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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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Harkin, Braley call for tax on Wall Street trading

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.07.11 | 7:30 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Cumming) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Waterloo) are calling for a small tax on certain types of trading, hoping to shift Wall Street away from short-term and speculative trading.

Harkin said deficit reduction must come from a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases, and this could generate considerable funds.

“This trading tax would help raise necessary funds to invest in our infrastructure and the education of our children, among other priorities, and would do so without hurting job creation,” Harkin said. “There is no question that Wall Street can easily bear this modest tax.”

And Braley said Wall Street should help the country get out of the economic mess it created, and said the tax would “put a check on the greed that’s run rampant on Wall Street in recent years.”

“While Iowa and the rest of America are left dealing with the consequences of their actions, Wall Street’s back to bagging record profits,” Braley said. “That’s not right.”

The measure is not meant to harm long-term investing, but to instead raise revenue through a 3-cent per $100 tax on most non-consumer financial trading. The tax would take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The European Union is considering a similar tax, and 30 nations including Great Britain and Switzerland currently have such a tax.

Also sponsoring the legislation are Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) along with Congressmen Peter DeFazio, Hank Johnson, John Sarbanes, Bob Filner, Betty Sutton, Earl Blumenauer, Louise Slaughter, Mazie Hirono, Peter Welch, John Conyers and Maurice Hinchey.

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