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Senators Play a Friendly Game of Softball at Craig Lang Confirmation Hearing

Senators Play a Friendly Game of Softball at Craig Lang Confirmation Hearing

Craig Lang, former president of the Farm Bureau, has been appointed by Governor Branstad to another six-year term as president of the Iowa Board of Regents. Lang’s agenda in his controversial first term on the Board of Regents has been to politicize this position and run our public universities as if they are private corporations — and if he is confirmed to another term, you can be sure he’ll continue taking Iowa down this failed path. And let’s not forget that Lang is best friends with Bruce Rastetter, his partner in crime on the Regents and the man behind the AgriSol Tanzania project that dragged ISU’s name through the mud. The Senate has to confirm Lang’s appointment, so today CCI members were up at the Capitol as the Education committee brought Lang in to answer some questions. This was the perfect opportunity to grill Lang on how he and his corporate cronies are trying to make as much money off of Iowa’s public universities as possible...

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CCI Members Sound The Alarm On Branstad’s Economic Development Agency

CCI Members Sound The Alarm On Branstad’s Economic Development Agency

A review of more than two years of public records concerning the Iowa Economic Development Authority by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has confirmed what Iowa CCI members warned would happen in March 2011: Governor Branstad’s privatized economic development agency has been plagued with scandals including: excessive CEO bonuses; conflicts of interest; misuse of taxpayer funds; and pay to play.

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CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

Medicaid expansion and the battle of the budget are the two issues that will define the 2013 legislative session, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members announced March 8 - the day of the first legislative funnel that weeds out bills without enough support to continue debate this year.

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Funnel-Proof: Regent Accountability and Transparency Act Passes Senate State Government Committee

Funnel-Proof:  Regent Accountability and Transparency Act Passes Senate State Government Committee

Senator Jeff Danielson’s (D-Waterloo) Regents Accountability and Transparency Act is gaining momentum after it passed out of a state government committee March 7 - passing a key legislative hurdle known as the March 8 legislative funnel. The measure is now eligible for debate on the floor of the Iowa Senate.

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Iowa Senate should reject Craig Lang appointment

Iowa Senate should reject Craig Lang appointment

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members are calling on the Iowa Senate to block Governor Branstad’s nomination of Craig Lang to serve another term as leader of the Board of Regents.

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Anti wage theft bill SF 191 passes subcommittee, must survive funnel

We need stronger legislation that protects our workers from being ripped off by unscrupulous employers. Senator William Dotzler recently introduced Senate File 191 (companion to HF 38), a bill essential to stopping wage theft in our state.

Senate File 191 is essential to stopping wage theft in Iowa, and that is why CCI Action Fund members are working through the legislative session to make sure this bill gets far at the Statehouse this year.

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Our View: Medicaid Expansion Showdown Looms

Our View: Medicaid Expansion Showdown Looms

The Senate Human Resources committee voted this week to pass Senate File 71 out of committee and on to the full Senate, setting the stage for a showdown with Governor Terry Branstad over Medicaid expansion and how to make Iowa the “healthiest state” in the nation.

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One Year After “Ag-Gag”, Senator Joe Seng Again Carries (Polluted) Water For Corporate Ag

One Year After “Ag-Gag”, Senator Joe Seng Again Carries (Polluted) Water For Corporate Ag

New proposal to store manure at abandoned factory farms poses serious environmental risks to Iowa’s water quality.

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“Beat the Funnel” Rally and Lobby Day A Big Success

“Beat the Funnel” Rally and Lobby Day A Big Success

The snow kept dozens of our statewide members away, but more than 18 CCI citizen lobbyists from Ames, Des Moines, Grinnell, Huxley, and Independence still made our February 26 "Beat the Funnel" rally and lobby day a huge success.

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No public notice? Not on our watch!

CCI members' hard work at the Capitol is paying off but we aren’t done yet. A bad water quality bill, House File 311, passed out of the House Environmental Protection but not before 1 of 2 bad sections of the bill were gutted thanks to our work.

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