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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

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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

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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

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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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Republicans advocating gay marriage will increase in Iowa, former lawmaker says

By Meghan Malloy | 06.01.11 | 3:54 pm

More Republicans are starting to accept and advocate more for same-sex marriages in Iowa, and what was once considered a minority view within the GOP will “have influence” at the August Ames straw poll and 2012 Iowa Caucuses, a former state senator said Wednesday.

Former state Sen. Jeff Angelo, an Ames Republican, said his newly launched group, “Iowa Republicans for Freedom,” is only the beginning of more Republican-centric organizations advocating for same-sex rights, including civil marriage, and such groups will be more common as time goes on.

“If you’re an activist like me and you go to these Republican meetings and this issue gets discussed, you’re made to feel uncomfortable in you’re in favor of marriage equality,” Angelo said.

“There needs to be an organization which Republicans can join and say ‘I’d actually like to advocate for gay and lesbian marriage as part of my conservative principles,’” he continued. “So I do think that these types of groups are existing so people are aware there is another Republican voice on this issue, besides the Republicans who support exclusive one-man-one-woman marriage.”

Freedom to marry is an issue that directly aligns with the conservative beliefs of limited government and personal freedom, Angelo said.

“Iowa is in the perfect position to start the conversation about how the Republican platform can get back to its conservative roots and back to being a party that stands for true conservative values, like limited government,” he said.

Angelo is a heterosexual father of three who identifies as an evangelical Christian. He regularly attends the Ames Evangelical Free Church. While he still considers himself “very much an activist Republican,” Angelo said he, and other Republicans, are recognizing banning same-sex marriage violates the widely-held conservative belief of personal freedoms.

And while there is a shift in opinion among Republicans, it is not highly publicized.

“I keep going to meetings and get Republicans coming to me and privately saying, ‘I support what you do,’ but they don’t want to come out yet and say that.  But there’s enough people coming to me that gives me a feeling that things are shifting.”

Angelo said Iowa Republicans for Freedom, which has about 50 members, will mobilize to exert influence on the Iowa Caucuses in February, but does not expect any presidential candidates, except perhaps Fred Karger, to share the group’s view. Karger, a long-time Republican operative, is the first openly gay man from a major political party to run for President.

“I think that’s pretty unlikely (to have a political candidate agree with us), because many candidates have already established their positions (on same-sex marriage),” Angelo said. “But we will have an influence on the caucuses. We will go to caucus meetings and not be intimidated anymore, and will reject this assertion that you’re not Republican if you don’t stand on this a certain way.  We will have that kind of influence, yes.”

On the national level, more self-identified gays are finding themselves agreeing with conservative values, said Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of the D.C.-based GOProud. GOProud was founded two years ago, and has official affiliations and movements throughout the U.S., including a movement in Iowa.

“It was the stereotype that if you were gay, you were an uber-liberal activist,” LaSalvia said. “And that is just not the case anymore. More and more gay people people are realizing they are conservative in their views. Limited government is good for everyone.”

Though LaSalvia did not speak to whether or not groups like GOProud or Iowa Republicans for Freedom would increase in number, therefore exerting influence on the conservative perspective on same-sex marriage, he said certainly opinions traditionally held by Republicans on gay marriage are changing.

“Attitudes on a whole host of issues are changing, and you’re going to see movement across the political spectrum,” LaSalvia said.

Unification of the Republican Party, however, is likely to come from the core issues conservatives share, not an issue like acceptance of gay marriage, LaSalvia said.

“I think the problems facing this country are so important that everyone should ban together to fix them,” he said. “That’s the reality that’s bringing conservatives together.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VVHGFY6INZQ5SX4HLNUF4NSIE Stanley J

    Its about freedom, a watchword of the republicans. And also small government.Why should the repubs support the govt deciding who can and who cant marry..

    And maybe they read our history in America.  After the civil war,  re allowing blacks to marry , people were talking about protecting the sanctity of the white race.

