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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.

(Photo: Kellie Parker/ Flickr)
(Photo: Kellie Parker/ Flickr)

Angelo to launch ‘Iowa Republicans for Freedom’

By Lynda Waddington | 05.27.11 | 2:00 pm

Former Iowa Sen. Jeff Angelo will hold a series of three press conferences next week to formally launch a new group aimed at highlighting conservative support for civil marriage equality.

Angelo, who at one point supported a complete ban on same-sex marriage, told current lawmakers earlier this year that he had a change of heart.

Jeff Angelo

Jeff Angelo

“I have changed my position,” he told a packed House chamber at the public hearing on House Joint Resolution 6, which not only would ban same-sex marriage, but also deny state recognition of civil unions and other domestic partnerships.

“The purpose of our Constitution is to protect the rights of individuals, and it does so by limiting government’s powers to control the lives and properties of our citizens,” Angelo said. “The resolution before you places pro-active legislative language in our Constitution meant to limit the ability of a select group to be civilly joined in marriage. It does not restrain government intrusion in the lives of law-abiding Iowans, and therefore violates the very purpose of the Iowa Constitution.

“Let me also say that the tenor of the debate has become such that it does not serve the people of Iowa well an is not in keeping with an Iowa culture that is known nationwide for displaying both respect and generosity of spirit,” Angelo said. “This debate centers around the devaluation of the lives of a select group of people. At its worst, we are asked to believe that our gay friends are involved in a nefarious debate, the outcome of which, supposedly is the unraveling of society itself.”

In prepared remarks distributed to the media, Angelo said countries that seek to use secular law to enforce religious principle “are not free” – a contrast to the remarks of many of the amendments supporters. …

The new organization, “Iowa Republicans for Freedom,” will be launched during a press conference on the State Capitol Grounds (West Capitol Terrace, near intersection of Locus and Pennsylvania) at 11 a.m. on June 1. Angelo will follow that press conference with two more on June 2 at Cedar Rapids in Greene Square park in downtown at 10 a.m. and in Davenport at the public library at 3 p.m.

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  • Anonymous

    Aren’t opinion polls and politicians wonderful. 

  • Anonymous

    Cannibals want to be equal too.  They were born that way.  Nazis and Charles Manson want to be equal too.  They were born the way there were born– they can’t help being the way they are.  When will Jeff Angelo pick up the glorious banner of equal rights for cannibals, Nazis, and Charles Manson?  Or, is Jeff Angelo just a selective hypocrite who favors only certain flavors of degeneracy?  Maybe he wants to get rid of the Code of Iowa, because it discriminates against an oppressed minority group widely known by the demeaning, derogatory, and disrespectful term “criminals.”  If Angelo wants to support perverted criminals, why isn’t he supporting all criminals?

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