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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.

Zaun taking heat from both sides over ethanol subsidies

By Jason Hancock | 08.02.10 | 10:09 am

photo: Dave Davidson,

Last week, Republican 3rd District congressional candidate Brad Zaun drew fire from Democrats for opposing federal subsidies for renewable fuels.

Now, after saying he has changed his mind on the issue, tea party activists are beginning to wonder about his commitment to their issues.

During the GOP congressional primary, Zaun repeatedly said he opposed the subsidies. At a tea party candidate forum in May, Zaun made his position very clear.

“I just went up to Grundy Center here not too long ago, and a farmer said to me, ‘What are you going to do for me and the biofuels industry?’” Zaun said. “And I said, ‘Nothing.’”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee criticized Zaun and questioned why he was being supported by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a staunch advocate for the subsidies. In an interview with The Des Moines Register, Zaun said he would support extending the 45-cent tax credit for the ethanol industry, reversing his earlier position and citing “additional research” as the reason for the change.

Christian radio host Steve Deace said on his blog Monday that Zaun has been pressured to “back down on his Constitutional stance against ethanol subsidies.” Routinely, Deace wrote, Zaun “promised our audience during our spring candidate interview series he wouldn’t back down to special interest groups, and I heard him make a similar pledge to the aforementioned Independence Day Tea Party event I spoke at.”

My momma taught me if you make the mess you have to clean it up.  Since support from Tea Partiers is crucial to Zaun’s campaign, and he was the only candidate they gave a platform to speak at their last major event, now would be a good time for them to ask him about his “additional research.”

Is it valid?  Does this research prove the subsidy is Constitutional?  Is any subsidy Constitutional?  Should they be if they’re not?  Does being Constitutional only matter as the standard when its spending that goes to groups we don’t approve of?  Is this a good investment of taxpayer dollars or pork barrel spending for our state?

Deace, who said he has a Zaun campaign sign in his yard, said these questions “speak to the credibility” of the tea party movement, since the Urbandale Republican is now intertwined with the movement itself.

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  • dallasgravel

    Is Brad Zaun married, separated, or divorced? Not only can Brad play both sides of the ethanol issue,does he skirt around other vows? Just asking.

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