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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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Politicos: Dems, GOP can both claim Nov. 8 victories

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.11.11 | 7:30 am

Democrats and liberals can claim some significant victories in Ohio, Mississippi and elsewhere after the Nov. 8 elections, political watchers say, but the message overall was a mixed one as Republicans saw some victories as well.

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NOM spent $721k to oust Iowa judges in 2010

By Andy Birkey | 11.03.11 | 11:29 am

A report released this week shows that the National Organization for Marriage was one of the top political spenders in the Iowa 2010 election cycle. It’s a push for influence that hasn’t stopped.

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McKinley stepping down as GOP leader, not seeking re-election

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.03.11 | 7:00 am

Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley is stepping down from GOP leadership and won’t seek re-election to a fourth term. Senate Republicans are expected to elect new leadership at a Nov. 10 meeting.


Danielson: Branstad appointing major donors ‘par for the course’

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.02.11 | 2:32 pm

The Governor’s Office has argued political contributions shouldn’t be a consideration for appointments, but one Iowa senator notes his concern of an ongoing pattern and hopes transparency will be a priority.

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Panelists warn of impending battle for independent judiciary

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.02.11 | 12:30 pm

Panelists in Des Moines warned that a coordinated attack against the judicial branch is underway in Iowa and across the nation that threatens much more than civil marriage rights.

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Panelists: Judicial retention, impeachment processes misused

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.01.11 | 2:45 pm

Legislators and social conservative activists misused the state’s judicial retention elections in order to attack judges that upheld the rights of same-sex couples, several people familiar with the process say, and are now misusing the another process by pushing to impeach other judges from the bench.


Judge Hanson will ‘blast’ his way through Iowa’s gay marriage controversy

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.01.11 | 10:00 am

Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson says he’s not turning back and that he plans to “blast” his way through the controversy surrounding his and the Iowa Supreme Court’s decisions regarding same-sex marriage.

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Communication, education key to defending Iowa’s courts

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.01.11 | 7:19 am

Communication and education will likely be key to defending Iowa’s merit selection judicial nominating process and avoiding judges being voted out of office for political reasons in the future, several people familiar with the issue say.

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Economic development appointees gave Branstad $216k

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.31.11 | 12:25 pm

Gov. Terry Branstad’s appointees to two state economic development boards – and their companies’ political committees – contributed more than $216,000 to his 2010 campaign.

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Crossroads buying ads in Des Moines

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.25.11 | 9:00 am

Crossroads GPS, a conservative policy and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., is targeting Iowa voters with TV ads in the state’s largest media market.

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