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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.

Conservatives doubt path to health reform repeal

By David Weigel | 03.23.10 | 5:00 am

The moment that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill, 10 Republican state attorneys general were ready for it. Early Monday morning, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced plans to sue on the grounds that the federal government was abusing its “power to regulate interstate commerce” by passing a personal mandate for health care. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum agreed, calling the mandate an attempt “to fine or tax someone just for living.”

    Protesters gathered last week outside the Des Moines office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell trying unsuccessfully to convince the Democrat to vote against health care reform legislation (photo by Dave Davidson, www.TEApublican.com).

Protesters gathered last week outside the Des Moines office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell trying unsuccessfully to convince the Democrat to vote against health care reform legislation (photo by Dave Davidson, www.TEApublican.com).

In Iowa, two of the three Republicans vying for the right to take on Democratic incumbent Gov. Chet Culver — Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts — promised that if elected challenging health care reform using the 10th Amendment would be a focus for their administration. Former Gov. Terry Branstad, the third candidate and the odds-on favorite to win the nomination, released a statement which didn’t go nearly as far as his rivals but still called potential legal challenges to provisions in the health care bill “both timely and appropriate.

On the surface, conservative opposition to health care reform had dusted itself off and charged right back into the fight.

But beneath the headlines, press releases, petitions and donation drives that followed the historic vote, lawyers and legislators are less confident that health care reform can be repealed — much less that it can be repealed quickly. In Idaho and Tennessee, two states where state opt-outs of the federal mandate have passed (in Idaho, the legislation has even been signed by the governor), the people who will decide whether to challenge the bill are treading more carefully than the rhetoric suggests.

“Everybody needs to take a deep breath,” said Bob Cooper, a spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “This bill is a few thousand pages long. We need some time to review it. We need time to see whether or not it impinges on rights, how so, and whether we can bring a case that has merit. There are serious sanctions for attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits.”

Mae Beavers, a Republican state senator in Tennessee, was also cautious about how to proceed with a health care challenge. Her Tennessee Health Freedom Act sailed through the upper house, becoming a model for pre-emptive opt-out bills in other states. And while she expects a companion bill to move through the lower house, the possibility of an immediate challenge to the reform bill seemed remote.

“Our legislation says that whenever the national health care would start, our citizens will have a choice,” said Beavers. “I assume it would take a while to put together.”

The problem with a challenge, say conservatives, is that the mandate for health care — an idea with origins on the right that has become anathema ever since its implementation in Massachusetts — will not take effect until 2014. Whether attorneys general can successfully challenge the mandate until then is unclear. Thomas Woods, a conservative scholar who is putting the finishing touches on a book about nullification, suggested that challenges to the mandate will be fruitless, working their way through a legal system that has no great record of repealing major legislation.

“If states file legal challenges, who do they file them with?,” Woods asked. “The federal courts. I wouldn’t even go to the legal level. From my point of view nullification is a way to announce to the government that your state is ready to engage in civil disobedience. It boils down to this: We are confident that obeying the will of the people means not enforcing this mandate. So what are you going to do now?”

Nullification, however, is itself unconstitutional, according to U.S. Supreme Court historian and University of Texas law professor Lucas Powe.

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution declares federal law the supreme law of the land, Powe told the Texas Tribune, and nullification is typically advocated by only two groups of people: “Nutcases, which is much more typical, and people who are losing at the federal level and resent the fact that they are losing,” Powe said, adding, “If you believe in nullification, you don’t believe in the constitution.”

Michael Boldin, the president of the Tenth Amendment Center — founded in 2009 to organize for such fights on behalf of state sovereignty — said in an interview that legal challenges of any kind were the “first step” to opposing health care reform. But he envisioned the resistance to the mandate taking a more low-key form: Simple, persistent disobedience.

“If I were to reduce this whole thing down to one word,” Boldin said, “I’d say: Marijuana. Look at medical marijuana in California. California passed a medical marijuana law and the federal government said it couldn’t do so, under the supremacy clause. But people continued to disobey laws and it cost more money to enforce them then to ignore them.”

As difficult as a repeal of health care reform would be, as realistic as the disobedience plan may sound to some, neither approach to the issue satisfies the high-level legal groups, pundits and politicians who have campaigned against reform. Prior to the health care vote, on the Friday episode of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck showed Sarah Palin a map of states with opt-out bills in the works — many of them dominated by Democrats, where the legislation has no chance of success.

“These are all the states that are saying, ‘No health care for us. Get your health care bill away from us,’” Beck said. “What do you think of this solution as a former governor?”

