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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.

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King refuses to explain vote against bill combating rape on tribal grounds

By Jason Hancock | 11.01.10 | 7:57 am

Protesters gathered outside U.S. Rep. Steve King‘s Sioux City office Friday demanding he explain his opposition to a bill that passed earlier this year that bolstered Native American law enforcement power to investigate rape and other crimes committed on tribal lands. But King refused, telling KCAU-TV that the protesters, many of whom were Native Americans, “don’t even know what law they’re talking about.”

In July, King was one of only 92 Republicans, and the lone member of Iowa’s delegation, to vote against the Tribal Law and Order Act. A 2007 study by Amnesty International found that one in three Native American women will be raped at some point in their lives, a rate that is more than double that for non-native women. More than 86 percent of rapes against Native American women are carried out by non-native men, most of them white, according to the Justice Department. The Law and Order Act gave ave tribal police more authority in seeking prosecution of non-natives who commit crimes on tribal lands and cleared up problems with jurisdiction.

King refused comment about his vote at the time, and his office did not respond to several requests for comment Friday.

From KCAU-TV:

“This is a very big issue. There are many untold stories out there.  There are many women, there are many people in general, many Native American people that have been able to tell their story,” said Deena Baker, a Native American.

“Mr. King has put us in harm’s way.  As women, we are very much in distress, and feel very unsafe at this time in Fifth District under the leadership of Mr. Steve King,” said Native American Susan Barta.

King claimed at a political rally later that he has never been contacted about the bill, calling the protest a political stunt. His Democratic opponent, Matt Campbell, participated in the protest, later saying it was “appalling that Steve King refuses to give any rationale for his decision, particularly when the rest of the Iowa Congressional delegation including Tom Latham voted for the measure.”

President Barack Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act shortly after its passage.

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