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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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Fred Karger to become first official 2012 presidential candidate

By Tyler Kingkade | 03.22.11 | 2:32 pm

Longtime political activist and campaign consultant Fred Karger will become the first to officially file with the Federal Election Commission to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Karger was the first to announce his intent to run in April 2010 and the first to form an exploratory committee in July 2010. He has traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire multiple times and even launched a commercial for a brief time.

Karger’s resume includes working as a senior consultant for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

However, as Karger prepares to campaign in Iowa, he’ll have a tough road set by Christian conservative activists. Karger, the first openly gay presidential candidate, challenged with the Maine Ethics Commission that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) engaged in money laundering, resulting in an ongoing investigation.

NOM, along with the anti-gay American Family Association and the Family Research Council, supported the Bob Vander Plaats-led campaign to successfully oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices.

The FEC is currently considering a formal complaint by Karger that his exclusion from a recent forum with the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition was an “in-kind contribution.”

Karger was also an outspoken opponent against the Proposition 8 campaign in California to ban same-sex marriage by popular vote.

During the Faith & Freedom event, the 5 potential GOP presidential candidates all expressed their opposition to same-sex marriage.

Karger said he will be officially filing the papers at the FEC’s Washington, D.C., office Wednesday morning.

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Comments

  • Anonymous

    Should be interesting… Good for him for being open and unapologetic about sexual orientation.

    I’m just a tad disappointed that we’ve seen no credible female candidates. I know, women are a minority in national politics (ridiculous as that is, given the population distribution)…but surely we can find one with brains, experience, and some international savvy? Surely?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YNJGM7R67J3TPYZ4MQGZJ4STOI Daniel

      Yes, her name is Michelle :)

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure Mrs. Obama isn’t running for office. But if she did, I think she’d do very, very well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YNJGM7R67J3TPYZ4MQGZJ4STOI Daniel

    I think this is great. It will force at least a few republicans to face the fact that they are on the losing side. Maybe BVP and others in Iowa will turn to co-operation and away from just rallying the base.

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS NOT TRUE. TIM PAWLENTY IS THE MAN. THIS LLON KARGER HAS NO SHOT.

  • Anonymous

    KARGER IS A LIBERAL LOON. HE HAS NOT SHOT. SARA PALIN WOULD CREAM HIM IN ANY ELECTION. HE IS A REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY. HE DOES NOT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF RANK AND FILE REPULCANS. AND TIM PAWLENTY WILL MAKE TOAST OF THIS LOON.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mikerioshbg Michael Rios

    If Karger does well, I see this as potentially convincing a ton of people from the Democratic party to join the Republican party. That is, unless the Republican party wishes to be known as a party only for conservative Christians, ignoring the voices of millions of their fellow less-conservative Americans.

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