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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.

Dems to Branstad: Indiana governor wants his ad back

By Jason Hancock | 05.18.10 | 2:30 pm

Former Gov. Terry Branstad’s new TV ad, entitled “The Change we Need Now,” is remarkably similar to an ad Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels ran during his 2008 campaign called “Change That’s Working.” And the similarities are already drawing criticism from national Democrats.

“We already thought Terry Branstad was a throwback, but apparently so are his ideas,” said Brannon Jordan, deputy communications director for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).

Branstad is one of three Republicans competing in the GOP primary for the chance to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver. The DGA’s line of attack, that Branstad represents the past and Culver represents the future, is becoming a regular talking point for Democrats as Culver’s re-election campaign formally kicks off across the state this week.

“The DGA is desperate to deflect attention from the facts contained within the ad, and that is that Chet Culver’s reckless and irresponsible spending put this state into a budget mess,” said Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Branstad. “Their release underscores the fact that Terry Branstad is the individual they most fear in this November’s election.”

Albrecht said the Branstad ad was produced by Alfano Communications. According to the company’s website, they also produced the Daniels ad.

Here is Branstad’s ad:

And here is the Mitch Daniels ad from 2008:

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