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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.

(Photo: Screen capture from WMALnews/YouTube)
(Photo: Screen capture from WMALnews/YouTube)

Congressman ‘Gopher’ off Beltway airwaves

Grandy, wife received blow-back for criticisms and theories about Muslims
By Lynda Waddington | 03.08.11 | 2:06 pm

Former Iowa Congressman and “The Love Boat” actor Fred Grandy is no longer serving as a radio host for Washington, D.C.,-based WMAL.

Grandy and his wife, Catherine Mann-Grandy (known as “Mrs. Fred” when she appeared on the show), had used their program for the past several months “to warn about the spread of radical Islam at home and abroad,” according to a quote Grandy provided to London’s Daily Mail. Although the station says Grandy resigned, the host contends that he was forced to leave.

“Catherine delivered a very tough indictment against stealth jihad, and for her efforts she was told she was off the show,” Grandy said. “I then told management [that] without Mrs. Fred at the microphone, I could not remain either.”

A statement from WMAL indicates that Grandy informed the station of his “intention to resign from the station and its morning program, The Grandy Group,” and made no mention of Catherine.

In addition to theorizing how Muslims plan to harm the U.S., Catherine also noted her agreement with the “birther” movement, which believes that President Barack Obama is foreign born.

Grandy was elected to represent Iowans in Congress in 1986, and served in the U.S. House until 1995. In 1994, Grandy challenged Gov. Terry Branstad in a Republican gubernatorial primary, losing his bid by four percentage points.

He later served as chief executive of Goodwill Industries, and became a political commentator for National Public Radio. His radio show in Washington began in 2003 as “The Grandy & Andy Morning Show.” It was reconfigured and relaunched in May 2010 as “The Grandy Group.”

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