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An almost endorsement and a candidate forum

An almost endorsement and a candidate forum

In our work to drive the public debate towards populist “people before profits, communities before corporations” policies and actions we decided it was high time to jump into the political arena in exciting new ways ...

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Bisignano and Blake would serve voters well

Voters on Des Moines’ south side – in state senate district 17 – know all too well the primary is coming up on June 3. They have received mailers, seen lots of news stories about the race and maybe even talked to each of the three candidates. A vote for Nathan Blake or Tony Bisignano will....

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Iowa’s Disappearing Corporate Tax Base

Iowa’s Disappearing Corporate Tax Base

A new report by National People’s Action and the Center for Effective Government co-authored by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) finds that a “Robin Hood” tax on Wall Street speculation and closing other corporate tax loopholes could generate significant new revenue for the state of Iowa, which relies on federal money for about one third of its annual budget. Iowa has a 12.7 percent poverty rate but corporate tax revenue only accounts for 5.4 percent of the state budget

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Fagan pleads not guilty to #ialegis assault

Fagan pleads not guilty to #ialegis assault

Nearly forty members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) looked on at the Polk County Courthouse April 3 as Iowa CCI founding director and former priest Joe Fagan, 73, pled not guilty to simple misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a confrontation with House Labor Committee Chair, Representative Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia), during an Iowa CCI Action Fund “Worker Justice” Rally and Lobby Day on March 11.

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No April Fooling On Factory Farm Pollution

No April Fooling On Factory Farm Pollution

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members say time in this year’s legislative session is running out for Governor Branstad and leaders in both political parties to address the kinds of factory farm pollution that continue to cause a public health risk to hundreds of thousands of Central Iowans.

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Corporate Ag Sneak Attack on Ag Budget Bill Seeks to Shield Aggregate Water Quality Practices From Public Oversight

Corporate Ag Sneak Attack on Ag Budget Bill Seeks to Shield Aggregate Water Quality Practices From Public Oversight

Iowa House GOP leadership, including Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget subcommittee co-chair, Representative Jack Drake (R-Griswold), has snuck language into a budget bill that would prevent the public from accessing information about water quality and land-use practices collected by projects funded with taxpayer dollars, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members announced March 27.

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What’s left this legislative session

As a result of the funnel, both good and bad bills we've been tracking have been stopped. Check out the details here.

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CCI Action Fund Will Defend Against Trumped Up Assault Charges

CCI Action Fund Will Defend Against Trumped Up Assault Charges

Update in response to media attention this afternoon about our worker justice lobby day yesterday at the State Capitol.

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The “More Manure Spill” Bill

House File 2367, the bad bill that would shorten required training time for factory farm manure applicators from three hours per year to two hours per year, has passed the House. Click here to see how your Representative voted. But we can still work to stop the bill.   Click here to take 2 minutes to tell the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Joe Seng, to say NO to HF2367.   Next, the bill heads to the Senate Ag Committee — the committee must pass the bill for it to be eligible for a vote on the Senate floor. Senator Joe Seng, chair of the committee, has the power to stop the bill. If the Senate Ag Committee doesn’t pass the bill, it’s dead. Send a message to Sen. Seng here: http://bit.ly/1cgi4z4.   Join the fight Contact us for more information Join as an Iowa CCI Action Fund member today or chip in $20 to support our organizing this legislative session. Sign up for our E-Mail Action list to get the latest updates Follow us...

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How your rep voted on the more manure spill bill

House File 2367, the bad bill that would shorten required training time for factory farm manure applicators from three hours per year to two hours per year, has passed the House. How did your Representative vote? (If you don’t know who your Representative is, find them here.) Below are the Representatives that voted NO! (District 35) Ako Abdul-Samad (Disctrict 36) Marti Anderson (District 87) Dennis M. Cohoon (District 32) Ruth Ann Gaines (District 13) Chris Hall (District 82) Curtis Hanson (District 46) Lisa Heddens (District 34) Bruce Hunter (District 100) Chuck Isenhart (District 74) Dave Jacoby (District 61) Anesa Kajtazovic (District 83) Jerry Kearns (District 29) Dan Kelley (District 59) Bob Kressig (District 85) Vicki Lensing (District 68) Daniel Lundby (District 86) Mary Mascher (District 76) Dave Maxwell (District 33) Brian Meyer (District 99) Patrick Murphy (District 41) Jo Oldson (District 31) Rick Olson (District 65) Tyler Olson (District 69) Kirsten...

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