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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 won’t help all unemployed

By Jason Hancock | 07.23.10 | 8:30 am

When President Barack Obama signed the bill extending unemployment benefits into law Thursday night, more than 2 million workers nationwide — and nearly 15,000 in Iowa — saw the unprecedented delay in benefits finally come to an end after months of Republican opposition. But as Annie Lowrey of our sister site The Washington Independent points out, not all unemployed will get relief.

The legislation does not expand the number of weeks that unemployment benefits can be collected beyond 99, the current federal limit. So those who have reached that limit, known as “99ers,” have still exhausted their benefits and won’t see that change any time soon.

But even the most active members of Congress on the unemployment issue say there will be no bill to help 99ers by adding a fifth tier of benefits — the most direct way to keep families and individuals out of poverty. “What we’ve seen in this fight is the difficulty of just expanding the program that we have,” says Ed Shelleby, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., the head of the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Ways and Means Committee.

The Ways and Means Committee originates most bills concerning unemployment, Social Security, Medicare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or welfare benefits. Thus far, McDermott is the only member of Congress to have held hearings addressing the plight of the 99ers specifically, and Shelleby says that the congressman “recognize[s] the need to help long-term unemployed folks legislatively” and believes that after unemployment insurance ends “we can’t let millions of people fall off a cliff.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of June approximately 1.4 million Americans fell into the “99ers” category, which accounts for 9.2 percent of all unemployed workers. This means that in the past three years, the number of 99ers has multiplied sixfold from roughly 221,000 in June 2007.

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  • michiganstinks

    Once again what happens to the 99'ers that have gone to college for the last 2 years graduate through the governments training programs like the “no worker left behind” program and where EXCLUDED from looking for work as stated by the programs yet where given no extension nothing after graduating, did they honestly think that they would all get paying jobs after going to college for the last 2 years! At least they weren't sitting on their butts doing nothing for the last 2 years they where going to school full-time, at least extend benefits for those one, now they have to do 120 hours of internship and still look for a paying job and that's kinda hard to do if they are homeless, this is what we are going through and now my husband has an ass. degree that might as well be used as toilet paper since we can't even afford that! THANK YOU CONGRESS!

  • Donte Johnson

    I am happy that those of you that are in need of this money, are finally once again getting your checks. Allow me to warn you though, according to an article that I read on, this may be the last extension of unemployment benefits. The article states that the government isn't interested in extending the benefits again once this current extension expires because they don’t believe that this is the answer to a failing economy. My only hope is that you all find some type of job by the end of November. I know that is easier said then done especially with all the stipulations such as having good credit which is now a requirement by some employers in order to get hired. If you don’t have some kind of a job by the time this extension expires, then you could be on your own, just like the 99ers. Article also stated that social security is in the same predicament along with raising the current retirement age. You can find this info here…

  • patinnj

    OMG here we are, the 99er's, still hanging by a thread!
    On ABC 7 news today they reported about a guy dressed as Darth Vader who robbed a bank…the anchors all laughed! They also reported about a woman wearing a blonde wig and a pair of mens underwear covering her face as she robbed a fast food drive up window…again they laughed! I see nothing funny about people who have to rob in order to get money probably to feed their families! Beware America…this will be a common place occurance if we don't get at least a Tier 5 for some financial help!!!

  • CuteBaybee7549

    Welcome to the new Great Depression. Help make a difference at a new website, Maybe we can all figure out some way to get Congress to help us. Articles like this one need to be made things of the past!

  • Anonymous

    My unemployment will en,d in four weeks, I have been out of work for one year, I send out 10-15 resumes a week and still no job offers, I have been staying with friends because I can no longer afford my condo, I am single,57 years old women what happens when I no longer have that check for my car payment, food, car insurance I have never been so afraid of what will happen to me…I am very depressed, at this point I may see God very soon! Hopeless in DM Iowa.

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