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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.

American Future Fund launches ad campaign against health reform

By Jason Hancock | 03.09.10 | 9:30 am

Iowa-based nonprofit American Future Fund is launching a $900,000 television campaign in the districts of 18 Democratic members of Congress who voted in favor of health care reform legislation in November.

The ads decry the “massive spending” and “backroom deals” in the legislation and quote President Barack Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comments during the 2008 campaign. The takeaway is that Congress should “start over and get health care right,” a meme that has become the Republican Party’s main argument following the president’s health care summit last month.

All 18 districts targeted were won by Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008.

“During the 2008 election, President Obama made news in the last campaign when he said if you put lipstick on a pig — it’s still a pig,” AFF president Sandy Greiner said in a statement. “Mr. President, we agree with you.”

American Future Fund’s most recent work came in the Massachusetts Senate campaign won by Republican Scott Brown. The group spend $400,000 on ads that were decried by Brown himself, who said he didn’t want the election decided by outside groups.

Back in 2008, the group spent more than $4 million on ads in Senate campaigns across the country. Although most of the candidates the group supported were defeated on Election Day, the group quickly declared itself the conservative answer to President Barack Obama’s “fundraising machine.” In 2009, the group launched ads attacking Blue Dog Democrats for their support of health care reform and helped organized and advertise the summer Tea Party protests. They also made a failed attempt to overturn laws in several states restricting robocalls.

In addition to her work with AFF, Greiner, a former Republican state lawmaker who has announced she is running for state senate this year, helped form a 527 organization to convince Terry Branstad to join the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary. A number of American Future Fund’s past and present leaders have strong ties to Branstad’s gubernatorial campaign, including its former communications director, past president, and numerous people associated with AFF’s sister organization, Iowa Progress Project.

Also among the group’s leaders are are two national media consultants who played key roles in the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads in 2004 and the Willie Horton ad in 1988, both of which helped defeat Democratic presidential candidates.

Here is the ad:

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Comments

  • annawoods04

    Initially i thought this is so obvious if it is agreed but the problem is, the country as a whole is quickly coming to the conclusion that Big Government whether at the State or Federal level, is bad for the economy and crushes the individual under the weight of the massive bureaucracy that becomes necessary to administer these “plans”

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  • annawoods04

    Initially i thought this is so obvious if it is agreed but the problem is, the country as a whole is quickly coming to the conclusion that Big Government whether at the State or Federal level, is bad for the economy and crushes the individual under the weight of the massive bureaucracy that becomes necessary to administer these “plans”

    New York liposuctions

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