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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.

Romney health care criticism continues

By Jason Hancock | 04.05.10 | 8:00 am

Conservative news site The Daily Caller has joined the chorus of voices criticizing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the aftermath of health care reform legislation being signed into law by President Barack Obama.

As Daily Caller columnist Jon Ward puts it, the Republican is struggling to explain the difference between “Obamacare” — the federal health care legislation that Romney is arguing should be repealed — and “Romneycare” — the universal health-care plan he signed as governor. It’s an issue some of Romney’s potential GOP rivals for the 2012 presidential nomination have already keyed in on as a way to draw distinctions with the 2008 Iowa Caucus runner-up.

From the Daily Caller:

Romney has argued that his decision to mandate that each person in Massachusetts obtain insurance or face a financial penalty – similar to Obama’s plan – is “the ultimate conservative plan” because it encourages personal responsibility. But most conservatives dismiss that out of hand.

And the former governor has also tried to take a states rights tack, arguing that it is wrong for the federal government to mandate insurance coverage and impose a one-size-fits-all system, because health-care decisions should be left up to the states.

“Like any experiment, this was meant for one thing: Massachusetts. It wasn’t meant for Vermont or Texas, and their systems would not work in Massachusetts,” said Ron Kaufman, a D.C. lobbyist and close adviser to Romney.

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised both Romney and the Obama White House on their health-care initiatives, recently called Romney the “intellectual father of national health reform,” later saying the two plans are basically the same.

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  • scottyp

    “Like any experiment, this was meant for one thing: Massachusetts. It wasn’t meant for Vermont or Texas, and their systems would not work in Massachusetts,” said Ron Kaufman, a D.C. lobbyist and close adviser to Romney.

    What Kaufman, is a LOBBYIST?!!! And a CLOSE ADVISER?

    Looks like that journalist was right, when he took umbrage at Romney saying he didn’t have lobbyist as close advisers for his last campaign, the tiff with Romney and the journalist is on with link to piece directly below blog title:

    Mitt Romney’s “power alley” — the economy and his business background.”…

    Too funny Romney,– uses Mitt’s lobbyist to come to his defense.
    . Kind of like Romney-care is not Obama-care –

    Romney is a snake oil peddler.

  • scottyp

    Kaufman, is the same dude Glen Johnson challenged Mitt as the lobbyist tied to Romney's last campaign, when Romney stated he had no lobbyist ;'running his campaign', Romney was splitting hairs, trying to make it seem he did not have ties to lobbyist. Meyers, who has connections to Karl Rove, was running Mitts campaign as the head, BUT Kaufman had influence in the Romney campaign, Romney was trying to leave a false impression in his hair splitting use of the term 'running my campaign'.

    Mitt has taken too many ROBERT L. MILLET MTC training lessons on how to deceive with words!!!!

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