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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.

COMMENTARY: Why John McCain Will Select Sarah Palin As Running Mate

By Douglas Burns | 06.29.08 | 6:51 pm

Palin completey changes the complexion of the election, and helps establish a narrative of two mavericks, one too old and one too young, waging an underdog quest against Battlestar Barack.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a 44-year-old with five children, a captivating TV-mom look and a brief and but weighty background as a reformer governor, could vault from relative national obscurity to star in a game-turning role as John McCain’s running mate.

In fact, of all the candidates under consideration to ride shotgun with the Arizona senator, Palin brings the most to McCain. The Republican Alaska governor should be his choice.

Millions of Americans fell in love with Barack Obama’s biography. They’ll go for Palin’s too — and perhaps relate more to it. She hunts and fishes, and in Iowa, where girls basketball is a major cultural force, the fact that this governor led her high school team as point guard to an Alaska state title as “Sarah Barracuda” will resonate. She appears to pull off the Clair Huxtable balancing act: being strong and feminine at the same time.

The Almanac of National Politics speaks of her thusly: “An avid hunter and fisher with a killer smile who wears designer glasses and heels, and hair like modern sculpture.”

Her oldest son, Track, is in the military (having enlisted in the Army on Sept. 11, 2007), and she opted to continue with a pregnancy of her fifth child, born recently with Down syndrome. She is not only pro-life, but she has a son to prove it.

With his strengths being experience in Washington — as measured by tenure in the Senate — and foreign policy, McCain, 72 in August, can afford to go with a true balancer, someone much younger with a strong suit in domestic issues. And a woman.

Elected in 2006, Palin admittedly has had a short run as governor of a state most of us associate with exotic cruises and a oil-drilling debate no one really understands but on which everyone has an opinion.

She has astronomical approval ratings in Alaska and is getting a good deal of press for going after corruption and focusing on fiscal responsibility. The Politico reports that as governor she has shown a willingness to veto some of the state’s large capital projects.

While some Republicans may worry that Palin would get knocked around in a vice presidential debate by, say, U.S. Joe Biden, D-Del., it could actually work to the ticket’s advantage in the same way Hillary’s tears did in New Hampshire, not that Sarah would be crying over a botched point on North Korea. The Democrats would have to be careful about bullying her, and she would be a vessel for Hillaryites, bulging with estrogen, looking for a reason to bolt the party. What’s more, suburban women, a key swing block now seemingly more fit for Obama, could actually be pulled by Palin, one of their own in a very real sense.

And the press — with spectacularly little knowledge of Alaska and life there — would seize on her family background. Her husband, Todd, is a four-time winner of the Iron Dog, the world’s longest snow machine race. The McCain camp will get weeks of biography stories on Palin, and she will puncture the stodgy stereotype of the party. She’ll also play well in rural America where McCain, with provocative comments and a farm-unfriendly voting history, will face more challenges than he now expects.

Think about this way: Imagine the reaction to the selection of Mitt Romney as a vice presidential candidate. What does that get MccCain? Maybe Michigan, but likely not. A known white male governor like Tim Pawlenty from Minnesota is about as inspiring as a Wednesday — and with Obama’s lead there, he may not even pull that state.

Palin completely changes the complexion of the election and helps establish a narrative of two mavericks, one too old and one too young, waging an underdog quest against Battlestar Barack.

Comments

  • Sapwolf

    No-brainer for McCain Sarah Palin is the only possible running mate for McCain that would help him pull off the greatest upset victory in modern American politics.

    John, Sarah is your David who will help you slay Goliath.

    Pick her and win.

    “Just win baby!”  – Al Davis

  • Ted

    Romney vs. Palin 4 McCain’s VP It appears that it’s all down to Alaska Gov Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

    The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! – even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops – I’ll say tops by far – Romney as McCain’s best pick).

    Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most – as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most – which says a lot.)

    AOL, a main on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

    Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction – hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

    Also, CNN had Romney – kind of out of the blue – attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

    All the media frenzy which will surround the remarkable Palin “story” – essentially free to McCain – will be worth millions and millions of dollars of coverage and PR (more money than Romney would provide anyway).

  • Sapwolf

    No-brainer for McCain Sarah Palin is the only possible running mate for McCain that would help him pull off the greatest upset victory in modern American politics.

    John, Sarah is your David who will help you slay Goliath.

    Pick her and win.

    “Just win baby!”  – Al Davis

  • mlx4a2

    I just like her because she's cute Women aren't the only group that sometimes would vote for a candidate because they find them attractive. So what if her values disagree with mine? She's cute!

  • Ted

    Romney vs. Palin 4 McCain's VP It appears that it's all down to Alaska Gov Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

    The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! – even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops – I'll say tops by far – Romney as McCain's best pick).

    Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most – as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most – which says a lot.)

    AOL, a main on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

    Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction – hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

    Also, CNN had Romney – kind of out of the blue – attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

    All the media frenzy which will surround the remarkable Palin “story” – essentially free to McCain – will be worth millions and millions of dollars of coverage and PR (more money than Romney would provide anyway).

  • terrabites

    Plus, she likes oil. And dislikes polar bears (see her NYT op ed): what's not to like?

  • Brad76

    How does she spell potato?

    Never heard of her. Her comments I read so far make me think she is McCains' Dan Quayle/Clarence Thomas i.e.; GOP attempt to get beyond CW but not really ready for prime time.

    If she is pro choice the GOP rebels. If she is pro -life then it helps push Hillary support to OB.

    Never been vetted nationally. The chances she makes a Qualye-like mistake are as great as an August hurricane in New Orleans.

  • mlanggin

    Reformer? Didn't she cut a campaign ad with Ted Stevens? The indicted Ted Stevens?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTX-oJUCaU

  • terrabites

    Plus, she likes oil. And dislikes polar bears (see her NYT op ed): what's not to like?

  • Brad76

    How does she spell potato?

    Never heard of her. Her comments I read so far make me think she is McCains' Dan Quayle/Clarence Thomas i.e.; GOP attempt to get beyond CW but not really ready for prime time.

    If she is pro choice the GOP rebels. If she is pro -life then it helps push Hillary support to OB.

    Never been vetted nationally. The chances she makes a Qualye-like mistake are as great as an August hurricane in New Orleans.

  • mlanggin

    Reformer? Didn't she cut a campaign ad with Ted Stevens? The indicted Ted Stevens?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTX-oJUCaU

  • mlx4a2

    I just like her because she’s cute Women aren’t the only group that sometimes would vote for a candidate because they find them attractive. So what if her values disagree with mine? She’s cute!

  • http://www.drillpressvise.org/ Drill Press Vise

    I agree with you.

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