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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.


2012 Huntsman strategy: Avoid Iowa

By Lynda Waddington | 06.06.11 | 9:09 am

Following news that Public Policy Polling could only find one Iowan supporting former Obama administration ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the potential 2012 candidate has announced his strategy offers only a wink and a nod to the Hawkeye State.

During a weekend stop in New Hampshire, according to the Associated Press, Huntsman, 51, noted that he’s “not competing in Iowa for a reason.” That reason, he said is because “I don’t believe in subsidies that prop up corn, soybeans and ethanol.”

“I probably won’t be spending a lot of time in Iowa,” Huntsman added. “I understand how the politics work there.”

While using Iowa’s Capitol as a backdrop, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who remains highly invested in Iowa in connection with his 2012 aspirations, noted his opposition to ethanol subsidies. And, as The Iowa Independent previously reported, such a stance is not necessarily out-of-line with members of Iowa’s own federal delegation.

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a Republican, also isn’t convinced that the reasons provided by Huntsman are genuine. In a response statement to Huntman, Schultz insinuated that the real reason the man didn’t want to compete in Iowa was due to his Mormon faith and close ties to legislation and policies that Iowa Republicans find objectionable.

“Iowans look forward to the opportunity to hear Mr. Huntsman’s vision for America,” Schultz said. “We will listen to him explain his support for Cap and Trade. We will listen to him explain why he took more than $1 billion in federal stimulus money. We will listen to him explain why he wants to replace his former boss, Barack Obama. We will listen to him explain why he is distancing himself from his Mormon faith. Mr. Huntsman should know that Iowans elected me as their Secretary of State and my Mormon faith was never an issue.”

Schultz adds that “if Mr. Huntsman refuses to compete in a bellwether state like Iowa, he is not ready for the big dance.”

Although Huntsman was one of several 2012 hopefuls who appeared before the Ralph Reed organized Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, Iowa Republican National Committee Steve Scheffler, who leads the state affiliate program and was also in attendance, noted that it won’t do Huntsman any good to meet with Christian conservatives if he isn’t willing to play in Iowa.

“The bottom line is, if they come to this conference and play to this crowd and say the things they want us to hear, but they won’t come to Iowa, that’s a double-standard,” Scheffler said.

Roughly one month ago Huntsman resigned his ambassadorship to China. In 2008, he and Pawlenty co-chaired John McCain’s campaign, and Hunstman has maintained many of the McCain advisers. The Huntsman family is also independently wealthy due to Huntsman Chemical stock provided by his father. Prior to his leaving for China in 2009, his worth was estimated to be between $15 and $90 million.

In lieu of competing in Iowa, Huntsman plans to play retail politics in New Hampshire while also courting Nevada, South Carolina and Florida. No doubt he will make good use of his fortune in ad buys — especially in Florida, where he’s located his campaign headquarters.

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  • UIGrad2010

    At least he makes a little sense. I wouldn’t vote for him, but he’s right about corn subsidies. 

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