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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.

VIDEO: Veterans group attacks Grassley on cap and trade

By Jason Hancock | 02.05.10 | 9:42 am

A national veterans group has launched a television ad campaign attacking U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s position on a bill capping carbon emissions.

The legislation was passed by the U.S. House last year and is currently being considered by the Senate., a national advocacy group, will begin airing a television ad Friday in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines that criticizes Grassley’s position on the bill. Their position is that it will help military personnel by cutting the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke/

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke/

The ad, which is also being run in seven other states, features Iowa City veteran Jeff Lindaman saying Grassley is opposed to the bill while accepting campaign donations from oil companies that do business “in countries with ties to terrorism.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Iowa Biodiesel Board, and the Iowa Soybean Association Board released a joint statement Friday defending the veteran Republican senator, saying “there has been no bigger supporter of clean energy in the U.S Senate than Chuck Grassley.”

“Chuck Grassley has been in a position to change the energy landscape, and he has maximized every public policy opportunity for clean-producing, home-grown energy,” the groups said. “Without Chuck Grassley, there would be no clean-burning renewable energy industry in Iowa.”

In September, Grassley called cap-and-trade legislation more controversial than health care reform, saying it will ultimately cost American jobs.

The group says it paid $150,000 in Iowa for the ad, which will run through Feb. 21 in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

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  • CornIsKing123

    Sounds more like a left-wing attack with an ax to grind against Senator Grassley. This ad is laughable. Everyone knows that Senator Grassley is the Father of Renewable Fuels and has been working to create energy independence throug bio-fuels and wind energy. Go ahead and waste your money on this ad buy. I love it when Senator Grassley takes oil PAC money and then uses it against them by promoting bio-diesel from soy and corn and bio-mass. I love it.

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