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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:  Fred Karger Exploratory Committee)
(Photo: Fred Karger Exploratory Committee)

Karger: ‘Marcus Bachmann come out of the closet and debate me’

Bachmann speaks out on gay conversion therapy at Christian clinics
By Lynda Waddington | 07.15.11 | 1:59 pm

Political strategist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger has challenged Marcus Bachmann, husband of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, to a debate on gay conversion therapy.

Marcus Bachmann

“As the first out gay candidate for president, I have first-hand knowledge about a subject in which you claim expertise,” Karger wrote in an email to Marcus issuing the challenge.

The controversial practice was shown to be used at Christian counseling clinics co-owned by the Bachmanns when undercover video was released by Vermont-based Truth Wins Out, a gay-rights advocacy group that opposes such therapy. (The American Medical Association and other professional medical and psychological groups also oppose the therapy.) To compound the issue, Bachmann & Associates has taken in thousands of dollars in state and federal funding over the past several years. The undercover video confirmed rumors that had swirled for years — rumors that Marcus had denied in 2006.

Since the video surfaced, the Bachmann campaign has gone into lock-down mode. Media calls to the clinics regarding the therapy were redirected to Bachmann’s campaign spokeswoman.

That changed Friday when Marcus provided an interview to the Star Tribune:

… Marcus Bachmann said counselors at his clinics follow the wishes of patients and don’t force any treatment.

“This individual came to us under a false pretense,” Bachmann said. “The truth of the matter is he specifically asked for help.” …

Bachmann didn’t deny that he or other counselors at Bachmann & Associates have attempted to convert gay patients, but he said it is not a special interest of the business and would only be attempted at the client’s request.

“Will I address it? Certainly we’ll talk about it,” Bachmann said. “Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? … It is at the client’s discretion.” …

“We don’t have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone,” Bachmann said. …

Karger’s email challenge to Marcus Bachmann is reprinted below:

Marcus Bachmann you are convinced that someone can “pray away the gay” and actually own two clinics in Minnesota where you and your 27 therapists actually practice this falsehood. Just last year you referred to gays and lesbian teenagers as “Barbarians, who need to be educated.”

Michele links the acceptance of gays and lesbians to Satan.

There is no place for this type of hate-speak and 19th Century thinking in the current presidential campaign. Michele and you refuse to comment about your past statements and beliefs. America needs to hear directly about where both of you stand on this issue which affects millions of lives.

Marcus Bachmann come out of the closet and debate me.

I will meet you anywhere, any place at any time, even at one of your clinics in Minnesota.

As the first out gay candidate for president, I have first-hand knowledge about a subject which you claim expertise. Let me know if you accept this challenge.

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  • Wayne

    Marcus Bachmann; “That audio tape was doctored….”
    Michelle Bachmann:”The vow that I signed did not contain the slavery language”
    Any more lies????

  • UIGrad2010

    It’s closet cases like Mr. Bachmann that stir up the hatred that leads to kids, gay kids, having trouble in school, being comfortable with who they were born, and some of them to commit suicide.  His clinic perpetuates hatred and lies. He is a lie in and of himself. And his beard….ahem wife is nutso.

  • James Savik

    I’m voting for Gary Johnson. The more you listen to the Bachmanns, the more they sound like wackos.

    • Anonymous

      You’re not supposed to LISTEN to them.  That’s why Michele never answers questions.  You’re supposed to look, say ‘Gee, she’s pretty’, and vote for her.  

      The insulting thing about the Republican’s recent move to female candidates is that they are selecting them in a manner that indicates they don’t recognize skills or lack thereof, only gender…and they assume the American public does the same.  But what we want is for smart women not to be excluded from the candidacy because of their gender, or their looks.
      I want a female president someday, because competent women do exist.  But I sure as hell won’t vote for an incompetent just because she’s female. 

  • Ben Burkhardt

    I honestly believe Dr. Marcus Bachmann is gay… What other reason would he be married to the antiChrist for?

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