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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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Little known McCotter makes 2012 run official

By Meghan Malloy | 07.05.11 | 9:25 am

As GOP candidates geared up to spend the holiday weekend in early states like Iowa and New Hampshire, the field for President grew by one, as U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich) officially announced his candidacy Saturday.

Media reports said McCotter made the announcement at an outdoor rock music festival Saturday. Though late last week, the news leaked that McCotter would announce over the holiday weekend, the announcement itself was reportedly low-key, as the Congressman addressed a crowd from the stage, with only a music stand and campaign sign in front of him, according to the Detroit News.

McCotter is a virtual unknown in the candidate field. A lawyer by education, he was elected to Congress in 2002, after a stint in Michigan state politics.

McCotter’s political leanings, while undoubtedly Republican, include both moderate and social conservative views. He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership with other federal lawmakers, including the moderate Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. However, McCotter, a Catholic, is also a member of the Republican Study Committee, which is the U.S. House’s Conservative caucus and promotes social Conservative views.

The five-term Congressman has made some waves in the Hawkeye State already, after representatives sent to the Ames Straw Poll auction on his behalf declined to identify their candidate, causing a stir among other campaigns. McCotter is confirmed to participate in the straw poll next month.

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