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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

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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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Grassley: Unemployment extension would have been possible without tax deal

By Jason Hancock | 12.10.10 | 7:55 am

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said earlier this week that even without a deal on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the Senate would have approved at least a brief extension unemployment benefits. The statement will surely add fuel to the fire of criticism being hurled at President Barack Obama by Democratic lawmakers and liberal pundits for his deal with the GOP to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest one percent of Americans in exchange for an extension.

The White House deal with the GOP reauthorizes long-term unemployment programs for 13 months by attaching the benefits to a two-year reauthorization of expiring Bush-era tax cuts for the rich. Grassley said a shorter extension would likely have passed anyway.

On a conference call with reporters, Grassley said there would have been some accommodation on unemployment anyway, “even if you didn’t have this tax bill.”

“I think it would have been three months,” he said, adding that the extension would be offset with stimulus money. “And if that didn’t get 60 votes, then it probably would have been not offset, and it would have been passed on a more partisan basis.”

A three-month extension of benefits failed to pass the House in November, but only because it was brought to the floor under a “suspension of the rules,” meaning it needed a two-thirds majority for approval.

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    Not proud to be an American; so much has changed within this country and this is so sad!!! Where does ur loyalyty lie in taking an oath for your country (50 states)….College freshman could do a better job than you. The GOP boys are selfish EMBICILES that is holding the unemployment extension (Americans) hostage for their own greed; McConnell and his goonies, how do you wake up every morning facing the day? Gotta a lot of nerve walking pass these famlies with children unable to have a Christmas! You have a lot of nerves!!!!!! Dems, assist O’Bama with this and let Christmas be happy for more children; deal with the taxes, later!!!!! Enough standards (GOP) has been loweredddddddd!!!!!!


    Not proud to be an American; so much has changed within this country and this is so sad!!! Where does ur loyalyty lie in taking an oath for your country (50 states)….College freshman could do a better job than you. The GOP boys are selfish EMBICILES that is holding the unemployment extension (Americans) hostage for their own greed; McConnell and his goonies, how do you wake up every morning facing the day? Gotta a lot of nerve walking pass these famlies with children unable to have a Christmas! You have a lot of nerves!!!!!! Dems, assist O’Bama with this and let Christmas be happy for more children; deal with the taxes, later!!!!! Enough standards (GOP) has been loweredddddddd!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    yeah yeah yeah throw Obama under the bus now but before he was willing to negotiate there were no thoughts of even extending unemployment. Now since everybodies playing the blame game its make the president look even worse.WHATEVER, HE DID WHAT HE HAD TO DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE U.S

    • Coltran

      Google this…S.3706.
      Then get off of your mom’s computer, take a bath, get your ignorant butt to the bus stop, and go find a job.

  • Anonymous

    Well there are a few Democrats that should join McConnell in a mental institute, but Obama expected this reaction (and other intelligent Americans). Americans no longer have faith in the GOP, but I have faith in our President. Smooooth Obama, your ball playing days kept you a team player for the country; no doubt you are an incredible chess player too! Obama makes me proud to be American – again. This is not a time to take chances on a “maybe” vote… no more delays… compromise and dunk that ball in the hoop before the GOP shoots this country into another Depression!!!!! (Intelligent, White Female, 51 years old – SEA/AUST Resident)

  • Anonymous

    Unblievable. So, who is going to pay for the unemployment extension? Your children and Grandchildren!! Get a job, get three part-time jobs, just go to work. My guess if the unemployed were required to work 3 days per week for the government while receiving unemployment a whole different view would emerge. When people can use their blackberry’s to apply each week for unemployment all control on their efforts finding a job have been eliminated. Even Clinton found welfare to be ineffective and self-fulfilling if continued. Obama should be thrown out of office as he does not have the experience, demeanor, honor or capability to be President of the US. He only wants to be President of the poor which is outrageous. How many poor people have given you a job?

