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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.

Running-Marquardt wins special election by wide margin

By Lynda Waddington | 11.25.09 | 12:06 am

Kirsten Running-Marquardt claimed roughly 78 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s special election in Iowa House District 33, keeping the seat in Democratic hands.

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Kirsten Running-Marquardt

Running-Marquardt, the daughter of former state lawmaker Rich Running, will replace Dick Taylor, who had served in the Iowa House since a special election in 2000. Taylor resigned due to family health concerns in October.

Given the demographics of the district, which spans 11 precincts in Cedar Rapids, the Democrats were heavily favored going into Tuesday’s election. Republican candidate Joshua Thurston, a union member and military veteran, was a moderate choice for a traditionally conservative local Republican party, but he could not overcome the large registration advantage held by Democrats.

About 2,000 ballots were cast in the election, which is roughly 10 percent of the district’s registered voters.

Michael Kiernan, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, extended his congratulations to Running-Marquardt as well as House leadership shortly after unofficial results were released, noting that “Kirsten will not only be a fantastic public servant but also a dedicated partner” for Democratic legislators as they begin the next session in January.

This marks the second special election for an Iowa House seat in 2009. In both races, Democrats successfully defended districts they already held, leaving the majority with a fragile coalition of 56 members ahead of next year’s session.

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Comments

  • eddantes

    Ms. Marquardt's election is disturbing. Ms. Marquardt has a past ties to the very sketchy organizations SEIU and ACORN that go back to 2003. Her job with Congressman Dave Loebsack was procured through various ties to the group that has been linked to Voter Intimidation and Voter Fraud in 15 states as I write this. Organized Labor makes up 8% of the country's electorate currently. Ms. Marquardt is in the pocket of two of the most famously corrupt organizations in this country. Oh, and the cloak organization funded by SEIU that she worked for is called Iowa For Health Care, her goal there was primarily organizing fake press conferences. Unfortunately I am not joking. They have since changed their name once more to “Change that works”

  • eddantes

    Ms. Marquardt's election is disturbing. Ms. Marquardt has a past ties to the very sketchy organizations SEIU and ACORN that go back to 2003. Her job with Congressman Dave Loebsack was procured through various ties to the group that has been linked to Voter Intimidation and Voter Fraud in 15 states as I write this. Organized Labor makes up 8% of the country's electorate currently. Ms. Marquardt is in the pocket of two of the most famously corrupt organizations in this country. Oh, and the cloak organization funded by SEIU that she worked for is called Iowa For Health Care, her goal there was primarily organizing fake press conferences. Unfortunately I am not joking. They have since changed their name once more to “Change that works”

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