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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.

Bob Vander Plaats (photo by Dave Davidson,
Bob Vander Plaats (photo by Dave Davidson,

The Hill: BVP’s 2012 nod among 10 most important in nation

By Lynda Waddington | 06.27.11 | 2:48 pm

Planning on running for president? Reporter Michael O’Brien of The Hill says there are 10 coveted endorsements you’ll want to pursue, and the only Iowan on the list is religious conservative Bob Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats has unsuccessfully pursued the Republican Party’s nomination for governor three times, but third time appears to have been the charm. Following a primary loss to Terry Branstad, Vander Plaats founded and led Iowans for Freedom. The primary (and ultimately successful) goal of the organization was to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices who had taken part in a unanimous decision to strike down a Legislative ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the state’s equal protection clause.

Vander Plaats, now leading The Family Leader (formerly known as Iowa Family Policy Center Action), continues to advocate against same-sex marriage while inserting is own brand of social conservative politics into every level of government, judiciary to executive.

O’Brien briefly notes Vander Plaats’ history while pointing to The Family Leader’s Presidential Lecture series and increasing influence of social conservatives on the caucus process as reasons why BVP made the cut.

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  • UIGrad2010

     hahaha I hope the republicans give him all of the influence in the world. he’s nuts. put him as far out on stage as possible.

  • egc52556

    BVP’s endorsement can be the kiss of death if the candidate wants to attract moderates and cross-over Dems.

  • Anonymous

    So when people think of Iowans, this…rabid, hate-spewing turtle is what they picture as the median?  Great.  Just great.

  • David Keys

    Bob VP is a great voice for those who want to see a return to conservative principles and family values.  He certainly deserves to be on the list, despite the name calling of the last poster.

  • James Frederick Brady

    Conservatives think “I’ve got mine so now all progress can stop.”  Clarence Thomas is the best example.  He’s got a white wife and a seat on the Supreme Court.  What else could anyone want?

  • David_in_Houston

    Oh, right. Isn’t he the brain-dead moron that said that black children were better off under slavery, because at least they had two parents? — Of course, those two parents and the children were the property of white men, and they didn’t have any civil rights. But that small detail doesn’t matter, when you’re trying to demonize President Obama because he’s black.

    Naturally, Bachmann and Santorum couldn’t WAIT to sign the racist and homophobic pledge. Speaks volumes about the Republican party, and what they stand for.

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