“Let’s be thankful for… those governors who want to lead their citizens to have their voice heard with this ObamaCare scheme coming down the pike,” said Palin. “That’s abhorrent. It’s unacceptable. And legal tools must be used.

Beck and Palin were only slightly ahead of the curve — the final 72 hours of the debate saw surge in the number of Republican politicians promising constituents that health care reform could be stopped at the courts.At Saturday’s “Code Red” rally in front of the Capitol, Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., a candidate for governor of Tennessee, promised activists he’d meet federal regulators “at the state line” if elected. On Sunday, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., a candidate for governor of Michigan, raised the possibility of blocking reform “at the ballot box” or “in the courts.” On Monday, Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio endorsed Attorney General McCollum’s potential lawsuit — on a mid-afternoon Fox News appearance, former Florida  Republica Gov. Jeb Bush praised Rubio and chided his rival, Florida’s current Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, for not backing the suit.

Conservative legal groups have taken much the same tack. Last week, the Landmark Legal Foundation — nominally run by conservative author and radio host Mark Levin — prepared a draft legal brief challenging any health care bill that the House “deemed passed” without a vote. Because the House held a full vote on the bill, the foundation scrapped that brief and, according to vice president Eric Christiansen, moved on to assisting attorneys general with whatever they decided to do.

Comments

  • JDCampbell

    Government cannot mandate citizens to purchase any product or service in order to live in this country.

    • Cawren

      You mean like car insurance?

      Anyone can walk right into an emergency room without any money and demand service, treatment. They can after that walk out without payment. I pay you pay.
      The more people that lose their jobs get laid off will seek this 'Free' Health Care.
      What is the soloution?
      Anybody?
      The insurance companies are running the health show. With a family, you can't live without it.

      The rates get Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher and Higher

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Henry-Massingale/100000330543336 Henry Massingale

    3/23/2010 : In order for you to understand, I like President Obama , and I will jump into any blog that speaks bad of him in a moral issue,” This will not be tolerated by me.” I even helped get him into office, But FASC Concepts is to reach out to President Obama and have him stand with the people and to be as one with us again. To remove this force pay and merge the views of 250 million people within this Bill to law. To build the most powerful Health Care Health Reform Stimulus Package ever thought of by me. But I have protested this Bill because of its lacks of moral value, against the People. Is There A Constitutional Infringement of a Moral Value for Health Care vs. The People
    Part 1: 3/22/2010: { recapped for short input}
    I had to wait for this Bill to be passed in order to show the Republican Party, GOP and FRC Action that it is the voice of the people that guides the destiny of this Country. I guess you could say I needed them to get out of the way so that the last Comic Standing will be FASC Concepts and we do not need the peoples money to assist the needs of the Peoples Rights.
    As predicted , the first stages of the Health Care Bill was passed. Why, you ask ? It is because people wish to be seen for their in put of a view and not unite. What is lost is respect with in a concept of { Freedom Of Choice } to be a part of this system or not, with in this Health Care Force Pay Matrix.
    What is offered by FASC Concepts is the Freedom Of Choice to President Obama, because we feel it is unconstitutional to force pay into the failures of Health Care Insurance Companies and then Tax that money. Even the insurance compainies plan to file suit. As you can see our elected officials are paying little attention to the public. As I reach out to my computer and I knock , knock, knock on the screen, and I say is there any body out there?
    Health Care within a moral value, is to , {GIVE LIFE TO HOPE WHERE THERE IS NONE}
    You will not find any lies posted at our site, that is not clarified…..
    You can find the details on p23. At the link site for http://www.thebluepill.mysite.com on page 100 at the main site.
    FASC Concepts in and for Pay it Forward covers the web, join us in a trickle effect on p23 the blue pill link, ? It will take 60 seconds of your time….
    on google , yahoo, and aol http://www.fascmovement.mysite.com
    Join us in the
    “International Boycott Of The Arabic Drug Empire” When I wrote my first “International Boycott Of The Arabic Drug Empire” I just wanted to see the trickle effect it would have, with out stepping into a forth dimension and having my in site lost…..
    The Arabic Drug Empire is the only one in the world that seeks to kill every last man woman and child in the world in order for their chosen few can repopulate the world….
    Some say that a Boycott is a waist of time, but it would depend on what is said…
    Henry Massingale
    FASC Concepts in and for Pay It Forward
    http://www.fascmovement.mysite.com on google look for page 1 american dream

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Henry-Massingale/100000330543336 Henry Massingale

