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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.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

‘Gun Owners for Ron Paul’ rolled out

By Lynda Waddington | 08.09.11 | 8:42 am

The presidential campaign for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul continues to roll out constituency support groups, their latest being an organized effort to pull Second Amendment advocates toward the candidate.

“Rep. Ron Paul has justly been dubbed a champion of our Constitution. He works tirelessly to stop — and reverse — federal encroachment on the Second Amendment. While other members of Congress traded their integrity to get votes for pet projects, Ron Paul earned the nickname ‘Dr. No’ for his unwillingness to abrogate the Constitution,” Ed Dolan of Central City said in a prepared release.

Dolan is a Gun Owners of America life member, a patron member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

Paul earned a 100 percent score on the National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey after being the first respondent. He maintains an “A+” rating from the uncompromising Gun Owners of America and an “A” rating from the NRA. He earned such ratings by introducing and supporting legislation friendly to gun owners. For instance, the Texas Congressman re-introduced legislation that aims to repeal the federal Gun Free School Zone Act, which he deems is misguided legislation that has the unintended consequence of leaving school children and adults vulnerable in or around schools. He also pushed the Citizens Protection Act of 2011, and has advocated for responsible gun owners to freely exercise their right to defend others against criminals that do not observe firearms prohibitions.

“Ron Paul has been a staunch defender of the Constitution for his entire career,” noted Tim Pugh of Cedar Rapids, who helped form and lead the local tea party movement and is an avid sportsman. “Along with that defense is his unwavering support for the Second Amendment.”

Although a state-based group, Iowa Gun Owners, praised a decision to link a Carroll Library bond vote to Second Amendment rights in an unidentified automated phone call to local residents, and numbers used to make such calls were linked back to Ron Paul’s Iowa operation, it is is important to note that Iowa Gun Owners and Gun Owners of America appear to be two unaffiliated groups.

Drew Ivers, Iowa spokesman for Paul, said that there was a time when when the campaign was associated with Iowa Gun Owners, but the campaign ultimately found the organization’s style to be “too abrasive.” Other Iowa Second Amendment organizations have also sought to distance themselves from IGO tactics.

The automated call noted that the Carroll City Council had voted to ban firearms on public property, and labeled the proposed new library as a “victim zone.” The Carroll bond issue was defeated, and no organization has claimed responsibility for the automated calls.

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  • George Washington

    Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally,
    Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.

    Mr. Paul has not survived in politics for 22
    years and maintain the ethics and morality he has by being anything other than

    If You refute the above comment, then I please
    invite You to listen to him speak about key issues. It is amazing how well he comes across
    because he doesn’t have to remember lies like other politicians.  He understands what is happening in the world
    and knows how to apply the basic principles of liberty to achieve the real
    change that America so desperately deserves.

    American to American we are all on the same
    team. So I present Mr. Ron Paul as my Candidate for 2011 and invite anybody to
    meaningfully and respectfully debate why he is not the best for American and
    its people in 2012.

    Ron Paul = A real change, not for special
    interest, but for America’s Interests!

    Thank You for Your time

    Ron Paul 2012

  • Priscilla Sieckman

    Ron Paul is the only hope for our country. There are no other
    candidates to vote for! the choice is clear vote for liberty or vote
    for tyranny. Ron Paul 2012..

  • Priscilla Sieckman

    Ron Paul is America’s leading voice for limited, constitutional
    government, low taxes, free markets, a return to sound monetary
    policies, and a sensible foreign policy that puts America first.

  • Heather Kindrick

    Ron Paul has woken us all up! Dems and Reps both are hearing is message loud and clear…Ron Paul 2012

  • Halla Eks

    Ron Paul scores 100%, A+ and A on second amendment rights… and you should see his economics!

  • David A

    God bless Dr. Ron Paul – he’s the one man who has been lifting a high standard for 30 + years now, and his character is unsullied, his record is unmatched.

    He’s a more genuine Christian statesman than any Bachman or Perry can claim -  as he actually follows the rule of Law, and demands that government be held to the contract it has for two purposes:

    1 – To limit the extent of it’s powers to strictly enumerated powers, to make local or state government supreme over the Federal

    2 – To ‘secure the rights & liberties of the governed’ – the only true purpose of civil gov’t – not to grant favors, goodies or be anyone’s nursemaid or provider
    (things they should look to God & their families & neighbors
    for, NOT civil gov’t)

    Friends, this is our true American Heritage and Ron Paul understands this, take the time to read his book, “Liberty Defined”

    In Britain, they held “Rex Lex” – the King is Law.  The Colonial (Christian) Patriots said, au contraire, “Lex Rex” – the Law is King. Ergo, all men are equal before the Law – government is merely the referee, not a player.

    We need to ‘re-learn’ these Truths – from the ground up.  150 years of state sponsored schooling conditioning us to be good little slaves of an all-powerful central government won’t die easily – but must be refuted & discarded.

    We need a Reformation of our First Principles, to re-cast America’s purpose: that individuals & families who are ‘self-governing’ cast off Tyranny, by accepting their mandate to be character filled & responsible citizens.

    To that end, Dr. Paul is a sort of modern re-Founding Father, and he’s leading ‘we the people’ on a 2nd American Revolution (peacefully, using the Truth to dispel the darkness).

    You can google ‘Ron Paul Statment of Faith Covenant News’ and you’ll see a concise but complete statement on Dr Paul’s confession of faith & the purpose of government !

    Go Ron Paul 2012  !!

  • julien alien

    Ron voted against Dominoes Pizza getting a Federal bailout.Support your local restaurants(even if they suck).Would you like to go to your local grocery store and buy seafood caught by Americans?Ron Paul.Read the labels and if it doesn’t say,don’t buy it.

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