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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.

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Kettering says ‘it is time’ to retire from Senate

By Douglas Burns | 11.16.11 | 1:03 pm

LAKE VIEW — State Sen. Steve Kettering says he will not seek re-election next November, creating what amounts to an open seat for a new district that includes Carroll County and a vast swath of western Iowa.

(Photo: Lynda Waddington/The Iowa Independent)

Gingrich: ‘I’m a genuine, intellectual conservative’

By Douglas Burns | 11.16.11 | 11:05 am

CARROLL — As he surged to the top of two national polls, Newt Gingrich spent nearly three hours at the Santa Maria Winery, speaking with voters, taking questions, signing books and screening a move he co-developed to celebrate Pope John Paul II.

(Photo: Douglas Burns/Carroll Daily Times Herald)

Ron Paul: Government your worst enemy

By Douglas Burns | 11.01.11 | 8:55 am

CARROLL — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says the country is finally catching up to his brand of politics and economic thinking.


Harkin steak fry lifts liberals, lampoons GOP 2012ers

By Douglas Burns | 09.19.11 | 11:18 am

INDIANOLA — U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s 34th annual steak fry Sunday afternoon was equal parts a lifting of liberal morale and a lampooning of the GOP presidential contenders now traversing Iowa.

Carroll Mayor Jim Pedelty, left, speaks with Atlantic Mayor David R. Jones outside of the Atlantic YMCA, which Jones played a role in championing.

Inside Atlantic: Innovation, spirit propel SW Iowa city

By Douglas Burns | 09.02.11 | 3:30 pm

ATLANTIC — Joseph Vanstrom doesn’t fear globalization. And it’s not just because he’s a towering former lineman for Iowa State University’s Cyclone football team.

State workers rally in Madison, Wis. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by BlueRobot)

Northern battles ‘not just a Wisconsin moment,’ says Lena Taylor

By Douglas Burns | 08.30.11 | 11:05 am

Although it might be easy to view recent conflicts in Wisconsin as somewhat isolated, state Sen. Lena Taylor says that would be a major mistake.

(File Photo: Lynda Waddington/The Iowa Independent)

Santorum Q&A: Marriage for gays threatens religious freedom

By Douglas Burns | 08.25.11 | 2:30 pm

Republican 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum sat down with Douglas Burns, co-publisher of The Carroll Daily Times Herald and an alum and frequent contributor to The Iowa Independent, to discuss Catholicism in relation to the GOP, rival Michele Bachmann and, of course, some of the social conservative issues well known to those who have seen Santorum on the Iowa stump.

(Photo: Lynda Waddington/The Iowa Independent)

Texas congressman: Perry not a secessionist

By Douglas Burns | 08.16.11 | 7:30 am

CARROLL — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, says he’s known Rick Perry since college days and dismisses much-publicized comments from the GOP presidential candidate about Texas leaving the union.

The Ron Paul presidential campaign works a booth at a recent 2nd Amendment Rally. (File Photo: Lynda Waddington/The Iowa Independent)

Ron Paul, NRA say they’re not behind anti-library calls in Carroll

By Douglas Burns | 08.02.11 | 6:04 pm

The Ron Paul campaign was investigating Tuesday morning a link between anti-library recorded robocalls bombarding land and mobile phone lines in Carroll. The calls urged residents to vote against a new library to send a message to the local City Council for a decision last winter prohibiting firearms on public property.

(Photo: Douglas Burns/The Iowa Independent)

Pledging civility, Christie Vilsack enters race for Congress

By Douglas Burns | 07.19.11 | 12:35 pm

AMES — Christie Vilsack, promising a church-potluck civility, announced her campaign this morning for Congress as a Democrat in the state’s new 4th District, a sweep of 39 counties in western and central Iowa.

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