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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.


Fox denies Karger debate slot, petition begins

By Lynda Waddington | 08.08.11 | 11:15 am

Although 2012 Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger has said he met all the requirements needed to earn a slot in Thursday’s Fox News debate in Ames, the network continues to deny him access. The situation has prompted supporters to launch a petition in support of Karger.

According to debate rules, candidates allowed to participate must have satisfied the following requirements no later than 4 p.m. on Aug. 9:

  1. Registered with the Federal Elections Commission as a presidential exploratory committee or presidential campaign.
  2. Meet all U.S. Constitutional requirements.
  3. Garnered at least an average of one percent in five national polls based on most recent polling leading up to the registration day.

Karger noted last week in a letter that he believed he had met the requirements and that it was his intention to be on the debate stage in Ames this Thursday.

Michael Clemente, vice president of news for Fox News, told The Des Moines Register that Karger does not qualify because the polls he cited as satisfying the requirements are not good enough. Karger cited an Aug. 4 Harris Poll, a July 25 Zogby Poll, a May 23 Zogby Poll, a June 29 McClathy-Marist Poll and an April 28 Fox News poll.

The Fox News poll, Karger noted, was the first national one to include him. Clemente asserts that the poll is too old to be used to meet the requirement.

The campaign has launched a website, Let Fred In!, and as of Monday morning supporters are petitioning Fox News to allow Karger on the debate stage.

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  • Anonymous

    Fox trying herd the herd the way they want? Why not let this man into the debate? Makes no sense.

  • Fred Karger

    want to sign the petition? sign here:

  • IowaExpat

    A Republican that is willing to speak on what he thinks and not what the rightwing extremists require is refreshing.  His exclusion shows what the Republicans really are and that is the party of no and exclusion.

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