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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.

Harkin: Public option can pass Senate by ‘comfortable’ margin

By Lynda Waddington | 09.29.09 | 1:58 pm

Not only is U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin claiming that he has the votes necessary to pass a health care reform bill with a public option in the U.S. Senate, but that he has a ‘comfortable’ majority to do so.

Harkin, who recently took over as the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, asked The Bill Press Radio Show, “Why shouldn’t we have a public option?”

“We have the votes,” Harkin said.

Because four of the five health care reform bills proposed in both the U.S. House and Senate contain a public option, Harkin said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) should include the public plan when the chamber begins to merge the proposals offered by the HELP and Senate Finance Committee bills.

“Those in the minority can offer amendments to take it out, and then we’ll see where the votes are,” Harkin said.

In short, Harkin believes that the full Senate should have an opportunity to vote on the public option — something he believes will ultimately be included in reform because Democrats will be able to produce 60 votes to break any filibuster attempts.

Once the U.S. Senate merges the reform bills from its two committees, and the U.S. House merges a final bill from its three committees, the final versions from both chambers will head into a conference committee where a final Congressional bill will be established. Once that process is complete — something Harkin believes will be complete before Christmas — the bill will be sent to Pres. Barack Obama for his signature.

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  • http://twitter.com/damla_abaan damla_abaan

    Health and Education of a Nation should be offered to all in equal terms. A community ows its members that. There should be Healthcare tax that must be propotional to each member's income but at the end every one regardless of their circumstance must get the same treatment for their health. Being rich should not mean only those who are privilaged get the best health care or that it is their privilage to get it. This has nothing to do with ideology or politics. We don't need more people in the world but we need each and everyone of us free of mental or physical pain and That must be what each of you owe to your nation.

  • http://twitter.com/damla_abaan damla_abaan

    Health and Education of a Nation should be offered to all in equal terms. A community ows its members that. There should be Healthcare tax that must be propotional to each member's income but at the end every one regardless of their circumstance must get the same treatment for their health. Being rich should not mean only those who are privilaged get the best health care or that it is their privilage to get it. This has nothing to do with ideology or politics. We don't need more people in the world but we need each and everyone of us free of mental or physical pain and That must be what each of you owe to your nation.

  • http://twitter.com/damla_abaan damla_abaan

    Health and Education of a Nation should be offered to all in equal terms. A community ows its members that. There should be Healthcare tax that must be propotional to each member's income but at the end every one regardless of their circumstance must get the same treatment for their health. Being rich should not mean only those who are privilaged get the best health care or that it is their privilage to get it. This has nothing to do with ideology or politics. We don't need more people in the world but we need each and everyone of us free of mental or physical pain and That must be what each of you owe to your nation.

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