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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.

Bob Vander Plaats (photo by Dave Davidson,
Bob Vander Plaats (photo by Dave Davidson,

Former adviser says Vander Plaats ‘obsessed with the gay-marriage issue’

By Jason Hancock | 01.03.11 | 8:30 am

Bob Vander Plaats‘ continued push to remove the remaining four justices on the Iowa Supreme Court over the 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage is endangering the judicial system and displaying that the influential conservative is “obsessed with the gay-marriage issue,” said Dan Moore, a Sioux City attorney and a former adviser on three of Vander Plaats’ campaigns, in a column published Sunday in The Des Moines Register.

Fueled by almost $1 million in spending by out-of-state anti-gay organizations, Vander Plaats led the successful campaign to oust three Supreme Court justices up for retention vote. Now, as CEO of the Christian political organization The Family Leader, Vander Plaats has called for the remaining four justices to resign. If they do not, he will support efforts by Republican lawmakers to impeach them.

Moore compared the same-sex marriage decision to another legal opinion rendered by the court in 1839 that declared slavery illegal in Iowa. Those justices were not impeached, Moore said, and threatening judges with impeachment for doing their job sets a dangerous precedent.

From The Register:

Justice should not be based upon which way the political winds may be blowing.

Bob Vander Plaats, who is highly regarded by many conservatives in Iowa, is quite simply wrong to encourage Iowans to support the resignation or impeachment of the remaining four justices of the Iowa Supreme Court. He is grasping at political relevance using daily sound bites of misinformation to intentionally mislead.

I hope all Iowans step back and objectively analyze the damage to the Iowa judicial branch that Bob has already caused. The talk and rhetoric of resignation and impeachment should die.

This is the second time in as many weeks that Vander Plaats has faced criticism for his attacks on the judiciary from his hometown. The conservative editorial board of the Sioux City Journal concluded that Vander Plaats had “jumped the shark” for his repeated calls for judicial resignation.

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  • Anonymous

    Blame should be equally given to the truly gullible, sexist, Iowa voters. Shame on the voters who voted against the ISC judges!

  • Anonymous

    Has Iowa devolved into “Lord of the Flies”? Time for Gov.-elect Branstad to speak up against this impeachment nonsense. These justices did exactly what they were sworn to do — follow the Iowa Constitution and render decisions in accordance with its provisions.
    The legislature and the governor-elect need to fix Iowa’s economic problems and not waste any more time chasing this “beast” created by anti-gay outsiders.

  • Anonymous

    It is an interesting point that previous decisions on slavery and discrimination did not result in attacks on the judiciary, I’d guess because in the 1800′s, there was greater respect for their crucial role as authorities on legal matters, precedents, and the constitution.

    It really makes me question the wisdom of a retention vote put to the general population, which has as a whole very little knowledge of constitutional law, and is apparently prone to take unthinking mob action with the slightest encouragement. $1 million? That’s all it took? If you discount the number of people who typically vote against retention, that means out-of-state extremists bought Iowans out….at four bucks a vote.

    I’d like to see some new legislation to address this issue. I’d like a law banning out of state contributions to political campaigns of any sort (in fact, I’d like all campaigning to be financed by the state and limited to inexpensive methods like public television debates, but that’s pretty damn wishful). It’s bad enough Iowans supported this crackpot, but to have his ability to do damage amplified by hate groups from other states is intolerable.

    I’d also like to see a requirement for education in law-making, the history of the branches of Iowa government and their interactions, the Constitution, and what exactly ‘malfeasance’ means for every incoming member of the legislature. And if they still don’t grasp it, flunk them and send them home. History will eventually judge these people to be failures and detractors from fair governance….wouldn’t it be better to dump them before they do lasting harm?

  • UIGrad2010

    What an idiot. Possibly a closeted idiot.

  • George

    In the old days they would get some help for obsessed people, but now they just let them run wild on the streets.

  • Anonymous

    We elect ideot’s (who portray them selves conservatives – GOD loving – morality – church going- But behind in their woods they have divorces – drugs – guns – low saleries and high purks – mistresses – instant riches after getting elected – you know why???) Peoples hard earned money in Fedral systems, specially social security and individual tax money (remember no corporate money – as they do not pay with multiple loopholes thes ideot’s have provided them over the years….well keep on electing until they ruin us completely in the name of petriotisom, GOD, morality, No mor Texes, abortion, GUNS, …..RUSH LIM>>>, all are self promoters and for tem selves…they fooled and diluted great American Brains with their self promoting and self riches and see where we are???Wake up America & True Americans..other wise we will loose everything in the name of WARS>>>>>

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