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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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Bachmann: I’m not Sarah Palin

Waterloo native will make 2012 decision public in June in eastern Iowa
By Meghan Malloy | 05.27.11 | 7:00 am

DES MOINES — Though she couldn’t be there in person, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) made good on her commitment to speak to Polk County Republicans and members of the media Thursday night through a live-streamed video.

Bachmann postponed her trip to Iowa Thursday, opting to stay in Washington to vote on the renewal of the Patriot Act bill, which would permit domestic intelligence access to business records and conduct roving wire taps to pursue terrorists.

Some had hoped Bachmann would use the Thursday dinner to formally announce her candidacy for president, and certainly rumors swirled that Iowa would be the stage for it. However, the Congresswoman said Thursday night she will stick to the original plan and make her decision in early June. The announcement will be made in her native Waterloo.

“Oh goodness, being born in Iowa has every advantage,” Bachmann said with a chuckle when asked if she believed being an Iowa native would give her a leg up with voters here. “It gives every advantage a girl could want. There’s no downside to being born there.”

So will she or won’t she? Mum’s still the word, Bachmann told reporters in a conference call Thursday night, though she made strong indications she will soon be the lone woman in the 2012 presidential race.

“We have plans in place, and it isn’t that we aren’t starting to make those decisions,” Bachmann said. “We have teams in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa. We have drawn a broad donor base.”

Still, Bachmann said any campaign decisions she makes “are independent of what any candidate decides.”

She also urged voters to not compare her to former Alaska governor and unsuccessful 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, another high profile Republican with a broad tea party following.

“I have great respect for Gov. Palin and I consider her my friend,” Bachmann said. “But no two candidates are interchangeable. We all bring our own set of unique qualities to the table.”

Bachmann, who lived in Minnesota for much of her childhood, is oft considered the tea party darling. Iowan political pundits have pegged her as being one of three potential candidates would could garner the sought-after tea party and social conservative vote, should she choose to enter the race.

She has reached out to different groups within the tea party movement during her trips to Iowa, and this week established a money bomb fundraiser similar to Republican candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul‘s to appeal to “constitutional Conservatives.”

Though she did not reach her initial goal of earning $240,000 in 24 hours, Bachmann reported in an e-mail to supporters the goal was met in less than 36 hours. Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, have also fostered more than 20 children, and are staunch supporters of home-schooling.

“I’m looking forward to showing people who I am,” Bachmann said, noting her career as tax attorney and politician at the state and federal levels. Bachmann has a law degree from Oral Roberts University and a Masters of Law degree from College of William and Mary Law School.

Polk County GOP sold 500 $75 tickets to the fundraiser dinner, with about 350 people in attendance, including Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa State Auditor David Vaudt. Lawmakers, including Rep. Erik Helland (R-Johnston) and Sen. Kent Sorenson, were also in attendance.

Helland delivered an address during dinner, praising Gov. Terry Branstad for returning to Terrance Hill.

“The change is remarkable,” Helland said of his terms under both former Gov. Chet Culver and now Branstad.

Helland also urged guests to continue to “put pressure on [Senate Majority Leader] Sen. [Mike] Gronstal,” who Helland said continues to stall Republican agendas in the Iowa Senate.

“We’ll repeat the same mantra you sen us to push,” he said. “House Republicans promised to roll back state government…and spend less than we bring in. We won’t bend, break or back down.”

The Congresswoman hopes to honor other scheduled appearances in Iowa Friday, including being on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” and speaking to supporters at a country club in Davenport.

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  • Francis Forrester

    Who cares if Michelle Bachmann runs? This woman has never presented herself as credible candidate for the highest office in America. She is a derision and her image is a broken record with hate and division which is abundantly clear to the electorate. Why should I bother about her?

  • Anonymous

    The Iowa Republican Party is getting larger due to all of the Independents and Libertarians registering Republican. For that alone, Ron Paul’s going to win Iowa. Oh, and don’t worry Michelle, no one can tell the difference between Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum either.

  • JJ Wilfahrt

    Dear Iowa,
    Just to jar your memory’s, Oral Roberts said he’d die if he didn’t get 20 million bucks, and amazingly he got it. This is where Michelle was educated. Aside from the sixth district here in Minnesota, she’s not all that popular north of your state.
    If you really think she’s got the “specific gravity” to lead this country I guess the redemption is in the fact it is only a four year term if it doesn’t prove itself out.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

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