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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.

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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.

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Romney’s Florida team includes many anti-gay activists

By Ashley Lopez | 11.14.11 | 4:00 pm

Members of Mitt Romney’s social conservative steering committee in Florida were announced Monday, and the list includes prominent anti-gay rights and anti-abortion activists.

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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.


Senate GOP has new leader, but not all are pleased

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.10.11 | 5:26 pm

State Sen. Jerry Behn will serve as the Senate Republican leader, the caucus decided after a closed-door meeting Thursday. But it appears some rifts in the minority party may remain, despite Republicans insisting they’ll be united.

(File Photo: Tyler Kingkade/The Iowa Independent)

Politics profs: Mathis’s victory shows importance of name, money, ground game

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.10.11 | 7:30 am

The victory of Democrat Liz Mathis in an Iowa Senate District 18 special election revealed a number of things in advance of the 2012 general election, political experts say: Democrats can win tight elections, political organizations are willing to spend heavily on legislative seats and name recognition is crucial in short races.


Huntsman: Personhood Mississippi amendment ‘goes too far’

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.08.11 | 10:48 am

Jon Huntsman became the first 2012 GOP presidential hopeful to publicly express concern with a “fetal personhood” amendment on the Mississippi’s ballot.

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Video: Golding, Values Bus riders talk marriage in Marion

By Lynda Waddington | 11.07.11 | 3:30 pm

MARION — A handful of voters in Iowa Senate District 18 gathered in the Walmart parking lot Monday morning to hear from Republican candidate Cindy Golding and several social conservative groups that have supported her bid.

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Citizens United, NOM make last-minute expenditures in SD 18

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.07.11 | 2:00 pm

Citizens United, a conservative political group based in Washington, D.C., is making independent expenditures in Senate District 18 just days before a Nov. 8 special election to decide the balance of power in the Iowa Senate.

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Santorum goes after courts in policy speech

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.04.11 | 3:52 pm

Rick Santorum took a special exception to the judicial branch during a policy speech Friday in Urbandale, and advocated for the elimination of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Roe and ban gay marriage.


Santorum outlines social policies in Iowa

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.04.11 | 1:13 pm

URBANDALE — If elected as president, Rick Santorum pledged Friday to implement many social conservative policies and roll-back changes that such Americans find objectionable.

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