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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.

Fair Tax Voters Boost Huckabee

By Garance Franke-Ruta | 08.11.07 | 9:28 pm

Voters bused to the Ames Straw Poll by Americans for Fair Taxation helped give a boost to suprise second-place poll winner Mike Huckabee, according to both a spokesman for the group and Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman. Asked about things that might have made the difference for Huckabee, who did not bus voters to the poll and purchased about 1,850 tickets for supporters, Saltsman said, “We talked a lot about the fair tax.”

The group, better known as FairTax.org, bused about 500 voting Iowans and 1,000 other supporters to the Straw Poll today, according to FairTax.org national director of grassroots Mike Rose. The group sponsored a ferris wheel — the “Fairest Wheel,” they called it — at the Straw Poll, as well as a fan-cooled tent serving barbecue and dessert to supporters. This came on the heels of a two-week, 25-stop bus tour across the state to drum up enthusiasm for the group’s tax reform plan, which Huckabee supports. Poll winner Mitt Romney and third-place finisher Sen. Sam Brownback do not support the plan.

All told, the group spent $150,000 on the straw poll, according to national spokesman Ken Hoagland — roughly the same amount as the Huckabee campaign itself. “We’re about 6 inches off the ground,” said Hoagland. “We see it as a victory for our issue.”

Comments

  • Steve Savage

    Ya gotta be kidding Ron Paul has been the best taxpayers friend ever.  Astonishingly, Americans for Fair Tax push Huckabee even though Ron Paul has scored higher than him on anti-tax legislation, and even one of the co-sponsors of the Fair Tax didn’t get the #1 billing (Tancredo).

    Something’s going on here, and it ain’t about taxes.

  • The Real Sporer

    Beliefs matter Huckabee’s committment to the Fair Tax is one of the reasons he is surging in our primaries because it is a specific tangible policy that addresses a specific policy itch in the Republican shoe, a dislike of hte convoluted tax code.

    This is a mainstream R issue and Huckabee has found a simple and attractive way to address the issue and to stand for something tangible. 

    Words matter.

  • samadams

    What it’s really about It is about taxes.  Keeping them high that is.  The big push behind the fair tax isn’t about lowering them or making them ‘fair’ it’s about smoke and mirrors to make taxes more tasteful to the American public.  Congress will never pass a tax law change that will result in less money coming in.  Never.  The fair tax is a sham designed to take more of your money AND make every household ‘register’ with the government for their pre-bate.  It will put every American on the government dole.  The actual law stinks, I read it.

  • Ian

    Huckabee’s FairTax Position is Romney’s Achilles Heel Huckabee is a very adroit public speaker. He communcates his message in life-like, cogent terms, with compelling examples like the story he told (at the Ames Straw Poll) of what his then-11-yo daughter entered into the “Comments” section of a Visitors Book after visiting the Yad Vashem holocaust museum: “Couldn’t somebody do something?”

    Effective.

    Huckabee puts listeners at ease, and reassures them through clear concepts and a natural, integrated manner of communication (no doubt something well-cultivated as a pastor). He’s not demanding, like a Ron Paul, nor is he as “well-scripted” as Romney, nor as mechanical-squinty like Brownback.

    Most importantly, Huckabee convinces many that he is ONE with the FairTax grassroots movement. While many – like Romney, and others, who are invested in the current income tax system – seek to demagog (1) the well-researched FairTax plan, its acceptance in the professional / academic community (2) continues to grow. Failure to enact the FairTax – choosing instead to try to “flatten” a NON-FLATTENABLE income tax system – will result in an irrevocable economic meltdown (3)!

    Just take a look at the WEAK response Romney followed Huckabee with on last weekend’s “This Week with Geo. Stephanopoulos (4)”

    Here is why the FairTax MUST replace the income tax. It’s:

  • Alexia

    DOn’t need it. If they just stop spending so much we don’t need any tax.

    The way I read it, my middle-class tax rate is going to go up under this plan.

    BUt I suspect most people don’t bother to read it.

  • Lysander Spooner

    How Pathetic How pathetic that a GOP that once stood for smaller government and less spending is now associated with a “revenue neutral” national sales tax. The only GOP candidate who is actually in favor of smaller government and less spending is Ron Paul.