    When it finally came time to abolish the 40 state laws that made inter-racila marriage illegal, the bigots talked about the sancity of marriage being destroyed.

    All the religious extremists do is recycle the old arguments that have been tossed into the dump of human history ‘s  hate pile.

  • alleyhse

    What same-sex “marriage” has done to Massachusetts

    It’s far worse than most people realize

    October 20, 2008

    by Brian Camenker

    [NOTE: For a 4-page printable version

    (PDF format) CLICK HERE.]

    Anyone who thinks that same-sex “marriage” is a benign eccentricity
    which won’t affect the average person should consider what it has done
    in Massachusetts. It’s become a hammer to force the acceptance and
    normalization of homosexuality on everyone. And this train is moving
    fast. What has happened so far is only the beginning.

    On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced its Goodridge opinion,
    ruling that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.”
    Six months later, homosexual marriages began to be performed.

    The public schools

    The homosexual “marriage” onslaught in public schools across the state started soon after the November 2003, court decision.

    At my own children’s high school there was a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex “marriage” in early December, 2003.
    It featured an array of speakers, including teachers at the school who
    announced that they would be “marrying” their same-sex partners and
    starting families either through adoption or artificial insemination.
    Literature on same-sex marriage – how it is now a normal part of
    society – was handed out to the students.

    Within months it was brought into the middle schools. In September, 2004, an 8th-grade teacher in Brookline, MA, told National Public Radio
    that the marriage ruling had opened up the floodgates for teaching
    homosexuality. “In my mind, I know that, `OK, this is legal now.’ If
    somebody wants to challenge me, I’ll say, `Give me a break. It’s legal
    now,’” she told NPR. She added that she now discusses gay sex with her
    students as explicitly as she desires.  For example, she said she
    tells the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex
    toys.

    By the following year it was in elementary school curricula. Kindergartners were given picture books
    telling them that same-sex couples are just another kind of family,
    like their own parents. In 2005, when David Parker of Lexington, MA – a
    parent of a kindergartner – strongly insisted on being notified when
    teachers were discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and put in jail overnight.

    Second graders at the same school were read a book, “King and King”, about two men who have a romance and marry each other,
    with a picture of them kissing. When parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin
    complained, they were told that the school had no obligation to notify
    them or allow them to opt-out their child.

    In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit
    to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their
    elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were
    taught.  The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that
    because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children,
    and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them
    opt-out their children! Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter
    of good citizenship!

    Think about that: Because same-sex marriage is “legal”, a federal judge has ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe!

    In 2006, in the elementary school where my daughter went to Kindergarten, the parents of a third-grader were forced to take their child out of school because a man undergoing a sex-change operation and cross-dressing was being brought into class
    to teach the children that there are now “different kinds of
    families.”  School officials told the mother that her complaints to the
    principal were considered “inappropriate behavior.”

    Libraries have also radically changed.  School
    libraries across the state, from elementary school to high school, now
    have shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior and the
    lifestyle in the minds of kids, some of them quite explicit and even
    pornographic. Parents complaints are ignored or met with hostility.

    Over the past year, homosexual groups have been using taxpayer money to distribute a large, slick hardcover book celebrating homosexual marriage titled “Courting Equality” into every school library in the state.

    It’s become commonplace in Massachusetts schools for
    teachers to prominently display photos of their same-sex “spouses” and
    occasionally bring them to school functions. Both high schools
    in my own town now have principals who are “married” to their same-sex
    partners, whom they bring to school and introduce to the students.

    “Gay days” in schools are considered necessary
    to fight “intolerance” which may exist against same-sex relationships. 
    Hundreds of high schools and even middle schools across the state now
    hold “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days”. They
    “celebrate” homosexual marriage and move forward to other behaviors
    such as cross-dressing and transsexuality. In my own town, a school
    committee member recently announced that combating “homophobia” is now a
    top priority.

    Once homosexuality has been normalized, all boundaries will come
    down. The schools are already moving on to normalizing transgenderism
    (including cross-dressing and sex changes). The state-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth includes leaders who are transsexuals.

