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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.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/eschipul)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/eschipul)

Louisiana’s Jindal gives nod to Rick Perry

By Lynda Waddington | 09.13.11 | 7:30 am

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who once considered pursuing his own White House bid, has handed his endorsement to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke with Cedar Rapidians in the aftermath of the 2008 floods. (File Photo: Lynda Waddington/The Iowa Independent)

“[Perry's] record on job creation simply cannot be beat, and the one million jobs he’s helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama’s watch,” Jindal said. “President Obama promised hope, but he simply hasn’t delivered. Rick Perry will bring our country more than hope — he’ll get America working again.”


The endorsement from Jindal, who remains influential within the GOP with close ties to Christian conservatives, comes days after former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty provided his backing to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. While some have speculated that Pawlenty may have been prompted by a need to pay off campaign debt and that Jindal may be hoping for a running mate slot, Jindal told the Indian Express that he has no interest in the vice presidency.

“I’ve got the best job in the world,” Jindal said. “I get to be governor of the great state of Louisiana [and] I’m running for reelection.”

The Associated Press reported that despite a well-funded rival in his reelection bid, Jindal is scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania for additional fundraising — and he has socked away nearly $9 million in his war chest.

Shortly after announcing his endorsement, Jindal appeared on John King USA on CNN to add that the nod approval wasn’t just because the two governors had worked so well together in the aftermath of hurricanes, but because he believes in Perry’s “ability to lead and be honest.”

“I truly appreciate Gov. Jindal’s endorsement because he is a leader who knows what it takes to rebuild an economy and restore people’s confidence,” said Gov. Perry. “His efforts to cut taxes and reduce unreasonable regulations are helping the Louisiana economy grow, and that is exactly what I aim to do for America. I look forward to continuing to work with him throughout this campaign, and with his help, we’ll get America working again.”

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