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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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Tancredo calls out Paul and Trump on immigration

By Lynda Waddington | 05.05.11 | 9:10 am

If Donald Trump and his nascent presidential campaign didn’t have enough to worry about, what with a certain birth certificate being produced and a certain terrorist being brought low, now he has Colorado’s Tom Tancredo to tangle with.

Not only is Trump soft on immigration, but he’s a flip-flopping fool to boot, to hear Tancredo tell it:

But even Barack Obama says he favors border security, and Trump has not given any details like whether he supports a border fence. Trump has also called for increasing at least some kinds of legal immigration, and he qualified his support of SB 1070 by saying “a lot of great people coming in“ to pick crops, mow lawns, and other jobs that ”not a lot of Americans” want to do.”

There’s nothing worse than a billionaire lecturing Americans about what jobs we’re willing to do.

Trump may come around, but I am much more concerned about knowing where Donald Trump stands on amnesty than what grades Obama got in college.

That was from a recent email to supporters.

And this is from
a column posted on his web site:

Like most people, I enjoy a good joke. But Donald Trump for president? With apologies to Karl Rove, it’s not really that funny.

The Trump candidacy is not a joke; it’s a scam. But its success with millions of voters shows us we are a nation very susceptible to scams if they are done on a grand enough scale. The successful Obama campaign taught us that, but maybe it’s the Republican Party’s turn to follow the pied piper.

In Donald Trump we have a liberal billionaire with a long record of supporting Democratic candidates who is willing to spend unlimited amounts of money to reinvent himself as a populist conservative. Ordinarily, that would be an impossible, even laughable undertaking. Yet Trump is doing well in the polls. Evidently, a lot of people are buying his snake oil.

A cynic might suggest the fact that Trump has filed for bankruptcy three times and then rebuilt a real-estate empire has some attraction for citizens of a country with mounting trillions in public debt. However, we have yet to hear Trump ask Social Security retirees to take 30 cents on the dollar in promised benefits. He has recently attacked Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed Medicare reform, saying Republicans should avoid that issue.

Brian Doherty, writing at, had this to say about the feud between Tancredo and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, and Paul’s book, Liberty Defined, which started the whole thing:

While Tancredo might be angry that there is no concentrated tone of anger or vilification toward immigration, Paul specifically does in the book tip his hat toward Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s theories that in a fully libertarian world of nothing but private property, free migration would be highly restricted.

And when Paul lays out immigration policy in the book, it goes something like this: abolish the welfare state to eliminate incentives to freeload; have a generous visitor work program for those who want to come here to work; also have more border guards to enforce current laws, and permit states to enforce current immigration law. End birthright citizenship. Stop all federal mandates for free education and medical care for illegal immigrants. No legally compelled bilingualism.

Do not, however, punish employers for not enforcing immigration laws themselves. No citizenship for current illegal immigrants, but grant them some sort of “in-between status,” which he grants might be problematic but he sees as better than trying to ship millions of them out. And police should be able to determine someone’s citizenship if they have already been “caught participating in a crime.”

This all might not be as harsh and angry as Tancredo likes toward people who cross borders without proper papers, but it’s far from the more free-wheeling attitude toward immigration that is often pushed around these parts and that really aggravates the Tancredos of the world. Paul refers to “completely closed borders and totally open borders” as “two rash options.”

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