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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

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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

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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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Poll: Majority of Iowans oppose gay marriage, but also impeachment

Only 40 percent of Iowans have favorable view of Gov. Terry Branstad
By Jason Hancock | 01.14.11 | 1:34 pm

Fifty-two percent of Iowans think same-sex marriage should not be legal, with only 41 percent supporting marriage equity, a new poll from Public Policy Polling found.

However, with conservative Republican lawmakers planning to work to impeach the four remaining justices on the Iowa Supreme Court, the poll found 55 percent of Iowans oppose the idea. Sixty percent of Republicans polled favor impeachment, compared to only 34 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats.

“This is one of those classic issues where voters agree with Republicans but don’t want the party to overplay its hand,” said Dean Debnam, president of North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling. “They’re on the same page with wanting same sex marriage to be illegal, but they think it’s going too far to impeach the judges who made the ruling to legalize it.”

The poll also found that as Gov. Terry Branstad takes office only 40 percent of Iowans hold a favorable opinion of him, despite cruising to victory over Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in November. Only 35 percent of independents say they have a favorable opinion of Branstad, compared to 18 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans.

“So if voters don’t like Branstad that much, you might ask, how did he still win by such a healthy margin?” asked Tom Jenson, director of Public Policy Polling. “Well they certainly don’t think much of outgoing Democrat Chet Culver either. Only 41 percnet of voters approve of the work he did as governor to 46 percent who disapprove. Voters who didn’t like either Branstad or Culver likely went overwhelmingly for the challenger on the premise that he would at least take things in a different and possibly better direction.”

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  • Anonymous

    If anything in this is true, then 52% of Iowa voters are stupid, and worse than the Taliban. If these bigoted fools want gay marriage illegal, they are saying they want it criminalized.

    Gay marriage cannot be illegal, because there isn’t a law that punishes the act of a gay marriage, but if this is what 52% of the Iowa voters want, I would say to everyone of them with a straight face; Fuck You!

    • Anonymous

      MONROECOLBY: ‘If these bigoted fools want gay marriage illegal, they are saying they want it criminalized.’

      *******
      I’m a strong supporter of marriage equality, but I think you’re overstating the case here. You’re construing “legal/illegal” in a fallacious way by importing one sense of the word into a discussion where that sense is not applicable.

      To say that the bigoted 52% of poll respondents don’t want the state to affirmatively authorize marriage equality (“legalize” it) is not the same as to say that they want to “criminalize” it (subject people to jail time or criminal fines if they get married.)

      I’ll grant you that some truly malevolent portion of that 52% probably would support criminal penalties, but I doubt that more than a small portion of even marriage equality opponents would go that far. (And even that would still leave them well short of being ‘worse than the Taliban’. The Taliban are pretty impressively bad, as regressive bigots go.)

  • http://www.eddiecaplan.com/ egc52556

    Polling about civil rights is meaningless. Our rights are for everyone, not just the popular people. Our rights by definition protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

    On this topic, at least, young people seem to see this more clearly. The younger you are the more likely you are to think gay marriage should be legal.

    Read the poll data for yourself — http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_IA_01131023.pdf

    The demographics are turning towards tolerance and acceptance.

  • http://www.eddiecaplan.com/ egc52556

    Polling about civil rights is meaningless. Our rights are for everyone, not just the popular people. Our rights by definition protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

    On this topic, at least, young people seem to see this more clearly. The younger you are the more likely you are to think gay marriage should be legal.

    Read the poll data for yourself — http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_IA_01131023.pdf

    The demographics are turning towards tolerance and acceptance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

      ….and the younger Iowans were under-sampled by the poll. Although adjusting for this yields only small changes to the poll’s results, it still is in conflict with other polls such that I would not hold high confidence in its results. Party ideology could also have been sampled incorrectly as well, as others have suggested (seems like conservatives may have been oversampled compared to independents).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7ZXLQWAIWYID3S5BJYQEETHTQ DavidT

    Civility is always a good point but America was misled if they thought Tucson this was a serious memorial for the dead and wounded, it was not. The DNC T-shirts passed out proves the political agenda for the entire event. The GOP, Bill O’Reilly and Huckabee have bee played for dupes. I do not want to hear any more “praise” of Obama’s political pep rally. You have to hand to them the played the GOP all the way through this crisis and got the rating, blessing, and results Obama wanted. At the same time he was simply launching his 2012 campaign bid. Oh, was there someone killed or injured, the Democrats don’t care anymore than they did for the wounded and dead soldiers after the Ft. Hood massacre by the sleeper cell muslim terrorist. You never heard there names, there was no televised memorial, no T-shirts and Tom Brokaw was not afraid to go into a bar there after the 12 were killed and 31 were injured. The big picture shows the president and media’s double standard scam taking place across the country in just two years. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel’s advice to Obama.