    Public health

    The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is “married” to another man. In 2007 he told a crowd of kids at a state-sponsored youth event that it’s “wonderful being gay” and he wants to make sure there’s enough HIV testing available for all of them.

    Since homosexual marriage became “legal” the rates of HIV / AIDS have gone up considerably in Massachusetts. This year public funding to deal with HIV/AIDS has risen by $500,000. As the homosexual lobby group MassEquality
    wrote to their supporters after successfully persuading the Legislature
    to spend that money: “With the rate of HIV infections rising
    dramatically in Massachusetts, it’s clear the fight against AIDS is far
    from over.”

    Citing “the right to marry” as one of the “important challenges” in a place where “it’s a great time to be gay”, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped produce The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century,
    a hideous work of obscene pornography which was given to kids at
    Brookline High School on April 30, 2005.  Among other things, it gives
    “tips” to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate
    other males, and how to “safely” have someone urinate on you for sexual
    pleasure. It also included a directory of bars in Boston where young
    men meet for anonymous sex.

    Domestic violence

    Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.

    Business

    All insurance in Massachusetts must now
    recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage. This includes
    auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc.

    Businesses must recognize same-sex “married” couples in all their benefits, activities, etc., regarding both employees and customers.

    The wedding industry is required serve the homosexual community if requested. Wedding photographers, halls, caterers, etc., must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination.

    Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists.
    Groups of homosexual activists often go into restaurants or bars and
    publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment
    demonstrates sufficient “equality” — now that homosexual marriage is
    “legal”.  In fact, more and more overt displays of homosexual affection
    are seen in public places across the state to reinforce “marriage
    equality”.

    Legal profession

    The Massachusetts Bar Exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex “marriage” issues. In 2007, a Boston man, Stephen Dunne, failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer the questions in it about homosexual marriage.

    Issues regarding homosexual “families” are now firmly entrenched
    in the Massachusetts legal system. In many firms, lawyers in
    Massachusetts practicing family law must now attend seminars on homosexual “marriage”. There are also now several homosexual judges overseeing the Massachusetts family courts.

    Adoption of children to homosexual “married” couples

    Homosexual “married” couples can now demand to be able to adopt children the same as normal couples. Catholic Charities
    decided to abandon handling adoptions rather submit to regulations
    requiring them  to allow homosexuals to adopt the children in their
    care.

    In 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) honored two men “married” to each other as their “Parents of the Year”. The
    men already adopted a baby through DSS (against the wishes of the
    baby’s birth parents). According to news reports, the day after that
    adoption was final DSS approached the men about adopting a second
    child. Homosexuals now appear to be put in line for adopting children
    ahead of heterosexual parents by state agencies in Massachusetts.

    Government mandates

    In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney ordered Justices of the Peace to perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired. At least one Justice of the Peace decided to resign.

    Also thanks to Gov. Romney, marriage licenses in Massachusetts now have “Party A and Party B” instead of “husband and wife.”  Romney did not have a legal requirement to do this; he did it on his own. (See more on this below.)

    Since homosexual relationships are now officially “normal”, the Legislature now gives enormous tax money to homosexual activist groups. In particular, the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth
    is made up of the most radical and militant homosexual groups which
    target children in the schools. This year they are getting $700,000 of
    taxpayer money to go into the public schools.

    In 2008 Massachusetts changed the state Medicare laws to include homosexual “married” couples in the coverage.

    The public square

    Since gay “marriage”, annual gay pride parades
    have become more prominent. There are more politicians and corporations
    participating, and even police organizations take part.  And the envelope gets pushed further and further. There is now a profane “Dyke March” through downtown Boston, and recently a “transgender” parade in Northampton that included bare-chested women who have had their breasts surgically removed so they could “become” men. Governor Patrick even marched
    with his “out lesbian” 17-year old daughter in the 2008 Boston Pride
    event, right behind a “leather” group brandishing a black & blue
    flag, whips and chains!

