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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.

(File Photo: The Iowa Independent)
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Three 2012ers sign national marriage pledge

Bachmann, Romney & Santorum agree to marriage amendment, judicial litmus
By Lynda Waddington | 08.04.11 | 11:48 am

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum have signed a pledge sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, promising they will fight to prevent same-sex couples from marrying and will place a litmus test on all potential judicial appointments, if elected President.

NOM announced on Thursday that the three had signed the group’s pledge to oppose marriage for same-sex couples at the federal level. The pledge includes support for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The New Jersey-based NOM, which opposes marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples, announced the pledge as it, as a part of a three-group coalition, gears up for a 22-city Values Voters Bus Tour of Iowa. The tour is expected to include Santorum as well as Pawlenty, who has yet to sign the pledge.

“Marriage is an issue with an unbroken string of victories that unites Republicans, and we’re pleased and honored the leading candidates in the race for the GOP nomination have spoken up for marriage,” said NOM President Brian Brown. “We expect the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will continue to reward candidates who champion marriage.”

The pledge asked candidates to support five of the group’s goals:

  • Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman;
  • Defend DOMA in court;
  • Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution;
  • Appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters; and
  • Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage

The pledge, according to NOM, was offered to “all serious announced candidates for the GOP nomination,” and will be extended to others, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, if they enter the field.

An earlier, more controversial pledge circulated by Iowa-based The Family Leader, known as “The Marriage Vow,” was nearly immediately signed by both Bachmann and Santorum. Romney had strong reservations to the Iowa effort and ultimately refused to sign, as has the rest of the 2012 field.

In lieu of getting support from 2012 candidates, The Family Leader instead placed the pledge on its website and opened it to signatures of support from anyone. Those who sign, however, pledge not only to abide by the bullet points outlined for 2012 candidates, but to refuse support, shoe-leather or monetary, from any elected official or politician who does not also agree to the document.

Yet Romney’s stances in relation to both pledges appears to differ greatly from statements he made in 1994, when he ran for a U.S. Senate against the late Ted Kennedy:

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  • egc52556

    These people would have us put into our Constitution an amendment to RESTRICT citizens’ rights, something never done before.

    They really don’t get this liberty and freedom thing at all. They want a Christian theoretic nation instead of America.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Mitt Flop!

    After watching Republicans hate on all the people who voted
    for Democrats I realized this: That in order for Republicans to even get
    elected, they need to exploit the emotions of people using anti-gay rhetoric
    along with some fear mongering like “death panels” mixed with a little
    contentious associations such as the anti ACORN and Planned Parenthood
    right-wing propaganda. Throw all that in with the “Obama is a Kenyan Muslim”
    stuff and you get a whole lot of ignorant people throwing away their votes on
    the worst possible candidate.

    Michel Bachman for example actively fights the teaching of
    evolution in science classes. After all that science has created for humanity,
    Republicans will still deny any science that contradicts their, cursory but
    required to be elected, political beliefs. Take away these tools of fear from
    the Republican Party and you are left with nothing. Crickets.

    Republicans don’t actually stand for anything, and funny thing is, no one asks them to.

  • IowaExpat

    Any candidate or elected official that signs a pledge is no longer representing all people.  If they are elected, their hands are tied by all of the pledges they sign and they cannot compromise or govern.  I will never vote for anyone who owes more loyalty to Grover Norquist or religious organizations.

  • Anonymous

    Politicians can’t ammend the constitution whenever they feel it benefits them, and they certainly can’t choose when to separate church and state.  AAAHH this infuriates me.  Michelle and Mitt you have lost my support! It just shows me that you’re not willing to compromise, you live in the dark ages, and you feel it’s that you should have the position to deny someone the right to liberty and their pursuit of happiness

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