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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.

Group behind letters to governor revealed, FBI warns of possible violence

By Jason Hancock | 04.02.10 | 11:01 am

A group that calls itself the Guardians of the Free Republics has been identified by the FBI as the authors of letters to governors across the country — including Iowa’s Chet Culver — demanding they leave office within three days or they will be removed.

According to the Guardians’ Web site, the organization wants to accomplish their many goals “BEHIND THE SCENES, lawfully, peacefully, without violence and without risking civil war.” Despite this, FBI officials are cautioning local police to be aware in case other individuals interpret the letters “as a justification for violence or other criminal actions.”

A portion of the group’s site labeled “Rationale” lays out the thinking behind the group’s goal to “restore Biblical law to a devoutly secular population.” The group believes its plan can act as a “vehicle for relieving corporate tyranny. In due time, the higher goal of salvaging the souls of mankind can be addressed.”

The Associated Press reports that 30 governors have received a letter from the group.

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    Normally though state police officials have been warned that the group's mission may lead to“violence or illegal conduct and they are the only person responsible to take them into control and FBI and Homeland Security officials have said that the group poses no “immediate or credible threats of violence,” but that they're working with local authorities and continuing to investigate

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