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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.

GOP straw polls show two-man gubernatorial race

By Jason Hancock | 01.27.10 | 9:52 am

Christian radio host Steve Deace has begun compiling results from gubernatorial straw polls held at numerous Republican caucuses around the state Saturday, and while the results bare no true weight they do confirm that a little more than five months before the primary it’s shaping up as a two-man race.

In the eight counties that Deace was able to find results (not all counties held a gubernatorial straw poll), in only one did a candidate other than Bob Vander Plaats or Terry Branstad garner more than 20 percent of the vote. Branstad was victorious in three of the counties, with Vander Plaats winning the other five.

The results, as posted on Deace’s blog:

Appanoose County: Vander Plaats 62 percent, Branstad 47 percent, and Roberts 1 percent.

Cerro Gordo County: Branstad 46 percent, Vander Plaats 44 percent, and Roberts 12 percent.

Hancock County: Vander Plaats 74 percent, Branstad 20 percent, Roberts 5 percent, and Rants 1 percent.

Howard County: Vander Plaats 76 percent, Branstad 24 percent.

Lee County: Branstad 42 percent, Vander Plaats 26 percent, Roberts 22 percent, and Rants 9 percent.

Madison County: Vander Plaats 50 percent, Branstad 44 percent, and Roberts 0.5 percent

Mahaska County: Vander Plaats 71 percent, Branstad 24 percent, Rants 4 percent, and Roberts 1 percent.

Marshall County: Branstad 40 percent, Vander Plaats 38 percent, Roberts 19 percent, and Rants 3 percent.

In an e-mail to Deace, Vander Plaats’ campaign manager Eric Woolson said these results show that the poll leaked by the Branstad campaign last week showing the former governor with a commanding lead among likely voters “might as well have been drawn up on the back of a cocktail napkin during happy hour in some bar because it certainly doesn’t reflect what real Republican voters had to say at their caucuses.”

Caucuses are traditionally dominated by each party’s base, which in the case of Republicans means social and religious conservatives. The strategic importance of the events in a non-presidential year comes from the fact that caucuses attendees choose delegates to the county, district and state party conventions. If no candidate in an Iowa primary election receives at least 35 percent of the vote, those delegates decide who will be the party’s nominee.

Of the eight straw polls verified by Deace, Vander Plaasts may have won the majority but Branstad won the three largest: Cerro Gordo, Marshall and Lee counties.

The results do offer some hope to state Rep. Rod Roberts, who garnered respectable totals in Cerro Gordo, Lee and Marshall counties. Some have speculated that Roberts could benefit from Branstad and Vander Plaats focusing their attacks on each other, especially following the controversy earlier this month surrounding the Iowa Family Policy Center’s endorsement of Vander Plaats and pledge to sit out the fall campaign if Branstad is the nominee.

State Rep. Chris Rants garnered no votes in five of the counties and never topped 3 percent in those he did get support in. However, none of the straw polls were from counties in western Iowa, where Rants would be more well known.

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Comments

  • desmoinesdem

    There's no question Vander Plaats would have a much better chance in a caucus setting. Unfortunately for him, Republicans will select their nominee in a primary.

  • markjamesjewell

    I think this bodes well for Roberts at this point in the race. He is working his tail off to gain name recognition, and out pacing any other candidate with the rate he is winning people over. By the time primaries roll around, too many people will have garnered doubt about the two leading candidates – and they'll be seeking fresh leadership!

  • desmoinesdem

    There's no question Vander Plaats would have a much better chance in a caucus setting. Unfortunately for him, Republicans will select their nominee in a primary.

  • markjamesjewell

    I think this bodes well for Roberts at this point in the race. He is working his tail off to gain name recognition, and out pacing any other candidate with the rate he is winning people over. By the time primaries roll around, too many people will have garnered doubt about the two leading candidates – and they'll be seeking fresh leadership!

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