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Ernst and Branstad: The #DirtyWaterDuo

Ernst and Branstad:  The #DirtyWaterDuo

Ernst and Branstad:  The Dirty Water Duo    While Branstad vetoes REAP funding and packs environmental boards with industry insiders and big money donors, Ernst advocates abolishing the EPA and the Clean Water Act   Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members have labeled Governor Terry Branstad and GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst “the Dirty Water Duo” and say everyday Iowans need to know that the GOP’s premier statewide candidates – who campaigned together across Iowa last week – both vigorously oppose stronger and more effective oversight of the corporate ag polluters who are destroying Iowa’s water quality. “Iowans need to know that Terry Branstad and Joni Ernst are a dirty water duo who care more about factory farm profits than they do about clean water for all Iowans to drink, fish, and swim in,” said Barb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer from Dexter and the board president of the Iowa CCI Action Fund. Despite...

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Banding together to stop the TPP

CCI Action Fund members have joined with Communications Workers of America (CWA) and other allies in labor and the community to expose the disastrous impacts of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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10 things you need to know on the TPP

10 Things to Know on the TPP

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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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