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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.

Fellow Dem says Harkin supports health care reconciliation

By Jason Hancock | 02.17.10 | 12:00 pm

Nine Democratic U.S. Senators have signed on to a letter urging their party’s leaders to use a procedural tool known as reconciliation to pass health-reform legislation that includes a public-insurance option, an idea that appears to also be on the radar of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM)

Several sources, including a a former state lawmaker running against Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, say Harkin was adamant in his support of using reconciliation to pass health care reform when he addressed a recent closed-door gathering of state Democratic leaders.

“Tom Harkin informed the Iowa Democratic State Central Committee in Des Moines this morning that, after consultation with President Obama, he will break the health care reform bill into budget and non-budget components,” Democratic candidate for Senate Bob Krause said last month in a statement. “The budget component will move through the Senate under the reconciliation process and the non-budget items will move as a new and separate bill.”

Reconciliation would allow a bill to pass with a simple majority vote, a move that would circumvent Republican promises to filibuster the legislation. The idea of using reconciliation has gained steam in the aftermath of Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate race last month which robbed Democrats of their filibuster-proof majority.

A spokeswoman for Harkin would not comment on the idea of using reconciliation, saying only that the senator “has always strongly supported the public option and will continue to fight for comprehensive health care reform.”

The letter, written by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, says a strong public option is the best way to reduce costs and to give consumers more choices, “and we urge its consideration under reconciliation rules.”

Support from Harkin, who chairs the powerful Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP), would be a huge boost to the push for reconciliation, advocates say, and they are pressing for him to sign on. Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Democracy for America, and Credo Action plan to put in thousands of calls from Iowa into Harkin’s office on this issue, according to Adam Green, PCCC’s co-founder.

“When Sen. Joe Lieberman blocked Majority Leader Harry Reid’s public-option bill from getting 60 votes, Harkin went on national TV and said ‘nobody fought harder than me for the public option,’” Green said. “We love Harkin, but now it’s time for him to match words with actions. If he is not willing to sign the Bennet letter, he is not fighting for the public option when his voice is needed most.”

So far, Democratic Sens. Bennet, Roland Burris of Illinois, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Al Franken of Minnesota, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island have signed on to the call for reconciliation.

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Comments

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    Well, there a ideal in your article that I agree: “A spokeswoman for Harkin would not comment on the idea of using reconciliation, saying only that the senator “has always strongly supported the public option and will continue to fight for comprehensive health care reform” “.
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  • mrsmariakelly

    Well, there a ideal in your article that I agree: “A spokeswoman for Harkin would not comment on the idea of using reconciliation, saying only that the senator “has always strongly supported the public option and will continue to fight for comprehensive health care reform” “.
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    I watched Harkin on TV when he said ‘nobody fought harder than me for the public option,’” but i agree with Green, it is time for him to put words with actions. If he is not willing to sign the Bennet letter, he is not fighting for the public option when his voice is needed most.

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