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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.

Iowa Dems target Branstad

By Jason Hancock | 09.16.09 | 12:51 pm

The Iowa Democratic Party is pulling no punches in attacking former Gov. Terry Branstad, despite the fact that he has not officially entered the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Responding to a statewide radio advertisement launched Monday by a group called Draft Branstad PAC aimed at convincing the four-term former governor to seek his party’s nomination in 2010, the IDP issued a point-by-point counter attack it called a “corrected version of the misleading radio ad.”

Branstad Original Iowa Democratic Party Response
With soaring budget deficits, more spending and higher taxes, it’s easy to forget we once had real leadership in Des Moines.

It wasn’t so long ago.  Remember?  Governor Terry Branstad.  Born, raised and educated in Iowa.

Branstad became the youngest Governor in Iowa history.

As Governor, Branstad cut taxes and balanced the budget, displaying fiscal discipline sorely needed in Des Moines today.

He worked to grow our economy and helped make Iowa education among the world’s best.

Branstad’s leadership guided Iowa through the farm crisis of the 1980′s and he worked with national leaders to help us recover from devastating floods in 1993.

Branstad now serves as President of Des Moines University, a private medical school whose graduates work to deliver quality health care all over Iowa.

Experienced leadership we can trust.

Draft Terry Branstad for Governor.  Go to draftbranstad.com to learn more and join the movement to restore leadership to Iowa.

Paid for by Draft Branstad PAC.

Today Iowa has a balanced budget, and Governor Culver has invested for the future without raising taxes.

It wasn’t always that way.  Remember?

In 1982, Terry Branstad became the youngest Governor in Iowa history.

As Governor, Terry Branstad raised taxes on Iowans time and again.

First, Branstad raised the sales tax by 67%.  Next, he raised the gas tax. Finally, he raised business taxes by $25 million

While he was Governor family farms were auctioned off during the Farm Crisis in the mid-1980s.

Not enough was done under his leadership for flood prevention after the 1993 disaster, and Iowa paid dearly in 2008.

And who can forget the two sets of books as Branstad tried to hide a $400 million deficit.  Even the sitting Republican auditor criticized Branstad for his misleading budgeting.

The auditor went so far as to say “a rational basis has not been used” to keep track of the state budget deficit.

Terry Branstad is leadership we can’t afford again.

Paid for by the Iowa Democratic Party

Some might consider it unusual for the state party to attack someone who is not yet a candidate, but IDP chairman Michael Kiernan said last month that “it is important for you to understand, despite his game of political hide-and-seek, that Terry Branstad is, indeed, a candidate for governor.”

Branstad has continually said he has not made up his mind about running for governor but will announced by October.

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Comments

  • desmoinesdem

    I assume that $400 million deficit was in early 1990s dollars, which would be equivalent to a larger deficit adjusted to today's dollars.

    Good for the IDP for confronting this revisionist history about Branstad.

  • desmoinesdem

    I assume that $400 million deficit was in early 1990s dollars, which would be equivalent to a larger deficit adjusted to today's dollars.

    Good for the IDP for confronting this revisionist history about Branstad.

  • desmoinesdem

    I assume that $400 million deficit was in early 1990s dollars, which would be equivalent to a larger deficit adjusted to today's dollars.

    Good for the IDP for confronting this revisionist history about Branstad.

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