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We need Medicaid expansion in Iowa

We need Medicaid expansion in Iowa

We've heard from a lot of folks who would directly benefit from Medicaid expansion, and several testified at a Senate subcommittee meeting on the bill earlier in February.

Read our latest on the issue and how everyday Iowans would benefit in our latest post on the A Better Iowa website.

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New bill proposes to crack down on out of control Board of Regents

New bill proposes to crack down on out of control Board of Regents

Senator Jeff Danielson (D-Waterloo) introduced a good bill on February 13 that will bring accountability and transparency back to an Iowa Board of Regents that has been plagued by corporate ag scandal after scandal.

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Fight back against attempts to sweep ethics complaints under the rug

Fight back against attempts to sweep ethics complaints under the rug

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board has proposed legislation that would prevent last summer's "Fire This Man/Take Down Bruce Rastetter" campaign from ever happening again.

This bad bill would weaken public input, oversight, and transparency of state ethics cases by centralizing power in the hands of one person, the board chair, to unilaterally throw out ethics complaints without a public hearing before the full board.

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How House State Government Committee Members Voted on House File 209

How House State Government Committee Members Voted on HSB20

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A mother’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa

A mother’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa

Moving personal testimony given before a packed Iowa Senate subcommittee, by CCI Action member Lou Ann Burkle February 11, 2013 Contact your legislators on this important issue. My name is Lou Ann Burkle. I live …  in Des Moines. [SHOW PICTURE] This is my beautiful, talented and precious daughter. My husband and I adopted our daughter when she was 6 weeks old. Our goal was to give her the best home possible, love her unconditionally, and give her every opportunity to be a whole, loving and productive person, and to be a little sister to our 4 year old daughter at that time. It soon became evident to us that her relational skills were slow in developing. Going to school became a huge anxiety for her. She did not talk in pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. We took videotapes to school to show teachers that she could talk. We sought help and received counseling. At age 6 our daughter was diagnosed with a mental illness known as “Selective Mutism,” an anxiety disorder on...

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Members testify for Medicaid expansion

Members testify for Medicaid expansion

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to direct the state to expand Medicaid to cover struggling Iowans on the margins.

Now it's time for the governor and entire state legislature to do the right thing for Iowan's like LouAnn's daughter and for Holly and Molly and many more that lack basic coverage and access to care.

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Clean Elections Bill Gets First Hearing at Statehouse

Clean Elections Bill Gets First Hearing at Statehouse

Last week, CCI members testified at a subcommittee on the Senate bill, laying out why we support VOICE and rebutting red herrings raised by other lobbyists. The hearing was covered statewide and again on Sunday in the Des Moines Register.

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Dozens of CCI members testify at environmental hearings across Iowa

Dozens of CCI members testify at environmental hearings across Iowa

Join us Thursday, February 21, from 7-8:30pm in Des Moines at the Drake University Sheslow Auditorium for the last environmental hearing in this series While our citizen lobbyists reshape the way business is done at the statehouse, dozens of CCI members from across Iowa are also taking action at home in their local communities for environmental policy that cracks down on factory farm pollution. Representative Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) and Senator Dick Dearden (D-Des Moines) have held five environmental policy hearings across the state in recent weeks – in Ames, Carroll, Dubuque, Fairfield, and Marion. To date, more than 50 CCI members just like you have attended these hearings and testified for clean air and water initiatives and stronger and more effective public oversight over corporate polluters.  This work is helping to set the issue environment in a way that favors our policy proposals like local control and a fully-funded Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “My home is...

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Citizen lobbyists reshaping the way business is done at the statehouse

Citizen lobbyists reshaping the way business is done at the statehouse

Four weeks into the 2013 legislation session and small groups of CCI members just like you and me are changing the way politics is done in Iowa – proving the power that everyday people have to influence the public debate when we organize collectively and go toe-to-toe with the pin-strip suited lobbyists and big money corporate interest groups.

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Iowa Senate Republicans introduce bad Voter ID bill

Iowa Senate Republicans introduce bad Voter ID bill

Iowa Senate Republicans introduced a bad voter ID bill yesterday. See why CCI members are working to stop this bad bill in its tracks.

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