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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.


Cain says ‘black people are thinking for themselves’ in 2012

In 2006 Cain produced ads with a very different message
By Sofia Resnick | 10.25.11 | 1:44 pm

As media outlets have been suggesting ad nauseam, presidential contender Herman Cain’s recent confusing, contradictory statements about abortion might precipitate the candidate’s downfall, following recent climbs in political polls.

But old comments Cain has made about abortion — in the form of a controversial radio ad campaign — could also further tarnish Cain’s reputation. Though as Right Wing Watch has recently pointed out, few press outlets have asked Cain about his role in the campaign, which the George W. Bush administration called “inappropriate” and the Republican National Committee (RNC) deemed “racist.”

In 2006, a political action committee called America’s PAC formed with the goal of spending $1 million on a radio ad campaign targeting African-American and Hispanic voters to support GOP candidates. Some of the ads referred to women as “ho’s” and accused the Democratic Party of trying to “decimate” black babies via abortion. Other ads implied that blacks and Hispanic men “don’t work for a living” and cheat on their wives. The New York Sun reported in October 2006 that Cain was the spokesperson of the ad campaign, even voicing some of the ads himself.

From the Sun:

Mr. Cain, who once managed the Godfather’s Pizza chain and ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from Georgia in 2004, said he was not troubled that Mr. Rooney, who is white, is funding ads using black voices who claim to speak on behalf of the black community.”You don’t have a lot of black billionaires who would want to fund something like this,” he said.

Right Wing Watch has also uncovered a article from 2006, which implies that Cain helped pay for the ads.

Dialogue from the ads, as reported by Sun:

“Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies. The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual’s right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote.Why don’t they want our lives?”

Another radio spot, wherein two men converse:

“If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked,” one of the men says.

“That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed,” the other replies.

“Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican,” the first man says.

Another spot, which, according to the Sun, attempted to link Democrats to white supremacist David Duke (who served as a Republican in the Louisiana Legislature), referenced to a recent trip Duke had made to Syria to speak at an anti-war rally.

“I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists. What I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke.”

On Monday, Cain appeared on Fox & Friends, whose hosts sympathized with candidate, praising his “great sense of humor” and asking him to defend respond criticisms that he perpetuates racial stereotypes. At one point Cain was asked to defend a recent comment he made saying that African-Americans are “brainwashed.”

Cain responded: ”Some of them are brainwashed … but I always say the good news is a large percentage of black people are thinking for themselves.”

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