    3/23/2010 : In order for you to understand, I like President Obama , and I will jump into any blog that speaks bad of him in a moral issue,” This will not be tolerated by me.” I even helped get him into office, But FASC Concepts is to reach out to President Obama and have him stand with the people and to be as one with us again. To remove this force pay and merge the views of 250 million people within this Bill to law. To build the most powerful Health Care Health Reform Stimulus Package ever thought of by me. But I have protested this Bill because of its lacks of moral value, against the People. Is There A Constitutional Infringement of a Moral Value for Health Care vs. The People
    Part 1: 3/22/2010: { recapped for short input}
    I had to wait for this Bill to be passed in order to show the Republican Party, GOP and FRC Action that it is the voice of the people that guides the destiny of this Country. I guess you could say I needed them to get out of the way so that the last Comic Standing will be FASC Concepts and we do not need the peoples money to assist the needs of the Peoples Rights.
    As predicted , the first stages of the Health Care Bill was passed. Why, you ask ? It is because people wish to be seen for their in put of a view and not unite. What is lost is respect with in a concept of { Freedom Of Choice } to be a part of this system or not, with in this Health Care Force Pay Matrix.
    What is offered by FASC Concepts is the Freedom Of Choice to President Obama, because we feel it is unconstitutional to force pay into the failures of Health Care Insurance Companies and then Tax that money. Even the insurance compainies plan to file suit. As you can see our elected officials are paying little attention to the public. As I reach out to my computer and I knock , knock, knock on the screen, and I say is there any body out there?
    Health Care within a moral value, is to , {GIVE LIFE TO HOPE WHERE THERE IS NONE}
    You will not find any lies posted at our site, that is not clarified…..
    You can find the details on p23. At the link site for http://www.thebluepill.mysite.com on page 100 at the main site.
    FASC Concepts in and for Pay it Forward covers the web, join us in a trickle effect on p23 the blue pill link, ? It will take 60 seconds of your time….
    on google , yahoo, and aol http://www.fascmovement.mysite.com
    Join us in the
    “International Boycott Of The Arabic Drug Empire” When I wrote my first “International Boycott Of The Arabic Drug Empire” I just wanted to see the trickle effect it would have, with out stepping into a forth dimension and having my in site lost…..
    The Arabic Drug Empire is the only one in the world that seeks to kill every last man woman and child in the world in order for their chosen few can repopulate the world….
    Some say that a Boycott is a waist of time, but it would depend on what is said…
    Henry Massingale
    FASC Concepts in and for Pay It Forward
    http://www.fascmovement.mysite.com on google look for page 1 american dream

  • enoughalready53

    To fight you enemy, you must know your enemy.

    Liberal, Progressives, and NeoLiberals inhabit our White House, our Senator, and our House of Representatives. Their philosophy and agenda can be researched and studied at firedoglake.com and dailykos.com. The “diaries” and the comments made by their members reveal what has really happened in the White House, what Obama and the politicians know, what they keep from Americans, and how they plot to lie and to subvert the truth. We cannot afford to remain in darkness any longer. Become informed and spread the truth!

  • enoughalready53

    What is disgusting is that the plan that was rammed through is such a bad plan. It doesn't have much coverage for anyone anytime soon. It doesn't cover children with pre-existing conditions until 2014 – at the insurance companies' discretion for pricing on the premium. Obama lied about that today. We are being conditioned to hear his lies over and over again…so we are learning to suspend our belief…it's mind control…mindspeak.

    Read the following blogs to learn about our enemies: Obama, liberals, Socialists, Progressives, neoLiberals, NeoProgressives. Their agenda is to control the American people – rather to have those who work and are productive – to pay for those who do not work – and this group will soon include illegal aliens that Obama will give citizenship to – and they will smother our system…taking our housing (Section 8), food stamps, free tuition, and Medical – at a cost of 35 Billion per YEAR. FIGHT THIS LEGISLATION.

    Here are the blogs: dailykos.com; firedoglake.com;
    check out who pays your senators/representatives “campaign funds”: opensecrets.org

  • komboa

    Sate Sovereignity/10th Amendment is equal to the old States rights , which was clearly a white supremacist movement. Behind this current campaign is fear and loathing of the election of a Black president, and attempts by white supremacist groups and politicians to obtain power using political demagogugery. The historical verdict was levided against these movements in the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement (and resultant legislation) of the 1950's and 60's. Yet these political and social forces persist, becauses of the depth of racism and right-wing political demagoguery making a comeback in this period. They spit on Black politicians, throw bricks throught the windows of others, and engage in other acts of violencce and intimidation. Of course, this does not mean that they will win, any more than it meant they won in 1865 or 1956. This is a political contest of wills, and may yet result in yet another civil war.

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