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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: Postville Immigration Rally

By Lynda Waddington | 07.29.08 | 1:09 pm

Well before a rally on immigration reform was set to begin, people with differing viewpoints converged in the small town of Postville. The opposing groups ultimately flung messages at one another across a downtown street.

Over 1,000 people — some reports say as many as 2,000 — marched in protest of the May 12 immigration raid at Agriprocessors, the largest kosher meatpacking plant in the U.S. and Postville’s largest employer. The marchers left St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church and snaked through a residential area before pausing briefly in front of the Agriprocessors plant. The group continued through another residential area before moving toward downtown.

As the opposing sides came in closer proximity to one another, the many law enforcement officers on hand visibly tensed. If there was to be conflict, it would most likely happen when the two groups confronted each other from opposite sides of Lawler Street.

The procession, tinged with angry chants and shouts by each group, took nearly a half hour. But, it ended without violence.

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