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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

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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

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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King brings Iowa marriage stump speech to Values Voter Summit

Tells attendees, like Iowans, that fabric of society at risk from gay marriage
By Lynda Waddington | 10.08.11 | 10:27 am

If Iowans were hoping to hear something new from U.S. Rep. Steve King during his address at the ongoing Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., they were sorely disappointed.

King, who offered an early afternoon address on the subject of marriage, struck many of the same chords he’s made while campaigning in Iowa, especially during his stops alongside the social conservative Judge Bus, which advocated for the ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices that participated in a decision regarding civil marriage for gays and lesbians.

“Marriage is the essential foundation stone for civilization,” King told attendees at the social conservative conference, echoing an argument he’s launched numerous times against same-sex marriage rights.

“[Marriage is] under assault today, ladies and gentlemen. It’s under assault even though it is a sacrament. They have decided they are going to assault it and they are doing so because — not because there is an alterior value out there. They will just attack everything that we believe in. If we believe in it, they will attack it just because they know it is precious to us.”

Religious conservatives announced at the Values Voter Summit that they would be taking the lessons they learned in Iowa, and specifically their bus tours, and utilizing that same strategy nationally. Since King spoke after the announcement, he referenced his stops on the Judge Bus in Iowa, saying that those who favored marriage equality would be at the stops as being “on the verge of militant.”

“They would come out and they would stand in there and they would scream and yell and curse with the worst profanity I’ve heard anywhere, and I spent my life in the construction business. They were the most unhappy people I ever met that called themselves gay,” he noted before he and the audience broke into laughter.

Although The Iowa Independent was not present at all Judge Bus stops that featured King, the scene King described to the audience was not representative of the handful of stops our staff did attend. At a Cedar Rapids bus stop in Green Square Park, for instance, marriage advocates vastly out-numbered those who attended in support of the bus tour, but chose to mostly stand silently to the side of the demonstration while holding signs.

The few voices of opposition that happened during the speakers were not laced with profanity, and were matched in their fervor by responses from those supporting the bus tour, also without profanity.

Although The Iowa Independent search for King’s full remarks on video, the speech does not appear to be included in C-SPAN coverage of the event and no such full-length offering seems to currently exist. (If readers know of such a video, please let us know.) What was found was a piece-meal recording, offered by Right Wing Watch, which we acknowledge is not an objective source. Nonetheless, as the only capture available, we are embedding it below:

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  • Anonymous

    KING:  “[Marriage is] under assault today, ladies and gentlemen. It’s under assault even though it is a sacrament. They have decided they are going to assault it and they are doing so because — not because there is an alterior value out there. They will just attack everything that we believe in. If we believe in it, they will attack it just because they know it is precious to us.”

    Classic King ‘up-is-down-ism.’

    No one is assaulting or attacking marriage.  The people King is talking about want to INCREASE marriage.  KING is the one who wants to PREVENT marriage.

    And these people who want to increase marriage don’t want it because King and people like him want it.  They couldn’t care less if King and his ilk get married or not.  They want to get married because they love one another, and want and deserve the same marriage-enabling and -enhancing rights and privileges that different-sex couples have already been provided under Iowa law.

    Finally, the kind of marriage that is under discussion in this political debate– LEGAL marriage– is NOT a sacrament.  Religious marriage is a sacrament.  Legal marriage is not.

    PS “Alterior”?

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