    The media

    Boston media, particularly the Boston Globe newspaper, regularly does feature stories and news stories portraying homosexual “married” couples where regular married couples would normally be used.  It’s “equal”, they insist, so there must be no difference in the coverage.  Also, the newspaper advice columns now deal with homosexual “marriage” issues, and how to properly accept it. 

    A growing number of news reporters and TV anchors are openly “married” homosexuals who march in the “gay pride” parades.

    Is gay marriage actually legal in Massachusetts?

    Like everywhere else in America, the imposition of same-sex marriage
    on the people of Massachusetts was a combination of radical, arrogant
    judges and pitifully cowardly politicians.

    The Goodridge ruling resulted in a complete cave-in by politicians
    of both parties on this issue. Same-sex “marriage” is still illegal in
    Massachusetts. On November 18, 2003 the court merely ruled that it was
    unconstitutional not to allow it, and gave the Legislature six months to
    “take such action as it may deem appropriate.”  Note that the
    Massachusetts Constitution strongly denies courts the power to make or
    change laws, or from ordering the other branches to take any action.
    The constitution effectively bans “judicial review” – a court changing
    or nullifying a law. Thus, the court did not order anything to happen;
    it simply rendered an opinion on that specific case. And the
    Legislature did nothing. The marriage statutes were never changed.
    However, against the advice of many, Gov. Romney took it upon himself to
    alter the state’s marriage licenses to say “Party A and Party B” and
    order officials to perform same-sex “weddings” if asked, though he had
    no legal obligation to do so. Technically, same-sex marriages are still
    illegal in Massachusetts.

    Nevertheless, we are having to live with it.  And furthermore, this
    abdication of their proper constitutional roles by the Legislature and
    Governor has caused a domino effect as “copycat” rulings have been
    issued in California and Connecticut, with other states fearful it will
    happen there.

    In conclusion

    Homosexual “marriage” hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law. And it’s only just begun.

    It’s pretty clear that the homosexual movement’s obsession with
    marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry
    each other. Research shows that homosexual relationships are
    fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels, and “marriage” as we know
    it isn’t something they can achieve, or even desire. (In fact, over the
    last three months, the Sunday Boston Globe’s marriage section
    hasn’t had any photos of homosexual marriages. In the beginning it was
    full of them.) This is about putting the legal stamp of approval on
    homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various social
    and political institutions of a society that would never accept it
    otherwise. To the rest of America: You’ve been forewarned.

     

  • 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 they 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?
    In the Stone Age, murder was a good thing for its practitioners. So were rape, homosexuality, stealing, and various other activities now regarded as less than civilized. Murder promoted transmission of DNA to the next generation at the expense of its eliminated victims. Rape did the same DNA promotion even more directly. Stealing enriched its practitioners and let them prosper more to reproduce more and transmit their DNA more down to modern times. Homosexuality directly limited (and limits) DNA transmisssion, but to the extent it let any Stone Age tribe avoid overgrazing the ecological niche, and allowed set-aside cavemen to protect the harem and their siblings’ children while the men were off hunting, homosexuality provided a net surivival benefit during the Stone Age, hence its being favored in Darwinian evolution until about 10,000 years ago. Then agriculture, technology, and civilization emerged. Homosexuality became obsolete with the rise of civilization– especially now that its earlier function is superseded by the existence of grocery stores, money, babysitters, telephones, grandparents, and police. Homosexuality, as an atavism, provides no benefit for society today, and its main effect is to excite those who are thousands of years behind the times as they selfishly inflict their AIDS, syphilis, and antibiotic resistant gonorrhea on the rest of the population through other confused backward people who are afflicted with various levels of bisexuality. Now we are in 2011 and society has suffered decades of stealthy homosexual infiltration of schools, banking, universities, government, today even the military, and all along from the beginning particularly the media. Homos work hard to cover their motives and methods, the same as any other criminal racket, to avoid being held responsible for their selfish manipulations. So, those of us who understand what is going on in their grotesque efforts at deception can help by warning the innocent targets of deception.

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