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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.

Health Care

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Harkin applauds upcoming SCOTUS review

By Lynda Waddington | 11.14.11 | 11:11 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said he was “pleased” Monday that the nation’s highest court had decided to “promptly resolve conflicting lower court decisions” regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Vilsack: Broadband coming to more rural areas

By Lynda Waddington | 11.14.11 | 10:44 am

A total of 28 telephone utilities have been given federal money to build and expand broadband access in rural service territories that span portions of Iowa and 17 additional states.

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SCOTUS will hear challenge to health care law

By Lynda Waddington | 11.14.11 | 9:14 am

A lawsuit hoping to repeal landmark health care reforms will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a decision will likely be handed down in advance of the 2012 general election.

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Politicos: Dems, GOP can both claim Nov. 8 victories

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.11.11 | 7:30 am

Democrats and liberals can claim some significant victories in Ohio, Mississippi and elsewhere after the Nov. 8 elections, political watchers say, but the message overall was a mixed one as Republicans saw some victories as well.

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GOP caucusgoers: Cut military before Social Security, Medicare

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.10.11 | 1:55 pm

Likely Republican caucusgoers sent a strong message to GOP presidential candidates in an Iowa AARP survey released Thursday, showing they’re strongly opposed to cuts to Social Security and Medicare and would much rather reduce military spending to address the federal deficit.

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Census Bureau measure shows more poverty

By Marcos Restrepo | 11.09.11 | 4:06 pm

A new measure released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau that takes cost-of-living into account shows an additional 2.5 million Americans are living in poverty.

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DCCC targeting Steve King with radio ads

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.09.11 | 7:30 am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting U.S. Rep. Steve King with a radio ad campaign that began airing in Iowa’s newly-drawn 4th Congressional District on Nov. 7.

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Medicare ads featuring Latham hit Des Moines airwaves

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.08.11 | 3:32 pm

The battle over Medicare has hit the airways in Iowa, as a group dedicated to fighting cuts to the popular government program has begun buying TV ads in Des Moines.

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King praises Ryan plan at Cain-Gingrich debate

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.08.11 | 12:41 pm

Steve King used a nationally-televised debate to praise a federal budget plan from Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, saying the country is “up against a very big problem” when it comes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Huntsman: Personhood Mississippi amendment ‘goes too far’

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.08.11 | 10:48 am

Jon Huntsman became the first 2012 GOP presidential hopeful to publicly express concern with a “fetal personhood” amendment on the Mississippi’s ballot.

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