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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 candidate upset he was left out of Congressional debate

By Jason Hancock | 04.21.10 | 10:41 am

Mark Rees, one of seven Republicans vying for the chance to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell in the 3rd District, is crying foul over being left out of a GOP debate based on fundraising totals.

The event, sponsored by a group called the Benton County Advocates, is being held April 27. The group invited candidates Dave Funk, Jim Gibbons and Brad Zaun to participate based on “individual contributions as presented to the FEC for first quarter 2010 reporting purposes.” The other four men running in the primary, including Rees, were not invited.

“I am disappointed that I will be excluded from the debate and do believe this decision weakens its credibility,” Rees said in a statement. “My campaign has been active, aggressive, and frankly, has offered much more in terms of achievable policy proposals than the rest of the field.”

Rees, who considers himself the only moderate Republican in the primary field, points out that while he raised less than his opponents during the first quarter of 2010, overall he has more cash on hand than every candidate except Gibbons.

UPDATE: Bill Keller, a member of the Benton County Advocates, addresses the controversy surrounding the debates in a comment below.

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  • wkeller

    My name is Bill Keller and I was the member of Benton County Advocates that passed on the information to Mr. Reese that he would not be asked to participate in our debate. The rules, as displaed in the group event linked in your article, were quite clear. We were going to look at the individual contributions and take the top three earners.

  • wkeller

    My name is Bill Keller and I was the member of Benton County Advocates that passed on the information to Mr. Reese that he would not be asked to participate in our debate. The rules, as displayed in the group event linked in your article, were quite clear. We were going to look at the individual contributions and take the top three earners. Mr. Gibbons was first place with $344,598, Mr. Zaun was second with $83,380 and Mr. Funk was third with $69,141. Mr. Reese raised $12,050, less that 1/5th his nearest competitor. While Mr. Reese rightly states he has more cash on hand than all but Mr. Gibbons, the part he leaves out is that of the $64,000 reported to the FEC, $54,000 of that money was contributed by Mr. Reese himself. While that is certainly a firm statement of his belief in his political path, we believe individual contributions are a broader yardstick to measure his viability within the 3rd district.

    Our group chose individual contributions as the marker because we felt it was a solid indicator of support within the 3rd district. If a candidate presents his views and has the electorate listen to them, we believe their direct financial support is a solid indicator of a candidate’s viability. Since Mr. Reese did not meet the minimum requirement of our selection criteria, he was not invited.

    This is certainly meant to show no disrespect to Mr. Reese, it is simply our judgment that within the current field of candidates, he is not a first tier candidate and thus was not invited to our debate. We wish him the best with his campaign as he continues his efforts.

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