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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.

Tim Pawlenty 2012 candidate

Pawlenty: Obama hasn’t accomplished anything

TPaw defends 'nice guy' persona: 'You can be nice & strong.'
By Meghan Malloy | 07.07.11 | 4:46 pm

URBANDALE — GOP presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty defended his nice guy demeanor while pledging to repeal “Obamacare in its entirety” and have the U.S. “stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel” if elected during a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon.

The town hall meeting, attended by an estimated 150 people, was held at his suburban Des Moines campaign headquarters.

Pawlenty spoke and answered questions from the audience, as well as from Facebook users who could watch the town hall meeting live-streamed on the Internet. Many supporters wanted to talk about the basics — the economy, immigration and health care reform.

Talk turned to budget tactics when a supporter asked if Pawlenty would sign a stop-gap measure to prevent a government shut down if the situation ever occurred. This exact provision is currently in effect in Iowa while Gov. Terry Branstad examines budget bills passed the Legislature. However, impasse in Pawlenty’s home state failed to resolve, and the Minnesota government is currently shut down.

Pawlenty, who reportedly suggested government shut down may have positive impacts, was also governor during a nine-day shut down in Minnesota six years ago.

“I think it’s really important to have the showdown now,” he said, adding he often used executive powers over the Minnesota Legislature when needed. “I would keep the pressure on, and force politicians to make tough decisions.”

Pawlenty has been pegged by some media outlets and political analysts as “the nice guy” — a characterization some voters have picked up on. Attendee Bill Campbell told Pawlenty, a former prosecutor, that while he liked Pawlenty’s platform and beliefs, he wanted to see the former governor have a slightly tougher demeanor.

“You don’t have to be a jerk to be strong,” Pawlenty replied, then referred to President Ronald Reagan, who was known for his positive and optimistic demeanor as part of his leadership style.

“You can be nice and strong,” Pawlenty said.

However, Pawlenty took a swipe at President Barack Obama, who “was in the Senate long enough to have a cup of coffee before going to the White House, and he hasn’t done anything, he hasn’t accomplished anything … people want to know this failed.”

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  • JJ Wilfahrt

    We struggling with 5 billion of Slapshot Tim Pawlenty’s accomplishments. Guess he’s still ahead of Obama, or would that be behind Obama.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

    • Anonymous

      Yeah…hey Minnesota, some of your resident mistakes seem to have wandered into Iowa.  Could you come get them plz k thx.

  • UIGrad2010

    Oy please, this man is one to talk. Obama has accomplished a lot of good things, many of which I posted on the comments section from yesterday about Michelle Bachmann claiming the same thing. 

    • Otto B

       False propaganda by Bachmann is now repeated by Pawlenty.

      This kind of propaganda was proved to work, in the 2010, in which the stimulus bill was misrepresented.  The way to defeat this is by encouraging the people who will be harmed by GOP policies to register and to vote.
      Only 36% of the registered voters bothered to vote in 2010.
      If people dont stand up for themselves, there is nothing to be done about it.

      Pelosi passed more bills than any other Speaker in history, in her 2 years.
      The Dems got a lot done.  Its just that the reactionaries dont like what was accomplished. 

  • Anonymous

    “…people want to know this failed.”

    What, exactly, is ‘this’? 

  • Otto B

    Pawlenty suggests he will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.  What that coded propaganda message means is that he is against the publicly stated position taken by Bush JAN 10, 2008 in a speech IN JERUSALEM!!, Clinton and Obama,  which is that there will never be peace in the middle east until Israel works out a long term agreement with Palestinian and Iran’s approval.
    That means,  Israel will be recognized for the first time ever, and Palestine will have a contiguous piece of land.  Pawlenty stands for war in the middle east.  I doubt his pandering is understood by his fan base.  57% of Israeli’s agree with the Bush/Clinton/Obama position, that is, brokering peace by bartering some but not all of the 1967 land taken by force, to make a whole viable Palestine and to buy recognition from the entire Muslim world.

     Pawlenty’s stand is based on the   propaganda that “GOD” gave Israel to the “Jews”,  in the biblical interpretation.    Biblical history is poor statescraft.  Pawlenty is thus identified as either delusional (as perhaps Bachmann is on this issue),  or else a mere propagandist,  willing to risk continued war in the middle east, just to get the votes of the fundamentalists and right wing Jews.   Tsk.  The nerve.  The utter stupidity.  And more’s the pity.  We have the chance to wrest peace from the current situation.  Pawlenty/Bachmann, the war candidacy.

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