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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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ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11 | 11:23 am

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.


Huntsman: Personhood Mississippi amendment ‘goes too far’

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.08.11 | 10:48 am

Jon Huntsman became the first 2012 GOP presidential hopeful to publicly express concern with a “fetal personhood” amendment on the Mississippi’s ballot.


EPA administrator takes critics to task

By Virginia Chamlee | 10.24.11 | 5:59 pm

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has a few things to say to Republicans hoping to curtail or eliminate the agency and citizens observing the political spectacle. Americans, she said, must once again stand up for their right to clean air and water.


In the South & beyond: ‘Big sugar’ gets its way

By Virginia Chamlee | 09.19.11 | 9:05 am

As one of Florida’s top agricultural commodities, sugar has a lot to lose from regulations and a lot to gain from agricultural legislation. So the top companies spread campaign donations fairly evenly between Republicans and Democrats across the country, and are often rewarded with support.


Abortion and slavery linked by Personhood Mississippi

By Virginia Chamlee | 09.12.11 | 11:34 am

In what has become an all-too-familiar refrain among the more radical members of the anti-abortion movement, Personhood Mississippi is comparing abortion rights to slavery.

Michele Bachmann campaigns in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (Photo: Virginia Chamlee/The Florida Independent)

In Florida, Bachmann vows end of EPA, Dept. of Education

By Virginia Chamlee | 08.26.11 | 6:26 pm

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FLA. — Michele Bachmann began her weekend tour of the Sunshine State Friday, making a late afternoon visit to a sub shop and pledging to “turn out the lights” at the EPA and Department of Education.

The Mississippi River near Cottage Grove. (Photo: Mpls55408/Flickr)

Report: Nitrate transport down Mississippi causing ‘dead zones’ in Gulf

By Virginia Chamlee | 08.09.11 | 2:49 pm

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that nitrate concentrations in the Mississippi River Basin did not consistently decline from 1980 to 2008. The increased nitrate levels directly affect the Gulf of Mexico, where they contribute to “dead zones,” or hypoxia.


Huntsman’s campaign manager resigns

By Virginia Chamlee | 07.22.11 | 7:00 am

Former Ambassador to China and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has lost the manager of his 2012 presidential campaign — a woman that led Florida Gov. Rick Scott to gubernatorial victory.

(Photos: Video Capture)

Attack ad throwdown: Priorities USA vs. Crossroads

By Virginia Chamlee | 06.29.11 | 9:00 pm

One day following reports a Karl Rove-affiliated group had begun a $20 million ad campaign against President Barack Obama, a counter-point effort has been launched.

(File photo: The Iowa Independent)

Palin pitches for polemical anti-abortion group

By Virginia Chamlee | 04.19.11 | 7:00 am

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, one of several potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls, will deliver the keynote address for a controversial anti-abortion group later this month.

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