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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.

Fong links Obama to Chinese communists

By Jason Hancock | 10.19.09 | 11:35 am

Speaking to members of an anti-immigration group over the weekend, GOP gubernatorial candidate Christian Fong made efforts to compare the actions of Chinese communists in the mid-20th Century to those of President Barack Obama.

According to The Des Moines Register:

Chinese communists swept to power in the last century without mentioning plans to nationalize businesses or institute forced abortions, Republican gubernatorial candidate Christian Fong told supporters of the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps on Saturday.

“They came in promising hope and change,” Fong said. “Sound familiar?”

This line of attack against the president is nothing new for some elements of the Republican base, but so far Fong has managed to strike a more moderate tone in his campaign, especially when discussing immigration.

In an interview with the Carroll Daily Times Herald earlier this month, Fong warned his party to be careful to “not sound so angry” when discussing immigration. And later in his speech to the Minutemen, Fong, the child of an immigrant from China and a woman from Nebraska, said the party’s message must be tempered with an acceptance of those who come into the country legally.

When he first entered the campaign in July, some of his positions were seen as potentially controversial to to Iowa’s conservative Republican base. He was even attacked by some in the social conservative movement for not openly condemning homosexuality as evil.

Insinuating that Obama will “nationalize businesses or institute forced abortions” appears to be Fong’s attempt to reach out to his party’s base and quiet down any criticism that still lingers about his political beliefs.

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/mathman72 Aaron

    Fong does realize he's not running against Obama, right?

  • ConstitutionFan

    Apparently, Fong's staff has belatedly recognized that these days the only GOP road to Terrace Hill runs through Crazytown. If you can't bring some right-wing talk-radio hyperventilation, you're gonna be a wallflower at this dance.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TROAE76RTM5ZDT47CNSNH3L75Y Mark

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the modern Republican Party in the person of Mr. Fong. No ideas, no solutions, no clue. Although, in his defense, what is he supposed to say – “vote GOP so we can run the country even further into the ground than we already have?” Fong and his fellow Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer the vast majority of Americans, so they have to resort to hate and fear to have any hope of getting elected.

    Give it up, Christian. Either tell us what you support – and do it without name-calling – or drop out of the race.

    • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

      I didn't think it was all that long ago when he said he WASNT going to do this type of thing. So much for being a moderate republican. Do we even have a moderate republican in the race? (I would say maybe Branstad, but he hasn't offered much in the way of what he believes, either. His support is name recognition only)

  • ConstitutionFan

    Apparently, Fong's staff has belatedly recognized that these days the only GOP road to Terrace Hill runs through Crazytown. If you can't bring some right-wing talk-radio hyperventilation, you're gonna be a wallflower at this dance.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TROAE76RTM5ZDT47CNSNH3L75Y Mark

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the modern Republican Party in the person of Mr. Fong. No ideas, no solutions, no clue. Although, in his defense, what is he supposed to say – “vote GOP so we can run the country even further into the ground than we already have?” Fong and his fellow Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer the vast majority of Americans, so they have to resort to hate and fear to have any hope of getting elected.

    Give it up, Christian. Either tell us what you support – and do it without name-calling – or drop out of the race.

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    I didn't think it was all that long ago when he said he WASNT going to do this type of thing. So much for being a moderate republican. Do we even have a moderate republican in the race? (I would say maybe Branstad, but he hasn't offered much in the way of what he believes, either. His support is name recognition only)

  • http://twitter.com/GeekAaron Aaron

    Fong does realize he's not running against Obama, right?

  • ConstitutionFan

    Apparently, Fong's staff has belatedly recognized that these days the only GOP road to Terrace Hill runs through Crazytown. If you can't bring some right-wing talk-radio hyperventilation, you're gonna be a wallflower at this dance.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TROAE76RTM5ZDT47CNSNH3L75Y Mark

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the modern Republican Party in the person of Mr. Fong. No ideas, no solutions, no clue. Although, in his defense, what is he supposed to say – “vote GOP so we can run the country even further into the ground than we already have?” Fong and his fellow Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer the vast majority of Americans, so they have to resort to hate and fear to have any hope of getting elected.

    Give it up, Christian. Either tell us what you support – and do it without name-calling – or drop out of the race.

  • http://www.facebook.com/slincoln W Scott Lincoln

    I didn't think it was all that long ago when he said he WASNT going to do this type of thing. So much for being a moderate republican. Do we even have a moderate republican in the race? (I would say maybe Branstad, but he hasn't offered much in the way of what he believes, either. His support is name recognition only)

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