  • Dirk Hamilton

    Huckabee and taxes I am from Arkansas.  Here is a little something you people need to know about Huckleberry and his stance on taxes.

    He pushed through a major tax increase here, (largest in state history I believe)  by telling the people that it was needed to cover the impending tax shortfall we were about to have.  So congress passed it, he signed it, Republicans praised Huckleberry for his fiscal responsibility

  • scsong2

    Huckabee might be flawed but FairTax is the best option Hey guys,

    I like Huckabee as a person, if what you Arkansas guys say about him is true, that is unfortunate.  However, the substance of the FairTax proposal is sound.  No matter what it is better than the current system once quoted as an economic “ship” being held down by a “anchor”.  I have gone to FairTax.org and read and evaluated the material.  I would advise you to do the same and come to your own informed conclusion.  Its a little dry in some parts but always relatable and understandable – thereby relevant to almost anyone. 

    I first got interested in the tax debate when I was charged several thousands of dollars in taxes on the US Army Student Loan repayments I had.  Due to inefficiences in the Army system (I’ll take some credit as well, since I could have always pushed harder), I was paid one lump sum of $20,000 instead of over the course of many years.  Well, I had to pay taxes on it.  Sure I can’t complain, I got my loan paid off, but I was penalized for paying it off in one year placing me in many tax brackets higher.  Now I am currently paying off those taxes with penalties.  Seems really riduculuous to me.  Misses the intent of the program and penalizes me for paying back quickly or joining the US Army.  Kind of like how some banks clear checks before adding deposits, just to cash in on overdraft fees.

    Anyhow, that’s my story, well, I researched Forbes Flat Tax idea, it seemed better than the current system but it was alot alike just simpler (its a flatter tax not a flat tax), so alot of the same flaws as now.  Then I came across FairTax, my interest was picqued.  It is very sound and as far as my humble mind can assess (BA Washington University, working on a Masters, Lieutenant/Officer US Army, IQ supposedly 130-150, yada, yada, yada).  I think you sound check it out. 

    You don’t have to like a candidate to like his idea.  The opposite hold true too, you can love a candidate and shouldn’t love his ideas (e.g. Adolf Hitler in post WWI Germany).  Any how the campaign is grassroots and bi partisan.  I consider myself a Libertarian, with some Democratic leanings and Republican leanings too.  Basically, I am socially liberal but fiscally conservative.  To me, the Dems usually have good hearts but less brains.  The republicans have more brains but less heart.  Libertarians (check them out too if you can) are the best of both worlds, however, the cannot get a foothold in the current bipartisan government no matter how good their ideas are.  Anyhow, don’t take it from me, but GO LEARN and DECIDE for yourselves.

    Good Luck and Let’s all Make a Better Future, all anybody can ask for. 

  • dodson_jim

    Huckabee fair tax To claim a fair tax is better than the current system is like claiming it is better to be hit with a cinder block (more surface area to distribute the force!) than a brick.  While this may be true, why choose to get walloped by anything?  There was no income tax at all until 1913, and somehow the country managed.  Tariffs and a few taxes, such as on alcohol, were sufficient.  The beast needs to go on a strict diet.
    New Hampshire and a few other states manage well without a state income tax.

  • englishmix

    Huckabee mov’n on up! Huckabee is a solid & consistent leader for the Presidency. I am not surprised at all to learn that his winsome & sincere campaign is surging forward amidst a bunch of sell-outs & schmucks. Time will continue to see grass-root Americans gravitating to his candidacy.

  • Steve Savage

    Ya gotta be kidding Ron Paul has been the best taxpayers friend ever.  Astonishingly, Americans for Fair Tax push Huckabee even though Ron Paul has scored higher than him on anti-tax legislation, and even one of the co-sponsors of the Fair Tax didn't get the #1 billing (Tancredo).

    Something's going on here, and it ain't about taxes.

  • The Real Sporer

    Beliefs matter Huckabee's committment to the Fair Tax is one of the reasons he is surging in our primaries because it is a specific tangible policy that addresses a specific policy itch in the Republican shoe, a dislike of hte convoluted tax code.

    This is a mainstream R issue and Huckabee has found a simple and attractive way to address the issue and to stand for something tangible. 

