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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.

Mitch Daniels insists he won’t run for president in 2012

By Patrick Caldwell | 08.26.10 | 9:00 am

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It’s unlikely any Republican mulling a 2012 presidential campaign will make their bid official until after the midterms. Though it will be a few more months before anyone officially enters campaign mode, one potential candidate has made it clear that he is not in the running. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday that he is not seeking his party’s nomination in the next presidential election.

Daniels has seen his name bandied about as a potential dark horse in the upcoming presidential primary. He was featured in a June Weekly Standard cover story that significantly increased his profile and had pundits discussing his viability against the more high-profile candidates.

But in an interview with the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal Daniels dismissed a potential run:

“This is nothing I have started, encouraged,” said Daniels, a Republican in his second term. “People have asked, ‘Please don’t absolutely close your mind’ and I have said I’ll think about it.”

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“It’s nothing I’m going to do anything about,” Daniels said.

Unlike other potential candidates such as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Daniels keeps a low profile and has not traveled extensively to early primary states.

In 2006, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack was the first candidate to officially enter the race, an announcement he made several days after that year’s midterms. The majority of candidates did not make things official until early 2007. This cycle may see candidates make their announcement even later than the last presidential campaigns. So far there has been a noticeably slower pace of activity in early primary states, and earlier this month the RNC set rules pushing back the primary dates from their 2008 schedule.

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