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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.


Kristol: ‘I have been told’ Thune might get in 2012 race

By Lynda Waddington | 06.20.11 | 11:52 am

William Kristol, founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, says that he’s been told U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota is reconsidering his decision not to be a Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

Speaking on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Kristol said, “I think Thune is re-thinking a little bit. He was sort of more, I’d say, the more establishment candidate of the senators.”

The decision, Kristol added, depends on “whether or not there is a huge vaccuum,” noting that if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney isn’t garnering traction and if former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty “doesn’t take off” then Thune might be more apt to once again test the waters.

The exchange regarding Thune is embedded below:

In February, Thune ruled out a bid for the White House, citing his belief that he could best battle on fiscal issues as a member of the U.S. Senate.

It is also worth noting that toward the end of the C-SPAN discussion, Kristol, a mostly fiscal conservative, seems willing to push nearly every GOP Senator viewed as remotely fiscal conservative into the national spotlight. In addition to his affiliation with the Weekly Standard, Kristol has served as chairman for the Project for a New American Century and director of the Project for a Republican Future. He regularly appears on Fox News, and was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle.

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