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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

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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

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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

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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.

Rep. Michele Bachmann. Photo: WDCpix
Rep. Michele Bachmann. Photo: WDCpix

Sorenson, Zaun make Bachmann support official

By Lynda Waddington | 06.28.11 | 2:38 pm

Two GOP state senators, Kent Sorenson of Indianola and Brad Zaun of Urbandale, will serve as local leaders of the Bachmann for President campaign.

It’s been no secret in Iowa that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would have the backing of Sorenson if she chose to pursue a bid for the 2012 Republican nomination. On Tuesday, Bachmann’s campaign made it official by announcing that Sorenson, an evangelical and tea party favorite, will serve as chairman of their Iowa effort.

“Our country is on the wrong track and in desperate need of strong leaders to charter a new course to prosperity. I believe that Michele Bachmann is that leader and an unwavering conservative voice for the American people,” Sorenson said in a prepared statement.

Also joining the Bachmann team is Zaun, also a favorite with religious conservatives. During the last election cycle, Zaun managed to win a heated GOP primary in the 3rd Congressional District, but failed to unseat Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell.

According to the Bachmann campaign, Zaun will serve as state co-chairman.

“I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work for Michele Bachmann in Iowa,” Zaun said. “In this race for president, Michele has shown she has the credentials and experience needed to help solve the difficult issues facing the American people. With her leadership, we will be on our way to making Barack Obama a one-term president.”

In making the announcement, the campaign touted both Zaun’s and Sorenson’s experiences as a previous business owners, as well as their emphasis on conservative values while serving in the Iowa Legislature.

Jack Whitver, a third GOP Bachmann supporter from the Iowa Senate, made his support official just prior to Bachmann’s 2012 announcement.

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