    • Anonymous

      Well barracuda, I do work – two jobs! Obama President of the Poor? Really… sounds a bit like Jesus helping everyone, if you ask me!!!!! You hardly see the big picture of a Depression coming our way, if all benefits cease immediately. So, what do you want me to tell my sons (who have college degrees) when this happens? Perhaps I should tell them to look out for a barracuda with big teeth, when they go to the bread line!

    • Anonymous

      Such a big mouth for a puny man. I have been unemployed since July 09, apply to as many jobs as advertised (approx. 5.wk), an attempt of identity theft was made, several scams and the best one, I’m over qualified. Fast food rest. won’t hire me, I don’t qualify for any placement programs for people 50+ cause I already have a marketable skill. Jobs that are available are paying $8 – $8.50/hr and most are part time (which I would take in a heart beat) but now they also want bi-lingual.

      Also, I gather from your statement you’ve never collected unemployment (lucky you). We don’t apply for Unemployment each week. We apply once, and either call in or go online to claim our weeks. The only thing that has changed in the last 18 years is how you apply for benefits, and they added the online claim form, and this is in Florida. Each state is different, just as the maximum amount (FL max. weekly gross amt is $275-imagine making $60k/yr, losing your job and only able to collect $275/wk before taxes – I personally come home with %852/mo which in considerably less than my mortgage) Do the math and – If you think you can find a solution to the unemployment problem, be my guest. While you’re at it, tell me how I am suppose to answer the following question when I am lucky enough to have an interview (keep in mind I am 56 but don’t look it, computer skills are excellent, I type 65+ wpm, I keep up with all upgrades on programs normally used in offices) “Where do you see yourself in 5 – 10 years?”

      Get off your high horse, quit judging us without knowing all the facts, and if you really want to help with the problem, open your home to someone who has lost their job and home, go to the shelters and see for yourself what is really happening out there, or how about give someone a job.

    • Anonymous

      so how do you propose feeding todays children and grandchildren.the rich people you speak of are some of the same people that sent millions of jobs over not going to try and convince you there are no question to you is if there are all these jobs.why would people continue to lose there homes why are there according to todays paper 3700 hundred homeless children in charlotte why are people draining there 401ks.why dont they just go and get a job and not have to deal with all this misery.i myself have run out of unemployment yet i guess im just stubborn i still cant find work.i used to go to places and apply so i could maybe talk to the person face to gas in my area is just about 3dollars a gallon.i just dont have the sorry to be such a burden on my fellow 55yrs old and never have been in the past.maybe we should just kill all people over 50.i read your complant let me hear your anwser.

  • Justin

    Unemployment extension is a lifeline for millions of people. Easy to say go out and get three jobs. With 21 million unemployed and 3.2 million jobs available. What do you think the odds would be considered? Employers are continuing to lay off, and you have the nerve to continue that people just don’t want to work. What you seem to forget is that a part time job at 7.75 dollars an hour will barely even pay rent. I guess one should get another job if they want to eat, and another to pay for light/phone/utilities. Get a clue!

  • Anonymous

    If so, why hasn’t it passed already for ALL unemployed!!

  • Anonymous

    It is not that easy to just get a job. Even the the jobs that hire minimum wage are not easy and those companies can be selective since so many are out work. so get a clue

  • Anonymous

    What passes for anyone these days with the GOP, unless you are quite wealthy? I don’t need anything to pass to support my income, I need things to pass in order to have an income!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mitchellhirsch

    The headline here is misleading in that it does not identify what kind of UI extension Grassley was talking about. It’s not the emergency-funding full-year reauthorization that is now being, rightly, pursued. It would have, according to Grassley, been a short-term extension of perhaps 3-months only, “offset” with cuts to other stimulus programs.

    And if that were to have passed, then what? The next GOP-led House might well attempt to kill the entire program come March 2011. The Council of Economic Advisors last week estimated that without a full-year UI reauthorization, 7 million jobless workers would be denied benefits during 2011.

    Keep up with the fight for the full-year extension at

  • Anonymous

    The GOP isn’t going to “kill” the unemployment program. They support the program, the question is how long should it reasonably be extended.

