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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.

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King: Determining when life begins is like shooting gun into crowd

By Lynda Waddington | 12.30.10 | 12:30 pm

Those who remain in favor of early abortion services on grounds that people don’t know exactly when life begins are similar to people who willy-nilly shoot guns into a crowd of people, according to U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

King provided the analogy during a video-taped segment with, a project of the conservative nonprofit Media Research Center.

“You cannot take a chance with life anymore than you can shoot a gun into a crowded room and take a chance that you might not kill somebody. You cannot guess about when life begins. You have to pick an instant, and there’s only the instant of conception,” King said.

The analogy came in response to the question: “When did Jesus get the right to life?”

King says he often goes into high school auditoriums or meets with school-aged children and tells them that they “will be asked to answer one of the most profound moral questions of our age,” which is: “Where do you stand on the abortion issue?” If the children agree that life is sacred, and according to King they do, then he asks them when their lives began.

“You have to pick an instant,” said King. “And there’s only one instant, and that is the instant of conception.

“In fact, if you want to argue that you really don’t know — that it might be first, second or third trimester or viability — tell me: If someone were to walk down this hallway and stick a gun in the door, turn their head away from the gun and pull the trigger and run out the door and we catch him out there, did he kill somebody or didn’t he?”

Answering “I don’t know” isn’t good enough, King says, because if someone is dead, the gunman killed someone. That is why “you cannot guess about when life begins,” he said.

The interview appears in the video below.

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  • egc52556

    Pastor King should keep his preaching away from his secular job of U.S. Congressman.

    Here’s the thing, Rep. King: I don’t agree with you. My beliefs aren’t the same as yours. And since the 1st Amendment protects me from your attempts to establish your religion as the country’s official religion (which is what making laws would do), then your religious beliefs have nothing to do with me.

    Or shouldn’t.

    You are attempting to compel me to behave according to your religious beliefs. I will do everything I can to stop you.

    • Anonymous

      Technically speaking, the Bible doesn’t seem to back up Mr. King. Adam’s life didn’t begin until he took his first breath. Plus there is a law in the Bible that if you cause a woman to lose her unborn child, you must pay a fine to the husband – they obviously don’t see it as murder no matter what stage the pregnancy is. I personally am opposed to abortion unless the mother is at a health risk which I am told is rare. However, I do not think the government should decide. It should be a decision between a doctor and his patient. The problem I have is that people like the Congressman tend to be against sex education and easy access to birth control in general.

  • Anonymous

    The good news: Iowa has lost a congressional seat, and King’s district (5) is the one that won’t be there in two years!

    • Anonymous

      I just wish that were true, dfflick. King’s seat is actually probably the safest of the five, since— however the Republicans controlling the state legislature redraw the lines— the hard-red western edge of the state will still constitute most of the new district he’ll run in.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I know, unfortunately- but, you have to look at it in terms of the fact that it’s likely that he will face a challenger from his own party in Scott Latham; unless Ames is included in a Democratic district (IA-3), it’ll likely be part of the new IA-4 (as it is now). Also, I am relatively sure that since he would technically be changing seats, that he would lose seniority in some aspects.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. I can’t believe this man is allowed near children.

    Maybe instead of arguing about when life begins, we should be looking at viable ways of continuing that life without hijacking the uterus and the woman it’s inside of. If all the money spent funding the debate on this issue went to research instead, perhaps we’d figure out a way of transplanting that fetus. Perhsps into the womb of a married lesbian….

    I certainly don’t see how the Christian God belongs in this. After all, he allegedly killed all the firstborn of Egypt, and knocked up a human purely to create a better sacrifice to himself. ‘Grotesque’ doesn’t seem adequate.

  • Anonymous

    Ron King is a bias religious fanatic, who has put down various non caucasians in past speeches.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans – so typical…ONLY care about the Fetus…once that Baby pops out…GOP MOTTO: “what”? Can’t afford it..? Well you’re the Dumb whore who shouldn’t have had another kid you couldn’t afford….don’t expect the gov’t to help you”

  • Anonymous

    Look, King is a well-known wierdo. What bothers me is that the 5th district eats it up.

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