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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.

Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen
Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen

House GOP leader open to impeaching Supreme Court justices

Move would be a response to 2009 same-sex marriage ruling
By Jason Hancock | 12.16.10 | 7:30 am

If the people of Iowa demand that the remaining four justices on the state Supreme Court be impeached, Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) said Wednesday he would not stand in the way.

Last month, Iowans voted to oust three state Supreme Court justices who were up for a retention vote due to the 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The other four justices were not on the ballot.

During an interview with Christian radio host Steve Deace, Paulsen said the lesson of the judicial retention election is that Iowans want a voice in the definition of marriage, and also that they expect the legislature “to live up to its constitutional responsibility and ensure we’re not rolling over any time the courts want to boss us around.” But just because Iowans decided to remove the judges doesn’t necessarily mean they want the legislature to step in and remove the rest.

“But maybe they do,” Paulsen said. “I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”

Ultimately, it’s up to the people, Paulsen said. Deace then pressed him on the issue, asking, “If you had the sense that this is what Iowans wanted out of their representative government, this would not be something you would stand in the way of. Is that what you’re saying?”

Paulsen responded: “The title of state representative has to stand for something.”

If Iowans want the judges impeached, “they need to contact us,” Paulsen said.

State Sen. Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) said Monday that he will also push for impeachment proceedings. Paulsen said the effort would start in the Iowa House, where Republicans hold a 60-40 advantage.

“It does start in the House and requires a simple majority to impeach,” he said. “Then, of course, it goes over to the Senate where a conviction could or couldn’t occur.”

According to the Iowa Constitution, a justice can be impeached “for any misdemeanor or malfeasance in office.” If the House passes articles of impeachment, a trial will be held in the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed for a judge to be removed. Democrats currently hold a 26-23 advantage in the Senate, with one seat left vacant by the resignation of Lt.-Gov.-elect Kim Reynolds.

Carolyn Jenison, executive director of the LGBT-rights organization One Iowa, called Paulsen’s statements “reckless.”

“Iowans from all walks of life rely on our courts to give them a fair shake in our judicial system,” Jenison said. “Our judges must be free to make their decisions on the merits of the law, without fear of political retribution from those who seek to impose their personal beliefs on others. It is reckless for Speaker-elect Paulsen to suggest that the legislature should take the extraordinary step of impeachment simply because he disagrees with a particular ruling.”

Bob Vander Plaats, a former gubernatorial hopeful that led the campaign to oust the judges, has publicly called for the remaining four justices to resign. Paulsen would not take a position on the suggestion, saying that whether or not the judges should resign is ultimately “something [the four justices] will have to figure out.”

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  • Anonymous

    WOW …IF it were ever SOooo Obvious to LGBT American Citizens How much the GOP HATES YOU…this is it…..Now they wantt o “Impeach” the 4 remaining Judges? ..and WHY..? Because they interpreted the Constitution that ALL Iowans be treated Equally……..WOW, the GOP is Lower then the Low….absolutely Pathetic. You would think they’d have alot more to worry about…..then the 4 SC Judges on the Bench who were DOING THEIR JOB. Hey Iowan LGBT Community- the GOP HATES YOU!

  • Anonymous

    WOW …IF it were ever SOooo Obvious to LGBT American Citizens How much the GOP HATES YOU…this is it…..Now they wantt o “Impeach” the 4 remaining Judges? ..and WHY..? Because they interpreted the Constitution that ALL Iowans be treated Equally……..WOW, the GOP is Lower then the Low….absolutely Pathetic. You would think they’d have alot more to worry about…..then the 4 SC Judges on the Bench who were DOING THEIR JOB. Hey Iowan LGBT Community- the GOP HATES YOU!

  • Anonymous

    To those of you republicans who keep talking about the “will of the people”, let’s examine the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” Majority of Americans have proven to support repeal, with all polls showing 50-75% support. Majority of military workers support repeal, with the military poll showing over 60% support. Majority of our government supports repeal (Senate vote 50+ vs 40). Yet republicans filibuster the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell going against the will of the people. What happened to that argument now?

    Oh yeah, Republicans prove that it only applies for them. It also proves that they never really cared about the “will of the people”, they only care about their anti-gay agenda. Stop falling for anti-gay tricks, and start taking a stand. Don’t let these people tell you how to vote or run your life. And don’t let these people keep tricking you and lying to you to advance their agenda.

  • Anonymous

    In their never ending quest to roll back the clock to an earlier period in American history, Repubs like to talk a lot about less government and more liberty and yet are hard at work doing other things:

    1) Criminalize abortion – restrict a woman’s right to choose because government is more qualified to manage a woman’s va6ina.

    2) Outlaw gay marriage – restrict gays’ rights to marry because government is more qualified to decide who is fit to marry.

    3) Punish illegal immigrants – restrict illegal immigrant and attempt to remove the 14th amendment to the constitution because illegals are undesirable and government is more qualified to decide who should stay and who should go.

    4) Attempt to redefine the 1st amendment by eliminating the separation of church and state. When the U.S. becomes a Christian nation, it will be easier to restrict opposing ideas that are not in line with biblical verse.

    The one important exception to this relentless attempt to restrict our freedoms and redefine our civil rights is the tenacious devotion to the 2nd amendment. While violence from Mexico slowly begins to overflow into our country, terrorists look for ways to harm us and right wing militias become more well armed, rather than looking for ways to control this flow of weapons, Repubs like to deny it is a problem and instead push for relaxing the laws even further.

  • Michael Charles

    The destruction of the courts was one of the first things that happened in Germany in the late 1930s. As we know, it was the beginning of the end. Courts and judges had no choice but to bend to the will of the reigning party and ignoring any constitution that might exist. Not unlike their counter part in 1940′s Germany, the Republican party wants control of the courts as well as the legislature. This last election parallels the April 1938 election in Germany which gave the party the power to proceed with their agenda. Now they wish to eliminate judges who disagree with their agenda. The similarities between today and 1939 Germany are all too apparent. History shows us how this ended for Germany in 1945. Iowa voters need to learn from history if they don’t want a repeat in this country.

    • Edward Miessner

      Exactly. A repeat of Germany 1933-45 in this country would result in the US being occupied by enemy powers, none of whom would be as magnaminous towards us as we, the Brits, French and Soviets were towards the Germans. (God forbid we should use nukes)

      • Anonymous

        Remind me again where we’re borrowing from to support our massive deficit? We’re already financially occupied, we’re just to damn stupid to do anything about it.

  • George

    Talk about scaring away jobs. Iowa is becoming an embarrassment to America

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