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Medicaid Showdown Looms Large

Medicaid Showdown Looms Large

As we all knew, there's a showdown brewing in the legislature over how to best provide much needed health insurance to more Iowans.

There are two competing visions - Medicaid expansion or Branstad's Healthy Iowa plan that is anything but. The choice couldn't be clearer

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The fight to curb corporate control inside the Iowa Board of Regents continues

The fight to curb corporate control inside the Iowa Board of Regents continues

A tough proposal to crack down on corporate corruption inside the Iowa Board of Regents passed the Iowa Senate on a 49-1 vote on April 2, but is now no longer eligible for legislative debate this session after House State Government committee chair Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) refused to move the bill through his committee by the April 5 deadline.

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CCI – 1, Corporate Ag – 0

CCI – 1, Corporate Ag – 0

A victory! We've beat the bad factory farm manure loophole legislation for the 2013 legislative session.

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Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal Must Block Floor Debate on Bad Factory Farm De-Regulation Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal Must Block Floor Debate on Bad Factory Farm De-Regulation Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) has used the power of his office to block bad bills from being debated in the past, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) members call on him to block floor debate on a factory farm de-regulation bill that passed the Iowa House on April 1 83-16.

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Medicaid expansion moves to House, action needed

Medicaid expansion moves to House, action needed

On Monday, March 26, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 296 (Medicaid Expansion) through their chamber on a party line vote.

Now it's up to the House to do the right thing and move swiftly to provide much needed insurance to more Iowans, at little to no cost to the state.

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People Before Profits

During the 2015 legislative session, the CCI Action team will work hard to ensure people come before profits in Iowa.

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People Before Politics

Check out the good bills we're pushing, and the bad bills we're working to stop to ensure people come before politics at the Statehouse.

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People Before Polluters

Check out the good bills we're pushing, and the bad bills we're working to stop to ensure people come before polluters at the Statehouse.

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Earned Income Tax Credit bill passed out of Senate

Earned Income Tax Credit bill passed out of Senate

A bill to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit passed out of the Senate last week with a vote of 35-15. This is a common sense bill that encourages work and puts money in the hands of those who need it the most.

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CCI continues the fight for clean water

CCI continues the fight for clean water

CCI members have been busy defending Iowa’s water from Senate File 418/ House File 512, legislation that would allow factory farms to store overflowing manure and hogs in abandoned factory farms. We’ve turned out dozens of folks at the capitol from across Iowa, met with over twenty legislators, sent over 300 letters to decision makers, and made over 100 phone call to Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal. On March 19th, CCI Action hosted an Emergency Clean Water Day of Action. CCI members started the day with a press conference detailing to allies, onlookers, and media the dangers of SF418/ HF512. Following a powerful rally, dozens of CCI members lobbied over 20 legislators asking them to stand with everyday Iowans and kill the bill. Check out the Des Moines Register’s coverage of CCI’s Clean Water Day of Action here. Check out Iowa Radio’s coverage of the event here. Prior to CCI’s  Emergency Clean Water Day of Action, CCI’s director...

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