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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.

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Bachmann gets nod from fourth Iowa Senator

By Lynda Waddington | 07.01.11 | 12:11 pm

The presidential hopes of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) received a third nod from the ranks of the Iowa Senate. Late Thursday the Bachmann campaign announced that it had received the endorsement of Iowa Sen. Nancy Boettger, a Harlan Republican.

Nancy Boettger

“I’m excited to have Nancy’s support,” Bachman said in a prepared statement. “As a former educator, Nancy understands the importance of raising children to be good stewards in the future.”

The Boettger family are farmers and also run a bed and breakfast.

“Michele is the kind of no-nonsense leader that America needs,” Boettger said. “Michele will stand up for what is right in any situation and I’m proud to lend my support to her campaign.”

The endorsement marks the fourth that Bachmann has received from the Iowa Senate, with Kent Sorenson and Brad Zaun also making their support official this week and Jack Whitver providing his endorsement in advance of Bachmann’s campaign kick-off event in Waterloo.

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  • Richard M

    It’s wonderful to have Michele Bachmann back in Waterloo, her birthplace.  It was also the birthplace of Napoleon, the dessert.

  • JJ Wilfahrt

    I hope someone at the IowaIndependent is aware of the articles on the MinnesotaIndependent on the monies Ms. Bachmann and her husband received from the Federal government despite the ban on religious content.

    Start asking her for public statements on the money and you’ll get some real hemming and hawing.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN 

  • Anonymous

    Michele “I’m not a flake” Bachmann is now pretending and pandering around the nation as a so-called tea party leader and a so-called fiscal conservative….., whatever those mean…..
    This is your so-called tea party leader who likes to take taxpayers’ money and pay them to her very own employees; a tea party leader who likes to take taxpayers’ money to subsidise her very own farms; a tea party leader who opposes ObamaCare but likes to take money from ObamaCare to pay her very own clinic.
    This is your so-called fiscal conservative who opposes Big Government but has been living like a parasite leeching onto Big Government welfare.

    This is your so-called tea party leader who hires Ed Rollins, who has been a very fierce critics and an indomitable opponent of the tea party people, as her campaign manager; a tea party leader who kowtows to GOP Establishment so that they can use her to keep the Tea Party Movement tightly leashed and muzzled.
    A woman with “titianium spine ” ? – sounds more like a hypocrite with a flaky spine.
    If the Tea Party people were continue to be duped, conned and swindled by this fraud and follow her blindly, then they are truly a bunch of suckers and truly deserved to be called “teabaggers”.

    • Reuel Teoh

      Your attack is absurd.
      1. If all your neighbours gets subsidy, YOU cannot see your farm produce if YOU do not also claim subsidy.
      The fault is the government policy which Michele wants to change. Until then everyone eligible MUST claim – to be competitive.
      2. The real cheats are people like Pelosi or Weiner who after promoting Obamacare then applied waivers for their own. See the difference?
      3. Government has no money. It must get form the people via taxation. O. spents too much and borrowed about 42cents to a dolllar. So the people’s children incur the would-be tax + compound interest. How evil.
      4. O. taxing the rich will not solve the problem. Where does the businessmen get the money? By reducing emploment or lowering pay or increasing price or good & services. So O.taxing of the rich affect the poor.
      5. Bachmann’s cutting spending will leave more money with you the people. When employment goes up, pay will rise and revenue of govenment will be enough for key services like security and medicare for the aged.
      Do some thinking and you will find that Michele Bachmann has the solutions.

      • Anonymous

        Your assumption that providing tax breaks to the super rich is the same as creating jobs is inherently faulty.  It’s been repeatedly demonstrated that at the highest end of the income range, the proportion of income that gets spent decreases considerably.  Whereas the lowest incomes spend the greatest percentage of their income.  And before you declare that they should be saving more, let me point out that they need to eat.  And pay for healthcare (in the absence of socialized healthcare).  And pay their mortgages (or lose their homes to the banks, who, incidentally, got bailouts after providing high-risk loans).

        It’s not like the super rich look at their accounts, say, “Damn, 100 mil is a lot of money.  I should create some jobs with that!”  What creates jobs is a market for products/services.  And what creates that market is a large population base with enough money to buy the products/services.  Not a tiny population pinnacle with far more than enough.  

        Of course, there is a way for Michelle’s crazy schemes to effectively increase production.  If she manages to get minimum wage dropped, employees may be hired at progressively cheaper wages to manufacture junk for exportation.  We could be the new China!  Why, I bet they’d love to see our old roles reversed; we can be the nation with the majority of the population scrabbling in poverty for whatever work they can find, and they can look at the bottom of their junk, see “Made in USA”, and assume it must be subpar.

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