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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.

3rd District race labeled ‘toss up’ by political website

By Matt Vasilogambros | 10.15.10 | 9:00 am

Thursday, the website Real Clear Politics (RCP) changed the 3rd District congressional race from leaning toward Democratic U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell to a “toss up” between him and Republican challenger Brad Zaun. This news comes just days after a poll commissioned by the Boswell campaign showed the congressman up 9 percentage points among likely voters.

RCP’s page on the 3rd District race includes two polls from late August to early September with staggeringly different results — one has Boswell pulling away, the other has Zaun firmly in the lead. In its analysis the website reads, “This may finally be the year that history catches up with Boswell.”

Tweeting about the shift on the RCP site, Zaun used the news to boost momentum and volunteering, pleading to voters, ”We still need your help.”

Wednesday’s poll results, however, showed Boswell up 47 percent to 38 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. Sparing back and forth, the two campaigns took shots at each other in a Des Moines Register piece that covered the poll results.

“This is just one more poll that shows Brad Zaun’s favorability is plummeting as Iowa voters learn more about his character and his lack of solutions for the state,” Boswell Campaign Manager Grant Woodard said.

As this was the second favorable poll released by the Boswell campaign this week, the Zaun campaign dismissed the results.

“A poll a day won’t make the pain go away for 114,000 Iowans that are out of work due to Leonard’s bad votes and out of date policies,” Zaun Spokesman Robert Haus said.


  • iowatiger08

    Would love not to have to hold my nose when voting in this district.

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