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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.

Texas governor takes same-sex marriage on the campaign trail

By Lynda Waddington | 09.07.10 | 2:00 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is now seeking his third term in office, has been rumored as a possible Republican 2012 presidential contender. Maybe not.

When questioned by an event participant about his political aspirations in 2012, Perry flatly answered that he has “no intention to go to Washington, D.C., except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian,” according to a report by The Texas Tribune.

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“There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it’s called Texas. We’re creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in state where a man can marry a man?”

As Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic points out, Perry most likely had states like California and Massachusetts in mind when he made the comment, but the statement can also apply to Iowa. While Ambinder sees this more evidence that Perry is likely not running in 2012, such statements would likely bolster Perry more than hurt him in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation contests.

“The state Supreme Court justices who are up for re-election this year are facing blow-back because of their decision, but in general, Iowans seem to be less concerned about the issue than they once were,” wrote Ambinder.

In general, this appears to be the case. Iowans, just like other Americans, are very interested in kitchen table issues — the economy, flood recovery and jobs. Unlike other states, however, Iowa has several key politicians with significant social conservative followings who are willing to risk each and every race this November on the back of one issue: ending same-sex marriage. The rhetoric associated with meeting that goal has even out-surpassed the “pro-life” movement in the state.

In fact, more than a year ago, it was U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, who told anti-abortion activists in Cedar Rapids that if they “don’t save marriage, we can’t remain pro-life.” Even during his ending battle cry where he called for “the faithful” to take back everything from culture to journalism, King noted perceived differences between “traditional” families and “other” families.

“You are the people who are raising your children right, with good values — values of life and marriage and Constitution and faithful values to govern,” he said. “That’s what makes the difference. If we are ever to win this in our time … we need to do those things we can do that are transformational.”

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