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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

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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.

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Even with Democrat help, slim chance of Senate vote on gay marriage

By Gavin Aronsen | 11.24.10 | 7:00 am

At least one Iowa Senate Democrat who sided with Republicans during the last legislative session in an attempt to force a vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage said he will do so again. Another wouldn’t rule it out. But even with Democrats likely facing a slim 26-24 majority next session, it’s unlikely the GOP could bring a marriage bill to the floor for a vote.

Senate Republicans last attempted to bring the marriage amendment out of committee in February with a petition signed by all 18 members of their party and five Democrats – three senators shy of the required 26. Three of those Democrats – Dennis Black of Newton, Tom Hancock of Epworth and Joseph Seng of Davenport – remain in office. A fourth, Keith Kreiman of Bloomfield, appears to be headed toward a recount defeat.

But even if at least two of the Democrats were to join Republicans in signing a new petition that still wouldn’t stop Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) from blocking a bill coming to the floor. Gronstal has repeatedly said he will never allow a marriage amendment to come up for a vote.

Hancock said he would probably still sign another petition and would vote in favor of an amendment banning same-sex marriage. Black wouldn’t say whether he supported same-sex marriage, saying he would have to see the language of a new petition or bill before deciding whether to support either.

Black said he supported the petition in February in the interest of giving Iowa citizens more of a voice on the issue and predicted that a constitutional amendment bill would “pass virtually immediately” in the House next session but would die in the Senate’s judiciary committee.

Both Black and Hancock expressed sympathy for the three state Supreme Court justices ousted over the issue in the recent retention election, saying they were just doing their job.

Seng did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

In order for a constitutional amendment to become law, a bill would first have to pass in the state House and Senate in two consecutive legislative sessions. Then it would be placed on the ballot for a final decision by Iowa voters.

The earliest the amendment could go on the ballot is 2013.

But Black, who said he knows Gronstal “very well,” said the majority leader would “not be swayed.”

That apparently won’t stop Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley (R-Chariton) from trying.

“We’ve tried and we will continue to try but I think his own members will continue to persuade him,” McKinley told The Iowa Independent.

Tom Jochum, a former state representative from Dubuque and current lobbyist for the LGBT advocacy group One Iowa, said the only possible alternative for Republicans would be to break from Senate tradition and vote to suspend the rules to override Gronstal. But Secretary of the Senate Mike Marshall told The Des Moines Register after the election that a rules suspension wouldn’t happen.

“There’s no mechanism whereby senators, even a majority of senators, can override the majority leader,” he told The Register.

The Register also reported that McKinley said his party would not pursue a rule suspension strategy. However, McKinley now says he never told The Register that and said  “everything is on the table.”


  • Anonymous

    WOW…they just won’t leave it alone will they? How has any person marrying affected anyone else? Talk about perpetuating Bigotry and Discrimination…….do these people think they will actually STEAL Marriage away from TAX PAYING LGBT Iowans? It’s been legal over a year, with NO affects except ADDING Revenue Money to the states coffers……Iowa does NOT want to go down the Road as looking “backwards” / and on the WRONG side of History…….plus, you will NOT Annull the 1000′s of Marriages that took place….and the ONLY thing this would/could acheive is Putting this whole thing Iowa Courts for years and years of COSTLY Litigation that Iowa doesn’t need….let alone, getting a reputation of Discrimination and Intolerance.

  • kunt hovind

    You talk to the preponderance of persons under thirty years of age, they’ve got no problem with gay people; they’ve actually got more experience in dealing with them than the majority of those thirty years their senior, in that they’ve actually met at least ONE in their lifetimes. And what sane person could say that, in meeting a gay person, that it is a good idea for government to step in as a matter of necessity to deny them rights given freely to nearly any heterosexual couple regardless of qualification?

    This is probably a pretty cynical thing to say, but I think after seeing the old folks home empty entirely on Nov. 2nd to oust Supreme Court/appellate justices, we’re just going to have to let these ideas die off with the people who hold them.

    People more eloquent than myself have written ad nauseum on all of the reasons, political, moral, and otherwise, for endorsing a step towards equal rights for homosexuals. The bigotry of these people is unassailable.

    So, the next time you hear someone speaking about the ills of homosexuality, religious or otherwise, just ignore them and remember this is how religions act in their dying days. The people themselves who espouse such views will soon be rotting in the ground; the world will be bettered for each one we lose.

    • Anonymous

      Rotting in the ground? I am sorry that you have such a notion of life after death. My faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came and died for my sins, means I will live forever. I pray you seek the Lord God, your maker before you take your last breath. Seriously, please don’t disregard. He loves you and has a plan for your life. This message is much more important than all the arguing over homosexuality. God has the last say on everything. He’s the one we will ultimately have to answer to, not our neighbor, not a Republican, not a Democrat, not a judge….

  • Pozpersonal

    Gay marriage? I have no objection!

    My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD and they even don’t know when they have it.
    According to the report from the largest STD dating site Positivefish. com (if I spell the site correctly) which claims it has more than 111,000 members,
    the gay subscribers increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

    • Anonymous

      Irrelevant diversion from the topic at hand, marriage equity in the law of Iowa.

    • Lindsay Y.

      That is actually completely false. A straight man is more likely to get an STD from a prostitute than a gay man is to get an STD from another man. Check your facts. You can’t believe everything you hear.

    • Kathrin Taylor

      STDs tend to come from people who have sex with multiple partners.

      Those who are fighting to marry tend not to be those looking for some degree of monogamy.

      Furthermore, marriage is a stabilizing institution – by adding incentives to stay together and work things out, and costs for splitting up, it encourages building stable families. “Breaking up” hurts and costs you a little bit of your stuff. Divorce involves quite a bit more.

      If anything, telling gay individuals “no, you can’t build stable relationships” leads to more STDs, and marriage leads to fewer.

  • Franck

    I guess they didn’t catch up with that poll last year that said that, no matter how they felt about SSM, a large majority of Iowans wished for it not to become such a major issue. Oi, Iowa Republicans, don’t you have jobs to save or something, rather than spend the next 3 years trying to ruin a few people’s lives?

  • Anonymous

    Please help sign the petition to get the Apple itunes store to remove their anti-gay, anti-choice iphone application, and remove the hate and discrimination they are trying to promote.

    • MetalNick

      No. That is nonsense. Are you just going to censor everybody who thinks differently than you do? If you think that way you’re no better than the people you’re trying to silence.

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