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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.

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Occupy Des Moines plans vigil, march on Terrace Hill

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 10.28.11 | 12:28 pm

Hundreds of Occupy Des Moines demonstrators will march on Terrace Hill on Saturday, part of an international “Robin Hood Tax” day of action. And tonight the group will hold a “We are all Scott Olsen” candlelight vigil, named after an Iraq war veteran seriously injured by police at an Occupy Oakland demonstration earlier this week.

The vigil will begin at 9:30 p.m. at “People’s Park” on the State Capitol grounds in Des Moines. The march to Terrace Hill on Saturday morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the downtown sculpture garden.

Occupy Des Moines has gone on for nearly three weeks, despite a slew of arrests at the Capitol on charges of trespassing early on in the movement. Most of the dozens arrested have asked for a jury trial on those charges, with a lawyer for the group saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

Members of the group are now camping out in Stewart Square, at the intersection of E. 14th Street and E. Grand Ave. Overnight protests are also taking place in Iowa City, Cedar Falls and across the country, following the lead of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City.

Rallies have also been held in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Mason City and Sioux City.

Members of Occupy Des Moines have done “banner drops” over Interstate 235 through Des Moines, and have plans to do more. Also this week many members of the group turned out to protest a visit from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to West Des Moines.


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