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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

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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

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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

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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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Johnson camp questions debate exclusion

Spokesman: We will bring our own microphone if there aren't enough
By Lynda Waddington | 09.01.11 | 10:30 am

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson isn’t one of eight GOP candidates confirmed for a Sept. 7 debate at the Reagan Library and, citing recent poll numbers, his campaign is asking why.

“If the Reagan Library doesn’t have room for Gary Johnson at next week’s debate, maybe they need a bigger stage,” said Ron Nielson, senior advisor for Johnson’s campaign.

Nielson cites the Aug. 29 CNN/ORC Poll (PDF) that places Johnson at 2 percent — a percentage above former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, both of whom are expected to participate. In addition, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain also drew 2 percent in the poll, and he has also been invited to participate.

Also of note is the fact that the three invited participants have historically performed better in the same poll. For instance, Cain has gone from 6 percent in July and 4 percent in early August to his present 2 percent. Santorum previously garnered 2 percent, but has fallen to 1 percent. Of the four, Johnson, who did not garner 1 percent in earlier polling, the the only one trending upward.

“If Governor Johnson’s exclusion is because there isn’t enough room or not enough microphones, just let us know and we will be happy to bring our own,” Nielson said. “Even if the national elite media doesn’t want to hear his ideas for balancing the budget now, cutting defense spending, or keeping the government out of so-called social issues, just tell us. But, do not try to justify his exclusion by saying he should have registered at 4 percent in a poll several months ago instead of 3 percent. That excuse just doesn’t fly, especially when the result is to muzzle a successful two-term governor who is doing just as well in recent polls as others who are invited.

“Our supporters, numerous commentators, even Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, are all questioning Governor Johnson’s exclusion, and for good reason. In fact, one commentator is even referring to a ‘Gary Johnson Rule,’ meaning criteria that seems designed to keep Gary Johnson off the Presidential debate stage.”

The debate, which is being co-sponsored by NBC News and The Politico, will take place in Simi Valley, Calif. In addition to the three candidates mentioned above, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich are expected to participate.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/James2039 James Moore

    It’s a good point.  They tried excluding Paul last cycle, now they’re trying to exclude Johnson?!  What is this crap?

  • Anonymous

    Excluding the theoretical long shots is a long standing tradition.  After all, we might get confused and vote for something other than the status quo if we knew more about the alternatives.

  • Anonymous

    Excluding Governor Johnson would be despicable. He has earned his way in while others have lost ground. Gongrich, in psrticular has been doing his beached whale impersonation in Hawaii while Governor Johnson has been running, walking, and even biking New Hampshire.

  • Curtis McMillan

    The act of excluding anyone from a debate, when they are rating 2% is a crime.

  • http://iowaindependent.com rocket

    Johnson is the only candidate with a track record that is worthy. As a two term Republican Governor in a 2 to 1 Dem State, he reduced government by 11% without a layoff, balanced the budget and left the state with over a Billion $ surplus. He also vetoed over 750 bills, more than all of the other 49 Governors combined. We need a balanced budget, term limits, and fiscal responsibility. I am voting Johnson. The rest have failed or no records. Romney – failed med policy. Bachmann, Paul, & Santorum – never ran a State, Perry – career politician again. Johnson and Cain are the only fiscally responsible candidates.

  • terraM

    Hooray for The Establishment! With the probable exception of Ron Paul – who has been marginalized at a lesser degree – all GOP candidates other than Johnson represent the same old same-old. Maybe that’s Johnson’s problem.

    The Dems want an increasingly socialistic brand of big government. The GOP wants a less socialistic, slightly smaller, more moralistic and corporation-centric kind of big government. But its ALL STILL BIG GOVERNMENT. Johnson represents a scaling back of the role – and the spending – of the federal government.

    We have devolved politically by letting The Establishment (both D’s and R’s) and their pals in the mainstream media pick our candidates. I don’t even want to guess at the number of near non-participants who vote only once every four years, with no information beyond what they get from mainstream media sources.

    Are media colluding with their friends in The Establishment to keep candidates they don’t like off the public radar? Sure seems like it to me.

  • Mychele

    Seems like Gary Johnson, my state’s former governor, is being given the Nader treatment by his own party. This is truly despicable and I’m glad his camp is making noise. Johnson is one of the few Republicans
    running who isn’t trying to make government peek into people’s personal lives like a camel under
    the tent! I think that’s why they’re excluding him. He’s failing the religious litmus test that the
    religio-conservatives have established whilst they gnash their teeth and groan about BIG GOVERNMENT!
    I lobbied for the right of Ralph Nader to take part in our glorious democracy’s public debate
    and even as a complete non-Republican I urge the Politico and NBC to intervene and give Gary Johnson
    a microphone and a place to stand on that stage. All that flag waving the rest of those nitwits
    do won’t make up for their lack of faith in and respect for America’s voters if the other candidates
    fail to take up Johnson’s cause as well.

  • Mychele

    Seems like Gary Johnson, my state’s former governor, is being given the Nader treatment by his own party. This is truly despicable and I’m glad his camp is making noise. Johnson is one of the few Republicans
    running who isn’t trying to make government peek into people’s personal lives like a camel under
    the tent! I think that’s why they’re excluding him. He’s failing the religious litmus test that the
    religio-conservatives have established whilst they gnash their teeth and groan about BIG GOVERNMENT!
    I lobbied for the right of Ralph Nader to take part in our glorious democracy’s public debate
    and even as a complete non-Republican I urge the Politico and NBC to intervene and give Gary Johnson
    a microphone and a place to stand on that stage.

  • dreamymiss

    He would be the ONLY reason I would watch this debate. NEWT is going to be there???? Good golly, that should make it a must see event *sarcasm*

    If he’s not there, I won’t watch. Period.

  • The Buckeye

    Time for Gary to give real consideration to the Libertarian Party.
    He would win the nomination in the FIRST round and go to the November elections of 2012 in 40+ states. I think the LP would treat him better than the GOP is.

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