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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

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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

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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.

Education

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State officials: Shuttering offices increased access

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.14.11 | 11:55 am

Closing 36 unemployment offices throughout the state and replacing them with stand-alone computer terminals has resulted in greater access to services and cost savings, Gov. Terry Branstad and the department head said.

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Senate Dems knock Branstad on ed town halls

By Lynda Waddington | 11.14.11 | 10:00 am

Offering comparison charts of educational town hall meetings over the past several months, Iowa Senate Democrats charged their party’s offerings have been held at more more family- and teacher-friendly times.

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NCLB replacement proposal highlighted for state educators

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.11.11 | 2:58 pm

DES MOINES — The bill approved by the U.S. Senate’s education committee as a replacement for No Child Left Behind will provide legislation that’s less “prescriptive and punitive” and allow school districts more freedom, according to one of the measure’s chief architects.

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Harkin: GOP’s call to eliminate DOE ‘nonsense’

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.11.11 | 12:30 pm

DES MOINES — Tom Harkin calls it “nonsense” for politicians to suggest doing away with the U.S. Department of Education, saying “that flies in the face of 200 years of U.S. history.”

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons by jcolman

Traders putting stock in Republican Congress

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.09.11 | 9:50 am

Traders on the Iowa Electronic Markets seem convinced Republicans will retain control of the U.S. House in 2012 and gain control of the U.S. Senate.

(Photo: William Dahlsten/Linn County GOP)

Newt Gingrich’s stock is up, literally

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.09.11 | 8:50 am

GOP presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s stock is up on the Iowa Electronic Markets, a real money futures market operated by the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

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Audio: Phones are ringing in Senate District 18

By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11 | 12:11 pm

Voters may be heading to the polls in Senate District 18, but their phones have been hard at work for days. Here’s a sample of what’s been said on robocalls to district households.

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Federal government focuses on early learning

By Mikhail Zinshteyn | 11.05.11 | 8:10 am

With a steady stream of research pointing to the value of early education instruction and funding, the Department of Education announced the creation of a new office that will oversee the department’s early learning programs.

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Santorum outlines social policies in Iowa

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.04.11 | 1:13 pm

URBANDALE — If elected as president, Rick Santorum pledged Friday to implement many social conservative policies and roll-back changes that such Americans find objectionable.

Photo by Dave Davidson, www.TEApublican.com

Branstad says ‘states school feds on standards’ in op-ed

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.02.11 | 1:20 pm

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt say states haven’t been able to wait on Washington, D.C. and are pushing forward with their own education reforms.

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