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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.

Huckabee banking 2012 hopes on Vander Plaats’ 2010 success

By Jason Hancock | 06.10.09 | 11:35 am

Mike Huckabee’s decision to openly campaign for likely GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats tonight in Spirit Lake has some wondering if it means his presidential aspirations are over.

Associated Press political reporter Mike Glover points out that getting involved in the Republican primary could pose a risk to any plans Huckabee has to run for president in 2012. Drake University political science professor Dennis Goldford told Glover that if Huckabee can help Vander Plaats get the nomination and win the election, “then he’s nicely positioned with a supportive governor who owes him a favor.”

But if Vander Plaats is defeated in the Republican primary, Democratic strategist Mark Daley said Huckabee runs the risk of alienating other candidates and their supporters, a sentiment shared by GOP activists:

Veteran GOP strategist Bob Haus said Huckabee could be signaling he may not run for president because candidates need broad support to win the caucuses.

“He’s either very confident about Vander Plaats or he’s not running for president,” Haus said.

The endorsement of Vander Plaats should not come as a surprise, though. The Sioux City businessman served as state chair for Huckabee’s successful caucus campaign, and he recently appeared on Huckabee’s Fox News program to discuss same-sex marriage. In his numerous trips to Iowa since the caucuses, Huckabee has repeatedly called Vander Plaats “the next governor of Iowa.”

In addition to the Vander Plaats event, Huckabee will serve as the keynote speaker of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s annual convention this afternoon in Okiboji.

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  • http://twitter.com/chukmaty chukmaty

    Or a third option, Huckabee sincerely supports Vander Plaats for the same reason that Vander Plaats supported him when he was a nobody primary candidate in 2006 and 2007. They share values and trust each other. That is why people love Huckabee so much, he throws politics under his conviction bus on a rather consistent basis.

  • http://twitter.com/RGeorgeDunn RGeorgeDunn

    Gov. Huckabee has never been one for playing the politics game. If Huckabee is supporting Vander Plaats, it is because he is worthy and of the right quest. Gov. Huckabee is not a politician, he is a Stateman and staands for what is right regardless of the winds blowing. Bob supported Mike in the Presidential race making Vander Plaats also one who supports truth. Get behind that which will help bring back this State and Union.

  • Johan1

    Heck, if Huck runs in 2012 I will vote for him, just like I did in the 2008 primaries. He is the genuine article with class and conviction. He could very well be backing Bob because he knows him, respects him, and believes he will make a good governor, not that a former governor would have any clue as to what traits and skills are needed for that role, right? Not everything is done for the sake of political triangulation….

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