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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.

Women lead list of Gallup’s 2009 political winners

By Lynda Waddington | 12.28.09 | 12:04 pm

Three women — Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor — lead the list of political winners in 2009, according to a new Gallup poll.

More than 70 percent of Americans, according to the poll, believe that First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are political “winners” in 2009. Only 21 and 25 percent, respectively, viewed the two as being “losers” during the past year. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor also fared well with 57 percent viewing her positively and only 24 percent declaring her a “loser.”

Returning to politics, please tell me whether you consider each of the following to be a winner or a loser in U.S. politics this year. (Source: Gallup)

Returning to politics, please tell me whether you consider each of the following to be a winner or a loser in U.S. politics this year. (Source: Gallup)

President Barack Obama was also viewed favorably by most completing the poll. A full 58 percent of Americans viewed him as a “winner,” but his “loser” standing was well above the three women, with 38 percent of respondents referring to him as a political “loser” in 2009.

Those leading in the “loser” bracket are South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi and South Carolina U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, the Republican of “you lie” fame. Ratings were almost identical for Republicans in Congress and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. Of those polled, 52 percent proclaimed congressional Republicans as political “losers.” In addition, 50 percent of those polled believed Pelosi to be a political “loser.”

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