    Should another program be started for long term unemployed that is means tested and has more comprehensive requirements?

    • Anonymous

      Time is of the essence. Is the GOP promising a temporary extension immediately? How many people will lose their homes, jobs, everything within weeks – if measures are not IMMEDIATELY taken. Time and a firm commitment is what we should expect of these people who have left the scene far to many times prior to a holiday without resolution. Obama had to step in at THIS TIME.

  • Anonymous

    Senator Grassley and his fellow Republicans are shameless for leaving 5 million unemployed 99ers without food on their tables, having to foreclose on their homes, and literally being left hung out to dry. This is the most blatant form of greed imaginable. Like many unemployed Americans, I have been tirelessly applying online and going to these companies in person just to hear the typical “we’ll contact you if we’re interested.” Democracy? The Republicans are pushing us to the brink of totalitarianism. Wake up America.

  • Anonymous

    A tier 5 is needed for the six million so called 99ers, who have been all but ignored by the media and the white house. I have been unemployed for two years. I have looked everywhere, but I cannot find employment. I cannot pay my rent. I am now on welfare. I only receive 55.00 a month. The rest goes toward my rent. I was earning 815.00 dollars a month. Now it’s 55.00 a month. I feel that the tax deal made with republicans should have included the 99ers. Those who have exhausted all of their tiers of unemployment. It is a bleak holiday, and everyday for those who can no longer be consumers in society. Sanna Hopkins

  • egc52556

    The GOP keeps telling us that tax cuts for the wealthy will generate jobs.


    How much tax do we need to cut to create a job? Because I’d propose we give a tax cut to anybody who creates a job. Next year, if that job is still filled, we’ll let them keep their tax cut.

    This has got to work. The GOP has told us that tax cuts equals jobs, and the GOP is never wrong.

  • Cherry Parris

    The Senate is doing a test vote on the tax cut/proposal at 3pm EST Monday. The Democrats are pushing for a better deal that will help ALL UNEMPLOYED and get better tax provisions. WE MUST CALL and voice our opinion on the current deal, and be able to have amendments added to the bill which will help us even more! We want benefits for ALL unemployed, and a REAL jobs bill added to ANY deal! CALL your Senators ALL DAY Monday, EARLIER the better!!! Toll free lines to DC are 1-888-340-6522 and the Capitol Switchboard is 1-888-245-0215. If the number is busy, KEEP TRYING! The GOP wants their tax cut deal in the worst way, they WILL give in and give more! WE MUST demand more!! The deal MUST be fair for ALL, or NO DEAL! Tell ALL your friends to call these numbers as well, we need all the calls possible!

  • Diana Bowman

    Reply via Blackberry???!!!! You think I can afford a phone service plan. Everything I use, now, is borrowed. I’ve exhausted my emergency savings, bad credit is unpaid dr bills, but I can still work….if I could get a job!! Hire a 99er!!


    I am so disappointed in our country!!!!!!!!!!! I guess the American people have very short memories I am unemployed and 64 been out of work since Aug 2009 have sent out 1500+ resumes and not 1 response. I have worked in the accounting sector 40+ years. After everything we went through last summer the republican thief’s were voted back in. A list of every member that voted against the unemployment extension went out last summer and almost every name on that list was a republican. So what did the American people do they voted that party right back in. What is wrong with the American people?? Do they like going through all of this stress every three months? I really am tired of being stressed over this entire BS, just vote the damn extension in and get it over with. You republicans are nothing but a bunch of greedy, low life thief’s!!!!!!!!!!!!! In regards to unemployed receiving free money that is about as insane as you can get. It just so happens that I pay 10% of every paycheck to taxes and if it’s not taken out on each check then at the end of the year I pay 25% of what I have received over the year from unemployment to taxes, so please get your facts straight before you call this free money. Stop using the unemployed, seniors, middle class and poor as pawns in your damn chess game to keep the rich wealthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PASS THE EXTENSION WE DESPERATELY NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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