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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.

Polls and Data


Poll: GOP caucusgoers split support four ways

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11 | 12:38 pm

A new poll from Bloomberg News show likely Iowa GOP caucusgoers split four ways between Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, but 60 percent of respondents also say they “could be persuaded” to another candidate.


GOP caucusgoers: Cut military before Social Security, Medicare

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.10.11 | 1:55 pm

Likely Republican caucusgoers sent a strong message to GOP presidential candidates in an Iowa AARP survey released Thursday, showing they’re strongly opposed to cuts to Social Security and Medicare and would much rather reduce military spending to address the federal deficit.

From left, Cindy Golding, Jon Tack and Liz Mathis (Photo: William Dahlsten/Linn County GOP)

Poll: Mathis has slight lead in SD 18

By Lynda Waddington | 11.07.11 | 10:06 am

Poll results released late Sunday evening show Democrat Liz Mathis holding a six-point lead over Republican Cindy Golding in Tuesday’s special election for Iowa Senate District 18.

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Quinnipiac poll: Obama, Democrats gaining ground

By Lynda Waddington | 11.02.11 | 8:41 am

A poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows President Obama and House Democrats making gains among the American electorate.


Politics profs: Romney’s faith could play important role in GOP nomination

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.25.11 | 8:15 am

Perceived national frontrunner Mitt Romney’s religion could yet play an important role in whether he wins the GOP presidential nomination and defeats President Obama, political observers say.

(File Photo: Lynda Waddington/The Iowa Independent)

Poll: 2012ers not well known by Latinos

By Marcos Restrepo | 10.19.11 | 12:58 pm

A poll released by Latino Decisions — an organization that focuses on “states in which the Latino vote will play an important role in the 2012 elections” — shows that GOP presidential candidates have low recognition among Latino voters.

(Photo: Richard Settle, Flickr)

Poll: Half of Iowans want to limit marriage

By Andy Birkey | 10.17.11 | 2:17 pm

Roughly half of Iowans want to place a constitutional amendment that would prohibit gays and lesbians from entering into civil marriage on the 2012 ballot, a pollster reported late last week.


New poll shows Cain gaining ground in Iowa

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.11.11 | 11:32 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would fare better against President Obama in Iowa than Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a new poll indicates, and Iowans are warming to presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

(Photo: Richard Settle/flickr)

Poll: NC residents don’t like either extreme of marriage debate

By Andy Birkey | 09.07.11 | 1:37 pm

Residents of North Carolina, according to a new survey, oppose making marriage for gays and lesbians legal in their state, but also oppose a constitutional amendment that would ban it.

(Photo: Patrick Michels/The Texas Independent)

Rasmussen: In Iowa, Perry holds double-digit lead

By Lynda Waddington | 09.06.11 | 9:05 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not only surging across the nation, but is leading the first-in-the-nation caucus state. A new poll by Rasmussen Reports indicates that Perry is now closing in on 30 percent support, with his nearest opponent more than 10 points behind.

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