    Words matter.

  • samadams

    What it's really about It is about taxes.  Keeping them high that is.  The big push behind the fair tax isn't about lowering them or making them 'fair' it's about smoke and mirrors to make taxes more tasteful to the American public.  Congress will never pass a tax law change that will result in less money coming in.  Never.  The fair tax is a sham designed to take more of your money AND make every household 'register' with the government for their pre-bate.  It will put every American on the government dole.  The actual law stinks, I read it.

  • Larry

    Nope Not Kidding Pertaining to Ron Paul.

    In the words of the great orator Barney Fife:

    “He's a nut!”

  • Scott in Tucson

    nut? The fairest tax plan I've ever heard has come from Ron Paul:

    Eliminate the income tax and replace it with nothing.

    Sounds fair to me.

  • Ian

    Huckabee's FairTax Position is Romney's Achilles Heel Huckabee is a very adroit public speaker. He communcates his message in life-like, cogent terms, with compelling examples like the story he told (at the Ames Straw Poll) of what his then-11-yo daughter entered into the “Comments” section of a Visitors Book after visiting the Yad Vashem holocaust museum: “Couldn't somebody do something?”

    Effective.

    Huckabee puts listeners at ease, and reassures them through clear concepts and a natural, integrated manner of communication (no doubt something well-cultivated as a pastor). He's not demanding, like a Ron Paul, nor is he as “well-scripted” as Romney, nor as mechanical-squinty like Brownback.

    Most importantly, Huckabee convinces many that he is ONE with the FairTax grassroots movement. While many – like Romney, and others, who are invested in the current income tax system – seek to demagog (1) the well-researched FairTax plan, its acceptance in the professional / academic community (2) continues to grow. Failure to enact the FairTax – choosing instead to try to “flatten” a NON-FLATTENABLE income tax system – will result in an irrevocable economic meltdown (3)!

    Just take a look at the WEAK response Romney followed Huckabee with on last weekend's “This Week with Geo. Stephanopoulos (4)”

    Here is why the FairTax MUST replace the income tax. It's:

  • Alexia

    DOn't need it. If they just stop spending so much we don't need any tax.

    The way I read it, my middle-class tax rate is going to go up under this plan.

    BUt I suspect most people don't bother to read it.

  • Lysander Spooner

    How Pathetic How pathetic that a GOP that once stood for smaller government and less spending is now associated with a “revenue neutral” national sales tax. The only GOP candidate who is actually in favor of smaller government and less spending is Ron Paul.

  • Dirk Hamilton

    Huckabee and taxes I am from Arkansas.  Here is a little something you people need to know about Huckleberry and his stance on taxes.

    He pushed through a major tax increase here, (largest in state history I believe)  by telling the people that it was needed to cover the impending tax shortfall we were about to have.  So congress passed it, he signed it, Republicans praised Huckleberry for his fiscal responsibility

  • Jerry T.

    Thanks for the Truth Dirk ! These people have never been in a So.Baptist church before undoubtably. Huckabee was TRAINED to give speeches and has been speaking from pulpits most of his life. They tell these jokes to get the congregations to laugh and put a little extra in the plate. He is as slick as Willard (flip)Romney, the cornpone just fools most ! A BIG TAX republican (Huckabee) isn't what we need after a BIG SPENDING republican (Bush). We need a true fiscal conservative that will eliminate waste and unconstitutional depts. & programs to correct this dangerous deficit we face. Not just another Tax raiser from AR. 

  • Deborah

    Huckabee's Record Being a fellow Arkansan like Dirk, I can state that Huckabee has never been for flatter taxes or lower taxes. If you think he is, you are mis-informed. After 6 years in office in AR the taxes were not flatten in any way, but made worse, see: http://www.itepnet.o….  He did raise taxes immensely see: http://www.clubforgr….

    Dirk has also left out the fact that not only did Huckabee raise taxes, but he increase government spending in AR 65% in his first 8 years as Governor.

  • scsong2

    Huckabee might be flawed but FairTax is the best option Hey guys,

    I like Huckabee as a person, if what you Arkansas guys say about him is true, that is unfortunate.  However, the substance of the FairTax proposal is sound.  No matter what it is better than the current system once quoted as an economic “ship” being held down by a “anchor”.  I have gone to FairTax.org and read and evaluated the material.  I would advise you to do the same and come to your own informed conclusion.  Its a little dry in some parts but always relatable and understandable – thereby relevant to almost anyone. 

