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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.

Grassley clarifies ‘you got nerve’ comment, vows to keep Twittering

By Jason Hancock | 06.11.09 | 10:12 am

Despite a recent flap over a post on the social networking site Twitter criticizing the president for a comment on health care, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley said he will keep on using the site to communicate with his constituents.

“I’ve tried to use every latest technology to keep in touch with constituents. Representative government is a two-way street,” he said. “I’m one half of that, my constituent’s the other.”

When President Barack Obama told Congress that “it’s time to deliver” on health care reform while traveling oversees, Grassley made headlines by telling the president “you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us ‘time to deliver’ on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND.”

The team at Gawker, a Web site of dedicated to gossip and news, were particularly hard on Grassley, publishing an article titled “Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley Uses Twitter to Exhibit Insanity, Illiteracy.”

Grassley said he met with the president Wednesday and joked about the issue.

“I think he joked something about, Chuck, I thought it was important that I be in Normandy or something like that as a recall,” he said. “And I agree with him that he should have been there.”

He never intended to criticize the president for spending time with his family, only for criticizing Congress when he knew members were working hard on health care legislation.

“I didn’t resent having the president have a night out with his family or sightseeing in Paris,” Grassley said. “So if that was what people thought that was all I was talking about, no. What I was trying to do is express frustration with the president who knows we’re working hard and even expressed at this meeting [Wednesday] how hard we were working — that he would say you’ve got to get it done.  You know, our staffs were working those very Saturdays that he said that.”

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Comments

  • doink

    I think Senator Grassley was secretly showing that he is a Prince fan.

  • powerfeedback

    Go Chuck! Don't back down or wuss out…please. We need people in DC willing to rage against the DC machine on both sides of the aisle! Mr. Smith (Jimmy Stewart) where are you? No more than ever, we need you in Washington!

    • RegularJoe

      Yep, Go Chuck! Keep making confused and wrong decisions. Keep showing Iowans how you really think, instead of having staffers shield you (and us) from yourself.

      btw, can someone please explain just what it is Chuckles has against the Veterans of our Armed Forces? We know he hates us – his abysmal voting record clearly shows that….we'd just like to know why.

      • powerfeedback

        Easy solution my friend. DUMP ALL INCUMBENTS! Doesn't matter if they are Republicans or Democrats —- sweep all of 'em out of office!

  • doink

    I think Senator Grassley was secretly showing that he is a Prince fan.

  • powerfeedback

    Go Chuck! Don't back down or wuss out…please. We need people in DC willing to rage against the DC machine on both sides of the aisle! Mr. Smith (Jimmy Stewart) where are you? No more than ever, we need you in Washington!

  • RegularJoe

    Yep, Go Chuck! Keep making confused and wrong decisions. Keep showing Iowans how you really think, instead of having staffers shield you (and us) from yourself.

    btw, can someone please explain just what it is Chuckles has against the Veterans of our Armed Forces? We know he hates us – his abysmal voting record clearly shows that….we'd just like to know why.

  • powerfeedback

    Easy solution my friend. DUMP ALL INCUMBENTS! Doesn't matter if they are Republicans or Democrats —- sweep all of 'em out of office!

  • doink

    I think Senator Grassley was secretly showing that he is a Prince fan.

  • powerfeedback

    Go Chuck! Don't back down or wuss out…please. We need people in DC willing to rage against the DC machine on both sides of the aisle! Mr. Smith (Jimmy Stewart) where are you? No more than ever, we need you in Washington!

  • RegularJoe

    Yep, Go Chuck! Keep making confused and wrong decisions. Keep showing Iowans how you really think, instead of having staffers shield you (and us) from yourself.

    btw, can someone please explain just what it is Chuckles has against the Veterans of our Armed Forces? We know he hates us – his abysmal voting record clearly shows that….we'd just like to know why.

  • powerfeedback

    Easy solution my friend. DUMP ALL INCUMBENTS! Doesn't matter if they are Republicans or Democrats —- sweep all of 'em out of office!

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