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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.

Palin smacks ‘idiot reporter,’ denies reaching out to Iowa GOP

By Matt Vasilogambros | 09.03.10 | 8:00 am

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is distancing herself from reports that she approached the Republican Party of Iowa to speak at the party’s fall fundraiser later this month. Political observers saw the move as a major sign that she is considering a run for president in 2012.

Palin went on Sean Hannity‘s radio show on Thursday to discuss how Republicans can take over both houses of Congress in the midterm elections. Halfway through their conversation, Hannity brought up the banner on the Drudge Report that read, “Look Who’s Going to Iowa!” and asked her if she had seen the report.

Here is the conversation that followed:

PALIN: No, I didn’t see it, no.

HANNITY: Oh, it’s a nice picture, but I mean, the basic report is your scheduled political trip to Iowa this month, and the way it is reported is [that] it marks a shift from ‘near silence in the lead-off presidential nominating state to the outreach common among White House prospects.’

And you’re gonna be speaking at their annual fall fundraiser on September 17.

PALIN: I am, and I was invited to, and I’ve been invited to for awhile — to get to Iowa for different events, and I haven’t been able to. I did see the headline on CQ Politics, and they’re way whacked, saying that I asked for an opportunity to speak in Iowa.

And to me, a headline like that and a story that went on ‘Sarah Palin pursued a speaking opportunity in Iowa to make a point’ — You idiot reporter. Why can’t you follow up with a fact like asking ‘Really, who did she ask?, who did she pursue’?

We’ve got so many e-mails from people in Iowa, asking us to get there, so it’s kind of an aside, but certainly evidence of how whacked reporters are today.

Too add to the mystery of Camp Palin, Glenn Beck announced Thursday that he will be going to Alaska next week for “vacation” and, adding nonchalantly, to meet up with Palin on Sept. 11. Beck is, in fact, headlining an event at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Explaining what they would be doing he said, “I’m gonna give a speech up there, and Sarah’s gonna give a speech, too, but that’s it.”

Next Saturday’s event marks the second in as many weeks where Palin and Beck have both spoken. Last Saturday, they headlined a rally in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was reported that almost 100,000 people were in attendance.

Comments

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARHU4K66TPDBEPITMNTMCSRCHQ Bruce

    and this is news because….?

    • johntomasic

      Unfortunately because one of them could get a third of the country's voters to cast their ballots for her and because the other whips up millions of Americans into politicized half-baked devotion and he is throwing all of his weight behind the other's political ambitions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARHU4K66TPDBEPITMNTMCSRCHQ Bruce

    two entertainers are speaking in Alaska and one in Iowa. And this is news because…?

  • carltonwest

    Gorgeous, glamorous, gifted Gov. Sarah Palin is the most interesting & exciting public figure of this, or any other, era in U.S. history. Reporters know her name in a caption means plenty of readers & comments.

    • http://www.facebook.com/djdestinywolf Manny Zamudio

      They're both idiots and you know it.

  • Anonymous

    To me it is unfathomable that anyone would give any credence to or waste a moment listening to Sarah Palin. She personifies what is wrong with politics and government today.

    Many people would agree that politics is an unpleasant and dirty business that one must engage in if one wants to make a real difference and help people. A candidate accepts that he or she has to hold his or her nose and play politics in order to win and get a chance to govern. They feel the end justifies the means.

    Palin QUIT governing in order to play politics. She gave up the end for more of the means.

  • Anonymous

    To me it is unfathomable that anyone would give any credence to or waste a moment listening to Sarah Palin. She personifies what is wrong with politics and government today.

    Many people would agree that politics is an unpleasant and dirty business that one must engage in if one wants to make a real difference and help people. A candidate accepts that he or she has to hold his or her nose and play politics in order to win and get a chance to govern. They feel the end justifies the means.

    Palin QUIT governing in order to play politics. She gave up the end for more of the means.

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