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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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Rand Paul to headline major fundraiser for Iowa GOP

Kentucky Senator faced numerous attacks in 2010 from Des Moines-based American Future Fund
By Jason Hancock | 03.02.11 | 9:16 am

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual “Night of the Rising Stars” fundraiser April 2 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.

Paul, who was elected in November to his first term in the U.S. Senate, is the son of potential presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

“Sen. Paul represents the new energy of Republicans in Washington,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn. “His dedication to the cause of limited government not only resonated with the voters of Kentucky but catapulted him on to the national stage. Iowa Republicans will be interested to hear his solutions to seriously address the national debt and stop the growth of government.”

In addition to his father’s past and potential future presidential aspirations, Rand Paul has another connection to Iowa politics. The Des Moines-based nonprofit American Future Fund spent heavily in the Kentucky senatorial primary in the hopes of defeating Paul. The group ran numerous TV and radio ads, and even launched a website hoping to discredit the tea party favorite.

Paul responded to the attacks at the time by saying American Future Fund was “trying to ‘Swift Boat’ me” — a reference to ads run in the 2004 presidential campaign against Democrat John Kerry. The attack is appropriate, given that among the group’s national leaders are two media consultants who played key roles in the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads in 2004 and the Willie Horton ad in 1988.

The American Future Fund, and its sister organization The Progress Project, has deep roots in state Republican politics, including numerous ties to the administration of Gov. Terry Branstad.

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