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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.

Unemployment extension stalled until after recess, Harkin concedes

By Lynda Waddington | 07.01.10 | 3:39 pm

Although U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin was hopeful Thursday morning that his colleagues would take one more crack at passing an extension of long-term unemployment insurance benefits, his office has confirmed that there will be no more action on any measures taken until after the Independence Day recess.

“He is still committed to getting this extension passed and is hopeful we will take it up when we return,” Harkin’s spokeswoman Kate Cyrul told The Iowa Independent via e-mail, noting that Harkin hoped to drive home the point that the Senate needs to act on the extension as quickly as possible.

Most pundits believe that Senate Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., won’t attempt passage of the bill, which failed in the Senate Wednesday night by one vote, until a replacement has been seated for the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, W.V. By the time that replacement is seated, likely in mid-July, an estimated two million Americans will have lost benefits.

The U.S. House passed the extension Thursday afternoon on a 270-153 vote.

Harkin and many economists throughout the nation agree that government spending on unemployment benefits is one of the best uses of public money during a recession because it results in direct stimulation of the economy.

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  • AbigailAdams1

    My husband and I were lifelong, very active Republicans. THAT HAS FOREVER CHANGED TODAY!!! You disgusting Washington Politicians and the financial rapist on Wall Street all share the same bed. Since my husband lost his unemployment extension three weeks ago by the complete and utter incompetence of our Republican Senators and their complacent failure to remedy and recognize a National working class crisis, we have endured the deficit changes to our budget by your actions in the following way. I had the braces removed 6 months early from my 13 and 14 year old children’s teeth. My car got repossessed since I chose to pay the rent instead of the car to keep a roof over our heads. I emphasize the word RENT, because we already LOST our FAMILY HOME of 13 YEARS to FORECLOSURE!! As a result of losing my car, I have had to stop working at the bedside of a 90 year old Hospice patent with congestive heart failure because I can't get there! Her family says she is declining since my abrupt absence and she can’t understand why I’m not coming anymore. Neither can I! Now myself and my husband are both unemployed!
    Now that I don’t have a car, I have applied for Medicaid for my three children. And since we don’t have a car, they now qualify. In the last two weeks, I have saved money by not buying frozen concentrate juice from the grocery store. Instead I have hand squeezed over 52 lemons, which I picked myself from a lemon tree in the yard of our rented house, to make lemonade for my children to drink in lieu of buying store bought fruit juice. THANK YOU REPUBLICAN SENATORS FOR MAKING ME FEEL LIKE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN MY OWN COUNTRY!!! I have negotiated with a doctor for his best cash price to see my daughter who had fallen ill, only to get to the pharmacy and find his prescription was $62.00 when the doctor’s visit was only $50.00. I had to have the doctor call the pharmacy and prescribe something available from Wal-Mart’s $9.00 generic brands.
    This is just a glimpse in the life of one of the over 1.5 million Americans you have affect in just the last 3.5 weeks by your blatant neglect. I only wish we could all AFFORD the GAS to drive to the steps of the Capital to hold you Republicans accountable. Before this Depression set in, my husband was the Manager of a thriving construction company, after having worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. Construction is no longer an Industry, it’s a charity. He was laid off along with every other employee that he worked with and supervised, all now on unemployment. His former employer is completely out of business after 30 years of outstanding service and workmanship. THANKS TO THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS WE ALL FEEL LIKE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!

    I cannot strongly agree with economist Nouriel Roubini (Doctor Doom) when he said, “When Americans lose everything, they lose it.”

