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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.

Harkin: Dodd should be Obama’s VP choice

By Douglas Burns | 08.18.08 | 12:59 pm
U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd

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U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says he’s an unabashed supporter of U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., as Barack Obama’s running mate. Meanwhile, Harkin, who ran for the presidency himself in 1992, says “realism” holds that Hillary Clinton has little chance of making the cut for vice presidential candidate as “latent” sexism and racism would give such a ticket perhaps too steep a cultural hill to climb.

Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois and the Democratic presidential candidate, has yet to make the vice presidential candidate decision, but with the Democratic National Convention starting in a week, the choice is imminent. Harkin elaborated on his pitch for Dodd during an interview with Iowa Independent over the weekend.

“Dodd is my No. 1 pick but I don’t know where it’s going,” Harkin said.

During the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines in late 2007, the Iowa Independent noticed the connection between Dodd and Obama and listed Dodd at the top of a running mate ranking story.

Harkin said veteran legislator Dodd knows how to move bills through Congress, which will be important to an Obama administration facing international issues.

“He’s going to need a vice president that can help him get his legislative package through the Congress,” Harkin said. “And I can’t think of anyone who can do it better than Chris Dodd.”

Another big consideration, Harkin said, is that Dodd is well-liked by Republicans and Democrats.

“He knows how to work across party lines as evidenced by the fact that he just got this big foreclosure bill done,” Harkin said.

Harkin said Dodd also would be a major asset for the Obama campaign in the Latino-rich Southwest — a region many analysts believe will be decisive in the presidential race.

“He (Dodd) speaks fluent Spanish,” Harkin said. “The Hispanic community loves him. That would be a great outreach for Barack Obama.”

Dodd developed his Spanish-language skills during a stint in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic as a young man. During one campaign stop in Carroll as a presidential candidate last fall, Dodd conducted a video-taped bilingual interview with the Daily Times Herald and La Prensa, a Carroll-based Western Iowa Spanish-language newspaper.

In terms of other candidates thought to be in the Obama veepstakes, Harkin said he strongly doubts U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will be the vice presidential selection.

“It’s realism,” Harkin said. “I know full well that if Hillary had gotten the nomination she would never have picked Obama, and if he gets it, he’s not going to pick her for a very simple reason: there’s a lot of latent racism and sexism in this country. It’s hard enough for a woman to win. Then if you add an African American on the ticket, or vice versa, if you have an African-American running and you add a woman on, you add racism and sexism together. That’s a pretty steep hill to climb.”

Comments

  • Steel Medic

    Dodd would be a great choice for VP. I dont think it will matter to much in the geographical game, but I think Dodd would be a better VP than many of the people the Republicans are vetting.

    Dodd has foreign policy experience, Dodd is a moderate, he shares Obama's christain values, and he really speaks to the needs of Iowans well. I must say that I am first looking out for my state :) but a very good choice none the less.

  • Steel Medic

    Dodd would be a great choice for VP. I dont think it will matter to much in the geographical game, but I think Dodd would be a better VP than many of the people the Republicans are vetting.

    Dodd has foreign policy experience, Dodd is a moderate, he shares Obama’s christain values, and he really speaks to the needs of Iowans well. I must say that I am first looking out for my state :) but a very good choice none the less.

  • American007

    Dodd could have been a great VP pick. But his sweetheart mortgage deal pretty much deep sixed his chances. Even if Dodd did nothing wrong….even the whiff of it is bad news for Obama and not something he needs right now.

  • American007

    Dodd could have been a great VP pick. But his sweetheart mortgage deal pretty much deep sixed his chances. Even if Dodd did nothing wrong….even the whiff of it is bad news for Obama and not something he needs right now.

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  • Steel Medic

    007, Okay, I do agree with you on the mortgage thing, but I do think it would help Obama combat in Conn. especially if Liberman was McCain's VP. But like I said before, I dont think it will play too much of a role. I think its a long shot for McCain to have a chance in Conn., he is currently losing by 15 points.

    I think the best idea as far as geography will be Kaine of Virgina or Richardson of NM.

  • Steel Medic

    007, Okay, I do agree with you on the mortgage thing, but I do think it would help Obama combat in Conn. especially if Liberman was McCain’s VP. But like I said before, I dont think it will play too much of a role. I think its a long shot for McCain to have a chance in Conn., he is currently losing by 15 points.

    I think the best idea as far as geography will be Kaine of Virgina or Richardson of NM.

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