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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.


King, Midwest lawmakers want Obama to tour flood damage

By Lynda Waddington | 06.24.11 | 5:13 pm

U.S. Rep. Steve King and four additional Midwestern lawmakers have penned a letter to President Obama, requesting that he also make time to tour the historic flooding along the Missouri River when he visits Iowa next week.

The White House has now officially announced that President Obama will visit Alcoa’s Davenport Works on Tuesday as part of the launch of a new high-tech manufacturing initiative.

U.S. Rep. Steve King

“Since President Obama will be in eastern Iowa on June 28, I think he should extend his trip so that he can travel to the western side of the state to visit communities along the Missouri River that are being ravaged by flooding,” King said. “These communities are in need of federal recovery resources, and it is important that the President personally understand the severity of the flood-related damage so that he can better direct the federal government’s response.”

Many rural areas and communities along the Missouri River are undergoing severe flooding due to heavy rains and snow melt from states further north. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to release additional water through dams, some of which have not had this many gates activated in more than 50 years. It is expected that tens of thousands of acres of crop land will be flooded, and federal regulators continue to closely monitor two nuclear power stations caught in the flood’s wake.

Many federal officials, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, have toured and continue to monitor the natural disaster, but King believes there are many reasons why Obama should make a personal visit.

“It is also important for the President to view these communities so that he can offer comfort and support to people who are losing their homes, businesses and property to this flood,” King said. “The rising water is redirecting the lives of thousands of people along the Missouri River, and they need to know that the President understands their plight.”

If Obama agrees to the request, King has pledged that he will work with other area lawmakers to do whatever is necessary to facilitate the visit.

Signatories on the letter include King and U.S. Reps. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Sam Graves of Missouri, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Lee Terry also of Nebraska. All are Republicans.

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has also requested that Obama visit the Rock Island Arsenal during his Iowa stop. The Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center located within the Arsenal and home to about 1,800 area jobs was at one point rumored for possible closure or relocation by Army officials.

The letter sent by the Missouri River basin lawmakers is embedded below:

Congressional Letter to President Obama, Tour Missouri River Flood

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  • Anonymous

    If you read between the lines of King’s statement you can hear his snarky voice taunting Obama.This from a man who has made it his job to spew as much negativity as he can towards this administration. King is an embarrassment to this great state.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, for the love of Pete.  Yes, thousands of people have been inconvenienced, some very seriously so.  Remind me, how many millions live in the US?  And how many thousand died during Katrina?  

    Steve King, I don’t know if you’ve ever visited Iowa, but we have weather.  And occasionally WEATHER.  And while it’s very sweet of you to exploit the plight of your constituents to be snide to the President, maybe you should check with them first.  Some of us would really like the President to get back to his job, not run around shaking hands and generally being a powerless figurehead.  We already had 8 years of that.
    This is not a humanitarian crisis.  It’s a nuisance, and a predictable one.  If Steve King is really serious about making things better, how about working to address climate change, instead of engaging in petty politicking?

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