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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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Second poll finds majority of Iowans oppose judicial impeachment

By Jason Hancock | 01.18.11 | 11:23 am

Only 36 percent of Iowans favor impeaching the remaining four Iowa Supreme Court justices over a 2009 decision that permitted same-sex marriage, according to new poll released Tuesday by the group Justice Not Politics. The findings match a similar poll released last week.

Moreover, after hearing the Iowa Constitution’s standard for impeachment — “misdemeanor or malfeasance” — only 17 percent said a court decision can be an impeachable offense. By contrast, 63 percent of Iowans said a court decision does not meet the standard for impeachment, even if they personally disagree with it.

“Iowa voters reject the reckless calls by Bob Vander Plaats and his allies in the legislature for impeachment, and the entire misguided reasoning behind it,” said Sally Pederson, co-chair of Justice Not Politics, a group organized last year to protect Iowa’s courts and system of merit selection and retention. “Voters understand the importance of an impartial court which upholds the constitution, and say no to impeachment before it does further damage to our state, and to our courts.”

In November, Iowans voted to oust three Supreme Court justices over the 2009 ruling. Since then, a group of Republican lawmaker have promised to introduce articles of impeachment for the remaining four justices. But even among those who voted “no” in the November retention election, 39 percent said a court decision does not meet the state’s standard for impeachment, while only 30 percent said it does. Of those who voted to retain the justices, 92 percent said a court decision is not an impeachable offense.

The Justice Not Politics poll, commissioned along with the national group Justice at Stake, questioned 748 voters by automated telephone, with an estimated margin of error of 3.6 percent, according to 20/20 Insight, an Atlanta polling firm.

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  • heyjude09

    Like so many, I took the bait and voted to remove those Iowa Supreme Court Justices. Later, I discovered the stupidity of my action. All we accomplished was removing Justices who were placed years ago by “Conservative” Governor Brandstad, leaving their vacancies to be filled by Culvert as he left office. Egg on face.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, it was a mixed bag, and the governor, at least in theory, shouldn’t have input into the nominees. It’s meant to keep the branches separated, and to keep the SC untainted by partisan politics.

    Do us all a favor; next time you vote, at least read up on the issues a little. And not just the screaming rhetoric of the far right (or far left, although they seem to have disappeared; now it’s the far right versus the center, as far as I can tell); frankly, I doubt anyone with the literacy skills to comprehend fairly basic English could read the Varnum decision and the Constitution and come away thinking the justices were guilty of malfeasance, or had overstepped their constitutional authority. It’s a very carefully written, thoroughly explained decision; it addresses all of the points of opposition, and makes clear counterpoints that illustrate the circular and unsupportable basis of the DOMA.

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