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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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Gingrich: ‘I’m a genuine, intellectual conservative’

By Douglas Burns | 11.16.11 | 11:05 am

CARROLL — As he surged to the top of two national polls, Newt Gingrich spent nearly three hours at the Santa Maria Winery, speaking with voters, taking questions, signing books and screening a move he co-developed to celebrate Pope John Paul II.


Iowa reports 17 hate crimes in 2010

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.14.11 | 1:10 pm

Seventeen Iowans were victims of hate crimes in 2010. The individuals were targeted based on race, sexual orientation or ethnicity.


Census Bureau measure shows more poverty

By Marcos Restrepo | 11.09.11 | 4:06 pm

A new measure released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau that takes cost-of-living into account shows an additional 2.5 million Americans are living in poverty.


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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Occupy DSM doing ‘banner drops’ over I-235

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.26.11 | 10:51 am

Occupy Des Moines has done two “banner drops” on bridges across Interstate 235 in Des Moines, a person close to the group says, and plans to do more.

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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.


Romney web video links Perry immigration policy to Democrats, Mexico

By Lynda Waddington | 09.30.11 | 8:00 am

The latest web video offering from the 2012 campaign of Mitt Romney seeks not only to link Texas’ in-state tuition program for immigrations to Democrats, but to show that it was touted by Mexican officials.


Immigration protests trail Perry campaign

By Patrick Michels | 09.29.11 | 4:40 pm

An in-state tuition law that sailed through the Texas Legislature and across the governor’s desk 10 years ago continues to haunt Rick Perry’s presidential campaign in strange new ways. Most recently, a hardline anti-illegal immigration group protested outside a Perry fundraiser, and new complaints about social media censorship from Perry supporters.

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A birther and a semi-naked chickenman: Meet Bachmann’s Iowa endorsements

By Andy Birkey | 09.27.11 | 12:30 pm

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s legislative endorsements in Iowa are quite the mixed bag.

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Tancredo slams ‘arrogant, open border, pro-amnesty’ Perry

By John Tomasic | 09.27.11 | 11:17 am

Former GOP presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo worked to keep immigration a part of the national conversation in 2008, and the former Colorado congressman isn’t too keen on recent stances taken by Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the 2012 contest.

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