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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.

Former Gov. Ray joins effort to retain Iowa judges

By Jason Hancock | 10.14.10 | 8:17 am

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Former Republican Gov. Robert Ray, former Lt. Gov. Art Neu and a bipartisan group of influential Iowans have formed a new organization to campaign in favor of retaining three Iowa Supreme Court justices.

The group, Fair Courts for US, has already filed disclosure reports with the state showing it will spend $32,500 on direct mail pieces in support of the three judges. Ray, who served as governor from 1969 to 1983, said in a statement that efforts to oust the judges go against Iowa’s desire to remove politics from the judiciary.

“Iowans fought hard five decades ago to take politics out of the judiciary,” Ray said. “As a result, the Iowa Supreme Court has issued countless rulings that protect Iowans with regard to a host of important issues such as individual property rights and keeping convicted sex offenders away from our children.”

Former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats has organized a campaign to oust Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices Michael Streit and David Baker from the bench over the court’s 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The campaign, called Iowa for Freedom, is solely funded by the Mississippi-based American Family Association.

Neu called Iowa’s retention system one of the best in the nation, saying, “to change it simply because some are unhappy about one decision would be foolish.”

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