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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.

AARP praises legislature for health care advances

By Jason Hancock | 03.31.10 | 8:45 am

The 2010 General Assembly made “great steps” to improve health care in Iowa, specifically by passing three bills to improve different components of the system, AARP Iowa said Tuesday.

The organization was also pleased that Iowa’s Health and Human Services budget protected funding for identified unmet home and community needs of older Iowans by not making cuts to Iowa’s Senior Living Program.

“In this tough economic climate, AARP applauds this General Assembly for not putting tough budget decisions on the backs of funding for vulnerable older Iowans,” said Bruce Koeppl, AARP Iowa state director.

The three bills the group pointed to as “great steps” were:

  • SF 2201 -With Democratic state Rep. Janet Peterson’s amendment H 8578 added to this bill, Iowans can expect more sunshine into the process by which health insurance companies raise premiums for individuals and small groups in Iowa.
  • SF 2356 – Regionalizes IowaCare – Iowa’s system for providing care for low income and under-insured Iowans, so that for the first time, IowaCare patients won’t have to travel hundreds of miles to Iowa City to receive care.  The bill also creates an Iowa Insurance Information Exchange to help Iowans make informed choices regarding health coverage.  The bill also emphasizes improving coordination in caring for diabetics in Iowa.
  • SF 2526 -Begins to address Iowa’s impending nurse shortage by centralizing nurse workforce data and creating scholarship programs and other incentives for nurses to become nurse educators.

The group was not without disappointment, though. The failure to pass legislation that would have would have required propane companies and other home heating fuel delivery vendors to deliver propane to customers who have the money to pay for that fuel and the last minute introduction and passage of SF 2388, the hospital “provider tax,” were low points of the session, the group said.

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