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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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Mathis raising more than Golding in SD18 race

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.20.11 | 7:43 am

Iowa Senate District 18 Democratic candidate Liz Mathis has outraised Republican opponent Cindy Golding, $63,406 to $44,808, and the Democrat enjoyed $292,426 of in-kind contributions compared to $69,418 for Golding.

Mathis and Golding are locked in a special election that will determine control of the Iowa Senate. Former State Sen. Swati Dandekar (D-Marion) recently left office to take a position on the Iowa Utilities Board, leaving Democrats with a slim 25-24 advantage in the Senate.

Mathis spent $22,564 and had $40,842 on hand at the end of the reporting period, while Golding spent $35,549 and had $9,258 on hand.

Liz Mathis

Mathis took large contributions from labor unions and federal political action committees:

  • $17,960 ActBlue non-federal in Cambridge, Mass.
  • $5,000 from Linn Phoenix Club in Cedar Rapids
  • $5,000 from Iowa Committee on Political Education – AFL-CIO in Des Moines
  • $5,000 from Hawkeye Labor Council AFl-CIO PAC in Cedar Rapids
  • $4,000 from Laborer’s Local Union #566 PAC in Ottumwa
  • $2,500 from I.B.E.W. Educational Committee in Washington, D.C.
  • $2,000 from United Steelworkers of America District 11 PAC in Minneapolis, Minn.

All of the in-kind contributions to the Mathis campaign were from the Iowa Democratic Party, mostly for advertising as well as printing, postage and mailing. Most of Mathis’s expenditures were through a $20,000 contribution to the Senate Majority Fund.

Cindy Golding

Golding took large contributions from Team Iowa PAC, as well as from the Plymouth County GOP and herself:

  • $12,500 from Team Iowa PAC in Des Moines
  • $5,000 from GOP of Plymouth County
  • $5,000 from herself
  • $5,000 from Tammy Bertrand of Sioux City
  • $2,000 from Wapello County Republican Central Committee in Ottumwa
  • $1,000 from Lyon County Republican Party in Rock Rapids
  • $1,000 from State Sen. Tim Kapucian (R-Keystone)
  • $1,000 from State Sen. James Hahn (R-Muscatine)
  • $1,000 from Brenda Kelly of Marion

Golding’s in-kind contributions were almost entirely from the Republican Party of Iowa, including $60,557 for advertising. Most of Golding’s expenditures were through an $11,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Iowa; and printing, advertising and campaign signs.

The documents, filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, cover fundraising from July 15 to Oct. 14.

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