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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.


Gingrich restarts campaign on eve of N.H. debate

By Meghan Malloy | 06.13.11 | 10:19 am

Though members of his campaign quit in droves Thursday, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich pledged to keep his presidential bid alive in an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition Sunday night in Los Angeles. Gingrich spoke about foreign policy, specifically about Israel.

In prepared remarks Gingrich provided The Associated Press, the former House Speaker said he believes “both Israel and America are at a dangerous crossroads at which the survival of Israel and the safety of the United States both hang in the balance.” Gingrich would also move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected President, he said.

Several top aides and staff — including Des Moines attorney Craig Schoenfeld, Gingrich’s Iowa campaign director — quit simultaneously Thursday afternoon, after apparent disagreements arose between Gingrich and staff on how to run the campaign.

The exodus spells trouble for the former Speaker, Iowa’s political analysts and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speculated.

“His campaign’s in real trouble. Whether this is the end, I don’t know, but it doesn’t look very good,” Branstad said Friday during a taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Meet the Press.” Branstad, Iowa’s longest-serving governor who is serving his fifth term, was critical of Gingrich’s campaign tactics, including taking a lengthy Greek luxury cruise.

“You do a cruise when the campaign’s over,” he said, adding Gingrich’s vacation “was a big mistake.”

Gingrich, however, has given no signs of withdrawing from the race. In addition to speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition Sunday, he is expected to participate in the New Hampshire primary debate tonight.

Several other heavy-weights for the GOP nominations are expected to attend tonight’s debate, including Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, former Minnesota Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

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