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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.

Bipartisan group forms to defend Iowa judges

By Jason Hancock | 08.12.10 | 1:00 pm

A bipartisan, nonprofit group calling itself Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts has formed to defend three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who are up for a retention vote on the Nov. 2 ballot. The group formed as a direct result of efforts by former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats to organize a campaign to oust the judges due to their ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

The groups leaders include former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan, former Republican National Committee member Steve Roberts, and Bob Rafferty, who served as former Gov. Terry Branstad‘s chief of staff. Branstad is the Republican nominee for governor this fall and has said he will not personally push for voters to oust the judges.

Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit are up for retention this year. Only four judges have been voted out since 1962, when the state replaced the practice of electing judges by popular vote with the “Missouri Plan,” or the merit-based system of retention and judicial nominating commissions.

On Wednesday, Vander Plaats announced the name of his organization, Iowa for Freedom. The decision about the structure of the group — whether it will be a nonprofit, political action committee , etc. — has not yet been made. He does expect for the group to receive support from all over the country. The anti-gay group American Family Association has already paid to set up a website for the campaign.

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  • rextrek1

    Iowa for Freedom……lol really now..? thats the name of a the grp that wants to TAKE AWAY other Iowans freedom to marry? Hypocracy much?

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