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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)
(File Photo: The Iowa Independent)

Pawlenty signs NOM marriage pledge

Huntsman refuses NOM, stays supportive of civil unions
By Lynda Waddington | 08.08.11 | 11:51 am

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty agreed to sign a marriage pledge being circulated by the National Organization for Marriage, a group that seeks to deny marriage or civil union rights to gays and lesbians.

The pledge, which was nearly immediately signed by three other 2012 GOP hopefulsMichele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, requires candidates to fight to prevent same-sex couples from marrying and place a litmus test on all potential judicial appointments, if elected President.

Pawlenty’s signature follows a television appearance by Maggie Gallagher, chairwoman of NOM, in which the organization labeled the lack of Pawlenty’s signature “pretty particular” in light of his record of support for traditional marriage.

Alex Conant, spokesman for Pawlenty, told The Iowa Independent that the comments by Gallagher had little to do with the campaign’s ultimate decision to sign the pledge.

“I think they had a certain deadline on it,” Conant explained, “but Governor Pawlenty had been traveling. Once he had an opportunity to review it, he signed and we returned the document to them [Friday] morning.”

NOM is now reporting that former Ambassador to China and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has refused their pledge, and is taking particular note of comments Huntsman made on CNN with host Wolf Blitzer regarding marriage equality.

“I believe in traditional marriage,” Huntsman told Blitzer. “I don’t think you can redefine marriage from the traditional sense. I’m for civil unions. I came out for civil unions awhile ago. I think that we can do a better job as it relates to overall equality, specifically as it relates to reciprocal beneficiary rights.”

He added that same-sex marriage “is an issue that should be driven more and more at the state level.”

Several 2012 candidates, as well as other Iowa state and national politicians, have agreed to appear alongside NOM and a coalition of other anti-gay social conservatives groups during a Values Voter Bus Tour.

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  • Anonymous

    Faltering run, soon will fail to garner enough to keep running. OUT!

  • JJ Wilfahrt

    One can only hope his children don’t one day sit him down at the kitchen table and say, “Dad, I’m gay.” Someday this will haunt this man, this Slapshot Tim from Minnesota.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

  • egc52556

    Civil unions would only be OK if that’s what ALL couples receive.  Why is the government in the business of conferring religious blessings?  If churches don’t want to bless same-sex marriage, then they don’t have to.  But why is the government choosing one religious doctrine over another?

    Actually, I know the answer to that question: because the GOP is using religion as a wedge issue to get themselves elected, cynically twisting Jesus’ message of love, patience, and understanding into a theocratic agenda to quell their political enemies.  Can the Inquisition be far behind?

  • IowaExpat

    Another pledge signed, which shows he has more loyalty to a minority group rather than loyality to all Americans.

  • Leslye Friedberg

    The “pledge” is inspired by one thing: HATE. 

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