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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.

Civil Rights Commission to review past decisions, set goals for the future today

By Dana Boone | 08.14.08 | 12:16 pm

Months before the next Iowa legislative session begins, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission is gearing up to set its priorities for 2009.

Commissioners will begin discussing past and future priorities and the commission’s 2008 annual report during a meeting at 1 p.m. today at the Grimes State Office Building.

“We always have to factor in the new election,” said Alicia Claypool, commission chairwoman.

Commissioners and volunteers also have a booth at the Iowa State Fair this week. Fairgoers can win prizes for taking a quiz about civil rights. Youth can complete a survey. The booth is located along the south wall of the Varied Industries Building.

“It gives us a chance to talk to people from all over Iowa so that’s a good thing,” Claypool said.

Claypool said the commission has experienced many successes during the past two years, including being able this year to extend the deadline for Iowans to file discrimination complaints from 180 to 300 days.

At today’s meeting, the commission will review its policy decisions since 2001, some of which include:

  • Des Moines School Board member Jonathan Narcisse discussed the state of African-Americans in Iowa. The commission supported his work to create a report about the problems.
  • The commission supported the Ames City Council, which invited a former commissioner to speak about making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a city holiday.
  • The commission signed a statement for El Forro, a Latino and Latina advocacy group, warning against discrimination of people of Middle Eastern descent.
  • In 2002, the commission supported efforts to end the use of Native American mascots, particularly for schools. The commission lauded Iowa schools that chose new mascots.
  • The commission sent a letter in 2002 to the Iowa Utilities Board to allow expansion of the program to people who have physical and cognitive disabilities, which the board declined.
  • In 2004, the commission wrote a letter praising WHO-TV for removing ads deemed as “anti-immigration.”
  • The commission voted unanimously in 2004 to support the right of felons to vote.
  • The commission, along with Des Moines Area religious leaders, denounced the distribution of Neo-Nazi fliers in 2005.
  • The commission sent a message to Iowa State University in support of an anti-hate rally in response to homophobic graffiti.
  • The commission supported an educational center in Des Moines for immigrants.
  • The commission opposed making English the official state language.
  • The commission supported the Iowa Department of Education in creating a nondiscrimination policy and anti-bulling policies, which included sexual orientation.
  • The commission opposed requiring all citizens to obtain voter ID cards.
  • The commission worked against predatory lending practices.
  • The commission supported legislative proposals that would allow immigrants to qualify for state residency to pursue college regardless of immigration status.
  • The commission opposed a state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
  • The commission worked to improve housing accessibility on behalf of people who have disabilities.
  • The commission has worked for immigration reform, calling for system overhauls, more visas and family reunification, among other fixes.

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  • Brittanicus

    Until we enact the Federal SAVE ACT (H.R.4088) enforcement only law, this kind of problem will keep raising its ugly head. More enforcement is all it will take, against predatory employers, who now realize that ICE is getting tip from regular AMERICANS? As more and more counties give immigration training to police departments on the Fed's dime. So the chances of being found out, that the businesses is using cheap labor is becoming an everyday occurrence. Of course we certainly need more ICE, US Border Patrol and specialized military equipment to make the immigration sweeps. The SAVE ACT(H.R.4088) will consummate this marriage of ICE and State, County and community illegal immigrant policing.

    But Democrats are looking for millions of votes in the future and therefore genuflecting to the Latino caucuses, along with Globalists, business, church and other open border advocates We need strong government laws, instead the organized chaos of individual state laws, because the Democrats refuse to enforce the laws already on the books. More funding! Compared with what taxpayers are spending now, which is well hidden? It will be PENNIES! Rep. Menendez is trying to derail the only 'Iron Gauntlet' law that we have now. Including deconstructing the original border fence. Without extra funding, the SAVE ACT will die and we will be exposed to millions of more illegal entrants, as well as drug smuggler, gun runners, terrorists and third world criminals who prey on US victims.

    The E-verify system. If it doesn't become law by November, American citizens will be in competition with millions of more illegal cheap labor for jobs and growing OVERPOPULATION. Go to NUMBERSUSA, CAPSWEB to free fax and demand the Federal SAVE ACT!

  • Brittanicus

    Until we enact the Federal SAVE ACT (H.R.4088) enforcement only law, this kind of problem will keep raising its ugly head. More enforcement is all it will take, against predatory employers, who now realize that ICE is getting tip from regular AMERICANS? As more and more counties give immigration training to police departments on the Fed’s dime. So the chances of being found out, that the businesses is using cheap labor is becoming an everyday occurrence. Of course we certainly need more ICE, US Border Patrol and specialized military equipment to make the immigration sweeps. The SAVE ACT(H.R.4088) will consummate this marriage of ICE and State, County and community illegal immigrant policing.

    But Democrats are looking for millions of votes in the future and therefore genuflecting to the Latino caucuses, along with Globalists, business, church and other open border advocates We need strong government laws, instead the organized chaos of individual state laws, because the Democrats refuse to enforce the laws already on the books. More funding! Compared with what taxpayers are spending now, which is well hidden? It will be PENNIES! Rep. Menendez is trying to derail the only ‘Iron Gauntlet’ law that we have now. Including deconstructing the original border fence. Without extra funding, the SAVE ACT will die and we will be exposed to millions of more illegal entrants, as well as drug smuggler, gun runners, terrorists and third world criminals who prey on US victims.

    The E-verify system. If it doesn’t become law by November, American citizens will be in competition with millions of more illegal cheap labor for jobs and growing OVERPOPULATION. Go to NUMBERSUSA, CAPSWEB to free fax and demand the Federal SAVE ACT!

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