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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.

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Mitch Daniels inclusion at CPAC draws criticism from conservative groups

By Patrick Caldwell | 01.12.11 | 9:19 am

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has drawn the ire from sections of the socially conservative community over their decision to allow gay-rights groups to take part in the event.

But now, outside organizations found a new reason for boycotting CPAC: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ speaking slot. American Principles Project sent out a press release Tuesday morning attacking Daniels’ inclusion at CPAC as a banquet speaker.

“Gov. Daniels’ selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable,” Andy Blom, the group’s executive director said in the statement.

The controversy revolves around comments Daniels made to The Weekly Standard last year, pushing economic matters over the base’s focus on social issues. “The next president, whoever he is, ‘would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while,’” The Weekly Standard’s Andrew Ferguson wrote.

This single line drew wide attention among conservatives, but appears to be the only main fault they have found with Indiana’s governor. “This really is just about that Daniels quote, because in the months since he offered it social conservatives have not pointed to any Daniels deviation from their priorities,” Slate’s Dave Weigel writes.

The continued persistence of this line could pose problematic for Daniels’ possible 2012 presidential bid. Daniels is already far behind many other candidates in early 2012 polling. So far, most of his support seems to come largely from the Washington Republican establishment, which respects Daniels for his economic bona fides. Yet, if that single line on a “truce” regarding social issues continues to follow Daniels as a defining statement, he will likely struggle to win over the conservative base that dominates the early caucus and primary states in the nominating process.

This is not the first instance of groups announcing their intention to boycott CPAC this year. In response to gay Republican organization GOProud’s attendance, Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America said they would no longer take part in CPAC. Like Daniels, the groups’ objections to GOProud’s inclusion revolved around their effort to focus Republicans on economics.

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