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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.

Is Palin pollin’ Iowa already?

By admin | 03.23.09 | 3:50 pm

Iowa voters are already getting phone calls about Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee who became a household name during last year’s election, reports the Alaska blog The Mudflats.  The blog posted an approximate transcript of the calls, in which an automated voice asked listeners poll questions:

Hi, AKM!

I wanted to let you know that I just received an interesting phone call.  It was an automated poll and it asked the following questions:

1. Do you have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin?

2. Gov. Palin thinks A, B, C, D & E do you agree with Gov. Palin?

3. Do you feel it is important that Gov. Palin is reelected as Gov. of Alaska?

What do you make of that?

It is no surprise that some people are already interested in the next presidential campaign — or that there are already polls in the field.  The list of potential candidates is long, and each of them will have some important decisions to make about their political futures well before 2012 draws near.

Notably, some of the governors whose names are mentioned as possible candidates will have to decide whether to run for reelection in 2010.  Put Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal into that category with Palin.  The three of them might find it awkward to run for reelection as governor with all of their state’s voters asking whether they still even want the job.

Then there’s South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who is term-limited and cannot run for reelection.  Sanford was the first governor to loudly reject federal stimulus money that was appropriated for his state, but Jindal and Palin both followed suit.

It may seem obvious that the Palin poll would be commissioned and paid for by a committee connected to the Alaskan, but it isn’t.

This far out from an election, polling is very difficult, and anybody who is considering running for president might find the results of a poll about Palin more useful than a poll about themselves.  If a recorded voice called you up and started asking whether you thought Pawlenty should run for reelection as governor, would you even know whom it was talking about?

Another reason not to read too much into this: automated, touch-tone phone polls are cheap and not considered very reliable.  Whoever commissioned this poll must still be in the very early stages of a campaign.  Once the live calls start, the race will have actually begun.


  • 36763

    I'll bet only someone who does not have her interests in mind is behind this. She can't possibly have anything to do with it.

    My suspicion is either Romney or Obama. It shows that they fear her.

  • palingates

    Sarah Palin has too much baggage. Too many family scandals, $500 million in legal fees to fight 10 ethics violations complaints, lots of questionable goings-on in Alaska…

    The “gates” keep piling up!

  • DrewMiller

    touch tone polls are very reliable – both Survey USA and Rasmussen use them exclusively. You just have to use serious polling practices in creation of your lists and analysis of your data, too.

  • gahanson

    #1, this info comes from The Mudflats, an anti-Palin website, so I'd take anything they have to say with a huge grain of salt. #2 since this appears in The Iowa Independent, it seems like someone there in Iowa could independently confirm that any calls have been recieved by Iowa residents.

    I think it is someone opposed to Gov. Palin trying to get info, maybe David Axelrod.

    I see palingates has checked in, I wouldn't take anything she says seriously either, given her gross exaggeration of $500 million in legal fees.

  • JBodine

    Well Palingates and also gahanson, please check you facts before you make stupid allegations. First, the total of the legal fees has not been released, second the reports are around a half a million, thats 500 hundred thousand, not 500 hundred million, third most if not legally could be charged to the State.

  • labman57

    Well, if you want to put lipstick on your pig, I can't think of a better place to do it than Iowa…

  • sheilawmom

    I had no idea there were that many supporters for Palin. /this woman has too many issues that are questionable. How she has governed Alaska, and her less than perfect family lead much to be desired in a candidate for president.

  • Shelby7

    That's quite funny! Both Romney and Obama are far more intelligent than sarah palin!

    Rather, it is palin who fears Romney and Obama.

  • KathieKH

    We want no part of her or her small minded policies. Stay in Alaska, I betcha they will rethink your ability to lead and not re-elect you. Then we won't have to think about you in 2012.

  • lynnrockets

    (sung to the theme of “Chico and the Man”)

    Sarah, don’t be discouraged,
    The Big O, he ain’t so hard to understand.
    Sarah, you and Bristol,
    Could both have had pregnancies that were planned.

    Also, it’s good to finish school,
    Dropping out is just not cool.
    Six colleges also will not fly.

    But Sarah , things will be better
    If you listen and take notes from the Big O,
    If you listen and take notes from the Big O.

    • hot_lonely

      Rockets (sung to the tune of The Flintstones)

      Meet lynnrockets!
      She cloaks hatred in her funny songs.
      From the town of Boston
      Where inspiration comes from bongs.

      Let's deride, with the fury of a bitch in heat,
      Through the courtesy of Lynn's lame feat.

      When you, read lynnrockets
      You'll have a dobieman hate Palin time,
      Attention flalin' time,
      You'll have a hate filled time!!

  • howIroll

    Palin's not doing the polling—wonder who is then? Romney, Jindal? Here's a statement from SarahPAC I saw on the CNN site:
    They deny they've done any polling or authorized any polling on behalf of Palin.

  • 13243546

    Katie and labman, put down the People magazine and turn off NBC. We welcome her in Iowa. Her support is rock solid here, just as it is growing for all true conservative voices across the country. We will prevail over the statists, who are quickly being revealed for what they are, which is primarily ignorant of human history and natural law. The statists' reign must eventually bankrupt itself, and Americans who subscribe to the wisdom of the Founders will prevail. Now go to the library and educate yourself.

    • slincoln

      “Her support is rock solid here, just as it is growing for all true conservative voices across the country. We will prevail over the statists, who are quickly being revealed for what they are, which is primarily ignorant of human history and natural law.”

      Laughing…. out….loud….!

      • 13243546

        Now you're getting in the spirit.

        • slincoln

          Yeah… more like the spirit of knowing that you are a little off your rocker. Remember…. books and learning are BAD!

    • slincoln

      “Now go to the library and educate yourself.”

      Just make sure to pick and chose which books to read, especially when dealing with issues like evolution, climate, sexual orientation… or really just anything science.

      • 13243546


  • slincoln

    Yeah… more like the spirit of knowing that you are a little off your rocker. Remember…. books and learning are BAD!

  • 13243546

    Now you're getting in the spirit.

  • 13243546


  • slincoln

    Yeah… more like the spirit of knowing that you are a little off your rocker. Remember…. books and learning are BAD!

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