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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.


UPDATED: Romney announces ‘Justice Advisory Committee’

By Meghan Malloy | 08.02.11 | 10:35 am

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has appointed a team of 63 practicing attorneys, judges and law professors to serve on a justice advisory committee for his campaign, staff announced in a release Tuesday.

The committee is expected to “draw on their experience in all three branches of government, private practice, industry, and academia to advise Governor Romney in his campaign for the presidency,” the campaign release said, adding the 63-person board will specifically “advise on the Constitution, judicial matters, law enforcement, homeland security, and regulatory issues” and provide legal counsel for Romney’s campaign when needed.

“Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench,” Romney said in the release. “I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars. Their deep experience and wisdom will be invaluable as we address the constitutional and legal issues facing the nation.”

The formation of the committee could play well among some voters in Iowa, specifically from social and religious Conservatives who feel the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in the last few years, particularly in the 2009 ruling of Varnum v. Brien, which legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.

Boston-based Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said the entire committee is volunteer.

Romney, a national presidential frontrunner who has amassed great personal wealth from leading businesses in the private sector, has been scrutinized by his Democrat rivals for campaign spending, including $126,000 on private jets for campaign travel in Boston, Mass., southern California and Las Vegas, NV. Campaign expenditures exceeded $5 million within three months, according to a report from the Boston Herald.

Democrats in Iowa said the expenses contradicted statements Romney made in Des Moines that he would limit face time in Iowa during this election cycle because he desired to conduct “a more lean campaign.”

“These are lean times, and so we’ve got a more lean campaign,” he said in late May. “So I’m not going to be flying all over the country.”

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  • Anonymous

    “Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench,”

    Unless the judiciary writes a law, they are not legislating from the bench.  They may be UNlegislating when they strike down an unjust law passed by the legislature, but that’s rather a lot different.  They’re empowered to do that by the Constitution, in order to protect the rights of all from the whims of the majority.

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