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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.

Fred Karger films his first Iowa TV ad (Flickr/Fred Karger).
Fred Karger films his first Iowa TV ad (Flickr/Fred Karger).

Karger first to hit airwaves with Iowa Caucus TV ad

By Patrick Caldwell | 11.23.10 | 7:00 am

The three-week respite from political ads following the midterm elections is about to be broken this week when a potential 2012 presidential contender begins airing commercials in Iowa. The new ad comes from veteran GOP activist Fred Karger.

Karger is a long-shot candidate by any sense of the term. He has never served in elected office, though he has had an extensive career in political consulting. He is also openly gay, and has worked as an activist to support efforts for same-sex marriage in California, and opposed that state’s Proposition 8 measure.

After this year’s midterm election resulted in three Iowa Supreme Court judges losing their retention vote for ruling to institute same-sex marriage in the state, the Republican Party of Iowa has entrenched itself as opposed to LGBT civil rights. As evidenced by the rhetoric at a gathering of state conservatives over the weekend, Republican activists plan to use the 2012 elections as grounds to push social issues.

The new ad from Karger is titled “Independence Day” and is scheduled to run on CNN and Fox News from Nov. 23-29. Karger will be holding an event at the Des Moines Embassy Suites Tuesday to debut the commercial.

According to the press release for the ad:

Besides Fred, featured in the commercial are: President Obama, Iowa Gov.-elect Terry Branstad, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker-elect John Boehner, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Democrat National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, Sarah Palin and lots more. There is a special cameo appearance by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

Karger has also tapped Nathan Treloar as his state director. Karger is not yet an official presidential candidate, so Treloar will head up the exploratory committee for an eventual caucus run. Treloar has previously served as communications director for the Republican Party of Iowa, House Majority Fund finance director, and as a county organizer.  He also worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of former U.S. Greg Ganske and the first gubernatorial campaign of Bob Vander Plaats.

Patrick Caldwell covers Iowa for The American Independent.

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