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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 2nd District primary expands to four

By Lynda Waddington | 03.01.10 | 12:01 am

A Marion entrepreneur with ties to politically influential social conservatives is collecting signatures to enter the June Republican primary for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Rob Gettemy, 44, attends Antioch Christian Church in Marion, as do several members of the Linn County Republican Executive Board. He and another member, Jim Mayhew of Vinton, launched a Christian t-shirt and ministry business in 2008 dubbed “1M4JC,” or “One Million For Jesus Christ.” He is an instructor at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at University of Iowa and serves on the board of directors for Aid to Women, a local anti-abortion pregnancy crisis center.

2nd District GOP congressional hopefuls

2nd District GOP congressional hopefuls (clockwise) Rob Gettemy, Steve Rathje, Christopher Reed and Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

Gettemy revamped his Twitter account just days ago to reflect his new status as a candidate for U.S. Congress, and added a link to the Web site launched by his campaign. The site contains an official press release announcing his candidacy, although it is unclear if the text was forwarded to journalists or simply posted on the site. On Sunday, a meet and greet was held at a local park to continue gathering the signatures Gettemy needs to appear on the local ballot.

If Gettemy is able to garner the necessary number of signatures, he will join an already crowded primary. Marion resident Christopher Reed, Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Ottumwa ophthalmologist Mariannette Miller-Meeks have already stated their interest in the race, and recently held a debate at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids.

From a purely horse-race perspective, the entrance of Gettemy likely does the most harm to Reed. Not only does it pull the hometown base Reed hoped to energize, but it sends a definite signal that Reed, who had attempted to position himself as the only true social conservative in the race, was found to be lacking.

Due to Gettemy’s entrepreneurial and business background, it is also feasible that he could melt support that has been slowly building for Rathje, who has emerged as the predominant fiscal conservative.

Miller-Meeks, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the seat in 2008, is widely considered the heir apparent and the candidate to out-best in the upcoming primary. Many in eastern Iowa believe that her previous campaign was derailed thanks to an attack launched by Iowa Right to Life, then headed by Republican National Committeewoman Kim Lehman, which called Miller-Meeks a “great pretender” who was trying to pass herself off as being against abortion when she is not. Since ending her campaign, Miller-Meeks has put her professional career on hold to travel the district, speak out against health care reform and connect with Republicans.

During the past year, however, Gettemy has not necessarily been an unknown local political force. His attendance at Antioch Church places him in proximity of several key social conservatives — not the least among them being Linn County GOP Chairman Tim Palmer and Vice-Chairman Brent Schulte, a minister at Antioch, and Schulte’s wife, state Rep. Renee Schulte.

Politics being what they are in Linn County, however, such affiliations and perceived support may be a double-edged sword.

Although Linn County Republicans passed a loyalty resolution earlier this month demanding gubernatorial hopefuls promise to support the party’s eventual nominee, members of the local central committee to continue to grapple with one another on ideological grounds. For example, Tim Pugh, a man who has been the organizing force behind the local tea party movement, was recently removed from a spirited central committee meeting. (The removal takes place at roughly the one hour, 12 minute mark in the audio recording. The controversy involving the power of the chairman and rules of procedure begins at roughly the one hour, 10 minute mark.)

The Republican primary will be held on June 8, with the winner taking on incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack.

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  • http://www.angelfire.com/ky/kentuckydan/HotIssues/ Dan Kauffman

    I have always held Mr Reed in the highest regard and despite the fact that I favour one of his previous opponents I would not hesitate to give him my full support should he win the primary.

    I cannot fathom what could have prompted a Political Action Group of Social Conservatives to throw under the bus a candidate who has always upheld their ideals fully and without reservation.

    To paraphrase Shakespeare, I smell something Rotten in the State of Iowa

  • http://www.angelfire.com/ky/kentuckydan/HotIssues/ Dan Kauffman

    I have always held Mr Reed in the highest regard and despite the fact that I favour one of his previous opponents I would not hesitate to give him my full support should he win the primary.

    I cannot fathom what could have prompted a Political Action Group of Social Conservatives to throw under the bus a candidate who has always upheld their ideals fully and without reservation.

    To paraphrase Shakespeare, I smell something Rotten in the State of Iowa

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