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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.

Grassley: Sotomayor testimony was ‘a lot of gobbledygook’

By Jason Hancock | 07.28.09 | 1:03 pm

His vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 1990 was a mistake, and voting for Sonia Sotomayor would be repeating that mistake, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told reporters Tuesday morning.

Calling Souter “the only [Justice] that I voted for who really turned out different than what I anticipated,” Grassley said Sotomayor appears to share the former justice’s judicial philosophy.

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor takes questions from Senators on the second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor takes questions from Senators on the second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

“He talked about the Supreme Court filling vacuums in the law if Congress hasn’t acted,” he said. “Well you know how our system works. The legislature makes laws, the Supreme Court interprets laws. Filling a vacuum because Congress hasn’t acted is legislating. I asked her about that, and I got a lot of gobbledygook along the same lines of what the Supreme Court is supposed to do or not do. And I see myself voting for another Souter if I vote for her.”

The Judicial Committee voted 13-6 to confirm Sotomayor on Tuesday, with Sen. Lindsey Graham the lone Republican joining all 12 Democrats on the panel. Grassley, who has served on the committee since 1981,  made his opposition to Sotomayor public Monday.

Sotomayor “changed her tune” during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee when discussing previous statements, Grassley said, engaging in “a confirmation conversion.”

Addressing the Judicial Committee Tuesday morning, Grassley once again layed out his reasoning for opposing Sotomayor’s appointment to the nation’s highest court.

“I’m not convinced that Judge Sotomayor will protect important Constitutional rights, nor am I convinced that she will refrain from creating new rights under the Constitution,” he said. “I’m not convinced that Judge Sotomayor understands the proper role of a judge in our system of checks and balances, and I’m not convinced that she will not allow her own personal beliefs and preferences to dictate the outcome of cases before her.”

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  • RegularJoe

    It's ok, Chuck…we understand it's getting harder to understand all the big words at your job. It's time for you to come back home and let someone else take up the load. Come home, Chuck.

  • onanov

    Like somehow Sotomayor was supposed to give the straight answers any nominee that has preceded her has given? If Chuck doesn't realize what a minefield a USC nominee hearing can be, no wonder he thought it was gobbledegook. Chuck Grassley is not just a conservative, he's often just not that smart.

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