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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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Branstad received ‘day of prayer’ letter from Rick Perry but declined to take part

By Meghan Malloy | 06.09.11 | 4:08 pm

Contrary to earlier reports from other media outlets that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad had signed a letter urging Iowans to participate in a day of prayer and fasting at the behest of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Branstad’s office says the governor merely received a letter from Perry asking Branstad and the other 48 governors to “calling upon your constituents to join us in prayer for our nation on August 6″ in a May 23 proclamation.

Branstad declined to make such a proclamation.

Perry, who is considering a run for the White House, has invited the nation’s 49 other governors to Texas the same day to participate in  “The Response,” a day of prayer and fasting at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

On “The Response” website, Perry characterizes the United States as a nation in crisis that may be assuaged by prayer.

“Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response,” Perry’s letter said. “Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.”

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht confirmed Branstad received the letter urging Iowans to consider a day of prayer, but said no trip to Texas is planned at this time.

Don Wildmon is listed as a leader of “The Response” event. Wildmon is the founder and chair of the American Family Association, a Conservative advocacy group who bankrolled The Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats‘s push to oust three Iowa Supreme Court Justices from office last November during the election.

Vander Plaats support Perry’s “The Response” event, saying it “sets a good example” for others in public office.

“As a matter of fact, I thank Gov. Perry for doing this,” Vander Plaats said. “”I don’t see why anybody, even those with no faith, would be discouraged by people using prayer. Our country is in a lot of trouble right now and has a lot of problems.”

Founding fathers often used prayer and fasting during the years when the United States was first forming, and elected officials place their hands on Bibles when taking their oath during office swear-ins, Vander Plaats said.

“I see this as only being a good thing, and it’s good for our leaders to recognize it and bring more focus on God who blesses us,” he said.

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