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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

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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

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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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Video: Demonstrators rally at Bank of America

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.14.11 | 1:10 pm

About 25 people gathered Thursday afternoon in front of the Bank of America building in downtown Des Moines for a “jobs not cuts” rally, showing support for the occupy movement, President Obama’s jobs bill and safety net programs.

The rally, organized by Moveon.org and the AFL-CIO, said Bank of America has become a symbol of greed. The bank recently announced a monthly $5 fee for ATM, and many groups have been critical of the bank for not paying more in taxes.

“This is as close to Wall Street as we can get,” said Wilbur Wilson of Des Moines, who organized the rally. “This company here paid no taxes in 2009 and they foreclosed illegally on people and it’s just not right. That’s why I picked this corner.”

Wilson said people are upset with the banking system, Congress and what he sees as a lack of support for the lower and middle classes.

“I’ve always believed that I am my brother’s keeper,” Wilson said. “I may not be a real religious guy but we are our brother’s keeper. If we cease to remember that we’re nothing more than barbarians.”

Mark Cooper, president of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, said the trickle down economics concept won’t work and people need to get behind President Obama’s jobs plan.

“We need to get an influx of money into the economy,” Cooper said. “In essence that’s why we’re out here, that we need to create jobs and it’s not about giving tax breaks to corporations, giving tax breaks to Bank of America.”

Rep. Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines) said he thinks the Occupy movement spreading across the country along with demonstrations like this one will have an impact on state and federal governments.

“This is just the beginning stages of it and as it becomes more organized and coalesces there will be a message coming out of it and a movement that is it’s time for people to take over their government,” Hunter said.

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