  • AbigailAdams1

    What the Republican Senators do not understand at all, is that there are millions of registered Republicans voters, who through no fault of their own, are now unemployed. For the Republican Senators to continue to show, week after week, no mercy, no sympathy, neither empathy, nor consideration to the plight of members of their own voting base, who are barely surviving on the $450.00 a week they receive in employment insurance is unforgivable and now diabolical. I am so absolutely disgusted with my own Republican Party, that for the first time in my life, I would not only vote for a Democrat replacement Senator this fall, I would vote straight ticket Democrat all the way and call it a day!
    The deficit of an unemployed household is horrifying and I can assure you heartless Republicans in Congress that it is much more terrifying to the unemployed then the National deficit is to you. Tell me, how can a family of five survive on $450.00 and now nothing thanks to you? How can we go to the grocery store and get a week’s worth of food, plus fill the gas tank up to go job hunting, take the kids to school, take one child to a doctor, that we now pay for in cash since we lost our health issuance, get the prescription filled, buy dog food and set aside the left over pennies for rent, utilities, car repairs, braces payments, etc?
    My family has never asked for a hand out. For three months of last year I went to a food bank and stood in line for five hours to get a box of random canned goods, and still have not thought of applying for food stamps! To think we used to hold Republican precinct meetings in our home. What home now, the banks home? I have worked tirelessly on multiple Republican campaigns and for what, abandonment, disgrace and disregard? When you Republicans voted No the last three consecutive times to not extend unemployment benefits, you have taken the food right out of my three children's mouth. There is nowhere for us to cut back. I am a fiscal conservative for God’s sake!
    I wish like hell we could vote your arrogance out of office and then you could try to live on $450.00 a week and support your wife and three kids on that. But what I wish for more than anything is that I could then vote to take it away from you without warning! If you Republicans believe in the same God I do, I pray He resigns down on you an Eye for an Eye. And because I have faith the size of a mustard seed in Him, which is 1000% more faith that I have left in your heartless folly, I know that He will.

    Sincerely Yours, One of a Million+++ Disenfranchised Republican Unemployed Voters.

  • Guest

    The Senators let us hang out to dry for their Memorial Day vacation. Now it's the Fourth of July. I am a proud and very angry American.

    But we unemployed Americans can't celebrate our independence from Tyranny on July 4th because of the Tyrants. The Tyrants will take a 7 day vacation from doing NOTHING! When will we revolt? WHEN? After they have starved us to death and we are too weak to fight or even speak! What the hell are we doing AMERICA?

    Our Declaration of Independence was founded on the concept that any civil government depends on the consent of those who are governed, which may be withdrawn at any time.

    On this Independence Day, are you able to celebrate your consent to be governed by people who chose to let you and your family starve while they take their second 7 day paid vacation in a month?

    Can you image having two 7 day paid vacations in the span of just 30 days?
    They just got back from their Memorial Day vacation on June 7th (Memorial Day was Monday, May 31st) refusing to act to prevent your extension from expiring on June 2nd, 2010.

    Ask yourself, is our government acting reasonably?

    I argue they are as unreasonable as Marie Antoinette. What should we eat at our Independence Day cookout, Cake?

    Shame on us if we continue to do nothing. Shame, shame on us if we do not withdrawal our consent to be governed by this reckless government.

    Our founding fathers had no phones, cars, internet to communicate between each other their dissatisfaction with being governed unreasonably.

    Instead they used invisible ink and rode on horseback in the dead of night, up and down the entire East Coast including the interior southern states no less, to communicate between each other their dissatisfaction regarding their government’s unreasonable behavior.

    Their horseback trail later became the route for the first postal service.

    What is the matter with us that we are so feeble that we would accept this as reasonable behavior from our government?

    On this Independence Day, ask yourself if you are going to continue to do nothing by giving your consent to be governed by this horrendous government?

    I beg of you, would any reasonable person consent to this?

  • Guest

    Dear Reader and Fellow Americans,

    Please cut and paste the link below into your browser. It is a map of your country that tracks the national unemployment rate per county, per state, in a shaded map for the last 3.5 years from 2007-2010. The darker the area / region gets the higher the unemployment rate.…

    To all the Republican Senators who just voted NO for the fourth time and have refused to SAVE your fellow unemployed Americans who have giving you your job, I ask that you find a spare moment during you Independence Day vacation and just take a look at the map of your country. Find your state and your voting district. Than just take a wild guess as to many of your constituents are involved here. Good luck to all of you in November, we can't wait to return your vote NO!

    And to my fellow citizens who are lucky enough to still be currently employed and feel this matter does not affect you, please find your state and county on the map above and see just how really close you are to being next in line at the unemployment office.

  • A New

    Long term unemployment victims ~ yes victims have trouble reentering the job market because employers are still hiring using criteria such a looking at credit reports (which are shot) and gaps in employment history which usually results in the currently employed who wish to change jobs getting hired over the unemployed. We will never end this nightmare until hiring critera temporarily changes.

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