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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.

Roberts speaks to local Tea Partiers, goes after Branstad

By Jason Hancock | 01.29.10 | 6:00 am
State Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Rod Roberts was the guest of the Clay County Tea Party Patriots Thursday night, and he used the opportunity to draw distinctions between himself and former Gov. Terry Branstad.

Roberts focuses his remarks on his fiscal record and ideas such as eliminating the corporate income tax and his proposed constitutional amendment limit state spending to 99 percent of projected revenue. When the forum was turned over to public questions, it offered Roberts to opportunity to look back at Branstad’s 16 years in office and explain what he’d do differently.

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He stated he would not have expanded legalized gambling, nor would he have diverted dollars from the road use tax fund to pay the Iowa State Patrol, a practice current Gov. Chet Culver wants to reinstate.

Roberts also hit the conservative high points: he will fight to overturn an Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and protect Iowans’ right to carry a firearm. The Carroll Republican even advocated for an expansion of nuclear power in Iowa, as well as the expansion of coal-fire plants, ethanol and biodiesel.

Though most observers believe the GOP primary is really a two-man race — between Branstad and Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats — the increasingly heated battle between those two chief rivals has some convinced Roberts could become the surprise candidate of 2010.

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  • ClayBarham

    Tea Party tradition is as old as America. We started with individual self-interests as most important, though rejected by Obama, and close self-government as a result. Government was no more than a day's horseback ride, usually counties, subject to voter influence, town hall meetings, even vigilantes if things got oppressive, so today's Tea Parties are on the tradition track. Let's hope it doesn't get Obamanized into illegal.

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