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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.

Clinton non-viable in student precincts

By John Deeth | 01.07.08 | 8:38 am

Hillary Clinton’s campaign may have paid a price for questioning students’ right to caucus, as she failed to reach the 15 percent viability threshold in campus precincts in Iowa City, Ames and Grinnell in Thursday’s caucuses.

Barack Obama swept those same precincts while winning 57 percent of a record turnout of Democrats under age 30 to Clinton’s 11 percent.  Obama actively pursued the youth vote, encouraging Iowa students who would be out of town for the mid-break caucuses to caucuses in their parents’ towns, and asking students whose parents lived out of state to come back on caucus night.  The effort drew attacks from other campaigns, most notably Clinton’s.  The Clinton campaign, and other critics of caucusing by out of state students, acknowledged that it is perfectly legal for students who reside most of the year in Iowa to register to vote and to participate in the caucuses.  But they weren’t encouraging.  Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee offered a blunt, “The Iowa caucus ought to be for Iowans.”

“We’re talking about Iowa students caucusing in the Iowa caucuses,” Obama said during a Dec. 4 Iowa City campus stop.  “As residents of Iowa, we should be encouraging them to caucus, and if they are away for the holidays, we should be encouraging to them to come back.”

The Clinton campaign also famously dismissed young voters at the November Jefferson Jackson Dinner, where top strategists Mandy Grunwald and Mark Penn were quoted saying, “Our people look like caucus-goers, and (Obama’s) people look like they are 18.  They look like Facebook.”

Clinton was non-viable in Iowa City’s two dorm-dominated precincts, 3 and 5.  She was also non-viable in the entire core of downtown Iowa City, including the main student apartment precincts (11, 19 and 20) and in precinct 21, a mixed student-townie precinct so liberal that George W. Bush finished third, behind Ralph Nader, in 2000.  Turnout was down from 2004 in the dorm precincts, where residence halls were closed, but was up significantly in the off-campus student precincts.

Hillary Clinton did not make an on-campus University of Iowa stop before the caucuses — in fact, her only campus event was on July 3 with her husband former President Bill Clinton.  Clinton 42 did appear on campus on Dec. 10, at the height of the student caucus flap, and said students should follow their conscience.  “Since nobody can really say what’s in your mind, it’s up to you,” Clinton said. “For example, if you show up to work on the campaign and have no connection here, then you shouldn’t be able to caucus.”

Reports of Clinton non-viability also come from Grinnell Ward 1, where the Clinton group sent supporters to Joe Biden to help him reach viability and prevent Obama from padding his already big delegate margin.  Biden was also viable where Clinton was not in Ames Precinct 4-4, centered on the Iowa State campus.

Comments

  • desmoinesdem

    clearly that was a tactical blunder on Clinton’s part, as well as being wrong on the issue of students’ right to caucus.

    I wonder what her campaign or Edwards could have done to do significantly better on the college campuses. From what I hear from college students, there was a tremendous bandwagon effect to Obama. It is hard to get students to support you when all their friends are for someone else.

    Can’t remember who wrote it, but Johnson, Story and Polk County alone accounted for almost all of Obama’s winning margin. That was a tough nut to crack for the other candidates.

  • Meng Bomin

    Correction on Grinnell Ward 1

    Reports of Clinton non-viability also come from Grinnell Ward 1, where the Clinton group sent supporters to Joe Biden to help him reach viability and prevent Obama from padding his already big delegate margin. Biden was also viable where Clinton was not in Ames Precinct 4-4, centered on the Iowa State campus.

    As a delegate for Obama from Ward 1, I will say that most of the Clinton supporters went to the Edwards group, not the Biden group. The Biden group gained its viability mostly because of Dodd and Richardson supporters joining the group. That said, many Hillary supporters left the group and didn’t follow the leaders’ strategy. For instance, in realignment, I found myself sitting next to a Kucinich supporter with a Clinton supporter two seats away (we were counted in the auditorium).

  • desmoinesdem

    clearly that was a tactical blunder on Clinton's part, as well as being wrong on the issue of students' right to caucus.

    I wonder what her campaign or Edwards could have done to do significantly better on the college campuses. From what I hear from college students, there was a tremendous bandwagon effect to Obama. It is hard to get students to support you when all their friends are for someone else.

    Can't remember who wrote it, but Johnson, Story and Polk County alone accounted for almost all of Obama's winning margin. That was a tough nut to crack for the other candidates.

  • Meng Bomin

    Correction on Grinnell Ward 1

    Reports of Clinton non-viability also come from Grinnell Ward 1, where the Clinton group sent supporters to Joe Biden to help him reach viability and prevent Obama from padding his already big delegate margin. Biden was also viable where Clinton was not in Ames Precinct 4-4, centered on the Iowa State campus.

    As a delegate for Obama from Ward 1, I will say that most of the Clinton supporters went to the Edwards group, not the Biden group. The Biden group gained its viability mostly because of Dodd and Richardson supporters joining the group. That said, many Hillary supporters left the group and didn't follow the leaders' strategy. For instance, in realignment, I found myself sitting next to a Kucinich supporter with a Clinton supporter two seats away (we were counted in the auditorium).

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