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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.

Rants tacks same-sex marriage ban onto tax bill

By Jason Hancock | 04.13.09 | 3:51 pm

Republican state Rep. Christopher Rants will once again attempt to force a vote on a same-sex marriage ban Tuesday, this time by attaching it to a Democratic tax bill.

Last week Rants tried to attach a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to the state’s Health and Human Services budget, but the move was ruled out of order.

This time, Rants is trying to insert language defining a married couple as “a man and a woman” for the purposes of the state’s tax code into House File 807, a tax reform bill that ends Iowans ability to deduct their federal taxes on state returns and uses those funds to lower the overall tax rate.

“I’m not a big fan of HF 807, and I’m not a fan of the [Supreme] Court’s decision – so I’ve tried to marry the two issues together in hopes of either stopping the former, or getting around the latter,” Rants wrote on his blog Monday, later adding: “For the last several weeks, I’ve been dreading the day Speaker [Pat] Murphy brings HF 807 to the floor. Now I actually hope that they do. I look forward to the debate.”

The change to Iowa’s tax code would almost certainly be deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, since it flies in the face of the court’s April 3 ruling in Varnum v. Brien, which said the state’s laws cannot treat same-sex couples different from opposite-sex couples for the purposes of marriage.

But, while it may not change the ruling, if Democratic leadership is not able to rule the move out of order, it could either force a straight up or down vote on the language of the amendment — effectively forcing a direct vote on whether marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman — or kill the tax bill.

Debate on the tax bill is expected Tuesday or Wednesday.

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