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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

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

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

Liz Mathis
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.

Gibbons hires campaign manager

By Jason Hancock | 12.23.09 | 9:52 am

Jim Gibbons, the former Iowa State University wrestling coach vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, has brought on a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., to run his campaign.

Gibbons announced Wednesday that Brian Chatwin will serve as campaign manager. Most recently, Chatwin was an aide to Ensign, but he previously worked on the 2000 and 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, as well as the 2008 GOP National Convention in Minneapolis. Brian is a native of Las Vegas, Nev., and has family in Keokuk County.

Of the five men seeking the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell, Gibbons has managed to garner the most attention, thanks to his ties to a number of wealthy Republican power brokers, including Gary Kirke, Bruce Rastetter, Denny Elwell and John Ruan. Those associations mean Gibbons will likely be the candidate with the best fundraising operation, a key factor when taking on an eight-term incumbent.

In addition to Gibbons, Dr. Patrick Bertroche, former pilot Dave Funk, retired architect Mark Rees and state Sen. Brad Zaun are also seeking the GOP nomination.

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