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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.

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Vander Plaats walks back comments on Huckabee’s Iowa plans

By Jason Hancock | 02.07.11 | 9:53 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has not accepted an invitation to participate in a lecture series organized by The Family Leader, the group’s president and CEO told The Des Moines Register Monday.

Bob Vander Plaats was originally quoted by a Republican blogger as telling a crowd in Oskaloosa that Huckabee plans to visit Iowa in June to participate in The Family Leader’s “Presidential Lecture Series.” The quote was later picked up by DC-news site Politico. However, Vander Plaats now says he misspoke and that Huckabee has not formally accepted his group’s invitation.

From The Register:

Vander Plaats told The Des Moines Register today: “I probably misspoke. If Gov. Huckabee were to decide to run, he definitely wants to participate in this. As we’re trying to network our schedule, we have him slated for June, July or August, depending on who commits when. He has not committed. He’s committed to do the presidential lecture series, if he were to run.”

Vander Plaats is the former state chair of Huckabee’s successful 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign. Following the formation of the group — which is an umbrella organization that includes the Iowa Family Policy Center and Marriage Matters — Huckabee came to Iowa to keynote The Family Leader’s first fundraiser.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is participating in controversial group’s lecture series Monday. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is scheduled to join the series line-up on April 11; former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on May 2; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul on May 7; and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and radio talk show host Herman Cain to join on an unspecified date.

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