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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.

King lone vote against recognizing role of slaves in Capitol construction

By Jason Hancock | 07.08.09 | 11:20 am

Iowa Rep. Steve King of Kiron was the only member of Congress on Tuesday to vote against a bill recognizing the use of African American slaves to construct the U.S. Capitol and ordering the placement of a marker paying tribute to their efforts.

From the Associated Press:

“This physical and permanent marker will pay tribute to the blood, sweat and tears of the African-American slaves who helped build this magnificent building and ensure that their story is told and never, never, ever forgotten,” said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. The vote was 399-1, with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, the lone dissenter. The Senate is considering a similar measure. …

… Historians have discovered that slaves worked 12-hour days, six days a week on the construction of the Capitol. The federal government rented the slaves from local slave owners at a rate of $5 per person per month. The slaves were not paid.

In addition to working on the building, slaves worked in quarries where they extracted the stone for the Capitol. Other slaves provided carpentry skills, still others for sawing stone and timber.

Slave women and children were used to mold clay in kilns.

Why King decided to stand in opposition to the bill is unknown, as he has released no public statement regarding the legislation and his spokesman, Matt Lahr, has not responded to a request for comment.

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Comments

  • kaywheeles

    What the Fox? What could he say? He is obviously embarrassed and was probably told by others that they would vote and they voted yes.

  • RegularJoe

    Ah, Stevie.Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll run for governor. It' would sure make for one hell of a circus, considering the crazies already planning a primary run.
    GOP, keep up the good work!

  • heyjude54

    How pathetic. Truthfully he is an embarrassment to Iowa and I am so very glad he doesn't represent my district. It makes me wonder about the voters in the Kiron area. The ONLY issue he's ever been right on is Illegal immigration and even that gives me pause to think I would agree with him on anything!

  • heyjude54

    How pathetic. Truthfully he is an embarrassment to Iowa and I am so very glad he doesn't represent my district. It makes me wonder about the voters in the Kiron area. The ONLY issue he's ever been right on is Illegal immigration and even that gives me pause to think I would agree with him on anything!

  • kaywheeles

    What the Fox? What could he say? He is obviously embarrassed and was probably told by others that they would vote and they voted yes.

  • RegularJoe

    Ah, Stevie.Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll run for governor. It' would sure make for one hell of a circus, considering the crazies already planning a primary run.
    GOP, keep up the good work!

  • heyjude54

    How pathetic. Truthfully he is an embarrassment to Iowa and I am so very glad he doesn't represent my district. It makes me wonder about the voters in the Kiron area. The ONLY issue he's ever been right on is Illegal immigration and even that gives me pause to think I would agree with him on anything!

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