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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.

Virginia Tea Party Convention - Day 2

Steve King records video message for tea party

By Lynda Waddington | 06.08.11 | 9:15 am

Long-time supporter of the tea party movement, U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) won’t make the June 13 initial launch of the Iowa Tea Party bus tour, but he wants to make sure that the group knows he remains with them in spirit.

The three-week tour plans stops in 20 cities, beginning in Council Bluffs on June 13 and continuing toward a finale in Des Moines on July 2.

In a pre-recorded video message, King notes that the activists attending the tour have an opportunity speak out about “the new platform” and to help 2012 candidates shape their messages. He also, of course, offers an obligatory swipe at President Barack Obama.

“We must defeat Barack Obama and make him a one-term president,” King said. “He has run this country into debt that will take us a long time for us to get out of.”

Watch the video:

To date, four committed 2012 Republican hopefuls and one potential presidential candidate have agreed to meet with the tea party activists participating in the tour. Those politicians are U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. The hopefuls are not expected to be present at the same time, and the exact dates for each appearance has not yet been released.

Invitations have also been extended to the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

According to the organization’s website, the purpose of the tour is two-fold:

  1. To bring issues such as adhering to our Constitution, returning to the Gold Standard, tax reform and a balanced budget into the forefront of the debate.
  2. To train activists in precinct and caucus organization for the candidate of their choosing.

Organizations listed as “friends of the bus tour” are the Iowa Grassroots Coalition, American Principles in Action and the Leadership Institute. The Iowa Tea Party blog notes organizers were in Council Bluffs and Omaha over the weekend “for a training conducted by one of our sponsors, Leadership Institute.”

Readers wanting more information on the tour can find updates on the tour’s Facebook page.

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  • Dante of Dar

    My 2012 Campaign for Reform and Improvement

    I would just like to say, send money. And when you are done sending money please send more money because life for US, meaning us and not you will not get to where we want it until we have all of your money. Or have I missed something in this political farce since November 22, 1963? 

  • Zera Lee

    1) The balanced budget amendments leave no real room for paying off the debt. Ever.
    2) The Iowa GOP has become so extreme that they risk making themselves irrelevant. Driving them farther to the right will only complete the process.
    3) The Tea Party is not the conscience of America, they are the conscience of the libertarian Koch brothers and their sheep.
    4) American exceptionalism, as noted by Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America, was based on the rejection of aristocracy and inherited money in favor of people prospering from the fruits of their own labor. The practical application of Tea Party (Koch) principles to politics actually undermines this view of American exceptionalism, in favor of a moneyed and politically powerful aristocracy.
    5) The health care system King wants to return to was failing people by the millions, while the cost keeps rising. Restoring corporate death panels will not help living human beings, like the real citizens of this country. The Affordable Care Act bought people time, but the entire health care industry has to be redesigned to be more effective and efficient before it dies of extreme capitalism.
    6) By far, the majority of the national debt is the result of conservative policies and major failures of the private sector. Historically, the economy has done far better under Democrat administrations.
    7) Excessive austerity this early in a fragile recovery would be a death sentence for the economy. We cannot afford to bail out another round of failed and unrealistic conservative policies.

    If we were really going to take our country back, the first step would be to wrest our sovereignty back from “artificial persons” and other non-citizens. The republicans would fight it tooth and nail.

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