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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

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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.

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Iowa conservatives hope to exclude one 2012 GOP hopeful

By Lynda Waddington | 01.10.11 | 12:00 pm

Fred Karger, an openly gay Republican who has formed an exploratory committee in hopes of seeking his party’s nomination for president in 2012, has already had “conversations” with the Hawkeye State’s more socially conservative party members, but the discourse is heating up again as state activists aim to exclude Karger from upcoming debates.

Karger informed reporter Sean J. Miller of The Hill this weekend that he was excluded from a list of 2012 hopefuls invited to a March event hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition (formerly Iowa Christian Alliance). Karger believes his exclusion is a direct result of homophobia.

… Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa group, said Karger wasn’t among the 15 potential candidates invited to attend because he only talks about one issue — gay rights. “We’re inviting all potential candidates who are legitimate candidates,” Scheffler told The Ballot Box. Karger “is not a legitimate candidate.”

“That’s code for homophobia,” said Karger, who worked as a consultant on the late Ronald Reagan’s campaigns for governor and president. “I’m going to send him a letter and ask that I be included, and I’m going to look to the [Federal Election Commission] to see what the rules are.” …

It is hardly the first time that Karger and Scheffler have had an unpleasant exchange.

In May 2010, Scheffler — who also serves as one of Iowa’s representatives on the Republican National Committee — e-mailed Karger with a promise that he would “work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa.” Scheffler also indicated that Karger was part of the “radical homosexual community” that wanted to “harass supporters of REAL marriage.” Karger later utilized the exchange as a fundraising pitch after forming his exploratory committee.

The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition has invited many potential GOP candidates to its upcoming event, including some that are only rumored or speculative contenders. A partial listing includes 2008 possible repeats former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich are also among those invited.

Although Scheffler challenged Karger’s potential candidacy as illegitimate due to a perceived one-issue bias, the group did extend an invitation to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who has thus far generated press primarily for his stance on legalizing marijuana.

Karger has pledged to fight in order to participate in the upcoming Iowa event.

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  • Jo Ann Roeter

    I don’t believe that Gary Johnson should be perceived as a one-issue candidate. Although it seems that everyone sees him as the person who wants to legalize pot, which is becoming more of a mainstream belief anyway. Because of his two terms as governor of New Mexico he has proven tenure for eliminating their budget deficit by cutting the growth of government while revitalizing their economy by promoting business and entrepreneurship. He was a businessman himself starting from scratch and eventually had 1000 employees. He is a common sense guy and I believe that’s what made him such a great governor. He’s definitely NOT a one-issue candidate. You can read more about his view of the issues at

  • Anonymous

    Most of the candidates who have been invited don’t have even one issue as they have not even announced their interest in being a candidate. Anyone who has listened to Fred Karger since he announced exploration of being a candidate know he is not a one issue candidate.

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