    I first got interested in the tax debate when I was charged several thousands of dollars in taxes on the US Army Student Loan repayments I had.  Due to inefficiences in the Army system (I'll take some credit as well, since I could have always pushed harder), I was paid one lump sum of $20,000 instead of over the course of many years.  Well, I had to pay taxes on it.  Sure I can't complain, I got my loan paid off, but I was penalized for paying it off in one year placing me in many tax brackets higher.  Now I am currently paying off those taxes with penalties.  Seems really riduculuous to me.  Misses the intent of the program and penalizes me for paying back quickly or joining the US Army.  Kind of like how some banks clear checks before adding deposits, just to cash in on overdraft fees.

    Anyhow, that's my story, well, I researched Forbes Flat Tax idea, it seemed better than the current system but it was alot alike just simpler (its a flatter tax not a flat tax), so alot of the same flaws as now.  Then I came across FairTax, my interest was picqued.  It is very sound and as far as my humble mind can assess (BA Washington University, working on a Masters, Lieutenant/Officer US Army, IQ supposedly 130-150, yada, yada, yada).  I think you sound check it out. 

    You don't have to like a candidate to like his idea.  The opposite hold true too, you can love a candidate and shouldn't love his ideas (e.g. Adolf Hitler in post WWI Germany).  Any how the campaign is grassroots and bi partisan.  I consider myself a Libertarian, with some Democratic leanings and Republican leanings too.  Basically, I am socially liberal but fiscally conservative.  To me, the Dems usually have good hearts but less brains.  The republicans have more brains but less heart.  Libertarians (check them out too if you can) are the best of both worlds, however, the cannot get a foothold in the current bipartisan government no matter how good their ideas are.  Anyhow, don't take it from me, but GO LEARN and DECIDE for yourselves.

    Good Luck and Let's all Make a Better Future, all anybody can ask for. 

  • dodson_jim

    Huckabee fair tax To claim a fair tax is better than the current system is like claiming it is better to be hit with a cinder block (more surface area to distribute the force!) than a brick.  While this may be true, why choose to get walloped by anything?  There was no income tax at all until 1913, and somehow the country managed.  Tariffs and a few taxes, such as on alcohol, were sufficient.  The beast needs to go on a strict diet.

    New Hampshire and a few other states manage well without a state income tax.

  • englishmix

    Huckabee mov'n on up! Huckabee is a solid & consistent leader for the Presidency. I am not surprised at all to learn that his winsome & sincere campaign is surging forward amidst a bunch of sell-outs & schmucks. Time will continue to see grass-root Americans gravitating to his candidacy.

  • Larry

    Nope Not Kidding Pertaining to Ron Paul.
    In the words of the great orator Barney Fife:
    “He’s a nut!”

  • Scott in Tucson

    nut? The fairest tax plan I’ve ever heard has come from Ron Paul:

    Eliminate the income tax and replace it with nothing.

    Sounds fair to me.

  • Jerry T.

    Thanks for the Truth Dirk ! These people have never been in a So.Baptist church before undoubtably. Huckabee was TRAINED to give speeches and has been speaking from pulpits most of his life. They tell these jokes to get the congregations to laugh and put a little extra in the plate. He is as slick as Willard (flip)Romney, the cornpone just fools most ! A BIG TAX republican (Huckabee) isn’t what we need after a BIG SPENDING republican (Bush). We need a true fiscal conservative that will eliminate waste and unconstitutional depts. & programs to correct this dangerous deficit we face. Not just another Tax raiser from AR. 

  • Deborah

    Huckabee’s Record Being a fellow Arkansan like Dirk, I can state that Huckabee has never been for flatter taxes or lower taxes. If you think he is, you are mis-informed. After 6 years in office in AR the taxes were not flatten in any way, but made worse, see: http://www.itepnet.o….  He did raise taxes immensely see: http://www.clubforgr….

    Dirk has also left out the fact that not only did Huckabee raise taxes, but he increase government spending in AR 65% in his first 8 years as Governor.

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