Top Stories

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.

Press Release

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.

Vander Plaats won’t run for governor or endorse Branstad

By Jason Hancock | 08.06.10 | 7:30 am

photo: Dave Davidson,

Bob Vander Plaats, the runner up for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, won’t make a third-party bid for governor this fall, sources close to Vander Plaats told The Iowa Independent. However, he also will not endorse the Republican nominee, Terry Branstad.

Instead, the Sioux City businessman who captured 42 percent of the vote in the June Republican primary will announce Friday that he is launching an initiative to campaign for the ouster of the Iowa Supreme Court justices who will appear on the ballot for a retention vote this fall. Overturning the court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa was the centerpiece of Vander Plaats failed gubernatorial bid. He promised his supporters that he would issue an executive order voiding the ruling, an idea constitutional scholars, legal experts and even his fellow Republicans said was not constitutional. Even Vander Plaats admitted the move would likely lead to his own impeachment.

Vander Plaats stirred rumors Thursday when he sent out a press release announcing a news conference for Friday morning. Many wondered if this meant Vander Plaats was going to run as an independent, an idea he has been openly mulling since losing to Branstad in a divisive GOP primary.

Numerous sources close to both Vander Plaats and Branstad told to The Iowa Independent last month that the two former rivals were close to coming to terms on a deal for Vander Plaats to endorse Branstad in exchange for a position in a future Branstad administration. Those sources now say the deal could not be finalized.

Thursday night, Vander Plaats alerted the media that Friday’s news conference will now be held at the Iowa Judicial Building in downtown Des Moines.

Follow Jason Hancock on Twitter


  • RegularJoe

    Bob who? Why is this turd still floating in the pool? It's called “relevance” and Bobby doesn't have it anymore….come back next cycle.

Switch to our mobile site