    • Anonymous

      DAVIDT: ‘The DNC T-shirts passed out proves the political agenda for the entire event.’

      *******
      Your statement above proves you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      The DNC had nothing to do with the shirts. The University of Arizona conceived, paid for, and handed out the shirts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

        Don’t argue facts, they get in the way of a good Rush Limbaugh bedtime story.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENM67KRAASFGZNHDHHBJ7GWABU john

      The memorial in Tucson was the memorial the people of Tucson wanted, including the families of the victims. You have no right to criticize the memorial. Memorials are for the living, not for the dead. The T-shirts were NOT placed on those seats by the DNC no matter how you and rush Limbaugh would like to spread that propaganda. They were placed there by the college. And for the record, Obama didn;t launch his presidential bid: he just looks and acts extremely presidential when compared to the wanna-bes on the Republican side.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENM67KRAASFGZNHDHHBJ7GWABU john

      The memorial in Tucson was the memorial the people of Tucson wanted, including the families of the victims. You have no right to criticize the memorial. Memorials are for the living, not for the dead. The T-shirts were NOT placed on those seats by the DNC no matter how you and rush Limbaugh would like to spread that propaganda. They were placed there by the college. And for the record, Obama didn;t launch his presidential bid: he just looks and acts extremely presidential when compared to the wanna-bes on the Republican side.

    • Anonymous

      Which would you rather have. A President that strives to bring people together with a heartfelt and honest speech after a serious crisis or a President who tries to build a case to go to war against a nation, that by the way, had nothing to do with the crisis. Pass legislation negating the rights of Americans and uses the crisis as a justification to imprison and torture people?

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Well gee. After checking the polling data, majority of the people polled were conservatives older than 30 years old, most of them older than 40 years old. But something here is good news for gay marriage supporters. Even with that data, it was 52-41, so even the older generations are supporting marriage equality far more than in the past. When the 18-30 year old block take over, this won’t even be an issue/

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENM67KRAASFGZNHDHHBJ7GWABU john

      Thank goodness for the youth of this country who have learned that this great nation will be stronger through marriage equality.

    • Anonymous

      This younger generation, raised for the Devil, will never have a chance to take over. America’s days are numbered. God will destroy this evil country and sooner than you think. He will also wipe the arrogant smirk off your face as you stand before Him on Judgment Day, your pants wet in the front and soiled in the back.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EMKC5HBMYNOQ4OJ3FQ24PXCQTQ Chris

        Go fuck u and ur God married within the next 5 year gay marriage will be legal at federal level.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F5S2QCIBFBZR6RBRKWTTTWONCI Samuel

        I’m sorry but if God hasn’t destroyed this nation even after religious people have said a billion times over that it will happen, I know it won’t happen. Religious people have been saying this for years and it has never happened. Major event after major event, somebody calls out that God will destroy this nation for it. Not gonna happen. Never.

        Five states have legalized same-sex marriage with other states having legalized civil unions or domestic partnerships, well on their way to eventual marriage for gay and lesbian couples. As of now, three more states are considering bills that will legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. God hasn’t destroyed this nation yet and I know he won’t destroy us if it is legalized in all 50 states.

        Gay and lesbian couples deserve the same protections as married couples, whether it is called marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships. I can understand their desire to become part of the wonderful institution of marriage and I intend to vote down this amendment if this ever comes to a vote. We have civil marriage in this nation for a reason and its provided by the state. No one has asked any churches to change their doctrine to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry and no church will ever be required to. In other words, churches are protected and have the freedom to not marry same-sex couples just like they have the right to not marry those outside their faith.

      • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

        On judgement day you will be answering for the harm your anti-gay bigotry has caused. We’ll be praying for you as you are too far gone for much else. I hope you’re ready.

      • http://qcblue.blogspot.com/ UIGrad2010

        Ha lol, you are one nutty person. Your fairytale god is not real you dolt. The Bible is full of stories passed on from older religions all based on fairy tales to keep society morally good. You are a fundamentalist crazy person.

  • Anonymous

    The comment posted by egc52556 below is absolutly correct.

    Our nation was founded as a Republic, not a Democracy. What is the difference? A republic is governed by laws and a democracy is governed by popular vote.

    A small example – in a democracy, a majority vote of the people on your street can prevent you from painting your house pink – in a republic you can paint your house pink even if every other person on the street objects.

    The democratic “majority rules” principle leads to “The Tyranny of the Majority.”

    Majority vote would have kept “coloreds” in the back of the bus. Based upon majority vote, free speech could be curtailed. Marriages between catholics and protestants would still be illegal.

    Remember that the US was founded to secure independence from oppression. True Americans will avoid becoming oppressors.

  • Anonymous

    The comment posted by egc52556 below is absolutly correct.

    Our nation was founded as a Republic, not a Democracy. What is the difference? A republic is governed by laws and a democracy is governed by popular vote.

    A small example – in a democracy, a majority vote of the people on your street can prevent you from painting your house pink – in a republic you can paint your house pink even if every other person on the street objects.

    The democratic “majority rules” principle leads to “The Tyranny of the Majority.”

    Majority vote would have kept “coloreds” in the back of the bus. Based upon majority vote, free speech could be curtailed. Marriages between catholics and protestants would still be illegal.

    Remember that the US was founded to secure independence from oppression. True Americans will avoid becoming oppressors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    And another poll done 6 months ago found that the majority of Iowans support same-sex marriage and no not want a constitutional amendment. So it seems like it is closer than people would like you to believe. Talk of this “overwhelming opposition” to marriage equity is made-up, extremist nonsense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    Wow…. using actual demographics of Iowa compared to this poll, it is easy to see why this poll differs so much from previous polling. They substantially over-sampled the older population.

    Actual census estimates for Iowa age demographics:
    http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ADPTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US19&-qr_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_DP5YR5&-ds_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_&-_lang=en&-redoLog=false&-_sse=on

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    Luckily with the help of mathematics we can make an estimate of what the poll numbers would say if the demographics sampled were more representative of the population of Iowa.

    Legal Illegal Unsure
    Raw Poll 40.9% 51.8% 7.9%
    Adjusted 42.2% 51.1% 7.1%

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    Public Policy Polling issues with gay marriage polling on other occasions.
    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/search/label/ppp

    They do landline only (potentially disqualifying 40% of Iowans (if their phone usage parallels the country as a whole) and this has caused undersampling of liberals/younger citiziens before.

  • Anonymous

    Would it be arrogant to assume that somehow you are doing God’s will while those others “just don’t get it” or even worse “aren’t true Christians”? Would it be hypocritical to use one antiquated law from the Bible to define morality while ignoring all the others? If you make claims that are untrue such as ” activist ISC Judges created law” are you a liar or just ignorant of the facts?

  • http://qcblue.blogspot.com/ UIGrad2010

    These polling methods are unreliable. Support will continue to rise day after day. And the old, uneducated fools that think two guys kissing is gross and that two girls marrying is an abomination, are all going to be judged by history as the prejudiced jokes they are. Not by some god. But by their fellow human beings…their grandchildren in fact. They hide behind religion to justify the fact that they just want someone to hate on, someone to make them feel better about themselves. But they are gravely mistaken. They are nothing but sad, unhappy idiots. Too bad. Because of their religious bigotry, which is really akin to a meth addiction, couples that have been together for years will have to wait to marry the person they love in most of this country. Thankfully we have an independent, smart judiciary that remedied our unfairness when it comes to the state deciding who can and cannot marry.

  • Anonymous

    “In God We Trust” is the official national motto of the United States of America; our laws were taken directly from the Ten Commandments. It is amazing to witness perverts demand the right to use their God given gft of freedom to deny themselves and everybody else access to the source of their freedom.

    It is like laying claim to the water, but being offended by the waters source; pure stupidity.

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