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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

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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: People will die early to avoid estate tax

By Patrick Caldwell | 12.02.10 | 7:43 am

U.S. Rep. Steve King appeared on MSNBC Monday and insinuated that people will decide to not extend life-supporting medical measures in order to die before the estate tax is reinstated.

“I am very concerned about midnight Dec. 31 with the estate tax. If the taxes aren’t addressed before the end of the year, will the people that are on their death bed, families gathered around the death bed making life and death decisions by looking at tax liabilities, and that is cruel,” King said.

As part of the deals surrounding the Bush tax cuts, there has not been an estate tax in 2010. On Jan. 1, the tax is set to return the Clinton-era level of 55 percent on estates worth more than $1 million if Congress takes no action. Democrats have proposed raising the amount to $3.5 million before the tax kicks in (effectively, $7 million for couples). But many Republicans have insisted that the estate tax should be completely abolished.

[h/t TPM]

Patrick Caldwell covers Iowa for The American Independent.


  • Anonymous

    I guess if I was Steve’s mom or dad, I’d be watching my back at the King family New Year’s party this year.

  • egc52556

    People will kill their parents so they can get a better tax deal on their inheritance over $1,000,000?Maybe King is looking out for his base of millionaire murderers, but I can’t imagine this problem will come up much.Or maybe King thinks these murderers can use “the Democrats made me do it” defense?


    How in the h*&$ do these people get elected, and continue to stay in office?

  • Jo

    So how about concern about those things that people *really* kill themselves over? Things like being bullied nonstop for being gay, or perhaps the stress of having spent the last five years on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan… A bunch of rich people unhappy at not being able to give *everything* to their descendants who have done nothing to earn that money other than being born?

  • Hsu

    good riddance

  • Robert Lewis

    makes Iowa look bad. how do the people vote for him.

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