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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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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.

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Cain: Ohio GOP ‘may have tried to get too much’

By David S. Lewis | 11.15.11 | 9:15 am

Herman Cain told Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel that Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, a wide-ranging anti-collective-bargaining bill that suffered defeat by voters, may have been an overreach.

Marchers in Madison in February 2011. (Photo: Rob Chandanais, Flickr)

Recall effort begins for Wisconsin’s Walker

By Jon Collins | 11.14.11 | 5:00 pm

This Tuesday Wisconsin Democrats and labor groups will begin an effort to gather more than 550,000 signatures by mid-January on a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

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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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Crossroads now attacking Boswell, Obama with mailers

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.11.11 | 11:41 am

Crossroads GPS, a conservative policy and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., is building on its TV ads against U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell by issuing direct mailers in his district.

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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.

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.

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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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