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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

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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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Huckabee, Vander Plaats attempt to thrust social issues back into national conversation

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.22.10 | 12:43 pm

The effects of the Iowa judicial retention election were felt far beyond the Hawkeye State’s borders, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said while making a case for a new national emphasis on social issues. Speaking at a fundraiser for The Family Leader Sunday afternoon, the 2008 Iowa Caucuses winner drew a crowd of 1,500 supporters to proclaim a new day for the social conservative movement.

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Mike Huckabee on 2012 run: Ask me again in six months

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.22.10 | 7:30 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would not rule out the possibility of a 2012 presidential run while speaking to reporters before a fundraiser for The Family Leader Sunday afternoon, but said no decision would be made until the middle of next year.

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Voting laws could change under Matt Schultz

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.09.10 | 10:01 am

The election of Republican Matt Schultz as the new secretary of state marks a potential shift in voting laws in the state — namely changes to voter identification and early voting.

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Big investment in campaign to oust Tom Miller comes up short

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.03.10 | 2:30 pm

Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller held onto his seat Tuesday night, cruising to victory with 55 percent of the vote and marking the end of a surprisingly tough battle for the seven-term incumbent. In his way was Brenna Findley — a challenger who received hundreds of thousands of dollars and strong support from the Iowa [...]

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Pence steps down from House leadership

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.03.10 | 1:30 pm

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., stepped down from his position as the House Republican Conference Chair on Wednesday — the No. 3 position in GOP House leadership.


Fitzgerald wins state Treasurer race

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.03.10 | 12:46 am

Incumbent Democratic state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald kept his seat over Republican opponent Dave Jamison, with 1574 of 1774 precincts reporting.


Schultz defeats Mauro to become Secretary of State

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.02.10 | 11:50 pm

Republican Matt Schultz is the new Secretary of State, defeating incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Michael Mauro Tuesday night.

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Branstad delivers rousing victory speech

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.02.10 | 11:27 pm

Before an energetic crowd of several hundred Republican supporters at the Hy Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines, Gov.-Elect Terry Branstad gave a rousing speech, thanking his supporters for his clear victory over incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver.


Miller wins another term as attorney general

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.02.10 | 10:31 pm

With 961 precincts reporting, seven-term Democratic incumbent Tom Miller beat Republican opponent Brenna Findley to retain his position as Iowa Attorney General. Miller garnered 57 percent of the vote.


Grassley declared winner in U.S. Senate race

By Matt Vasilogambros | 11.02.10 | 9:02 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley ran away with his re-election bid Tuesday night, securing a strong win over Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin.

Several major media outlets called the race almost immediately. Grassley led in the polls throughout the campaign, seeing 30-point advantages as some points.

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