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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.

Labor begins public push for prevailing wage

By Jason Hancock | 02.16.09 | 11:23 am

With state lawmakers preparing to begin debate of on one of the labor movement’s biggest issues, a group called Protect Our Local Wages is airing television ads in markets around the state hoping to sway public opinion on the controversial prevailing wage measure.

The ads make the case that changing the state’s labor law would help local businesses compete with outside firms when they are contending for public projects.

Iowa’s labor unions have pushed lawmakers to pass prevailing wage legislation for several years. It would require contractors to pay the same hourly wages and benefits on public projects as they would pay on private sector projects. The per-hour wage rate would be based on what is normally paid in the area by contractors for similar projects, to be adjusted on a yearly basis by the Iowa Department of Workforce Development.

Opponents, which include groups like the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Chamber Alliance, say the proposal would increase taxpayer costs by as much as 20 percent. Supporters, like the Iowa Federation of Labor, United Steel Workers of America and International Union of Operating Engineers, say the change would simply put state law in line with federal law.

The Iowa House will hold a public hearing tonight at 7:30 to discuss the proposal, which is currently in a subcommittee of the House Labor Committee. It is expected to be debated in the full House later this week.

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