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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.

Karger forms exploratory committee, uses Scheffler comments to raise cash

By Jason Hancock | 09.17.10 | 10:00 am

Fred Karger

Fred Karger, a veteran GOP strategist and a gay-rights activist from California, announced Thursday that he has officially formed a presidential exploratory committee, and he’s pointing to statements condeming his candidacy by an Iowa Republican to help raise money.

Earlier this year, Steve Scheffler, the head of the Iowa Christian Alliance and one of three Iowans on the Republican National Committe, sent an e-mail to Karger telling him he would “work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa.” The reason, Scheffler said, is that Karger is part of the “radical homosexual community.” Karger is openly gay.

The e-mail was in response to Karger’s work with Californians Against Hate, an nonprofit he founded to draw attention to the major donors behind California’s ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. Karger, a lifelong Republican who worked for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (he helped run the Willie Horton victims campaign to discredit Michael Dukakis in 1988), has made numerous trips to the Hawkeye State, most recently in August to attend the State Fair.

Pointing to the comments, and his recent history of taking on anti-gay organizations like the National Organization for Marriage, Karger is asking for campaign donations.

“We have an aggressive fundraising goal for the fall,” he said in an e-mail to supporters. “We need to raise a minimum of $50,000 to hire staff, do research, print materials and run a 60 second television commercial to determine whether to pursue a campaign to the American voters.  With your help today, we can reach that fundraising goal.”

According to The Atlantic, Karger’s goal is to be included in the nationally televised debates put on by local newspapers and TV stations in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

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