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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.


Mary Matalin asks Iowa lawmakers to let ag whistleblower bill die

By Meghan Malloy | 05.19.11 | 3:31 pm

Republican political pundit Mary Matalin denounced an Iowa bill that would criminalize undercover filming on Iowa farms, officials from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said today.

In a letter to House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner), Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) and Rep. Annette Sweeney (R-Alden), Matalin, the wife of Democrat political analyst James Carville, asked the Iowa House reconsider the legislation, House File 589, saying such undercover investigations would help “enforce animal welfare laws,” and similar bills elsewhere in the U.S. have failed.

The text of Matalin’s letter is copied below:

Dear Majority Leader Upmeyer,

Greetings. I’m sorry to hear that House File 589, which would criminalize filming on farms, is still getting pushed along in Iowa. A similar bill died in my home state of Illinois, as have others in Missouri, Florida, and soon in Minnesota. Lawmakers and consumers from across the political spectrum have found that while promoting agriculture is of prime importance, so is making sure that workers at farms and slaughterhouses adhere to anti-cruelty laws.

The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act  is very poorly funded for enforcement. Local law enforcement has been happy to work in hand with any party revealing illegal activities. Without PETA’s investigation of a Hormel supplier’s farm in Iowa, the Greene County Sheriff wouldn’t have been able to file 22 cruelty charges in a case which Pork magazine said “should be a wake-up call for the pork industry.”

If House File 589 succeeds, it may well single Iowa out as the state with something to hide, which I know can’t be the case.

/s/ Mary Matalin

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