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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.

National study gives Iowa site top ranking

By Lynda Waddington | 10.16.08 | 11:12 am

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office has announced today that its web site was given top billing among all 50 states and the District of Columbia in a study completed by the Pew Center on the States.

“We’re very happy to hear that we are providing quality resources via the Internet,” Secretary of State Michael Mauro said in a prepared statement. “Our office will continue to work on providing vital election information in an easily accessible format.”

The report titled, “Being Online is Not Enough: State Elections Web Sites,” examined all state elections web sites to determine whether citizens could find official election information. The sites were evaluated for overall usability on the criteria of presence, navigation, content, accessibility, search and site tools.

“Iowa clearly has spent a great deal of time ensuring that its election site serves Iowans,” said Michael Caudell Feagen, director of Pew’s Make Voting Work. “While there is always room for improvement, the Iowa Secretary of State’s site serves as a model for other states.”

The Pew Center on the States is the research division of Washington, D.C.-based Pew Charitable Trusts.

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