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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

Liz Mathis
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.


House committee votes to block REAL ID Act

By Tyler Kingkade | 03.04.11 | 12:00 pm

An Iowa House committee voted Thursday to advance legislation that would prohibit the state Department of Transportation from implementing the REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in May 2005 and created a new set of standards for identification cards, imposing federal mandates about what would have to be done in order to provide an ID. It also requires new information to be labeled on the cards, including a new, unique identifying number.

The Iowa bill — House File 237 –  prohibits any agency from requiring a REAL ID to be shown, collected or used in Iowa.

HF237 concludes:

This bill states the general assembly’s findings that the REAL ID Act is inimical to the security and well-being of the people of Iowa, will cause unnecessary expense and inconvenience, and violates the principles of federalism contained in the tenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The bill states the general assembly’s intent that Iowa not participate in implementation of the REAL ID Act.

Depending on when you were born, all citizens would have to have a REAL ID by 2014 or 2017.

HF237 was passed out of committee by bi-partisan vote of 22-1.

The law would have imposed higher burdens and stricter standards of proof for individuals applying for asylum and other related forms of relief. It would also create stricter guidelines for showing proof of citizenship in order to obtain an ID, and would have required all persons to bring additional documentation when going to the DOT for their ID card.

The bill originated in the U.S. House and was attached as a rider to a “must-pass” piece of legislation concerning emergency appropriations to go towards the Iraq War and tsunami relief. It was dropped, then later re-added in conference, and passed the U.S. Senate unanimously. There was never any debate or hearings by the Senate on the REAL ID Act.

Critics on the left and right have called it a “national ID” and said it goes too far, and could become too integrated with everyday tasks.

Since Democrats regained control of Congress in 2006, bi-partisan legislation was introduced several times in both the House and Senate to repeal the REAL ID Act. However, none of those bills were ever brought to a vote.

To date, more than half of the states have passed legislation or resolutions to declare opposition or refusal to comply with the REAL ID Act.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today extended by the deadline for states to be in full compliance with the law from May 10, 2011 to Jan. 15, 2013.

The ACLU of Iowa, Campaign for Liberty, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps are all registered in support of the legislation. There are no groups registered as opposed.

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  • Citizen Kane

    Where are the jobs, something that would help america work by making it more difficult to hire illeagals, their against?? Don’t get it?

  • Anonymous

    Way to go, Iowa! The states have more important things to spend their tax dollars on.

  • Floridians_Against_REAL_ID

    Thanks for leading the way. We’re still working on Florida.

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