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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.

Press Release

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.

Confirmed: Arrest made at Occupy Des Moines

By Lynda Waddington | 10.10.11 | 12:00 am

Although exact details remain sketchy, the Iowa State Patrol has confirmed to The Iowa Independent that an arrest was made at an Occupy Des Moines demonstration late Sunday night, after demonstrators had been warned that staying on the Capitol grounds past 11 p.m. would constitute trespassing.

No other details were offered by law enforcement, but social media networks and private text messages have been raging throughout the evening as demonstrators prepared for and attempted to deflect a stand off with State Troopers.

According to eye witness reports — again, unconfirmed at this hour by law enforcement — roughly 40 demonstrators, including one juvenile, were taken into custody at the occupation site on the west side of the Capitol in an area that has been referred to as “People’s Park.” It was estimated that more than 200 demonstrators were present, likely the result of an earlier call for “critical mass” to deter removal. Those not taken into custody were apparently provided an opportunity to move their property — tents and so-forth — from the area and on to public land. Many of those unwilling to risk arrest had moved across the street prior to the 11 p.m. deadline.

At least five sources at the scene have stated that those taken into custody are not being cited and released, but will be required to spend the night in jail.

Although the stand-off with the State Patrol was confrontational and often marked with chanting by demonstrators, nearly all accounts indicate it remained non-violent with demonstrators doing what they intended and law enforcement carrying out their orders. Some demonstrators were dragged from the site when they allowed their bodies to go limp.

The Iowa State Patrol was unsure when more details of the incident would be made available.

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  • Anonymous

    I applaud these protesters… Anyone that understand macroeconomic theory can understand that the economic system in the US is rigged. The wealthy have been able to lobby to get laws in place that benefit them. That is the reason that they have won the class war.

    Companies are sitting on huge amounts of cash on their balance sheets. Do you think they don’t know that the power to jump start the economy lies in their hands? They have economists, lawyers, and business folks that are only focused on MAKING PROFITS AT ALL COST! And sure… that is the basis of capitalism… But let’s stop kidding ourselves… the corporations do not care if you can put food in your family’s mouth. They are not “job creators” either. They are cash hoarders.

    If corporations were to put that cash into hiring, people would have jobs. In turn, people would be able to spend. In turn, companies would get more revenue. It is the flow of money that matters. Where is the bottleneck? In the big corporations pockets… The economy is messed up because of their unchecked GREED, not because of government. Is this nation so blind? They are not hiring because they want to force the government’s hand in the chess game that is politics. Plain and simple.

    These same corporations want to use the current economic environment to eliminate regulations that are meant to keep them in check. FDA, EPA, FEMA, all under attack… Regulations are for a reason. They exist because history has have proven that the big interests need supervision… They want to even eliminate Sabarnes-Oxley… Did they forget about ENRON and TYCO?

    Did Americans forget that regulation is the result of misbehavior by big corporations?

    The money in this country has moved from the middle class into the hands of the wealthy for the past 30 years. CEO pay has skyrocketed. Average worker pay has decreased. CEOs get golden parachutes for destroying companies, offshoring workers, and laying off people….

    Average workers are doomed until they wake up. And I think they might be…

    Go protesters Go! I support you 100%! I AM the 99%!

  • Junior Samples

    OWS Protestors are being paid!!

    FIGHT TO HOLD WALLSTREET ACCOUNTABLE NOW! MAKE A DIFFERNENCE GET PAID! (Occupy Wall Street protestors getting paid!!)The Working Families Party (WFP) ( is New York’s most energetic, independent and progressive political party. Formed in 1998 by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together to build a society that works for all of us, not just Wall Street CEOs and the well-connected. WFP is independent from corporate and government funding and in-addition we are community based; community funded and equally uninfluenced by both major parties. Our agenda focuses on economic and social justice, corporate accountability, job creation, environmental protection, and investment in education and healthcare.
    For the past twelve years the WFP has been at the fore front of progressive politics,
    Leading the fight and helping to frame the debate. The WFP has a proud record of fighting for issues that matter and has been instrumental in implementing key pieces of legislation such as Raising New York’s Minimum Wage, Enacting Living Wage Laws, Creating Thousands of Jobs In the Green Economy, Passing Healthcare Reforms on the Local Level, Fighting for Affordable Housing, Keeping Tuition Costs Low, A Progressive Tax Code, Reliable/Cost Effective Public Transit System, Public Financing Of Elections and Corporate Accountability . In addition, we have an unapologetic stance on supporting and pushing good candidates to enact progressive legislation
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    You must be an energetic communicator, with a passion for social and economic justice.
    Only outgoing, articulate dedicated, determined candidates will be considered for the positions.
    For those candidates that qualify WFP offers substantial paid-training provided by senior leadership, on varied issues such as: advocacy, public speaking, mobilizing, fundraising, networking and organizing. We invest in passionate people with excellent communication skills and a full benefits package is offered to those candidates that qualify. In addition, there is opportunity for advancement and travel to our satellite chapters and out of state affiliates.
    This is not a policy job! Through direct action you will be shaping NY state politics for the next 20 years.
    If you care about New York and want to help educate and mobilize around legislative campaigns-then we look forward to hearing from you!  
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  • John Occupy Ashton

    Social Networking sites are claiming that police were using mace to subdue people.  Some are reporting seeing an already handcuffed man was maced as well.  Pictures of this police action should be up soon.

  • Anonymous

    I witnessed a man being treated for pepper spray to the face.  His hands were bound behind his back.  All for standing outside, on earth…

    This is who did the arrests.  This is what we are up against.

  • Anonymous

    ACAB.  All Cops Are Bastards.

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