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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.

Scheffler: Haley Barbour is ‘toast’ in Iowa

By Jason Hancock | 05.13.10 | 9:32 am

Steve Scheffler, president of Iowa Christian Alliance and one of two Iowans on the Republican National Committee, told Hotline OnCall’s Reid Wilson that potential 2012 presidential hopeful Haley Barbour is “toast” in Iowa, because of the actions of the Republican Governors Association.

Iowa’s RNC members (Scheffler and Kim Lehman) signed on to a letter asking Barbour, who serves as chairman of the RGA, why he’s spending so much money in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. According to Wilson, of the eight RNC members to sign the letter, four, including those from Iowa, retracted. But not before both Scheffler and Lehman fired a shot at Barbour.

“He’s toast in Iowa, as far as I’m concerned,” said Steve Scheffler, a social conservative activist and the state’s RNC committeeman. “I traditionally stay out of presidential contested races, but this kind of information will be distributed far and wide.” …

… “My concern is Haley Barbour,” Lehman told Hotline OnCall in a phone interview today. “This is, in my opinion, poor leadership.”

According to The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, Barbour’s thinking is straightforward.

[He] figures Republican Charlie Baker can win the race if independent candidate Tim Cahill drops below 10 percent in the polls. Cahill’s political team whispers that the RNC’s anti-Cahill ads have benefited Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, who has shot up 16 points in the polls since the RGA went on the air.  Still, it’s hard to argue with the RGA’s record of success. It spent a good deal of money in New Jersey and Virginia in 2009, and it will have plenty of money to spend as the other races heat up. (The RGA is also spending money right now in Colorado.)

In a joint statement, both Scheffler and Lehman retracted their earlier support of the letter criticizing Barbour.

“We are strong conservatives and signed a letter we initially thought would send a message of support for conservative candidates in our party. Upon further reflection, we understand this letter could be interpreted as meddling in the affairs of an independent Republican organization and we wish in no way to harm the efforts of the Republican Governors Association in the pursuit of its work.”

Last summer, Barbour visited Iowa and delivered the keynote speech at a Republican Party of Iowa fundraiser. His visit sparked controversy, though, after he told the crowd of GOP activists and elected officials that they must reject calls for ideological purity, saying, “There are tens of millions of pro-choice Republicans that are just as good Republicans as I am, and we need to support them. That’s what party building is about, and don’t think that is giving up your principles.”

Most expect the RGA to become involved in the Hawkeye State once Republicans have a gubernatorial nominee.

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