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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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McCotter’s paper labels his 2012 bid as ‘scary’

By Todd A. Heywood | 07.12.11 | 10:00 am

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter may be a Michigan Republican but his hometown paper is none too keen on the idea of him entering the White House.

In a harsh editorial, the Oakland Press says the thought of McCotter being president “isn’t a pleasant thought and is, in fact, “a bit scary.”

But McCotter has some growing to do to fulfill his duties and role as a member of Congress. He certainly isn’t ready to take the reins of leading the nation.

The representative comes off as cold, arrogant and egotistical. These are not qualities we’d like to see in a president. In fact, he wouldn’t get too far in private industry as a company chief executive officer.

Sincerity is important and we do concede that has been loyal to the party. His conservative views are consistent with the basic tenets of the Republican Party.

After knocking McCotter for poor communications skills with his constituents, followed by assailing his rhetoric as short on policy initiative, the editorial concludes:

We’re not sure if McCotter is a serious candidate or just wants to get his name out there for future political advancement.

It’s generally conceded he faces a number of basic problems, including national name recognition, finances and support.

The Oakland Press likes to support native sons, but this is one sibling we think should just stay home here in Michigan and work on his people skills.

Sometimes presidential candidates aren’t very presidential.

McCotter recently made waves in Iowa when a representative bid on property at the upcoming Ames Straw Poll without identifying a candidate. He made his presidential campaign official on July 2.


  • Anonymous

    His hometown paper must be Democratic paper! LOL.  From watching some of Mccotter’s past video’s he does not have a lot of good things to say about Democrats!

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