone expenses

$1,374.03 to Murphy Turner & Associates LLC for travel expenses

$1,250 to Barbara Heki for October

$1,250 to Vicki Crawford for October

$1,250 to Dave Davidson for October

$1,000 to Greg Baker for October

$1,000 to Chris Dorsey for October

$941.67 to Murphy Turner & Associates, LLC for shipping and overnight charges, stamps, and envelopes

$779.28 to AT&T for telephone services.

$642.90 for travel expenses.

$500 to Schubert Flint Public Affairs for media consulting

$400 to Tierney Kendall & Co. for bookkeeping

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  • monroecolby

    Who is financially supporting these religious zealots? Are they violating the law by not reporting their donors? How can they be held accountable? What are they afraid of?

  • rextrek1

    Iowa needs to rid itself of these outside influences,and Vanderscum….that man has mental issues.

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