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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.

(Photo: SunPAC/Facebook)
(Photo: SunPAC/Facebook)

Younger Bush hopes to bring Hispanics to GOP

SunPAC will promote 'core conservative values' in Florida, throughout U.S.
By Marcos Restrepo | 06.29.11 | 8:30 pm

Jeb Bush Jr., son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, recently launched Florida Hispanic Outreach, aka SunPAC; its mission is to “promote the core Conservative values of free enterprise, limited government and fiscal and personal responsibility, in Florida and throughout the United States.”

In an interview with Hispolitica, Bush Jr. said he started Hispanic Outreach in October to promote conservative values in Hispanic communities, and also to encourage opinion leaders in Florida to tailor their message to Hispanics. The organization’s Board of Directors includes: Edward Crawford of the Goldman Sachs Group and David Cardenas of the Cardenas Group, a government consulting firm with offices in Miami, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

Bush Jr. added in the Hispolitica interview that Hispanics have strong, inherently conservative values: faith, family and hard work. He added that the Republican Party must focus on this demographic.

He said that immigration remains a difficult issue, and that Florida Hispanic Outreach wants to encourage opinion leaders to focus on legal immigration, and use the demographic to improve the economy, pay off our debt and increase our tax base.

If the strategy sounds familiar, it’s likely because the stance is nearly identical to what western Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King discussed during a recent interview with Iowa’s LA PRENSA Hispanic newspaper.

“In 2000, 2004, 2008 whoever was able to do well with the Hispanic vote eventually won the general election,” Bush Jr added. “I think Obama sees that, I think George W. recognized that and I think it is important for the party to recognize that, too.”

Florida Hispanic Outreach adds:

Hispanics constitute the largest minority group in the United States, with Florida having the 3rd largest population in the Nation, according to the Pew Research Center. Many Hispanics, however, remain disengaged in the political process and are, thus, underrepresented. FLORIDA HISPANIC OUTREACH, Inc. (or “SunPAC”) was formed as an independent organization to counter that unfortunate situation.

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