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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.

King blames politics for White House oil spill response

By Jason Hancock | 07.02.10 | 8:35 am

The Obama administration’s poor response to the BP oil spill can be partially blamed on the fact that the president is a Democrat and the governor of Louisiana is a Republican, U.S. Rep. Steve King said during an interview on WHO-AM Wednesday morning.

But in making his accusation, King relied on a discredited talking point about maritime law that has become popular amongst critics of the president.

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A caller to the program said President Barack Obama has purposefully delayed taking certain actions that could benefit the spill cleanup because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a Republican. King said he agreed with the caller’s analysis of the situation.

“I watch the reluctance on the part of the White House to cooperate with Bobby Jindal. I’d like to think it’s being done out of policy perspective, but there is a political component,” King said. “To delay these skimmers all this time, and to refuse to wave the Jones Act, well essentially they passed that hot potato around, and nobody asked for it.”

In recent weeks, numerous Republicans have pointed to the Jones Act as part of the problem with the oil spill cleanup, saying if Obama were serious he would have waived the maritime law that requires that all goods transported between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flagged, U.S.-built and U.S.-owned ships crewed by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

But as the news agency McClatchy has pointed out, this argument is just not true.

Maritime law experts, government officials and independent researchers say that the claim is false. The Jones Act isn’t an impediment at all, they say, and it hasn’t blocked anything.

“Totally not true,” said Mark Ruge, counsel to the Maritime Cabotage Task Force, a coalition of U.S. shipbuilders, operators and labor unions. “It is simply an urban myth that the Jones Act is the problem.”

In a news briefing last week, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said he’d received “no requests for Jones Act waivers” from foreign vessels or countries. “If the vessels are operating outside state waters, which is three miles and beyond, they don’t require a waiver,” he said.

According to Factcheck.org, a nonprofit website operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, there are 15 foreign-flagged ships currently helping with the Gulf cleanup. McClatchy also reports that the U.S. State Department announced new offers of aid would be accepted from 12 foreign countries and international organizations.

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/jeremyrshipley jrshipley

    King hates Obama. His hatred leads him to cling to every thread of criticism even when it is false criticism. He's an embarrassment to Iowa. We midwesterners should pride ourselves on being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Stop drinking the hateraid.

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    At this point, quite frankly I am confused by the comments of both the right and the left as to which sector(s) should respond to this “event.” There appears to be quite a lack of internal consistency when one views the various arguments made by both sides with respect to previous issues faced by our nation. Should this event be left entirely to the private sector to address, entirely to the public/government sector, a combination of the two, or neither? Should the individual private citizens be left to fend by themselves? Just posing some rhetorical questions….

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