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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.

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Sierra Club: Misleading Cain ad not worth response

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.16.11 | 8:28 am

False claims on Environmental Protection Agency regulations made in a Herman Cain ad aren’t worth responding to, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club says, claiming voters are smart enough to see through political rhetoric in the ad.

(Photo: William Dahlsten/Linn County GOP)

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11 | 10:26 am

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.

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Cain ad makes false claims, EPA says

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.14.11 | 2:45 pm

A television ad from Herman Cain, running statewide on radio and the FOX News Channel, erroneously claims the Environmental Protection Agency wants to regulate methane from cattle and dust from farming activities.

(Photo: rcbodden/flickr)

Nebraska lawmakers may give governor control of pipeline route

By Lynda Waddington | 11.11.11 | 10:13 am

Meeting in a special session to deal specifically with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Nebraska lawmakers may be on the verge of passing a bill that could give Gov. Dave Heineman control over the project’s route.

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Feds want to review Keystone XL route

By Lynda Waddington | 11.10.11 | 3:59 pm

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday that it wants TransCanada to consider a new route for its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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

Bachmann: Socialism, unions to blame for Michigan’s economy

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.10.11 | 1:25 pm

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says Michigan’s economic woes are rooted in socialist policies, and she blames labor unions, taxes and regulations for the tough economic climate in the state.

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Super PAC backing Perry makes Iowa ad buys

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.08.11 | 5:30 pm

A super-PAC backing GOP presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry has begun buying ads in the Des Moines TV market, while Perry himself is continuing a media blitz in the Hawkeye State that began in late October.

(Photo: Dave Davidson/www.TEApublican.com)

Branstad: New approach needed to address flooding

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.07.11 | 2:30 pm

The Army Corps of Engineers needs to change the way it manages the Missouri River, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says, and the region overall needs a new approach to battling flooding along the major waterway.

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Gingrich praises opponents, draws applause

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.06.11 | 10:30 am

DES MOINES — Newt Gingrich stole the spotlight at the Republican Party of Iowa’s Reagan Dinner with a unique strategy that drew the most applause from the audience.

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State officials request more comment time on DOL child, farm labor rules

By Lynda Waddington | 11.04.11 | 10:57 am

Gov. Terry Branstad and Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey have asked the U.S. Department of Labor to extend the commenting period on new child labor laws that could impact family farming operations in Iowa and throughout the nation.

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