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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.

‘Big Oil’ lobby must be stopped, Loebsack says

By Adam B Sullivan | 06.16.10 | 1:30 pm

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mt. Vernon, is pinning blame for the oil spill crisis on energy policy driven by “Big Oil.”

Loebsack told The Daily Iowan:

“For nearly a decade, Washington listened to Big Oil and let it dictate an energy policy that was not in the interests of average Americans. This must stop.

“For nearly a decade, Big Oil lobbyists were in charge of our energy policy, and these policies must be examined and changed.”

However, recently-introduced climate legislation suggests the oil lobby still holds weight in forming energy policy.

The American Power Act — which proponents hope will most effective climate legislation to date — has garnered endorsements of executives at major oil companies, including BP, ConocoPhilips, and Shell. And the sponsors of that legislation — U.S. Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman — recently cast votes against a move to end billions in tax breaks to oil companies.

Oil companies have long composed a powerful lobby in Washington. BP — the company responsible for the spill in the Gulf of Mexico — and its employees have contributed more than $3.5 billion to candidates’ campaigns over the last 20 years. President Barack Obama received more BP-related dollars than any other candidate during the 2008 elections, collecting more than $70,000.

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