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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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Stephen Colbert highlights King’s ‘slavery reparations’ comments

By Lynda Waddington | 12.03.10 | 8:05 am

Iowa’s often outspoken and controversial 5th District Congressman has once again gotten the attention of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert.

U.S. Rep. Steve King took the floor of the House this week to speak against the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, a piece of legislation that provided settlements to several American Indian tribes and black farmers who were bilked by federal agencies. King has been especially vocal in his criticism of the $1.3 billion settlements for Pigford, which was originally a class action lawsuit brought by black farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for discrimination. Offering such payments, according to King, is essentially “modern day slavery reparations.”

The floor speech was highlighted by Colbert Thursday night.

“It seems like today everyone gets to claim they’re a victim except the most persecuted minority: The majority — white people,” Colbert said to open the piece, “The Word,” a regular feature of the show.

A video clip of that portion of The Colbert Report appears below.

King, along with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), contend that the Pigford settlements are rife with fraud, despite the fact that a Federal Bureau of Investigation report found only three out of 15,000 claims processed in the first round of Pigford were fraudulent.

King and Colbert had a minor run in earlier this year while the Comedy Central star appeared before King’s Congressional committee on behalf of the United Farm Workers Union.

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  • Arthur Ide

    Steven King has been a disgrace to Iowa for years; he has never had a positive word for anything but his pet causes. Far from a leader, his rants are racist, homophobic, illiterate. Born in Waverly, I grew up as a child in Denison, and the people of the 5th Congressional District were never as hate-filled as King. He survives because of big money, and in the next election he will be another party favor of the Koch Brothers.

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