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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.

Latham won’t invite Bush to Iowa

By Douglas Burns | 07.30.08 | 12:50 pm
U.S. Rep. Tom Latham (Source: Wikipedia)

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham (Source: Wikipedia)

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Ames, says President George W. Bush won’t be getting an invitation to campaign for him in Iowa’s 4th District this election year.

“He would have to be invited and I don’t think I’m going to do that,” Latham said in an interview.

Why not?

“Because I want to have the focus stay on my race and certainly differences with my opponent,” Latham said.

Latham noted that President Bush did campaign for him in Iowa in 2002.

“Today, I think I want to focus on the local issues,” Latham said.

Latham predicted that the presidential race between U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would have limited impact on his re-election fight against Democrat Becky Greenwald of Perry.

“I think Iowans separate races,” he said. “They look at individual races. There’s a certain group on both sides” that will vote straight ticket, he said, but most will not.

Latham sees the number one issue as energy, and he thinks his support of more domestic exploration combined with a track record of advocacy for renewable energy will resonate in the 4th District.

The traditional Republican message of low taxes will also be vital in this economic climate, Latham said.

While many political observers expect 2008 to be a rough year for Republicans, Latham — who steers clear of the provocative partisanship to which his neighbor to the west, U.S. Rep. Steve King, subscribes — says he’s weathered storms before.

Folllowing reapportionment in 2002, Latham, who had represented a more western Iowa district, found himself with 60 percent new constituents in the current 4th district in a race against well-known Democratic insider John Norris.

“That was probably the most difficult, the one we had to raise the most money for,” Latham said.

He added, “Certainly I don’t take anything for granted. Looking back, 2002 was a huge challenge because of the new district.”

Latham pointed out that he broke ranks with the president on State Children’ Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), voted twice in support the farm bill and to override the president’s veto on that legislation. Recently he and the president were on opposite side of an issues surrounding Medicare reimbursement for doctors.

“There’s a lot of differences on major issues we have around here,” Latham said.

He added, “I think it just shows you have to be independent in this job. I’m not agreeing with the president on everything.”

Despite Latham’s claim to independence, the Greenwald campaign has made efforts to tie the incumbent to the Bush administration and the Republicans in Congress, with whom they say Latham has voted 92 percent of the time.  Although the president has not traveled to Iowa for Latham this year, high-profile Bush advisor Karl Rove attended a closed-press fundraiser for Iowa Republicans last week.


  • iridiumred

    If Bush’s poll numbers were at 72% instead of the current 27%, Latham would be falling over himself trying to get W to Iowa. I think that voting with Bush 92% of the time makes him an official lapdog, no matter what TL says.

  • iridiumred

    If Bush's poll numbers were at 72% instead of the current 27%, Latham would be falling over himself trying to get W to Iowa. I think that voting with Bush 92% of the time makes him an official lapdog, no matter what TL says.

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