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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.

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Texas congressman: Perry not a secessionist

By Douglas Burns | 08.16.11 | 7:30 am

CARROLL — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-East Texas) says he’s known Rick Perry since college days and dismisses much-publicized comments from the GOP presidential candidate about Texas leaving the union.

“I think those comments were made tongue in cheek,” Gohmert said. “I’ve talked to Rick. I’ve known him since Texas A&M. And I know he has no intention of ever seeing Texas secede. That may play well in some sectors. I think the Civil War pretty well decided whether a state can secede or not. Of course, we’re stronger as a country united and I know he knows that, so we’ll see what he says from here.”

According to Politico, in a March 2009 interview with bloggers, Perry said Texans have a “different feeling about independence.”

“When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation,” the governor can be heard saying, according to Politico. “And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.”
It is not the only time Perry has referenced secession.

On another issue related to Perry’s campaign, Gohmert, a congressional ally of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said it was unfortunate that Perry “stepped on” the Iowa Republican straw poll by announcing his candidacy on Saturday in Charleston, S.C., as the major GOP event in Ames was underway.

Gohmert also addressed a question about reported friction between former President George W. Bush and Perry.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, traveled with social conservatives hoping to make their issues known in advance of the Ames Straw Poll. It marked Gohmert's second trip into the Hawkeye State on behalf of religious and social conservative causes. (Photo: Douglas Burns)

“I’ve read that too,” Gohmert said. “I’ve never heard President George W. Bush say that and I’ve never heard Governor Perry say that, and I’ve been around them both a lot.”

Gohmert said Bush operative Karl Rove has made some unflattering comments about Perry, but he sees no attempt from the former president’s camp to sabotage Perry’s White House bid.

Gohmert joined some of the nation’s most prominent social conservatives in Carroll Friday afternoon to rev up pre-Iowa straw poll support for traditional marriage and the pro-life cause.

Representatives from the Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage and pro-life organizations combined forces on a “values bus” that made its way through central and western Iowa, stopping just east of the Carroll County Courthouse early Friday afternoon to greet about 30 people gathered for the event.

“It’s a godly foundation that has made America the greatest country in history,” Gohmert said.

Gohmert, a close friend of U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said the Obama administration is leading in a way that breaks down the American family.

Former Colorado congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave said truly pro-life voters need to hold candidates accountable. Specifically, she called for the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, a move Musgrave said would advance simultaneously the interests of the unborn and fiscal responsibility.

“He (President Obama) has appointed pro-abortion justices to the Supreme Court,” Musgrave said.

The Family Research Council’s president Tony Perkins said big government is replacing strong families in the United States.

“We’ve created policies that have struck at the very heart of the American economic engine,” Perkins said.

He singled out the Environmental Protection Agency for criticism as well, saying that federal organization “does nothing more than prevent the creation of jobs.”

In the interview following the event, Gohmert, a former Texas district judge, addressed his views on potential penalties for abortion should his pro-life view prevail and such procedures become prohibited.

“That’s something that I’m open to debate and consider,” Gohmert said. “I just know it’s wrong to take a life.”

Should the penalties be on the level of speeding tickets or capital crimes?

“It is too serious to be a speeding ticket, but at the same time you have to look more at the most informed person in the relationship and that’s the doctor,” Gohmert said. “Often you have a young woman whose been told she never has to worry about the consequences of inappropriate behavior, that we’ll always take care of that.”

That said, Gohmert said he doesn’t think women should be held harmless legally for abortion in a world where it is illegal. But he wants the courts to focus on the doctors.

“I would normally tend toward a harsher penalty for a doctor who persuades a mother to end a life,” Gohmert said. “I think it’s a debate worth having, and I’m glad you bring up the question. I don’t have a settled opinion yet.”


  • Anonymous

     So those comments about seceding were made tongue in cheek ? Then he’s the Joe Biden foot in the mouth version of George Dubya on Jesus Jumping religious hypocrite steroids !

  • Anonymous

    If he’s not then how come he advocated secession?  Secession = Treason in most people’s book.

  • egc52556

    You know, if Texas wants to secede I might be willing to talk.  

    First, we’ll stop sending you all those oil subsidies, which is propping up Perry’s budget.

    Next, we’ll be putting up that big fence across America’s (new) border, the one you guys keep talking about.  Don’t you Texans think you can illegally cross the border into America, now.  BTW, thanks for being the buffer between Mexico and the rest of us.

    Next, to be able to play the rest of the American baseball teams, the Texans will have to get work visas…. if they can

    Last: Y’all in Texas have to keep the Bushes.

    • Anonymous

      In addition –

      Remove all that horrible US Government funded military hardware and those nasty federal funds that come in the form of US military payroll checks. (I’d do this first)

      Take away all that overspending from the US Government that is directed to military and aerospace contractors in the state.

      Remove that federally funded pie in the sky boondoggle called NASA.  (Houston, you have a problem)

      Take away all that US government funded research pork that goes to texas state universities.

      No more federal financial aid for the texas oil industry.

      Do all this and texas will start looking like a scene from Mad Max, or should I say Max Loco.

      Hey, what a great name for a apocalyptic christian rock group -  Bachmann Perry Thunderdome

      • Anonymous

        (like all but NASA defunding.  They don’t use THAT much of the budget, and humans need some impossible dream to unite behind as a culture.  Otherwise our inherent drive seems to turn against other humans.  Space can take it.  To paraphrase, a noble goal embiggens the smallest man.)

        • Anonymous


          I should have used the word relocate instead of remove.   I think that all federal institutions in texico should be reallocated to states with lower levels of hypocrisy and self-righteousness, which is about any other state in the union, except for maybe Georgia, South Carolina, Nevada, or Alaska.

  • Anonymous

    This guy, Gohmert, is one of the Republicans in Congress calling for a repeal of the 17th amendment – the RIGHT TO VOTE FOR YOUR SENATORS. Yeah, he, and about 50 other Republicans in Congress want to take that away from you and just have Senators “appointed” – who would, no doubt, be the biggest corporate puppets they can find. It’s unbelievable to me how anyone could support a party that wants to take away your right to vote for Senators. We’re not talking about some secret memo, here, either – this guy was on the FLOOR OF CONGRESS arguing for it. It was on C-SPAN and is still on Youtube. Unbelievable.

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