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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.

Criminal charges filed in film credit scandal

By Jason Hancock | 02.09.10 | 8:15 am

The Iowa attorney general’s office has filed criminal charges against the former head of the Iowa Film Office alleging non-felonious misconduct in office. Two filmmakers involved with a 2008 movie that received state tax credits are also facing charges of felony theft.

Allegations of misconduct surrounding the state’s film tax credit emerged last September. The allegations, which involve misuse of the credits and lack of oversight by the state, led to resignations from the top two officials at the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the firing of Tom Wheeler, who was running the tax credit program almost single-handedly. Gov. Chet Culver also suspended the tax credits while an investigation was conducted.

Wheeler is now facing serious misdemeanor allegations that could mean up to one year in jail. He’s accused of failing to verify eligibility of applicants for tax credits. His attorney released a statement Monday calling the decision by the attorney general to file criminal charges “disappointing.”

“The state has decided to pursue a novel theory of criminal liability and it is our position that their decision is a mistake that is not supported by the facts or the law,” attorney Gordan Fischer said. “However, because they have chosen this path, Tom’s focus must now necessarily shift from trying to help the state develop a functional, and economically beneficial, tax incentive program to defending against the criminal charges.”

Also charged is Wendy Weiner Runge, who was executive producer of a 2008 film, “The Scientist,” and Matthias Alexander Saunders, a photography director involved with “The Scientist.”

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  • MrNamuro

    It seems that the tax is not something that you want to play with, not even if you are film maker. I don't know if all this issues was something done on purpose or just a bureaucratic mistake. Anyways, something wrong happened and that needs to be fixed.
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