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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.

McCain, RNC robo-call Iowans with misinformation on taxes

By Lynda Waddington | 10.09.08 | 3:06 pm

An automated call going out in Iowa today on behalf of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee is using information that has already been identified as misleading.

The caller, who identifies himself only as “John,” says that Sen. Barack Obama has “voted for at least 94 tax hikes in the past four years.”

According to FactCheck.org, the “count is padded.”

The non-partisan group found that 23 of those votes were for measures that would have produced no tax increase at all because they were votes against proposed tax cuts. Seven more of the votes were in favor of measures that would have lowered taxes for many, while raising them on a relative few — such as corporations or affluent individuals. Annenberg Political Fact Check also found that 11 of those votes would have increased the taxes on those making more than $1 million a year “in order to fund programs such as Head Start and school nutrition programs, or veterans’ health care.”

Finally, the majority of the votes being counted by the Republicans  — 53 total — were on budget measures, not tax bills, and “would not have resulted in any tax change.”

It’s true that most of the votes the GOP counts would either have increased taxes for some, or set budget targets calling for such increases. But by repeating their inflated 94-vote figure, the McCain campaign and the GOP falsely imply that Obama has pushed indiscriminately to raise taxes for nearly everybody. A closer look reveals that he’s voted consistently to restore higher tax rates on upper-income taxpayers but not on middle- or low-income workers. That’s consistent with what he’s said he’d do as president, which is to raise taxes only on those making more than $250,000 a year.

The call also highlights Sen. Joe Biden’s longtime call that it is patriotic for wealthy Americans to pay taxes. The call, however, omits the “wealthy” qualifier that Biden has included as a part of this statement.

Listen to the McCain/RNC automated call.

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Comments

  • shimane

    Thanks for this post and the link to the audio. We are creating a non-partisan “database” of robo calls on our blog. I've added this one. See our LEFT page navigation for McCain robo calls.

    Regards,

    Shaun Dakin
    StopPoliticalCalls.org
    blog.StopPoliticalCalls.org

  • primus

    More Scumbag tactics by camp MacShame.

  • cprtrain

    My fellow Americans:

    Remember that McCain supported the deregulation of America's financial infrastructure. This has caused the world's biggest financial crisis.

    And this idiot wants to be President!!!! I don't thinks so.

    Stand Up America!!! We need competent leadership not another 4 years of McBush!!!!

  • cprtrain

    My fellow Americans:

    Remember that McCain supported the deregulation of America's financial infrastructure. This has caused the world's biggest financial crisis.

    And this idiot wants to be President!!!! I don't thinks so.

    Stand Up America!!! We need competent leadership not another 4 years of McBush!!!!

  • cprtrain

    My fellow Americans:

    Remember that McCain supported the deregulation of America's financial infrastructure. This has caused the world's biggest financial crisis.

    And this idiot wants to be President!!!! I don't thinks so.

    Stand Up America!!! We need competent leadership not another 4 years of McBush!!!!

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