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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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Iowa Democrats ‘welcome’ Perry to Iowa

By Lynda Waddington | 08.14.11 | 2:38 pm

Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky had a few things to say Sunday in advance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Iowa appearance.

The full statement released by the IDP is as follows:

Sue Dvorsky

After the hype of Governor Perry’s announcement yesterday, as he makes his first trip to Iowa tonight, I think Iowans will be disappointed to find nothing more than another Texas governor who is anxious to take our country back to the same failed economic policies that would erode middle class security and hurts seniors.

As Governor, Rick Perry set the bar when it comes to letting the special interests set their own rules. During his tenure he has given out billions in state contracts to his campaign contributors, while helping big corporations like energy companies avoid playing by the same rules as everyone else. In Rick Perry’s Texas there are two sets of rules — one for big corporate special interests and one for everyone else.

Rick Perry’s record is clear: he is in lockstep with the far right tea party wing of the Republican Party. He endorses the extreme and disastrous plans of the Tea Party Republicans to end Medicare as we know it, cut spending for education and eliminate investments in vital programs that help create jobs and move our country forward.

We know where Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP field’s priorities lie – in helping corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class, seniors and young people. The Republican candidates have pledged their allegiance to the extreme Tea Party wing of the Republican party, not the American people, and that is not the type of leadership the people of Iowa or America need or want.

While Rick Perry adds one more voice to the out of touch tea party agenda, we will continue our work to ensure President Obama is reelected next year so he can continue moving our country forward.

Perry, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will appear Sunday evening at a fundraising dinner for the Black Hawk County Republicans.

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  • Anonymous

    You rant, keep voicing the same democrat propaganda and see where it gets you….Obama and the rest are spending money like it is someone else’s oh wait, it IS someone else’s. We are having to borrow money from anybody that will loan us to pay for the inflated government programs endorsed by you.

  • Jack Hale

    The left keeps saying the “Republicans are aiming to end Medicare as we know it!” This is a pretty funny statement, i guess many of us are taking that as they are aiming to make it more efficient, effective, and solvent which would indeed be ending “medicare as we know it”. So where does that leave Democrats then, aiming to keep medicare the crumbling bankrupt monstrosity that it is?

    Maybe rather than hearing about what baddies Republicans are, we will one day hear what positive plans Democrats have. And how they intend on exacting those plans. I doubt it will happen in my lifetime, but doesnt hurt to dream a little…

    • Admonkey

      Perry doesn’t want to “end Medicare as we know it,” he wants to eliminate it completely, along with eliminating Social Security, Medicaid and any and all fiscal intervention in the case of recession (no matter how bad).

      If you know anyone who needs Social Security to live on, Perry wants to make that a thing of the past. Here’s more:

      • Jeremy Hale

        According to Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky, he does want to “end Medicare as we know it”.

        But lets be honest here, Medicare with out any scaling back will end on its own sooner than later. Both Medicare and Social Security are unsustainable, and while Sue Dvorsky, or any Democrat for that matter, hasn’t offered anything up that reduces cost enough to continue the service/payments, Rick Perry has. He eliminates them as Federal programs and funds the states to take them over on a local level, according to your article.

        • Admonkey

          He would “fund” them the same way he has “funded” public schools (and roads) here in the state of Texas: in ever decreasing amounts until the services they provide have been so weakened, and the product they produce– educated children– so ill-equipped, that people clamor for a privatized solution… whose contracts he then graciously hands over to his largest contributors. This, despite full funding of public education being written directly into our state Constitution.

          Do not be fooled by Rick Perry.

  • egc52556

    America is not a Christian nation.
    America is a free nation.

    Perry’s — and Bachmann’s and Santorum’s — attempt to turn America into an evangelical Christian theocracy must be stopped

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure how ignorant the American public is to listen to the same childish garbage from the Democrats.I think the know it work because they all repeat the same tune.

    • Anonymous

      You had a typo there…. it’s spelled “Republicans”. You’re right, though, one would have to be pretty ignorant to believe the malarkey the TEAtards espouse.

  • Cesar Fuentez

    Hey I’m for pArry! A cowboy governor from Texas! What possibly could go wrong?

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