Top Stories

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.

Press Release

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.


Iowa Family Policy Center: Vote ‘no’ on all judges, not just Supreme Court

By Lynda Waddington | 10.20.10 | 7:56 am

The man who leads the Iowa Family Policy Center is no longer taking aim just at the three Iowa Supreme Court judges who are listed on the November ballot, but believes all Iowa judges that appear on the ballot should be voted down.

In a Tuesday e-mail to supporters that announced an upcoming Iowa bus tour by his organization in conjunction with the D.C.-based Family Research Council and New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, Chuck Hurley wrote that he will “pray for righteous judges, and will be voting ‘no’ on all of them.”

He encourages IFPC supporters to also summarily dismiss all Iowa judges for the following four reasons:

  1. I’ve not heard any of them repudiate what the Iowa Supreme Court judges did, and some are actively defending them.
  2. When we sent questionnaires to judges in the past, they’ve followed the Iowa Supreme Court’s advice to not answer them. This leaves us with what the U.S. Supreme Court has called “state-imposed voter ignorance.” Since I am being asked whether to re-hire someone with my own tax dollars, I won’t hire him or her without knowledge of motivation, experience, and philosophy; especially when, as a group, judges have refused in the past to answer our respectful questions about those issues.
  3. If some judges are defeated because of their ties to the Iowa Supreme Court judges, it will strengthen our ability to get them to answer future questionnaires on their judicial philosophies and methods of constitutional interpretation.
  4. I don’t know any of them well enough personally to be sure that they hold to the original intent of the U.S. and Iowa Constitutions.

Hurley then refers supporters with additional questions to the website of Iowa for Freedom — a group led by Bob Vander Plaats and funded by Mississippi-based American Family Association — or to the user-generated, national wiki Judgepedia. He does not mention, however, that the Iowa Judicial Branch has prepared a voter guide that provides biographical information on each of judges that appear on the 2010 ballot, nor does he provide a link to the Iowa state Bar Association where the 2010 Plebiscite results are provided.

The plebiscite, or biannual survey, is conducted by the Iowa State Bar Association and provides an opportunity for attorneys who work with judges to provide insights to the public. This year’s survey garnered responses from roughly 3,500 attorneys, and all 74 judges that appear on the November ballot received high marks on the questions for their professionalism and demeanor.

Follow Lynda Waddington on Twitter


  • Bear

    What hypocrisy! Chuck Hurley talking about spending tax payer money! “Since I am being asked whether to re-hire someone with my own tax dollars” he says, not giving a thought to the fact that his organization, the Iowa Family Policy Center has been a recipient of many of our tax dollars. I want the right to fire him!

Switch to our mobile site