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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.

Mike Huckabee (photo by Dave Davidson,
Mike Huckabee (photo by Dave Davidson,

As former Huckabee aide heads to DC, 2012 run appears more uncertain

By Patrick Caldwell | 01.21.11 | 9:30 am

While none of the major possible Republican candidates for president have officially started a campaign, some have clearly begun the early stages of a 2012 bid. But the intentions of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, one of the early front runners for the GOP nomination, have largely remained unclear.

Political staffing news from Thursday morning indicates that a Huckabee 2012 campaign may be increasingly unlikely. Politico reported that Huckabee’s 2008 campaign manager Chip Saltsman has signed up to serve as chief of staff for newly-elected U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.). Speaking with Politico, Saltsman dismissed his career move as any indication of Huckabee’s intentions, noting that he has “a Notre Dame clause in [his] contract” allowing him to leave for a possible presidential campaign.

However, if Saltsman was going to be a major player in a Huckabee presidential campaign once again he would likely have to use that clause within a few months. The early stages of securing staff is just getting underway in early primary states, with the Iowa Caucuses scheduled for a little more than a year away. Most candidates will need to have begun their full campaigning by late spring or early summer, as the influential Ames Straw Poll is set for Aug. 13.

Unlike 2008, Huckabee would enter the field of contenders as a known candidate, providing him the advantage of already having a network of supporters and activists that he can tap into rather than building the campaign infrastructure from scratch. So he could start his campaign later than people, such as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who still need to introduce themselves to a national audience.

But that does not mean he could wait forever and enter the field at the last minute and coast to victory off his strong performance last time around. As former staffers such as Saltsman take other jobs, his Iowa supporters entertain visits from other candidates. Huckabee himself has made few visits to early nominating states, and it appears increasingly likely that he will sit out the campaign and enjoy his comfortable — and highly profitable — perch as a TV pundit at Fox News.


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