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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 phoning Iowans again

By Lynda Waddington | 07.10.09 | 7:07 pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the GOP’s 2008 Iowa Caucuses, seems to have maintained his interest in the opinions of Iowans. Previous calls from perceived 2012 Republican presidential contender have focused on socially conservative issues, and this one may have been as well, since it asked questions about the supreme court and abortion.

At the beginning of the call, Huckabee provides an introductory statement. The person answering the call is then asked if he/she is a registed voter. In the second question, call receivers are asked if they are aware that Pres. Barack Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.

From this point the call moves to a more social conservative bent as listeners are asked whether or not they are “pro-life.” Those reporting this information to The Iowa Independent all provided a negative response to this question, so there is no way of knowing if further anti-abortion questions or commentary (or a donation pitch) would result from an affirmative response.

The final three questions are primarily demographic in nature. Listeners are asked if they are over the age of 50, if they are male and if they have ever contributed to a religious organization, a non-profit or a political campaign. In each known case, however, the calls ended without asking for money.

Exact caller ID information varies with some showing “Washington, DC” while other show “Fedrsrch09″ or “unknown.” The number listed remains consistent as 202-461-3454. Although no further details are yet available about who owns this auto-dial service, it does appear to be a different company than the one Huckabee used to phone Iowans in November 2008.

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