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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.



Perry, pro-Perry super PAC leading network TV ad buys in Des Moines

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.16.11 | 9:15 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his Super PAC are continuing a media blitz at Des Moines’ top network TV stations, while other candidates and issue groups have gone off the airwaves.


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.


Cain preparing to run network TV ads in Iowa

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11 | 3:10 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign appears to be readying to run ads at Iowa’s leading network TV station, according to filings at KCCI-TV in Des Moines.


Ron Paul continues TV domination in Iowa

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.03.11 | 7:30 am

Ron Paul continues to dominate network TV in Iowa, as Rick Perry delves into the ad war and Michele Bachmann falls behind.

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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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Santorum criticizes media, says he’ll win Iowa Caucuses

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.31.11 | 7:15 am

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum questioned the media’s coverage of him during a stop in Des Moines on Saturday, and insisted he’s going to win the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucuses by engaging people on a grassroots level.


Report: Wells Fargo political spending more transparent than most

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.28.11 | 3:17 pm

Wells Fargo & Co. is one of the top 10 transparent and accountable companies in the S&P 100 when it comes to political spending, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania.

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

NBC: Bachmann focused on Iowa, not NH

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.25.11 | 11:22 am

Michele Bachmann is focused on Iowa in her campaign for the GOP nomination, her campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday, a strategy that may have led to the mass exodus by her New Hampshire staffers.

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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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GOP ad buys moving slowly in Iowa

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.25.11 | 7:30 am

Ten weeks ahead of the Jan. 3, 2012 Iowa caucuses, ad sales at the state’s largest network TV station remain slow, with just three GOP presidential candidates buying airtime thus far.

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