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Weekly Updates for February 15, 2019

Things really picked up this week at the Statehouse. With three weeks until the first funnel, we saw more than 1,000 files and study bills introduced. Among the issues legislators are looking at over the next few weeks are traffic cameras, sports betting, and those nasty Medicaid and SNAP work requirements we told you about last week. Yesterday, a team of members were at the Capitol to weigh in on the work requirement bills during the subcommittee meeting. The results: we found that Republican legislators pushing the bills didn’t understand them or the impact they could have. Even the corporate lobbyist from Opportunity Solutions Project (a right wing think tank from Florida) couldn’t explain how the bill would function as law or how many people it would affect.  Notice what’s missing on the above list of bills? Ending privatized Medicaid and getting profits out of healthcare, a moratorium on factory farms or anything to do with clean water, and...

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More power grabs from utility companies are on the way

Iowa’s two largest, for-profit, monopoly energy utilities, MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy, are at it again.  There are already two greedy utility power-grab proposals in the works at the Iowa Statehouse. The first: Senate Study Bill 1036 (SSB 1036) This bill aims to undermine the independence and expertise of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA). The OCA are the people’s lawyers. They work to represent us – Iowa utility customers – on utility costs and provide oversight on Iowa’s monopoly utilities. Utilities don’t like OCA’s oversight power – or any oversight, really – as it can get in the way of their policy attempts to line their already deep profit pockets.I encourage you to give Bleeding Heartland’s coverage of SSB 1036 a read: Key GOP lawmaker seeking to gut Iowa’s consumer advocate. In...

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Legislative Update for January 25, 2019

Things are picking up at the Iowa Statehouse. Bills are being introduced (over 100 on Thursday alone), sub-committees and committees are starting to meet, discuss, and debate, and groups are holding their lobby days (see our “Attend an Event” section below). Our bill establishing a single-payer healthcare system for Iowa was introduced (House File 96)! Here are a few more GOOD bills that caught our eye this week: Establishing a “Crude-Oil Fee” on pipelines (like DAPL) to help cover the costs of future spills (House File 44);Establishing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for food (House File 58);Getting rid of Iowa’s (Steve King’s) “English Only” law (House File 70) and introducing an Iowa Dream Act (House File 101);Several bills expanding voting (electronic registration, automatic registration, vote-by-mail, and restoring voting rights);Repealing Iowa’s pre-emption of local wage and worker ordinances...

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Find a legislative forum in your area

Throughout the session, usually on Saturdays, state legislators hold short meetings (or “coffees”) with constituents in their home districts. This is an important space to engage with your legislator face-to-face, raise up issues important to you, and call on them to stand on the side of the people.

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CCI Action calls for Steve King to resign

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2019 For more information:   Adam Mason, State Policy Organizing Director, 515-282-0484, adam@iowacci.org Members of Iowa CCI Action calling on racist, white supremacist Steve King to resign from office immediately Steve King’s racist white supremacist worldview is not new and it is not a secret.  As Iowans we have become accustomed to writing King off as an embarrassment to our state. But King’s comments are not merely offensive; his worldview is dangerous, and he is trying to make it a reality. We as Iowans are committed to standing up against hate, standing up against white supremacy, and standing up against religiously and racially motivated violence and those who promote these evils. That is why we confronted King in November at a campaign event in Des Moines. This is a moral issue and a wakeup call. Many in politics and our government have spent years turning a blind eye to King’s explicit white supremacist...

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Reynolds misses the mark by a country mile

I just finished watching Gov. Kim Reynolds deliver her second Condition of the State address.Here’s our take: She missed the truth by a country mile with an address filled with falsehoods and half-truths that paint a rosy picture of what it’s like for folks across Iowa, especially in rural areas.What we hear from people across the state paints a much different story.In her address, Reynolds highlighted (amongst other issues): Achievements last year in funding water quality,Efforts to expand healthcare access around the state,Balancing the state budget, andRestoring felon voting rights. CCI Action members want to call out the truth: Factory Farms and Water Quality: Her “funding” for water quality efforts was simply shifted around from existing state revenues that are already stretched thin. And that money is being dumped into Iowa’s failed voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy faster than the factory farm manure entering Iowa’s waterways, as...

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2019 Iowa Legislative Preview

2019 Iowa Legislative Preview

On Monday, 150 state legislators descend on Des Moines for the 2019 legislative session. And over the next 110 days they will introduce, consider, debate, and pass policies that impact us all in every aspect of our lives: policies on factory farms and clean water, healthcare, education, working conditions, our state budget, and more.We’ll be your eyes and ears at the Capitol tracking bills – good and bad – to let you know when your calls, emails, or weekend visits with your legislator can have a big impact.To help you get ready, here is our take on what we can expect going into this year’s General Assembly. Who’s at the table Kim Reynolds will be inaugurated as Governor next week. We’ll know more about her priorities after Tuesday’s State of the State address, but we’ve heard she is prioritizing cutting even more taxes in spite of tight revenues – which forced cuts over the previous two years.Republicans control the Statehouse. They will (largely) call...

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BREAKING: Ag Gag law found unconstitutional!

We just heard from our attorneys at the ACLU and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) that a federal judge ruled in our favor – declaring Iowa’s Ag Gag Law unconstitutional! That’s right: the Ag Gag law in Iowa struck down by federal judge. You may remember the two-year campaign we waged against Ag Gag at Iowa’s Statehouse back in 2011-2012. This industry-written bill aimed to silence our voice by: Preventing everyday folks from documenting manure spills, piles of dead hogs, and other possible violations at factory farms via photo and video,Preventing undercover style videos documenting animal abuse in factory farms, andPreventing whistleblowers from exposing unsafe working conditions or other workplace violations at animal ag facilities. The law passed after a GOP House and Democratic Senate compromised. But, thanks to your pressure we gutted much of it including the language outlawing photo and video in...

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Weekly Update: January 4, 2019

First and foremost, happy 2019! I hope you rang it in safely, and are as ready as I am for all of the organizing opportunities in front of us this year.We’re back in the office this week and hitting the ground running – at least those of us not battling bugs we picked up over the break (I’m pointing my finger at my nieces and nephew). Next week we’ll send you our 2019 Iowa Legislative Session primer, but this week we’re picking up right where we left off: on some organizing campaigns and taking a look at the new US House Democratic Majority and their plans (both the good and the bad).If you get a chance, let me know what you are excited about headed into 2019: the influx of presidential candidates, the historic representation of women in Congress, the Iowa legislative session, the Green New Deal, Healthcare for All, or something we might not be following yet. News and Updates Story County factory farm fight still going strong In just under a month, we...

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68,212 thank yous!

Holy cow – we did it!

678 of you chipped in $68,212 to fund the important work we do together. Thank you!

This year-end campaign never fails to leave me I awe. Though I shouldn’t be surprised – CCI Action members are THE BEST!

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